Bruges and Flanders Cycling Holiday

  • 4.2
    (3 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    5 or 7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Roeselare / Roeselare
  • Distance

    195 miles/314 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamily
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    045-103CBE
Price From £348

Overview

This cycling holiday of Bruges and West Flanders offers an appealing mix of history, culture, scenic countryside and some tasty treats. Visit Flanders Fields and Ypres, scene of some of the fiercest battles of World War I. Stay in the historic city of Bruges and cycle to the sand dunes of the coast through a unique polder landscape.

This cycling holiday takes you to Ypres, scene of some of the fiercest battles of World War I. The many museums, memorials and cemeteries tell the story of those tumultuous days in 1916.

In the tiny hamlet of Westvleteren you can visit the Abbey of Saint Sixtus and purchase what many consider to be the world’s finest beer (prior appointment necessary).

Bruges - Belgium II*

Bruges

Then it’s on to the small and historic city of Bruges to explore its museums, charming squares, canals and narrow lanes. Belgium chocolate is definitely on the agenda here and with more than 40 chocolate shops in town you will be spoilt for choice.

Cycle out to the coast along serene canals through scenic polder landscapes to follow cycle paths through the quiet and peaceful dunes.

This is an easy cycle tour on flat terrain along quiet roads and cycle paths.

Itinerary & Map

This is an easy cycle tour on flat terrain along quiet roads and cycle paths.

We offer a 5 and 7 night version of this tour. The 5 night version is identical to the 7 night version described below but it concludes after breakfast on the morning of day six in Bruges.

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Day 1: Arrive Roeselare

Belgian beer

Belgian beer

After check in at your hotel you are free to relax or explore this fascinating city. Perhaps consider a visit to the basilica of Dadizele, where the stunning stained glass windows will certainly take your breath away! The local beer is revered around the world so a tasting session could also be on the agenda!

Day 2: Roeselare – Ypres, 20 miles/31 kms

Menin Gate - Ypres - Belgium

Menin Gate – Ypres

This is quite a poignant day as you visit Ypres, home to the Menin Gate Memorial and also Flanders Fields where some of the most ferocious fighting of the first World War took place. There is an opportunity to visit the Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial near Passendale, the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world. At Flanders Fields Museum you can learn more about the momentous events that took place in this region. The area surrounding Ypres is very peaceful and perfect for exploring by bike. The town itself was totally destroyed during the War but has been meticulously reconstructed.

Day 3: Ypres – Diksmuide, 28 – 38 miles /45 – 60 kms

Sint Sixtus Abbey - Flanders - Belgium*

En route to St. Sixtus Abbey – Flanders

Today you cycle through the medieval town of Poperinge. For those who have an interest in WWI, it is also home to Talbot House, which was a refuge from the respite of the front line for all allied soldiers no matter what rank. Here soldiers could switch off and forget about the rigours of war, if only temporarily.

Just north of the town, in the tiny hamlet of Westvleteren, is the Abbey of Saint Sixtus. The abbey is home to an order of Trappist monks who produce ‘Westvleteren 12‘, a beer revered by many as one of the ‘best beers in the world’. Cycle on along the canal, passing the monument of Yzertoren, to Diksmuide where you can visit a very interesting WWI Museum.

Day 4: Diksmuide – Bruges, 38 miles/61 kms

Bruges - Belgium III*

Bruges

Cycle through open farmland and past the villages of Keiem, Leke and Gistel to Bruges, which will be your home for the next three nights. Bruges is a very picturesque city with a history stretching back to the Vikings. A network of cobbled streets and canals, lined with wonderful old townhouses criss-cross the city. Quaint squares accommodate wonderful old churches and museums. Of course the Belgians are master chocolatiers  and Bruges offers an abundance of chocolate shops!

Day 5: Bruges – Knokke – Bruges, 37 miles/59 kms

Damme - Belgium*

Damme

Today you explore the surrounding region with a round trip to the Flemish seaside village of Knokke. Cycle through the polder landscape and coastal sand dunes of the Het Zwin nature reserve. On your way back we recommend stopping for a break in the pretty village of Damme.

Day 6: Bruges – De Haan – Bruges 33 miles/52 kms

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De Haan beach

If you booked the 5 night version your biking holiday concludes after breakfast today.

Another exciting day, as you cycle along the coast. En route you will pass through Lissewege, a charming village divided by a picturesque canal. Then onto De Haan, a village, which has preserved a Belle Epoque‘ style thanks to the many typical 19th century houses.

Day 7: Bruges – Roeselare, 37 miles/59 kms

Cyclists in Belgian countryside beside canal

Cycling in Belgium

Your last day of cycling will take you back through open countryside to Roeselare passing d’Aertrycke and Wijnendaele castles on the way. We recommend  a visit to the national cycling museum in Roeselare, which charts the history of the bike and cycling culture in Belgium.

Day 8: End of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2018 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday from 28 April to 22 September, except 04 August where departure is 05 August

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2018 Prices
045-103CBE
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22 Sep
5 Nights
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Double/twin £348 £373 £348                
Single £527 £552 £527                
7 Nights
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Double/twin £483 £522 £483                
Single £695 £734 £695                
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Deposit per person £100

Price Includes

5 or 7 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Free hotel parking in Roeselare
Museum discount card in Bruges
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements below)
Cycle helmet
Tourist tax (To be paid locally)

Supplements

Half board, 5 nights (£119)
Half board, 7 nights (£149)
Bike with pannier & lock, 5 nights (£55)
Bike with pannier & lock, 7 nights (£65)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 5 nights (£99)
Electric bike with pannier & lock, 7 nights (£139)
Bike insurance (£20)
Electric bike insurance (£33)
Child seat

Reductions

Free for children up to 2 years
50% for children 3-6 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 7-11 years sharing with 2 adults

Notes

Superior: A mix of 3 to 4 star hotels

Practical Information

Bikes

Womens bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed hybrid models with 7 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position. The bikes also come equipped with rear pannier, lock, repair kit and map. A computer is also supplied per couple.

Electric bikes, smaller framed bikes for children, child seats and trailers are also available.

Helmets are not provided, so you will need to bring your own.

Accommodation

The categories of accommodation available on this tour are shown below.

Superior: A mix of good quality 3 and 4 star hotels.

Roeselare: Parkhotel
Ypres: Hotel O Ieper
Diksmuide: Hotel ‘t Withuys
Bruges: Velotel

Getting There

Fly to Brussels or take the Eurostar. From there, take the train via Bruges to Roeselare. Approx 1.45 hours

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Gallery

Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 3 reviews 4.2
  • Date - 15/08/2017
  • Name - Pat Lonergan
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Excellent pre tour service
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Signage on some of the routes were inaccurate.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the heads-up Pat. In light of your comments we've asked our local guide to review the route notes for this tour.
  • Date - 13/07/2017
  • Name - Anne Murphy
  • Service rating -
    2.0
  • Service comment - There was minimal contact before the tour. Info provided before tour started was limited. I had to phone to make the payment as it was not possible from email provided.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Cycling was great but the hotels were poor or mediocre. Particularly the hotel in Roeselare - it was dirty, very basic and we had to stay there two nights. The hotel in Ypres was basic but ok. The b&b in Diksmuide was very nice. The hotel in Bruges was ok, quite a bit out of the town. In terms of value for money the tour did not provide it as the hotels in general were quite poor. The cycling was great. There are mistakes in the guides however which caused a few difficulties. For example the first day's cycling instructions out of Roeselare are wrong.
  • Flexitreks response - Thank you for the feedback Anne. We've not had any negative comments about the hotels before but will monitor this closely henceforth. Also, I've asked our local contact to check the route notes from Roeselare.
  • Date - 31/07/2016
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very good indeed, answered all of our questions and even sent us a preview of our route map on request.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Fantastic cycle route with lots to see and take in. So much history with the Poppy Trail, very emotional and meaningful. Hotels were very good and so were the luggage transfers each morning. Excellent holiday, we really enjoyed it and we can't wait to try another tour.
  • Flexitreks response - So glad it all went well. This cycling holiday really is a great way to tour Flanders and take in the WWI battlefields and cemeteries.