Bruges Cycling Break

  • 4.5
    (3 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    4 or 5 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Bruges / Bruges
  • Distance

    112 miles/180 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamily
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Deluxe
  • Tour code

    045-102CBE
Price From £240

Overview

Bruges is the perfect base for a Belgian cycling holiday as the city is right in the heart of some great cycling countryside. Base yourself in this fantastic, medieval metropolis, enjoying daily rides around the city and to points of interest further afield, such as the North Sea coast and the historic town of Damme.

This single-centre trip gives you the ultimate flexibility as you can take the cycle tours in whichever order you choose. The four easy-to-navigate rides take you on circular routes north, south, east and west from Bruges, to make the most of the surrounding towns and countryside. Highlights include the elegant seaside resort of De Haan, the dunes and beaches of the coast, and the wide open polder landscapes and the pretty canal towpaths that will form the backdrop to your daily rides.

Bruges - Belgium II*

Bruges

Returning to Bruges each night you’ll really get the chance to know the ‘Venice of the North’, arguably Belgium’s most beautiful city. It boasts an outstanding canal-lined centre, plus quaint chocolate stores, good restaurants and local cosy bars.

The terrain in Flanders – Belgium’s northern half – is typically very flat, and the rides mainly follows good quality and well-signposted cycle paths.

Itinerary & Map

This single centre trip gives you ultimate flexibility as you can create your own itinerary selecting three of the four recommended rides listed below.

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Day 1: Arrive Bruges

Bruges - Belgium III*On arrival make your way to your hotel in Bruges. After check-in you’re free to relax or explore this beautiful medieval city. The itinerary below is just one way of taking the routes – you’re of course free to take the rides in any order you choose.

Option 1: Bruges – Torhout – Wijnendaele – Bruges, 43 miles/69 kms

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Flanders

This tour takes you on a circular route south west from Bruges into the very heart of Flanders, the Flemish speaking northern part of Belgium. You’ll be heading for the Wijnendael area, where there are a couple of fascinating castles to visit. First up is castle d’Aertrycke near Torhout, then you’ll have the chance to visit castle Wijnendael, before getting back on your bikes and returning to Bruges.

Option 2: Bruges – Damme – Knokke – Bruges, 37 miles/59 kms

Damme - Belgium*

Damme

You’ll get to know some of Flanders’ most picturesque old villages on this tour. Damme is a fine example with a beautiful central square and some fine restaurants serving superb regional cuisine. The route then leads you up to the North Sea coast and the seaside town of Knokke, close to the Dutch border, before leading you back to Bruges along quiet cycle paths.

Option 3: Bruges – Lissewege – De Haan – Bruges, 33 miles/52 kms

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De Haan beach

Today’s ride leads you north west into the  polder landscape. Stop to admire the charming village of Lissewege, with its picturesque canal before pedaling on to the elegant town of De Haan on the coast. The town was a fashionable haunt back in the late 19th century and is still full of ‘Belle Epoque’ charm today. Spend some time on the long sandy beach before returning tp Bruges for the night.

Option 4: Bruges – Bulskampveld – Bruges, 34 miles/55 kms

Bruges

Bruges

Heading south from your base, follow the main canal that links Bruges with Ghent. You destination is the castle, park and nature-filled countryside around Bulskampveld, where you can stop and admire the surroundings before looping back north to Bruges. You can also see Male Castle, once Flanders’ most important fortification.

End of trip

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

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Comfort categoryArrivals daily from 01 April to 17 October
Superior, 4 nightsArrivals Sundays and Mondays from 02 April - 17 October
Superior, 5 nightsArrivals Sundays from 02 April - 17 October
Deluxe, 4 nightsArrivals Sundays and Mondays from 02 April - 17 October
Deluxe 5 nightsArrivals Sundays from 02 April - 17 October
Low season:01 April - 16 June & 28 August - 17 September
High season:17 June - 27 August
2017 Prices
045-102CBE
Per person - 2 sharing
4 nights
Low season
4 nights
High season
5 nights
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5 nights
High season
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Comfort category £240 £263 £286 £314        
Superior category £310 £333 £369 £397        
Deluxe category £347 £370 £416 £443        
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Price Includes

4 or 5 nights accommodation. See notes below
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Maps and route information
Museum discount card Bruges*
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements below)
Cycle helmets
Tourist tax (payable locally)

Supplements

Single, comfort, 4 nights (£119)
Single, superior, 4 nights (£175)
Single, deluxe, 4 nights (£199)
Single, comfort, 5 nights (£147)
Single, superior, 5 nights (£218)
Single, deluxe, 5 nights (£251)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier* (£48)
Electric bike* (£111)
Bike insurance (£13)
Electric bike insurance (£22)

Reductions

50% for children 3-6 years sharing with two adults
25% for children 7-11 years sharing with two adults

Notes

Comfort: A great quality high end 3 star hotel. see Practical information for details
Superior: A 4 star hotel.see Practical information for details
Deluxe hotels. A 4 star hotel. see Practical information for details
* Bikes available on 4 night trip, days 1-4 and 5 night trip, days 2-5
Deposit per person £85

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.

Comfort: Hotel Velotel – an excellent high end 3 star hotel with good facilities and services.

Superior: NH Hotel Bruges – a 4 star hotel with good facilities and services.

Deluxe: Hotel Navarra For travel in June & July
or Hotel de Tuilereen For travel April – May & August – September

 

Getting There

Fly to Brussels or take the Eurostar followed by a traoin to Bruges

Research flights from UK airports.

Research Eurostar.

Research trains in Belgium.

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 3 reviews 4.5
  • Date - 25/05/2017
  • Name - Neville Andrews
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Service from Flexitreks was excellent. Hotel was in a good position for access to Bruges and the surrounding countryside. Bike storage very secure and waterproof. Suggested routes were a bit long for a couple of beginners but we found useful shortcuts.
    Only downside was the lack of vegan/vegetarian options on the standard menu but the chef was very accommodating and Bruges centre was only 10 mins by bike.
    Would happily recommend Flexitreks to others.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Good value for money. Would definitely book with Flexitreks again.
  • Date - 30/07/2016
  • Name - Jeremy
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Very efficient and, as beginner cyclists, told us everything we needed to know. Everything was ready and waiting for us when we got to our hotel - hassle free!
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - This was a great intro to cycling holidays for us. Very flat and gentle, plus extremely well sign-posted and easy to follow routes. Bruges is a lovely place to be centred, with lots of good restaurants and bars. Having a bicycle makes it a lot easier getting around too. Think we'll be back for more!
  • Flexitreks response - So glad we were able to accommodate your booking at short notice Jeremy and it's wonderful to hear you are now both cycling holiday converts!
  • Date - 19/06/2016
  • Name - Suzanna
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Very helpful
  • Flexitreks response - Thank you.