Brussels to Bruges Cycling Holiday

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Easy
  • Duration/s

    6 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Brussels / Bruges
  • Distance

    160 miles/257 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeFamily
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    045-101CBE
Price From £462

Overview

On this cycling holiday from Brussels to Bruges you’ll explore some of the Belgium’s most picturesque and scenic towns and villages. From exquisite art and architecture to medieval cathedrals and gothic churches, this cycle tour is full of exciting and memorable opportunities to experience all that Belgium has to offer.

Visit some of Belgium’s most remarkable cities where the cobbled streets and quaint market squares are surrounded by the tall towers of medieval cathedrals and historical architecture. Have a relaxing stroll around a park or perhaps visit one of the many museums. Belgium has plenty to offer for those art lovers out there – from medieval paintings to sculptures and more modern styles. After a day of sightseeing, relax with one of Belgium’s most famous dishes, moules – frites and a cold Belgian beer in this alluring country.

Ghent - Belgium

Ghent – Belgium

This easy graded tour takes you along mainly flat terrain with a few small ascents to contend with. This is a great tour for beginners or for those just looking to take it easy. Anyone who loves history, astounding architecture and bustling atmosphere will love this tour.

Itinerary & Map

This easy graded tour takes you along mainly flat terrain with a few small ascents to contend with. This is a great tour for beginners or for those just looking to take it easy. Anyone who loves history, astounding architecture and bustling atmosphere will love this tour.

View larger map

Day 1: Arrive Brussels

Brussels - Belgium*

Brussels

Upon arrival make your way to your first hotel. After check-in you are free to relax or explore. The capital city of Belgium has much to offer; we suggest visiting Grand Place where 17th century architecture meets modern bars and restaurants resulting in a unique and captivating place to visit. For a chance to gauge the character and humour of Belgians, visit Manneken Pis.  Cartoons are a huge part of Belgian visual culture, the best-known series being ‘The Adventures of Tin Tin’ so a visit to the Belgian Comic Book Centre is definitely worth it.

Day 2: Brussels – Mechelen, 40 miles/65 kms

Mechelen - Belgium*

Mechelen

Pedal north east towards Leuven, a university city nestled in the Flemish region of Belgium. Beer dominates the culture in this city – Leuven is the home of Stella Artois and also boasts the longest bar in the world at Oude Markt. If beer does not take your fancy you  have a choice museums or galleries to visit or perhaps take time to experience the popular flower market. Afterwards cycle on to Mechelen, a scenic and striking city steeped in history. Featuring roughly 336 listed buildings including gothic and Baroque churches there is much to see in this majestic city.

Day 3 Mechelen – Bornem, 19 miles/30 kms

The Grote Market - Antwerp - Belgium*

Grote Market – Antwerp

Cycle along the beautiful tidal river Rupel to Bornem. Today’s ride is a short one, so there is plenty of time to take a 15 minute train ride into Antwerp. Here you can see splendid architecture, or perhaps enjoy lunch at one of the many beautiful courtyards or squares. We suggest a visit to the Cathedral of Our Lady, this astonishing monument was built over 169 years ago and really is a spectacle that is worth seeing.

 

Day 4: Bornem – Ghent 40 miles/63 kms

Ghent - Belgium*

Ghent

Cycle to the vibrant and medieval city of Ghent where there is much to see in this pretty city. A visit to ‘Gravensteen’ a 12th century castle which boasts a moat, turrets and arrow slits is a must. The centre of the city is well preserved, featuring original buildings and cathedrals. St. Bavo cathedral and its world famous multi-panel painting ‘The Adoration of the Majestic Lamb’ by Jan Van Eyck is not to be missed.

Day 5: Ghent – Bruges, 31 miles/50 kms

Bruges - Belgium*

Bruges

Cycle to Bruges, a UNESCO world heritage site. This quaint medieval town is laced with picturesque cobbled streets, wonderful canals and pretty market squares. Take a relaxing wander around the charming parks and intimate little streets where you may wish to indulge in some shopping. The Provincial Palace is a Gothic beauty. The incredible interior was completed by artists such as Hendrik and Gustaaf Pickery.

Day 6: Bruges – De Haan – Bruges, 31 miles/ 49 kms

Damme - Belgium*

Damme – near Bruges

Pedal along the canals to the attractive village of Lissewege and continue to the authentic coastal village of De Haan. Perhaps enjoy some last minute shopping, a boat ride on the canal or visit some museums. Then, back to Bruges for one last chance to absorb the atmosphere, art and culture. If you haven’t already then visit ‘Basilica of the Holy Blood’, a Romanesque church where a relic of the holy blood of Jesus Christ is kept. This church is a breath taking wonder and is a great way to wrap up you Belgian adventure.

Day 7: End of trip

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

Dates & Prices

2017 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday from 29 April to 16 September. Sundays also possible from 02 July to 20 August
Low season:29 April - 16 June and 28 August - 16 September
High season:17 June - 27 August
2017 Prices
045-101CBE
Per person - 2 sharing
Double/Twin
Low season
Double/Twin
High season
IGNORE
Sleeps X
IGNORE
Sleeps X
IGNORE
Sleeps X
IGNORE
Sleeps X
IGNORE
Sleeps X
IGNORE
Sleeps X
Superior category £462 £490            
Accom Type 2                
Accom Type 3                
Accom Type 4                
Accom Type 5                
Accom Type 6                
Accom Type 7                
Accom Type 8                
Accom Type 9                
Accom Type 10                

Price Includes

6 nights comfort accommodation. See notes below
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps and route information
Service hotline

Price Excludes

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

Supplements

Single (£199)
Half board (£119)
Extra night Bruges, double/twin (£53)
Extra night Bruges, single (£84)
Extra night Brussels, double/twin* (£57)
Extra night Brussels, single* (£99)
Bike hire, includes lock and pannier (£62)
Electric bike (£127)
Bike insurance (£16)
Electric bike insurance (£27)
Child seat (£16)

Reductions

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
* Extra night prices valid for Fri- Sun April - June & September and daily July - August. Other nights on request.
Deposit per person £100

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: Comfortable rooms in 3 and 4 star hotels.

Getting There

Gallery