Brussels to Bruges Cycling Holiday

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.

Bornem Castle

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.

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.

Brussels to Bruges Cycling Holiday

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.

Bornem Castle

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.

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

Day 1 : Arrive 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

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

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. If you stay in Bornem then be sure to take in the fairytale-like Bornem Castle on the banks of the Oude Schelde, a tributary of the Scheldt river.

Day 4 : Bornem – Ghent 40 miles/64 kms

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
33 miles/52 kms

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
35 miles/ 55 kms

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 : Bruges - end of trip

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

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

Smaller framed bikes for children and child seats are also available.

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

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Comfortable rooms in 3 and 4 star hotels.

Brussels: NH Hotel Berlaymont

Mechelen: NH Hotel Mechelen

Bornem: Hotel Secundo

Gent: Europahotel Gent

Bruges: Velotel

Local taxes: Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. The fee varies and is frequently changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

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