Leuven in Flemish Brabant, Belgium. Flickr:Pedro

Diest has a lot of WWII history to explore. Flemish Brabant, Belgium. Flickr:Raoul Heremans

Belgium Beer Route

Belgium, Netherlands Bike Tours

Biking and beer in Flanders, Belgium

  • We already know that the Beer in Belgium is great, but did you know that biking here is too? Beer and Biking are the national past times of Belgium. On this bike tour in an idyllic Flemish landscape, you will discover the origins of several of Belgium’s best beers, all the while enjoying the lovely surroundings these beers come from. Belgian beer brewing dates to the Middle Ages. Many popular beers, from refreshing white ale to bolder tripels and quadrupels, can be traced to Belgium.

    Highlights:

    • Cycling through the woody Campine Region
    • Bocholt Beer brewery museum
    • Beverbeekse Heide Nature Reserve
    • Achelse Kluis: St. Benedict's Abbey
    • Heeze Castle
    • Postel Abbey
    • Cosmopolitan Antwerp
    • University town of Leuven

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  • Twin/double: £ 719 $ 1,449 839 $ 1275 NOK 7971 kr 7357 $ 956 Single supplement: £ 300 $ 605 350 $ 532 NOK 3325 kr 3069 $ 399

    extra options

    Dinner included (6, accept in Turnhout): £ 180 $ 363 210 $ 319 NOK 1995 kr 1842 $ 239 Electric bike rental: £ 60 $ 121 70 $ 106 NOK 665 kr 614 $ 80 Extra night:
    Twin/double:  £ 60 $ 121 70 $ 106 NOK 665 kr 614 $ 80 Single: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Brussels International Airport (BRU) located 90 km from Genk.

    Local Travel

    Onward travel by train to Genk. The train station is located directly under the departures and arrivals halls, at Level 1. There is an intercity train to Genk that departs from the airport with a transfer in Leuven. Travel time is 1 hour and 42 minutes. If you are spending time in Brussels before your tour, there are 6 trains an hour to and from Brussels.

    Climate

    Belgium has a temperate maritime climate influenced by the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean, with cool summers and moderate winters. Sometimes easterly winds can cause a more continental type of weather, being quite warm and dry in the summer. Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to research regional weather conditions including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more is weatherbase.com.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in 3 and 4-star accommodations such as the Hotel Atlantis in Genk and the Kapellerput Hotel in Heeze. Ask us and we can provide a sample hotel list. Final hotel list will be based on availability.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations in 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast
  • 24-speed hybrid touring bike with pannier and lock
  • Route descriptions and tourist information
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Luggage transfer
  • 7 day service hotline

What’s Not Included

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SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Departures every Saturday from April 6 to September 21, 2019

Skill Level

We are rating this tour easy to moderate even though you will cycle mostly on flat terrain. Distances range from 27 to 47 miles.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Belgium Beer Route Map

Day 1: Arrival Genk
Day 2: Genk - Heeze, 47 mi. (75 km) 
Day 3: Heeze - Turnhout, 40 mi. (64 km)
Day 4: Turnhout - Antwerp, 43 mi. (69 km) 
Day 5: Antwerp - Leuven, 39 mi. (63 km) 
Day 6: Leuven - Diest, 27 mi. (44 km) 
Day 7: Diest - Genk, 36 mi.  (58 km)
Day 8: Departure from Genk

All distances are approximate.

Day 1:  Arrival Genk
Individual arrival to Genk, check in to hotel located in the delightful Molenvijver Park. 

Day 2:  Genk - Heeze, 47 mi. (75 km) 
On quiet country roads, you cycle to Bocholt, home to Europe’s largest beer brewery museum. Here you will discover the whole procedure leading up to a perfectly poured pint. As you continue, you cycle past Hamont to Beverbeekse Heide nature reserve consisting of wetland, woods, and patches of heath. You will make a  stop at Achelse Kluis, St. Benedict’s Abbey and adjacent brewery, shop, gallery, and inn. The brewery, closed to the public, is one of the few places in the world where Trappist beer is still brewed, now under the supervision of two remaining monks, Cistercians of the Strict Observance or Trappists. After a well-earned Tripel, in the sunshine outside the inn, proceed through Leenderbossen woods to the villages of Leende and Heeze. In the evening, go for a pleasant walk on the grounds of Heeze Castle.

Day 3:  Heeze - Turnhout, 40 mi. (64 km)
On today’s route, you will traverse the Brabant Campine / Kempen region, enjoying woods and fields of heather. If you come in August, you will see the heather flowering. Stop off in the Brabant towns Valkenswaard and Bergeijk. Back in Belgium, the route passes close to Postel Abbey where beer has been brewed since 1611. Have a break in Arendonk and then end the day in Turnhout, a town historically linked to the production of playing cards. Check out the museum!

Day 4:  Turnhout - Antwerp, 43 mi. (69 km) 
Your first stop is picturesque Merksplas where you can pop in at the visitors’ center to find out all about former Merksplas-Kolonie, a corrective institution where able-bodied vagrants and beggars were taught farming skills and made to work the fields. Later on, pass Oostmalle and Malle on the way to Westmalle where you may enjoy a well-deserved Trappist beer at the café across the road from the abbey, before continuing on your way to the cosmopolitan city of Antwerp. 

Day 5:  Antwerp - Leuven, 39 mi. (63 km) 
As you leave Antwerp behind, your surroundings will become progressively quieter and greener. If you are into military heritage, stop off in Mortsel to visit Fort no. 4 of the originally eight Brialmont Forts (1860-1864) that made up the defensive line of Antwerp. It is built in brick with sandstone decorations and stands on an island surrounded by a ditch and glacis. Cycling towards Leuven you will pass the festival grounds of Rock Werchter, an annual four-day festival held at the end of June / beginning of July. The Rock Werchter Experience Center can be found in the village of Rotselaar. As you approach Leuven on your bicycle, you will encounter some gentle slopes. Leuven is a friendly and attractive university town. In the evening, have your taste of the good life alongside the local bon-vivants. Admire the lovely architecture of the Town Hall and library. Go for a walk through the quarter known as Groot Begijnhof, a beguinage.

Day 6:  Leuven - Diest , 27 mi. (45 km)
This wonderful leg of the tour takes you to Diest. In Tielt-Winge you will find Vlooybergtoren, a viewpoint with a difference: a rusty flight of stairs that ends in mid-air and looks like it will topple over at any minute. A little farther on, you will find Haksberg Castle amid 3.6 hectares of vineyards. Their wines are named after birds that can be found in the local Hageland region.  Your next stop is Belgium’s most important pilgrimage site, Scherpenheuvel, which boasts the oldest central-plan domed church in the Low Countries. Crown your day in beautiful Diest, a town that has ties to the Royal House of Orange. As yet undiscovered by mass tourism, it will probably be your biggest surprise on this holiday. Have a look around the courtyard beguinage, one of the oldest, most beautiful and best preserved in the Low Countries. Amble along the River Demer which flows through town once again, after having been covered up since the 1960s. A boardwalk, a cycling path, steps, and seating invite the townspeople to spend time by the water.

Day 7:  Diest - Genk, 36 mi.  (58 km)
The last leg of this tour takes you to several special and unique places. Cycling on today’s flat roads won’t leave you breathless, but the landscape surely will. Firstly, you will cycle to Schulermeer lake, that offers an array of water sports. Next, you will cycle to De Weijers, also known as Land of 1001 Ponds. Slalom your way around the manmade fishing ponds, marveling at the colorful vegetation and keeping an eye out for special species of amphibians and birds. Your next stop is in Bokrijk, an open-air museum which covers country life from 1910 to the 1960s, offering workshops in all kinds of historical skills and crafts. Towards the end of the day, get ready for the most bizarre experience of this holiday: Cycle on a path a that runs for 200 meters right through a natural lake. You will be at eyelevel with the surface of the water, moving in total harmony with the ducks.

Day 8: Departure from Genk
After one last hotel buffet breakfast, your bicycle holiday will come to an end. It is time to make your own way home.

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