Gorgeous Bruges with its famous Grote Markt in Belgium. Photo via Flickr:Benjamin Rossen

Bike break to pet some horses in Flanders. Photo via Flickr:antoine
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Brussels to Bruges

Belgium Bike Tours

Bike the Route of Historic Art Cities

  • The scenic Flanders region and pulsating city of Brussels make for a great cycling adventure! The two are filled with multicultural charm that includes beautiful landscapes, historic buildings, museums, grand cathedrals and many cultural highlights and culinary delights! As Belgium’s capital city, Brussels is home to a wide array of elaborate architectural wonders, such as the vast royal palace, and the lavishly pinnacled Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville) and many late 17th century guilded houses that both stand on Brussels’ famous central market square, the La Grand Place (also its biggest tourist attraction and perhaps the most beautiful square in all of Europe!)

    This tour takes place on predominantly quiet flat roads and bike paths along the well-signposted Flanders Cycle Route. The scenery will be filled with lush meadows, canals, sandy dunes and coastal villages as well as castles, abbeys, churches and windmills. The tour will also make a stop in the oldest Belgian university town of Leuven, the town of Gent (or Ghent) with its famous St. Bavo Cathedral filled with artistic treasures (Jan van Eyck!), the authentic coastal villages of De Haan and lastly, the historic town of Bruges! Bruges is very much like Brussels, in splendor and architectural wonders – just on a smaller scale.

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  • Price £ 565 $ 880 584 NOK 5937 kr 5481 $ 712

    High Season (from June 17 to August 27): £ 604 $ 940 624 NOK 6344 kr 5856 $ 761

    Single supplement: £ 203 $ 316 210 NOK 2135 kr 1971 $ 256

    extra options

    Dinners included:  £ 121 $ 188 125 NOK 1271 kr 1173 $ 153

    Electrical Bike: £ 53 $ 83 55 NOK 559 kr 516 $ 67

    Transfer from Bruges to Brussels: £ 48 $ 75 50 NOK 508 kr 469 $ 61

    Extra nights (price is per person/night)

    Bruges: £ 53 $ 83 55 NOK 559 kr 516 $ 67

    Single supplement: £ 29 $ 45 30 NOK 305 kr 282 $ 37

    ***Brussels: £ 58 $ 90 60 NOK 610 kr 563 $ 73

    Single supplement: £ 39 $ 60 40 NOK 407 kr 375 $ 49

    ***Prices valid on weekends (Friday to Sunday) from April to June + September to October and every day July through August. Pricing for all other days is available on request.

    please note

    Discounts available for children.

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Amsterdam or Brussels International airport.

    Local Travel

    Train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes about 2½ hr. Short train/taxi from the Brussels airport to the hotel.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in °F for the area are: April 51°/44°, May 58°/49°, June 63°/54°, July 66°/58°, August 68°/59°, September 64°/55°, and October 58°/51°

    Recommended

    Including 6 x 3-course dinners

    Remarks

    Children’s bicycles, seats, 3rd wheel, trailers, tandems, & electric bicycles are available by request for this tour.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 star and 4 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
  • Breakfast buffets
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle equipped with pannier, lock, repair kit and pump
  • 1 odometer (per two bikes)-must be reserved at time of booking
  • Tour information
  • Luggage transportation (1 piece per person)
  • Route descriptions & maps or GPS tracks-must be requested at the time of booking
  • 7 day a week service hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to Brussels
  • Beverages
  • Remaining meals (dinners can be included for a supplement)
  • Transfer from Bruges to Brussels (can be arranged, please see pricing)
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Bruges and Brussels available.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length7 days
From584 Rates
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Tour Dates

Every Saturday from April 29 until September 16, 2017

Please note: In July and August, arrival on Sundays are also possible, from July 2 to August 20

Skill Level

Easy, self-guided hotel tour with daily distances from 22 to 40 miles over quiet streets/bike paths. Cycling is mainly flat.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Brussels to Bruges Map

Day 1: Arrival in Brussels
Day 2: Brussels – Mechelen, 41 mi. (65 km)
Day 3: Mechelen – Bornem, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Bornem – Ghent, 39 mi. (63 km)
Day 5: Ghent – Bruges, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Day 6: Bruges – De Haan – Bruges, 30 mi. (49 km)
Day 7: Departure from Bruges

All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Brussels.
Brussels may not be a metropolis like Paris, London, or Rome, but it will certainly seduce you with multicultural charm and lively atmosphere. The market square, the Atomium, the famous statue Manneke Pis, and other icons of the Belgian capital are a must for every visitor of Brussels. With a 96m high tower, the Town Hall stands out from afar. It is beautifully decorated in the Brabantine Gothic style with a heavenly spire, on which stands a golden statue of the archangel Michael slaying the devil. The oldest portions of the Town Hall were built in the early 1400’s, and its elegantly decorated façade contains statues of nobles, saints and other figures. Another spectacular church is Saint Michael and Gudula’s Cathedral (Michael is the patron saint of Brussels). This archiepiscopal cathedral is frequently used for royal weddings. Brussels is also known for its Museum of Fine Arts (with Belgium’s largest collection of fine art, including works by Peter Paul Rubens), and the Atomium, a remnant of the 1958 World’s Fair. Moreover, Brussels is also the city of Jugendstil. And of course, there is always a festival such as ‘Couleur Café’, a flower carpet or an interesting exhibition.

DAY 2: Brussels – Mechelen, 41 mi. (65 km)
On the first day, you will cycle to Leuven. This city is not only known as a university city – with the oldest Belgian university, but also as a beer city. A walk in Mechelen, city on the river Dijle, will show you all the important historic buildings, which were erected during the time of the Burgundy. You certainly have to visit the St. Rombouts Cathedral, the palaces of Margarete of York and Margarete of Austria. Or you can also visit the toy’s museum!

DAY 3: Mechelen – Bornem, 19 mi. (30 km)
Today you will cycle along the river Rupel and Schelde to Bornem. Because of the short ride there is plenty of time to take a 15-minute train ride towards the center of Antwerp. Enjoy a stroll on the Meir, have a beer on one of the many plazas or admire the rich architecture and art of this charming town.

DAY 4: Bornem – Ghent, 39 mi. (63 km)
Gent, also the historical center of Flanders, offers a variety of places of interest and is overseen by lots of towers, for example the one of the St. Bavo cathedral with the world famous painting by Jan van Eyck. The historic heart of the city is well preserved: you can visit the old port, for example. Nearby, you will find the ‘Gravensteen’, once the medieval castle of the counts of Gent, today one of the most important places of interest.

DAY 5: Ghent – Bruges, 31 mi. (50 km) 
The historic center of Bruges is part of the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Seeing Bruges, you will notice it straight away: this city has always taken care of its architectural and cultural treasures. Take your time and stroll along lovely parks, intimate little streets and ancient market squares. You can also do some shopping for the famous local lace, chocolate, or beer. Or simple enjoy ‘French’ fries on the stunning market square.

DAY 6: Bruges – De Haan – Bruges, 30 mi. (49 km) 
Ride along the canals to the authentic coastal village of De Haan, enjoying a refreshing dive into the North Sea or relaxing at the beach. Or you can also enjoy a free day for shopping, a boat ride on the canals, sightseeing by carriage, visiting some museums, climbing the belfry and so on.

DAY 7: Departure from Bruges
Departure after breakfast or extra night in Bruges or Brussels. Back to Brussels from Bruges by direct train is approx. 1 hour ride.

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Customer Feedback

  • Moshe S. 3 months ago

    The trip is impressively planned, and the visit to the most important cities in Belgium was on the cycling track.
    Two days during the trip were difficult, where we had to ride about 70 km a day.
    The views during the ride were refreshing and changing.
    The experience started from the time of the order, which was handled by 3 different contacts (pricing, description of the route and payments), the coordination between them was excellent - and the trip was conducted according to the plan with a few minor errors in navigation that were not too significant.
    Highly Recommend!

  • Mary Lees 7 months ago

    Route descriptions need significant updating and elaboration. There were many detours that are not indicated in the guide - took us off track, added many km and much confusion to the ride. Became VERY frustrating. Bikes need much better maintenance - friend had a broken chain day 2 . Arranging the repair was difficult - they lost a day of cycling. Very poor communication around the repair, no one seemed to know what they were doing. Really took away from the trip. Would have been much worse had we been in a more remote area when the break happened - would have been stranded for hours. The most helpful person was a local tow truck driver - he saved the day. Never saw a representative from the company in person for the whole trip. What??? Should, at the very least, have one at the beginning to review procedures, answer questions. Liked the biking, but some routes along canals got boring. We ended up going off route - saw much more. Hotel, luggage transfers were smooth. With the exception of the hotel in Bornem, hotels were nice. Overall, quite pleasant when things were going well, but did not feel that we got good personal support or service for the money we paid. Emergency support services need a LOT of improvement.

  • Jane Brown 2 years ago

    The trip was awesome.

  • Tamara MacAskill 2 years ago

    Route guidance and maps need improvement. Otherwise, everything was great.

  • Diane 5 years ago

    This tour was phenomenal! My boyfriend and I had no idea what to expect since we booked it rather last-minute. Carla took care of everything and all we had to do was show up!

    The bikes are typical city hybrid bikes that rode just fine. Some people on the tour brought their own bikes, too, so that's an option.

    It was completely self-paced and you can linger in the cities you pass through or stop for lunch whenever you please. We usually kept running into the same cyclists, but it was never as though we all had to stick together in a herd.

    We were booked into some very nice hotels and what a treat that they schlep your luggage from place-to-place for you. One less thing to worry about! Given that you're on your bike for a good portion of the day, it's good to know that you will have a comfy bed waiting for you at day's end.

    The map is helpful. I will say that the directions in English started off well, but there were a few glitches along the way. Particularly if your odometer isn't working or if you wander around a bit (and you will because the cities you pass through are really beautiful!), you get thrown off-course. Thankfully, Belgians have to be the most incredibly helpful and friendliest group of people we have ever met; if we were ever lost, there was always someone willing to help us get where we needed to go.

    If you're worried about the difficulty, don't be. My boyfriend is a seasoned rider; my longest rides prior to this were about fifteen miles. The route is all pretty much flat (even on Day 1 when there are supposed to be hills to tackle). If you leave just after breakfast, you will arrive at the next destination with time to explore and relax.

    If you're worried about safety, also have no fear here. Belgium has the equivalent of an intrastate highway system for bikes. In big cities, bike lanes are clearly marked and people heed to them. The pace of life is much different than back in the States and drivers are incredibly patient around cyclists.

    This was so much fun and we are definitely looking forward to another trip!

  • Stanley Pearson 6 years ago

    Our group of 12 took this tour several years ago. We had extra days in Brussels (well worth it) and in Brugges (three days will give you a day to visit the seacost resorts (just 10 miles away. This trip is entirely in the Flenish (Northern) part of Belgium. Pack and Pedal took care of us in a first class manner..

  • Heidi Coleman 6 years ago

    We loved our trip. It was our first visit to Belgium and we felt like we saw most of the country ... Brussels, Leuven, Ghent, Antwerp, Bruges and more. Plus, you really get to see a place up close when you do it by bike.

    The bike paths were excellent ... many of them were along rivers or canals. The directions were usually easy to follow and, on occasion, when they weren't, that just added to the adventure.

    There is so much to do in Brussels, we stayed a couple of extra days. Bruges is so charming, we spent a little extra time there, too. Plus, we were fortunate to be in both Ghent and Bruges during festivals.

    We look forward to other trips in the future.

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