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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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 panner, 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.

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length7 days
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Tour Dates

Every Saturday from April 29 untill 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

  • Jane Brown 1 year ago

    The trip was awesome.

  • Tamara MacAskill 1 year ago

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

  • Diane 4 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 5 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 5 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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