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
- 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
Every Saturday from April 30 to September 17, 2016
Please note: In July & August, arrivals on Sundays are also possible, from July 3 to August 21, 2016
Easy, self-guided hotel tour with daily distances from 22 to 40 miles over quiet streets/bike paths. Cycling is mainly flat.
Day 1: Arrival in Brussels
Day 2: Brussels – Mechelen, 41 mi. (65 km)
Day 3: Mechelen – Bornem, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4: Bornem – Ghent, 41 mi. (65 km)
Day 5: Ghent – Bruges, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Bruges – De Haan – Bruges, 38 mi. (60 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, 22 mi. (35 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, 41 mi. (65 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, 38 mi. (60 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.