Belgium Cycle - Bruges to Brussels

Belgium Cycle - Bruges to Brussels

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Belgium Cycle - Bruges to Brussels

8 Days Starting in Bruges and ending in Brussels

Visiting: Belgium

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

BCB

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 15

Physical rating:

moderate

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Tour Overview

During this week long cycle holiday, follow the Flemish Masters to the most beautiful towns in Belgium and admire their artworks in the Old Masters Museum in Brussels, St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, KMKSA and Rubens House in Antwerp, St. John’s Church in Mechelen and Groeninge Museum in Bruges. In between towns, there will be ample opportunity to explore the special pockets of this enchanting country. Much of the mainly flat route is alongside a river, past fields and through woods. At the end of the cycling day, stay in comfortable hotels and explore charming cities where local specialities such as beer, mussels and chocolate are waiting to be sampled

Highlights

  • Discovering the Art cities of Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels

  • Sampling the exquisite chocolates, waffles and beer in atmospheric cafes and bars

  • Exploring the picturesque, quiet Flemish countryside

  • Cycling at your own pace on a relaxed self guided itinerary

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Bruges

Bruges is known as the pearl of Flanders. It’s a truly enchanting town that has been welcoming tourists for about 150 years. With most of its medieval architecture intact, it remains exceptionally well preserved and can really give you a sense of times gone by when it was at the centre of the European wool and cloth trade. After checking in to your hotel, we recommend heading to the Markt for some delicious waffles, chocolates or beer.

Day 2 : Cycle Along The Ghent-Bruges Canal To Maldegem (54Km/33.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

This morning you begin your cycle by following the canal out of town. The Ghent-Bruges Canal dates from the 14th century and is one of the oldest in the country. Together with its towpaths, it forms a green corridor that has proved valuable for biodiversity. Past quiet villages such as Moerbrugge, Maria-Aalter and Knesselare, you will cycle through the flat Flemish countryside to Maldegem. In the evening, put your feet up in Maldegem.

Day 3 : Continue Through The Rural Meetjesland Region To Ghent (57Km/35.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

Today you traverse the rural Meetjesland region, a cycling paradise with woods, meadowland and vast cropfields. Enjoy the play of light as you ride your bike through the woods of Het Leen and Drongengoed. After, it is easy-pedalling through the flat landscape to Eeklo, a small town known for its many sculptures. Then proceed to Ghent. The Old Town of Ghent is like an open-air museum. It is also a UNESCO Creative City of Music. The music scene here is thriving. Festivals, music institutions, the carillon, concerts, students of music having a singsong on the quays… music is everywhere. After dark, the ambiance is magical, thanks to the town’s ingenious light plan.

Day 4 : Follow The River Scheldt To Dendermonde (47Km/29Mi)
Meals Included: B

For the main part of the day, the River Scheldt will be your guide. Follow it upstream past a string of Flemish villages and towns. A 13th-century castle is a real eyecatcher in the village of Laarne: a great place for a break. End the day in Dendermonde with its impressive Town Hall & Belfry. After checking in to your hotel, take some time to visit the Church of Our Lady boasting a baptismal font from the 11th century.

Day 5 : Cycle To Antwerp (57Km/35.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

This morning you make your way back to the Scheldt and cycle atop the river dike towards Antwerp. A delightful interlude: De Zilverreiger, a regional museum focused on preserving knowledge about trades and crafts that once flourished locally: basket weaving, river fishery, cooperage (barrel making), flax processing and clog making. After crossing the Scheldt by ferry, you will reach Kruibeke, home to Wissekerk Castle. In the 10th century this was a so-called water castle and part of the defense line of Antwerp along the river. Finish your day in Antwerp, a city with a long beer tradition and countless cafes. Discover the beautiful Old Town or go shopping for antiques and curio’s, home deco, vintage fashion finds or diamonds.

Day 6 : Continue To Mechelen (45Km/28Mi)
Meals Included: B

It’s only a short trip today so you have time to look around Antwerp some more, or visit a museum, before setting off towards Mechelen. 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. Then continue along quiet country lanes and alongside the River Nete to Duffel. And, yes! This is actually the town where “duffel” originated from: the heavy, woolly material used initially for bags and later for duffle coats, made popular by the British Royal Navy and still trendy today. In the 15th century, duffel was produced here and exported all over Europe: a profitable business for then-prosperous Duffel. In the town of Sint-Kathelijne-Waver, at the Ursuline Institute, a boarding school run by nuns, an exquisite surprise awaits. The convent/ school complex, Our Lady of Wavre, is a successful blend of art nouveau, neo-Gothic, neo-Empire and art deco. Best of all: the winter garden! Feast your eyes on a masterpiece of art nouveau, an ode to nature, springtime and light. Top off your day in Mechelen, small but attractive.

Day 7 : Cycle Via Meadows And Cropfields To Brussels (65Km/40Mi)
Meals Included: B

Cycle today on tree-lined country lanes, past a series of ponds, along a river, around a wood and through meadows and cropfields to Brussels. Along the way you'll pass Tervuren, known the Royal Africa Museum. In Brussels you will find a mix of cultures, as can be seen in the streets, menus and people. Head for the Grote Markt with its opulent guildhalls and town hall. Not only does Brussels have the landmark Manneken Pis, it also has delicious waffles, chocolates and beer. It's a city where culture vultures, shopaholics and gourmands make merry.

Day 8 : Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B

The trip concludes this morning in Brussels. Arrangements end after breakfast.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    hotels

  • 7 breakfasts: Breakfasts are continental style and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices

  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities

  • Information pack including route notes, maps, tourist information per room booked. (GPS tracks are available on request)

  • Emergency hotline

  • Luggage transfer between hotels - limited to 1 piece of luggage per person weighing a max 20kg.

  • Tourist tax

  • 24 speed rental bike with pannier, helmet, repair kit and lock (e-bikes available - supplement applies)

  • 7 breakfasts: Breakfasts are buffet style and will usually consist of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Bruges /Brussels

  • All drinks, lunches and dinners.

  • Entrance fees

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Guide - this is a self guided tour

  • Transfers

  • Ferries - allow 1 to 4 EUR per ferry

  • Travel insurance - mandatory

  • Excess luggage - supplement applies. Each piece of extra luggage will be charged a supplement. Luggage cannot be heavier than 20kgs due to work safety rules. Excess charge for extra luggage items to be booked and paid before departure. Please note that sm

  • As prices are based on twin occupancy, a single supplement will apply if you are travelling alone or book a single room

Accommodation

hotels
During the trip we use a combination of 3 and 4 star hotels chosen for their comfort and convenience to the cycle route.

Grading

This trip involves 6 days cycling between 34 and 65km / 21 and 40mi per day, usually along paved cycle paths and quiet county roads across generally flat terrain. The well-posted cycle route is generally low traffic and often car-free. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels/inns. The trip is graded moderate and is considered suitable for competent cyclists with a good level of fitness. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list and we do provide one for each client.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of utracks charges.

    Up to 70 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 69 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

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