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From Brussels to Bruges in 8 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
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BESB810
Cycling E-Bikes
price in double room from: € 875
From Brussels to Bruges in 8 days

From Brussels to Bruges in 8 days

Between two iconic cities of Belgium

  • Follow the Flemish Masters to the most beautiful towns in Belgium 
  • 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.
  • you will ride your bike through many different regions
  • following a signposted route.
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ROUTE
Day 1: Arrival Bruges
Day 2: From Bruges to Maldegem (54km / 33,5 mi)
Day 3: Maldegem - Ghent (33 mill / 57km)
Day 4: Ghent - Dendermonde (28,5 mill / 46km)
Day 5: Dendermonde - Antwerp ( 35 mill / 57 km)
Day 6: Antwerp - Mechelen (24 mill / 39 km)
Day 7: Mechelen - Brussels (40 mill / 65 km)
Day 8: Departure Brussels

Day 1:    Arrival Bruges

Organize your own journey to Bruges. Try to arrive early to make the most of your time in this wonderfully harmonious town with a consistently medieval look.  Cobblestones under your feet; swans in the lake; stone archways and bridges; pretty houses reflected in the canals… everything is picture-perfect.

Day 2:     From Bruges to Maldegem (54km / 33,5 mi)

Follow the canal out of town. The Ghent-Bruges Canal dates to 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. If you are still in for a walk, explore Maldegemveld nature reserve which has some interesting flora, the product of sandy soil (low in nutrients; acidic) and superficial, waterlogged clay deposits. In the evening, put your feet up in Maldegem.

Day 3:    Maldegem - Ghent (33 mill / 57km)

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. Subsequently, 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:    Ghent - Dendermonde (28,5 mill / 46km)

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. Also stop off in Dendermonde for a look at the Town Hall & Belfry and visit the Church of Our Lady boasting a baptismal font from the 11th century.  End the day in Dendermonde, where some delicious beers are brewed.

Day 5:    Dendermonde - Antwerp ( 35 mill / 57 km)

Quickly 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. After crossing the Scheldt by ferry, you will reach Kruibeke, home to Wissekerk Castle. Crown 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:    Antwerp - Mechelen (24 mill / 39 km)

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. Then continue along quiet country lanes and alongside the River Nete to 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:    Mechelen - Brussels (40 mill / 65 km)

Ride your bike 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, pass Tervuren, known for the Royal Africa Museum. In Brussels, you will find a mix of cultures, as can be seen in the streets, menus and people’s appearance. Head for the Grande Place and go for a walk. Not only does Brussels have Manneken Pis, it also has the most delicious waffles, chocolates and pints. This is a city for culture vultures, shopaholics, and gourmets & gourmands.

Day 8:    Departure Brussels

One last hotel breakfast buffet and your cycling holiday will come to an end. Make your own way home.

STANDARD HOTELS

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. A list of the hotels we work with appears below. If a certain accommodation is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a comparable alternative. 

 

Amaryllis Maldegem** (Maldegem)

This cosy, recently renovated family hotel is set in the wonderful, scenic region of Meetjesland, just outside Maldegem.The Amaryllis provides homely, bed and breakfast accommodation with free internet access and free private parking facilities. 

www.maldegem.hotelamaryllis.be

Hotel Chamade*** (Gent)

Hotel Chamade is a 3-star hotel located in a residential area of Ghent, nearby the Sint-Pietersstation and within walking distance of the historical center of Ghent. 

www.chamade.be

SELECT HOTELS

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. A list of the hotels we work with appears below. If a certain accommodation is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a comparable alternative.

 Velotel**** (Brugge)
Velotel**** (Brugge)

Hotel Velotel is a true paradise situated in a green and tranquil oasis in Bruges. You can enjoy a delightful meal in our restaurant or savor a typical Belgian beer at the bar. 

www.hotelvelotel.com

Abalona**** (Dendermonde)
Abalona**** (Dendermonde)

Founded in 2011, it offers the appearance of a modern hotel with the personalized attention of a B&B. It features 13 elegant rooms with king-size beds, wifi, air conditioning, a desk, and designer bathrooms.

www.abalona.be

Mercure Antwerp City South**** (Antwerpen)
Mercure Antwerp City South**** (Antwerpen)

Is located in the heart of Antwerp's financial district. This four-star hotel, situated in a modern glass building, provides a convenient environment with your comfort in mind.

www.all.accor.com

Hotel Vé**** (Mechelen)

Hotel Vé is a hotel on the cosiest square in Mechelen: the Vismarkt. Vé is situated in a former fish smokehouse and an old cigar factory. We kept the unique structures of the buildings and combined them with modern architecture and contemporary luxury.

www.hotelve.com

NH Brussels EU Berlaymont**** (Brussel)
NH Brussels EU Berlaymont**** (Brussel)

Situated in the heart of the European Quarter, is ideal for visitors to the EU institutions. It's also a relaxing heaven from the hustle and bustle of the city.

www.nh-hotels.com

PRACTICAL INFO

The train journey from Brussels airport to the train station in Bruges takes approximately 1.5 hours.

From Ostend-Bruges Airport it takes approximately 1 hour to travel by bus from the airport (bus stop Raversijde Luchthavenstraat) to Bruges center.

Brussels is the final destination of this trip.
You can take the train back to Bruges, or from Brussels to the nearest airports: Brussels Airport (BRU) or Ostend-Bruges Airport (OST).

For timetables and tickets: train.
For timetables and tickets: bus. 

We have a limited amount of tandem bikes available on request. The tandem bikes are steel Victoria Special 8.7 or similar. Tandem bikes are suitable for two adults only. 

Assembly: Shimano Acera 24 gears  Brakes: Magura HS11 (hand brakes)

Tires: Schwalbe Marathon Plus. Saddle: Selle Royal Rio Plus SR 8020. Weight: ca. 28 kg

The tandem bikes have a frame size of 48 cm. 
The height of the handle bars on a tandem bike cannot be adjusted.

NL-tandem Victoria 

 

We have limited family tandem bikes available on request. The family tandems are made of aluminium and can be used for one adult and one child with a minimum body height of 125 cm.

Assembly: Shimano (8 gears) Brakes: V-Brakes (hand brakes)

Tires: Schwalbe Marathon plus Saddle: Selle Royal Rio Pedals: Flat pedals

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For children who are at least 125 cm, we can also arrange bikes (these are 24”or 26” for children that are bigger than 140 cm). The bikes are Oxford Kick-Off bikes or similar, we also use child mountainbikes as child bike.

Assembly: Shimano 7 gears Brakes: Shimano V-Brakes (hand brakes)

Pedals: flat pedals Weight: 13,3 kg (24 inch) or 13,9 kg (26 inch)

The maximum body height for a child’s bike is 155 cm.  

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Child trailers can be rented for a maximum of two children who are up to 100 cm (max. 35 KG in total). 

We mostly use the XLC Duo 2 child trailer.
Child trailers are not possible in combination with e-bikes.  

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A tag-along bike is a good option for children between approx. 100 cm and 125 cm, as they can pedal themselves and on their own pace but don’t have to worry about other traffic.

Fun Trailer 

Our hybrid bikes are aluminum bikes and have 27-gears

Assembly: Shimano Deore  Brakes: Shimano V Brakes (hand brakes)

Tires: Schwalbe Marathon.  Saddle: Selle Royal Freedom

Pedals: flat pedals (XLC)   Weight: circa 16,5 kilo

 

The e-bikes are Freebike Harlem or similar. The bikes have a small electric engine and battery, which can be charged at the hotels. You still have to pedal: it just makes pedaling much easier. Some experience with e-bikes is recommended, as the bikes accelerate faster and are heavier than regular bikes because of the electric engine.

Assembly: Shimano Nexus 8 gears. Brakes: Shimano hydraulic discbrakes

Handlebars are adjustable without any tools  Tires: Continental

Pedals: Flat pedals  Saddle: Velo Comfort

Range battery: ca. 100 km (with normal use)  Weight: ca. 25 kilo. 

GPS-tracks available

INCLUDED

Included

  • 7 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer to your next hotel
  • Tourist Tax
  • Tourist information on all the places of interest
  • Maps, tourist information and route descriptions in English
  • 24-hour telephone assistance


Not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers by public transportation
  • Transfer to first/ from last accommodation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, tips, extra transfers, etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program


Optional services

  • Bike rental 
  • Halfboard
  • Extra nights at any of the accommodations of the programme
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
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