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7-day Cycling Holiday in Flanders, Belgium
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7-day Cycling Holiday in Flanders, Belgium

7-day Cycling Holiday in Flanders, Belgium

Self-guided Ghent and Bruges bike tour

  • Visit the most charming places in Flanders
  • Two beautiful cities, Bruges and Ghent
  • Fully explore its historical charms
  • Traverse natural landscapes dotted with cultural highlights
  • Pass through the center of the Tour of Flanders cycling race
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ROUTE
Day 1: Arrival in Ghent
Day 2: From Ghent to Maldegem (57 km / 35 mi)
Day 3: From Maldegem to Bruges (53 km / 33 mi)
Day 4: Roundtrip Bruges (60 km / 37 mi)
Day 5: Bruges - Aalter (53 km / 33 mi)
Day 6: From Aalter to Ghent (54 km / 34 mi)
Day 7: Departure from Ghent

Day 1:    Arrival in Ghent

Organize your own journey to Ghent. Try to arrive early to make the must of your time in this wonderful city.

Day 2:    From Ghent to Maldegem (57 km / 35 mi)

Head west and discover the rural Meetjesland region, a cycling paradise with woods, meadowland and vast cropfields. It is easy-pedalling through the flat landscape to Eeklo, a small town known for its many sculptures. Then cycle through the Het Leen and Drongengoed woods. If you still have the energy, Maldegemveld nature reserve has a 3.5-km signposted walk past patches of heather. In the evening, put your feet up in Maldegem.

Day 3:    From Maldegem to Bruges (53 km / 33 mi)

Yet another lovely route through the flat Flemish countryside. After Maldegem you will pass some quiet villages such as Knesselare, Maria-Aalter and Moerbrugge. On the last stretch, follow the Ghent-Bruges canal. It dates back to the 14th century and is one of the oldest in the country. Together with its towpath verges, it forms a green corridor that is important for biodiversity. Your destination Bruges is a true gem for Belgium. The charming town has cobbled roads, medieval-looking buildings and a fairytale ambiance. 

Day 4:    Roundtrip Bruges (60 km / 37 mi)

On your extra day in Bruges, opt to spend the entire day in this beautifully-preserved, medieval wonderland and you won't regret it. Cobbled streets, and historical buildings.

The alternative would be to return to your bike to cycle a round tour through a panoramic meadow landscape north of Bruges, on country lanes laned with majestic trees, to the village of Hoeke. Later, follow the Damse Vaart canal into the Netherlands to visit the fortified town of Sluis. Get into the town for a lunch break in the main square. Then, return to the road, through Zelandic Flanders back into Belgium. Your next stop is charming Damme, another fortified town. At the end of the day, follow the Damse Vaart back to Bruges.

Day 5:    Bruges - Aalter (53 km / 33 mi)

Leaving Bruges behind you, enter the provincial parks of Beisbroek and Tudor. Next up is Loppem Castle, the only totally authentic castle remaining in Belgium - original, inside and out. Via Oostkamp and Hertsberge, reach Bulskampveld landscape park. Kilometer after kilometer of woody surroundings without encountering one single car. Via Maria-Aalter and Blekkerbos woods, you will arrive in Aalter.

Day 6:    From Aalter to Ghent (54 km / 34 mi)

From Aalter, set course for the final destination of your journey. On narrow, flat and low-traffic roads, cycle firstly to Deinze on the Leie, with a characteristic church by the river. The pastoral idyll of this area has traditionally drawn many artists to your next stop, the town of Sint-Martens-Latem. Opt to visit Dhondt Dhaenens Flemish art museum. Many of the artists were inspired by the river Leie, which will regulary come back into view, during your last kilometers back to Ghent. As the sun sets over Ghent, drink in the magical scenery one last time before you return home the next morning.

Day 7:    Departure from Ghent

After breakfast, your holiday will come to an end. It’s time to return 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. 

 Hotel Orion*** (Gent)
Hotel Orion*** (Gent)

The Art Deco-style villa, built in 1928. The rooms feature all the amenities to make your visit a pleasant stay.

www.hotel-orion.be

Amaryllis Maldegem** (Maldegem)
Amaryllis Maldegem** (Maldegem)

Recently renovated, is located on the outskirts of Maldegem. The Amaryllis offers comfortable accommodations with included breakfast, free internet access, and complimentary private parking.

www.maldegem.hotelamaryllis.be

NH Brugge****(Brugge)
NH Brugge****(Brugge)

The NH Brugge hotel is very well located. It offers 149 rooms of various categories, all equipped with amenities such as coffee and tea machines. 

www.nh-hotels.com

Apollonia B&B (Aalter)
Apollonia B&B (Aalter)

Situated in a rural environment alongside a private road, its position is very central for your stay, be it business or pleasure. The entire B&B was renovated in January 2022.

apollonia-bb.be

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PRACTICAL INFO

The journey from Antwerp to Ghent takes approximately 45 minutes. And one hour from Brussels.

Train and bus schedules and tickets.

Hybrid bikes

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

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Child bikes

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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Tandem bike

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 

Family Tandem

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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Tag-along bike

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 

Child trailer

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.  

NL-trailer 

E-bikes

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

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GPS-tracks available

INCLUDED

Included

  • 6 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations(1 suitcase per person, max 20 kg)
  • Tourist taxes
  • Detailed route descriptions in digital and printed format
  • 24-hour phone assistance


Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers to the first accommodation and from the last
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, or tips


Optional Services

  • Option to rent our bicycles and trailers
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