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Ghent Graslei boats

Flanders

From Brussels to Bruges

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Easy
Ghent Graslei boats

Flanders, the northern region of Belgium, enthralls with its seamless blend of historical richness and contemporary flair. The medieval cities of Bruges and Ghent boast stunning architecture and cultural vibrancy. Flanders' picturesque landscapes, culinary delights, and welcoming ambiance make it a diverse destination. Over the course of the eight-day tour, you'll also explore Antwerp, Dendermonde, and, finally, the capital city of Brussels. Indulge in sun-soaked moments by the North Sea and savor Belgian specialties like French fries and beer along the way!

Discover the Belgian capital of Brussels before embarking on your cycling adventure. Pedal along the historic art city route to the university town of Leuven and continue onwards to Mechelen. The following day, follow the Beneden-Dijl and Nete rivers until you reach Antwerp, renowned worldwide as a fashion hub.

Passing through Dendermonde, you'll cycle through numerous enchanting villages en route to Ghent, a true urban gem of Flanders. Before concluding your journey in Bruges, the picturesque town of Kortrijk is on your itinerary. Along the way, follow in the footsteps of Flemish painters, whose works you can admire in various museums. Upon arrival in Bruges, it's easy to fall in love with this city, with its picturesque canals and historic center.

  • Eating fries in Brussels: The Grand Place in the Belgian capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, mesmerizes with its Gothic architecture. The Atomium and Manneken Pis are iconic symbols of the city. Brussels not only boasts historical grandeur but also exudes a vibrant atmosphere, multicultural culinary delights, and serves as the political heart of Europe. Don't forget to indulge in the delicious fries at one of the street stalls!
  • The fashion metropolis of Antwerp exudes style and elegance. Its landmarks, including the cathedral, the Grote Markt, and the Rubenshuis, showcase its rich history. Antwerp's fashion district is a haven for designers, featuring institutions like the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and avant-garde boutiques.
  • The beautiful natural scenery of Flanders: The region is characterized by picturesque landscapes, offering a rich diversity of nature. As you cycle along various rivers, you'll encounter blooming fields, rolling hills, and extensive forests. National parks like Hoge Kempen and Zwin ensure unspoiled beauty, while the coast, with its dunes and nature reserves, provides an idyllic backdrop.

During this cycling tour, you'll primarily follow the historic art city route, which leads through captivating Belgian cities like Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp. Each city boasts a rich cultural heritage, featuring medieval architecture, impressive art collections, and picturesque squares. The cycling paths are well-maintained, and you'll have the option to shorten stages by using the train if needed.

When it comes to choosing a holiday destination, Belgium is not often at the top of the list. However, this country is underrated, as it offers charming cities, stunning nature, friendly people, and excellent cycling routes. Explore our cycling tours in Belgium and discover its hidden gems.

Itinerary at a glance

Flanders exudes a romance that you will learn to love as you travel past flocks of sheep, tranquil villages and idyllic rivers. With Ghent and Bruges, you will visit two magnificent cities, you will be delighted.

There's always something going on in Brussels. The vibrant metropolis is rich in art and culture and the architecture is inspiring. The Grote Markt, the Atomium and the Manneken Pis statue, which symbolise the Belgian capital, are of course a must-see. The fries stalls are also part of the cityscape - you can find a bag of crispy fries on practically every corner.

After breakfast, there is still time for a tour of the European capital. You can learn all sorts of interesting facts about Central Africa at the Royal Museum in Tervuren. A walk in the adjacent park is particularly beautiful and you can fortify yourself for the next few kilometres with a picnic. The historic art city route quickly takes you to Leuven. The university city is a hive of activity, with students setting the pace in the pedestrianised streets. Following the course of the River Dijle, you reach Mechelen, your destination for the day. The sounds of the famous carillon echo through the narrow streets up to eight times an hour.

Mechelen is a picturesque Flemish jewel. Hundreds of listed buildings, churches and monuments date back to the 16th century. You follow the course of the Beneden-Dijl and Nete rivers on quiet and flat paths. Historic Lier is not just about delicious food: The beguinage and the Belfry, a striking bell tower, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site some time ago. Antwerp is known as an important trading centre for diamonds. Art is not neglected in the harbour metropolis. And shopping fans can let off steam in the upmarket boutiques.

Antwerp is located on the Scheldt and you will be following it all day today. Lush green meadows and grazing cows accompany you on your cycle stage. The idyllic landscape alternates with picturesque Flemish villages. A cup of coffee is a great way to relax. A giant wooden horse symbolises the town of Dendermonde, today's stage destination. The Ross Bayard provides an unrivalled folk festival every ten years. The numerous restaurants on the historic market square will tantalise your taste buds in the evening.

Today you also follow the course of the Scheldt. The flat cycle paths along the banks guarantee a carefree cycling experience. Again and again you pass small Flemish villages, which are perfect for a break. At the end of the stage is Ghent, with its many cultural treasures. In the historic centre, the sights are strung together like pearls. In this trendy city, there is also plenty to enjoy: discover the culinary landscape of Flanders in the evening.

On today's stage, you will immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape around the Leie. This picturesque region has inspired countless artists. The green landscape with its extensive forests is a true natural paradise. Neoclassical castles and small artists' villages line the route. You can admire the works of the painters in the local museums. Your destination Kortrijk has the charm of a big city with the cosiness of a village. Modern architecture, a centuries-old cultural heritage and passionate creativity mingle in the centre.

Don't waste too much time on your last stage, because Bruges awaits you at the end: arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Your eyes will be spoilt for choice in this UNESCO World Heritage city. The medieval city centre has hardly changed since the 15th century. The canals guaranteed success and prosperity in the Middle Ages and made Bruges the Venice of the North. A perfect place to end your cycle tour along the historic art cities in beautiful Flanders.

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Route information

Easy

Flanders is ideal for cycling. The region has an excellent network of cycle paths. The easy stages are mostly on flat terrain on dedicated cycle paths or side roads with little traffic. Only at the entrances and exits of the towns is there likely to be more traffic. For most of the route, you follow the historic art city route along rivers and canals. The paths are mostly tarmac and the route is well signposted. The local rail network is well developed, so the routes can be shortened by train if necessary. This tour is also suitable for families with children.

Prices & Dates

Category:  3***- and 4****-hotels

Prices per person in EUR

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Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person, max. 23kg)
  • Printed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional

  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
  • Return transfer by bike bus from Bruges, Saturday mornings, costs EUR 79 per person, for own bike an additional EUR 39, reservation required, payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking /Departure

  • Brussels train station
  • Brussels airport
  • Hotel garage, costs approx. EUR 25 per day, reservation required, payable on site. Public garage, costs approx. EUR 15,- per day, no reservation possible
  • Good train connections between Bruges and Brussels

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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