Cycling Holiday in Belgium, from Brussels to Bruges
7 Days / 6 Nights (5 Days Cycling)
Selected 4* & 3* Hotels
Distance: 166 miles / 266 km
Luggage Transfers Included
Bikes, Electric Bikes, Tandems, Kids Bikes, Trailer-Bikes & Trailers Available
Departures in 2020:
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in April, May, June, September & October
Every Day in July & August
Bed & Breakfast from €499
Cycling Holiday in Belgium, from Brussels to Bruges via Ghent
This cycling holiday in Belgium could be titled “Flanders in a Nutshell”. On the way from the sophisticated capital city of Brussels to the charming city of Bruges, you will cycle through an enchanting landscape, where history and culture combine to provide an unforgettable cycling holiday. Each day of this bike tour showcases distinct features of Northern Belgium, including picturesque villages, castles, churches, museums, canals, beaches, dunes and “polders” – areas of land reclaimed from the sea.
The five cycling routes on this cycling holiday are of between 35 and 65 km. They are generally flat, very well way-marked and follow cycle paths and quiet roads. We grade this tour as “easy”. It is suitable for cyclists of any standard and is recommended for families.
On this cycling tour in Belgium we offer accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels. All breakfasts are included and half-board is an option. The tour also includes daily baggage transfers, emergency support, a comprehensive information pack and a guide book. We can arrange the hire of good quality touring bikes for both adults and children, as well as electric bikes, tandems, trailer bikes, kids’ trailers and child seats.
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Belgium: Itinerary
- Day 1: Arrive in Brussels.
- Day 2: Mechelen, approx 65 km / 41 miles.
- Day 3: Bornem, approx 30 km / 19 miles.
- Day 4: Ghent, approx 64 km / 40 miles.
- Day 5: Bruges, approx 52 km / 33 miles.
- Day 6: Circular tour via De Haan, approx 55 km / 34 miles.
- Day 7: Depart from Bruges.
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Given the variety of accommodation options and the different routes that may be selected between them, all daily distances are approximate.
After checking into your hotel you should take time to have a look around Brussels. Things happen in Brussels! Not just because it’s the capital of 500 million Europeans but also because there is an exciting cultural, artistic and social scene.
Brussels with its historic beauty, galleries, small streets and multicultural soul, is one of the greenest cities in Europe. “Must Sees” for every visitor are the great market square, the Atomium, the Parlamentarium, Manneken Pis and the Art Nouveau buildings – the icons of the city! Brussels is brimming with hidden treasures!
Brussels to Mechelen
(Approx 65 km / 41 miles)
After breakfast you can collect your hire bikes and really start your cycling tour in Belgium! First, a gentle ride will take you to Leuven, the the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant. Leuven is a prominent brewing centre and the home of the oldest university in Belgium. The picturesque centre of this small city is well worth a visit.
Next stop, Mechelen! With its superb central square, impressive cathedral and over 300 other listed buildings and monuments, Mechelen is one of Flanders’ most historic cities. The must-see places are probably the cathedral of Saint Rombout and the palaces of Margarete of York and Margarete of Austria, whilst the toy museum must be at the top of the list for the young and the young-at-heart!
Mechelen to Bornem
(Approx 30 km / 22 miles)
Today’s ride is just a short trip along the rivers Rupel and Schelde to Bornem. Before leaving Mechelen, why not take the chance to hop on the train for the 15-minute journey into Antwerp, Belgium’s second city and biggest port? Antwerp’s lovely medieval centre, cobbled lanes, riverside fortress and impressive cathedral make it well worth the detour.
Bornem to Ghent
(Approx 64 km / 40 miles)
Ghent is the historical centre of Flanders and is a university town and cultural hub. Its attractive pedestrianised centre and medieval landmarks, such as the cathedral of Saint Bavo (with its world famous painting of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, by Jan van Eyck), the 12th-century Gravensteen castle and the Graslei (a row of guildhalls beside the Leie river harbour), make Ghent one of the most popular places to visit in Flanders.
Ghent to Bruges
(Approx 52 km / 33 miles)
The final stop on your cycling tour in Belgium is the historic city of Bruges: the renowned “Venice of the North”, widely regarded as the most beautiful city in Belgium. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, the picturesque cobbled lanes and narrow canals, the lovely market square lined with soaring towers, the historic churches and fascinating museums (not to mention the numerous chocolate shops and bars) mean that Bruges has it all!
Don’t miss the fabulous evening floodlighting of the city and watch out for the sites in which the (now classic) film “In Bruges”, starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, was filmed.
Bruges – De Haan – Bruges
(Approx 55 km / 34 miles)
Today there is no need to pack your bags, as you will be returning to the same hotel in Bruges. After breakfast, you can ride along the canals to the picturesque village of Lissewege and continue to the lovely coastal town of De Haan, where you can take a dip in North Sea or just relax on the lovely beach.
If you prefer, you could also enjoy a day of shopping, a boat ride on the canals, or take in some of the sights of Bruges, with its many museums and historic buildings. The lovely port of Ostend is also just a short train ride away.
Hire bikes are available until 7.00 pm.
Departure from Bruges
After breakfast it’s time to leave Bruges. There are regular trains to Brussels (not included), or we can arrange a private transfer.
There are direct flights and trains from Brussels to many cities. However, what’s the rush? Why not take time to explore Belgium and the Low Countries before you leave? We can easily arrange an extension for as long as you like.
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Belgium: Dates & Prices
This cycling holiday in Belgium is available from April to October 2020, with departures every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in April, May, June, September and October, and every day in July and August. The price differs according to season:
|1 April-12 June|
23 August-31 October
|13 June-22 August|
|Half Board (6 Dinners)|
|Kids Bike, Trailer or Trailer-Bike|
|Insurance for Hybrid Bike|
|Insurance for Electric Bike|
|Hotel Upgrade in Bruges|
*A solo traveller can do this tour with no further supplement.
Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by transfer to our Spanish bank.
We do not charge a handling fee if you pay by credit card.
There are a number of great discounts available on this cycling tour in Belgium:
- Child up to 2 years sharing room with 2 adults – FREE.
- Child 3-6 years sharing room with 2 adults – 50%.
- Child 7-11 years sharing room with 2 adults – 25%.
- No luggage transfers – €40 pp.
This cycling holiday in Belgium includes:
- 6 nights accommodation in specially-selected 4* & 3* hotels. Double, twin or family rooms with en-suite bath/shower.
- 6 breakfasts.
- Daily luggage transfers – One piece per person with a maximum weight of 20 kg. (Discount if not required.)
- Information pack, including cycle map with detailed tour description in English, French, German, Spanish or Dutch. (1 per room.)
- Service hotline, 7 days a week.
The following services are not included in the price of this cycling holiday, but we would be delighted to help you to organise them:
- Travel to Brussels and from Bruges, including flights and airport transfers.
- Dinners, lunches drinks and snacks. (Half-board available.)
- Travel insurance.
- Extra nights in Brussels, Bruges or at any point along the route.
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Belgium: Accommodation
This cycling tour in Belgium uses mainly 4* and some 3* hotels throughout the tour. All of the hotels are specially selected for their standards of service, warmth of welcome and character. Almost all have free WIFI.
Breakfast is included in the tour price and half-board is an option.
Your hotel reservations will normally be confirmed at least one month before the start of the tour.
Night 1 – Brussels
The NH Brussels du Grand Sablon is on Brussels’ most beautiful square, famous for its antique shops and chocolatiers. Only a short walk from the luxury boutiques along Avenue Louise and the Grand Place, the centerpiece of the city.
Night 2 – Mechelen
The Hotel NH Mechelen is located in the beautiful, cobbled Korenmarkt, in the historic center of the city, just a 5-minute walk from the Grand Place.
Night 3 – Bornem
The Hotel Secundo is a brand-new family hotel, ideally situated in the rural community of Bornem.
Night 4 – Ghent
Europahotel is a modern and cosy family hotel located next to the beautiful river ‘Leie, a 15-minute walk from the centre of the city.
Nights 5 & 6 – Bruges
Hotel Velotel is set within a green park, just outside the centre of Bruges. It features spacious accommodation with free WiFi and is just a short bus or bike ride from the main attractions.
If you would prefer a more central hotel in Bruges, please ask about an upgrade.
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Belgium: Travel
Getting to & from Brussels & Bruges
Flights & Trains
This cycling holiday in Belgium starts in Brussels and finishes in Bruges. Brussels has direct flight connections with many European cities. Please visit www.skyscanner.net to check flights.
At the end of the tour you will need to arrange your onward transportation from Bruges. There are regular trains between Bruges and Brussels. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes and tickets cost around €20. Please visit the Belgian train website [Click Here] to check train times and fares.
If you prefer, we would be delighted to organise a private transfer. Please ask for details.
There is very little free parking in Brussels or Bruges. It is cheaper to park the car in Bruges then go by train to Brussels to start the trip. When you arrive in Bruges at the end of the tour, your car will be waiting for you.
We would be very happy to arrange your travel to Brussels and from Bruges. Please ask for details.
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Belgium: Hire Bikes
Bikes are not included in the price of this cycling tour in Belgium, but we can supply 7-speed hybrid bikes for men and women, as well as electric bikes, tandems, bikes for kids, trailer bikes, baby / toddler trailers and child seats.
Hire bikes are supplied for 5 days. They are available from 9.30 am on day 2 until 7.00 pm on day 6. Please see “Dates & Prices” for hire charges.
All adult rental bikes are equipped with a speedometer, a luggage rack, a pump, repair kit, spare inner tube and with a single pannier bag for the carriage of spare clothing and food.
Helmets are not compulsory for anyone, including children.
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Belgium: More Info
This cycling holiday in Belgium is an easy tour that should be achievable by even novice cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness, as well as by children. The routes are clearly marked or described throughout and are generally flat, smooth and traffic-free.
This is an unescorted cycle tour. The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes.
Daily luggage transfers are included in the price of this cycling holiday. There is a strict limit of 1 piece of luggage per person, with a maximum weight of 20 kg. There is a discount if luggage transfers are not required.
The weather in Belgium between April and October can be very changeable. Please check the weather forecasts and be prepared. It will almost always be necessary to carry a waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers may also be required at times. In summer, a sun hat and sunscreen are often essential.
All items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking.
Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Belgium: Gallery
Cycling tour in Belgium. Click any image to enlarge in gallery view.