Belgium: Cycling Holiday in Bruges (4 or 5 Nights)
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Centre-Based Cycling Holiday in Bruges

Self-Guided

5 Days / 4 Nights or 6 Days / 5 Nights
(4 Days Cycling)

4 Categories of Hotel: Economy, Standard, Premium & Deluxe

Distance: Up to approximately 149 miles / 240 km

Level: Easy

Bikes, Electric Bikes, Tandems, Kids’ Bikes, Trailer-Bikes, Seats & Trailers Available

Available from 24 March to 28 October 2018

Bed & Breakfast from ₤195 / €225 / US$265 pp

Tours around Flanders on Centre-Based Cycling Holiday in Bruges

A centre-based cycling holiday in Bruges. The lovely city of Bruges – a UNESCO World Heritage site – is the perfect centre for a cycle touring holiday. With its medieval town centre, narrow canals, chocolate shops, bars, museums and imposing tower, Bruges is much more than a cycling destination.

This is a centre-based holiday which includes hand-picked accommodation and breakfasts in lovely hotels, close to the best that Bruges has to offer. It also includes a comprehensive information pack and route maps, as well as emergency support.

Cycling out of the city, you will pass through an enchanting landscape, where history and culture combine to provide an unforgettable cycling holiday. Each of the 4 routes included in the guide book, 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 routes are of between 55 and 69 km. They are generally flat, very well way-marked, and follow cycle paths and quiet roads, which usually have very little traffic.

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.

Cycling Holiday in Bruges: Itinerary

Routes can be done in any order:

  • Route 1: Castles around Torhout & Wijnendaela, Approx. 43 miles / 69 km.
  • Route 2: The North Sea – Damme & Knokke, Approx. 37 miles / 59 km.
  • Route 3: The North Sea – Lissewege & De Haan, Approx. 33 miles / 52 km.
  • Route 4: Park, Castle & Nature around Bulskampveld, Approx. 35 miles / 55 km.

Cycling Holiday in Bruges: Map

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Day 1
Arrive Bruges

After checking into the hotel you should take time to have a look around Bruges. (If you are only staying four nights and are hiring bikes, you will need to do one of the cycling tours on Day 1, as the bikes have to be returned on the evening of Day 4.)

This historic city is known as the “Venice of the North” and is 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 and watch out for the sites in which the (now classic) film “In Bruges” starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, was filmed.

Days 2 – 4 or 5

On the 5-night cycling holiday in Bruges, you will take delivery of the hire bikes on the morning of day 2.

All of the routes on the Romantic Bruges Cycling Tour can be done in any order. The route book details four tours following a signposted cycling network, all of which are very easy to follow.

Please note that hire bikes have to be returned on the evening of the penultimate day.  Therefore, if you are only staying four nights and you are hiring bikes you will need to do one of the cycling tours on Day 1.

Route 1
Castles around Torhout & Wijnendaele
(Approx 43 miles / 69 km)

The city of Torhout is situated in the Bruges woodland and wetland, in the heart of West-Flanders. Until the beginning of the last century this area was very inhospitable. The dark woods, criss-crossed by bogs, were the domain of gangs of thugs. Meanwhile, feudal lords kept small farmers under their thumb. Torhout, the oldest town in the county of Flanders, located at the crossroads of ancient Roman military roads, was a real relief for travelling merchants. A safe, bustling and hospitable town. Today, the Bruges woodland and wetland has lost that ugly ambiance, but Torhout has lost none of its welcoming atmosphere.

You can cycle along safe, green bike paths all the way to Torhout and visit two of the most interesting castles in Flanders – d’Aertrycke, which was built in 1869 and Wijnendaele Castle, construction of which started in the 11th century.

Route 2
Damme, Knokke & The North Sea
(Approx 37 miles / 59 km)

On this tour you will visit some of the most picturesque towns & villages of Flanders. Damme is a lovely medieval town situated in the verdant Flemish polders, with a beautiful and historic town centre. Very few small towns have as many monuments as Damme: the gothic town hall, the Schellemill, the 13th century Sint-Janshospital, the partially restored town walls. In the surrounding villages you will also find various architectural masterpieces that bear witness of the rich past of this region.

Knokke-Heist, the most elegant seaside resort of the Belgian coast, spares no effort to make the cyclist feel at home. The location is ideal: the healthy north-sea air, the vast rural plains of the polders and miles of cycle routes taking you across the beautiful countryside.

Route 3
Lissewege, De Haan & The North Sea
(Approx 35 miles / 55 km)

On this tour, you will visit Lissewege, a charming polder village, with a little canal flowing through the centre, and De Haan, a village which has preserved the 19th century “Belle Epoque” beautifully.

Route 4
The Park, Castle & Nature around Bulskampveld
(Approx 35 miles / 55 km)

On this tour, you will cycle along the canal that links Bruges and Ghent. The Bulskampveld Visitors’ Centre is housed in the castle at Bulskampveld Provincial Estate. Here you can find out all about the estate and the surrounding countryside.

Another popular place to visit is Male Castle & Abbey, which was once the main castle of the Duke of Flanders.

Final Day (Day 5 or 6)
Departure from Bruges

There are direct flights from Brussels to most cities. However, what’s the rush? Why not take time to explore more of Belgium before you leave? We can easily arrange an extension in Bruges for as long as you like, organise another tour or book other hotels, transfers and activities. Please ask!

Cycling Holiday in Bruges: Dates & Prices

This cycling holiday in Bruges is available from March to October 2018, with departures as follows:

Economy & Standard Tours

4 & 5-Night Tours: Every day from 24 March to 28 October

Premium & Deluxe Tours

4-Night Tour: Every Sunday & Monday from 24 March to 28 October

5-Night Tour: Every Sunday from 24 March to 28 October

Price per Person (pp) in Twin or Double Room, including Breakfast
Economy
Standard
Premium
Deluxe
4 Nights / 5 Days
24 March-15 June
28 August-28 October
€225
€259
€335
€375
16 June-27 August
€245
€284
€360
€400
Supplement Friday or Saturday
€10
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Single Supplement*
€125
€125
€185
€175
Half Board (4 Dinners)
€85
€90
€119**
Not Available
5 Nights / 6 Days
24 March-15 June
28 August-28 October
€275
€315
€399
€449
16 June-27 August
€300
€345
€429
€479
Supplement Friday or Saturday
€10
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Single Supplement*
€155
€155
€230
€215
Half Board (5 Dinners)
€105
€110
€145**
Not Available
Extra Nights, including Breakfast
Double (pp)
€50
€55
€75
POA
Single
€80
€85
€120
POA
Bike & Equipment Hire
Hybrid Bike
€50
Electric Bike
€105
Kids Bike, Trailer or Trailer-Bike
€40
Child Seat
€10
Insurance for Hybrid Bike
€12
Insurance for Electric Bike
€20

*This tour is available for solo travellers.

**Special discount on half-board on premium tours booked at least 30 days in advance – Save 25%!

Prices do not include local tourist taxes.

Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by transfer to our Spanish or UK bank.

We do not charge a handling fee if you pay by credit card. 

Discounts

There are a number of great discounts available on this cycling holiday in Bruges:
  • Deluxe Tour:
    • Adult or child (any age) sharing triple room with 2 other adults: 35%.
  • Premium Tour:
    • Half-board on tours booked at least 30 days in advance: 25%.
    • Child up to 11 years sharing room & bedding with 2 adults: FREE.
    • Adult or child (any age) sharing triple room with 2 other adults: 20%.
  •  Standard tour:
    • Child up to 2 years sharing room with 2 adults: FREE.
    • Child 3-6 years sharing room with 1 or 2 adults: 50%.
    • Child 7-11 years sharing room with 1 or 2 adults: 25%.
    • Child over 11 or adult: Use of adjoining single room with NO single surcharge.
  • Economy Tour:
    • Child up to 11 years sharing room & bedding with 2 adults: FREE, including breakfast.
    • Child over 11 or adult sharing triple room with 2 other adults: 10%.

Services Included

This cycling holiday in Bruges includes:
  • 4 or 5 nights accommodation in specially-selected hotels.
  • 4 or 5 breakfasts – Half board available (except on deluxe tour).
  • Use of swimming pools on economy (in season) & deluxe tours.
  • Use of saunas on standard & deluxe tours.
  • Information pack, including cycle map with detailed English tour description (1 per room).
  • Museum discount card Bruges. (Standard & premium tours only.)
  • Service hotline, 7 days a week.
  • Free hotel parking. (Economy & standard tours only.)

Extra Services

This cycling holiday in Bruges does not include:
  • Travel to and from Bruges. (Please ask.)
  • Dinners, lunches drinks and snacks. (Half-board available, except on deluxe tour.)
  • Local tourist taxes.
  • Travel insurance. (Please ask.)
  • Extra nights in any other area. (Please ask.)
  • Parking:
    • Premium & deluxe tours: Various paid options within walking distance of the hotel. Reservations may be required.
    • Economy & standard tours: Free parking at hotel.

Cycling Holiday in Bruges: Accommodation

This cycling holiday in Bruges offers accommodation in four lovely 4-star hotels and one 3-star hotel, all of which are specially selected for their standards of service, character and warmth of welcome.

We offer two deluxe hotels in the city centre of Bruges: the Hotel Navarra in the months of June and July, and the Hotel de Tuilerieën in March, April, May, August, September & October.

Unless stated under “Dates & Prices”, charges for the use of swimming pools and wellness facilites may be payable locally.


Category Economy
Hotel Leonardo Bruges***

The Hotel Leonardo is in a woodland location, just a few kilometres from the centre of Bruges. The hotel offers 101 modern rooms all featuring free WiFi as well as a heated outdoor swimming pool with a terrace, a large garden and a children’s playground.

The spacious hotel rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with a bath. Each room includes tea/coffee-making facilities, a TV and a seating area.

Seasonal entertainment is available for children and on-site activities include table tennis, badminton and boules.

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Category Premium
Category Standard
Hotel Velotel Bruges****

Hotel Velotel is set within a green park, just outside Bruges’ city centre. It features spacious accommodation with free WiFi and is just a short bus or bike ride from the main attractions.

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Category Premium
NH Hotel Bruges****

NH Hotel Brugge is set in a former monastery, just across the street from the Concert Hall and within walking distance of the city centre. The rooms feature a warm country décor and tastefully tiled bathrooms and offer free WiFi, coffee and tea-making facilities and cable TV.

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Category Deluxe
Hotel de Tuilerieën****

(Available April, May, August, September & October)

An elegant patrician house from the 15th century has been transformed into a luxurious, contemporary hotel. All rooms at the Hotel De Tuilerieën combine modern comfort with authentic charm. They all have free WiFi access, Flat screen TVs with an international range of satellite channels, air conditioning, coffee and tea-making facilities.

The hotel is situated along the most beautiful canals of Bruges “Den Dijver”, just 50 m from the celebrated market square. The hotel has a bar & lounge, private car park, indoor swimming pool, sauna, terrace, as well as a meeting room.

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Hotel Navarra****

(Available June & July)

Hotel Navarra is housed in an elegant 17th-century mansion, a 3-minute walk from the central Market Square and the Belfry of Bruges. The rooms at the Hotel Navarra are decorated with warm colours and feature large windows. Each has free WiFi access, a flat-screen TV and free tea/coffee facilities. The hotel also offers a spa area, an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym.

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Cycling Holiday in Bruges: Travel

Getting to & from Bruges

This cycling holiday starts and ends in Bruges, which has direct train connections to Brussels (1 hour). Please visit the Belgian train website [Click Here] to check times.

There are direct flights to Brussels from many European airports, as well as the Eurostar train service from London St Pancras, which links London to Brussels in only 2 hours. Check out skyscanner.net for flights and eurostar.com for trains.

Car Parking

Free parking is available at the hotels at Category Economy & Standard. For guests travelling at Category Premium or Deluxe, parking is available close to the hotels, for a charge. Please ask for details.

We would be very happy to arrange your journey to and from Bruges. Please ask for details.

Cycling Holiday in Bruges: Hire Bikes

Rental bikes are 7-speed hybrids, which are available in men´s and women´s models. We can also supply electric bikes, tandems, children’s bikes, trailer bikes, baby / toddler trailers and child seats.

Bikes are supplied for 4 days. On the 5-night tour they are available on days 2, 3, 4 & 5. On the 4-night tour they are available on days 1, 2, 3 & 4. 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.

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Cycling Holiday in Bruges: More Info

Difficulty Level

This cycling holiday in Bruges 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.

As this holiday is centre-based, there is always the option of shortening routes and returning to the hotel early or of taking a rest day. It is an ideal trip for beginners and families.

This is an unescorted cycling holiday. The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes.


Weather

The weather in Belgium 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. All items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking.  A sun hat and sunscreen are often also essential.

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