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BIKE & BEER TOUR IN BELGIUM

 Cycling Tour Bike & Beer (8 days / 7 nights)

 When people talk about Belgium, they of course talk in the first place about good food, but also about… beer! In Belgium, there are about 400 kinds of beer, an enormous variety for such a small country. Therefore, we could not longer wait to create a tour with our great Belgian beer as central theme. Enjoy the cycling tours through an authentic Flanders with cosy small Belgian villages a green and lush countryside with a lot of waterways... cycling with alternated breaks in cosy cafés where you can taste the refreshing famous Belgian beers !

 

 

 

 

Highlights of this tour:

  • Cycling through beautiful typical Flemish landscapes and authentic villages

  • Art Cities Antwerp, Leuven and Mechelen and their charming town centres  

  • Visits to breweries like De Koninck and het Anker

  • Tour to Westmalle abbey (Trappist beers)

  • Cosy cafés where you can taste the beers (Stella Artois, Duvel,…)

 

Programme

Day 1

Arrival at Mechelen

The first night you will stay in Mechelen, a cosy town at the river Dijle. When you arrive early you can visit the old centre with many important historical buildings, which were erected in the time of the Duchy of Burgundy. Mechelen was the political centre of the lower countries during the 16th century. There are over 300 historic and protected buildings as a witness of this glorious past! A must to visit is the St. Rombouts-cathedral, from where you have a superb view of the region, the palaces of Margaret of York and Margaret of Austria, the market square and the beguinage. The most famous beers in Mechelen are the ‘Maneblusser’ and the ‘Gouden Carolus’. These beers are produced in the brewery ‘Het Anker’, certainly worth a visit!

 

Day 2 

Mechelen-Antwerp (53 km / 33 miles)


Today you leave Mechelen cycling along the green borders of the wiggling river ‘Nete’ to arrive at the town of Lier. Lier is known in Belgium as the ‘Pallieter-stad’. Pallieter is the key person in the Flemish novel ‘Pallieter’ from the writer Felix Timmermans, born in Lier. It is a person that enjoys life as no other, and that is exactly what you can do in Lier: take a rest in a local pub and enjoy the local beers like ‘de strooien hoed’ or ‘Liers vlaaike’. There are also enough interesting sights to visit: the beguinage, the ‘Zimmertoren’ and the market square. After Lier, you continue to the famous town of Antwerp, also named ‘koekenstad’ (biscuit town). Along the way to Antwerp you will pass some fortifications from the First World War.  

 

Day 3 

Ring tour of Westmalle (62 km / 38 miles )

Today is dedicated to the Trappist beers! You cycle through the green landscape of the ‘Kempen’ region to arrive at the Westmalle abbey, a name that is in the limelight! The abbey was founded in 1794 by French monks, which were religious refugees coming from France. The Bishop from Antwerp gave them a farm so that they could earn a living. They started brewing the Westmalle beer around 1850. The abbey itself cannot be visited but there is a pub near the abbey where you can taste the superb Trappist Westmalle combined with the traditionally produced cheeses.

 

Day 4 

Ring tour to Antwerp (23 km / 14 miles or 30 km / 18,6 miles)

Today’s route will discover take you through the historic town centre of the art city Antwerp and its surrounding. You can visit the famous brewery ‘De Koninck’ and the beermuseum (included in the price!). Enjoy the beer tasting at the brewery! Antwerp has one of the biggest harbours in Europe, and is also the home town of the painter Rubens, fashion houses and jewellery shops. As you will notice, Antwerp is a multi-faceted city where tradition and modernity go hand in hand! Most buildings in the historic town centre date back to the 16th and 17th century. There are many museums (like the MAS, museum aan de stroom) and interesting monuments to visit. The town hall and the central station are perfect examples of the beautiful architecture of Antwerp. What you should certainly not forget, is visiting the cathedral and the other churches in Antwerp. If you like to do some shopping: go to the Nationalestraat and the Meir !

 

Day 5 

 

 

Antwerp-Bornem (56 km / 35 miles)

You leave Antwerp cycling along the Schelde river to Bornem. When you have left the centre of Antwerp, you can admire the landscape of the ‘Hobo-kense Polder’. Enjoy, although you are so close to the centre of a big city, the surprisingly silence of nature ! On the road to Bornem you can visit the abbey of Hemiksem. You will also pass the brewery ‘Bosteels’ where they brew ‘Karmeliet’, the ‘Kwak’ and ‘Malheur’.  

 

Day 6 

Bornem - Mechelen (46 km / 28,5 miles)


Today you return to Mechelen, where you started the tour. Cycling through the authentic flat Flemish landscape, you will pass the ‘Palm’ brewery in Steen-huffel and the brewery of the very famous beer ‘Duvel’ in Puurs. When you want to learn more about the different kinds of beer, about the brewing techniques, or if you want to learn how to serve a good Duvel beer.., then make a stop at the visitor centre of the Duvel brewery ! You can also have a break in café ‘den Triest’ in Kapelle op den Bos! After another wonderful day, you can make a relaxing stroll through the town centre of the art city Mechelen.

 

Day 7

Ring tour to Leuven (66 km / 41 miles)

Today you return to Mechelen, where you started the tour. Cycling through the authentic flat Flemish landscape, you will pass the ‘Palm’ brewery in Steen-huffel and the brewery of the very famous beer ‘Duvel’ in Puurs. When you want to learn more about the different kinds of beer, about the brewing techniques, or if you want to learn how to serve a good Duvel beer.., then make a stop at the visitor centre of the Duvel brewery ! You can also have a break in café ‘den Triest’ in Kapelle op den Bos! After another wonderful day, you can make a relaxing stroll through the town centre of the art city Mechelen.

 

Day 8

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in the tour:

  • 7 nights in *** and **** star hotels 

  • rooms with private bathrooms 

  • breakfast

  • if booked for half board: 7 dinners

  • swimming pool, sauna and steam bath in Antwerp

  • Luggage transportation (1 bag per person / till 20 KG)

  • Entrance ticket of the beer museum De Koninck in Antwerp

  • maps, tourist information and road book in English

  • back-up service hotline (also in the weekend)

 

Not included in the tour:

  • trip to Malines and return 

  • lunches and dinners 

  • drinks during the meals

  • all not mentioned under 'included in the tour'. 

 

 

Period

Every Saturday from 29 April to 16 September 2017: departure on 22/07 not possible because of the International Dance Festival Tomorrowland

Level 1/2

easy and flat terrain. A tour for all (also children). The routes are easy to follow and mostly you cycle along quiet country roads and cycle paths (90%)

Prices p.p. 2017

In double room (01/07-27/08)     € 499,00

In double room (other dates)     € 565,00

In single room  (01/07-27/08)   € 739,00

In single room  (other dates)   € 860,00

Half Board Supplement  € 155,00

Bike rental (city bike)    € 65,00 and Tandem € 120,00

E-bike (on request) € 135,00; insurance E-bike € 30,00

Children's bikes, Trailer or trailgator: € 50,00 and child's seat € 15,00 

Bike insurance   € 18,00

Reductions

0-2 years gratis; 3-6 years 50%; 7-11 years 25%; 3rd  person > 11 years 10%

Participants

Minimum 2 people (solo traveller on request)