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THE HISTORICAL ART CITIES TOUR IN BELGIUM

  A 7 days cycling holiday from Brussels to Bruges

Surprisingly close and surprisingly beautiful. That’s the way to describe the various region of Flanders and Brussels in a short way. Flanders and Europe’s capital Brussels offer holiday joy for everybody: lovely bike tours through beautiful landscapes, culinary joy in great restaurants, cultural highlights in historical buildings and museums and of course the ever pulsating city of Brussels.  

 

Highlights of this unforgettable cycling tour:

  • The lovely cycling between sea, canals and dunes

  • The rich architecture of churches, abbeys, castles and windmills

  • The historical art cities Brussels, Leuven, Mechelen, Ghent and Bruges

  • The beautiful cities at the seaside: De Haan and Blankenberge

  • The gastronomy and atmosphere in cafés and restaurants

  • 350 different kinds of beer to savour

 

Programme

Day 1

Individual arrival at Brussel

It’s not a metropolis like Paris, London or Rome, but she will certainly seduce you with her multicultural charm and with places, galleries, small streets, which enrich the power of the city. The market square, the Atomium, Manneke Pis, the icons of the Belgian capital are a must for every visitor of Brussels. Moreover, Brussels is also the city of Jugendstil. And of course, there is always a festival as ‘Couleur Café’, a flower carpet or an interesting exhibition.

 

Day 2

 

Brussel - Mechelen (ca. 65 km)

On the first day, we cycle along Leuven. This city is not only known as university city – with the oldest Belgian university -, but also as a beer city. A walk in Mechelen, city at the river Dijle, will show you all the most important historical buildings, which were erected in the time of the Burgundy. You certainly have to visit the St. Rombouts-cathedral, the palaces of Margarete of York and Margarete of Austria. Or you can also visit the toy’s museum!

 

Day 3

Mechelen – Bornem (30 km)

Today we cycle along the river Rupel and Schelde to Bornem. Because of the short ride there is plenty of time to take a 15-minute trainride towards the centre of Antwerp. Enjoy a stroll on the Meir, have a beer on one of the many plazas or admire the rich architecture and art of this flemish capital.

 

Day 4 

Bornem – Ghent  (ca. 63 km)

Ghent, also the historical centre of Flanders, offers a variety of places of interest and is overseen by lots of towers, for example the one of the St. Bavo cathedral with the world famous painting of Jan van Eyck. The historical heart of the city is well conserved: you can for example visit the old port. Nearby, you will find the ‘Gravensteen’, once the medieval castle of the counts of Ghent, today one of the most important places of interest.

 

Day 5 

 

 

Ghent - Bruges (ca. 50 km)

The historical centre of Bruges is part of the world famous Unesco world heritage site list. Who visits Bruges, will notice it straight away: this city has always taken care of its architectural and cultural treasures. Take your time and stroll along lovely parks, intimate little streets and ancient market squares. You can also do some shopping: the shopkeepers will love to explain you everything about our Belgian chocolate or beer. Or simply enjoy ‘French’ fries on the stunning market square.

 

Day 6 

Bruges – De Haan – Bruges (ca. 49 km)

Ride along the canals to the picturesque village of Lissewege and further to the authentic coastal village of De Haan, enjoying a refreshing dive into the North sea or relaxing at the beach. Or you can also enjoy a free day for shopping, a boat ride on the canals, sightseeing by carriage, visiting some museums, climbing the belfry or a 15 min. train ride to Ostend, a majestic port.

 

Day 7

Departure after breakfast or extra night in Bruges or Brussels

Back to Brussels by direct train (1 hour, 2 trains per hour) or transfer

 

 

 

 

The tour includes:

  • 6 nights in ***/**** hotels 

  • room with shower / bath and toilet

  • 6 x breakfast buffet

  • Possibility for half board (6 x 3-course meal)

  • luggage transport (1 piece / person till 20 kilos)

  • map, tourist information and road description

  • back-up service hotline (also in weekends)

  • local tourist taxes (except in Bruges - to be paid in the hotel)

 

The tour doesn't include:

  • lunch

  • drinks during meals

  • personal extra's

  • everything not mentioned under ' the tour includes'

 

Period

Every Saturday from 29 April 2017 till 16 September 2017 From 2 Juli till 20 August also arrivals on Sundays Groups can book always for arrivals on Sundays.

Level 1/2

easy and flat, available for all cyclists and their children. A tour for everybody. The routes are easy to follow. Cycling along quiet roads and mostly cycle tracks of the Flanders Cycle Route, 90% signposted. Roadbook with detailed description in English.

Price p.p.  2017

in double room     € 499,00

Supplement High Season (17/06-27/08)   € 40,00 

In single room    € 709,00

Half board supplement    € 125,00

Extra night B&B at Bruges € 55,00 p.p. / single € 85,00

Reduction

0-2 years free; 3-6 years 50 %; 7-11 years 25%

Bike rental

City bike    € 65,00 and Tandem € 100,00

Electric Bike (on request) € 120,00

Child bike, three wheel and trailor: € 45,00  and child seat  € 15,00 

Bike insurance   € 15,00 and ebike insurance  € 25,00

Transfer from Bruges to Brussel (every Friday from 01/07-20/08) € 45,00

Participants

Minimum one person