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Cycling from Brussels to Bruges

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Cycling
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
C07BE
Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Self-Guided Cycling
Group size:
1–12
Ages:
12+

This linear trip takes in some of the most important cities in Belgium - Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges.

Starting in Belgium's capital city of Brussels, you would be excused if you were to add a few extra nights on to do a city break here before the cycling starts to discover the variety of monuments, historic sites and architecture as well as shopping arcades, parks, gardens, art galleries and museums. Discover why Brussels is famous for its food, comic strips as well as the world-famous Manneken Pis statue, the Atomium and the amazing Grande Place.

On your journey northwest, follow the artwork of the Flemish Masters - Van Eyck, Bruegel and Rubens with exhibitions and events during 2021 along the route. You get a chance to visit the iconic cities of Antwerp and Ghent before arriving in the 'Venice of Northern Flanders', Bruges. Visit forts and castles that made up the fortification line of Antwerp, a city famous for its beer traditions as well as its antiques, home decor curios and and diamonds. The Old Town of Ghent is like an open-air museum - it is also a UNESCO Creative City of Music with the music scene here absolutely thriving. Bruges has a fairytale atmosphere with its cobbled streets and squares, canals on which you can take boat trips past the traditional houses as well as its medieval architecture. The historic centre of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 and has a plethora of landmarks, museums and historical sights. The city is also world-famous for its lace production.

Highlights

  • Visit the iconic cities of Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges
  • Follow the artwork of the Flemish Masters - Van Eyck, Bruegel and Rubens with exhibitions and events during 2021 along the route
  • Prepare your tastebuds for world-famous Belgian beer, triple-fried frites, chocolates and waffles (gaufres)

Key information

  • 7 nights in good quality hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 6 days hotel to hotel cycling
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and map
  • Countries visited: Belgium

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Optional electric bikes
  • Half board upgrade (5 nights only)
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Cycling
Terrain:

Cycle paths and tarmac roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 265.0km/41.0miles
Day 339.0km/24.5miles
Day 457.0km/36.0miles
Day 546.0km/29.0miles
Day 657.0km/36.0miles
Day 765.0km/41.0miles

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Itinerary

Brussels
to
Bruges
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Brussels

    Arrive early and head for the Grande Place, the Manneken Pis or one of many other landmarks in this delightful city where culture vultures, shopaholics, gourmets and gourmands all feel at home.
    Stay at the NH Brussels Grand Place Arenberg with breakfast.

  • Day 2

    Brussels to Mechelen

    After one last tour of the Grande Place, leave Brussels behind and cycle through the suburbs to Grimbergen, known for its lovely abbey church, a baroque basilica. Ride on tree-lined country lanes, along a river and through meadows to Mechelen, home of the 13th century St Rumbold’s Cathedral and its tower with 360-degree views of the city.
    Stay at the Mercure Hotel Vé with breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Mechelen to Antwerp

    On today’s route, enjoy the successful blend of Art Nouveau, neo-Gothic, neo-Empire and Art Deco at the Ursuline Institue of Our Lady of Wavre. Here, the winter garden is a masterpiece of Art Nouveau, an ode to nature, springtime and light! Continue through the countryside to Duffel on the River Nete, Mortsel and Berchem. Visit the island Fort in Mortsel (one of eight Brialmont Forts that made up the defensive line of Antwerp). Discover Antwerp, a city with a long tradition with beer as well as antiques and curios, vintage fashion and diamonds.
    Stay at the Hampton Antwerp with breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Antwerp to Dendermonde

    Follow the River Scheldt for most of the route today. Visit 10th century Wissekerk Castle, another of Antwerp’s fortifications. Further along the river, cross by ferry, then continue atop the river dike to De Zilverreiger, a regional museum focused on preserving knowledge about local trades and crafts that once flourished: basket weaving, river fishery, cooperage (barrel making), flax processing and clog making.
    Stay at the Abalona B&B with breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Dendermonde to Ghent

    Today's route continues on the Scheldt river banks, cycling past a string of Flemish villages and towns. Laarne Castle is a great place for a break before continuing to Ghent. The Old Town of Ghent is like an open-air museum. It is also a UNESCO Creative City of Music. The music scene here is thriving. Festivals, musical institutions, the carillon, concerts, students of music having a sing-song on the quays... music is everywhere. After dark the ambiance is magical, thanks to the town's ingenious street lighting.
    Stay at the Europahotel with breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Ghent to Maldegem

    Head west and discover the rural Meetjesland region, a cycling paradise with woods, meadowland and vast cropfields. It is easy pedalling through the flat landscape to Eeklo, a small town known for its many sculptures. Then continue through the Het Leen and Drongengoed woods. In the evening, put your feet up in Maldegem.
    Stay at the Amaryllis Hotel with breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Maldegem to Bruges

    Yet another lovely route through the flat Flemish countryside. After Maldegem, pass through some quiet villages including Knesselare, Maria-Aalter and Moerbrugge. On the last stretch, follow the Ghent-Bruges canal. It dates back to the 14th century and is one of the oldest in the country and together with its towpath verges, it forms a green corridor that is important for biodiversity. Your final destination of Bruges is a truly charming town with its cobbled streets and squares, canals, medieval-looking buildings and a fairytale ambiance.
    Stay at the Hotel Velotel with breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Bruges

    After breakfast, you depart from Bruges.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Belgium

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

There are plenty of treats to be tried during your trip from Brussels to Bruges with local specialities including moules & frites, luxury praline chocolates, gaufres (sugar waffles) and beer.

Is this trip for you?

Cycling Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Average daily distance: 55km (34 miles).
No. of days cycling: 6
Terrain and route: The suggested cycling mainly follows quiet cycling routes and tarmac roads. The terrain is mainly flat which means the distances achieved each day can be longer. Alternative shorter routes are available on some days (days 6 & 7) and are detailed in the route notes.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. Your bikes will be delivered to the start hotel, all set up relevant to your height and ready to go. Our local agent will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes into larger towns and cities.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families
Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. We have suggested that 12yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each day's cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities. Please consider the weather when choosing to book, temperatures can be high in the middle of summer.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels and Guesthouses

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Your accommodation during this trip is in a high quality B&B to three and four star hotels. The hotels are a mix of traditional and contemporary buildings and all offer excellent facilities and ensuite bathrooms. Should the named accommodation on the itinerary details not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.  

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Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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