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Belgium - Bruges and Flanders Fields

Belgium - Bruges and Flanders Fields

Degree of difficulty - Easy, family friendly

The West-Flanders region offers an ideal mix of nature and culture. It is one of those unique places where you can enjoy silence along canals and open landscapes, but culture is never far away. Along the tour, you discover the story of the first World War (Ieper and Diksmuide). The most interesting town of this tour is of course Bruges, the famous historic town with its wonderful cultural heritage and many canals which has earned the city the surname ‘Venice of the North’.

DAY 1  
Arrival in Roeselare After arriving in Roeselare you can start with a small tour of the basilica of Dadizele and discover the landscape around the city. Or first visit Roeselare, with the National Cycling Museum, the brewery of Rodenbach, the old cemetery, the city park along the Mandel river, the Castle of Rumbeke with various exhibitions and the city centre known for its vibrating shopping streets.

DAY 2    Roeselare - Ieper      ca. 31 km
Our first cycling tour will take us to Ieper, a beautiful medieval town with a stunning marketplace and the famous town-gate ‘Menenpoort’. You also pass the Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest graveyard for English soldiers of World War I. In Ieper, you can visit the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’. Cycling around Ieper is a nice experience, especially passing through the charming hills. You can also walk around the city and follow the ramparts route.

DAY 3    Leper – Diksmuide      45 or 60 km
On this tour, we will pass another nice medieval town: Poperinge, popular for the hops cultivated in this area. The ‘Talbot House’ is a place of interest, it was the only place in WWI where British soldiers could rest and forget about the war for a while. Definitely worth a visit is the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus where the Westvleteren is brewed, voted the best beer in the world. We will cycle further along the banks of the IJzer to Diksmuide, where the IJzertoren, a well-known monument of the Great War can be visited. You can also enjoy the beauty of the historic marketplace.

DAY 4   Diksmuide – Bruges      61 km
It is almost unbelievable how much cultural heritage can be discovered in such a rural region. Indeed, the destination we are all excited about is, of course, Bruges, with its historic centre and the stunning belfry.

DAY 5   Bruges  - Knokke - Bruges    59 km
On the fifth day, we will explore the area between Bruges and Knokke, the most mundane village of the Belgian coast. It will be another unforgettable trip, through the polder landscapes and the dunes. The main sight of this tour is the nature reserve ‘Het Zwin’ and the picturesque village of Damme. Or, when it is warm enough, you can go swimming in the sea!

DAY 6   Bruges – De Haan – Bruges    52 km
This day will again be an exciting day as we will visit another nice place on the Belgian coast. De Haan is a village which has preserved the ‚Belle Epoque style (19th century).

DAY 7    Bruges – Roeselare     59km
Our last cycling tour will bring us back to Roeselare. This tour passes two nice castles, d’Aertrycke and Wijnendaele. Both are really worth a visit! After arriving in Roeselare, it is possible to visit the National Cycling Museum (to be paid on the spot).

Departure after breakfast.

2019 Self guided tour price
€565 per person sharing (low season)
€610 per person sharing (high season)
€775 for single occupancy (low season)
€820 for single occupancy (high season)

High season: 15 June - 24 August 2019

Tour Includes

• 8 days – 7 nights in 3/4* hotels
• Free hotel parking in Roeselare
• Bike rental
• Room with shower/bath and toilet
• 7 x breakfast buffet
• Luggage transport (1 piece/person till 20 kilos)
• Map, tourist information and roadbook in English, German, French, Spanish and Dutch
• Museum discount card Bruges
• Service-Hotline 
• Local taxes, except in Bruges
• Possibility for half board (7 x 3-course dinner €155)

Self Guided Tour Information

Every Saturday from 27 April - 21 September (except 3 August which is replaced by Sunday, 4 August)

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


Day1 7 Parkhotel Roeselare Day1 7 Parkhotel Roeselare1 Day1 7 Parkhotel Roeselare2

Day 1 & 7: Parkhotel Roeselare


Day2 Hotel O Day2 Hotel O1 Day2 Hotel O2

Day 2 & 3: Hotel O


Day3 4 Withuis Day3 4 Withuis1 Day3 4 Withuis2

Day 4: het Withuis


Day4 5 Velotel Day4 5 Velotel1 Day4 5 Velotel2

Day 5 & 6: Hotel Velotel

How to get to the start point in Bruges:

Airport in Brussels or Charleroi (Ryanair) + train to Bruges and bus or taxi to the first hotel

The trains are frequent to Bruges from Brussels – 2 trains per hour, the journey takes approx 2 hours

Tour map

We had a very nice holiday. The bikes were good quality and worked well, The locks were very good. The accommodation was good, though as it was very hot air conditioning would have been a bonus. The breakfasts were excellent overall, The Velotel was a lovely hotel, we ate at the restaurant the three night, excellent quality food and friendly staff. Bruge is a lovely city, though very crowded. It was a nice tour and distances about right. The map and directions minimised losing the way.

Nick Williams (Bruges & Flanders Fields July 2018)

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