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Belgium - Brussels to Bruges

Belgium - Brussels to Bruges

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Surprisingly close and surprisingly beautiful. That's the simplist way to describe the various region of Flanders and Brussels. 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.

- 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 cafes and restaurants
- 350 different kinds of beer to savour!

This is a beautiful self guided tour which starts in Belgiums capital Brussels and finishes in the medieval city of Bruges. This tour is suitable for families with children.

We have a special tour designed for the families with small children around Bruges with many attractions for adults and children alike.   

DAY 1 Arrival in Brussels
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 Brussels - Mechelen 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 train ride 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 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. Anyone who visits Bruges, will notice straight away that 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 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.

Departure after breakfast or extra night in Bruges or Brussels
Back to Brussels by direct train (1 hour, 2 trains per hour) or transfer

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

2019 SELF GUIDED (Brussels to Bruges)
€565 per person sharing
€775 for single occupancy
€45 per person - high season supplement: 16 June to 26 Aug.

Prices for children sharing a room with 2 adults:
Free  : 0-2 years (+€20 for a child seat)

€300 : 3 - 6 years old 
€415 : 7 - 11 years old
€45 per person - high season supplement: 16 June to 26 Aug.

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights in 3* and 4* hotels ensuite
  • 6 x breakfast
  • Bike Hire (7 or 21 gear) with pannier, roadbookholder, lock, repair kit
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece pps / 20kg max)
  • Map, tourist info & road description
  • Service Hotline
  • Possibility for half board (5 x 3-course meal, non in Brussels €130
  • €100 half board supplement (5 dinners, not in Brussels)
  • €70 E-bike (limited availability, on request)

Self Guided Tour Information

Every Saturday from 27 April – 14 September 2018. From 30 June- 18 August also arrival on Sundays

On this tour we use a mix of 3* and 4* hotels.
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


Brussels NH Hotel Du Grand Sablon Brussels NH Hotel Du Grand Sablon1 Brussels NH Hotel Du Grand Sablon2

Day 1: NH Hotel du Grand Sablon 


Mechelen NH Mechelen NH1 Mechelen NH2

Day 2: NH Mechelen  


Bornem Hotel Secundo Bornem Hotel Secundo1 Bornem Hotel Secundo2

Day 3: Hotel Secundo 


Gent Castelnou Gent Castelnou1

Day 4: Aparthotel Castelnou  


Bruges Velotel Bruges Velotel1 Bruges Velotel2

Day 5+6: Hotel Velotel

How to get to the start point in Brussels: 

Airport in Brussels or Charleroi (Ryanair), from Charleroi a direct bus to the centre of Brussels
Airport Bus Info
Trains: to Brussels, the first hotel is 0,7 km from Brussels Central Station

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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