Flanders a region in Belgium is a fabulous place to take a self-guided cycling holiday. This bike vacation in Belgium will take you from its capital Brussels, passing a number of historic towns and cities to the picturesque city of Bruges. This bike tour shall take you through beautiful landscapes, culinary joy in great restaurants, cultural highlights in historical buildings and museums and of course the ever pulsating city of Brussels with its famous market square, the Atomium and Manneke Pis. This cycle tour is a mixture of easy biking, Belgium culture and historic delights.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Brussels is not a metropolis like Paris, London or Rome, but she will certainly seduce you with her multicultural charm and with attractions, galleries, small streets, which certainly 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.
On the first day, we first cycle along to Leuven. This city is not only known for as a 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!
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.
Gent, 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 preserved. You can for example visit the old port. Nearby, you will find the ‘Gravensteen’, once the medieval castle of the counts of Gent.
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.
A ride today 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 for taking a 15 min train ride to Ostend, a majestic port town.
Back to Brussels by direct train (1-hour ride, 2 trains per hour)
By plane to Brussels or Charleroi (Ryanair) or by train to Brussels.
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