Bike Across Belgium
One of the “World’s Coolest Bike Tour”
— Bicycling Magazine, August 2015
There is nothing quite like biking through Belgium’s contrasting landscape of flatlands in Flanders and the rolling hills in French speaking Wallonia. It is truly a cyclist’s dream, and home to arguably the most scenic cycling in Europe. There are miles of bicycle paths that zig zag along romantic canals and wind their way between quaint towns, charming castles, outdoor cafés and incredible restaurants. This combination of bicycle infrastructure, gorgeous scenery, delicious food and varied culture help explain why cycling is the country’s national sport. For pedaling aficionados, Belgium is a bicycling mecca to include on your Bike Vacation Bucket List.
There are 1,130+ beers brewed in Belgium. In addition to six Trappist ales and other abbey beers, it churns out lagers such as Stella Artois and Jupiler. Tipplers can also choose from an array of wheat beers, brown ales, red beers, golden ales, saison beers based on old farmhouse recipes, and any number of regional brews. Our new Belgium Bike tour gives you access to more boutique breweries than ANY other European bicycle tour! For travelers who love to bike and beer, this is a dream tour!! We are also one of the very few operators running tours in Belgium
- Visit Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands by bike.
- Visits to 3 breweries D’Achouffe, Hoegaarden, De Halve Maan complete with tastings.
- Mechelen, a town of Roman origin, features stunning gothic buildings like the S. Rubald Cathedral and the town hall.
- The UNESCO world heritage site of Leuven.
- Pedaling some of the “muurs” (walls) featured on the Tour of Flanders, one of the most charming pro cycling races in the World.
- Visiting Bruges, often compared to Venice for its canals and Florentine touch.
Day by Day
We Start off our tour in the cozy village of Clervaux in Luxembourg. Clervaux was once destroyed by allied bombs in WWII but now the castle hosts a photography museum known as the Family of Man. Top photographers such as Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ansel Adams are featured.
Clervaux to Marcourt
We'll ride across the Ardennes, see several WWII memorials and visit the La Chouffe brewery for lunch and a tasting. La Roche en Ardenne is a nice tiny village with an impress medieval fortress, war museum, many shops and bars for a tasty libation.
Marcourt to Maillen
Along the way, the village of Celles is considered one of the most charming villages of Wallonie with its massive Romanesque church and ancient stone buildings. Dinant, a town between the river Meuse and cliffs features a magnificent overhanging citadel and is the home to the Leffe Abbey.
Maillen to Leuven
Today we enter the Flemish region of Belgium, towards the end of our ride the road signs will change from French to Flemish and the landscape becomes more flat. Namur, with its Citadel and historic town center is a must see along the way. Hoegaarden is a small village that has always been an important brewing center. Leuven is a prominent historical and cultural Flemish center with its amazing gothic city hall and monuments.
Leuven to Mechelen
We'll ride along the Dijle. Mechelen, our destination for the evening is a city the blends old and new design perfectly.
Mechelen to Oudenaarde
The extra loop starts from the Flemish market square in Geraardsbergen and features the epic Kapelmuur, the most iconic part of the Tour of Flanders with the following Bosberg muur. Oudenaarde has an amazing main square with several monumental buildings and we'll visit one of the most important cycling museums in Belgium!
Oudenaarde to Bruges
The first part of our ride today offers an optional loop on the final circuit of Tour of Flanders, featuring iconic cobblestone climbs such as Paterberg and Oude Kwaremont. We end today in Belgium's most popular UNESCO World Heritage site, the historic center of Bruges where we'll meet a local guide for a visit to the oldest active brewery!
Today, we'll enter the Netherlands in an area known for it's dunes and polders with the sea on one side and windmills on the other. We will visit the historical village of Damme and ride along the picturesque channels surrounding Bruges. There will be a special toast tonight on one of the best kept secrets in Bruges!
After breakfast around 9am we part ways. Taxis are available to the Bruges Train station or perhaps another night or 2 in Bruges would be more desirable.
- Carbon bike rental equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
- Informative tour leaders throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Shuttle at end of tour
On The Tour
- Van support
- Guided tour of the oldest brewery still active in Bruges
- Trappist beer and cheese tasting
- 3 brewery visits with beer tastings
- The Family of Man Photography Museum
Accommodations & Meals
- All Accomodations
- All breakfasts
- 3 lunches
- 7 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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Located in the in the center of Bruges, this 17th century hotel is the former palace of the Spanish Ambassador. It has a lovely spa, pool and indoor garden.
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Hotel Le Clervaux
This modern style hotel is in an ancient building and features a traditional Luxembourg restaurant. It's centrally located in the village of Clervaux.
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Your stay in Mechelen features this creatively converted gothic church from the 19th century. Stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings integrate beautifully into this 4 star hotel.
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