What to expect
A region of soft green hills, heather dotted landscapes and peaceful canals, West Flanders’ easy-going and mainly flat terrain is ideal for families. The legacy of Belgium’s role during World War One lives on through the memorials and battlefields which pepper the landscape, and the medieval streets and cafe culture in Bruges are something to look forward to halfway through.
You’ll thread your way through low hills, ride alongside picturesque canals and, when you tour along panoramic coastal paths, there's plenty of time to stop for a sea swim. Expect views of sweeping floodplains and wild dunes, and you’ll pass castle turrets and authentic villages on route. Blonde sands and leafy streets in the chic seaside resort of Knokke are a highlight, as are the storks and purple sea lavender of Het Zwin Nature Reserve.
At a glance
- Medieval streets, tranquil canals and cafe culture in Bruges
- Sweeping panoramas, low hills and blonde sands
- Moving WWI memorials, turreted castles and windmills
- Flat bike terrain through fields, along canals and coastal paths
Day 1 (Sat):
Arrive in Roeselare
Arrive in the intriguing city of Roeselare, home to a brewery and bike museum. If time permits, visit the spectacular red castle. Start with an optional ride to the neo-Gothic Basilica Dadizele and cycle into the rolling countryside that surrounds the city.
Day 2 (Sun):
Roeselare - Ypres
19 miles (31km)
Tour through Flanders’ scenic low hills and pay your respects at Tyne Cot Cemetery – the world's largest British graveyard. Visit the In Flanders Fields Museum (entrance excluded) and explore the undulating landscapes around Ypres, a site of stirring WWI battles.
Day 3 (Mon):
Ypres - Diksmuide
28 - 37 miles (45 - 60km)
Visit the medieval town of Poperinge and step inside the abbey of Saint Sixtus, which brews excellent beer. Continue along the banks of the Ijzer River to the city of Diksmuide and visit a striking World War I memorial tower and the historic market place.
Day 4 (Tue):
Diksmuide - Bruges
38 miles (61km)
Cycle through farmland towards Bruges, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities. Tour the canals and cobbled streets, climb the Belfry or relax with a coffee in the 13th century market square.
Day 5 (Wed):
Bruges - Knokke - Bruges
38 miles (59km)
Take in sweeping flood plains and sand dunes as you explore the area between Bruges and the chic seaside resort of Knokke. Take a refreshing dip in the sea, look for storks and smell purple sea lavender as you cycle past Het Zwin Nature Reserve and the picturesque village of Damme.
Day 6 (Thu):
Bruges - De Haan - Bruges
33 miles (52km)
Enjoy a circular ride, following the coastal path alongside the North Sea to the pretty coastal town of De Haan, with its Belle Epoque buildings. Take in panoramic sea views and stop off for a dip if you’re brave enough!
Day 7 (Fri):
Bruges - Roeselare
37 miles (59km)
Cycle along quiet country lanes and past the turrets and crenellated walls of red stone castles. Arrive back to Roeselare, where you can visit the National Cycling Museum.
Day 8 (Sat):
Depart from Roeselare
Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home or extending your stay with another night in Roeselare or a visit to Brussels.
3 & 4* Hotels
We use a pool of 3 and 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.
- A mix of 3* and 4* hotels
- Breakfast included, half board available
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation: 3 & 4 star hotels
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information
- Local contact number for assistance
- Free hotel parking in Roeselare
- Tourist taxes, except in Bruges
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Tourist tax in Bruges hotel (approximately 2 euros per person per night)
Child reductions - no adult reductions applicable
- Child (0-2yrs) sharing with 2 full paying guests (100%)*
- Child (3-6yrs) sharing with 2 full paying guests (50%)
- Child (7-11yrs) sharing with 2 full paying guests (25%)
*local charges may apply for cot hire - approx. 10 euros per night
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, repair kit, pump, odometer and lock all included at no extra cost.
7 geared hybrid - 21 gear on request
You can add these when you price your trip
Board upgrade (B&B included)
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A very varied tour, with lots of interesting places to see. The cycle routes took us over very varied road surfaces - the cobbles are terrible for a tandem - but loved the paths through the woods and small villages.John Verney, UK, July 2019
A great holiday and would be ideal for the most inexperienced of cyclists as routes well signposted and safe. However, I would recommend reducing one of the days in Bruges and allowing extra time in either Leper / Diksmuide - especially if you were interested in exploring more of the WW1 sites and history attached to same.Christy Cahill, Ireland, October 2018