Bruges & West Flanders

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Visiting: Belgium

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £425 to £623pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy i
Standard Superior i
Code BE001
Good For Families, Riverside Routes
Distance 200m/322km
Runs Apr - Sep
Departs Saturday !
Fly to Brussels !
Return from Brussels !

Overview

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.

  • 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.

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • 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 25 miles (40km)

    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 30 miles (49km)

    Visit the medieval town of Poperinge and step inside the abbey of Saint Sixtus, which brews excellent beer. Continue along the banks of the Yzer River to the city of Diksmuide to visit a striking World War I memorial tower and visit the historic market place.

  • Day 4 (Tue): Diksmuide - Bruges 39 miles (63km)

    Cycle through farmland towards Bruges, one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities. Tour the canals and cobbled streets, 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.

  • Day 6 (Thu): Bruges - De Haan - Bruges 33 miles (52km)

    Enjoy a circular ride alongside picturesque canals to the town of Damme, taking  rest by the striking town hall. Follow the coastal path alongside the North Sea, passing through the coastal village of De Haan. 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, past the turrets and crenelated walls of red stone castles. Arrive back to Roeselare, where you could 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.

Accommodation

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

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation: 3 & 4 star hotels
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Museum discount card Bruges
  • Free hotel parking in Roeselare

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets

Child reductions

  • 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%)

Which hotel?

June 2016

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  • Fully Booked

Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier, repair kit, pump, odometer and lock all included at no extra cost.

bike
Bike hire
£56

7 or 21 geared hybrid

e bike
E-bike hire
£110
seat
Child bike seat
£14
tandem
Tandem bike hire
£92
childs bike
Child bike or trailer
£42

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board - 7 x 3 course meal - price per person
£125pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Brussels

Take the train (Belgian Rail) to Roeselare.

Alternatively take the Eurostar or Ferry.

Getting back

Take the train (Belgian Rail) to Brusells.

Fly from Brussels

Alternatively take the Eurostar or Ferry.

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

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Really enjoyable holiday and I enjoyed visiting the WW1 battlefield sites, a very interesting holiday.

Becky Luxton, August 2015

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