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A long cycling weekend in and around Brussels

A 3-day bicycle loop from Brussels, with visits to Mechelen and Leuven.

Reference BE0301
  • Loop trip
  • 3 days
  • Moderate
  • from April until October
  • Minimum age 14 years
GPSGPS-app available
389€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Visit the capital of Europe: taste, be amazed by this effervescent city. Then you leave for Malines (Mechelen) and Leuven, beautiful art cities, before returning to Brussels.

    Three days on cycling paths, towing paths and across the Forest of Soignes.

    Day 1


    Brussels - Malines

    You leave the city center of Brussels towards the famous Atomium, built for the 1958 Universal Exhibition. Don’t hesitate to visit this bizarre building, the view from the top ball is magnificent.

    You continue your route along the canal and on small country roads towards the magnificent city of Malines (Mechelen in Flemish). This small medieval town, which saw Charles V grow up, is an architectural gem that is still little-known: gabled houses, cobbled streets, artistic masterpieces in the Saint-Rombout cathedral, palace of Marguerite of York and Marguerite of Austria , beguinage etc. Mechelen has enough to compete with Bruges and Ghent.

    Day 2


    Malines - Leuven

    You have plenty of time to visit the town of Malines (Mechelen) before hitting the road. You cycle along the canal on an beautiful cycle path. Leuven has a lot to offer. The city center with its medieval buildings, the M museum, the beguignage...

    Leuven is known not only for its universities, but also for its many beers. One of the largest breweries in the world is located in Leuven: Stella Artois (visit possible on weekends, tickets at the Tourist Office). Leuven is said to have the longest bar in the world, the "Oude Markt" (Old Market) is where students party, especially on Thursday evenings. But Leuven has a lot to offer you. The city center with its medieval buildings, the M museum, the beguignage...

    Day 3


    Leuven - Brussels

    After breakfast, you leave for Brussels. The stage takes you along country roads. You will quickly find yourself in the Tervuren Park, with its Africa museum. The 2nd part of your stage crosses a magnificent setting: one of the oldest forests in Belgium, the Soignes forest. A surprising place a few kilometers from downtown Brussels.

    You enter the city safely on a traffic-free boulevard, the realm of gentle road users.
    Stroll through the small historic streets and Jugendstil and art nouveau style galleries. Sit in the shade of the Grand Place to sip a cold beer or admire the city’s landmark, Manneken Pis.
    If you are staying a bit longer in Brussels, you can visit the brewery of Cantillon, the last Gueuze brewery in Brussels (with tasting session).
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You are staying in ***, **** hotels or charming B&B’s. The accommodations have a bicycle storage place. Breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • a touring bike adjusted to your size or a tandem
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), reflective vest, repairing toolkit with patches etc.

    We also provide you with the appropriate equipment for your children : baby seat, bike trailer or trailer bike depending on their age and size.

    Electric bikes are also available for adults (+1m55).

    You can of course also bring your own bikes, in this case a reduction will be applied (see the Tarif tab)


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental).
    • We advise to take an extra set of clothes with you if you expect to arrive before 5p.m. at your accommodation.

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.

    Travel documents

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy the itinerary and its points of interests.

    We can provide you with travel documents in paper format (for a supplement of €15 for printing and postage), which include:
    • a roadbook with maps that we drew at the easiest scale to follow on a bike
    • a roadbook with step-by-step description giving the direction to follow at each intersection and highlighting the points of interest

    Example of a map and of a step-by-step description

    Our GPS App

    For this trip, you can also use our smartphone app featuring GPS guidance (without extra fee).

    You will find in the app all the information given in the map and step-by-step roadbooks. You will be located on the itinerary with the GPS device of your phone. The route and directions to follow will be both viewable on the screen of your phone and announced aloud. As you ride along the itinerary, you will be given information about visits, restaurants, services and useful alerts on the way.

    -> You need to have a smartphone and download Le Velo Voyageur app on your Apple or Android store before the trip. All details concerning the downloading and the use of the application will be given after we have confirmed the booking and the balance is paid. Once the trip is downloaded, the GPS guidance can be used off-line.
  • Practical information
  • To go to the starting point:

    • By plane: fly to Brussels (Zaventem), the take the train to Brussels dity centre (15 minutes).


    If you come by car, you can park your vehicle in Brussels for the duration of your stay in a city car park. Be careful, prices are high. In addition, Brussels is a ZFE, you must register your vehicle BEFORE traveling: https://lez.brussels/mytax/en/registration.

    Appointment schedule:

    You have direct access to your rental bikes to discover the city or to start your cycling trip as part of your program. Opening hours of the bike rental shop: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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