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The Tour of Flanders on a bicycle in 7 days

Cross this beautiful country by bike: visit the art cities of Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, and the Flemish Ardennes.

Reference BE0702
  • Loop trip
  • 7 days
  • Moderate
  • March to November (unavailable from 8 to 30 August)
  • Minimum age 14 years
GPSGPS-app available
1199€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • Brussels and Flanders, you will adore it !

    The cuisine is delicious, ranging from Flemish carbonades, Brussels waffles, Berlin boule, mussels, frites, chocolates and obviously ... Belgian beer.
    But that’s not all. Flanders was once one of the richest regions in the world and this is reflected in its beautiful art cities.

    Welkom in Vlaanderen ! (Welcome to Flanders !)

    Day 1

     
     

    Arrival in Brussels

    Discover the charming capital of Belgium and Europe. Stroll through the small historic streets and Jugendstil-style galleries. Sit in the shade of the Grand Place to sip a cold beer, admire the city’s landmark: Manneken Pis, or stroll through the European Quarter.
    Taste Belgian specialties: chicory gratin, Liègoise boulets, gray shrimp croquettes, Flemish stew, "stoemp" with sausage...
     

    Brussels - Aalst

    Altitude
    ±160m
    Bike
    39km
    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 highest ball is exceptional.

    Then you take cycle paths and even fast cycle routes - so called cycle highways.

    Every year in February or March, charming Aalst transforms into a big folk festival during carnival. Thousands of people then descended on this small town on the Dendre river.

    Day 2

     
     

    Aalst - Ghent

    Bike
    41km
    You leave Aalst behind and cross the Flemish countryside until you find the Scheldt river. A towpath guides you to the city center of Ghent (Gent).

    This hidden gem is truly a marvel. You will find yourself in one of the richest and most impressive medieval European cities. Ghent is worth an extra day to visit, with too many sites to discover. You can visit the castle of the counts (Gravensteen), the belfry, the Gruut brewery, the Temmerman confectionery, and of course "The Ghent Altarpiece" a masterpiece of Flemish primitive painting, painted by the van Eyck brothers .

    Day 3

     
     

    Ghent - Bruges

    Bike
    47km
    Today you will cycle mainly along the canal from Ghent to Bruges.

    These cities were once each other’s biggest competitors, when Flanders dominated the European economy. Bruges had its seaport and Flemish wool was exported all over the world.

    Bruges is truly a marvel. The city center is understandably flooded with tourists. You are lucky and stay the night. In the evening, you’ll have the city all to yourself.

    Day 4

     
     

    Bruges - Kortrijk

    Bike
    63km
    This is the longest stage of your trip, but don’t panic, the stage is largely flat.

    You cycle through the Flemish countryside, a region where more pigs live than people. The small country roads are well maintained and there is little traffic.

    Kortrijk is unknown, but worth a stop. The city center still reflects the wealth of the 19th century linen industry. You can visit the Broel towers or climb the tower of the Saint-Martin church (free) for a magnificent panorama.

    Day 5

     
     

    Kortrijk - Oudenaarde

    Bike
    37/47km
    From Kortrijk to Oudenaarde is an easy stage, along a canal and the Scheldt river.

    This is the region where modern gladiators fight on their carbon horses for death or gladioli : the Tour of Flanders passes through this region. You can climb famous hills like the Koppenberg, the Paterberg and the Kwaremont (if you dare). Be careful, it seems easy, these are short slopes of a maximum of one kilometer, but make no mistake, they are steep and strewn with bad cobblestones. This optional detour adds 10 km and 270 m of climbing to the stage.

    Oudenaarde will welcome you with open arms and a fresh glass of beer. You can visit the museum of the Tour of Flanders and have your photo taken with Tom Boonen, Tadej Pogacar or Matthieu van der Poel.

    Day 6

     
     

    Oudenaarde - region of Geraardsbergen

    Altitude
    ±210m
    Bike
    43km
    You leave Oudenaarde along the Scheldt and then turn towards Geraardsbergen.

    During this stage there are a few gentle slopes and a bit of cobblestone, but the stage is not too hard.
    For those who really didn’t find it hard enough, there is a little optional surprise at the end, about 70 meters high : the "Wall of Geraardsbergen" can be climbed to the summit (the chapel).
    Geraardsbergen itself is a pleasant little town which is flooded several times a year by cyclists and their supporters. In Geraardsbergen, you will also find Brussels’ biggest competitor : Manneken Pis, the one and only according to the locals.
    After this stage, you are entitled to a specialty that can only be made in and around this city: maton cake, a real treat.

    Day 7

     
     

    Region Geraardsbergen - Brussels

    Altitude
    ±290m
    Bike
    51km
    This last step isn’t the easiest, but you’ve had a whole week of practice by now.

    You cycle through the Pajottenland, a region known for its hop cultivation. The region’s beers get their aroma from this particular plant.
    There are a few short, steep slopes, but they don’t resemble the terror of the Flemish Ardennes at all. The roads are well maintained and there is little traffic.

    You arrive in Brussels centre via a secure cycle path.
     

    Departure from Brussels

    Your trip is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to return home immediately. You can extend your trip and visit this bustling city a little longer.
  • Accommodation
  • Category B

    You will be staying in 3* hotels and B&B’s
    * 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)


    Luggage


    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).


    Parking:

    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 Low Emission Zone, 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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