• Travelcode: 435

    Antwerp home-based tour

    following in the footsteps of Peter Paul Rubens.

    • In the lively port and art city on the Scheldt, you’ll be following in the footsteps of the baroque painter prince Peter Paul Rubens. Visit the magnificent guild houses on the Grote Markt or visit the interesting museums. Equally masterful are the fashion designers of the city. And Antwerp has even dedicated its own museum. We have designed 3 bike tours for you so you can discover Antwerp and its highlights in the area.

       

      Tour profile / Level 1

      All cycling tours are very easy to follow. The road book offers 4 tours, along a signposted cycling network. This network can also be found on the maps. It doesn’t matter in which order the different tours are made. You cycle on flat bike paths, suitable for beginners and families with children.

      Day 1: Antwerp

      Individual arrival to Antwerp.

      Day 2 - 4: Routings/program suggestions

      You can find our suggestions for the nicest bike tours in the surroundings below. It is up to you, which ones you choose and combine. You can plan this homebase tour however it suites you best.

      Tour 1: Antwerp Roundtrip, approx. 23- 30

      Today you will visit the historic city of Antwerp where many Flemish artists were at home (also Rubens) and the largest diamond trade in the world. Antwerp has almost the largest port in Europe and there are many fashion shops and jewelry stores in the center. As you can see, Antwerp is a multifaceted modern but traditional city. In the historic city center, most buildings date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Many museums (such as the MAS, Museum am Strom) and over 1000 monuments are to visit and to look at. The main train station of Antwerp (one of the most beautiful train stations in the world) and also the city hall with its beautiful architecture.. Also visit the cathedral and other churches! And we would like to invite you to visit the brewery ’De Koninck’ and enjoy a taste of it.

      Tour 2: Westmalle, approx. 62 km

      This bike tour takes you through the green countryside from the Kempen to the abbey of Westmalle. The Trappist Abbey of Westmalle was founded in 1794 by monks from the French Abbey of Notre Dame de la Grande Trappe next to Soligny. These monks were fleeing because of the unfavorable regligious climate that prevailed at that time in France. The bishop of Antwerp gave the monks a farm. There, the monks had started a community and year after year this community grews and around 1900 they started with the construction of today’s abbey. The abbey has been brewing beer since 1856. The famous beer Westmalle Tripel is brewed since 1934. Unfortunately you can not visit the abbey but you can taste the beer and the cheese in a local restaurant.

      Tour 3: Lier/Mechelen, approx. 61-79 km

      This tour leads you to Lier. Attractions in Lier are the Beguinage, Grote Markt and the ’Zimmertoren’. If you want you can cycle to Mechelen. Mechelen was in the 16th century, the political capital of the so-called ’landing land’. Over 300 historic buildings recall this glory period of Mechelen. Be sure to visit the Saint Rombout Cathedral with its fantastic overview of the region, the palaces of Margaretha of York and Margaretha of Austria, as well as the Market Square and the Beguinage.

       

      Day 5.: Antwerp

      Individual departure or extension stay.
    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Brussels Zaventem (BRU) or Brussels Charleroi (CRL)

      By train to Antwerp


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking:
      free of charge near the hotel, or € 17/day at the hotel garage
       


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train Station: Antwerp


      EXTRAS

      Children: children bikes, children seats, trailers on request

      Book here your discounted train ticket... Book your flights online... Book here your bus ticket... Book your hotel online...
    • Included services:

      • 4 nights in booked category in room with private facilities and breakfast
         
      • indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam bath
         
      • maps and information material per room
    • Choose Categories

      S2 25.04. - 30.06.20 daily
      S1 01.07. - 12.07.20 daily
      S1 13.07. - 26.07.20 every MON
      S1 27.07. - 28.08.20 daily
      S2 29.08. - 30.09.20 daily

      Extras

      Discount extra bed with 2 full paying adults  
      Children 0-11,99 years -100%, 12 - 99 years -50%
         
         
      Bicycle & equipment  
      7-/21-speed bike 50
      E-bike 105
      Child bike/trailer 40
      Child seat 10
         
      Additional nights Bruges
      Antwerp (dbl/sgl) up from 55/ up from 90

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Crowne Plaza Antwerpen ****

      Offering a free indoor infinity pool and wellness center, Crowne Plaza is just off the ring road only 951 m from Antwerp Expo Tram Stop. The Octopus Wellness Center includes Life fitness equipment, a sauna and a steam-bath, all in a colorful and trendy setting. The hotel features free Wi-Fi and offers an hourly shuttle service to Zaventem Airport. Antwerp's city center is a 10-minute bus ride. Guests of the hotel can make use of the spacious free public parking nearby.

      Each of the air-conditioned rooms at Crowne Plaza Antwerpen benefits from a flat-screen TV,a tea/coffee maker and a work desk. The deluxe rooms also include free access to the private parking.

      Guests can make use of the sauna and steam bath facilities. There are also relaxation corners with views over the green surroundings. The hotel also offers an on-site gym with state-of-the-art equipment for work outs.

      The hotel also features ANNA, a Living & Bar concept which serves Flemish cuisine and regional specialties from Antwerp. Guests can enjoy lunch, drinks or dinner in a modern setting.

      Crowne Plaza Antwerp is a 10-minute drive from Antwerpen International Airport. Antwerpen-South Railway Station is less than a 5-minute car journey away. Guests can rent bicycles at the hotel to explore the city. The on-site digital concierge can assist in arranging activities. There is a bus stop right in front of the hotel with connections to the city center.

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      The offered bikes are touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

      You can choose between the following bikes:

      • 7-speed-bike with hand brakes
      • 21-speed-bike with hand brakes
      • E-bikes unisex
      • children seat, children trailer

      All bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and a handlebar bag/room. 


      Children and equipment

      • Children bike (20-, 24-, 26-Inch)
      • Children trailer
      • Children seat

      E-bike

      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

      With an electric bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern electric bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness levels. Acclivity can be handled easily.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.


      Private bicycles

      You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. It is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.

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