• Travelcode: 050

    Flanders Bike Trail

    Brussels, channels and the northern sea

    • RadlerFlanders means leisure cycling for everyone. The scenic Flemish countryside is painted with soft green hills and winding roads dotted by black heather bordered by proud farms and peaceful canals. Along the way, historic towns like Bruges and Gent captivate with understated elegance and exquisite cuisine.

      The medieval canal city of Bruges has gone by many names: City of Romance, Venice of the North. However, none of these titles accurately capture the enchanting city of Bruges. From Bruges the route leads you directly to the sea, to Ostend, where you can stroll along the promenade, sunbathe on the broad beach.

      Tour profile:

      Mostly flat, on quite roads and bike paths along channels.

      Day 1: Brussels

      Brussels may not be a metropolis like Paris, London, or Rome, but it will certainly seduce you with multicultural charm and lively atmosphere. The market square, the Atomium, the famous statue Manneken Pis, and other icons of the Belgian capital are a must for every visitor of Brussels. With a 96m high tower, the Town Hall stands out from afar. It is beautifully decorated in the Brabantine Gothic style with a heavenly spire, on which stands a golden statue of the archangel Michael slaying the devil. The oldest portions of the Town Hall were built in the early 1400’s, and its elegantly decorated façade contains statues of nobles, saints and other figures. Another spectacular church is Saint Michael and Gudula’s Cathedral (Michael is the patron saint of Brussels). This archiepiscopal cathedral is frequently used for royal weddings. Brussels is also known for its Museum of Fine Arts (with Belgium’s largest collection of fine art, including works by Peter Paul Rubens), and the Atomium, a remnant of the 1958 World’s Fair. Moreover, Brussels is also the city of Jugendstil. And of course, there is always a festival such as ‘Couleur Café’, a flower carpet or an interesting exhibition.

      Day 2: Brussels – Mechelen , approx. 65 km

      On the first day, you will cycle to Leuven. This city is not only known as a university city – with the oldest Belgian university, but also as a beer city. A walk in Mechelen, city on the river Dijle, will show you all the important historic buildings, which were erected during the time of the Burgundy. You certainly have to visit the St. Rombouts Cathedral, the palaces of Margarete of York and Margarete of Austria. Or you can also visit the toy’s museum!

      Day 3: Mechelen – Bornem , approx. 30 km

      Today you will cycle along the river Rupel and Schelde to Bornem. Because of the short ride there is plenty of time to take a 15-minute train ride towards the center of Antwerp. Enjoy a stroll on the Meir, have a beer on one of the many plazas or admire the rich architecture and art of this charming town.

      Day 4: Bornem – Ghent , approx. 64 km

      Gent, also the historical center of Flanders, offers a variety of places of interest and is overseen by lots of towers, for example the one of the St. Bavo cathedral with the world famous painting by Jan van Eyck. The historic heart of the city is well preserved: you can visit the old port, for example. Nearby, you will find the ‘Gravensteen’, once the medieval castle of the counts of Gent, today one of the most important places of interest.

      Day 5: Ghent - Bruges, approx. 52 km

      The historic center of Bruges is part of the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Seeing Bruges, you will notice it straight away: this city has always taken care of its architectural and cultural treasures. Take your time and stroll along lovely parks, intimate little streets and ancient market squares. You can also do some shopping for the famous local lace, chocolate, or beer. Or simple enjoy ‘French’ fries on the stunning market square.

      Day 6: Bruges – De Haan – Bruges, approx. 55 km

      Ride along the canals to the authentic coastal village of De Haan, enjoying a refreshing dive into the North Sea or relaxing at the beach. Or you can also enjoy a free day for shopping, a boat ride on the canals, sightseeing by carriage, visiting some museums, climbing the belfry and so on.

      Day 7: Bruges

      Departure after breakfast or extra night in Bruges or Brussels. Back to Brussels from Bruges by direct train is approx. 1 hour ride.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

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

      Via train to Bruges or via train from main train station Charleroi and then by bus to Bruges


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking:
      Brussels: parking garage approx. € 20 per day
      Bruges
      : approx. €5/day next to the hotel or main train station


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station:
      Brussels, Bruges

      Direct train connection Bruges - Brussels approx. € 15-25 per person  tickets at the local counter, duration every hour


      TRANSFER

      have a look under price


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Children:
      children bikes, child seat, child trailer on request

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    • Included services:

      • 6 nights in room, private facilities, breakfast
         
      • 6 x dinner if booked
      • luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
      • maps and information material per room

       

    • Choose Categories

      S1 25.04. - 12.06.20 every SAT
      S2 13.06. - 04.07.20 every SAT
      S2 05.07. - 16.08.20 every SAT/SUN
      S2 17.08. - 22.08.20 every SAT
      S1 23.08. - 12.09.20 every SAT

      Extras

      Discounts extra bed in double room with 2 full paying adults  
      0-2,99 years -100%
      3-6,99 years -50%
      7-11,99 years -25%
         
      For adults there is no reduction for the third person in a room. For the comfort of the clients, a double room and a single room at the hotel in Bruges will be booked without a single room supplement. The rooms will be connecting rooms.
         
      Bicycle & equipment  
      7-/21-speed-bike 65
      E-bike 130
      Tandem 100
      children bike/trailer 45
      child seat 15
      insurance for electric bike 25
      Additional nights
      Bruges (dbl/sgl) 55/85
      Brussels (dbl/sgl) from 55/ from 95
         
      Transfer*  
      transfer Bruges - Brussels only on FRIDAY (also Saturday July 11 - August 22)* 55

      10 a.m; duration approx. 1,5 h incl. own bikes (reservation necessary)
       


      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
    • Well-chosen, comfortablehotel of 3-4 star categories which distinguish themselves by their quite special personal mark. They are comfortable, often in a design typical for the region and provide a very authentic holiday experience.

      Brussels

      Hotel example: NH Hotel Brussels Louise and Hotel Atlas

      Mechelen

      Hotel example: NH Hotel Mechelen and Best Western Hotel Gulden Anker

      Bornem

      Hotel example: Hotel Secundo and Hotel De Notelaer, as well as Hotel De Cluyse

      Ghent

      Hotel example: NH Hotel Gent and Aparthotel Castelnou, as well as Europahotel

      Bruges

      Hotel example: Hotel Velotel or NH Hotel Brugge


      Please note that the listed hotels are only hotel samples and subject to change. You will find your definite hotel in the hotel list, which you receive after booking/before departure.

    • 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.

    • 4,7 28.07.2019 | Agata K. Flanders Bike Trail

      Flanders 2019

      We have just finished the tour through Belgium (Flandrian Trail ). Overall we liked it because of the beautiful cities on the way, decent hotels & board. The luggage transport was always on time & the bikes were OK.. Belgium is a very bike -friendly country ...
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 4
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 3
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 4
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      4,1 23.05.2019 | Sirkka M. Flanders Bike Trail

      Flanders Bike Trail

      Second day: cycle points were very difficult to find, especially between Oudergem and Tervuren. Third day: from Mechelen abaut 6-7 km cycle path ended for road constructions. Detour instructions werw only dutch. We had big problems, as well other cyclists ...
      • Overall satisfaction 4
      • Booking handling 4
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 3
      • On-site assistance 3
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 3
      • Price-performance ratio 4
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      4,9 11.09.2017 | Graeme M. Flanders Bike Trail

      A once in a life time trip

      We travelled a long way to start the trip. And very excited we set off from Brussels. We were not disappointed, all the travel arrangements of luggage transfer and accommodation happened as promised. And the trip was beautiful with lovely scenery, not ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 3
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 3
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 3
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      5,5 22.05.2016 | Sharon H. Flanders Bike Trail

      Suggestions for improvement:

      Ovreally we loved Belgium. The bike trails were very pleasant and the towns we saw were stunning. I would highly recommend the tour with the suggestions noted above.
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Luggage transport 5
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more
      3,4 29.06.2015 | Nathalie L. Flanders Bike Trail

      Ok trip, but lacking in the details to make it good or very good.

      We got great assistance from Radreisen staff, however our tour was subcontracted to Velos. The details of the trip are lacking including: route markers, information on train connections, list of places to eat lunch, lack of information at the hotels.We ...
      • Booking handling 4
      • Travel documents 3
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 2
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 2
      • On-site assistance 2
      • Route-character 3
      • Bicycle + equipment 2
      • Price-performance ratio 4
      more
      5,4 25.05.2015 | Robert W. Flanders Bike Trail

      Brussels to Brugges

      It was a beautiful ride, through very pretty countryside, with delightful towns and cities. Much of the route was beside waterways, with working barges to add interest. One of the many highlights of the trip was riding through the forest, with the sun ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more

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