COAST AND CANALS

8 day independent tour This Belgian cycling vacation takes you through the Flanders region, and through such historic towns as Bruges, Ostende, and Leper. This particular tour is ideal for both the first time and more experienced bicycle tourist. On this cycling holiday you will experience wonderful countryside, sand dunes, canals, the English Channel coast, […]

8 day independent tour

This Belgian cycling vacation takes you through the Flanders region, and through such historic towns as Bruges, Ostende, and Leper. This particular tour is ideal for both the first time and more experienced bicycle tourist.
On this cycling holiday you will experience wonderful countryside, sand dunes, canals, the English Channel coast, plus rich architecture of churches, monasteries, windmills and castles, as well as the famous medieval towns of Leper, Poperinge, Diksmunde, and Bruges. Of course not forgetting the great beer drinking atmosphere in the pubs and lastly for those with a sweet tooth a local chocolate factory (closed in July).

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Roeselare for first night. You can reach Roeselare by train from the ferry ports Calais and Zeebrugge or by train from the airports at Brussels, Amsterdam or Paris. We have a welcome meeting at 6pm where we discuss the tour and handover the cycles. 

Day 2

Roeselare to Kemmel 30 miles (48km)

Today you set off cycling in an easterly direction. Today is a flat route where you will pass the famous Tyne Cot Cemetery , the world’s largest British War Cemetery. Shortly you will arrive in Ypres a wonderful medieval town with imposing Market Halls and the impressive Merlin Gate. After a visit you continue on your cycle tour to Kemmel for your over night stay. 

Day 3

Kemmel to Diksmuide 28 miles ( 45km)

Another easy day along flat country lanes and canal paths. You will cycle through the towers of the Medieval town of Poperinge. Why not sample the Beer tasting in the St Sixtus abbey, of course not so much as you still have to cycle onto you destination Diksmuide. Diksmuide has an imposing landmark of Yzertoren.

Day 4

Diksmuide to Bruges 28 miles ( 45 km)

Another flat days cycling throughout farm land towards Bruges which is often known as the Venice of the North to many locals. Very historic and with many canals and many places to visit.

Day 5

Bruges

A free day in Bruges to go shopping , take a ride of the canals or even go sight seeing by Horse and cart. Even climb the Belfort or even take a train ride ( 15 minutes ) to Ostend a majestic Port town. There is much to see and do on your day of rest.

Day 6

Bruges to Knokke and return 36 miles (59km)

A circular route along the picturesque canals towards the painters village of Damme. After we take the coastal route passing knokke which is a very plush coastal city , along the sand dunned landscape to the nature reserve of Het Zwin. Then its back along the canals to Bruges.

Day 7

Bruges to Roeselare 31 miles ( 50km)

Cycling today along country lanes back to your start point . On the way enjoy a visit to a Chocolate making factory. 

Day 8

Tour complete after breakfast

 

 

Tour Rating- moderate

Grade of difficulty: Easy to moderate. These are lovely bike routes along well-signposted bike routes. Suitable for all levels of cyclist who have had some training and are used to cycling on roads and streets. The total length of the route by bike is about 250 km. Almost all bike paths are level and well-lit.

 

Airport / Transfers

Flights are in/out of Brussels, Amsterdam or Paris. There are regular trains to/from these cities and Roeselare.

 

Schedule & Price

Departs every Saturday from April through mid-October

Price per person, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY  CAD $1220
Single Room on request $250
Optional half-board meal plan (7 dinners) $250

 

This tour includes:

* 7 nights accommodation in a mix of 3 and 4 star hotels
* 7 breakfasts
* Welcome meeting
* Luggage transfer
* Modern hybrid style rental bicycle
* Entrance to the National Cycle Museum
* Biking maps, route descriptions and travel information for your use and convenience
* 7-day Service hotline