Total tour distance: 280 miles
Daily tour distance: 45 miles
Difficulty: 70 / 100
Biking Plus "luxury cycling tours" grew out of our passion for cycling, culture, architecture, history, beer, gastronomy, nature, … in short, for all the Belgian traditions. Biking Plus Belgium means: enjoying a luxurious holiday on and off your bike following the route of the classic Belgian road race "The Tour of Flanders”.
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the historic towns of Flanders. Wander through “Flanders Fields” - where time stands still - and let the memory of the Great War put your life in perspective.
Have a plate of mussels and chips on the Belgian coast or discover the haute cuisine of top Belgian chefs. Enjoy a warm welcome in the very best hotels of Ghent, Bruges, Oudenaarde, Ypres and Kortrijk. Last but not least, chill out at the end of the day as you sample Belgium’s world-famous beers.
After a luxury cycling holiday with Biking Plus you’ll fall head over heels (but not over handlebar!) in love with Flanders and all of Belgium.
We’ll start by picking you up in Brussels. After an enjoyable tour of the capital, we travel by train, in first class, to Kortrijk. We spend the night in a luxury hotel close to the Broeltorens. On day 2, we set out by bike for Oudenaarde. Our route along canals and rivers takes us to the beating heart of the Tour of Flanders. We visit the Tour of Flanders Centre. In the museum, you will discover the legendary stories of the cycling heroes who have conquered the bumpy hills of Flanders.
On day 3 we try out our legs on the cobbled hills in the local area, the Kwaremont and the Patersberg, before heading for Ghent. Over the next few days, we set off for Bruges, the Belgian coast, Poperinge and Ieper. In each of the lovely art towns and cities you can join in the unusual walks through the towns, led by a local guide. Along the way we visit abbeys and breweries, sampling the most delicious Belgian beers and chocolates. We’ll enjoy great Flemish cuisine, good old Belgian mussels and chips and the most scrumptious desserts.
We’ll tour through the gorgeous hilly area of the Ghent-Wevelgem classic and climb the Katsberg, Rodeberg and Kemmelberg. And we’ll visit some of the sites that bear witness to the insanity of the First World War. In Ieper, there’s a trip to the heartrending museum “In Flanders Fields”. On day 8, we say goodbye with a drink, after a breath-taking week of cycling. Your first-class seat on the train takes you back to Brussels within an hour or so.
Throughout the whole tour, cycling ± 60 km every day, you will be accompanied on your bike by two genuine cycling experts who know every corner of Flanders. A people-carrier will be standing by at all times and follow with your luggage from town to town. You will stay at 7 top hotels located in the centre of the art cities, 5 of which have a swimming pool and several have wellness amenities. Snacks, picnics and lunches along the way are included every day. In the evening, you can discover some great restaurants at your leisure, or you can opt to have dinner at the hotel.
When it comes to your bike, you have nothing to worry about. Professional racing bikes, both men’s and women’s models, will be waiting for you when you arrive. We will supply you with a bike to suit your size. And you’ll soon see: we guarantee a simply wonderful Belgian cycling holiday.
Biking + Authentic Flanders: trip details: 3330 $
Included in the stay: 8 days or 7 nights
All overnight stays in top hotels in the center or near the cultural cities.
In a double room with full European breakfast.
5 hotels have a pool, several have wellness facilities.
Daily guided bike tours from one culture town to the other.
Two experienced guides.
VIP luggage service from hotel to hotel.
Visit to the Tour of Flanders museum.
Visit to the Flanders Fields museum.
Visit to abbeys and breweries with beer tastings.
Visit to the art cities: Brussels, Kortrijk, Oudenaarde, Ghent, Bruges and Ypres.
2 guided cultural dinner walks in Ghent and Bruges.
2 extra gourmet dinners at exquisite restaurants.
Every afternoon light lunch on the way.
Sports Drinks and vitamin bars.
Professional racing bike to your needs.
Technical support during all bike rides.
Transport by train in first class of and to Brussels.