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Cycling in Flanders – Iconic Cultural Cycle Routes

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Cycling in Flanders – Iconic Cultural Cycle Routes

Bike Touring Collection by VISITFLANDERS

4-9

days

3-6 h

/ day

280 mi

4,450 ft

4,375 ft

In ancient Greece, they believed in having a ‘mens sana in corpore sano’ – a healthy mind in a healthy body. On these tours, we’ve packed in (almost) all of Flanders’ culture. These routes are as iconic as the places they visit on the way. So, of course, we had to call them the Iconic Cultural Cycle Routes.

The Art Cities Tour takes you across Flanders in six days. You'll discover the most beautiful and impressive cities: Brussels, Leuven, Mechelen, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, and finally Ostend. You’ll find plenty of food for thought and photo opportunities on this trip. You can fill your heart and soul with all forms of art and warm hospitality.

Tour number two – the ‘Front Route 14-18’ – is dedicated to a sad topic, but one we must never forget: the horrors of war. Along the former front of the First World War – Flanders Fields – you encounter the large and small remnants left behind from 1914-18. It may be difficult and painful, but it’s worth visiting.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:37
    36.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On day one of your Tour, you experience first hand how refreshing culture can be.
    Today, you pass through some of the most beautiful parks that Brussels has to offer. They will keep you cool, even in the hottest weather.

    Once you leave the regal buildings of the Belgian capital behind you, every shade of green surrounds you as you …

  • Difficult
    03:32
    37.2 mi
    10.5 mph
    450 ft
    425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Fuel for your body is vital when you cycle, especially in the form of international cuisine. This is exactly what we serve you at the beginning of your Tour in Mechelen. In the charming cities of Mechelen, Rumst and Lier, you can expect everything from Spanish tapas to French croissants as well as plenty of culture.

    Between tasty meals, you …

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  • Intermediate
    03:35
    38.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    425 ft
    475 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    We don’t give you the chance to catch your breath on day three either. We’ve selected wonderful towns of all shapes and sizes for you to visit. You set off from Edegem, with its small castles and tranquil fort.

    After spending some time exploring the provinces, you arrive at the harbour metropolis of Antwerp which is a treasure trove of …

  • Intermediate
    03:18
    35.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    425 ft
    400 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Day 4 – by now, your cycling brain is probably already overflowing with new experiences. Are you ready for more?
    The city of Dendermonde, with its impressive cloth hall, is the first stop. Take a break here and stock up on provisions as next up you ride through nature, nature, and more nature.

    The Kalkense Meersen and the Gentbrugse Meersen …

  • Difficult
    03:27
    36.1 mi
    10.5 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Welcome to day 5 of your journey through Belgium’s most beautiful cultural cities. We’ve made it even easier for you to navigate today – just follow the canal. The Ghent-Bruges Canal takes you from (who’d have thought it) Ghent to Bruges.

    On the way, you can breathe in the fresh air, which is created in the forests, meadows, moors and …

  • Intermediate
    03:17
    33.1 mi
    10.1 mph
    350 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today is the last day of your Iconic Cycle Route Tour. For the last time, we'll throw everything into the mix and present you with culture, nature and (at the end of your journey) the North Sea.

    But first, you visit one of the most wonderful and magical cities in Flanders. With its hidden corners and countless old houses and …

  • Intermediate
    03:06
    31.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This bicycle Tour covers a difficult but important topic. The ‘Front Route 14-18’ takes you through the frontline landscape of the First World War. An area that was destroyed and rebuilt.

    The ride takes you on both sides of the front line where you learn about the importance of these wartime landscapes. The action unfolded in bunkers, dugouts, trenches, bomb …

  • Intermediate
    03:09
    32.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    975 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, on stage 2, we continue along the former front where people stood irreconcilably against each other. More than a hundred years since the First World War, Westhoek now welcomes you with open arms in a landscape where nature and history beautifully come together.

    The cycle routes here are as exceptional as the hospitality. It's up to you whether you …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    280 mi
  • Duration
    27:01 h
  • Elevation
    4,450 ft4,375 ft

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