Cycling holiday West Flanders

West Flanders

Visiting three countries, Great War memorials and enjoy beer tasting

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Summary
  • 8 Days Saturday to Saturday
  • 45 km average per day
  • Arrival Bruges Zaventem, Brussels airport
  • Departure Bruges Zaventem, Brussels airport
Highlights
  • Ypres, "Last Post"
  • Trappist brewery
  • Dunkirk, military museum 1940
  • Sluis, medieval fortified town
Characteristics
  • Guided Tour
  • Group Tour
  • Bike & Barge
  • Bikelevel 1

    The lightest cycling holiday, covering largely flat terrain, suitable for everyone and people of all ages; with distances to 45 kilometers. You spend about 4 hours on your bicycle.

West Flanders

The West Flanders Bike & Barge tour combines many different aspects of south-west Belgium: three countries, medieval and modern history with the Great War of 1914-'18 and the culture of beer brewing.

Starting in Bruges you will go to Nieuwpoort, and then to Diksmuide. This town is well known for the "Trenches of Death" and the Yser-tower, reminding us of the Belgian resistance against German occupation. Then a bike ride to Ypres, the very center of the trench war. The memory of the war is kept alive in Ypres by the impressive "Last Post" ceremony carried out every day at 8 PM. The "South-west Corner" is also the region where the hop is farmed and the best Belgian beers are brewed. You will visit the St. Sixtus brewery, where the Trappist monks make the Westvleteren trappist beer. Of course you will enjoy a glass of this beer, by many considered to be the best in the world. Last but not least you will visit the French harbor Dunkirk in the most northern part of France and the medieval town Sluis, in the most southern part of the Netherlands.

Daily Program

  • Journée 1 Saturday: Bruges, bike ride to Oudenburg 25 km

    Try out of the bikes in a nice short bike rideof 25 km along the oldest canal of Belgium, that connects Bruges and Gent with the North Sea. The day ends in the beautiful town Oudenburg with its old market square. It has a Roman Archeological Museum with treasures dating back as far as 69 AD.

  • Journée 2 Sunday: Oudenburg - Veurne 45 km

    Ride along the coast to Nieuwpoort, where the river Yzer flows into the North Sea. 

  • Journée 3 Monday: Veurne - Nieuwpoort 45 km

    Biking on inland bike paths and small roads through a nature reserve to Dunkirk, known for its role in WW II and the repatriation of 300.000 British soldiers.

  • Journée 4 Tuesday: Nieuwpoort - Fintele 45 km

    We bike from Nieuwpoort along the river Yzer to Dixmude. The Yzer was the frontline between Belgian and German forces at the beginning of the Great War. Visit of the Yzer-tower, symbol of Flemish identity as well as a monument expressing the wish of "never war again". Docking in a very pleasant and picturesque spot named Fintele.

  • Journée 5 Wednesday: Fintele - Dixmude 45 km

    After all atrocities of the past few days we're going to see one the nicest things of this region. It is the origin of many great Belgian beers and the "hop barn" of the whole country. Visit of the St. Sixtus abbey, home of the Westvleteren Trappist beer. Considered to be the best beer in the world!

  • Journée 6 Thursday: Dixmude - Plassendale 45 km

    Today a visit of Ypres, visit of the historical centre and the Flanders Fields' Museum before we will go to the Menen-gate, well-known for its Last Post ceremony. Bike ride on converted railroad tracks to our mooring of today.

  • Journée 7 Friday: Oudenburg - Bruges 45 km

    A varied tour through the northern part of the Flemish small-scale farmland with Belgian "White-Blue" cows and barley fields. Cross the border to the Netherlands to visit Sluis, a medieval fortified town.

  • Journée 8 Saturday: Bruges

    End of the tour after breakfast, before 10 AM. If you have an early flight, ask the the tourleader to arrange a taxi to the Airport.

West Flanders

Our carefully selected routes will lead you along the most beautiful spots of the country. The average daily distance is around 45 kilometers. Most participants prefer riding in a group with the cycling guide, but you can also ride individually. Ask your tour guide.

Bruges
Westfront Nieuwpoort
Shipwrecks on the beaches
Yser tower
Cycling onwards Westvleteren
Menen gate
Sluis
Bruges

What else do you need to know?

Prices are per person 2021

Luxury twin cabin: € 1.350,- 
Twin cabin: € 1.135,-
Bunk bed cabin: € 950,-
Single cabin: € 1.450,-

Not included
Rental bike per week € 95,-
E-bike per week € 142,50

Reservation costs € 20,- per booking.

Included

  • Cabin with shower/toilet ensuite
  • 7x Breakfast, 7x lunch and 6x (3 course) dinner per week
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Multi lingual tour guide
  • Bike insurance
  • Daily check and cleaning of your cabin
  • Daily care of your personal laundry

Not Included

  • Reservation fee € 20,-
  • Bike rental (incl. pannier, helmet and water bottle)
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel or cancellation insurance
  • Meals other than mentioned
  • (non-) alcoholic beverages aboard and ashore

Special details

  • This tour will be operated by our partner
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions
  • The program is subject to change without notice

Info

You are expected at the barge on Saturday afternoon, between 11.00 AM and 14.00 PM. You can bring your luggage earlier to the barge, but not before 10.30 AM. We are busy cleaning the barge, but we can provide you with suggestions to have a nice walk into town.The mooring place of the barge in Bruges: at the ‘Buiten Katelijnevest’ near the Bargeweg (nearly 1 km/ 0.6 miles from the train station).

Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Brussels Airport (BRU).  By train it is about 1½ hours from the airport to the railway station in Bruges. Walking distance from the train station to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes. A taxi from the airport to the mooring place will take about 25 minutes and costs about € 35,-.

Train

The nearest train station to the embarkation point of the barge is the Bruges railway station. Walking distance to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes. By taxi it takes about 5 minutes to the barge.

Car

Should you arrive by car, we strongly advise to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. More information on parkings in Bruges: www.bruges.be.

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later in Bruges on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Bruges. The mooring place of the barge in Bruges is: ‘Buiten Katelijnevest’ near the Bargeweg (nearly 1 km/ 0.6 miles from the train station).

Our barge, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedalling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge is all about! In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with the others, and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck. Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury.
Free WiFi is (limited) available in lounge and on deck.

The team

The captain/skipper, the chef and your tour guide all welcome you warmly. They are prepared specifically for these trips and will provide good and safe passage, good meals, and a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. They will, of course, also give you a great deal of interesting information during and after the cycling and sailing. The skipper is responsible for the smooth running of things on board; the cook is in charge of the catering. A tour leader accompanies you during the bike ride and can assist in case of breakdowns. He/She will be your guide to point out the things of interest along the way and is multi-lingual (Dutch/English, some speak German and/or French).

The meals

Your chef is used to cook delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Besides an extensive breakfast, you will also be offered a packed lunch for on the road. It consists of different types of bread and sandwich fillings, juice, a snack and a piece of fruit. Lunch package needs to be prepared by yourself after breakfast. Dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert The meals on board are included in the price, as are coffee and tea. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be obtained at a reasonable charge. When you return on board after the day’s cycling, a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit will be waiting for you.
If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best  to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus.

You and the group,new friends from around the world!

One of the most attractive aspects of the Bike & Barge holidays is that you encounter an international company on board, including people from e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, France and United Kingdom. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know various cultures at the same time! We have people of all ages, solo travelers, couples and also families with children (during the school holidays).

F.A.Q.

  • What happens if it rains

    Most people wear rainwear and get on their bicycle. If the weather makes cycling absolutely impossible (this doesn’t happen very often!) the guide will arrange an alternative programme which might include a longer visit to one of the towns along the way or cultural excursions.

  • Which countries do the participants come from

    The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. However we regularly welcome South Africans and Japanese guests.The common language on board is English.

  • Can I rejoin the barge before the end of a stage

    No, the barge doesn’t take the same route that the cyclists do. Sometimes the route may be altered because of weather conditions or repairs to bridges or locks and then the guests and the guide can arrange with the skipper to be met at a different place. Naturally you can always stay on board for one or more days.

  • Can I choose my own itinerary without a guide

    Cyclists can choose a longer route than the group takes. The guide will gladly advise you on the choice of an alternative route.

  • Is WiFi available on board

    Yes, free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck.