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Tour of Flanders

The history of World War I and Bruges


Tour Description
Type of tour:  Self Guided
Level:  2, relaxed 
Duration: 7 Nights/ 8 days 
Distance:  55 km/day average 
Tour price: from € 585,- 
Start city:   Roeselaere, Belgium
Nearest airport:  Brussels Airport (BRU)
End city:  Roeselaere, Belgium
Nearest airport:  Brussels Airport (BRU)

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Tour of Flanders

8 days | from: € 585,-  |  Hotel | Self Guided | Level 2 | Code BVL

Important: Itinéraire et l'information uniquement disponible en Anglais.

Wichtig: Nur englische Routenbeschreibung.

The West-Flanders region offers the ideal mix of culture and nature. It is one of those unique places, where you can enjoy silence along canals and open landscapes, but where culture is never far away. Along the tour, you discover the history of World War I (Ieper and Diksmuide). The most interesting town on this tour is of course Bruges, the famous historic town with its wonderful cultural heritage.

• Bruges
• Culture and nature
• Cycling Museum

If you are looking for alternating culture and nature during a captivating but not too strenuous cycling excursion, this is a destination worth considering. Belgium is also ideal for those wishing to experience the particular character of a cycling holiday for the first time. Cycle from one hotel to the next without any uncomfortable baggage. You may also choose from accommodation based on bed and breakfast or half-board.

The route from day to day + km
sat     Arrival in Roeselare
sun   Roeselare – Kemmel/Ieper, 40
mon   Kemmel/Ieper – Diksmuide, 49
tue   Diksmuide – Bruges, 63
wed   Bruges, round trip Ostend, 52
thu   Bruges, round trip Knokke, 59
fri   Bruges – Roeselare, 59
sat   End of the tour, after breakfast

1 km = 0.62 miles

Level 2

Quiet and relaxed cycling. Distances to 60 kilometers per day on gently rolling terrain). You spend between 4 and 5 hours on your bicycle.

Travel dates

Every Saturday from April 6 to 19 October 2013

Tour prices

Prices per person in 2014 

Based on a double room € 585,-

Season supplement from June 28th to August 23rd: € 30,-

Half-board supplement (breakfast+dinner): € 168,-

Single room supplement € 195,- 

Extra night in Roeselare (incl. breakfast):
Double room € 116,- per room
Single room: € 93,- 

Half-board supplement:  24,- (also dinner incl.)   

Reservation costs: € 20,- per party

Bicycle rent

• Bicycle with 7 gears: € 65,-

• Electric bicycle: € 155,-

Bicycles equipped with odometer, map holder, bike bag, repair kit, reserve inner tube and pump.

Daily cycling program

Day 1 Arrival in Roeselare, possible roundtrip 58 km
Startpoint of this tour is the birthplace of the famous poet Guido Gezelle and colleague writer and poet Albrecht Rodenbach and also the location of the national cyclemuseum. The rise of the linen industry contributed to the ancient nickname ‘Manchester of Flanders’. Before you start your tour through Flanders you can enjoy a round trip through the green fields around Roeselare. This trip brings you to Menen on the border with France and the cosy village of Dadizele where there’s a great choice of café’s and restaurants to enjoy a drink and or a good meal.   

Day 2 Roeselaere – Kemmel/Ieper, 40/52 km
Depending on availability you’ll cycle to Ieper or the 12 km. further situated Kemmel. Our first cycling tour will take us to Ieper, a beautiful medieval town with a stunning market place and the famous town-gate ‘Menenpoort’. We will also pass the Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest graveyard for English soldiers in the world, of World War I. In Ieper, you can visit the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’, the ticket is included in the price! Cycling around Ieper is a nice experience, especially passing the charming hills. The last part of the route to Kemmel leads you over a typical Belgium road with cobble stones.

Day 3 Ieper/Kemmel – Diksmuide, 49 km
Through the Flemish hills you cycle north along the forest of Rodenberg and the hopfields of Poperinge. Today you’ll also pass ‘Talbot house’ which was a place of peace and rust in the first world war, after the cruelties of the frontline. Nowadays you can find some rest and peace in café ‘de Vrede’ (=peace) and of course trappist, one of the great famous Belgium bears made by the monks from the other side of the street. But keep in mind you’re not yet halfway the route so better not try a ‘triple’ and leave the second glass for the end of the tour in Diksmuide. After passing the abbey of St. Sixtus you’ll change the Flemish hills for the flat polderlandscape.    

Day 4 Diksmuide – Bruges, 63 km
The longest of all etappes takes you through the beautifull polderlandscape of ‘ Westhoek’. You definately enjoy the quiet polders and the typical Flemish hamlets. Along the route you’ll find a lot of cafés, restaurants etc. to enjoy a drink and something to eat. Halfway you’ll pass the Abbey of ‘Ten Putte, a pilgrimageplace for the holy ‘Godelieve te Gistel’ and today inhabited by the brethren and sisters of ‘ Mary of Peace’.

Day 5 Bruges, rondrit Knokke 59 km
If you dislike swimming or hate the sand between your toes better go for a boattour through the ‘ Reien’ (=that’s how the canals in Bruges are called) because today’s roundtrip brings you to the sea, sand and beaches of Knokke. Through the village of Lissewege you’ll follow a quiet route to De Haan. Here you’ll find the longest beach of Flanders, the most beautiful sea side resort and beautiful houses.
Day 6 Bruges, roundtrip Oostende, 52 km
From the city centre the route zigzags over small country roads to the historical city of books, Damme. From here you cycle towards the Netherlands and even pass the border to visit the Dutch city of Sluis and one of the smallest towns in the Netherlands: Sint Anna ter Muiden. From here you go west towards the sea and Zwin nature reserve. Through a varied polder landscape with dunes, creeks and canals you cycle back to Bruges. 

Day 7 Bruges – Roeselare, 59 km
The last stage of your tour is a flat track and takes you south towards Roeselare were you started the tour. Along ‘Boudewijn Seapark’ and domain Merkenveld after about 27 km. you reach castle Wijnendale. This is a so called water castle which is located in the forest of the West Flemish ‘Houtland’. A part of the castle is open for public and a multimedia presentation takes you back in time through the rich history, introduces you to remarkable persons and happenings along time. Via Torhout and brewery Rodenbach you’ll reach the city of Roeselare.

Day 8: Roeselaere, departure

Extra tour information


• 7 overnight stays in good hotels bases on double room with shower/toilet
• Breakfast (7x) and dinners
• Luggage transport (1 suitcase per person)
• Tourist tax
• Route description and maps
• Admission to Cycling Museum
• Visit to chocolate factory (not in July and 1st week of August)
• Car parking at hotel Roeselare

Not included
• Reservation costs € 20,-
• Drinks, lunches, and personal expenses
• Entrance fees
• Rental bike 
• Travel and cancellation insurance 

Special details

Operated by local partner.

Please take good notice of our booking conditions.

No bike insurance available for this tour.

Evening meals not always in the hotel.

The program is subject to change without notice.

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