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West Flanders tour

West Flanders medieval and modern history

Bruges
Brussels airport

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Bruges
Brussels airport

West flanders bike and barge tour combines many different aspects of south-west Belgium. Three countries, medieval and modern history with the Great War of 1914-1918 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 which is 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. The medieval town Sluis, in the most southern part of the Netherlands is part of this tour as well.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 1
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 45 km, average per day
  • Ypres, "Last Post"
  • Trappist brewery
  • Dunkirk, military museum 1940
  • Sluis, medieval fortified town

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Satuday: Arrival in Bruges, bike ride to Oudenburg

25KM
Satuday: Arrival in Bruges, bike ride to Oudenburg

Try out of the bicycles in a nice short bike ride of 25 km. The route goes along the oldest canal of Belgium that connects Bruges and Ghent with the North Sea. The day ends in the beautiful town Oudenburg with its old market square.

Day 2

Sunday: Oudenburg - Nieuwpoort - Diksmuide

45KM
Sunday: Oudenburg - Nieuwpoort - Diksmuide

We start the day with a bike ride along the canal from Plassendale to Nieuwpoort. In Nieuwpoort the river Yser Flows into the North Sea. From Nieuwpoort we follow an old railroad to Diksmuide(Dixmude), that is converted into a bike path. Sometimes we leave this path to follow the strongly meandering river Yser, that is still well known from the Great War.In Diksmuide we will visit the ‘Trenches of Death’ and the Yser-tower which remind us of the resistance of the Belgian army against the German army.

Day 3

Monday: Diksmuide - Ypres

45KM
Monday: Diksmuide - Ypres

We will bike along the Yserand its connecting canal from the Belgian front to the English front near Ypres. A “Great War bike ride” along the battlefields and war memorials in andaround Ypres. A very impressiveday, that ends with the daily Last Post-ceremony inthe “Menen”-gate in Ypres, very near the beautiful (rebuild) historical center with the ‘Grote Markt’.

Day 4

Tuesday: Ypres - Veurne

45KM
Tuesday: Ypres - Veurne

Today we will visit the very center of the legendary Belgian beer brewing history. Biking to Poperinge we will visit the hop farm Lemahieu and then visit the Abbey of St. Sixtus, where Trappist monks brew the famous
Westvleteren beer, many times proclaimed to be the best beer in the world. Of course, you will have a taste of it. We will bike along the Lo-canal and visit the picturesque city of Lo. It has a beautiful Belfort. At the end of the Lo-canal we arrive in the beautiful medieval town Veurne. Visit to the “Grote Markt“ and the historical center.

Day 5

Wednesday: Veurne - Nieuwpoort

45KM
Wednesday: Veurne - Nieuwpoort

In the morning we bike trough the nature reserve “De Moeren“ to the well-known French harbor Dunkirk and in the afternoon we bike back along the French and Belgian beach to Nieuwpoort where the river Yzer flows into the North Sea.

Day 6

Thursday: Nieuwpoort - Oudenburg

45KM
Thursday: Nieuwpoort - Oudenburg

In Nieuwpoort we will bike along the “ Ganzenpoot “, the point where 5 different waterways come together. We will follow the famous “Coastal Cycle Route “between the beach resorts De Panne and Oostende and cross the river mouth of the Yser on a ferry.We will bike along the North Sea beach and in the dunes to Oudenburg.

Day 7

Friday: Oudenburg - Bruges

45KM
Friday: Oudenburg - Bruges

Today we make a beautiful varied tour through the northern part of the Flemish small-scale Farmland with its Belgian “White-Blue cows“ (specially bred for its meat) and barley fields. Today you can cross another border and pay a visit to Sluis, a medieval fortified town in Zeeuws–Vlaanderen, the Southwestern part of the Netherlands.

Day 8

Saturday: Bruges, end of the tour after breakfast before 10 AM

Saturday: Bruges, end of the tour after breakfast before 10 AM

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
7/20/2019 - 7/27/2019 Available Bruges Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
7/27/2019 - 8/3/2019 Available Bruges Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
9/28/2019 - 10/5/2019 Available Bruges Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
10/5/2019 - 10/12/2019 Available Bruges Feniks Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin 0 0
Feniks Twin cabin € 2190,- 0 0
Feniks Luxury twin cabin € 2590,- 0 0
Feniks Bunk bed cabin € 1850,- 0 0
Feniks Single cabin € 1095,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks, 1 week 24 speed hybrid bicycle barge Feniks, 1 week Gazelle Fuente, incl. bike helmet €90
Electric bike, 24 speeds barge Feniks, 1 week Electric bike, 24 speeds barge Feniks, 1 week Incl. bike helmet €135

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
  • 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
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • (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

Arrival 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 two weeks later in Paris on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Paris. The mooring place of the barge in Paris:

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Frequently asked questions

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    On our guided tours a tour guide will accompany the group during their cycling route.

    When mentioned ‘self-guided’, the tours are on an individual basis and no guides are provided. We will provide you with a thoroughly detailed and comprehensive description of the routes, enabling you to follow the route correctly without problems. Furthermore, these route descriptions are frequently accompanied with information on the main tourist attractions that you will come across.

  • What insurances does Cycletours offer?

    Cancellation insurance (insurance company Unigarant)
    Holidays usually are reserved and paid weeks or even months in advance. If you need to cancel or abort the tour, that always leaves you with financial consequences. Therefore we recommend to arrange a cancellation insurance. This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.
    Cancellation insurance including  air flight:
    when paying 1% extra over the travel sum of your Bike & Barge tour + flight ticket, then the cancellation expense is insured should you need to cancel or should one of these components unexpectedly be cancelled. This on the condition that no alternative arrangement can be made, so the trip cannot be taken.

  • What is the average age of the participants?

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

  • What languages do the guides speak?

    All tour guides speak English. Some of the the tour guides speak German and/ or French. We also have a few guides who speak Spanish and/or Italian. We try to match the guide’s linguistic abilities with the nationalities in the group.
    The common language on board is English.

  • What packing list do you suggest?

    What you need to bring with you on the Bike & Barge tours starting and/or ending in the Netherlands and along the Mosel & Saar:

    Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the following:
    •    shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
    •    shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
    •    gloves (in case you booked a tour in April and October. It can be chilly in the morning)
    •    good shoes/ sneakers
    •    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
    •    shower gel
    •    shampoo (available on the barge Sailing Home)
    •    insect repellent
    •    hairdryer (220V) (available on the barges Sailing Home and Zwaan)

    The final packing list we suggest for your tour will be included in your travel documents.

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Price starting from € 1095,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Feniks
Feniks

About the barge Feniks

Originally the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French waters. In 1992 the Feniks was reconstructed to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for several sailing holidays. On board you will find a comfortable and well lit saloon, where you can relax and have a good meal. Outside on the deck you will find various seats to take the best views over the great landscapes. There is a sundeck to relax on; or you can sit under the awning which give you shelter from the sun. If the weather allows, the meals will be served outside on the deck.

Cabin plan

All cabins have an individual bathroom with sink, shower and toilet, central heating and 220 volt sockets. Washer and dryer available, as well as hair dryer.

• 2 Luxury cabins: twin beds, wardrobe, table.
• 3 Low bed cabins
• 2 single traveler cabins with bunk bed (double occupation possible)

  • Offical name Feniks
  • Length 39 m
  • Width 5.4 m
  • Capacity 20 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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