|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||33 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Apr 18-Sep 19, 2015 (except Aug 8 replaced by Aug 9 departure)|
|Start city:||Roeselare, Belgium|
|End city:||Roeselare, Belgium|
On this tour, Bruges and the Belgian Coast, you will cycle along the coast of Belgium, exploring fields, canals and dunes. Enjoy the rich architecture of medieval towns such as Ieper and Bruges and stroll through quaint coastal villages.
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 can discover the history of World War I, in Ieper and Diksmuide, and spend time in Bruges, the famous historic town with its wonderful cultural heritage that is certainly the most interesting town on this tour.
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Day 1: Arrival and meeting in Roeselare
Individual arrival in Roeselare. Those who want to, can make a small tour to the basilica of Dadizele, and discover the landscape around Roeselare.
Overnight in Roeselare.
Day 2: Roeselare – Ieper (25 miles/40 km)
Your first cycling tour will take you to Ieper, a beautiful medieval town with a stunning market place and the famous town-gate ‘Menenpoort’. You will also pass the Tyne Cot cemetery, the largest graveyard for English soldiers of World War I. In Ieper you can visit the "In Flanders Fields Museum" (ticket not inclued in tour price). Cycling around Ieper is a nice experience, especially passing the charming hills.
Overnight in Ieper.
Day 3: Ieper – Diksmuide (31 miles/49 km)
On this tour, you will pass another nice medieval town: Poperinge, popular because of the ‘hoppe’ cultivated in this area. Also very interesting is the abbey of Saint Sixtus, where the best beer in the world is brewed. You will cycle further along the banks of the Yzer to Diksmuide, where the Yzertoren, a well-known monument of World War I, can be visited. You can also enjoy the beauty of the historic market place.
Overnight in Diksmuide.
Day 4: Diksmuide – Bruges (39 miles/63 km)
It is almost unbelievable how many cultural heritage can be discovered in such a rural region. Indeed, the destination we are all excited about is of course Bruges, with its historic town center and the stunning belfry.
Overnight in Bruges.
Day 5: Bruges – Knokke – Bruges (37 miles/59 km)
The fifth day, you will explore the area between Bruges and Knokke, the most mundane village of the Belgian coast. It will again be an unforgettable trip, through the polder landscapes and the dunes. The main sight of this tour is the nature reserve Het Zwin and the picturesque village Damme. Or, when it is warm enough, you can go swimming in the sea!
Overnight in Bruges.
Day 6: Bruges – De Haan – Bruges (33 miles/52 km)
This day will again be an exciting day, as you will visit another nice place on the Belgian coast. De Haan is a village which has preserved the 19th century Belle Epoque style.
Overnight in Bruges.
Day 7: Bruges – Roeselare (37 miles/59 km)
Your last cycling tour will bring you back to Roeselare. This tour passes two nice castles, d’Aertrycke and Wijnendaele. They are both really worth a visit! After arrival in Roeselare, it is possible to visit the national cyclist museum.
Overnight in Roeselare.
Day 8: Departure
Check-out after breakfast or extra night in Roeselare.
Saturdays: Apr 18-Sep 19, 2015 (except Aug 8 replaced by Aug 9 departure)
|Low season:||Apr 18-Jun 26; Aug 23-Sep 19, 2015|
|High season:||Jun 27-Aug 22, 2015|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Hotel O, Ieper
Hotel B&B Withuis, Diksmuide
Hotel Velotel, Bruges
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available for rent on this tour (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
Helmet rental is not available on this tour. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
This tour is easy and flat, suitable for all cyclists and families with children. It follows quiet roads and cycling paths along a signposted network.
Approximately 80% of the tour is on dedicated bicycle paths, 16% on quiet roads, 2% on roads shared with traffic and 2% on dirt or gravel roads. The maximum daily elevation gain for this tour is 164 feet (50 m)
Tour Start and End
Nearest airport: Brussels, Belgium or Ryanair flight to Charleroi (Brussels South)
Nearest train station: Roeselare, Belgium
The train to Roeselare from Brussels takes approximately one and a half hours. Available trains:
- to Knokke/Blankenberge/Oostende + change trains in Bruges
- to Kortrijk + change in kortrijk
- to De Panne + change in Lichtervelde
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Belgium is a fascinating place to visit with its diversity of culture and language. Distinct regions have emerged that reflect the language of their respective border countries. It’s an unusual experience to travel within one small country and witness the diverse influences of the French, Germans, and Dutch across Belgium.
Brussels houses some of the most important museums, art galleries, and collections in the world. World-class shopping and exciting nightlife are also attractions of Brussels. Known as the "Venice of the North," Bruges is popular for its charming canals and intact medieval architecture. Outside of its cities, Belgium boasts pastoral landscapes crossed by rivers and canals leading to the sea. The dune-lined Belgian coast is home to quaint, historic port towns with a cozy atmosphere and cobblestone streets.
As the headquarters of many international organizations like NATO and the EU, Belgium is a significant player in international affairs. Its significant international population has led to a diverse cuisine scene. It’s most famous for its waffles, chocolate, and beer, but the paper cones of fries and (optional) mayonnaise sold by street vendors are always a favorite for visitors.
VOS Travel is a Belgian tour operator that specializing in active holidays and, more specifically, cycling holidays. With 20 years experience in quality cycling holidays, VOS Travel leads tours all over Europe and, since 2008, they also have a branch in Holland.
Cancellation by the participant
If a registration is canceled, following cancellation fees will be charged:
Cancellation up to 8 weeks before departure: 10%
Cancellation up to 4 weeks before departure: 50%
Cancellation until 24 hours before departure: 80%
Cancellation <24 hours before departure: 100%
This risk can be covered by a cancellation insurance.
Cancellation or modification of the contract by VOS Travel Ltd.
VOS Travel Ltd. reserves the right to cancel the whole or a part of the holiday, in case of exceptional circumstances, (circumstances that VOS Travel Ltd. , when selling the trip, could not know and if they were known, the trip would not have gone ahead). The participant receives the already paid amount back. VOS Travel Ltd. may change after the confirmation a holiday program or make a change in accommodation, but this change is to be reported directly to the clients.
Registration and payment of the holiday
A registration is done by signing the registration form and paying a deposit. The advances and balance invoice will be sent to confirm the reservation. The fact that the participant does not pay the balance, does not mean that the contract is canceled. When the client cancels, cancellation fees are to be paid. The balance is in any case to be paid not later than 30 days before departure. Who registers under his or her signature additional participants, is responsible for meeting the obligations of all those people. Each participant should know that he acts at his own risk.
The published prices are per person and include VAT. They were calculated in good faith on November 1, 2011 under the then prevailing rates. We reserve the right to adjust prices according to changes in exchange rates. If the overall price increases more than 10%, the participant may cancel his contract without penalty and is entitled to reimbursement of all advances already paid. Such cancellation must be written to us within 8 days after receiving our notice of price increase.
"A statutory bail in the amount of € 30,000 will cover our commitments according to the conditions of the Royal Decree of 30 June 1996 conditions." According to Art. 36 of the law governing the contract between the tour operator and travel agency and to the decree of 04.01.1994 and 04.25.1997 VOS Travel Ltd. (lic A5423) is insured by European Goods and Luggage Insurance Company NV., Tweekerkenstraat 14, 1000 Brussels to follow his obligations to the traveler in case of financial insolvency. This warranty statement is accompanied by ‘Vlaamse Solidariteit Reisgelden’, a division of the Association of Travel Agents.
Changes by the participant
A participant may apply to be replaced by another person, provided he reimburses costs incurred by the replacement (usually € 20 per participant). When significant changes are requested by the participant (date of departure or destination, change of program) there is also a charge of at least € 20.
Flights and trains
VOS Travel Ltd. can not be held responsible for changes / cancellations (and the costs and consequences) of flights or trains ordered by the customer.
If the amount on the due date is not settled, there is automatically and without any formal notice a fee of 1% per month, starting from the invoice date. Each new month will be counted as a full month.
The passenger needs to be in possession of the necessary documents upon departure and during the trip. All the consequences of non-compliance with local instructions and the associated costs are to be paid by him. One set of documents per room is provided.
Complaints during the execution of the contract need to be reported to VOS Travel as soon as possible on site and in writing, so a solution can immediately be sought.Therefore the client needs - in the following order – to contact the hotel, the travel agent and finally directly VOS Travel Ltd.
In any case, the client needs to give VOS Travel Ltd. the chance to remedy a possible failure during the trip. After the trip - without being informed during the holiday – complaints are not accepted anymore. All road books are made in good faith.
If a complaint was not sufficiently resolved, the client can send a complaint with a registered letter up to one month after the holiday.