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Bruges to the Ardennes

Experience Flemish Hospitality

Belgium has everything for the perfect bike trip: fantastic riding, fascinating history, warm culture and amazing food and drink.

Trek Travel pulls it all together for you to create the vacation of a lifetime. We take you from the enchanting city of Bruges, a city of bridges, canals, museums, chocolateries, frites shops then into the gorgeous Flemish countryside, where walled fortresses and fairy tale castles sit atop forested hills and rolling fields, while you sleep in a 13th century village and luxuriate in the opulence of an authentic château. Bike racing enthusiasts will truly enjoy a spin along the famous routes of the Tour De France and the Spring Classics (like the Liège-Bastogne-Liège) while tasting the finest creations of Belgium’s master brewers.

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Bruges, Belgium | Brussels, Belgium

Dates

2015
Aug

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Bruges to Houtave Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 100 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Hotel De Tuilerieën (Dijver 7, 8000 Brugge) at 2:00 PM on the first day of the trip. Upon arrival in the charming city of Bruges, your guides will spend some time fitting and familiarizing you with your high-end Trek bike for the week before you take to the road for a warm-up ride along the quaint streets outside of town, exploring the Flemish architecture and the interesting canals spread along the route. This evening, the group will gather for an apéritif at one of our favorite haunts, amidst the town’s famous canals. Tonight, enjoy a dinner of seasonal fare complemented by local, craft beer at a lively bistro steps away. Before turning in, consider a walk around this picturesque city, with its stone footbridges, gabled buildings, enchanting turrets and medieval architecture.

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Hotel:

Hotel de Tuilerieën
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Included Meals:

Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Bruges to Damme Loop
Approximately 55 miles with 200 feet of climbing

Description:

Today, make sure to bring your camera as you’ll want to capture some photos of the gorgeous Flanders countryside. Enjoy riding on quiet roads along peaceful canals, and along scenic farm roads dotted with windmills and picturesque villages, each with its own beautiful stone church.After taking a short excursion into Holland to take in the windswept views of the North Sea, we return inland to the charming town of Damme, the former port for nearby Bruges.  After a well deserved lunch in  a local bistro, you can either pedal directly back to Bruges to explore the town or continue cycling on the virtually endless system of bike routes that surround the city. This evening, you’ll gather with the group for a walking tour of this fascinating city, but not before indulging in some of the finest locally made chocolate, known throughout Belgium and the world. Tonight, take advantage of the myriad of international dining opportunities in this city!

Hotel:

Hotel de Tuilerieën
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Creppe to Rahier Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

Description:

Today you board a private shuttle for a 3 hour transfer through the Belgian countryside and into the Belgian Ardennes. After a hearty lunch of fresh, local fare at a restaurant nestled deep in the wooded countryside, you’ll enjoy a scenic descent to the village of La Gleize. Here a small museum offers an intimate and informative insight into life here during December 1944, when the infamous Battle of the Bulge raged over these small river towns. Later test your legs on climbs which wind through charming Ardennes villages on the way to Le Manoir de Lébioles, a luxury château hotel which will be your home for the next three days. This evening discover the well-known and charming city of Spa - before dining at one of our favorite bistros. Renowned for its hot springs, since the 14th century, the town has been attracting people intent on benefitting from the spring's healing waters. Now synonymous with any place offering a natural water source with therapeutic properties, this is your chance to visit the original Spa and try its waters for yourself!

Hotel:

Le Manoir de Lébioles
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Creppe to Robertville Return
Approximately 41 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

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Creppe to Robertville to Faymonville Return
Approximately 56 miles with 3,800 feet of climbing

Description:

Medieval hamlets and châteaux in the Amblève valley line today’s ride into the high Fens, Belgium’s largest nature reserve. Enjoy the smooth, quiet roads of this national park as you make your way to Château Reinhardstein, a beautifully restored castle that dates to the 14th century. After a private tour, we satiate our hunger with a hearty stew and castle brew, dining in the castle tower. This afternoon, return directly to the hotel or continue your ride through the cobblestone streets of the many picturesque small villages that dot the area—the choice is yours. This evening you will take a 30 minute shuttle to the Brasserie de Bellevaux, where Carla and Wil Schuwer welcome you to their family brewery to taste some of the finest Belgian beers in the Ardennes and learn the finer points of brewing an artisanal beer before dining at their family table. An impeccable dinner caps a fine peek into the history and traditions of some of Belgium’s most famous beer.

Hotel:

Le Manoir de Lébioles
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Ride:

Creppe to Stavelot Loop
Approximately 45 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Creppe to La Gleize Loop
Approximately 31 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Creppe to Stavelot loop with Eddy Merckx option
Approximately 53 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning you'll tackle some of the cols from the famous Liège-Bastogne-Liège race before enjoying a rewarding descent and a pleasant ride alongside the cascading waterfalls and gentle winding flow of the Amblève river. Your destination is the town of Stavelot, part of the original course of the “Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps” and the venue of the Formula One Belgium Grand Prix. Before enjoying a lunch of your choice from one of the vibrant local brasseries, avid riders can choose to take on the challenging ascent of the Côte de Stockeu which was featured in the 2010 Tour de France, and pay tribute at the Eddie Merckx memorial at the summit. Enjoy unparalleled views this afternoon as you ascend through bucolic Ardennes countryside, or alternatively enjoy an afternoon at the spa or maybe just take some time to discover the grounds of the sumptuous château. This evening, with a glass of bubbly held high, your Trek Travel guides will propose a toast to a wonderful week of riding before gathering a final time for a decadent gourmet dinner prepared by the hotel's resident chef Olivier Tucki.

Hotel:

Le Manoir de Lébioles
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Creppe to Cokaifagne Loop
Approximately 19 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Description:

Soak up one more morning by enjoying an easy cool-down ride or, if you are content with the week of riding already completed, feel free to sleep in and ease into your day with a warm pain au chocolat and café au lait. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Hotel Le Manoir de Lébioles. You’ll then shuttle 90 minutes to Brussels arriving at approximately 12:30 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for a flight or train to accommodate possible traffic delays.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



OPTIONAL Amsterdam ADD-ON PACKAGE


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Explore the city of Amsterdam

3 days | 2 nights

$1099 per person

Based on double occupancy.

About:

Visit the capital city of the Netherlands and experience the metropolitan side of Holland. Explore the Van Gogh and other world-class museums, discover the renowned local flower markets and wander the streets and canals throughout the city. Celebrate Dutch cuisine and enjoy this eclectic and free-spirited town with plenty of diverse activity and dining options.

Explore Amsterdam with a city pass. Free Entrance to 5 museums or attractions of your choice. In addition, enjoy 50% discounts and specials at restaurants, shops, sightseeing tours, public transportation and additional attractions (list provided at booking).

What's Included:

  • 2 Nights Accommodation at a 4 star property in downtown Amsterdam
  • 1 Arranged dinner reservation at a hand-picked unique bistro
  • 1 City Pass to explore area attractions
  • Ground transportation arranged accordingly from Amsterdam to your Trek Travel trip start or from your Trek Travel trip-end location to Amsterdam
  • Detailed list of our recommended area attractions and restaurants
  • Dedicated travel coordinator to assist with connections and reservations for your entire Trek Travel trip at no additional fee ($200 value)

How to get there

Choose the Amsterdam add-on package before or after your Belgium, Bruges, Ireland, Prague to Vienna or other European trip package. We include an arrival transfer from the airport or train station, call for details.

Suggested Area Attractions:

  • Rijksmuseum
  • The National Maritime Museum
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Floating Flower Market ‘Bloemenmarkt’
  • Anne Frank House
  • Shopping in Jordaan neighborhood
  • Amsterdam canal ring



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Travel Coordinator Services:

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Description:

As your dedicated travel coordinator I’ll make sure your travel arrangements are seamless. Assistance with arranging flights and full advisory services are included with your add on package. Once booked, you will receive a confirmation with exact dates, hotel and restaurant details along with a detailed list of suggested attractions & city guide.

Lindsay Juley

Please note: Gratuity is not included for any part of the package. Please tip at your own discretion.




Dates & Pricing

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL JANUARY 7TH

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price and date are guaranteed.

2015


Aug
2nd - 7th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4499 / Person, $950 / Single OCC.
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Aug
9th - 14th / 6 days / 5 nights
$4499 / Person, $950 / Single OCC.
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Hotels

Hotel de Tuilerieën on Bruges to Ardennes bike tour

Hotel de Tuilerieën

Bruges, Belgium

Voted Belgium's best hotel of 2012, this romantic luxury boutique hotel is located in the very heart of historic Bruges, alongside its most scenic canal. Formerly a 15th-century nobleman's townhouse, it has been carefully converted into a unique and exquisitely detailed premier hotel. Enjoy an aperitif in the cozy bar or outside on the calm and quiet terrace.
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Le Manoir de Lébioles

Creppe, Belgium

This beautiful 19th century château has been described as "a small Versailles of Ardennes." The hotel is nestled majestically in the Ardennes forest and welcomes guests with pristine nature, discreet luxury and first class service.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Bruges to the Ardennes trip, you will stay in two outstanding hotels, including a 15th century noble residence in Bruges and an elegant château in the Ardennes forest.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 4 social hours, 4 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Bruges to the Ardennes trip, you'll experience the best of Belgian cuisine: a blend of French and German cooking drawing on rich abundant local produce, cheese, moules-frites (steamed mussels and the ubiquitous Belgian fries), Belgian waffles, chocolate and of course extraordinary beers! These are just some of the local specialties you will taste. We will savor the delights of local bistros and enjoy evenings dining in the region's most renowned restaurants.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Trek merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane 5.9 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek Domane 5.9 Women’s Specific Design carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting (limited selection), or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks
  • The use of Trek bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • $300 Discount on a 5 or 6 series Trek Domane or Madone, or Project One purchased at your local Trek retailer

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 45
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,500

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Bruges to the Ardennes is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied with gentle forested valleys, rolling hills. The hills are generally short and steep.

Summer temperatures are usually warm with pleasant daytime temperatures(70F-80F). Belgium's beautiful green landscapes and northern location mean that there is always the possibility of the odd cold spell and rain shower. Layers and a waterproof shell are recommended.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Explore immaculately preserved medieval towns
  • Visit historic castles
  • Artisanal brewery visit and beer tasting
  • Mineral springs in the town of Spa
  • Relax in spa and grounds of our sumptuous Chåteau Le Manoir de Lebioles

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to a race-proven Trek Madone 6.5 with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the ultimate riding experience. Upgrades to Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels and Trek Ride Plus electric assist bicycle are also available. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

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How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend you fly into Brussels (BRU). There is frequent bus and train service from the airport to the center of Brussels which each cost 3-8 euros and take around 30 minutes. A taxi to the city center will cost approximately 35 euros. For more information please consult www.BrusselsAirport.be. Trains from Brussels Midi train station to Bruges run every hour and take about 60 mins. Please consult www.B-Rail.be for more information.

Hotel De Tuilerieën | Bruges, Belgium

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel De Tuilerieën (Dijver 7, 8000 Brugge) at 2:00 PM on the first day of the trip. Your Trek Travel guides will ensure your high-end Trek bike fits you perfectly, and prepare you for the week ahead. Please have you cycling clothes for the first day and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. You'll begin your ride through the charming roads around Bruges.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel de Tuilerieën (+ 32 50 34 36 91), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You can arrange for a taxi service to bring you to the hotel.

Hotel Le Manoir de Lébioles

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Hotel Le Manoir de Lébioles. You'll then shuttle 90 minutes to Brussels Midi train station arriving at approximately 12:30 PM. Please allow adequate connection time for a flight or train to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Before: Bruges

Bruge's historic center is a lovely patchwork of canals, medieval architecture and offers great food, art, shopping and don't forget the best chocolate and beer in the world! We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Hotel Heritage Bruges

Perfectly situated near the Market Place, the four star boutique Hotel Heritage Relais & Châteaux is within walking distance of the city’s most desirable sites, including the theatre district, shopping district, gourmet restaurants, and popular tourist attractions.

Niklaas Desparsstraat 11 | +32 (0)50 444 444 | www.Hotel-Heritage.com | ~$200

Grand Hotel Casselburgh

This luxurious hotel is situated at the heart of the historical centre of Bruges with its wonderful medieval buildings and idyllic canals. It boasts its own spa and gastronomic restaurant.

Hoogstraat 6 | +32 (0)50 44 65 00 | www.GrandHotelCasselbergh.com | ~$180

Martins Bruges

This hotel has elegantly designed rooms and a restaurant serving authentic Brugois cuisine along with endless specialty beers on tap

Oude Burg 5 | +32 (0)50 44 51 11 | www.Martins-Hotels.com/en/hotel/martins-Bruges | ~$100

After: Brussels

Brussels has many charming and beautiful attractions, with deeply ornate buildings on the Grand Place, and the fish-and-crustacean overdose of St. Catherine's Square. Stroll along, (and stop in for a drink) at one of the many bars on Place St-Géry, or max out your credit card on the trendy Rue Antoine Dansaert. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Le Dixseptième

This hotel is located in the historic center and behind the La Monnaie opera house. The hotel is in a building that dates to the 14th century, and recently underwent a total renovation. It is a beautifully traditional hotel.

25, rue de la Madeleine | +32 0 2 517 17 17 | www.LedixSeptieme.Be | ~$200

Hotel Be Manos

The hotel is part of the family owned hotel chain Manos and is a masterpiece of neo-70’s decor, hidden behind the façade of several 19th century mansions. Located at a stone’s throw from Brussels’ Midi station and its Eurostar terminal, this amazing hotel was listed in the April 2008 Condé Nast Traveler as one of the newest hot hotels in the world. It is a favorite among internationally known artists. This hotel provides an unexpected but wonderful experience of Brussels.

Square de l’aviation, 23 | +32 0 2 520 65 65 | www.Bemanos.com | ~$260

The White Hotel

The White Hotel is ideally located in the upmarket shopping district around the avenue Louise with its luxury shops and trendy restaurants.

Avenue Louise, 212 | +32 0 2 644 29 29 | www.TheWhiteHotel.be | ~$115


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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