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Tour of Flanders

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We are now taking reservations for the 2017 Spring Classics. These trips sell out every year so give us a call at 866 464 8735 today!

The Tour of Flanders is practically a religion in Belgium. This single-day race brings the country together, united under the Lion of Flanders, to drink beer, eat frites, and scream like lunatics at the savagery of the race that's unfolding before them. This grueling event starts in Bruges and winds through the Flanders plains before hitting the steep climbs and teeth-chattering cobbles, before finishing with final laps of the famous Oude Kwaremont. This year is the 100th edition of Ronde van Vlaaderen, which puts you in the history books as one of its witnesses. There's nothing quite like it, and we'll show it to you up-close and personally, with access to Trek-Segafredo and our famous guides and support. Trek Travel promises a VIP race experience.

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Bruges, Belgium


Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Bruges to Netherlands Loop
Approximately 34 miles with 630 feet of climbing

Description:

Pinch yourself. You're actually in the start city of the Tour of Flanders days before the start of the race. After meeting your guides at the hotel, your Spring Classics adventure begins as your guides introduce you to the features of your Trek bike and ensure a perfect, comfortable fit and try your bike while riding toward Netherland's border. Tonight explore the historic town of Bruges and taste some of the locally-brewed beers before indulging at favorite local bistro and heading to bed early in anticipation of an incredible (albeit early) day tomorrow.

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Hotel:

The Pand Hotel
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Included Meals:

Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo
Approximately 47 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Flanders Citizen Ride

Description:

Today is the day you can call yourself a flahute (or a cycling "hardman/woman"). It’s an early start with a morning shuttle to the Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo (Flanders Citizen Ride). You'll test your mettle throughout the rolling countryside of West Flanders where the pros will do battle tomorrow. Ride the iconic climbs and cobblestone sections of the race like Eikenberg, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, with the support, encouragement and expertise of your Trek Travel guides on amazing Trek bikes. This is truly the perfect way to enjoy a ride on one of the oldest and most grueling races on the professional cycling calendar! Later you’ll enjoy a well-deserved lunch near the finish of the ride before exploring the Ronde van Vlaanderen Museum. Then, we head back to the comforts of our Bruges hotel to shower and relax before sharing race stories and insights during social hour and dinner together at another handpicked Belgian bistro.

Hotel:

The Pand Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Activity:

Flanders Race Viewing
100th Edition of Ronde van Vlaanderen

Description:

Welcome to race day. Can you feel the anticipation crackle in the air? This is Belgium, and cycling is not a sport, it’s an obsession! You'll get up close to the action and watch the pros fly by, with Trek Travel VIP viewing right on the course that includes catered lunch and drinks. First, witness the cyclists in the Elite Women’s Tour of Flanders power over the course before the Elite Men’s peloton charges past. Then, when the time is right, you'll witness history right in front of you at the exciting and dramatic finish. Tonight enjoy your evening in Bruges where you are on your own to explore a quaint restaurant for dinner.

Hotel:

The Pand Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day

4

Today's Ride:

Bruges to Sint Sixtus Abbey
Approximately 49 miles with 530 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Bruges to Sint Sixtus Abbey and return
Approximately 100 miles with 990 feet of climbing

Description:

After all the excitement of the past two days, it's time to discover a softer side of Belgium. Start this morning spinning your wheels through enchanting, quiet Belgian villages en route to the legendary Sint Sixtus Trappist brewery, home of the holy grail of beer drinkers – ‘Westvleteren 12’. It's an exclusive brew considered by afficionados to be the best beer in the world, and sold exclusively and in very limited quantities in this abbey and in the neighboring village. On our way to Westvleteren, we will cycle through the town of Diksmuide, passing a World War I heritage site of De I Jzertoren. Then, we'll break for a hearty lunch of local specialties and continue to make our way to Westvleteren Sint Sixteen. After enjoying the Abbey, we will make our way to back to Bruges. Tonight we take you to our favorite bar for Belgium beer before we dine in a local bistro.

Hotel:

The Pand Hotel
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

5

Today's Activity:

Departure

Description:

Feel free to sleep in and ease into your day with a warm pain au chocolat and café au lait, before you say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at The Pand Hotel before you take the train from Bruges to your final destination. Please allow adequate connection time for a flight or train to accommodate possible traffic delays.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



Dates & Pricing

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What does "Single Occupancy" mean?

We understand that some guests find it more convenient and comfortable to have a private room while on vacation. And that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The supplemental charge guarantees a private room without a roommate.

Hotels

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Pand Hotel

Bruges, Belgium

Situated in the heart of Bruges, on a quiet street just steps away from the historic Market Place, Burg Square, the canal, museums and boutiques, sits this 18th-century carriage house converted to a 26-bedroom boutique hotel.

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  • 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 transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On this trip, you will stay in perfectly-situated hotel near the races and area’s best riding.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, social hour on some evenings, 2 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • On our Spring Classics - Flanders trip, you'll taste the best of northern French country cuisine--a blend of French and Belgian cooking drawing on the abundant wealth of local products. Moules and frites (steamed mussels and the ubiquitous Belgian fries), Flemish carbonnade, Belgian waffles, chocolate and of course, beer are some of the local specialties.
  • 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
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • 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). Special setups specifically for cobbles riding as well as extra bar tape for additional padding.
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek-Segafredo team kit and customized Road ID

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. 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 | 43
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,200

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. Spring Classics is best suited for our Type 3 Riders, but we 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 rolling plains through Flemish countryside to the challenging famed cobbled climbs of the Ronde van Vlaaderen and long stretches of cobbled roads of Paris-Roubaix. We always look for the quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region. Busy roads are avoided as much as possible.

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:

  • Chocolate & Beer Tastings
  • Pro Race Viewings
  • Bistro meals
  • Walking Tours
  • Shopping
  • Museums
  • Spas

Spring in Belgium can bring all kind of weather- cold, fog, wind, sun, therefore warm layers and a waterproof shell are highly recommended. Daytime temperatures are usually between 30F-60F.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. However we recommend using the Trek Domane for this trip since it is built for the cobbles.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

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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Meeting & Departing

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 that you fly into Brussels National Airport (BRU). There is frequent bus and train service from the airport to the center of Brussels where you’ll need to catch a train to Bruges. The trip to Bruges from BRU takes approximately 60 minutes. A taxi to the center of Brussels will cost approximately 35 euros. For more information about connections from the airport please consult www.BrusselsAirport.be or for train information www.b-rail.be

The Pand Hotel | Bruges, Belgium

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at The Pand Hotel (Pandreitje 16 B-8000 Bruges - Belgie) at 1:00 PM on the first day of the trip. There, your Spring Classics adventure begins with an introduction to the features of your Trek bike and a perfect, comfortable fit. Enjoy lunch on your own at a nearby brasserie or take the chance to explore Grote Markt before taking a casual ride this afternoon toward Netherland. Tonight you’ll explore the historic town of Bruges and taste some of the locally brewed beers before indulging at a favorite local bistro before heading to bed early in anticipation of an incredible (albeit early) day tomorrow.

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, The Pand Hotel (+32 50 34 06 66), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

The Pand Hotel | Bruges, Belgium

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at The Pand Hotel. After which you take the train from Bruges to your final destination. Please allow adequate connection time for a flight or train to accommodate possible traffic delays.

Before: Bruges

Consider taking time before your trip to explore the charming city of Bruges, with its canals, stone footbridges, gabled buildings, turets and medieval architecture. Be sure to not miss the many bistros on either of the two main squares, the “Market” and the “Burg.” The Burg is home to a 14th-century masterpiece, the town hall. The city boasts numerous museums, with collections ranging from Flemish Primitives to contemporary artists and everything in between. The city is very pedestrian-friendly and you will not be disappointed with a stay here. 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 easy walking distance of many of the city’s highlights, including the theater and shopping districts, gourmet restaurants and popular tourist attractions.

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

Grand Hotel Casselburgh

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

Hoogstraat 6 | +32 (0)50 44 65 00 | www.bemanos. 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 | ~$100

After: Brussels, Belgium

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

This hotel provides an unexpected and wonderful experience of Brussels. It's 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, it 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.

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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