Leaving Ghent behind you, cycle through the heart of Meetjesland, a pastoral area with a unique polder landscape riddled with creeks. At the end of the day, wonderful Bruges awaits! The whole town centre is Unesco world heritage and because it is so special you will stay two nights in two nights in this town. After your days in Bruges, cycle back to Ghent via southern Meetjesland and Aalter.
The Old Town of Ghent is a veritable feast for the eyes and the ears - students of music playing in the picturesque streets. Graslei and Korenlei quays by the Leie river are like a fairytale. In the evening, let the wonderful Flemish ambiance enchant you. The Belgians have voted Ghent their most beautiful town. Will it works its magic on to you too?
Head west and discover the rural Meetjesland region, a cycling paradise with woods, meadowland and vast cropfields. It is easy-pedalling through the flat landscape to Eeklo, a small town known for its many sculptures. Then cycle through the Het Leen and Drongengoed woods. If you still have the energy, Maldegemveld nature reserve has a 3.5-km signposted walk past patches of heather. In the evening, put your feet up in Maldegem.
Yet another lovely route through the flat Flemish countryside. After Maldegem you will pass some quiet villages such as Knesselare, Maria-Aalter and Moerbrugge. On the last stretch, follow the Ghent-Bruges canal. It dates back to the 14 century and is one of the oldest in the country. Together with its towpath verges, it forms a green corridor that is important for biodiversity. Your destination Bruges is a true gem for Belgium. The charming town has cobbled roads, medieval-looking buildings and a fairytale ambiance.
On your extra day in Bruges, opt to spend the entire day in this beautifully-preserved, medieval wonderland and you won't regret it. Cobbled streets, historical buildings, lovely squares, cast-iron streetlamps, ancient canals dotted with elegant swans - everything fits the picture.
Alternatively, hop back on your bike to cycle a round tour. Through a vast meadow landscape north of Bruges, on country lanes laned with majestic trees, cycle to the village of Hoeke. Subsequently follow the Damse Vaart canal into the Netherlands to visit the fortified town of Sluis. The bicycle route follows the ancient defensive earthen walls around Sluis - but do enter the town for a lunch break with a view of the belfry / Town Hall. Then hit the road once again, through Zelandic Flanders back into Belgium, feeling tiny in a wide-open landscape with far horizons. Your next stop is charming Damme, another fortified town, the military counterpart of Sluis. Still partly surrounded by a star-shaped moat, Damme is small but scenic. At the end of the day, follow the Damse Vaart back to Bruges.
Leaving Bruges behind you, enter the provincial parks of Beisbroek and Tudor. Next up is Loppem Castle, the only totally authentic castle remaining in Belgium - original, inside and out. Cia Oostkamp and Hertsberge, reach Bulskampveld landscape park. Kilometer after kilometer of woody surroundings without encountering one single car. Via Maria-Aalter and Blekkerbos woods, you will arrive in Aalter.
From Aalter, set course for the final destination of your journey. On narrow, flat and low-traffic roads, cycle firstly to Deinze on the Leie, with a characteristic church by the river. The pastoral idyll of this area has traditionally drawn many artists to your next stop, the town of Sint-Martens-Latem. Opt to visit Dhondt Dhaenens Flemish art museum. Many of the artists were inspired by the river Leie, which will regulary come back into view, during your last kilometers back to Ghent. As the sun sets over Ghent, drink in the magical scenery one last time before you return home the next morning.
After breakfast, your holiday will come to an end. It’s time to return home.
Thursdays from April 2nd till September 24th.
|Double room, breakfast||539.00|
|Single room, breakfast||779.00|
|Bike theft insurance||€ 3.00 x 6||18.00|
|E-bike theft insurance||€ 6.00 x 6||36.00|
Gent - Europahotel***
Maldegem - Amaryllis Maldegem**
Brugge - NH Brugge****
Aalter - Hotel Orchidee****
6 night included
2/3/4 star hotels
Breakfast included, ask for more info about halfboard options
Tourist information on all the places of interest
Possibility of renting our bikes
7-days a week service hotline during your holiday
Luggage transport to your next hotel is included
The start hotel is 10-15 minutes walking distance from Gent Sint Pieters Station
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Any ferry crossings are not available