BELGIUM TRIP 2 (BE50-51)
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ANTWERP DIAMOND, FLEMISH MASTERS & BELGIUM BEER
When people talk about Belgium, they talk in the first place about good food, but also about… beer! But there is much more to discover! This tour leads the cyclist along the historical art cities Mechelen, Leuven and Antwerp, home of the Flemish Masters and the world trade centre of diamonds. Enjoy the cycling tours through authentic Flanders, where cycling paths will lead you along cosy cafés, inviting for a refreshing beer!
Day to Day
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DAY 1 – Arrival in Antwerp
A stroll through the cosy city centre of Antwerp, city at the river Schelde, will show you all the most important historical buildings. The first night you will stay in Mechelen. A stroll through the cosy city centre of Mechelen, city at the river Dijle, will show you all the most important historical buildings, which were erected in the time of the Burgunds.
DAY 2 – Circular ride in Antwerp (23 or 30 km)
Today we will discover the historic town centre of the art city Antwerp. Antwerp has one of the biggest harbours in Europe and is dotted with fashion houses and jewellery shops. There are many museums and monuments to be visited. What you should certainly not forget, is visiting the cathedral and the other churches in Antwerp. And to top off this perfect day you may visit the famous brewery ‘De Koninck’ and enjoy a beer tasting at the brewery!
DAY 3 – circular ride to Westmalle (62 km)
The tour brings us through the green landscape of the ‘Kempen’ region to the Westmalle abbey. The Bishop from Antwerp gave Monks them a farm so that they could earn a living. They started brewing the Westmalle beer around 1850. The abbey itself can’t be be sited but there is a pub nearby where you can taste the superb Trappist Westmalle.
DAY 4 – Antwerp – Bornem (56 km)
From Antwerp, we go along the Schelde river to Bornem. When you have left the centre of Antwerp, you can admire the landscape of the ‘Hobokense Polder’. Enjoy the surprisingly silent nature, so close to the centre of a big city! On the road to Bornem you can visit the abbey of Hemiksem. You will also pass the brewery ‘Bosteels’.
DAY 5 – Bornem – Mechelen (46 km)
Today we backtrack to Mechelen, where we started the tour. On the tour through the authentic flat Flemish landschape, you will pass several breweries. After this great cycling day, you can take a rest in the town centre of the art city Mechelen which was the political centre of the low countries during the 16th century. There are over 300 historic and protected buildings as a witness of the glorious past of Mechelen!
DAY 6- Circular ride to Leuven (66 km)
Today we will visit another art city and also the ‘beer capital’ of Belgium: Leuven. Leuven is also a city with many sights, like the beguinage, the really beautiful gothic town hall, the university library and probably Belgiums most picturesque market place, the ‘old market’. A cycling path along a canal brings us back to Mechelen for our last night of the tour.
DAY 7 – Mechelen – Antwerp (53 km))
We leave Mechelen along the green borders of the wiggling river ‘Nete’ to the town of Lier. Take a rest in a local pub and enjoy the local beers or the famous cake ‘Liers Vlaaike’. There are also enough of sights: the beguinage, the ‘Zimmertoren’ and the market square. After Lier, we cycle further to the famous town of Antwerp.
DAY 8 – Departure after breakfast
Travel Dates: Every Saturday from 26 April up to and including 7 July, and from 2 August up to and including 13 September 2020. Arrival is only possible on 12 + 19 + 26 July in Mechelen due to the festival Tomorrowland.
- double room sharing 3/4
- Hotel including Breakfast
A supplement will be required for: