Bike barge tour Belgium: journeys of cuisine and culture
If you’re considering a cycling holiday in Belgium, then you’re in for a treat and particularly if you’re visiting Flanders, the home of Belgium’s Flemish-speaking Belgians! And we should know — we’ve been running popular bike barge tours in and to Belgium for years, all of which either start or end in the vibrant culture and cuisine hotspots of Bruges and Brussels.
Picture this: Every day you wake in the comfort of your floating hotel, eat a tasty breakfast and set out for an exciting day cycling the country’s picturesque flat landscapes — biking along canal towpaths, through traditional villages, and along quiet country lanes. Maybe stop for a traditional Belgian beer from centuries-old Trappist breweries or enjoy a coffee on a cobbled lane — and look forward to the wealth of heritage in Belgium’s sophisticated cities.
Medieval masterpieces of Bruges on a bike barge tour Belgium
The classic bike barge tour in Belgium travels between Bruges and Brussels, giving you the chance to discover the cosmopolitan Belgian capital, its regal Grand Place (Grote Markt), the impressive Saint-Michel Cathedral, and its famously underwhelming occupant, the Manneken Pis. After superb drinking and dining, it’s time to put this to good use in pedaling towards Bruges, the UNESCO-listed old town of which has more romantic canals, famous churches, and cute stone lanes than is fair for one compact and easily-walkable city.
But don’t stop there — Flanders still has so much more to offer. For a start, diamond city Antwerp’s modern architecture, the absolutely gorgeous medieval city of Ghent, and Mechelen, a former Dutch capital where the 318 foot (97 meters) tall Sint-Rombouts tower gives you fantastic views of the Lowlands cycle touring to come.
Cycle cruise the French connection & waterways to Amsterdam
Flanders is, of course, only one half of Belgium and you can enjoy a bike barge tour through southern Belgium — the French-speaking part, also known as Wallonia — as you cycle your way to Paris. Visit Somme Valley battlefields, the chateau of Chantilly and the many delights of northern France’s rolling rural countryside. Or why not consider also seeing the Netherlands, with our Bruges – Amsterdam cycle and cruise tours!