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This is a sample itinerary of what you can expect on the Beer Bikes and Belgium bike trip. It may be changed at any time due to weather, safety, or other reasons.
Day 1: Upon early morning arrival at the Brussels Airport take the train to our first hotel in the heart of Brussels. Check-in and settle into your room, or explore Grand Place, one of Europe's most spectacular town squares. We will meet as a group in the afternoon to attend a beer tasting session where we will learn the key points of hops, barley, and about the rich color of beer. We will learn how to drink the Belgian beer – the right way! Optional brewery tour to an authentic Brussels Lambic beer company is also planned. Group dinner to follow near the Delirium Village.
Day 2: After breakfast we will be transported to Oudenaarde in the heart of the Flanders Region. At our new, cycling-friendly hotel we will assemble our bikes (if you are traveling with your own) or get our rental bike adjusted and take a casual ride around the Flemish countryside. A beer tour to the famous Liefman's Brewery will give you a glimpse into this unique brewing process. After a sampling of the sweet fruit beer we will walk to dinner on the main square.
Day 3: In the morning we will ride more of the Tour of Flanders route which incorporates a few more legendary climbs such as the Koppenberg, Paterberg, Oude Kwaremont, and Kluisberg. Climbs and cobbles will be a large part of the day. Enjoy rolling farmland and terrific views of the lush, green countryside. In the afternoon we will head north to visit Brewery Huyghe, home of the world famous Delirium beer and have dinner in a well-known beer café.
Day 4: A morning ride on the smooth roads between all the famous climbs is planned. Today will be an easier riding day, before heading to Ghent to explore the famous art city. Some say this city rivals the more famous medieval city of Bruges to the north, with the wonderful 15th century merchant and guild houses that still line the river at the center of town. Dinner will be along the river on an outdoor patio where we can watch small boats float by.
Day 5: After breakfast we will ride towards Ypres with scenic landscapes and hilly fields along our way. Our ride includes a stop at the local cheese factory, who just happens to make their own beer as well. We will sit down to a fresh lunch made with local meats and cheeses, and a local beer made right in town. After we get down to the southwest corner of Belgium we will learn about the hops used in the many varieties of beer made in the region. Our tour of the hops museum will be sure to amaze you, and give you an appreciation of what it takes to brew beer.
Day 6: Today we do a splendid loop with a few favorite stops. This area is home to the Saint Bernardus Brewery and world-famous Westvletern beer. Prepare yourself for the vertical ride up the iconic Mont Kemmel near Northern France at a steep 23% grade (or opt for an easier way to the top). After our short climbs we stop for a tour of Saint Bernardus. From here we head on flat roads to the café across from Saint Sixtus Abbey. Visit the claustrum and learn how the monks live in the abbey and brew the world’s best beer.
Day 7: A day off the bike to explore the history, sights, and sounds of this historic city. It is home to the Flanders’s Field Museum where you can learn about the battles that raged over this area during World War I. In the evening we gather to watch the Last Post at the Mennen Gate, a ceremony held every night since the end of that war.
Day 8: We leave Ypres and ride towards north, with some stops along the way. Today we find a cookie factory, equipped with yummy samples! We also explore the many tributes and monuments to the solders of both sides from World War I. After a morning of riding, we will visit the De Snoek malt and brew house for a private tour and drinks.
Day 9: We will ride north to Bruges after breakfast. In the afternoon we will visit De Halve Maan brewery and get a fantastic view of the city from high above with our rooftop view.
Day 10: Today there is time to explore the wonderful medieval city of Bruges. There are endless historical and cultural sights to visit before transitioning to Ghent in the afternoon. Pack gear and bikes and then have final group dinner...of course with one final beer.
Day 11: After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transported to the main train station in Ghent for a nonstop ride to the Brussels, Belgium airport for flights back home. Many options exist for longer stays, alternate airports, or specialized transportation. Let us know your individual plans.
Although we do not require the purchase of trip insurance, we strongly recommend it for your cycling tour. Trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you for any travel expenses that you have paid, and cannot obtain a refund for. If your flight is delayed and you miss your connecting flight what will you do? If you travel with your bike and the airlines damage it, what will you do? If your bike or helmet is missing and you can't participate in the tour you signed up for, what will you do?
The right plan will also reimburse your costs for work-related cancelations and provide medical coverage anywhere in the world. Even if you have your own health insurance in the United States, you won't be covered internationally. This alone is an excellent reason to inquire about trip insurance. For around $200 you can insure your trip and have peace of mind while traveling. If you choose not to obtain trip insurance you will need to sign a waiver that you assume any financial loss you may incur, which may be higher than your original trip fee.