Antwerp and Flemish Beer Tour Self-Guided Cycling Tour
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £559 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Cycle through beautiful typical Flemish landscapes and authentic villages
• Art Cities Antwerp and Mechelen and their charming town centres
• Visits to breweries like De Koninck and het Anker
• Visit the coastal towns of De Haan, Heist and Knokke
• Tour to Westmalle abbey (Trappist)
• Cosy cafes where you can taste the beers (Stella Artois, Duvel…)
Cycle Route profile
Easy and flat, suitable for all cyclists and families with children.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival in Mechelen
The first night you will stay in Mechelen.
A walk in Mechelen, city at the river Dijle, will show you all the most important historical buildings, which were erected in the time of the Burgunds. Mechelen 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! You certainly have to visit the St. Rombouts-cathedral, from where you have a superb view of the region, the palaces of Margarete of York and Margarete of Austria, the market square and the beguinage.
The most famous beers in Mechelen are the ‘Maneblusser’ and the ‘Gouden Carolus’. These beers are produced in the brewery ‘Het Anker’, certainly worth a visit!
Day 2: Mechelen to Antwerp (53km)
We leave Mechelen along the green borders of the wiggling river ‘Nete’ to the town of Lier. Lier is known in Belgium as the ‘Pallieter-stad’. Pallieter is the key person in the Flemish novel ‘Pallieter from the writer Felix Timmermans, born in Lier.
It is a person that enjoys life as no other, and that is exactly what you can do in Lier: take a rest in a local pub and enjoy the local beers like ‘de strooien hoed’ or ‘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, also named ‘koekenstad’ (biscuit town). Along the tour to Antwerp you will see some fortifications from the First World War.
Day 3: Circular ride to Westmalle (62km)
Today we will discover the Trappist beer!
The tour brings us through the green landscape of the ‘Kempen’ region to the Westmalle abbey, a name that is in the limelight!
The abbey was founded in 1794 by French monks. They were refugees because of the difficult circumstances for religious people in France in that era.
The Bishop from Antwerp gave them a farm so that they could earn a living. They started brewing the Westmalle beer around 1850.
The abbey itself cannot be visited but there is a pub near the abbey where you can taste the superb Trappist Westmalle and the traditionally produced cheese.
Day 4: Circular ride in Antwerp (23 or 30km)
Today we will discover the historic town centre of the art city Antwerp and also its surrounding.
Antwerp has one of the big-gest harbours in Europe, and is also the home town of the painter Rubens, fashion houses and jewellery shops.
As you can read, Antwerp is a multi-faceted city where tradition and modernity go hand in hand! Most buildings in the historic town centre date back to the 16th and 17th century.
There are many museums (like the MAS, museum aan de stroom) and monuments to be visited.
The town hall and the central station are perfect examples of the beautiful architecture of Antwerp.
What you should certainly not forget, is visiting the cathedral and the other churches in Antwerp. If you want to go shopping, you can go shopping in the Nationalestraat and in the Meir!
Day 5: Antwerp to Bornem (56km)
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 ‘Hobo-kense 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’ where they brew ‘Karmeliet’, the ‘Kwak’ and ‘Malheur’.
Day 6: Bornem to Mechelen (46km)
Today we go back to Mechelen, where we started the tour.
On the tour through the authentic flat Flemish landschape, you will pass the ‘Palm’ brewery in Steen-huffel or the brewery of the very famous beer ‘Duvel’ in Puurs.
When you want to learn more about the different kinds of beer, or about the brewing techniques, or if you want to learn how you exactly have to serve a good Duvel beer, you certainly have to visit the visitor centre of the Duvel brewery!
You can also have a break in café ‘den Triest’ in Kapelle op den Bos! After another wonderfull day, you can take a rest in the town centre of the art city Mechelen.
Day 7: Circular ride to Leuven (66km)
Today we will visit another art city, and also the ‘beer capital’ of Belgium: Leuven.
Around this city, there are 5 breweries who produce a huge number of beers. The Stella Artois brewery for example is the biggest brewery in Europe!
It is said that the biggest bars in the world can be found in Leuven, probably because it is a city with a lot of stu-dents. Leuven has the oldest university in the low countries, estab-lished in 1425.
Leuven is as you could already read not only known because of the beer, it is also a city with many sights, like the beguinage, the really beautiful gothic town hall and the university library.
After this splendid tour, we are back in Mechelen for the last night of our tour.
Day 8: Departure Day
Depart after breakfast.
The routes are easy on well signposted routes.
Where is the starting point of the tour?
Tour Route Map
The Antwerp and Flemish Beer Tour tour stays in 3*/4*- hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- 7 nights in 3*** and mostly 4**** Hotels
– Room with shower / bath and toilet
– Breakfast buffet possibility to book half board
– Swimming pool, sauna and steam bath in Antwerp.
– Luggage transport (1 piece/person till 20 kilos)
– Map, tourist information and road description in English
– Ticket for the beer museum brewery De Koninck Antwerp,
– Service-Hotline (also in weekends)
This is a touring bike that is often known as a ‘City Bike’.
They are equipped with sufficient gears, a saddle bag, a fix lock and a pump.
Child trailers and seats are available too.
Antwerp and Flemish Beer Tour, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2019 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 27.04 – 28.06.2019 | 24.08 – 14.09.2019
Season 2: 29.06 – 24.08.2019
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £559 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £609 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £229
Half Board Upgrade: £159
Electric Bike Upgrade: £69
Hotel Category Descriptions
Accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels with double room with private facilities
Holiday Price: £559
Single Supplement: From £229