Participants in the 10-day Flanders Adventure Tour sample some of the world’s best beers along a scenic route of 200 miles across Belgium. Beer-loving cyclists of all skill levels tour eight towns and ten breweries including the Westvleteren Trappist Brewery at the Abbey St Sixtus, and the Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels.
The Grand Place in Brussels is the tour starting point with a first day journey to Kortrijk, just 8 miles away. The trip continues at a leisurely pace, with daily distances typically ranging from 20-40 miles across an undemanding landscape of flat countryside, big cities, and small villages. Breweries along the way include traditional family-owned businesses and new artisan start-ups. The itinerary: Kortrijk, Oudenaarde, Gent, Ertvelde, Brugge (with an extra day), Diksmuide, Watou, Ieper, then back to Brussels on the train to visit Cantillon, known as a world-famous center for those who love sour beers.
US$2,600 per person prices Include nine nights of hotel accommodations (shared occupancy), bicycle and bag rental, luggage storage during the tour, and two tour guides (one is Dutch speaking). There will be approximately 10 brewery visits, with tastings, daily breakfast and lunch, three gourmet beer dinners, maps, itineraries, and a Beercycling T-Shirt.
Tour dates for their 2015 fifth season: April 26-May 5; May 17-26; June 14-23; July 5-14; July 26-August 4; and August 16-25. Check out the Beercycling 2015 tour preview and photo gallery of past tours. See full details at their website:
The main square of Brussels, La Grande Place, is flanked by a beautiful and harmonious collection of buildings mostly dating from the late 17th Century, including the city’s Town Hall. It’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by while enjoying a delicious Belgian waffle from one of the many nearby crêperies, or sampling treats from one of the famous chocolatiers based in the square. La Grande Place is often the site of festivals, concerts, and parties.
The dwarfish fountain statue of Mannekin-Pis – a little boy peeing – has been an emblem of Brussels for more than 500 years. Mannekin’s resistance to damage during the many times Brussels has been bombarded and invaded has only added to his legendary status among citizens, who see in him the embodiment of the city's sense of rebellion and humor.
Brussels may be the home of some of the most important intergovernmental agencies in the world – the European Union, NATO – as well as the seat of the Belgian government, but those buildings are dreary affairs. The Royal Palace of Belgium is the official home of the Belgian monarchy and has some of the most exquisite architecture and décor in the city. Its sumptuous rooms host receptions and concerts and are home to priceless works of art, tapestries, and porcelain vases. Be sure to see the Mirror Room, whose ceiling is decorated with more than 1.4 million glittering wing-cases of Thai Jewel Beetles.
Built for the Worlds Fair in 1958, the Atomium is now Brussels’ top tourist attraction. The megalithic representation of a giant atom is made of nine huge spheres, five of which contain public exhibitions. From the top-most sphere, which contains a restaurant and viewing deck, you can get spectacular views – all the way to Antwerp on a clear day! At night, the lights on the spheres create a beautiful light show.