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Cycle London to Brussels (self-guided)

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Cycle London to Brussels (self-guided)

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Cycling London to Brussels in 3 days is one of the greatest and most enjoyable cycling challenges in Europe. Our route takes us through the beautiful Kent countryside and across the channel to Calais, where we cycle beside the stunning coastline of the Pas de Calais to Bruges. The final day we follow one of the nicest cycle routes in Belgium, riding beside the tree-lined canal to Ghent and onwards to celebrate our success in the beautiful city of Brussels. On your final day enjoy free time to sightsee in Brussels before catching the Eurostar back to London.

Quick Facts

  • 3 days’ self-guided cycling
  • 217 miles (351km)
  • Admire the medieval and opulent Art Nouveau architecture of the Flanders region
  • Visit the historic cities of Bruges, Ghent and Brussels
  • Ride through three countries in 3 days

About & Details

This trip takes you through three different countries on a truly European cycle ride. In a long weekend, you cycle via the Dover – Calais crossing and the beautiful cities of Bruges and Ghent to the hip and quirky city of Brussels, the administrative capital of the EU.

Starting at Greenwich Observatory in London, cycle through the Kent countryside, the Pas de Calais and Flanders regions with time to enjoy the historical cities of Bruges, Ghent and Brussels. The ride finishes in one of the world’s most beautiful squares, the Grand Place, in the centre of Brussels.

On a bike you feel the wind in your face, and get a real chance to explore some beautiful corners of England, France and Belgium on the way. Once out of London, you pass through one of the harder sections of the route, as you go through Kent and the North Downs. The countryside is verdant, and remarkably much as it was in past centuries.

From Calais you head along the Pas de Calais past long sandy beaches towards Dunkerk and inland to the very beautiful city of Bruges. The final day in the Flanders region of Belgium includes pleasant cycling along dedicated cycle paths via Ghent to Brussels. Celebrate your achievement as you cycle past fascinating gothic guild houses and Baroque buildings into the heart of Brussels. Enjoy a morning wandering through the medieval streets and perhaps visiting one of the great museums or visit the gothic Cathedral of Saints Michel and Gudule before taking the Eurostar back to London.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights’ accommodation in 3-star hotels with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
  • Road maps and directions
  • Ferry crossing (Dover to Calais)
  • Return transport via Eurostar to London
  • Transport for bikes back to London via Eurostar
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
Exclusions
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Bike and bike equipment. Please contact us for bike hire details.
  • Luggage transfers (carry your luggage on your bike)
  • Guiding – please choose our ‘Guided Cycle London to Brussels’ trip if you would like this trip to be guided

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement £55 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £75 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
  • Extra night in London prior to departure £120 per night for single room accommodation
  • Extra night in Brussels at end of event £75 per person per night for twin accommodation (requires two people)
  • Extra night in Brussels at end of event £120 per night for single room accommodation

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Departures

We normally run this trip over 4 days, Thursday to Sunday, however if you would like to do this at any other time, then please contact us.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - London to Dover

    Leaving Greenwich Park, the route takes in Shooters Hill and then follows the Thames corridor through to Dartford. From there you skirt Maidstone passing through Coxheath and Lenham and over the beautiful Kent Downs towards Folkestone. From Folkestone the route follows the coast northwards to Dover, where you find your bed for the night.
    79 miles (129km)

  • Day 2 - Calais to Bruges

    Three countries in one day. The day starts with an early morning ferry crossing and then you’ll enjoy easy cycling on the lowlands of the Pas de Calais and the Flanders region. Cycling along the coast and through the historic town of Dunkirk you’ll see reminders of WW1 and WW2 and cross the border into Belgium finishing the day in the pretty city of Bruges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure to sample the local Belgian beer and chocolate.
    73 miles (118km)

  • Day 3 - Bruges to Brussels: 

    Cycling on the traffic-free cycle lane beside the canal from Bruges to Ghent is a real pleasure. Admire the medieval architecture in Ghent and celebrate your achievement as you cycle into the Grand Place in the centre of the very beautiful city of Brussels.
    65 miles (104km)

  • Day 4

    Spend the morning exploring Brussels and its beautiful buildings and cathedrals before returning to London by Eurostar with your bikes.

Disclaimer

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason.

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Charity Information

How to take part for Charity
To do this challenge for a charity there is a non-refundable registration fee, payable to Maximum Adventure at the time of booking. You can then choose between the two different options below.

Self-Funding
Pay a registration fee at the time of booking then the balance due 10-weeks before departure. With the self-funding option, you personally cover the full cost of the challenge. This option means that there is no minimum sponsorship target due, but we encourage you to raise as much money as you can for the charity.

Minimum Sponsorship Pledge
Pay a registration fee at the time of booking and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance. This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee. With the minimum sponsorship pledge option, you must submit 80% of your fundraising target to the charity 10 weeks before the departure date.

For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £199 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10-weeks before departure

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
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