Ride Away – Bruges – 12/13/14 July 2019
July 12 - July 14
We ran this trip in 2016 and it was such good fun from what we can remember!
The idea is to make this suitable for couples and solo riders alike, with a very manageable amount of riding and then lots of exploring and free time in beautiful Bruges. If you haven’t been before it’s a must, with picture perfect views of cobbled streets and canals, lovely architecture, masses of character and then of course there’s the ice cream/waffles/chocolate/beer opportunities everywhere you turn. So bad for the waist but so good for the soul!
The hotel plays a major part in the attraction of this trip. The Dukes’ Palace is a 5 star gem with a Trip Advisor ‘Traveller’s Choice 2018’ award and superb reviews, located just off the central Market Square with its famous (and chocolate consumption counteracting) 83 metre tall Belfort tower.
The trip consists of an early morning Eurotunnel crossing on the Friday at 07:50, meeting up for a quick coffee and a croissant just outside Calais, followed by an enjoyable 115 mile route, taking in the likes of Ypres. We will supply GPX files for your navigation so you can go at your own pace or tag along with like-minded others. If you’re a European road riding novice and want to stick with us then that’s absolutely fine too.
When we get to the hotel, which has secure underground parking, then its time to relax and enjoy what Bruges has to offer. Take a walk and just get lost (in the nicest possible sense), take a pony and trap tour through the cobbles streets where you’ll see all the best sights with the mesmerising clip-clop soundtrack of the horse’s hooves, or hop onto one of the boat tours through the network of canals and waterways. We’ll meet up for pre-dinner drinks at the hotel and then you can choose from the countless bars and restaurants to spend the evening.
Breakfast at the hotel can be as indulgent as your stomach can withstand. Huge bars of chocolate to chip away at are presented next to healthy, conscience clearing fruit salads. Again, the rest of the day is your own to take in museums and galleries or just soak up the ambience.
We depart on the Sunday and the when and how really just depends on your mood. Many choose to stay in Bruges for as long as possible and then just take the motorway to Calais to get the 16:20 Eurotunnel back to the UK, but if you want to explore more on your bike then you can.
Price includes return Eurotunnel, two nights at the Dukes’ Palace Hotel (inc. city tax) with overnight secure parking and ‘some’ pre-dinner drinks.