Itinerary Cycling4Gaza 2019
Belgium is at sea level and is generally flat. It gets a lot of moisture every year so the rolling fields are lush and green. The trees and forests shade the roads in the summer as you ride through the countryside.
The cobbled roads are a great reminder of what streets used to look like. Some are so narrow it’s hard to believe they are more than just a path into a farmer’s field! Hundreds of small roads turn out to be an essential network of thoroughfares. In the United States, some paved bike trails are wider than what you will find here.
Even though most of the country is flat, there are also many challenging climbs to be found while riding. In the Wallonia Region hills tend to be longer and a little less drastic but are a nice change of pace during a ride.
Day 1, Thuesday 27. Aug: Arrival day
Hotel WEIS, Mertesdorf, Germany. This is a 4-star family run hotel that provides nice facilities. Upon arrival there will be a briefing and presentation of the crew. We will take good time for individual bikefitting.
Dinner in the hotels restaurant.
Day 2, Wednesday 28. Aug:
Route 1: Mertesdorf, Germany – Vianden, Luxembourg 59,8 km, 850 meters of accumulating climb
Throughout the country, the cycle paths are well-marked and mostly in remote locations away from traffic. Furthermore, the network is regularly maintained.
Luxembourg is the authentic fairytale destination. With more than 50 castles and lots of picturesque villages to discover. Embedded in the splendid landscape of the Ardennes, Vianden has a tourist tradition for more than a hundred years. After the famous French poet Victor Hugo, thousands of visitors are charmed each year by the narrow and paved lanes, the gothic churches, the ramparts and fortified towers of the small medieval town, dominated by the magnificent, restored castle. Meanwhile, well-maintained tracks, offering spectacular panoramic views, invite the passionate walkers to meet the fauna and flora in the wide forests and narrow valleys.
Day 3, Thursday 29. Aug:
Route 2: Vianden, Luxembourg – Saint Hubert, Belgium 76,4 km, 1200 meters of accumulating climb
We will ride our way in to Belgium and our destination today is Saint Hubert, the European capital of hunting and nature. No wonder, because it is surrounded by wide, deep forests. The town was named after St. Hubert of Liège, whose bones were brought here from Liège in 825. The gothic basilica of St. Peter & Paul, with its baroque façade and the magnificent monastery complex, towers over the town.
Day 4, Friday 30. Aug:
Route 3: Saint Hubert, Belgium – Dinant, Belgium (via the Ardennes in France) 94 km, 920 meters of accumulating climb
Upon entering the Walloon territory, the atmosphere is relaxing and later when we enter France we are heading to follow the Meuse river all the way to Namur ( next day).
On the RAVEL of the old railway line n ° 156, some railway heritage elements have been preserved.The RAVEL of Meuse, thread of your ride, makes you cross Hastière, typically Mosan village.At the turn of one of its meanders appears in front of you the castle of Waulsort, not far from the prestigious castle of Freyr, surrounded by its famous gardens and its rocks, high place of mountaineering in Wallonia.
Further downstream, after having passed the cliffs of the rock Bayard we will finally see the towering Gothic Cathedral Notre-Dame of Dinantwith the large Abad.Copper Castle looming above it and you will not be disappointed. A lot of photos will be taken.
(Look at Dinant, 11 place in 2019 !!)
Day 5, Saturday 31. Aug:
Route 4: Dinant, Belgium – Brussel, Belgium, 108 km, 680 meters of accumulating climb
Today we start out from Dinant going straight north to the bigger city Namur on about 30km of some of the best car free biking paths in Belgium.
This completely flat route will take us through the countryside with beautiful country homes, large rocky cliffs, castles and cathedrals along the peaceful winding Meuse River. After this we will work our way towards Brussel on a variety of roads but approaching a Capitol will include more traffic even though we are going on smaller roads and paths.
And, for sure, going biking in Belgium you can’t go around doing some cobblestone 😊
Day 6, Sunday 01. Sep: Departure day
Our detailed itinerary is preliminary. Expa Travel AS reserves the right to make changes en route when circumstances require.