Belgium practically begs to be savored at a leisurely pace. And the ideal way to experience the gentle contours of this nation is on a VBT bike and barge tour. Drift through bucolic, sea-kissed landscapes in the slow lane on a deluxe vessel, and disembark to bike along flat, emerald-green polders into small centuries-old villages and evocative medieval cities. In Belgium, the old world and the new are linked by tranquil waterways and quiet bikeways. We invite you to follow them with us.
Embark a luxurious barge and climb on your bike to experience Belgium up close on this cycling tour, soaking in the flavors of Low Country life with every reel. Pedal alongside the limpid Schelde River, learning about the nation’s ingenious locks that keep the North Sea at bay. Browse an outdoor market in the heart of quaint Dendermonde. Along the way, sun-dappled meadows, sleepy villages and shimmering ponds point the way to the most enriching discoveries in Flanders.
Immerse yourself in the historic charms of two of Europe’s most incredibly preserved medieval cities. In Bruges, the song of the 13th-century carillon is your soundtrack as you walk ancient warrens. The charming canals and lanes of Ghent escort you back centuries to the days of textile titans. And in Antwerp, discover a sweet and glittering city where chocolate is king and jewelers polish diamonds fit for a queen.
As your deluxe barge follows the rhythm of the tides, you’ll pause pierside to bike your way into the heart of local culture. And as there’s no better way to get to know Belgians than around their dining table, you’ll join a family in their home. Belgian beer – along with our very own private tasting – is never far from reach.
Everywhere you go, your VBT Trip Leaders will foster warm welcomes and introduce you to the laid-back air of their culture. On board, you’ll gather with fellow travelers over meals of fine cuisine reflecting the best of the region. As you toast all things Belgian on your VBT bike and barge tour, you’re sure to agree: though this country may be small in size, it makes a big—and lasting—impression.
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