- Enjoy your own Tour d'Europe through five countries on mainly dedicated cycle paths
- Discover Europe's largest castle, pretty villages, forts and a wealth of history as you pedal
- Experience the different cuisines and beverages as you cross borders
- Stay in comfortable hotels
Cycle the entire International Meuse Route and Vennbahn Rail Trail through The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany. Cycle your own mini 'Tour de Europe' on this diverse ride following the Meuse River and Vennbahn Rail Trail through The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany. The trip includes a ride along the entire International Meuse Route, a 200km bike path along the meandering Meuse River between the Dutch town of Maastricht and Sedan in France, which boasts Europe's largest castle. The route passes many other castles as well as forts and pretty villages and is surrounded by sublime natural beauty. Leaving the Meuse Route behind, you will connect with the 125km Vennbahn Rail Trail, which travels through three countries. The Vennbahn follows country roads past rolling fields of crops and pastures on a high plateau and where imposing farmhouses dot this prosperous agricultural region. You'll stop for the night in some of the region's most charming and historically rich villages including Bouillon and the town of Bastogne, known for the Ardennes counteroffensive near the end of WWII. The range of experiences, and mainly flat terrain, makes this the ideal cycling trip for those seeking a rich active European experience in a short amount of time.
Day 1 : Arrive in Maastricht (NL), cycle to Liège (B) (36km/21.5mi)
Day 2 : Cycle to Namur (B) (74km/46.3mi)
Day 3 : Continue to Givet (F) (55km/34mi)
Day 4 : Ride via Montherme to Charleville-Mézières (F) (83km/51.5mi or shorten by train)
Day 5 : Cycle to Bouillon (B) (50km/31mi)
Day 6 : Via Libramont-Chevigny to Bastogne (B) (71km/44mi)
Day 7 : Through a corner of Luxembourg to Sankt-Vith (B) (62km/39mi)
Day 8 : Cycle to the German town of Monschau or Rohren (D) (53km/33mi)
Day 9 : Ride to Aachen then Kerkade, train to Maastricht (NL) or ‘s-Gravenvoeren (B) (61-80km (38-50mi) plus train)
Day 10 : Trip concludes
- 9 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with private facilities
- 9 breakfasts
- Luggage transfer between hotels - limited to 1 piece of luggage per person weighing a max 20kg - excess charge for extra luggage items to be booked and paid before departure. Please note that small bags cannot be attached to the main luggage. They will be charged as separate pieces of luggage.
- 21 or 24 speed bike rental with pannier, helmet and repair kit (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
- Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked
- GPS tracks available on request
- Emergency hotline
- Train ticket (including bike) Kerkrade to Maastricht Randwyck
- Coffee and apple pie in Cugnon (Day 6)
- Travel to/from Maastricht
- Lunches, dinners & beverages. A dinner package can be booked which includes a 3 course dinner each night - supplement applies
- Items of a personal nature
- Entrance fees
- Tour guide – this is a self guided cycling trip
- Travel insurance - mandatory
- excess luggage - supplement applies. Each piece of extra luggage will be charged a supplement. Luggage cannot be heavier than 20kgs due to work safety rules.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Five Countries Cycle tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 08 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 08 December 2022, a deposit of 268 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Five Countries Cycle tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Five Countries Cycle tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
How many days are enough for Europe?
You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent.
Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.
How do I plan a 15-day trip to Europe?
If you are planning to visit multiple countries, you should prepare a tentative list of destinations you are interested in. If it is your first trip, stick to major cities and cultural centers for the sake of simplicity and convenience. Also, be flexible and optimize your travel time and budget. Be open to changing your itinerary depending on schedules and ticket prices.
Where to travel in Europe?
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How to travel around Europe cheap?
Bus services like FlixBus and BusAbout offer a convenient means of transport if you wish to move from one city to another within the same country. Although these services do travel between countries, they might not be the best choice due to a longer travel time.
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