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a 6-day micro adventure in Wallonia

  • Duration 6 days/5 nights
  • 346 km
  • Duration Easy
  • Duration All year

Enjoy a 6-day trip around the green lung of Belgium.

With this route you will discover a rich and varied heritage through cities and campaigns. Castles, tourist attractions or natural spaces will brighten up your route which takes for a majority of the green bike paths and European cycling routes.

Last Update: May 29, 2020

Practical information

Distance: 346 km
Elevation: ↑259m ↓218m
Duration: 6 days
Level: easy
Estimated price: From €

How to use this offer?

This itinerary has been prepared by Pro Velo to take you along the green lung of Belgium. You are responsible for booking and buying entrance tickets, and for organising your rental bike directly with the local Point Velo using the contacts given below.

For a detailed map of the route

  1. Download a GPX viewer app.
  2. Download the GPX tracks for this route.
  3. Print the detailed itinerary to have it with you while you bike.
  4. Contact the places you want to visit and make the necessary reservations.
  5. Either take your own bike or rent one – and enjoy!

Detailed itinerary

If you want to rent a bike, visit the Pro Velo shop in Ixelles but note that it is only open from each day from April to September and from Monday to Friday from October to March and that you will have to give the bike back at the same place. If you have your own bike, just take to the road!

Day 1: Brussels - Wavre

Distance: 52km

Travel time: 4 hours without a visit

The starting point for your trip is in Ixelles at Pro Velo. From there, cross the different, connected quarters of the city to Bois de la Cambre, one of the most beautiful green spaces in Brussels. Then, leave the city and continue your route for a dozen kilometres at the edge of the Sonian Forest until you reach the Waterloo Battlefield. Make the most of the opportunity to drop by the Wellington Museum to closely relive this historical event, but also to recharge with lunch in one of the many restaurants near to the museum.

Then, after this rest stop, cycle to Domaine Solvay and make a detour towards the Fondation Folon, in the castle’s farm to discover the touching world of this world-renowned Belgian artist.

After that, leave La Hulpe to reach Lake Genval at kilometre 42 and to enjoy a well-earned break in one of the chic cafés that border the lake, breathtaking view guaranteed!

Finally, continue to the city of Wavre to spend a night at Leonardo Hôtel Wavre and make the most of the facilities that the hotel has to offer: garden, swimming pool and also the gourmet restaurant ‘Blomi’. And if you still have some energy after this first day, drop by Aqualibi or the adventure park near the hotel.

Day 2: Wavre - Namur

Distance: 67km

Travel time: 5 hours without a visit

After a good breakfast, get ready to spend the day passing through the countryside of Hesbaye, also known as the breadbasket of the country! When leaving Wavre, pass by the the Provincial Park of the ‘Bois des Rêves’.

Then, reach the neighbouring student city of Louvain-la-Neuve and drop by the the Hergé Museum to experience the adventures of Tintin and Snowy.

Then cycle a dozen kilometres to Villers Abbey , a gem of the exceptional heritage of Belgium. Visit this haven of peace that will transport you through the ages.

Launched on your bike, pass by century-old farms, fill up on chocolate at ‘définitivement chocolat’, have your lunch at Gembloux and then continue the route to Namur, the starting point for your second leg!

After having dropped off your bags at the Hotel Ibis of Namur or at the youth hostel of Namur, drop by the Citadel of Namur, an unmissable visit that will plunge you into the heart of history. To top off the evening, the charming city of Namur has plenty of restaurants to tickle your taste buds.

Day 3: Namur - Charleroi

Distance: 48km

Travel time: 3 hours without a visit

Today, heading to the west of Belgium towards Charleroi, following the Sambre. You will traverse periods and styles, all while on the natural calm of the banks of the river where locks and bridges take turns in nature.

After 13km of the route, make the most of a short stop to visit theFloreffe Abbey and fill up on local products!

Then, continue your route on the RAVeL for 20km and take note of the change in landscape that happens; the rural charm disappears little by little into a post-industrial backdrop.

Leave your bags at the Leonardo Hotel or at the young hostel of Charleroi and explore the industrial city of Charleroi, which is in the middle of being redeveloped, and even head towards the Bois du Cazier, symbol of a past that is both rich and painful due to the mining extraction activities of the region.

Day 4: Charleroi - Mons

Distance: 67km

Travel time: 4 hours

Prepare to have a front-row seat for this day to contemplate the rich industrial heritage of the coal mines and the famous hydraulic lifts within nature that reclaimed its place, invading slag heaps and derelict factories.

Leave Charleroi and at 28k on your route, take the time to stroll around the park and gardens of the the Château of Seneffe and have lunch in the Brasserie de l’Orangerie. Then, get back on your bike and pedal to the Canal du Centre historique, vestige of the historical heritage recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Then, after 5km by bike, visit Bois-du-Luc ecomuseum, a remarkable mining village preserved in its entirety. Then continue your discovery of this region rich in industrial history to the Strépy-Thieu boat lift , an exceptional funicular work. Continue your route on the RAVeL to Mons and after this long journey, make a rest stop at the youth hostel of Mons or even at Hotel Elliniko.

Day 5: Mons - Ath

Distance: 47km

Travel time: 3 hours

For this 5th day of adventure, towards the Terre de Géants! Before leaving the city of Mons, take a little trip in front of the Hanging Garden, a small, hidden green space in the city. After a few kilometres, take the time to climb the Terril du Crache, which will offer you a breathtaking view on the Chaîne des Terrils Boraine, then visit the PASS, the scientific adventure park in Frameries situated below the slag heap. And if you’re more of a fan of contemporary art, we have something you have to see! Continue for 5km to reach the Grand-Hornu. At kilometre 20, prop up your bikes and take the opportunity for a break in the leisure park Belgium Cable Park. After 15 kilometres, visit the unmissable Château de Belœil ‘the Belgian Versailles’! Then pedal for another 15km to reach the Cité des Géants in Ath and spend the night in the Hotel du Parc.

Day 6: Ath - Brussels

Distance: 65km

Travel time: 5 hours without a visit

For this last leg, leave Ath and follow the countryside routes for about 20 kilometres to the Domaine d’Enghien, which is part of the exceptional Park & Gardens heritage in Walloonia. Allow a little time to discover the park and the château.

Then continue in the direction of Hal and discover the Bois de Hal, which attracts thousands of visitors every year during the blooming of the hyacinths in the month of April.

Then gently go up towards the capital and make a stop in one of the picturesque villages of Pajottenland, known for their fruity beers. And finally, reach the capital and make a detour to the WIELS Museum, Centre for Contemporary Art. Then, still a few turns of the pedals and you arrive at the Grand Place de Bruxelles for the end of your adventure!

Contact details to book your services and activities

Pro Velo is not responsible for the changes of timetable, contact details or prices.


Day 1 :

Pro Velo bike rental:

Rue de Londres, 15
B-1050 Ixelles

Open: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 7pm; Monday, 1pm to 7pm.
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. But open 7/7 days from April to October.

Phone: +32 (0) 2 502 73 55
Email: info@provelo.org
Web: https://www.provelo.org/fr/implantation/bruxelles

Musée Wellington

Chaussée de Bruxelles, 147
1410 Waterloo

Open: 1st April to 31st October, 9:30 to 17:00, 1st October to 31th March: 10:00 to 17:00

Phone: + 32 (0) 4 228 81 11
Email: info@museewellington.be
Web: www.museewellington.be

Domaine Solvay

Chaussée de Bruxelles, 111
1310 La Hulpe

Open :winter, every day 8:00 to 18:00. Summer: 08:00 to 21:00.

Phone: + 32 (0) 2 634 09 30
Email: info@chateaudelahulpe.be
Web: www.chateaudelahulpe.be

Fondation Folon

Drève de la Ramée, 6A
1310 La Hulpe

Open : Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 to 17:00. Sunday: 9:00 to 18:00

Phone: + 32 (0) 2 634 09 30
Email: info@fondationfolon.be
Web: www.fondationfolon.be

Aqualibi

Boulevard de l’Europe 100

1300 Wavre

Open : Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 to 17:00. Sunday: 9:00 to 18:00

Phone: + 32 (0) 10 42 15 00
Web: www.aqualibi.be

Adventure Park

Rue Saint Anne 152
1300 Wavre

Open : Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 to 17:00. Sunday: 9:00 to 18:00

Phone: + 32 (0 10 43 47 51
Web: www.aventureparc.be

Leonardo Hotel

Rue de la Wastinne, 45
1300 Wavre

Open : Everyday

Phone: + 32 (0) 2 634 09 30
Web: https://leonardo-hotel-wavre.hotel-ds.com/fr/

Day 2:

Domaine Provincial Bois des Rêves

Allée du Bois des Rêves, 1
1340 Ottignies

Open : October to March: 7:00 to 18:00; April, May, June, September 06:00 to 20:00. July and August 6:00 to 21:00.

Phone: + 32 (0) 10 41 60 72
Web: www.boisdesreves.be

Musée Hergé

Rue du Labrador, 26
1348 Louvain-La-Neuve

Open : Tuesday to Friday: 10:30 to 17:30. Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 to 18:00

Phone: + 32 (0) 10 48 84 21
Email: info@museegerge.com
Web: www.museeherge.com

Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville

Rue de l’Abbaye, 55
1495 Villers-la-Ville

Open : April to October: 10:00 to 17:00. November to Marvh: 10:00 to 18:00

Phone: + 32 (0) 71 88 09 90
Email: info@villers.be
Web: www.villers.be

Définitivement Chocolat

Rue des Ecoles, 8
1450 Saint-Géry

Open : Wednesday and Thursday: 13:30 to 19:00, Friday and Saturday: 10:00-12:30, 13:30-19:00, Sunday 10:00 to 13:00

Phone: + 32 (0) 477 35 10 02
Email: info@definitivement-chocolat.be
Web: www.definitivement-chocolat.be

Citadelle de Namur

Rue Merveilleuse, 64
5000 Namur

Open : April to October 10:00 to 18:30, November to March 10:00 to 18:00

Phone: + 32 (0) 81 24 73 70
Email: info@citadelle.namur.be
Web: https://citadelle.namur.be/

Hotel Ibis de Namur

Rue du Premier Lanciers, 10
5000 Namur

Open : Everyday

Phone: + 32 (0) 81 25 75 40
Email: H3151@accor.com
Web: https://all.accor.com/hotel/3151/index.fr.shtml

Day 3:

Abbaye de Floreffe

Rue du Séminaire, 7
B-5150 Floreffe

Open:September to June: Monday to Friday 11:00 to 18:00 , Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 to 20:00. July and August: Monday to Friday 10:00 to 19:00, 10:00-20:00.

Phone: +32 (0) 81 44 53 03
Email : abbayefloreffe@skynet.be
Web: http://www.abbaye-de-floreffe.be/

Bois du Cazier:

Rue du Cazier 80
6001 Charleroi

Open: Tuesday to Friday 9:00 to 17:00. Saturday and Sunday: 10:00-18:00

Phone: +32 (0 ) 71 88 08 56
Email: info@leboisducazier.be
Web : http://www.leboisducazier.be/

Hotel Leonardo Charleroi

Boulevard Pierre Mayence, 1
6000 Charleroi

Open: Everyday

Phone: +32 (0 ) 71 30 24 24
Email: info.bestwesterncharleroi@leonardo-hotels.com
Web : www.leonardo-hotels.com/belgium-hotels/charleroi-hotels/best-western-charleroi-hotel

Day 4:

Château de Seneffe:

Rue Lucien Plasman, 7
7180 Seneffe

Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00.

Phone : +32 (0) 64 55 69 13
Email :info@chateaudeseneffe.be
Web : https://chateaudeseneffe.be/fr

Canal du Centre Historique

Adress of the visit :

Rue Raymond Cordier, 50
B-7070 Thieu

Phone : +32 (0) 78 05 90 59
Email : info@voiesdeau.hainaut.be
Web : www.canalducentre.be


Ecomusée du Bois-du-Luc:

Rue Saint-Patrice, 2b
B-7110 Houdeng-Aimeries

Phone: +32(0) 64 28 00
Email: info@boisdulucmmdd.be
Web: http://www.ecomuseeboisduluc.be/

Ascenseur Strepy-Thieu :

Rue Raymond Cordier, 50
B-7070 Thieu

Open: April to October; Tuesday to Sunday; museum: 10:00 to 18:00 and cruise: 10:00 to 14:00

Phone: 32 (0) 78 05 90 59
Email: info@voiesdeau.hainaut.be
Web: https://www.ascenseursstrepythieu.be

Hotel Elliniko:

Place Leopold, 1
B- 7000 Mons

Open: Everyday

Phone: +32(0) 065 39 93 93
Web : www.hotelelliniko.be

Day 5 :

Jardin Suspendu

Rue de la Boulangerie, 2
B-7000 Mons

Open: Mid March to September, Sunday 10:00 to 18:00

Phone: + 32 (0) 65 33 86 44
Email: Jardin.suspendu.mons@gmail.com
Web: https://www.lejardinsuspendu.be/


PASS:

Rue de Mons, 3
B-7080 Frameries

Open: Monday to Friday (closed Wednesday), 9:00-16:00. Saturday and Sunday 13:00 to 18:00

Phone: + 32 (0) 65 61 20 60
Email: pass@pass.be
Web: https://pass.be/


Grand Hornu:

Rue Sainte-Louise 82
B-7301 Hornu

Open: Tuesday to Sunday : 10 :00 to 18:00

Phone : +32 (0) 65 65 21 21
Email: info@grand-hornu.eu
Web: https://www.grand-hornu.eu/

Belgium Park Cable:

Rue de la Hamaide 79
B-7333 Saint-Ghislain

Phone : +32(0) 65 66 25 07
Email: info@docks79.be
Web: https://www.dock79.be/

Château de Beloeil:

Rue du Château 11
B-7970 Beloeil

Open: April, May, June, September only in the weekend: 13:00 to 18:00 and in July and Augustus: everyday 13:00 to 18:00.

Phone : +32(0) 69 68 94 26
Email : info@chateaudebeloeil.com
Web: www.chateaudebeloeil.com

Hotel du Parc:

Rue de Bouchain, 4
B-7800 Ath

Open: Everyday

Phone: +32 (0) 485 21 19 52
Email : hotelduparc.ath@gmail.com
Web: https://www.hotelduparcath.com/

Day 6 :

Domaine d’Enghien:

Parc 5
B-7850 Enghien

Open: November to March 8:00 to 18:00. April to October 8:00 to 20:00

Phone: +32 (0)2 397 10 20
Email : parc@enghien-edingen.be
Web: parcenghien.be

Bois de Halle

Vlaasmarktdreef, 4
B-1500 Halle

Open: Everyday

Phone: +32 (0) 2 658 24 60
Email : info@halle.be
Web: Bois de Halle

Musée Wiels

Avenue Van Volxem, 354
B-1190 Forest

Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 to 18:00.

Phone: +32 (0) 2 340 00 53
Email : welcome@wiels.org
Web: http://www.wiels.org/fr/




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Included in this tour

General:

Price per person for a double room calculated on the basis of a reservation for two people in the accommodation they have marked as their first preference*.

  • The itinerary and the GPX tracks
  • The roadbook "The green lung of Belgium"

Day 1

  • One night at the Leonardo Hotel Wavre: 86€*

Day 2

  • One night at the Hotel of Ibis Namur: 77€*
  • One night at the youh Hostel of Namur: 25€*

Day 3

  • One night at the Leonardo Hotel: 80€*
  • One night at the yout Hostel of Charleroi: 25€*

Day 4

  • One night at Hotel Elliniko: 75€*
  • One night at the youth Hostel of Mons: 25€*

Day 5

  • One night at the Hotel du Parc : 88€*

Not Included in this tour

  • 6-days bike rental: 72€
  • Organisation and booking of the services
  • Extra costs at the restaurants
  • Luggage transportation
  • Travel insurance