Once at our base, each day we will ride 70+ miles on the great roads this area of Belgium has to offer, so this is a terrific way of combining riding your Harley-Davidson with a fun activity each day.
This tour is classified as ‘moderate riding’ and so this tour is not recommended for new riders.
Some of our tours have been designed to be shorter, so that people with limited time availability can still find time to ride in Europe. This is one of those tours, where in just five days, you can cross the channel with us, ride fabulous roads and enjoy many fun activities. We leave on a Wednesday and you will be back in the UK on the following Sunday evening.
On each of the days after we arrive in Belgium, the riding is particularly good. We have specifically chosen roads that we are sure you will love to ride – twisty and scenic! Many riders do not get to experience these types of roads and with little traffic, they are a joy to ride.
When in Belgium, we have plenty of optional activities to keep you busy: Go-karting on one of the best indoor tracks in Europe, paint-balling, clay-pigeon shooting and visiting the tank museum in Bastogne.
This is a round-trip tour and the price includes the channel tunnel train to and from France. The daily activities are optional (you might or might not want to do them all) and these are at extra cost. We will write to you after booking to confirm which you would like to take part in.
Depending on where you are from, you could ride your own bike on the tour, or rent one from one of the Harley-Davidson dealers we work closely with (see ‘Rentals’ tab at the top of this page).
Day One – Wednesday 18 May 2022
We catch a Eurotunnel train from Folkestone to Calais early on the Wednesday morning. The aim of today is to get to our base for the next four nights, a chateau in Belgium, which was used as the headquarters of the US 18th Airborne Corps during the Battle of the Bulge in WW2.
From Calais, on route to the chateau, we stop for lunch in a pretty Belgium town and we also ride up to the top of the citadel in Namur and look down on the views of the river below.
We will have dinner in the chateaux tonight.
Day Two – Thursday 19 May 2022
In the morning of day 2 we go ride some wonderful Belgium roads in the area we are staying. We ride for about 80 miles in some splendid scenery on a large loop, finishing back close to the chateau. We stop for lunch before going to a local paintball venue where we spend the rest of the afternoon. We then return to the chateau which is close by.
While at the chateau, we can eat there or walk to another local restaurant, or get a taxi to a nearby town where there are a large choice of places to eat.
Day Three – Friday 20 May 2022
On day 3 we ride 45 miles on more quiet scenic back roads to one of the best go-karting facilities in Europe. The venue has one of the longest indoor karting tracks worldwide and we will enjoy full use of their facilities, ending with a race between us.
After the go-karting we will have a 50 mile ride back to the chateau on another specially chosen route to make the most of the good roads in the area.
Day Four – Saturday 21 May 2022
This will be our longest riding day, with 150 miles to be ridden.
In the morning we ride south into Luxembourg on some wonderful motorcycling roads, alongside rivers and through splendid countryside. We will have lunch in the pretty town of Vianden, on the banks of a river with its splendid castles perched high above.
The afternoon will see us riding west to Bastogne, in Belgium, where we will see the famous American tank located in the town square, plus we will visit the Bastogne Tank Museum to see the tanks that fought in the famous battles in the area during WW2.
We then return to the chateau for our final nights stay.
Day Five – Sunday 22 May 2022
We have an early start on the Sunday as on our journey back we are going clay pigeon shooting. This will involve some training, some practice and hopefully a mini competition. We will also have lunch at the shooting grounds.
After the shooting, we then have a 125 mile ride to get back to Calais and the Eurotunnel train.
- Crossing the English Channel (normally done by Eurotunnel train)
- Three star accommodation in a famous Belgium chateau
- Breakfast every day
- 1 evening meal, 1 lunch
- Well researched routes to provide you with fantastic roads to ride
- Prepaid motorway toll vignette stickers
- Experienced tour guide to lead the tour
- A back marker / sweep
- Tour1 T-Shirt
- Comprehensive tour road book
- GPS routes for your sat nav
- Tips for riding in Europe guide
What’s not included….
- Accomodation before the tour starts, or after it ends
- Petrol you use
- Other motorway and other road tolls charges (except pre-paid vignettes)
- Optional daily activities (go karting, paint balling, clay pigeon shooting, tank museum visit)
- All other meals and drinks
- Motorcycle rental, should you need it (we can help arrange this – see the RENTALS tab at the top of this page)
Our group sizes normally range from 10 to 14 motorcycles.
We have varying start times each day, ranging from 08:30 to 10:00
We try to avoid motorways wherever possible and only use these when there is no real alternative. We take mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks and of course find somewhere for lunch.
The hotels we stay at vary in size and quality, and where possible, we only use hotels with good off-road parking. The hotels are not super luxury and not bottom end, but mid-range – normally 3 and 4-star. We don’t use large chain hotels in larger towns, but prefer smaller remote locations. On this particular tour, we stay in a Belgium chateau on all four nights. On some nights on the tour, your evening meal is included within the tour price and on the rest of the evenings, you are free to eat where you like. Often, we will eat as a group, but it is really up to you.
We ride at a pace to suit all of the riders. We stick to all speed limits in towns, but in rural areas we ride at, let’s call them ‘more appropriate’ speeds. We generally ride in staggered convoy on straighter roads.
As we have pre-booked hotels and a schedule to stick to, we ride in all weathers. During any exceptionally inclement weather, we will pull over for short periods. We could experience a range of different types of weather, so bring waterproofs, just in case.
We like these tours to be about having a real adventure, riding on great roads with like-minded people. For that reason, we do not use a support van, but we always have a back-marker.
Each of our rides has a difficulty rating and this tour is rated as ‘moderate’. That means this tour is not recommended for new riders. You should have at least four years of riding experience on large motorcycles. You must have ridden on the right-hand side of the road before and you must be comfortable with travelling in a group of riders and be able to keep a good pace within that group. We do not ride fast, but at the same time, it is better if riders do not go too slowly. While there is not much motorway riding on the tour, as a guide, the group will be riding at speeds of 75mph on motorways. You must be confident of riding in rain and on wet roads. Each day’s riding will be around 9 hours, with breaks. You should be able to ride all day. If you are at all unsure if your riding ability is good enough for this tour, then you must contact us by telephone to discuss.