October 19 – 23, 2018, October 19 – 25, 2018
Dates
Running
Event
Private Guided Tours
Tours
Belgium
Location
5 Days, 7 Days
Duration

Historic Belgium & The Great Bruges Marathon / Half Marathon

Bruges, Belgium is the quintessential medieval town.  Bruges is one of our favorite European towns!  It’s brimming with quiet cobblestone lanes, romantic canals, grand market squares and soaring towers, this Unesco World Heritage site has another photo opportunity around every corner.

We enjoy sitting at a cafe drinking a world-class local beer and munching on “Belgian Fries!”  We burn off those calories running along the canals and past the windmills, or by climbing the 366 steps up the bell tower to take in the grand views.

The Great Bruges Marathon and Half Marathon wind through the Belgian countryside where plenty of locals are there to cheer you on.  The Marathon continues all the way to the coast and both races end in the historic Market Square where there are great options for photos.  The post party is in the Burg where there is plenty of Brugse Zot beer and food to celebrate your accomplishment!

The day after the race, we will head out on a tour of some of the greatest breweries in the world!  Belgium is a beer paradise and our local tour guide will show us some of the best.  What better way to celebrate your half-marathon or marathon finish?

For those adding on the optional tour extension, we will visit Brussels, the dynamic capital of the European Union.  In addition to beer, Belgium is home to some of the best chocolate in the world! In our private chocolate tour, we will nibble our way through Brussels’ chocolate boutiques and wander past some of Brussels top sights.

Finally, we will all have time to slow down and enjoy all that Bruges has to offer!

View the full itinerary here!

 

What’s Included:

An intimate group of 8 – 16 active travelers Private transfer to and from Brussels (7-Day Tour)
Airport transfers Lunch in Brussels (7-Day Tour)
 Meet & Greet Happy Hour upon arrival Private chocolate experience* (7-Day Tour)
 Private guided tour in Bruges Great Bruges Marathon / Half-Marathon entrance fee
Welcome and Farewell dinners All gratuities
Private Belgian Beer tour * Breakfast each day
Lunch on the day of the brewery tour

What’s Not Included:

Air transportation from the U.S. 1 Dinners on your own (5-Day Tour)
Sightseeing on your own 2 Dinners on your own (7-Day Tour)
  All lunches (except where noted)

(* – Subject to change.  More details coming soon.)

Additional information

AccommodationsLuxury 4 or 5 Star Hotel
1

October 19: Arrival

  • Arrive in Brussels
  • Private transfer to Bruges
  • Our tour officially begins at 5 pm with a meet and greet “happy hour” to get to know your tour operators and fellow guests.  We will be providing you with some information about your tour.
  • “Welcome to Bruges” Dinner
2

October 20

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • Private guided 2-hour tour of Bruges
    • We will encounter a variety of city sights such as the Market Square (Belfry and historical facades), the “Burg” (city castle) square (City Hall, Holy Blood Basilica, Old Recorder’s Office), the “Reien” (picturesque canals and waterways), the Fish Market and the College of Europe.
    • We will wander along famous museums (such as the “Groeninge”, “Gruuthuse” and “Brangwyn” museums), the Church of Our Lady (with the statue of a Madonna with Child by Michelangelo), the old Saint John’s Hospital with the Memling Museum, almshouses, the Beguinage and the charming waters of the “Minnewater” (Lake of Love)
  • The afternoon is free for you to explore Bruges, or relax before your big race!
  • Packet pickup
  • Dinner on your own
3

October 21: Race Day!

  • Great Bruges Marathon & Half Marathon
    • Start Great Bruges Marathon: 9 a.m.
    • Great Bruges Marathon Walk (42 km): 9.05 a.m.
    • Start Great Bruges Half Marathon: 11 a.m.
    • Great Bruges Half Marathon Walk: 11.15 a.m.
    • Official closing time finish (hikers): 19 p.m.
    • Official closing time of the event: 19.30 p.m.
    • (Above times are subject to change)
  • The rest of the afternoon on your own to relax with a World-Class Belgian beer or an in-hotel Spa treatment, or visit the local sights
  • Post-race celebratory dinner!
4

October 22

  • Optional morning run/walk (or, just sleep in and eat pastries!)
  • Belgian beer tour *
    • Visit world-class Belgian breweries and taste some of the top-rated beers in the world! (Including Westvleteren – voted “Best Beer in the World” numerous times!)
    • More details coming soon!
    • Lunch included
  • Complimentary farewell dinner
    • We will be dining at a quaint restaurant specializing in local Belgian cuisine — Mussels, fresh fish, Flemish stew and more!
5

October 23 - Departure

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • Transfer to Brussels Airport / Train station for the next leg of your journey
5

October 23 - (7-Day Tour Option)

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • For those extending their tour, we will take a day trip to Brussels, the dynamic capital of the European Union
    • Visit the Grand Place – one of the most breathtaking squares in Europe.
    • Private Chocolate Experience* (Details coming soon!)
    • Your afternoon is free to explore the sights and museums of Brussels
    • Lunch included
  • Transfer back to Bruges
  • Dinner on your own
6

October 24 - (7-Day Tour Option)

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • Free day to explore Bruges!

Check out everything to do in Bruges!

  • Complimentary farewell dinner
    • We will be dining at a quaint restaurant specializing in local Belgian cuisine.
7

October 25 - Departure - (7-Day Tour Option)

  • Optional morning run/walk
  • Transfer to Brussels Airport / Train station for the next leg of your journey

(* – Subject to change.  More details coming soon.)

Great Bruges Marathon & Half Marathon Run/Walk

Retaining the mysteries of the Middle Ages and unashamedly exuberant, Bruges has been an international metropolis for centuries. Participating in the Great Bruges Marathon is your opportunity to be part of this inspirational journey.

Start & finish are located in the heart of the historical city center. First, the race course will take participants for a sightseeing tour through the old town. The second portion of the race will lead all the way to the beautiful Belgian Coast and back to ultimately finish on the famous ‘Grote Markt’.

During the event, participants will be able to enjoy the best features Bruges has to offer and tons of animations along the course.  Besides an official full marathon, there will also be a timed half marathon race. Great feature: both distances will also be open to walkers.

 

Sunday October 21, 2018

  • Registrations: 7 a.m. – 11.15 a.m.
  • Start Great Bruges Marathon: 9 a.m.
  • Great Bruges Marathon Walk (42 km): 9.05 a.m.
  • Start Great Bruges Half Marathon: 11 a.m.
  • Great Bruges Half Marathon Walk: 11.15 a.m.
  • Official closing time finish (hikers): 19 p.m.
  • Official closing time of the event: 19.30 p.m.

Bruges is a quaint city, but there is so much to do and see!

Here’s an idea of some of the things that Bruges has to offer:

  • Climb the Belfry tower for some amazing views!
  • Visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood
  • See Michelangelo’s “Madonna and Child” sculpture
  • Canal boat tour
  • Shop!
  • Stock up on the world-class chocolate!
  • Relax and roam the picturesque cobbled streets
  • Tour the World War I Flanders Fields
  • Visit one of the local breweries for even more beer tasting!
  • Cycle through the Belgian countryside
  • Day trip to Ghent
  • We can help you organize a private tour to match your interests!
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