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AFRICA
ROUND UPS

Safari Planner 10/10
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
BAHRAIN
Secret Formula • 10/08
BOTSWANA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07

ETHIOPIA
Northern Treasures 11/10
Riding Modern Wave 0708
Endearing Ethiopia • 01/ 07
Cover feature • 02/ 02

JORDAN
Historical Days & Arabian Nights 7/10
KENYA

Make a Dash for Kenya 6/10
A Great Adventure 3/10
Kenya’s Annual Epic 11/09
Kenya’s Big Five Appeal 7/09
Selling Safaris 1/09
Safaris (cover) • 06/ 08
Under the Stars • 12/07
...and Tanzania • 09/07
Ecotourism Nation • 06/ 07

MOROCCO
Morocco Mosaic 9/10
Marrakesh, so Magically 10/09
Unlimited Appeal 10/08
Millions in Visitors • 01/ 08

Large & Lovely • 08/ 07
Off the Beaten Road • 02/06

QATAR
Flourishing in the Desert 11/10
SOUTH AFRICA

Open for Business! 710
Soccer in 2010 10/09
ASTA IDE 2009 1/09
Re-Invents Itself • 05/ 08
Wine Harvest • 07/ 07
Western Cape • 03/ 07

TANZANIA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Safaris Without Borders 1/10
Classic safaris • 09/08
Its Own Mission • 05/ 08
No longer little sister • 09/07

TUNISIA
A Taste of Tunisia • 05/06 UGANDA
Emerges from Shell• 08/06
ZAMBIA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07

ZIMBABWE

Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07


ASIA
AUSTRALIA
Natural Wonders 12/10
Ten Things To Experience in Sydney 8/10
From Culture to Nature 12/09
Aussie Outback 1/09
Melbourne's Wild Side• 0708
Driving Business • 02/ 08
Hidden Secrets • 08/ 07
Stellar Attractions • 02/ 07

CHINA
Beijing Your Way COV 1/11
Hotel Boom Continues 10/10
Voluntourism 7/10
Tthe Real China COVER 1/10
Beijing Hotel Boom 11/08
Reaches for the Moon • 03/ 08
Tourism Wave • 11/07
Guangzhou • 03/ 07

COOK ISLANDS
Live out your dream 09/08
The latest Hot Spot • 12/07
Paradise Contention • 10/07

FIJI
Fiji’s Many Faces 9/10
Tropical Touchdown 10/08
Smile You're on Fiji • 02/ 08
Tropical Getaway • 01/06

INDIA
A Bright Future 10/10
Awestruck in India &
New Travel Products for 2010-11
Expands Tourism Territory 3/10
Cultural Journey 12/09
Mumbai Revisited 3/09
Kochi: Calm, Complex 12/08
Sacred to Sublime • 08/08
Mumbai's Bollywood • 05/ 08
Driving Business • 12/07
Madyha Pradesh • 07/ 07
Maharashtra • 06/ 07
What's New • 05/ 07

JAPAN
Neo-Ryo 11/10
2010 is Visit Japan Year 5/10
Jeju’s Enticing Mix 12/09
Luxury Travel Forum 1/09
In and out of Tokyo • 08/ 08
KOREA
Ceramic Arts 9/10
Historic & Cultura 5/10 COVER
48 Hours in Seoul 11/09
Traveling to Korea to Eat 10/09
Affordable Seoul 1/09
New Arts Center • 09/08
Sancturay in Temples • 12/07

Jeju Island • 02/ 07
ASTA Expo • 01/ 07

LAOS
Cave City Opens • 04/ 07
MACAU
Beyond Gaming • 01/ 08
Taking a Bow • 07/ 07

MALAYSIA
Sizzling Malaysia 3/10
Sight seeing • 02/06
NEW CALEDONIA
The Secret is Out • 07/08
NEW ZEALAND
A Taste of Wine Country
Bumped Ski Season 08/09
Discounted Five-Star 3/09
Luxury & Adventure • 04/ 08
Hidden Secrets • 08/ 07

SINGAPORE
What Makes Singapore Hot for 2010? 01/10
Singapore Corners SE Asia Market 10/09
Value and Deals 7/09
TAIWAN
Lantern Festival 3/10
Warm Welcome • 03/06



THAILAND
Welcomes Visitors Back 8/10

City Chic to Rural Respite 5/10
Asia’s New Island of Tourism 3/10
Elephant Back Riding • 08/06

Exotic Bangkok • 02/06
VIETNAM

Luxurious Adventure • 09/07

CARIBBEAN
ROUND UP FEATURES

Caribbean Family Holiday 11/10
Summer Deals 5/10
Passion in Paradise 1/10
ANGUILLA
Happy in Eastern Carib 12/10
A Sliver of Shangri-La
Big Agent Plans for 2010 10/09
Branding of Anguilla 11/08
New Celebrity Status • 04/ 08
Winter Curtain Call • 01/ 08
Secret is out • 05/ 07 cover

Off-Posh Prices • 04/ 07

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
The Beach is the Beginning 10/10
The Sandy Sister 02/10
Spread Carnival Fever 7/09
Festive Side 09/08
Wedding Bells- 07/08 Cover
Tropical Paradise • 05/ 08

Blessed with Beauty • 09/ 07
Twin Deals • 06/ 07

ARUBA
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
Divi"s Inside Edge 12/08
BARBADOS
A Blue Sky Holiday 6/10
The Bajan Macation • 04/ 08
BAHAMAS
Cable Beach • 06/08
BONAIRE
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
CAYMAN ISLANDS

CITE Report on Caymans 7/09
CITE Report • 09/ 07

CURACAO
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
Onsite Report 4/07
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Five Star Race • 0608
La Romana • 11/07
New hot Spot • 0107

GRENADA
Moves into Tourism
GUYANA
Land of Many Waters • 04/06
JAMAICA
Tie The Knot In Jamaica 0111
Jamaica on a Roll 710
The Heart of Jamaica 11/09
Luxury in Jamaica 11/09
Committed to Tourism • 8/08
Cool Green • 02/ 08

Waterparks • 10/07
Hidden Charms • 03/ 07

MARTINIQUE
Isle of Flowers • 05/ 07
Living Well • 02/06
PUERTO RICO
Beyond the Surf, Sand...3/10
Golfing 08/09
Star-Studded 12/08
SAINT MARTIN
Paassionate & Plaayful
Taste of Europe 12/08
Upper Market • 07/08
SMART Report • 07/ 07

ST. KITTS
Caribbean’s Sweetheart 910
Expansion Plans • 03/ 08
ST. LUCIA
The Newest Edge 12/09
For Kids & Grown-Ups 10/08
Almond Smugglers • 09/ 07

From Golf to Marinas • 06/06

ST. VINCENT &

THE GRENADINES

Island Hopping • 03/ 08
TURKS & CAICOS
Gold Coast 10/09
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

America’s Caribbean 3/10
Team Spirit 12/08

EUROPE
ROUND UPS

Jewish Heritage 0111
Central Eastern Europe 03/10

AUSTRIA
Vienna Tops the List of Best Cities To Live In 6/10
Waltz through Vienna 11/09
Vienna: Hip & Festive 3/09
Vienna's Passion 10/08
Vienna Culture • 05/ 08
Along the Danube • 04/ 08

New Properties • 09/ 07
atcb Unites Region • 06/ 07
Vienna Happenings • 03/ 07

BELGIUM
River Towns 12/10
FLANDERS for the Casual Connoisseur 9/10 COVER
FLANDERS
Cultivating a
Taste for Finer Things 3/10
FLANDERS Antwerp 12/09FLANDERS: Stellar Sites 10/09
Arrive as a Visitor, Leave as a Belgian 08/09
Belgian Hotels • 07/08
Wallonia • 10/07

BRITAIN
Trail Back to London 3/10
Weekend in London 12/08
Top Hotels 06/ 08
Liverpool • 04/ 08
Eurostar Paris/London • 1107

BULGARIA
Central Eastern Europe 03/08
CANARY ISLANDS
Classics in Canaries • 01/08 Sunny Canaries • 11/ 06
CROATIA
A Country for All Seasons 910
Croatia’s Adriatic Coast 3/10
Europe’s Newest Riviera 4/09
Something big in 2009 • 09/08
Wine Country • 04/ 08

Cultural Circle• 10/07
Heart & Soul • 04/ 07

CYPRUS
Highlights From the Birthplace of Beauty Cover Nov. 2010
Cyprus thru Centuries 1/10
Golden Anniversary 10/09
Cypriot Primer 10/08
From Wine to Water 6/08
Loving the Island • 10/07
Cool Cats • 09/ 07


CZECH REPUBLIC
Gentle Evolution Cover 7/10
Bohemian Attractions 12/09
Footsteps of princes 10/08
For Young at Heart • 08/ 07

DENMARK
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Culture & History • 01/06
FINLAND
Helsinki By Design 810
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Not just in Summer 10/08
Helsinki's New Face • 04/ 08
Rauma • 05/06

FRANCE
Design Hotels In Paris 11/10
France’s Big Summer Festivals
Still Among Top Five 1/09
Rhone Alpes Region • 02/ 08
ASTA in Lyon • 12/ 07
Eurostar Paris/London • 1107


GERMANY
Promoting Health & Wellness 10/10 Cover Feature
Mainz and Much More 6/10
Designs on creative Germany 3/10
Oberammergau Passion Play 08/09
GTM ’09 Visits Northeast 7/09
Networking in Bavaria • 09/08
Beating the Euro • 04/ 08
Posh Palaces • 03/ 08

Automotives • 03/ 07
What Not to Miss • 02/ 07
Dusseldorf • 09/06
GREECE
Northern Escapades 10/10
Greek Suppliers • 08/08
Greek Cruises • 02/08
Island Trio • 08/ 07

GREENLAND
New Access • 05/ 07
HOLLAND
Rembrandt & Tulips • 01/06
HUNGARY
High End Value, Old World Ambience 5/10
Budapest Live Arts 12/08
Celebrating Budapest • 04/ 08

IRELAND
Go where Ireland Directs your 310
Finding Yourself • 03/ 08
Dublin • 11/07
Foynes SeaPlanes • 10/07

ITALY
Salerno, Amalfi Coast 11/10
Get Lost in Erice, Sicily 5/10
The Veneto 1/10
Tuscany 03/09
Roman Revival1/09 Cover
Ri mini celebrates 11/08
Deals & Sunshine 09/08
Affordable Italy 6/08
Western Sicily • 01/ 08

Abruzzo • 07/ 07

LITHUANIA
Close up at Vilnus • 08/ 07
MALTA
Historic Tempos 12/08
Many Faces • 05/04

NORWAY
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Stavanger • 04/ 08

In the fjords • 01/06

POLAND
Fall In Love With Warsaw 810

Top Summer Destination 510
Old cities Revisited 11/08
New Found Power • 04/ 08
Gdansk • 05/ 07

Krakow • 02/06

PORTUGAL
Azorean Journey 0111
What’s New in Portugal? 9/10
Invests for Tomorrow 10/09
Heritage Travel 1/09
Affordable Luxury • 07/07
Hosts Wine Tasting • 10/07

Out of Lisbon • 11/07
ROMANIA
Town and Country 11/09
CEE Round up • 03/08

Great Value • 06/06
RUSSIA
Siberia and the Trans-Siberian: The Mother of Rail Rides 07/09
St. Petersburg • 07/08
W inter Festivals • 11/07
St Peterburg • 02/ 07

SCOTLAND
Scotland's Spirit • 12/07
Glasgow with Style • 0706

SLOVAKIA
CEE Round up • 03/08
10 Reason to Visit • 10/04
SLOVENIA
CEE Round up • 03/08
SPAIN
Road to Santiago 3/10 Cover
Valencia Shimmers 11/09
Barcelona & Costa Brava
Discover Galicia 1/09
Barcelona 12/08
Great Off Season Value 10/08
Andalusia (Cover) • 08/08
Malaga's Culture• 05/ 08

Zaragoza • 01/08

Iberia's Capitals • 12/07
Prado's Debuts • 11/07
Cutting Edge Madrid • 08/ 07
Valencia • 04/ 07

SWEDEN
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
SWITZERLAND
Eye on Premium Prize 7/09
Cultural Lavaux • 02/08
Basel, Fribourg • 09/ 07
Basel Quietly Classy • 05/ 07
Scenic Postbus • 01/ 07

TURKEY
Cave Hopping in Cappadocia
Turkey’s Treasures 12/09
Seductive Istanbul 5/09
Hideaway 'St. Tropez' 11/08
Land of Sunrise • 05/ 08
Endless Mysteries • 07/ 07

UKRAINE
Top Ten Sights • 07/ 07

LATIN AMERICA
Round Up Feature
Live The Dream 1210
S. & C America • May 2008
ARGENTINA
Summer Escapes 0111
Maté to Malbec 810
24 Hrs in Buenos Aires 12/09
From A to C • 11/07
Learning to Tango • 10/05

BELIZE
Accessible Inland/Island Vacations 810
Belize Cruises 1/10
Heritage Groups • 02/08
Family Adventure • 07/ 07

BOLIVIA
May 2008
BRAZIL
Big, Fat Party in Brazil 10/09
Heart & Soul • 08/08
Bossa Nova Beaches • 03/08
Carnival • 09/07
Agent's Bargain • 05/ 07

CHILE
Comunas to Cordillera 710
Atacama Desert Gets Hotter 3/10
Chilean Surprises 11/09
From A to C • 11/07
Isla Negra • 07/0
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COLOMBIA
Islas del Rosario 5/10
Cartagena Day Trips 08/09
Takes Giant Leap • 12/06
COSTA RICA
Natural Wealth 9/10
Eco Tourism at the Source7/09
Green Pot of Gold • 07/08
T he Greening • 10/07
A Front Runner • 03/07

CURAÇAO
Down Under • 04/ 07
ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS
Best of Both Hemispheres 710
Visiting Paradise 08/09
Secret Pacific Coast 3/09
Ever Changing 11/08
Traveling Mindfully • 01/08

Fragile & Focused • 08/ 07

EL SALVADOR
New World (Cover) • 11/ 07
GUATEMALA
Meet me at the fountain 12/08
Land of everlasting Spring 05

HONDURAS
Hello to Honduras 2/05 Cover
May 200
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MEXICO
Colonial Mexico 10/10
Fulfilling Your Basic Needs 6/10
The Soulful Side 12/09
Los Cabos for Luxurious Adventure 7/09
Hotel Chains 12/08
Uncommon Retreats • 0708
Report from Tianguis • 6/08
Puerto Vallarta • 12/07
Yucatan Glory Days • 07/ 07
Yucatan Peninsula • 05/ 07

NICARAGUA
May 2008 Round Up
Natural Beauty • 01/06

PANAMA
Growth Spurt • 0/ 07
Boca del Toro • 05/06

PARAGUAY
May 2008 Round Up
PERU
Amazon Odyssey: 11/10
Ancient Powers • 0908
Machu Picchu • 4/ 08
Festivals • 04/ 07

URUGUAY
May 2008 Round Up
VENEZUELA

May 2008 Round Up

THE MIDDLE EAST
DUBAI
Dubai’s Shifting Reality 3/09
EGYPT
Enduring Appeal 12/10
Beyond the Pyramids 810
Ancient Times, Modern World 4/10
Tourism Growth 12/09
Captivating, Affordable 12/08
Gaining Marketshares • 08/08
The Future is Now • 4/ 08

Touring • 11/07
Alone & Neighbors • 6/ 07
Temple Trekking • 7/06

ISRAEL
COVER: Negev Desert 12/10
Acre’s Old City 10/10
Exploring The Eco-Way
Israel Young and Old 11/09
Return to Little Screen 11/08
Spotlight on Haifa • 09/08
Sweet Secrets • 6/08
Eilat in Winter • 3/08
Beyond the Bible Belt • 1/ 08
Wine Routes • 11/07
Beyond Spiritual Ties • 9/ 07
Promises & Potential • 5/ 07

JORDAN
Plans for Next Millennium 7/09
New Sporting Life 3/09
The Royal Way... • 2/ 08
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Oman–An Arabian Odyssey 910
Dubai Sands & Seas 12/08
Business in Dubai • 2/ 07
US

CANADA, HAWAII
ROUND UP SPAS
Dude Ranch Summer Deals 5/10
When Healing is More than Skin Deep
1/10
ALASKA
Fairbanks • 02/ 07
CALIFORNIA
Napa & Sonoma Wine Country 910
San Francisco • 01/ 08
Los Angeles • 01/ 07
CANADA
72 Hours in Montréal 710
Discover Quebec 7/09
Canadian Rail • 02/ 08

COLORADO
Vail’s Green Approach • 10/08
Supreme in Snow • 01/ 08

DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
Perfect Weekend in DC 5/10
Gaylord National Park 11/08

FLORIDA
Orlando’s Attractions
Orlando’s Eternal Appeal 11/09
Orlando • 09/08
Naples • 03/ 08

Palm Beach • 11/07

HAWAII
Star Studded Courses • 04/ 08
Aloha Appeal • 08/ 07

LOUISIANA
New Orleans Child’s Play 8/09
New Orleans • 05/ 08
MAINE
Northeast Foliage 810
MAUI

Unforgettable Maui 5/09
NEVADA
Las Vegas, New & Renewed 6/10
Las Vegas • 04/ 08
Mandalay Bay • 12/07

Downtown Las Vegas • 07/ 07

NEW YORK
New York Deals 12/09
Big Apple Waterfalls • 08/08
TENNESSEE
Nowhere but Nashville 070
WASHINGTON
San Juan Island Adventure 11/10
WISCONSIN

Scenic Vacationland 1/09

CRUISE
ANTARTICA

In style in Antartica • 02/ 08
ASIA
China’s Heavenly River With Viking River Cruises 12/09
Yangtze River Rises to Star Status 08/09
China Yangtze River • 01/ 08

Viking River Cruises • 12/07
The South Pacific • 06/ 07

EUROPE
Ships & Itineraries Update 5/10
River Cruising • 03/08
Louis Cruises • 02/08
River & Canals • 03/07
The Danube • 01/07

LATIN AMERICA
Cruising Latin Beat • 11/07
WORLWIDE
Oasis Overtakes the Seas 1/10
Celebrity’s Solstice 1/09
Short & Sweet 09/08
High Seas Holiday • 09/07

SPECIAL INTEREST • SKI
WORLDWIDE

Passion for food 05/07
GOLF
Off Shore Courses • 10/07
RAIL
Europe Rail Travel 6/08
SAFARIS
African Safaris 3/10
African Safaris 6/08

SKI
Skiing the Northeast 12/10
Best US Ski-Cations Without the Crowds 11/09
Colorado • 01/ 08
Snow in right places • 12/ 07
Western USA • 9/07


September 2013 FEATURE

Biking In Flanders

By Monique Burns

In elite cycling circles, the 160-mile Tour of Flanders, which celebrated its centennial this spring, is one of the world’s most famous bike races. It’s also one of the toughest. The no-holds-barred contest up West Flanders’ steep, cobblestoned hills prompted one exhausted winner to compare the race-called “Vlaanderens Mooiste” or “Flanders’ Finest”- to the Stations of the Cross.
Thankfully, for most visitors to Flanders, cycling is a breeze. On terrain that’s largely as flat as a pancake, the bicycle-obsessed Flemish have laid out thousands of cycling paths. “All the Flanders territory is covered by a very fine grid of bike routes,” explains Peter De Wilde, CEO of Visit Flanders, the national tourism office for Flanders and Brussels. “I’ve been told you can see it from the moon. And it’s a flat territory, so biking there is really very nice.”

Given Flanders’ compact cities, filled with castles, churches and other historic sites, and its nearby green meadows and meandering tree-lined canals, bikers can experience the best of Europe in a short time while sharing the Flemish passion for their national sport. “Seeing Flanders on two wheels is one of my favorite things to do,” says Liliane Opsomer, Deputy Director of Visit Flanders. “Marked pathways lead through historic cities and villages only to be topped by a nice refreshing brew at the end of the ride - that’s my kind of fun. My favorite route: Bruges to Damme along the canal with a lunch at Farmhouse De Stamper.”


Cycling Through Brussels and Mechelen
Most visitors to Belgium fly into Brussels, Flanders’ largest city and the European Union’s capital. Like neighboring Flemish cities, Brussels is relatively small and compact. The 3 1/2-hour Brussels Bike Tour (www.brusselsbiketours.com) takes in the iconic Grand Place, St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and the world-famous statuette, Mannequin Pis. The tour includes a stop for frites, or Belgian fries. The company’s afternoon Brussels Craft Beer Tour (www.brusselsbeertours.com) makes stops at Cantillon, the 113-year-old brewery known for fruity lambic beers, as well as at several beer bars.
For rentals, Villo (www.villo.be) has 180 bike-rental stations, each about 800 feet apart. You pay for hours used - the first half-hour is free - then return your bike to a nearby station. At Brussels train stations, CyCLO (www.cyclo.org) rents Blue-Bikes (www.blue-bike.be), city bikes, and folding bikes by the day or week. Pro Velo (www.provelo.org) provides bike rentals as well as guided tours. For handicapped riders, Almagic (www.almagic.org) rents tricycles, hand-bikes and other special equipment.
Beyond the city, the 37-mile Promenade Verte, or Green Trail, connects parks and nature preserves. Regional trails, or Itineraires Cyclables Regionaux (ICR), are outlined in La Carte Velo (Bicycle Map) available at bike-rental stations in the Brussels’ Centraal, Luxemburg, Midi and Noord train stations, at La Maison des Cyclistes (Rue de Londres 15) and at CyCLO (Rue de Flandre 85).
Only 11 minutes north of Brussels Airport by train, Mechelen, famous for its carillon music, is now also renowned for its Kazerne Dossin, a major new Holocaust and human-rights museum built at the site where thousands of Jews were transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War II. With traffic restricted in Mechelen’s center city, visitors can freely cycle past old and new historic sites. Outside Mechelen, extensive cycling paths wind through verdant countryside, many along traffic-free waterways and dikes. A top destination for recreational cyclists is Drie Rivierenpunt, the point where three rivers-the Rupel, Nete and Dyle-meet.

In and Around Antwerp
Antwerp, Flanders’ second-largest city, has long been the capital of Belgium’s fashion industry, center of the diamond trade, and birthplace of major Flemish painters like Peter Paul Rubens. On September 28, with the opening of the new Red Star Line Museum, tracing the 19th-century immigration of Eastern Europeans from Antwerp to the U.S., the city adds yet another feather to its cap. Saturdays and Sundays, from June through September, explore the sights on the three-hour, guided Antwerp By Bike (www.antwerpbybike.be) tour.
Do-it-yourselfers can rent red, white and yellow Velo City Bikes (www.velo-antwerpen.be) at stations throughout Antwerp by the day, week or year. There’s even a Velo app for iPhones and Androids. Or rent bikes daily from De Fietsenfikser (www.fietsenfikser.be), Fietshaven (www.fietshaven.be) in Central Station, or Freewieler (info@v-zit.be). For suggestions, pick up the Antwerp Cycling Map at tourist information offices in Central Station or at Grote Markt 13. Also available, the Antwerp Cycling Inspiration Book outlines four cycling loops in and around Antwerp - Northern Gardens of Antwerp, Cycling Along the World War II-era Anti-Tank Canal, Cycling Along the River, and the Scheldeland-Lier Combo - and lists cyclist-friendly cafes, including those with electric-bike charging stations.

The Beers of Antwerp (www.beersofantwerp.be) website describes three 18 to 31-mile beer-cycling tours. The Duvel Route, named for the Antwerp brewery famous for its golden beer, takes in breweries and historic sites in the Scheldeland tourist region (www.scheldeland.be). The Trappist Route visits the renowned Westmalle Trappist Abbey where, connoisseurs say, the world’s best beers are made. The Bollekes Route takes riders to the De Koninck brewery, several venerable beer bars, and sights like the Sint-Anna Tunnel, which runs beneath the River Scheldt.

Cycling trails travel south through the Scheldeland tourist region, north toward the North Sea and marshy polder villages with age-old windmills, and northeast to the Campine region (www.antwerpsekempen.be) where more than 1,200 miles of cycling routes lead through heath landscapes, pine forests and quaint villages.


Bruges and Ghent
In West Flanders, about 35 miles southeast of Bruges, lies Ghent, an historic university town of cafes and canals. For most of the Tour of Flanders’ hundred-year existence, Ghent was the race’s starting point, and Gentenaars remain obsessed with cycling. In fact, Ghent has one of the region’s best online route planners in English (http://fietsrouteplanner.gentfietst.be). And bike maps are available at the Visit Gent information center at Sint-Veerleplein 5.

Max Mobiel (www.max-mobiel.be), with outposts in the main Gent Sint-Pieters rail station, the Gent Dampoort and the Gent Centrum city pavilion, rents city, tandem, mountain and electric bikes by the day, weekend, week or month. For the best selection, reserve online. Bikes also can be rented at Biker (www.bikerfietsen.be) right in the city, or, a short distance away, at Het Verzet BVBA (www.hetverzet.be) in Deinze and PDG Bikestore (www.pdgbikestore.be) in Drongen.

There are four main city Cycling Routes of 6-16 miles: Route 1, Religious Heritage, takes in the city’s many churches and abbeys; Route 2, City of Green, visits Ghent’s many parks and cultural institutions; Route 3, Origins of A City By Water, includes stops at various historic sites, and Route 4, Green Belt Around the City, visits the lush parklands ringing Ghent. Booklets are available at the tourist office for a small fee. If your bike has GPS, routes can be downloaded free in gpx format.

Beyond the city, one popular trail is the Chateau Route along the banks of the River Scheldt to medieval Laarne Chateau as well as later manors built by wealthy industrialists. Farther afield, Countrywide Cycle Routes, known as LF Routes, include the Flanders Cycle Route (LF5) from Bruges to Thorn in the Netherlands, and the Scheldt-Delta Route (LF30) from Oudenaarde to Kruiningen in the Netherlands.
West of Ghent is Bruges, long famous for its moody canals and medieval sites. Over the past 15 years, it’s also been famous as the Tour of Flanders’ starting point. Quasimundo Bike Tours (www.quasimundo.com) runs a 2 1/2-hour, family-friendly Brugge by Bike tour. The four-hour Border By Bike tour travels north toward the Dutch border taking in the nearby village of Damme, Oostkerke Castle, and various canals, bunkers and windmills.

Two other outfits have bike tours through the nearby countryside. Pink Bear Bicycle Co. (www.pinkbear.freeservers.com) has A Perfect Morning in the Country, a 3 1/2-hour jaunt to the medieval market town of Damme and various polder villages, with a stop for beer and waffles. The Green Bike Tour (tel. 32-50-61-26-67), leaving in the morning and returning in the early afternoon, takes you through the countryside to Oostkerke via Damme.

Bike rentals are available at the South Bruges train station, Bauhaus Bike Rental (www.bauhaus.be), B-Bike (info@bens-bike.be), Bruges Bike Rental (www.brugesbikerental.be), De Ketting (www.deketting.be) and Fietsen Popelier (www.fietsenpope
lier.be). Off Market Square,’t Koffieboontje (www.hotel-koffieboontje.be) has bike-hotel packages and rentals.
From Bruges, riders can follow the Canal Bruges-Damme to the medieval town of Damme, 30 minutes away, or cycle in 45 minutes to the Belgian seacoast. A 2 1/2-hour ride from the city is Flanders Fields, the peaceful, flower-filled U.S. military cemetery that will be the focus of upcoming World War I centennial celebrations in 2014.

For more info, visit www.fietsroute.org and www.visitflanders.us