European nostalgia - Touring from Lille to Strasbourg with paniers

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Jun 16

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We will cycle great distances for several days in a row, requiring a good level of fitness

6 days of cycling, 4 countries, 2 capital cities, two European parliaments, loads of cycling paths, rolling hills and more serious mountains. The trip will follow roughly the EuroVelo Route 5 to discover some of Europe's most famous cities, but also the more remote countryside. This will be a route of contrasts and culinary pleasures. With plenty for the legs.

We will all gather in Lille on Saturday and head towards Brussels. After a night there, we will head South, staying overnight at Namur, Roche en Ardennes, and Luxembourg, where we will spend two nights, with a rest day to recover and explore the city. We will then have two days of cycling, stopping at Sarreguemines in the middle, to arrive in Strasbourg on Saturday. We will stay there overnight to have the opportunity to explore this border city, and we can then head off home.

The total distance is around 650 km. We will average approximately 100km per day. The idea is to start early so that we can arrive at our destination around 2/3pm, thus giving us time to explore. This is a touring trip: you will be responsible for your bike, the paniers, and the kit you bring (see list below). However, we will not be camping, so no need to bring tent and sleeping bag.

Accommodation is in a mixture of hostels, holiday apprtments, B&Bs and hotels. This means there will be a mixture of single and double beds, arrangements on the lucky ones to be made on the night (I will bring non-plastic straws).

Transport wise: see the dedicated section :-)

I would highly recommend spending a couple more days around: Colmar and the Rhine valley offer beautiful sceneries, culture, and wines.

The finalised routes for each day are here:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:

Day 6:

If there is a demand, I can put together a leisurely route for the rest day in Luxembourg: we can then cycle without paniers.

We will be staying at:

Lille: Ibis Budget Lille centre - 10 Rue de Courtrai

Brussels: Meininger Hotel - Henegouwenkaai 33

Namur: Namur's Youth Hostel - Avenue Félicien Rops

La Roche En Ardenne: B&B Le Marronnier - 2 Rue du Marronnier, Beausaint

Luxembourg (2 nights): Youth Hostel Luxembourg City - 2 Rue du Fort Olisy

Sarreguemines: Hotel Union - 28 Rue Alexandre De Geiger

Strasbourg: Fabrice Luthin - 26 Rue Kuhn

Lille (return trip): Ibis Budget Lille Centre


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