In 44 stages

In 44 stages

Stage 1

Maastricht to Meerssen

Maastricht is the start of the Modern Grand Tour (MGT) and you follow a part of the Roman trade route Via Belgica.
22,8 kilometers

Stage 2

Meerssen to Spaubeek

Meerssen was already inhabited during Roman times. In 1865, a priest discovered remnants of a Roman villa.
20,6 kilometers

Stage 3

Spaubeek to Landgraaf

Spaubeek is a quiet village with a train station. Near the Sint-Laurentiuskerk is a large square where you can park for free.
23,7 kilometers

Stage 4

Landgraaf to Übach-Palenberg

Landgraaf is located in the province Limburg and is a young municipality in beautiful surroundings.
21,1 kilometers

Stage 5

Übach-Palenberg to Jabeek

Übach-Palenberg is located 20 km of Aachen at the frontier with the Netherlands. Club life is very important.
18,7 kilometers

Stage 6

Jabeek to Born

Jabeek is a small residential area in Beekdaelen. The name is probably derived from the stream Quabeek.
21,1 kilometers

Stage 7

Born to Opglabeek

Born dates from the year 1125. The settlement Born arose on the northeast side of the Graetbos near a water source.
21,2 kilometers

Stage 8

Opglabeek to Genk

Opglabbeek inhabitants lived from agriculture and turf extraction at the end of the 18th century.
18,9 kilometers

Stage 9

Genk to Hasselt

Genk is a cosmopolitan city in the Belgian province Limburg with more than 66,000 inhabitants.
22,7 kilometers

Stage 10

Hasselt to Wintershoven

Hasselt arose in the 7th century near the Helbeek. The name is probarly derived from Hasaluth, which means hazel forest.
20,7 kilometers

Stage 11

Wintershoven to Tongeren

Wintershoven is located at Roman main road to Tongeren. Roman roof tiles were used for the Sint-Pietersbandenkerk.
17,6 kilometers

Stage 12

Tongeren to Liège

Tongeren is the oldest city in Belgium. Famous inhabitant of Tongeren is undoubtedly the Eburone king Ambiorix.
21,3 kilometers

Stage 13

Liège to Chaudfontaine

Liège is located at the river Meuse. Romans inhabited Liège in the center of of the city at Place Saint-Lambert.
14,3 kilometers

Stage 14

Chaudfontaine to Pepinster

Chaudfontaine is a town on the river Vesder in the province of Liège. The place has given its name to the spring water.
19,7 kilometers

Stage 15

Pepinster to Herve

Pepinster traditionally had many watermills, due to its location between two fast-flowing rain rivers.
17,7 kilometers

Stage 16

Herve to Aubel

Herve gave its name to the surrounding. The Land of Herve are villages that stretches between Meuse and Vesder.
24,8 kilometers

Stage 17

Aubel to Fouron-Saint-Martin

Aubel is known for its regional products: Herve cheese, syrup, cider and beer. These are traded on the markets.
19,3 kilometers

Stage 18

Sint-Martens-Voeren to Teuven

Fouron-Saint-Martin is located in the valley of the Voer. After the French period, this village became Belgian.
21,5 kilometers

Stage 19

Teuven to Calamine

Teuven mains income was agriculture. In 1850 the conversion to farming began. There is no industry.
19,9 kilometers

Stage 20

Kelmis to Raeren

Kelmis (La Calamine) is located at the frontier between Belgium and is grown around the Altenberg zinc mine.
19,8 kilometers

Stage 21

Raeren to Henri-Chapelle

Raeren is a German-speaking city in the province of Liège in Belgium and has more than 10,000 inhabitants.
23,4 kilometers

Stage 22

Henri-Chapelle to Limbourg

Henri-Chapelle is a Belgian village in the province of Liège. Located 17 kilometers from the frontier of Aachen.
23,9 kilometers

Stage 23

Limbourg to Eupen

Limbourg was founded in the year 1000. The city had a reputation for being impregnable and strategic of great value.
13,8 kilometers

Stage 24

Eupen to Eupen

Eupen is the capital of East Belgium in the province of Liège and at the frontier of Nature Reserve Hautes Fagnes.
26,3 kilometers

Stage 25

Eupen to Jalhay

Eupen is the capital of East Belgium in the province of Liège and at the frontier of Nature Reserve Hautes Fagnes.
15,9 kilometers

Stage 26

Jalhay to Spa

Jalhay is located at the Nature Reserve Hautes Fagnes and has countless possibilities for walks in the Hertogenwald.
15,2 kilometers

Stage 27

Spa to Hockai

Spa is located in the province of Liège. The thermal baths of Spa are listed as UNESCO World Heritage.
18,1 kilometers

Stage 28

Hockai to Signal de Botrange

Hockai is one of the highest villages of Belgium and situated in the far north of Stavelot in the province of Liège.
21,1 kilometers

Stage 29

Signal de Botrange to Butgenbach

Try to climb the stairs of the monument an, you can even reach above 700 meters.
23,3 kilometers

Stage 30

Butgenbach to Hellental

Bütgenbach is located in the German-speaking of Belgium. In 1932 a dam was built and Lake Bütgenbach was created.
24,3 kilometers

Stage 31

Hellental to Monschau

Hellenthal is located on the edge of the Eifel National Park and the Oleftalsperre is one of the largest reservoirs in Germany.
24,4 kilometers

Stage 32

Monschau to Einruhr

Monschau is located in the most beautiful regions of Germany; the Eifel. Monschau was first mentioned in 1198 as Mons Ioci.
16,8 kilometers

Stage 33

Einruhr to Heimbach

Einruhr is at the eastern bank of Rurtalsperre Schwammenauel and part of the municipality of Dedenborn.
24 kilometers

Stage 34

Heimbach to Woffelsbach

Heimbach; the towers of Hengebach castle reigns over over the valley. The first mention of Heimbach was in 673.
15,2 kilometers

Stage 35

Woffelsbach to Simonskall

Woffelsbach the village is located in the northern Eifel at the banks of the lake Rur, that flows into the river Meuse (NL).
21,6 kilometers

Stage 36

Simonskall to Breinig

Simonskall started as a small settlement with the presence of iron ore, especially around the village Schmidt.
25,1 kilometers

Stage 37

Breinig to Stolberg

Breinig is today characterised by its urban value and the careful preservation of its historic buildings.
20 kilometers

Stage 38

Stolberg to Aachen

Stolberg is a historic old town with an impressive castle complex, three old town and pre-industrial homes.
18,8 kilometers

Stage 39

Aachen to Epen

Aachen is founded on the remains of Roman baths. The Latin word aqua can be taken as the origin of the name.
22,3 kilometers

Stage 40

Epen to Simpelveld

Epen is probably derived from a Germanic word of possibly Celtic origin, “apa”, a word meaning “water”.
24,5 kilometers

Stage 41

Simpelveld to Valkenburg a/d Geul

In 1930 some sandstone coffins from the Roman era were excavated.
21,6 kilometers

Stage 42

Valkenburg a/d Geul to Margraten

Around the 19th century tourism developed as a new source of income.
21,3 kilometers

Stage 43

Margraten to Eijsden

Margraten is international known by the presence of the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, a large military cemetery.
24,8 kilometers

Stage 44

Eijsden to Maastricht

Eijsden lies on the frontier with Belgium and on the banks of the river Meuse in the extreme southwest of the Dutch region Zuid-Limburg.
24 kilometers

The Modern Grand Tour trail in 4 parts:

First part of 12 stages (250 km)

From Maastricht (NL); the capital of the province Limburg to Liège (BE); the capital of the province Wallonia.

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Second part of 11 stages (218 km)

From Liège (BE) to Eupen (BE); the capital of the German speaking community of Belgium.

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Third part of 15 stages (312 km)

From Eupen (BE) to Aachen/Aix-la-Chapelle (DE); the westernmost major city in Germany.

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Fourth part of 6 stages (138 km)

From Aachen/Aix-la-Chapelle (DE); the westermost major city in Germany to Maastricht (NL).

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