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Belgian Beer Tour
Brussels to Antwerp
Duration: 8 days
Tour code: EBBT

Highlights

Visit all six Trappist breweries in Belgium, indulge in delicious Belgian cuisine, explore quaint towns like Bruges and Rochefort, learn about (and taste) rare beers and see the monasteries where they are made.

Some people’s idea of a beer adventure is checking out that pub two streets over from the local. The true beer connoisseur is a different breed. Designed with the fancy suds aficionado in mind, this eight-day trip takes you to the ancestral home of Trappist, one of the world’s finest brewers. You’ll visit five Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium, explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles, and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches

Transport

Train, public bus, private van/bus.

Accommodation

Hotels (7 nts).

Included activities

Hands-on: Rochefort Picnic with Trappist Beer Tasting, Rochefort Hands-on: Orval Visit with Beer and Cheese Tasting, Abbaye d'Orval Hands-on: Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan Beer Tasting and Lunch, Bruges Hands-on: Westmalle Visit with Beer Tasting, Westmalle Hands-on: Achel Visit with Beer Tasting, Achel. Brussels orientation walk. Bruges orientation walk. Antwerp orientation walk. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1
Brussels
Arrive at any time. A note on the itinerary: Due to the nature of the Trappist brewing process, opportunities to visit the abbey, the breweries, and interact with the monks is based on the willingness of the abbey to open its doors to visitors and make an exception. We work very hard to bring as many of these behind-the-scenes experiences to fruition for our travellers, but we can't guarantee how much access we'll get. Be prepared to enjoy tasting the abbey-made beers at local cafés, which host visitors from all over the world looking for these exclusive drinks. We can guarantee we will visit five breweries in Belgium from the outside and experience these charming towns– enjoying their markets, castles, cafés, and delicacies– and will aim to gain as much access to the abbeys as the monks permit on any given day. It's all part of this delicious adventure!

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2
Brussels
Enjoy an orientation walk of the city before a free day to explore. Opt to visit a chocolate factory, the Delirium beer hall, Art Deco Turkish baths, or indulge in a gourmet Belgium tour.

Included activities: Orientation Walk

Optional activities:

  • Delirium Beer Hall Visit
  • Chocolate Factory Visit
  • Gourmet Belgium Tour
  • Beer Walking Tour

Meals: breakfast

Day 3
Brussels - Rochefort
See the church at Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint Remy where Rochefort is made – with some luck, they'll let us in for a peek. Head to the markets and collect some picnic supplies to enjoy with a Trappist beer.

Transport: Train, Local bus

Included activities: Rochefort Picnic with Trappist Beer Tasting, Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint Remy Visit

Optional activities:

  • Archeopark of Rochefort
  • Caves of Han

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 4
Rochefort - Bruges
Visit Orval in the late morning to try beer and Trappist cheese. Enjoy an included lunch at the brasserie near Chimay for a taste of beer normally reserved for the monks. Head to Bruges for the night.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Private Vehicle, Private Vehicle

Included activities: Orval Visit with Beer and Cheese Tasting, Chimay Visit with Lunch and Tasting, Orientation Walk

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 5
Bruges
Enjoy a free morning in Bruges. In the afternoon, head to the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan brewery in the heart of the historic centre for a tour of the grounds, beer tasting and traditional Flemish lunch.

Included activities: Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan Beer Tasting and Lunch

Optional activities:

  • Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
  • Guided Bike Tour
  • Bruges Canal Cruise
  • Groeninge Museum
  • Choco-Story: The Chocolate Museum
  • Delirium Cafe
  • Belfry Tower of Bruges
  • Bruges Beer Museum

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 6
Bruges - Antwerp
Travel to Antwerp, stopping en route to visit Westmalle. Enjoy a tasting at the Café Trappisten. Next, sample some Achel near the brewery before continuing on to Antwerp.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Westmalle Visit with Beer Tasting, Achel Visit with Beer Tasting, Orientation Walk

Meals: breakfast

Day 7
Antwerp
Enjoy a free day in Antwerp with the option to visit a local brewery by bike, check out some museums, or venture underground on an Antwerp sewer tour.

Optional activities:

  • Sewer Tour
  • Seef Brewery Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 8
Antwerp
Depart at any time.

Meals: breakfast

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