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Belgian Beer Tour

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 the six Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium (including the chance to taste Westvleteren, one of beerdom’s most celebrated brews), explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles, and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: EBBT/141578
  • Starts: Brussels, Belgium
  • Finishes: Antwerp, Belgium
You will Visit
  • Brussels
  • Antwerp

Itinerary

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Day 1: Brussels

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

02

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.
Belgium is know for many things, including fantastic cuisine.

If the chocolate factory and Delirium beer hall only whet your appetite, opt for a beer walking tour before indulging in waffles, mussels, and 'frites'.

03

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.
Travel by train and public bus to reach Rochefort in time for lunch. Head to the markets in this beautiful medieval town and collect some cheese, bread, meat, and local delicacies and enjoy a picnic with a Trappist beer. Brush up on your French as you chat with locals.

See the church then enjoy a free afternoon with options like visiting the remains of a 2,000-year-old Gallo-Roman villa in the Archaeopark of Rochefort.

Don't miss out on indulging in local Rochefort cheeses produced from a centuries-old recipe or some local cuisine like the giant meatball "gehaktbal", with "frites" and foie gras.

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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.
Head to Orval for a visit to the abbey's visitor centre. Sample some beer and Trappist cheese here before continuing on to Chimay.

Enjoy an included lunch at the brasserie near Chimay to try beer normally reserved for the monks.

The abbey and main brewing centre are not open to the public, but there are still plenty of opportunities to sample the local goods.

Arrive at Bruges in the evening and head out for an orientation walk around the town.

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Day 5: Bruges

Enjoy a free morning in Bruges. In the afternoon, head out with a local for lunch. He'll share his stash of the rare Westvleteren beer.
After a free morning, take a day trip from Bruges to the Westvleteren area. A local beer specialist and master brewer will provide lunch near his home and a tasting of the famous and rare Westvleteren beer from his own collection (of roughly 14,000!).

Back in Bruges, opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride around town, or choose to rent a bike (complete with guide) and head out around the city and surrounding countryside.

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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.
Take a private van to Antwerp, stopping for a visit to Westmalle en route. The abbey here is closed to visitors but we will enjoy a tasting at the Café Trappisten, with the option for lunch including tastes of Trappist meat and cheese.

Continue on to Achel for the last official Trappist tasting of the trip. There is the opportunity to sample some Achel beer, though again, the abbey will be closed to visitors.

Arrive in Antwerp in the late afternoon. Opt to wander around the city and get a feel for the place.

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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.

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Day 8: Antwerp

Depart at any time.
Your CEO can help arrange transport back to Brussels airport.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Rochefort Picnic with Trappist Beer Tasting, Rochefort Hands-On: Orval Visit with Beer and Cheese Tasting, Abbaye d'Orval Hands-On: Lunch with a Local with Beer Tasting, Westvleteren 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches
    Transport
    • Train, public bus, private van/bus
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour 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.