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Belgian Beer Tour

Some peoples 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 worlds finest brewers. Youll visit the six Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium (including the chance to taste Westvleteren, one of beerdoms 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
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 141578
Starts: Brussels, Belgium Finishes: Antwerp, Belgium
You will visit
  • Brussels
  • Antwerp

Itinerary

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Day 1: Brussels

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Additional Notes:
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 each of the six 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

02

Day 2: Brussels (1B)

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'.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

03

Day 3: Brussels/Rochefort (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Rochefort Picnic (with Trappist Beer)
Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint Remy Visit

Transport:
Train (2.00 hour(s))
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))

04

Day 4: Rochefort/Bruges (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Orval Visit (with Beer and Cheese Tasting)
Chimay Visit (with Lunch and Tasting)
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.75-2.25 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)

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Day 5: Bruges (1B, 1L)

After a free morning, take a day trip from Bruges to the Westvleteren area. A local beer specialist and master brewer will provide a barbecue 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.

Additional Notes:
In September it is occasionally possible to visit the monastery at Westvleteren to view the brewing process.

Included Activities:
Barbecue with a Local (including Beer Tasting)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 6: Bruges/Antwerp (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Westmalle Visit (with Beer Tasting)
Achel Visit (with Beer Tasting)
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Stop along the way in Westmalle and Achel.
Private Vehicle (100km)

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Day 7: Antwerp (1B)

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 (1B)

Your CEO can help arrange transport back to Brussels airport.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Brussels orientation walk
    • Rochefort visit including beer tasting and picnic
    • Orval visit with beer and Trappist cheese tasting
    • Chimay visit with lunch and tasting at a local brasserie
    • Bruges orientation walk
    • Barbecue near Westvleteren with beer tasting
    • Antwerp orientation walk
    • Café Trappisten beer tasting (Westmalle)
    • Achel visit with tasting
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 0 dinners
    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 they're made in