Other Info: Bike rental is 25 Euros/day for five days
THIS TRIP IS LIMITED TO 14 PARTICIPANTS

He was a wise man who invented beer.” – Plato

Belgium is a world of scenic landscapes, castles, stone-built villages, multiple languages and cultures, gourmet restaurants, beautiful walking and cycling paths, and really nice people. Since the first Crusades the church allowed abbeys to brew and distribute beer as a fundraising method. Consequently, breweries and beer cafes now abound in Belgium! Trappist monks carry on those deep traditions now with their dark, sweet, complex ales while Belgian craft brewers create their own rich brewing history and traditions by experimenting with other beer flavors.
We’ll be traveling through the region known as Flanders where the primary language is Dutch. Throughout our tour, we’ll bike through rich, agricultural landscapes on well-maintained, easy paths, and explore remarkable and historic Belgian cities and villages by foot. (Note: there is a significant amount of city walking on cobblestone streets so you’ll want to bring the proper shoes!)
Our evenings are spent in accommodations that range from quaint family-owned B&Bs to charming award winning hotels in the city centers of Bruges, Watou, Ghent, and Brussels. Each day we stay active on foot and by bike and visit over ten different breweries and abbayes. Your guides will share with you some of their favorite biking trails and off-the-beaten-path beer cafés and restaurants. They will also introduce you to some of their favorite people in Belgium’s beer culture, and of course, help you sample the beers they love so much!
And as an added bonus, our tour ends in Brussels during the Belgisch Bierweekend (or the Belgium Beer Weekend) which is a beer festival that not only celebrates delicious brews, but the people who create and promote Belgian beer. We invite you to extend your stay and take part in the festivities!

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1 >> BRUSSELS: Welcome to Belgium! Our adventure starts at 1:00 PM, allowing you to arrive in Brussels this morning or the day before (which we highly recommend). This afternoon we will walk from our hotel around the beautiful city of Brussels, visiting ancient sites including Europe’s most impressive plaza, The Grand Place. We’ll start with a beer and cheese pairing at a local’s favorite pub with some real history. From there we will walk to have a conversation and some regional craft beers with our friend Jean Hummler at Moeder Lambic. This evening we’ll enjoy Belgium’s typical food specialties and beer cuisine at Restobières not far from The Grand Place. After dinner, we’ll have the option to stop into some of Brussels famous beer cafes, one of which has 3000 beers… SEE FULL ITINERARY


Real People, Real Experiences – What To Expect On This Trip

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  • INTERESTED IN JOINING US? Call us at 888.758.8687 or email us to check availability, or to ask any questions you may have regarding this trip or any other travel ideas you may be considering.
  • TO BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE: You can book online or by calling us at 888.758.8687. Zephyr Adventures requires a 500 deposit (payable by check or credit card) at the time of booking. The remaining balance is payable by check or credit card no later than 60 days prior to the start of the trip.

  • WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? We will send you a confirmation email after we receive your booking, as well as a link to detailed printer-friendly pre-departure documents: arrival and departure information, suggestions for making travel arrangements, a packing list, an invoice, information about your trip location and guides. It will also include a link to an information form and liability waiver. We will also provide you with a link to information about travel insurance. We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance because it protects you if you have an unexpected change in travel plans. Please do not purchase airfare until you have received your pre-departure documents.

“A great overview of the beer-soaked culture of Belgium. My highlight? Biking through the through farm fields of Hoppeland to the monastery of St.Sixtus where we tasted Westvlteren beers. It was a beautiful day, and the beer, of course, was amazing.” – Joe W.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS


  • Spending time in Belgium with a local guide who knows his homeland’s history, culture, languages, food and beers and thoroughly shares it all
  • Biking through the fields of Hoppeland, past castles and along rivers (and crossing them on bikers-only ferries), on some of the smoothest flowing trails we have ridden in Europe, and starting and ending at unique breweries
  • Exploring and enjoying cultures, history and food in cities and villages across Belgium like Brussels, Watou, Ghent, and Bruges and not having to drive to each or navigate train schedules
  • Visiting, touring and tasting at breweries and abbayes such as Rodenbach, St. Sixtus, Cantillon and De Halve Maan; and tasting so many other wonderful beers with our meals at amazing restaurants and cafés.

  • ACCOMMODATIONS


    Nights 1 & 2 >> Hotel Patritius / Bruges

    We love this hotel for its location, staff and its family-owned character. The hotel is in a quiet part of Bruges only a few blocks from the heart of the city. Each elegant room is unique. The hotel’s atmosphere is only accentuated by its private garden.

    Night 3 >> St. Bernardus / Watou

    This charming B&B is attached to the St. Bernadus Brewery just outside the town center of Watou. Though it is a very simple accommodation, what could be more fun than spending a night in a brewery? Our charming hostess, Jackie, will ensure you feel like you are right at home here. We rent out almost the entire place.

    Night 4 & 5 >> Sandton Grand Hotel / Ghent

    Located a stone’s throw outside of the historic city center, the Sandton Grand Hotel is one of Ghent’s greenest hotels and offers a perfect blend of authentic and original design, and comfort and luxury.

    Night 6 >> Hotel Marivaux / Brussels

    In the heart of Brussels is a unique and well-situated hotel that allows us to walk everywhere we need to go in this wonderful city. The recently renovated hotel offers spacious modern guest rooms and a nice brasserie with a good beer selection.


    TRAVEL DETAILS


    You are free to arrive in Brussels anytime you like prior to our after-lunch meeting on Day 1. This allows you to travel the day before and arrive even that morning. However, we highly recommend arriving at least a day ahead of time to recover from your travel and any potential delays.

    Our adventure ends Friday evening in Brussels after dinner and perhaps a final beer together at a beer café on our way back to the hotel that evening. The Belgium Beer Weekend (a large beer festival) begins that night in Brussels and continues until Sunday, Sept. 4. You may choose to extend your stay in Brussels or continue your travels via a high-speed train to Paris, London or Amsterdam, or fly home. The Brussels airport and train station are easily accessible via our hotel via the cities metro, foot or taxi.


    WHAT'S INCLUDED?


  • Two Zephyr guides accompany each trip.
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
  • All of your dinners and breakfasts are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included. We have left some lunches open so that you have time to explore and enjoy the local flavors en route.
  • All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.
  • All formal beer tastings are included.
  • NOT INCLUDED Beverages, desserts, some lunches, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.

  • CHANGES TO THE ITINERARY


    While everything under “What is Included” will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction.

    You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.