“He was a wise man who invented beer.” – PlatoBelgium 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!
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
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“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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