“He was a wise man who inventedbeer.” – 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!
DAY 1 >> BRUSSELS & BRUGES: 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). After a few short introductions, we head straight to Bruges. Bruges is a wonderful city with lots of history, impressive architecture, good food, culture and beer cafes. For our first tour and tasting, we will visit Brouwerij Fort Lapin, named after the fortress built in 1664 to protect Bruges’ commercial hub. We’ll then meet up with a local guide to lead us on a historical beer walk around the city. We end our day… 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.