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.)
Train, public bus, private van/bus.
Hotels (7 nts).
Hands-on: Rochefort Picnic with Trappist Beer Tasting, Rochefort Hands-on: Orval Visit with Beer and Cheese Tasting, Abbaye d'Orval Hands-on: Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan Beer Tasting and Lunch, Bruges 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.
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.
Day 1 Brussels
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Brussels (1B)
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.
Day 3 Brussels/Rochefort (1B, 1L)
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.
Day 4 Rochefort/Bruges (1B, 1L)
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.
Day 5 Bruges (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a free morning in Bruges. In the afternoon, head to the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan brewery in the heart of the historic centre for a tour of the grounds, beer tasting and traditional Flemish lunch.
Day 6 Bruges/Antwerp (1B)
Travel to Antwerp, stopping en route to visit Westmalle. Enjoy a tasting at the Cafe Trappisten. Next, sample some Achel near the brewery before continuing on to Antwerp.
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.
Day 8 Antwerp (1B)
Depart at any time.