Some people’s idea of a beer adventure is checking out that pub two streets over from the local. The true beer connoisseur, however, is a different breed. Designed with the fancy suds aficionado in mind, this 8-day trip takes you to the ancestral home of Trappist, one of the world’s finest brewers. In Belgium, 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.)
- 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 home meal 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
- 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches
- Train, public bus, private van/bus
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 14, avg 12
- Hotels (7 nts).
Please note: Most abbey interiors and breweries are closed to visitors. It can be hit or miss as to how much we're permitted to see of the abbeys or the brewing process but we have insiders on the ground working to provide the most in depth experience possible. We will experience the exteriors of all the monasteries and sample beers produced from each abbey. Be prepared to be flexible and hope for the best!
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 3Brussels/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 4Rochefort/Bruges(1B, 1L)
Visit Orval in 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 5Bruges(1B, 1L)
Enjoy a free morning in Bruges. In the afternoon, head out with a local for a barbecue. He'll share his stash of the rare Westvleteren beer.
Travel to Antwerp, stopping en route to visit Westmalle. Enjoy a tasting at the Café Trappisten. Next, sample some Achel near the brewery before continuing on to Antwerp.
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.
Depart Antwerp at any time.
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