Some peoples 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 worlds finest brewers. In Belgium, youll visit the six Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium (including the chance to taste Westvleteren, one of beerdoms most celebrated brews), explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles, and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
A note on the itinerary: Due to the nature of the Trappist brewing process, opportunities to visit the abbey, the breweries, and interact with the monks is based on the willingness of the abbey to open its doors to visitors and make an exception. We work very hard to bring as many of these behind-the-scenes experiences to fruition for our travellers, but we can't guarantee how much access we'll get.
Be prepared to enjoy tasting the abbey-made beers at local cafés, which host visitors from all over the world looking for these exclusive drinks. We can guarantee we will visit each of the six breweries in Belgium from the outside and experience these charming towns– enjoying their markets, castles, cafés, and delicacies– and will aim to gain as much access to the abbeys as the monks permit on any given day. It's all part of this delicious adventure!
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Belgium is know for many things, including fantastic cuisine.
If the chocolate factory and Delirium beer hall only whet your appetite, opt for a beer walking tour before indulging in waffles, mussels, and 'frites'.
Travel by train and public bus to reach Rochefort in time for lunch. Head to the markets in this beautiful medieval town and collect some cheese, bread, meat, and local delicacies and enjoy a picnic with a Trappist beer. Brush up on your French as you chat with locals.
See the church then enjoy a free afternoon with options like visiting the remains of a 2,000-year-old Gallo-Roman villa in the Archaeopark of Rochefort.
Don't miss out on indulging in local Rochefort cheeses produced from a centuries-old recipe or some local cuisine like the giant meatball "gehaktbal", with "frites" and foie gras.
Rochefort Picnic with Trappist Beer Tasting
Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint Remy Visit
Train (2.00 hour(s))
Local bus (0.25 hour(s))
Head to Orval for a visit to the abbey's visitor centre. Sample some beer and Trappist cheese here before continuing on to Chimay.
Enjoy an included lunch at the brasserie near Chimay to try beer normally reserved for the monks.
The abbey and main brewing centre are not open to the public, but there are still plenty of opportunities to sample the local goods.
Arrive at Bruges in the evening and head out for an orientation walk around the town.
Orval Visit with Beer and Cheese Tasting
Chimay Visit with Lunch and Tasting
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.75-2.25 hours)
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
After a free morning, take a day trip from Bruges to the Westvleteren area. A local beer specialist and master brewer will provide a barbecue near his home and a tasting of the famous and rare Westvleteren beer from his own collection (of roughly 14,000!).
Back in Bruges, opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride around town, or choose to rent a bike (complete with guide) and head out around the city and surrounding countryside.
In September it is occasionally possible to visit the monastery at Westvleteren to view the brewing process.
Barbecue with a Local with Beer Tasting
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Take a private van to Antwerp, stopping for a visit to Westmalle en route. The abbey here is closed to visitors but we will enjoy a tasting at the Café Trappisten, with the option for lunch including tastes of Trappist meat and cheese.
Continue on to Achel for the last official Trappist tasting of the trip. There is the opportunity to sample some Achel beer, though again, the abbey will be closed to visitors.
Arrive in Antwerp in the late afternoon. Opt to wander around the city and get a feel for the place.
Westmalle Visit with Beer Tasting
Achel Visit with Beer Tasting
Stop along the way in Westmalle and Achel.
Private Vehicle (100km)
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.
Your CEO can help arrange transport back to Brussels airport.
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Trip Name: Belgian Beer Tour
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: 1189
Trip Code: 141578
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