This ultimate Belgian beer vacation actually starts in the Netherlands, where you'll spend your first two days exploring the canals of Amsterdam and tasting traditional Dutch eats in the city's famous Jordaan district. Not to worry, it's all beer from here. Just a short train trip from Amsterdam, you'll arrive in Brussels, the Belgian (and European) capital, for three insightful visits to both modern and classic Belgian breweries, as well as a chocolate tasting experience and workshop. Another short train ride in this tiny country brings you to Ghent for more local beer experiences and a stop at the Hop Museum in Poperinge. After Ghent, it's on to the remarkable city of Bruges, known for its beautiful architecture and historic canals. Here you'll enjoy a private history and culture tour along with an in-depth experience at Bruges' most famous brewery. It's the definitive beer trip for all lovers of Belgian brew.
Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam, check-in to your luxurious boutique hotel and take the day to explore the beautiful canals and bicycle-filled streets of this incredible city.
Day 2: After a good night's rest and a leisurely morning, head to the culturally rich Jordaan district for an insightful local food tour.
Day 3: In the early afternoon, take off for Brussels on the high-speed rail journey of just over 2 hours. After checking in to your hotel, you'll visit the Brussels Beer Project for a "flash tour" (15 minutes) and flight of their most recent brews. End your day with a beer at Grote Markt aka Grand Palace (the city's central square) while soaking up this historical location.
Day 4:Explore the city in the morning, then it's off to the Belgian countryside for a visit to the classic Belgian brewery, Duvel, for their"Luxury" package, where you'll be welcomed by the beer sommelier, enjoy a brewery tour, a pairing of 4 cheeses and 4 beers, and leave with a gift!
Day 5: Today is packed full of two of the world's best things, chocolate and beer. First, you'll tour the best Belgian chocolatiers before taking a chocolate-making workshop. Next up is Brasserie Cantillon, for a tour and tasting of their unique lambic beers.
Day 6: After a relaxing morning, jump on the short and easy train from Brussels to unique university city of Ghent. Take the afternoon of stroll the streets and explore the canals.
Day 7: Today, it’s back to beer with a Belgian beer tour of Ghent where you’ll discover the best of the local brews while learning more about the city.
Day 8: Time for a history lesson! A train trip to the northeastern town of Poperinge, along the French border, brings you to the Hop Museum where you’ll uncover the evolution of hops in Belgian beer and do a little tasting too.
Day 9: A super quick train ride brings you to the charming, historic town of Bruges. Known for its incredible canals, a private history and culture experience with a local guide will help you uncover all of the city’s secrets.
Day 10: It’s time for your final brewery experience, with a visit to the renowned De Haalve Man Brewery for an “XL” tour and tasting, offering an in-depth view of the brewing process with plenty of tastings.
Day 11: On the final day in Belgium you’ll jump on a train from Bruges to Amsterdam for your non-stop flight home. (Maybe even with boxes of beer in hand…).
Price: From $2,850 per person
Duration: 10 nights, 11 days
Includes: Round trip non-stop airfare from the U.S., all transportation within Europe, 10 nights at luxury boutique hotels, restaurant and cultural guides, and all activities and experiences
Two nights at a highly-rated boutique hotel (The Hendrick's Hotel or similar) in Amsterdam
Three nights at a highly-rated boutique hotel (The Dominican or similar) in Brussels
Three nights at a highly-rated boutique hotel (1898 The Post or similar) in Ghent
Two nights at a highly-rated boutique hotel (Hotel de Castillion or similar) in Bruges
All transportation (trains & private transfers) between itinerary destinations
Jordaan district foodie experience in Amsterdam
Flash tour and tasting at the Brussels Beer Project in Brussel
Belgian chocolate tasting and workshop experience in Brussels
Lambic tour & tasting at Brasserie Cantillon in Brussels
The "Luxury" experience and tasting at Duvel Moortgat Brewery
Local Belgian Beer tasting tour in Ghent
A trip to the Hop Museum in Poperinge
Private local history and culture experience in Bruges
The "XL" experience and tasting at De Haalve Man Brewery in Bruges
Meals or activities not mentioned in the above itinerary
Hotel upgrades and changes available upon request (*please note that changes to the package may result in a change of price to the overall trip)
For the ultimate beer connoisseur, we are happy to arrange experiences at Westmalle Brewery (visit the cafe for a tasting, lunch, and documentary) and/or Westvleteren Brewery (visit nearby bar/cafe for tasting)
> From $2850 per person > When booking, please indicate number of travelers and preferred travel dates