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 five Trappist monastery-breweries in Belgium, explore Brussels and Bruges, and stuff yourself with mussels, waffles, and chocolate galore. (Hey, beer-tasting is hungry work.)
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 CafÉ Trappisten. Next, sample some€hel 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.
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