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Belgian Beer Tour

8 Days, Brussels to Antwerp
Belgian Beer Tour

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IS THIS Classic TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 7 Nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotels (7 nts).
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Train, public bus, private van/bus).
  • 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.
  • Barbeque home meal near Westvleteren with beer tasting.
  • Antwerp orientation walk.
  • Cafe Trappisten beer tasting (Westmalle).
  • Achel visit with tasting.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 14 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Brussels
Day 2 Brussels
Day 3 Brussels/Rochefort
Day 4 Rochefort/Bruges
Day 5 Bruges
Day 6 Bruges/Antwerpen
Day 7 Antwerpen
Day 8 Depart Antwerpen
Departures
  • Aug
    2017
  • Sep
    2017
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sat, 05 Aug '17
  • Sat, 12 Aug '17
  • Sat, 09 Sep '17
  • Sat, 16 Sep '17
  • Sat, 21 Jul '18
  • Sat, 28 Jul '18
  • Sat, 25 Aug '18
  • Sat, 01 Sep '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Brussels
  • Rochefort
  • Bruges
  • Antwerp
  • Brussels to Antwerp Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive Brussels

    Arrive at any time.
    There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    18:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your
    CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Brussels

    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.

    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'.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Brussels Full Day
    Get out and explore. And eat.

    Optional Activities
    Delirium Beer Hall Visit
    Brussels 1h-2h
    10EUR per person
    Visit the Delirium Cafe and sample some of the many, many, many delicious beers on offer.

    Chocolate Factory Visit
    Brussels
    250EUR per group
    Choose from one of many options to visit an authentic Belgian chocolate factory. Learn about the process of making these treats and sample a few bites.

    Gourmet Belgium Tour
    Brussels
    60EUR per person
    Head out on the town to get a taste of the most authentic delicacies Belgium has to offer.

    Beer Walking Tour
    Brussels 1h-3h
    50EUR per person
    Walk around town trying the famous beers Belgium has to offer. Cheers! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Brussels/Rochefort

    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.

    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.

    Train
    Brussels - Jemelle 2h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Local bus
    Jemelle - Rochefort 15m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Rochefort Picnic (with Trappist Beer)
    Rochefort
    Enjoy a picnic in town with delicacies picked up from the local market and taste the first of many Trappist beers the region is known For.

    Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint Remy Visit
    Rochefort
    Visit this beautiful abbey, famous both for its spiritual life and for the brewery it houses. Admire the architecture of building from the outside and cross your fingers that we'll be let inside.

    Free Time
    Rochefort Afternoon
    Explore this town or head further afield.

     (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Rochefort/Bruges

    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.

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Rochefort - Abbaye d'Orval 1h-2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Orval Visit (with Beer and Cheese Tasting)
    Abbaye d'Orval
    Visit the abbey's visitors centre, which includes beautiful ruins and some restored buildings where you can learn how the famous beer made here is brewed. Sample some of the delicious beer and Trappist cheese, both produced here.

    Private Vehicle
    Abbaye d'Orval - Chimay 1h45m-2h15m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Chimay Visit (with Lunch and Tasting)
    Chimay
    Enjoy an included lunch at the brasserie near Chimay and ample excellent cheese and beer produced in the town, including beer normally reserved for the monks. The abbey and main brewing centre are not accessible to the public here as Chimay is a strict Cistercian monastery. There are still plenty of opportunities to sample the local goods though.

    Private Vehicle
    Chimay - Bruges 2h-2h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Bruges

    Enjoy a free morning in Bruges. In the afternoon, head out with a local for a barbeque. He'll share his stash of the rare Westvleteren beer.

    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.

    Free Time
    Bruges Morning
    Rise and shine, there's exploring to be had.

    Private Vehicle
    Bruges - Westvleteren 1h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Barbeque with a Local (including Beer Tasting)
    Westvleteren
    A local beer specialist and master brewer will host a barbeque near his home, along with a tasting of the famous and rare Westvleteren beer from his own collection (of roughly 14,000!).

    Private Vehicle
    Westvleteren - Bruges 1h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Bruges Afternoon
    Enjoy more of the city.

    Optional Activities
    Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
    Bruges
    44EUR per group
    Hop into the cab of a horse drawn carriage for a new perspective on this lovely city.

    Guided Bike Tour
    Bruges
    28EUR per person
    Rent a bike and enjoy a guided tour around the city and surrounding countryside. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Bruges/Antwerpen

    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.

    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 Cafe 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.

    Private Vehicle
    Bruges - Antwerpen Full Day 100km
    Stop along the way in Westmalle and Achel.

    Westmalle Visit (with Beer Tasting)
    Westmalle
    Stop at the Westmalle brewery. The actual brewery and dairy are inside the walls of the Trappist monastery, which is off limits to the general public. The tavern, Cafe Trappisten, on the edge of the abbey is a great place to sample the beer produced here and enjoy a delicious lunch.

    Achel Visit (with Beer Tasting)
    Achel
    Sample some locally brewed, delicious Achel beer, though again, the abbey will be closed to visitors.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Antwerpen Evening
    Start exploring this lovely city.

     (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Antwerpen

    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.

    Free Time
    Antwerpen Full Day
    Explore the city or head further afield.

    Optional Activities
    Bike Tour (with Seef Brewery Visit)
    Antwerpen
    Take a bike tour that visits the Seef Brewery for a taste of some delicious Belgian beer, famous the world over. Pedal around this lovely city and get a feel for why many people love it.

    Sewer Tour
    Antwerpen
    245EUR per group
    For a unique perspective on Antwerp, take a tour of the sewers - complete with overalls and wellington boots. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Depart Antwerpen

    Depart Antwerp at any time.

     (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 14 passengers, at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  2. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  3. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  4. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.


  5. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  6. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  7. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  8. INTERIOR ACCESS: 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!


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