Since the first Crusades the Church allowed abbeys to brew and distribute beer as a fundraising method. Trappist monks carry on those deep traditions today with their dark, sweet, complex ales while Belgian craft brewers create their own rich brewing history by experimenting with modern beer flavors.

Throughout this beautiful country we will visit many of these breweries, new and old, to learn more about the people, their history, and the beers they brew. We’ll also visit several of Belgium’s renowned Beer Cafés along the way, all the while enjoying what might come as a surprise to some – delicious food that blends traditions and mixes the multiple cultures in Belgium.

Life is short and so it makes sense to maximize your time in Belgium. This seven-day vacation does just that. We tour much of the country, staying in six different cities and villages including Brussels, Boullion, Dinant, Mechelen, Ghent and Bruges. We will visit over a dozen breweries, abbeys and beer museums and your Hosts will show you some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path Beer Cafés and restaurants and introduce you to some of our favorite people in Belgium’s beer culture.

Unique Experiences

  • Explore the country of Belgium without worrying about driving or the train schedule
  • Taste new beers at the beer cafe Brugs Beertje, which has over 300 beers on tap
  • Experience Belgian cuisine, including locally-made cheeses & chocolates at Laurent Gerbaud
  • Visit breweries such as Het Anker Brewery (founded in 1471!) and brewing abbeys such as Abbaye Orval
  • Stay in unique accommodations that include a convent overlooking the city of Dinant
  • Join our Belgium beer public tour or create your own private group

Tour Details

Tour Details

  • Location: Belgium
  • Next Tour Date: August 22 – September 2, 2017
  • Trip Price Per Person: $3,300 
  • Optional single supplement: $900
  • Hosts: Yannick de Cocquéau
  • Meals: Breakfasts & dinners included (lunches are specifically left on your own on this tour to give you the freedom to wander through the many towns we visit and to keep the price low)

We hope you consider joining us in Belgium for this unique and wonderful beer vacation. This vacation is a great way to get to know a country, its history, its people, its food, and its beer. Savor Your World!

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Private Tour 

  • Private Tours are available to book with your own group on any date you choose, given lodging availability, as either a Classic or Deluxe Tour
  • Deluxe  Tour: $4,300 per person (optional $1200 single supplement)
  • Classic  Tour: $3,300 per person (optional $900 single supplement)
  • Minimum: 6 people
  • Customizations to the above itinerary possible with additional per person fees 

The following is included in our Deluxe Tour offering:

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Professionally-selected beers with dinners
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 in Brussels

Taste Vacations Belgium Beer TourWelcome to Brussels, Belgium!

Our adventure starts after lunch, allowing you to arrive in Brussels this morning or the evening before. In the afternoon we will walk from our hotel around the beautiful city of Brussels, visiting ancient sites including Europe’s most impressive plaza, The Grand Place.

We’ll taste arguably the world’s best chocolate along with Belgian Beer at Laurent Gerbaud. We will walk to Brasserie Cantillon for a tour and tasting of this most impressive and unique brewery. Cantillon uses natural yeasts that are present in the air around us for fermentation. From there we will walk to have a conversation, craft beers and craft cheeses with our friend Jean Hummler at Moeder Lambic.

This evening we’ll enjoy Belgium’s typical food specialties and beer cuisine at Restobières not far from The Grand Place.

Day 2 in Boullion

Taste Vacations Belgium Beer TourToday we travel to southwestern Belgium, a special region known as Wallonia. En route, you’ll have the option to stop into Le Chameleux, a small café seemingly in the middle of nowhere serving local foods and beverages.

After lunch we continue to our destination, Abbaye Orval. After a tour of the impressive abbey we will then taste Orval beers from the tap at Orval L’ange gardien. This is the only place in the world with Orval on tap. Santi!

From Orval we will travel to the historic town of Boullion and our accommodation, Hotel Cosy, on the bluff overlooking town. The owner of the hotel, Wouter Liekens, is also a renowned chef and tonight we’ll enjoy a special four-course Beer Degustation dinner prepared by Wouter just for us.

Day 3 in Dinant

Taste Vacations Belgium Beer TourThe Cistercian Monks don’t allow visitors at Abbaye Chimay but it’s still worth a visit to the nearby Chimay Castle and to taste the abbey’s beers and cheeses.

You’ll be on your own for lunch to eat at one of a number of local restaurants. After lunch we’ll travel to Brasserie Caracole for a tour and tasting. Caracole produces traditional Belgian beers in a brewery dating back to the 18th century. They still use wood to heat their water for brewing! After visiting the brewery we’ll travel a short distance to the scenic river town of Dinant, which is where the saxophone was invented.

Tonight we will spend the evening high on the banks of the river in an old convent now known as La Merveilleuse. You will have some free time to explore this scenic village and the towering Citadelle de Dinant before returning to the convent for a tour of the Leffe Beer Museum (Maison Leffe) and a special beer and food pairing dinner.

Day 4 in Mechelen

Taste Vacations Belgium Beer TourWe start our day by visiting the Oud Beersel lambic brewery where we learn all about lambic beers – beers with a special taste formed by spontaneous fermentation from contact with the local air.

After our visit, we travel onwards to the small city of Mechelen, our home for the evening. Here you will have some time on your own to explore the city, walking along the historic streets and waterways.

We will meet you at to the Het Anker Brewery, which started brewing beer in 1471 with the permission of Charles the Bold! The brewery happens to also be our accommodation for the evening.

“My favorite moment was the beer pairings. Sharing a beer with the owners and brew masters was beyond what I expected.”           – Bob S. 

Dinner tonight is at one of the local restaurants near our hotel.

Day 5 in Ghent

Taste Vacations Belgium Beer TourOur day starts with Champagne! Champagne Beer that is.

Today we visit the village of Buggenhout, where we’ll visit Bosteels Deus Landtsheer Malheur, known for their traditional Champagne-style beers. Then it is on to the historic city of Ghent, where you will have some time on your own to explore the city, find a nice place for lunch, and maybe do some shopping.

We’ll then meet at one of our favorite breweries, Gruut. Their beers are unique because they use special spices (gruit) instead of hops to flavor and preserve their beers.

One of the best ways to taste the wide variety of beers available in Belgium is in Beer Cafes (bars) and there are several outstanding beer cafes for us to explore in Ghent either before or after dinner, including the historic Herberg De Dullie Griet just off one of the oldest squares in the city. When you order a beer here, they take one of your shoes and hoist it in a basket to the ceiling! You’ll get your shoe back when you return the glass.

Day 6 in Watou

Taste Vacations Belgium Beer TourToday we will explore the region of Watou, where we’llvisit the hops museum in Poperinge and the St. Sixtus Abbey, tasting the world famous Westvletren-style beers. This is one of the only places in the world you can buy these highly sought-after brews.

You are on your own for lunch in Watou. We suggest asking for a light lunch at the Hommelhof, widely known for its dishes based on heavenly brews. After lunch, we travel to Roeselare to visit and taste at the impressive Rodenbach Brewery before traveling to Brugge (Bruges) and our wonderful accommodation in the center of the old city.

“It is so easy to make new friends on these trips. I now have friends all around the world!!” – Gwen B.

Before our final dinner together in Belgium we need to stop in for a beer and conversation with Daisy (the owner) at Brugs Beertje. Daisy has more than 300 beers on tap and she knows them better than anyone else. Dinner this evening is an absolute must when in Bruges: Den Dijver.

Day 7 in Brugge

Taste Vacations Belgium Beer TourOn our final morning we’ll have breakfast in the hotel and then take an historical walk of the city of Brugge. And Brugge has plenty of history, having been founded by Vikings in the 9th century

You are then free to continue on your travels – take a return train to Brussels, stay in Brugge for another day, or perhaps take the high-speed train to Paris, London or even Amsterdam!

Beer Highlights

  • Cantillon – Brussels
  • Moeder Lambic – Brussels
  • Orval – Villers-devant-Orval near Boullion
  • Millevertus – Breuvanne
  • Chimay – Chimay
  • Brasserie Caracole – Dinant
  • Leffe Beer Museum (Maison Leffe) – Dinant
  • Het Anker Brewery – Mechelen
  • Bosteels Deus Landtsheer Malheur – Buggenhaut
  • Gruut – Ghent
  • St. Sixtus Abbey (Westvelteren) – Watou
  • Hommelhof – Watou
  • Hop Museum – Poperinge
  • Rodenbach Brewery – Roselare

"Thanks again for putting on such an amazing tour, and for making our anniversary extra special. We haven't stopped smiling since we got home :)"

− Cathy L.

"Favorite Moment: The wonder of experiencing my first hilltop Tuscany village in Multipulciano; the hikes in Tuscany; the visit to the olive farm-production facility; the wine tasting in Spello; the pink and white limestone and basilica in Assisi; the food; the kitchens; managing to keep up with Giovanni on a bike ride, the escalators and aqueduct in Spoleto; how the guides became a part of the group. My favorite moment lasted for seven days."

− Dan M.
Tour Accommodations

Taste Vacations Belgium Beer Tour

  • Night 1: Hotel Welcome - In the heart of Brussels, Hotel Welcome is a unique and well-situated hotel that allows us to walk everywhere we need to go in Brussels. Each room is decorated as a different country. The market is located in the plaza in front of the hotel.
  • Night 2: Hotel Cosy - The hotel sits high on a bluff above the city of Boullion. The owner is also a trained chef who will prepare our four-course beer dinner.
  • Night 3: Hotel La Merveilleusse - This impressive old convent offers a panoramic view over the center of Dinant like no other. The hotel also hosts the Maison Leffe Beer Museum and boasts an impressive dining room where we will enjoy a fine beer and food pairing dinner.
  • Night 4: Het Anker - Het Anker is one of the oldest breweries in Belgium (1471). Preserving the authenticity of far-off days, the inner courtyard is complete with cobblestones, a tympanum in grey stone from 1625, and three copper kettles in the brew room dating from right after World War II.
  • Night 5: Hotel Harmony family hotel that sits in the oldest neighborhood in Ghent with a garden and a view of the city and canals.
  • Night 6: Hotel Prinsenhof - Located in the center of the old city of Bruges and the perfect location for staying in and exploring this wonderful place.

Accommodation upgrades available upon request.

Please note: Hotels are subject to availability.  If listed hotel is not available at time of tour, a hotel that is equal or better to the original will be secured.

What is Included

  • All Local Transportation
  • Double Occupancy Lodging
  • Breakfasts and Dinners (Lunches included on Private Deluxe Tours)
  • All Scheduled Activities and Brewery Visits
  • Professionally-Selected Beers Included With Meals on Deluxe Private Tours
  • Professional Tour Host

Not Included: Gratuities to your guides, personal expenses, and travel to and from destination. Travel insurance is also not included, though we highly recommend it.  Check out our Travel Insurance page for more information.

While the general trip itinerary will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common — restaurants close or lose their amazing chef, a winery changes their visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, etc. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance.

Arrival & Departure

We meet in the early afternoon in Brussels, allowing you to arrive that morning or on a prior day as you wish. Getting to the Hotel Welcome in Brussels from the airport or train station is easy and we will provide complete information in your Pre-Departure Packet.

Our adventure ends in Bruges late morning on our final day. You can easily take a return train to Brussels or wherever your next adventure lies!