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Brussels & Brugge: All Dressed up for Christmas

December 1 - 9, 2017
7 nights - $2395, $485

Belgian Cities get all pretty for Christmas! Spend a week exploring cool cities, cosy cafes, and lovely Christmas decorations through these striking, historic cites. Great meals and cafe crawls, locally guided city tours, brewery visits and beer tastings, hotels exactly where you want to be, travel by private coach and Belgian Rail. You might even come home with all your Christmas shopping done! Click for details.

Space is limited to 15 travelers.

Daily Itinerary*:

Day 1, Friday - Travel Day

Your trip begins as you fly to Brussels, Belgium. Meals and overnight aloft.

Day 2, Saturday - Walking Tour/Pub Crawl, Welcome Dinner

Upon arrival in Brussels, transfer to our hotel just steps from the Grand Place in the heart of Brussels. After time to settle we will meet in the hotel lobby for a walking/orientation tour of Brussels. Before our dinner this evening we will visit a couple famous cafes and bars to drink some great beer. Our dinner takes place at In t' Spinnekopke which is known for their cuisine a la biere. Overnight in Brussels. (Dinner)

Day 3, Sunday - Lambic Day, 2 Breweries, & Lunch

Today

Overnight in Brussels. (B, L)

Day 4, Monday - Free Day in Brussels

Today is toatally free to enjoy and explore ecclectic Brussels. (B, L)

Day 5, Tuesday - to the Ardennes, Rochefort, & Beer Dinner in Bouillon

Today

Overnight in Bouillon. (B, L, D)

Day 6, Wednesday - Orval, Chimay, Dupont -- Oh My!

Overnight in Brugge. (B, L)

Day 7, Thursday - Walking Tour in Brugge, Free Time in Brugge

This morning we'll .

Overnight in Brugge. (B)

Day 8, Friday - Rodenbach Lunch

Today

Overnight in Brugge. (B, D)

Day 9, Saturday - Alas, time to go home.

Alas, we must leave beer heaven. Antwerp and Brussels are served by the same international airport, so a variety of transfer options will be available. (B)

Beer Highlights
& Brewery Visits

Belgian Beer & Breweries: in endless variety.

Breweries and Tasting Room Visits

Great Beer Meals!

The Beer Bus - a traveling tasting room of local products of all types

Good folks to travel with and share the adventure!

Overnight Stays*

Brussels: The Grand Place, where streets of fine restaurants, beer bars, cafes, and shops pour into the gothic, gabled splendor of Brussels' central square.

Brugge: Perhaps the best preserved medieval city in Europe and a favorite weekend retreat. Canals, clock towers, cathedrals and cobble stone lend Brugge the feel of a city that time forgot.

Included Tours

City Tours in Brussels, Brugge.

 

Included Meals

7 Breakfasts

2 Lunches

3 Dinners

Trip Price
(Land-only, Based on double occupancy)

$2895 per person

Single Room add $635

Arrival & Departure

Trip Begins in Brussels, Belgium

& Ends in Antwerp, Belgium

Both cities are served by Brussels International. Tranfers by rail or direct airport shuttle are easy and convenient.

Please Note:

The overall style of the trip is best suited for somewhat adventurous, beer-loving travelers who want the camaraderie and structure of a tour, as well as the opportunity to explore independently. Planned events and excursions will, for the most part, be informal. Guided touring is generally the exception, though travelers can always rely on the support and assistance of the trip leader.

** Please note also:

This itinerary is subject to change based on brewery or hotel availability, force majeur, acts of dieties, common sense or bad weather, etc. Smaller breweries, as well as the Trappists, are often unable to commit to hosting groups until a couple of weeks before we arrive. Substitutions, when necessary, will be as good or better than what we replaced. And, don't worry, the beer is always good!