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A European Beer Oddyssey
Prague, Bamberg, Cologne & Brussels
October 8 - 18, 2015
A Beer Lovers Dream Trip to Benefit Pints for Prostates
Join Rick Lyke on a BeerTrip for a cause as we travel across the heart of central and western Europe and right through the core
of one of the world's great beer regions! From impressive Prague, through medieval Bamberg, to festive Cologne and on to beery Brussels,
we will explore breweries, pubs, beer gardens tasting rooms, beer cellars, and restaurants
that serve a seemingly endless variety of beer.
Prague with its centuries-old brewpubs and cafes,
well-preserved architecture, eclectic neighborhoods, and bustling public
squares is one of Europe's coolest cities; and with 3 nights you will have time to admire its many charms and take in the growing Czech beer scene.
Medieval Bamberg, home to no less than nine traditional
breweries and infamous smoke-beer, welcomes us for the next two nights.
The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage site having preserved examples or architecture from the 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. With a variety
of great brewery taps serving fresh local beer from the wood, it
is a very pleasant place to spend a couple of days.
We will travel by rail and along the Rhine en route to Cologne - a very festive place indeed! Have lunch and beer with the locals at a beer garden along the Rhine. We'll take a locally guided Kolsch tour to learn the ins and outs of this quirky and fun beer culture, and enjoy dinner in a traditional Rhineland Brauhaus. Time remains the next day to consider an Alt quest to Dusseldorf, Cologne boast many attractions as well, including the impressive and imposing Cathedral.
Perhaps the best comes last as we head into Belgium a land of hundreds of beer styles! We will ride in style on our beer bus, visit 2 breweries, and enjoy lunch en route. While in Brussels we will visit the city's 2 best breweries, engage in a world class beer tasting, and indulge in Brussels style home-cooking: Cusine a La Biere!
Pretty much the BeerTrip of a lifetime! You should come along!
Thursday, October 8
Fly to Prague (PRG)
Your trip begins as you fly to Prague, Czech Republic. Airfare
is not included in the trip price.
Friday, October 9
Arrival in Prague, City Tour/Pub Crawl, Brewery Tour and Dinner at U Fleku (D)
Saturday, October 10
Prague Microbreweries and Beer Bars, Czech Beer Tasting at Beer Museum (B,T)
Sunday, October 11
Free Day in Prague (B)
Monday, October 12
To Bamberg via Zatec and Zoigl Bier, Schlenkerla Dinner (B,L,D)
Tuesday, October 13
Bamberg Breweries, Wyermann Maltings, Free Time (B)
Wednesday, October 14
To Cologne by Rail and The Rhine, Beer Garden Lunch, Kolsch Tour, Brauhaus Dinner (B,L,D)
Thursday, October 15
FreeDay/BeerDay, Optional Dusseldorf Alt Quest, Evening Free in festive Cologne (B)
Friday, October 16
To Brussels on the Beer Bus, 2 breweries and a beery lunch en route, evening Pub Walking Tour (B,L)
Saturday, October 17
Brasserie De La Senne, Cantillon, Afternoon Free, Moeder Lambic Beer Tasting, Farewell Beer Dinner (B,D)
Sunday, October 18
Return home from Brussels (BRU) (B)
& Brewery Visits
Prague! One of Europe's finest cities with great sights,
famous music, fresh beer, and nightlife
Czech Beers - fresh Pils, old standards, new micros and more.
The medieval charm, rich history, 9 breweries, and rauchbier
Cologne and its ubiquitous Kolsch, and rival neighbor Dusseldorf, home of Altbier
Belgium and Brussels, fantastic beers or every variety, one Europe's best Market Squares, a land where bad food is simply not tolerated!
Many great meals, fine hotels, time to explore and relax, insider beer visits, and good folks to share the journey!
3 nights in Prague
2 nights in Bamberg
2 nights in Cologne
2 nights in Brussels
City Tours in Prague, Bamberg, Cologne & Brussels
3 Lunches w/beer
4 Dinners w/beer
(Land-only, Based on double occupancy)
$2995 per person
Single Room add $635
Arrival & Departure
Trip Begins in Prague, Czech Republic
Trip Ends in Brussels, Belgium
Travel Details and Air Options:
Air Travel to Prague (PRG) and from Brussles (BRU)
This trip has been
priced without airfare to enable travelers to use mileage
awards, travel outside group dates, or visit other European
cities while abroad. Please contact us to inquire about
fares from your city.
From the Airport to the hotel:
There are several inexpensive
and slightly more expensive options for travel from and to
the Prague and Brussels Airports. Official taxis, bus and rail
are available. If desired we can arrange to have you met and
transferred from the airport.
How we get around:
For all included excursions and visits,
transportation will be included as well. Within the cities,
we will rely on walking and public transportation. Travel
between Prague and Brussels will be done in our private motor
coach and/or by High-Speed Rail.
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 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!