Belgian Beer Binge!

March 1- 7, 2011

Join us for a quick binge in Belgium and experience the Zythos Beer Festival with its myriad beers. Spend 2 nights in Brussels and 3 in Ghent, as we hit a few of BeerTrips favorite breweries and participate in one of the best few days of beer in Belgium. We'll travel by Belgian Rail, private coach, and public means as we seek out a select handful of Belgian beers. The opportunities for tasting at Zythos are endless. Fine hotels in great locations, breakfast daily, several beer meals, guided city tours, brewery visits and a great beer festival await, all you need to do is come along!! Registration Details

Daily Itinerary:

Tuesday, March 1 - Your trip begins as you fly to Europe. Meals and overnight aloft.

Wednesday, March 2 - Upon arrival transfer to our hotel in the center of Brussels. After time to settle in we'll meet a local guide for a walking city tour/ cafe crawl, including the major sights and monuments and some good beer stops. After the tour we'll enjoy a welcome beer dinner. Overnight Brussels.

Thursday, March 3 - This morning is free to enjoy Brussels, until we board the bus for a day of brewery visits and lunch, where we're headed is top secret and will depend on which of our many brewer friends are best suited to host us and share their special beers! Return to Brussels this evening.

Friday, March 4 - Today we're bound for Gent. Upon arrival we'll check in to the hotel and meet a local guide for a walking tour/cafe crawl of this very worthy beer city. This afternoon is free for a thorough investigation of Gent's many fine establishments. Today we'll attend the new beer festival in Alvinne. Return to Gent later this evening -- Overnight Gent.

Saturday, March 5 - This morning's bright and early option, is Cantillon's open brew day, where the public is invited to watch the brewing first hand as the liquid moves around this classic, old, Brussels brewery. It is about 1 hour by rail and no doubt a pilgramage is in order. Later this morning we'll travel the short distance by train to Sint Niklaas for the start or the Zythos festivities. Return by rail to Gent as soon as you have had enough. -- Overnight Gent.

Sunday, March 6 - Today is totally unscheduled so people may pursue their own interets or return to day 2 of the Zythos fest. -- Overnight Gent.

Monday, March 7 - Alas, time to go home. The trip ends today, transfers to the airport are easily arranged, or extend your trip, we have lots of suggestions.

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Beer Highlights:

Zythos Beer Fest - The reborn cousin of the 24 hours of Beer fest, offers a wide range of Belgian beer often served by the brewer.

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

The city of Gent -- with it medieval center, rich history, and many fine beer diversions.

Good folks to drink with and the rolling tasting room when we travel by private bus!Land Cost:

per person, double occupancy

single room supplement

Trip Price Includes:

5 nights accommodation in fine, centrally located hotels, travel by private coach, rail and public transportation, brewery visits, beer tastings, entrance fees and tours as outlined in the itinerary, all breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, and trip leadership.

Airfare is not included in the trip price. The trip begins on Wednesday afternoon in the hotel lobby in Brussels.

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Travel Details:

Air Travel is not included. Travelers are encouraged to use mileage awards, travel outside group dates, or visit other European cities while abroad to make the most out of the trip. Please contact us to inquire about low fares from your city. Please confirm the trip's operation before purchasing air tickets.

From the Airport to the hotel: The airport connects to Belgium's convenient rail line and thus Gent and Brussels. Tickets are available at the airport. Private taxis are available for siginificantly more money. Meet and greet arrival services are also available upon request at additional cost. Complete Details about how to get from the airport to the hotel will be included with your final trip documents.

The trip officially begins at the first hotel, specific details including a map to the hotel, regional information and a detailed will be included with your trip documents, which you'll receive 2 - 3 weeks before the trip.

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 city and city will be done in our private motor coach and/or by rail. 

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, that this itinerary is subject to change based on brewery 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. Any substitutions will be as good or better than what we replaced. And don't worry, the beer will be great!



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