2018 Belgium Beer Tour!
A Brewery Tour of Belgium, April 26-May 5, 2018
Join your hosts Kevin and Qiuxia Welch, on a beer tasting tour of Belgium. The tour will include visits to some of Belgium’s finest breweries where you will learn about beer brewing the unique Belgian way while tasting beer and sampling the food. In addition, there will be plenty of time to explore the Belgian cities of Bruges,Ghent and Brussels as well as Amsterdam.
For more information or to sign up for this tour please contact: Qiuxia Welch, 612-227-9635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, April 26 – Minneapolis to Brussels
Meet hosts Kevin and Qiuxia, owners of Boom Island Brewing Company, at the Minneapolis airport. Then board an overnight flight to Brussels.
Friday, April 27 – Brussels
Upon arrival in Brussels you will pass through customs then join Kevin and Qiuxia for lunch and a tour of the Cantillon Brewery and a visit to the Museum of the Gueuze. Later, enjoy free time to get acquainted with Brussels. Dinner will be on your own. Overnight in Brussels (L)
Saturday, April 28 – Brussels – Leuven - Brussels
This morning leave for a tour of Oud Beersel, one of the “sour breweries.” After the tour, enjoy time for lunch in the quaint town of Beersel. Then it’s off to Leuven for the Zythos beer festival! With over 500 beers represented, you will have a rare opportunity to taste a number of Belgian beers and meet the brewers. Dinner will be on your own at the festival. Overnight in Brussels (B, L)
Sunday, April 29 – Brussels to Gent
Today travel to Gent with stops at two small West Flanders breweries on the way. The first stop will be the Sint Canarus, where you will be treated to a private beer seminar and tasting by Dr. Canarus himself. Next, will be the insider tour of Maenhout Brewery given by founder, Thijs Maenhout, in the small town of Tielt where you will also have lunch. Then it’s on to Gent where you will have free time to get acquainted with Gent and find a place for dinner (on your own). Overnight in Gent (B, L)
Monday, April 30 – Gent – Vleteren – Watou - Gent
Today is Trappist Day! After breakfast, travel to Vleteren to visit the Westvleteren Brewery where you will learn about this Trappist beer and have lunch in the café across the street. Then it’s on to Watou to tour the St. Bernadus Brewery. The evening will be free. Overnight in Gent (B, L)
Tuesday, May 1 – Gent – Bruges - Gent
This morning travel to Bruges where you will have a morning canal boat tour. Lunch will be at the Halve Maan Brewery with a brewery tour afterwards. Then it’s back to Gent for free time and dinner (on your own). Overnight in Gent (B, L)
Wednesday, May 2 – Gent - Bruges - Gent
Today will be another trip to Bruges to tour the Bourgogne Des Flandres Brewery, where you can taste a Flanders red ale and learn about the art of blending. After lunch you will have free time to explore Bruges and do a little shopping if you wish. Then return to Gent. Overnight in Gent (B, L)
Thursday, May 3 – Gent to Amsterdam
Another Trappist brewery day! This morning leave for a midday tour of the La Trappe Monastery, stopping for a morning snack and a beer at Westmalle. At La Trappe you will learn about the Trappist tradition of beer brewing followed by a Trappist lunch. After your visit to La Trappe, travel on to Amsterdam where you will spend the next two nights. Overnight in Amsterdam (B, L)
Friday, May 4 – Amsterdam
After breakfast, enjoy a morning boat tour through the canals of Amsterdam. In the afternoon you will have plenty of free time to enjoy Amsterdam on your own or you can take an optional tour of Keukenhof Gardens to see the tulips. Overnight in Amsterdam (B)
Saturday, May 5 - Amsterdam to Minneapolis
After breakfast, transfer to the Amsterdam airport where you will board your flight to Minneapolis arriving the same day. (B)