A visit to Europe is even better when it includes a discovery of their world-famous beers! This 5-day beer cruise round-trip from Brussels showcases a variety of regional beers, local cuisine and delicacies, special excursions, a beer pairing dinner, brewery tours, as well as onboard discussions and tastings. This sailing gives cruisers who consider themselves wine enthusiasts or beer nuts a chance to learn more about their passion, try new varieties, and meet like-minded travelers. If you like to spend days in vineyards or delight in smelling the bouquet of a set of reds versus a bouquet of roses, then this is the perfect option for you.
Day 1 : Brussels, Belgium | Embark Day 2 : Brussels | Antwerp Day 3 : Ghent | Lovendegem Day 4 : Bruges | Ostend Day 5 : Ostend | Disembark | Brussels
Enjoy exclusive beer workshops and lectures on board
Be a part of several visits to breweries with incredible tastings
Take a tour across Brussels and visit the Maison des Brasseurs museum
Discover the charming city of Bruges and explore a local brewery
Leave by coach for a tour of Brussels and the Maison des Brasseurs. Located in the city center, the building dates back to 1698 and is directly linked to the rise of Belgian beer brewing. The cellar houses a museum wholly dedicated to beer. Enjoy a tasting or two and then return on board. This afternoon, leave by coach for the Het Anker Brewery in Mechelen, and enjoy a tour and a tasting. This brewery is known worldwide for its Gouden Carolus variety of beers. In 1990, the fifth generation of the Van Breedam family took over the brewery and modernized the brew equipment. Next visit the family-owned Duvel Moortgat Brewery in Breendonk, founded in 1871. It is one of the most modern beer brewing factories in Belgium. Return on board for dinner in Antwerp. This evening, take a tour of Antwerp.
Take a coach to the Dilewyns Brewery. Visit the Malheur Brewery. The blonde Malheur beers are brewed according to tradition, with barley, hops and yeast, but hyper-modern equipment is now used in the process. The brown Malheur beers are brewed according to an old Flemish tradition with hops and spice. Then return on board in Lovendegem. This afternoon, join a tour of the Huyghe Brewery in Melle, where the famous Delirium Tremens is made. This beer is set apart by the three different yeasts used, and its colorful label depicting the different phases of production of the beer contribute to its success. Take a tour of downtown Ghent, including the cathedral and its belfry and Gravensteen (exteriors only). Return on board in Bruges and enjoy a presentation on Belgian beer production.
After breakfast, head to the center of Bruges. Retaining the mysteries of the Middle Ages and unashamedly fairytale-like, Bruges has been an international metropolis for centuries. Have a tasting of the Bourgogne des Flandres, brewed using unique, age-old techniques. The beer ages for several months in wooden barrels in order for the dark liquid to attain its particular taste and creamy head. Spend the afternoon cruising to Ostend. Tonight join the festive gala evening.
Day 5 Ostend | Disembark | Brussels
Enjoy breakfast before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. You are transferred to Brussels by coach.
20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin
For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. If a brewery was unable to offer the visit of its site, it will be replaced by a similar brewery. Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day
- Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
- Accommodation in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- Onboard entertainment
- The assistance of an onboard host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Gala evening
- Repatriation insurance
- All port fees
- Excursions mentioned in the program and conferences onboard
- Transfer by coach from Ostend to Brussels on the last day.
This offer does not include:
- Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Personal expenses.
Formalities: You must have a valid passport to travel. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.