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Beer: Belgium's Liquid Gold

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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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Brussels, Belgium | Embark
Day 2 : Brussels | Antwerp
Day 3 : Ghent | Lovendegem
Day 4 : Bruges | Ostend
Day 5 : Ostend | Disembark | Brussels

Highlights

  • 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¬†

Ship

MS Victor Hugo

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sail the canals of Europe on your Belgium cruise Gourmet dinner while watching the sunset Grote Markt square in Antwerp, Belgium Bruges, Belgium View along the river

Day 1 Brussels, Belgium | Embark

Board the ship at 6:00 p.m. in Brussels. After comfortably settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome brew to meet the crew and get some information about your cruise. Have dinner on board.

Day 2 Brussels | Antwerp

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 

Day 3 Ghent | Lovendegem

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4 Bruges | Ostend

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. You are transferred to Brussels by coach. 

MS Victor Hugo

Per person starting at
$1,271
Cabins aboard the MS Victor Hugo
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Main Deck
29 cabins (26 twins, 3 double cabins) Shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe.
Cabins aboard the MS Victor Hugo
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Upper Deck
20 cabins (18 twins, 2 double cabins) Shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe.

Notes

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.

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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