An action-packed Belgian tour featuring a day at the 3 Valleys Steam Festival and much more - Train World Brussels, vintage trams, UNESCO World Heritage canal boat lifts and visits to three Belgian breweries!
DEPARTS Thursday 21 September 2017 (5 days)
Rail travel from London to Belgium and return
Explore the "Three Valleys Steam Railway Festival" with a day pass
Included entry to the Three Valleys Railway Museum in Treignes
Visit to the Tramway Museum at Thuin
Specially chartered rides on the museums electric tram and Autorail car
A day visiting the Canal du Centre, including a cruise
Cruise includes a heritage boat lift and the new largest boat lift in the world
Visit to view the sloping lock of Ronquières
Visit to Train World Museum in Brussels
Tour & Tasting at the Cantillon Brewery
Tour, tasting at the St Feuillen Brewery
Tour, tasting and lunch at the Fagnes Brewery
Travel from London St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change trains and continue to Mons for three nights at the Ibis Hotel. This evening we enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.D
Today begins with a transfer to Strépy-Thieu for a day of fascinating waterway heritage. We start with a guided cruise on the Canal du Centre, taking in a historic hydraulic boat lift, a lock and several turning bridges. The 4 working boat lifts on the canal form a UNESCO World Heritage site. We have the opportunity to visit the lift's engine room before a road train transports us back to Strépy-Thieu for a light lunch. In the afternoon the road train transports us upstream of the colossal Strépy-Thieu boat lift, the largest in the world, where we join our boat to sail into the lift, descending around 70 metres to the lower level. We end our day on the canal by visiting the Sloping Lock of Ronquières, where we view the longest sloping lock in the world. Toast the end of a fascinating day with a tour and tasting at St Feuillen Brewery.B, L
For our visit to the "Three Valleys Steam Festival" we depart Mons for Mariembourg by train. A day ticket is provided for you to discover the lines at your leisure and don't forget to visit the Three Valleys Railway Museum at Treignes. A fuller programme will be announced closer to the date. During a day's exhilarating steam, we meet up for our transfer to Brasserie des Fagnes, situated just outside Mariembourg, where we visit the old and modern breweries, taste one of the special brews and enjoy a relaxing lunch together in the Belgian countryside.B, L
We travel by coach to Thuin, where we visit the historic Tramway Museum, which houses 30 restored vehicles and preserves a rural route that retraces the history of the world's largest tram network. During our visit we ride on specially arranged electric trams and autorail cars. The day continues with a visit to Train World in Brussels, Belgium's fascinating and brand new railway museum, situated at the historic Schaerbeek station and showcasing the past, present and future of the railways. Our final night is spent at the Pullman Brussels Gare du Midi, with dinner served locally.B, D
For our final visit this morning, we walk the short distance to the Cantillon Brewery, which also houses the Museum of the Gueuze, a beer made using spontaneous fermentation traditional to the Brussels region. After a tour and tasting, we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Ibis Hotel Mons Centre Gare
The Ibis Hotel is situated close to the railway station and boasts a restaurant and bar. Mons has a picturesque old town, complete with Grand Place square, and is the capital of the Hainault province. In 2015 Mons was the European Capital of Culture.
Hotel Pullman, Brussels Midi
An upscale 4* hotel situated at Brussels Gare du Midi station, just a short walk from your Eurostar, the Pullman Hotel offers easy access to the centre of the city. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, whilst the spacious rooms come equipped with air-conditioning, minibar, safe, and tea and coffee making facilities.
From London St Pancras International
Single Room Supplement
4 nights bed, breakfast, 2 evening meals, plus 2 lunches
Eurostar and Belgian rail travel to Mons and return
All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded en-suite room; single rooms available for a supplement.
Festive & Winter Tours 2017 - 2018