The Big Belgian Beer Weekend

The Big Belgian Beer Weekend

Brand new for 2017 and staying at the upscale Pullman Hotel Brussels Midi, this tour is packed with excitement. Get your bearings with a guided 'Brussels Beer Walk', enjoy ample free time at the 'Belgian Beer Weekend' in the glorious Grand Place, visit the new Train World Museum, steam on a specially chartered train, cruise Gent's canals and visit four very different Belgian breweries.

5 Days From Only £649.00

 

DEPARTS Thursday 31 August 2017 (5 days)

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rail travel from London to Belgium and return

  • Introductory guided ‘Brussels Beer Walk’

  • Ample free time to visit the ‘Belgian Beer Weekend’ in the Grand Place

  • Tour & Tasting at the small Malheur Brewery

  • Private steam charter on the Puurs-Dendermonde Steam Railway

  • Tour & Tasting at the world-famous Duvel-Moortgat Brewery

  • Tour, Tasting and Lunch at Gentse Gruut Brewery

  • Get to know Gent from the water on our included canal cruise

  • Visit to the new Train World Museum

  • Tour & Tasting at the Cantillon Brewery & Museum of Gueuze Beer

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

Breakfast every day, plus 1 dinner and 2 lunches

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

 

DAY 1

Our journey begins at London St Pancras International, travelling by Eurostar to Brussels Midi. Here we walk to our hotel without even leaving the station building, the Pullman Hotel. After settling in we meet our local guide for an introductory 'beer walk' through central Brussels, which covers the city's brewing heritage and recommends places to eat and drink.

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DAY 2

Today we head northwards by coach from Brussels into Flanders, calling first in Baasrode to visit the small Malheur Brewery. Meaning 'misfortune' Malheur Brewery was reinstated by the De Landtsheer family in 1997, although the family had owned breweries since 1773. After a tour we have the fortune of tasting Malheur 6, Malheur 10 and Malheur 12 brews, before making the short journey to Baasrode Noord station to join the Dendermonde-Puurs Railway. The society has preserved a 14km section of line running alongside the picturesque River Scheldt since 1977. We embark on a specially chartered steam journey along the line to Puurs, which is conveniently located for our next visit. Our day ends with a visit to the much larger and world-famous Duvel-Moortgat Brewery, with pouring explanation and, of course, a taste of the brew itself, before a free first evening at Belgian Beer Weekend.

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DAY 3

Today's excursion visits Gent by train. Alighting at Gent Dampoort, we walk into the city centre, with its cobbled squares flanked by ornate gabled buildings, along the way visiting the fascinating Gruut Brewery. In the middle ages herbs ('Gruyt' or 'Gruut' in Flemish) were used in the brewing process instead of hops. The Gruut Brewery has revived this tradition and you have the chance to taste the difference on our tour and tasting, followed by light lunch. No visit to Gent would be complete without a scenic and relaxing boat trip on its waterways, which we also include before returning by train to Brussels for more free time to visit Belgian Beer Weekend.

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DAY 4

Today begins with a visit to Train World 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. We include lunch today before a final afternoon's free time at the Belgian Beer Weekend, with Sunday generally being the quieter of the three days.

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DAY 5

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.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

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.

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International

£649

Single Room Supplement

£145

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast, 1 dinner & 2 lunches

Eurostar to Brussels and return

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)

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