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Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany

12 days Food & Wine Tours
Treat your taste buds to sweet Belgian chocolate and crisp Bavarian beer on this culinary adventure. You’ll journey through Belgium and Germany, from enchanting Bruges to medieval Bamberg to lively Munich. Bring your appetite as you discover the local beers, fare and traditions that make these regions such celebrated destinations.

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Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 5 beer tastings

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing & select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Brussels aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Bruges3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Belgium! Transfer to the medieval city of Bruges, where you’ll meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, a local guide leads you on a sightseeing tour of Bruges. You’ll see Market Square, Burg Square and the Belfry, an iconic 13th-century bell tower. Stop and admire the Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is now home to an order of Benedictine nuns. Stroll across the bridge and take in the scenic views at the romantic Minnewater, or “lake of love.” During your tour, pop into some of the many chocolate shops lining the streets of this enchanting town for tastings.

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at your leisure in Bruges. You may visit the family-run De Halve Maan brewery in the heart of town to learn how beer is made or stop by the Choco-Story Museum to watch a chocolate-making demonstration and snack on sweet samples. Or join an optional full-day tasting tour of historic Ghent, which was the birthplace of Charles V and an important city during the Middle Ages.

Optional Excursion - A Tasting Tour of Historic Ghent $69*pp Details

Journey to the historic city of Ghent for a tasting tour with a local guide. Sample specialties of the region, including ganda ham, pralines and cheese. You’ll visit a famous Tierenteyn mustard shop and the Great Butchers’ Hall, which dates back to the 15th century, as you walk through this university city. Enjoy free time for lunch by the canals, perhaps trying Roomer, an elderflower liqueur, or the famed local Gruut beer.

Wallonia2 nights Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Cantillon Brewery, Cooking lesson, Beer tasting

Make your way to Brussels today. Your Tour Director takes you through the city, home to the headquarters of the European Union. See the elegant Baroque houses that line Grand Place in the city’s historical center. You’ll pass iconic city landmarks including Manneken Pis, Palais de Justice and the 18th-century Place Royale. Lunch is on your own — consider trying mussels with fries or waffles, two of the country’s well-known dishes. Then, visit the Cantillon Brewery to sample lambic, gueuze, faro and kriek beers while learning about the brewing process with a local guide. Tonight, professional chefs teach you how to cook a traditional Belgian meal. Enjoy dinner prepared by you and your fellow chefs before continuing on to Wallonia this evening.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Today you’re free to explore Wallonia, the French-speaking part of the country well-known for its gastronomy. Consider joining a full-day excursion to the Maredsous Abbey and riverside town of Dinant for tastings of Trappist beer and cheese.

Optional Excursion - Flavors of Wallonia: Maredsous Abbey & Dinant $79*pp Details

Travel south through Wallonia to the Maredsous Abbey, where monks continue the Benedictine brewing tradition. After a tour of the monastery, you’ll have the chance to sample a variety of different cheeses. Continue on to Dinant, a charming town at the edge of the River Meuse, for an included lunch where you will taste the famous Rochefort Trappist Monk beer. Enjoy free time to explore Dinant on your own, seeing sights such as the Church of Notre Dame or the Leffe Museum. Before departing Dinant, you will visit a local bakery, the Maison Collard, to sample the town’s famous hard biscuits.

Rhine Valley1 night Hotel info

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Beer tasting

Cross over to the Rhineland as you continue on to Cologne. Your Tour Director brings you on a panoramic tour of Germany’s fourth-largest city. Gaze up at the dramatic Cologne Cathedral and wander through the beautiful historic district. You’ll work up an appetite for a hearty lunch at a brew house, sipping kölsch beers, a local specialty. Tonight, travel onward past small villages filled with half-timber houses to the Rhine Valley, where dinner is included.

Bamberg2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Wurzburg Residence

Travel through the Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage-protected region famous for its castles, historic towns and vineyards. You’ll stop at the picturesque village of Rudesheim am Rhein. Explore the town, taking time to stroll the historic alleyways of the pub-lined Drosselgasse. Try riesling and other wines typical of the region during an included lunch at a traditional wine tavern. Next, stop in the medieval city of Wurzburg for a guided tour of the Baroque Residence Palace, another UNESCO recognized site, before continuing east to Bamberg.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Beer tasting

This morning, a local guide brings you through the city of Bamberg, built on seven hills. Admire the towering Bamberg Cathedral and surrounding Domplatz, or square, then pass the Baroque New Palace. Stand in awe of Old Town Hall, built in the middle of Regnitz River, and visit the quaint fisherman’s village of Little Venice. Tonight, you’ll eat like a local at a tavern and taste rauchbier, a smoky beer that is a specialty of the region.

Munich2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Beer tasting

Your journey continues south this morning to Bavaria’s capital city. A local guide shows you the sights, from the Marienplatz in the city center where you’ll see the famed Glockenspiel to the Gothic Frauenkirche church. Pay a visit to the Viktualienmarkt, once a farmers’ market but now a destination for fresh food, flowers and other delicacies. Finish your tour with a beer tasting at a typical Bavarian beer hall.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Andechs Brewery, Beer tasting

Embark on an expertly led tour of the Andechs Brewery, where monks have brewed beer in the Benedictine tradition for centuries. Taste the delicious Andechs beer for yourself before having free time for lunch. During your free time, you may also visit Andechs Monastery on the eastern bank of Ammer Lake—it’s home to the oldest pilgrimage church in Bavaria. This evening, return to Munich and toast to a great trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not joining our tour extension to Prague, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to Munich airport for your flight home.

Add Prague $429 pp

See why Prague is known as the City of a Hundred Spires. The pinnacles of this bewitching city’s churches and castles create one of Europe’s most majestic skylines and its cobblestone streets and courtyards will delight you at every turn.

Prague3 nights Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Today you’ll head to Prague by way of Pilsen, home of the famous pilsner beer. Stop in this West Bohemian city for shopping and city exploration. During free time for lunch, you may enjoy a glass or two of pilsner beer. Then, continue through the Czech Republic to its capital city.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Beer tasting

Enjoy a tour of picture-perfect Prague with a local guide. Start at Old Town Square, home to the world-famous astronomical clock. Walk the winding streets of the old city before crossing the Charles Bridge. Continue on to the Hradcany district, where you’ll explore Prague Castle, from which Charles IV once governed the Holy Roman Empire, and the spectacular St. Vitus Cathedral. Take in panoramic views of the cityscape while you taste krusovice beer, which has been brewed in Central Bohemia for hundreds of years. Tonight, consider joining our optional Tankovna Pub Dinner & River Cruise.

Optional Excursion - Tankovna Pub Dinner & River Cruise $89*pp Details

Take in panoramic views of picturesque Prague by night from the Vltava River this evening. Cruise past spectacular, illuminated sights including Castle Hill and the city’s famous bridges. Then, eat and drink like a local at a traditional Tankovna Pub, or Tank Pub. Enjoy authentic Czech dishes and the chance to try beer straight from the tank.

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast

You’re free to explore Prague on your own today. Wander the medieval streets of the Jewish Quarter or stop to sample Czech specialties at one of its many restaurants. You may join an optional day trip to the countryside to visit the picturesque spa town of Karlovy Vary.

Optional Excursion - Czech Countryside: A Day in Karlovy Vary $99*pp Details

Embark on a journey through the scenic Czech countryside this morning. Arrive in Karlovy Vary, one of the Czech Republic’s most famous spa towns, where a local guide will meet you. Ride the funicular to Diana Tower and take in the views from the observation deck. After free time for lunch, you’ll visit the Jan Becher Museum to taste the popular Czech liqueur Karlovarská Becherovka. Enjoy coffee and cake at Grand Hotel Pupp, well-known for its confectionary, before returning to Prague.

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to Prague airport for your flight home.

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  • Rhine Valley
  • Bamberg, Germany
  • Munich, Germany
  • Prague, Czech Republic
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Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: Belgium, Germany and Czech Republic (on the post-tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements. 

Airport & Departure Taxes

All airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total trip cost printed on your invoice.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Belgian cuisine is sophisticated and gourmet. Rich sauces accompany dishes of pork, game and beef. Seafood is of a very high quality—mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, while Belgian chocolate is among the very best in the world. Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much stronger, or higher in alcohol content, than other European beers. German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are rich dumpling stews and sauerkraut cabbage, tasty thick sausages and smoked cheeses, dark breads and chocolate cakes. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers and white German wines are exceptionally good.

Czech food (on the post-tour extension) is typically large portions of veal, beef and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and pilsner.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Brussels and depart from Munich (or Prague on the post-tour extension). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, most locations are best accessed on foot. You may want to use the modern transportation system in the Belgian and German cities visited. Munich’s transportation system (MVV) is a top-notch, all-inclusive combination of trams, buses, U-bahn and S-bahn. Purchase tickets based on time of validity from newspaper stands, vending machines or the drivers. Most of the major attractions lie within the inner-city blue zone.

Electricity

All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Munich.

Currency

The euro (in Belgium and Germany) and Czech crown are the currencies you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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