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Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany

12 days Food & Wine Tours
On this culinary adventure, you’ll journey through Belgium and Germany, from enchanting Bruges to medieval Bamberg to lively Munich. Be sure to bring your appetite when you discover the local beers, fare and traditions that make these regions such celebrated destinations.

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Handpicked hotels

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Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

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, 1 wine tasting, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Brussels today.

Bruges 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Bruges via Brussels

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Belgium! After arriving in Brussels, transfer to Bruges in Flanders, where you’ll meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bruges

Included meals: Breakfast

A walking tour introduces you to Bruges’ history and reputation as Belgium’s “chocolate capital” and city of canals.

• See Market Square, Burg Square and the belfry, a 13th-century bell tower

• Admire the Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage site, now home to an order of Benedictine nuns

• Take in the scenic views at the romantic Minnewater, the “lake of love”

• Pop into some of the many chocolate shops for tastings

Day 4: Free day in Bruges

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Bruges or add an excursion.

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Wallonia 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Brussels

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Beer tasting

Make your way to Brussels, home of the European Union, Baroque architecture and world-class beer. 

• See the elegant Baroque houses that line Grand Place

• Pass city icons, such as Manneken Pis, Palais de Justice and the Place Royale 

• Visit the Cantillon Brewery to sample lambic, gueuze, faro and kriek beers 

• Learn about the brewing process with a local guide

Tonight, professional chefs teach you how to make a traditional Belgian meal at a cooking class and dinner before you continue on to Wallonia, Belgium’s French-speaking region.

Day 6: Free day in Wallonia

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Wallonia or add an excursion.

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Rhine Valley 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Rhine Valley via Cologne

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Beer tasting

Cross over to the Rhineland and continue on to Cologne, where your Tour Director leads a tour of Germany’s fourth-largest city.

• Gaze up at the dramatic Cologne Cathedral

• Wander through the beautiful historic district

• Stop for lunch at a brew house and sip kölsch beers, a local specialty

Tonight, travel onward to the Rhine Valley, where dinner is included.

Bamberg 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Bamberg via Wurzburg

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel through the Middle Rhine Valley—a UNESCO-protected region famous for its castles, historic towns and vineyards—en route to Bamberg.

• Stop at the picturesque village of Rüdesheim am Rhein

• Stroll the historic alleyways of the pub-lined Drosselgasse

• Try riesling and other local wines at a traditional wine tavern

• Stop in medieval Wurzburg for a tour of the city’s Residence Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Beer tasting

Set off with a local guide on a walking tour through Bamberg, a city built on seven hills. 

• Admire the towering Bamberg Cathedral and surrounding square

• Pass the Baroque New Palace

• Stand in awe of Old Town Hall, built in the middle of Regnitz River

• Visit the quaint fishermen’s village of Little Venice

Tonight, eat like a local at a tavern and taste rauchbier, a regional smoky beer.

Munich 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Munich

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Beer tasting

Meet your local guide for a panoramic tour of Bavaria’s capital city. 

• Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel and the Frauenkirche, a Gothic cathedral

• Shop the Viktualienmarkt for fresh food, flowers and other delicacies

• Finish with a beer tasting at a typical Bavarian beer hall

Day 11: Andechs Brewery

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Beer tasting

Take a tour of the Andechs Brewery, where monks have brewed beer in the Benedictine tradition for centuries. 

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Prague.

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.

Prague 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Prague via Pilsen

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Prague, stopping en route to explore the famous brewery city of Pilsen, home of the famous pilsner beer.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Prague

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Beer tasting

Discover why Prague is known as the City of One Hundred Spires on a guided tour.

• Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

• Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city

• Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire

• Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral

• Taste krušovice beer, brewed here for hundreds of years

Enjoy a free afternoon in Prague or add an excursion.

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 14: Free day in Prague

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Prague or add an excursion.

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Bruges
  • Wallonia
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • 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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

For sightseeing, not beer tasting

This was a great tour for sightseeing and exploring local food and culture, however if you are serious about beer tasting, this tour is probably not for you. Aside from visiting the Maredsous Abbey (an extra paid excursion) and the Cantillon and Andechs Breweries, the extent of the beer tasting was dining at pubs and being given a liter of beer. There were no true beer tastings (being given a sampler tray like you can order at most breweries), and almost no history given about beer varieties from region to region. At group dinners we were frequently given the choice 'light' or 'dark' for beer, so I wasn't sure which beer we were even given from time to time. That being said, our tour group was wonderful and we had a great time exploring each city together and seeing some amazing sights. I really enjoyed the smaller city stops like Bruges, Bamberg and the Rhine Valley mixed in with big cities like Munich and Prague where there was so much to see. This gave the tour a nice pace and a good mix of old and new. The food we got on tour was exceptional and gave our small 16 person group a great way to relax and get to know each other over a good meal. I think there are still a few kinks for goahead to work out on this tour in terms of logistics - we didn't always have time to get to everything on the itinerary for the day (or things were cut short) and we had a few strange stopping points (Mainz, Liege), but overall I was pleased with the tour.

 

Dear Lindsay, Thank you very much for your thoughtful and informative review. It sounds like this was a trip filled with new friends exploring some of the most amazing cities that Europe has to offer, all with the backdrop of food and beer! We understand that breweries in Europe are quite different than those in the United States. Breweries and sometimes entire regions in Europe only brew one or two types of beer, making ‘sample trays’ that American beer drinkers may be used to nearly impossible. We do regret to hear that you don’t feel you were given enough history about the beer varieties present. This is not feedback that we have heard about this tour before, but it is certainly appreciated considering that this is one of our newest tours. We appreciate this type of feedback very much, as it is the basis for the improvements we will make moving forward to improve on-tour experience. Thank you again for your time, and thank you for traveling with Go Ahead.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 30, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great beers, great food, great director!

My husband and I didn't know what to expect from this tour but it was excellent! There was a good mix of activities and free time. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Brugge; it's so picturesque and easy to get around. We particularly enjoyed a visit to the Half Moon Brewery in our free time and visiting with a nice bartender at an interesting antique shop/bar about local brews. The cooking lesson in Brussels was a lot of fun and the results were delicious! Bamberg was another delightful stop and we had a great evening at the brewery near our hotel visiting and singing with two groups from the area-something I'll always remember. Finishing up in Munich was a great stop and our final dinner was fun and delicious. I would recommend this tour to anyone, especially if you enjoy trying new beers, and if you're lucky enough to get Alex Peterson as your tour director you're going to have a fantastic time!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 17

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What a great tour!!!

I had the pleasure of being on the first departure of this new tour. A beer tour....I figured that everyone going on this tour would be up for a good time. Our group was small, only seven,, but we had a blast. We were like family and did everything together. The time spent in Bruges was great. Most tour companies have you there for a day trip, but to spend 3 nights there was great. A walkable city with lots to see and do, and plenty of free time to do it. The visits to beer gardens and local restaurants provided plenty of time to sample the many beers and enjoy what we call "pub food" ( I love those big pretzels)/ One of the highlights of the tour is the cooking lesson. We had a great time preparing the meal we would share and our instructor made sure we did everything right. The wine was flowing and we had a great time preparing and eating our meal....you will love this one!! There might be a few kinks to work out, but this is a new tour and will be refined over time. All the hotels were nice, and the food really good. Our tour director, Alex, is lots of fun. We had lots of laughs and good memories from our time spent with him. I highly recommend this tour

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great tour director !!

Our tour director Alex was very entertaining, and had a great personality. But this tour started out being very unorganized in Bruges. But got better each day, maybe because this was a new tour. The flavors of Wallonia should be discontinued its to far and was not worth the money that I paid. There was only one Hotel with air and no one seem to care (IT WAS VERY WARM) but the hotels were all very nice and in a good location. The food was fair the beer was great. I would recommend this tour, I wish I had waited later to book, but the part is we had very small group and I think overall everyone had a good time. Delia

 

Hello Delia, Thank you for taking the time to review your tour! We appreciate the feedback you have given, especially because this was the first departure for this tour. We will certainly following up on your concerns and look forward to talking about your tour with you in further detail soon. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed the tour overall, and we thank you for traveling with Go Ahead!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 20, 2015