Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany

12 days Food & Wine, Multi-country
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 countries such celebrated destinations.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.

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, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 5 beer tastings, 2 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Belgium, Germany & Czech Republic

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 Tour Director and fellow travelers at a 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 $69pp* 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. Walk through the university city to visit a famous Tierenteyn mustard shop and the Great Butchers’ Hall, which dates back to the 15th century. Then, 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)

Brussels 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of 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 the Grand-Place

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

• Visit the Cantillon Brewery to sample some of Belgium’s classic 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.

Rhine Valley 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Rhine Valley via Maredsous Abbey & Dinant

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel south through Wallonia, Belgium’s French-speaking region, to the Rhine Valley, making two stops along the way. 

• Take a guided tour of Maredsous Abbey, where monks continue the Benedictine brewing tradition

• Sample a variety of different cheeses served with a Maredsous brewed beer

• Visit Dinant, a charming Belgian town at the edge of the River Meuse, where you will taste the delicious flavors of the Wallonia region during an included lunch

Day 7: Rhine River Cruise

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Take in the spectacular sights of the UNESCO-recognized Rhine River Valley on a scenic cruise from Boppard to St. Goar, passing six castles from the Middle Ages. 

Later, visit a local vineyard to enjoy a wine tasting followed by dinner.

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 the 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 Gothic Frauenkirche

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

• Enter the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria

• Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district 

• 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, and enjoy a tasting of Andechs beer. 

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 Starting from $429 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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 - Evening in Prague: River Cruise & Dinner $89pp* Details

Take in panoramic views of picturesque Prague from the Vlatva River this evening. Cruise past spectacular 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 $99pp* Details

Embark on a journey through the scenic Czech countryside this morning. Meet your local guide in Karlovy Vary, one of the Czech Republic’s most famous spa towns. 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 confectionery, 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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  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Bamberg, Germany
  • Munich, Germany
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Belgium and Germany (plus the Czech Republic on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa 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.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Brussels and depart from Munich (or Prague on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.   

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).


  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.


  • In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like french fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer and, of course, Belgian waffles. Please note that Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much higher in alcohol content than other European beers.
  • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
  • On the tour extension, Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.   

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All destinations operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.


  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • All destinations visited on this tour 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 on tour.


  • You will use the euro in Belgium and Germany (plus the Czech koruna in the Czech Republic on the tour extension).
  • 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. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.   


  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Honeymoon Tour

First let me say that my husband and I did enjoy many aspects of our Honeymoon Tour, with special memories of the fantastic fellow tour members we met. We also appreciated the special "Honeymoon Surprise" that was waiting for us in Bamberg--flowers, champagne, and chocolates. We loved Brugge, Bamberg, and enjoyed our time in Munich and Prague as well. We had the opportunity to try many chocolates, and our city tour guides knew just where to take us. As Lindsay shared, the sightseeing was nice. Mirne, our tour guide, was a lovely person as well....and did her best to provide us with the best experience she could. We were, however, disappointed. We felt the "beer tasting part of the tour" could have been better organized. Our tour director had never been to some of these locations before, which was a detriment. Having been at beer tastings before, where you are given a "flight" or at least several small glasses of various beers to try, instead we were taken to a restaurant, where we could choose one mug of beer to taste. The places we were taken were, we felt, not where you would go to "taste different beers". Not knowing the towns we were in, and being on foot, we did not feel comfortable seeking out a bar on our own and honestly thought this was what we were paying for with this tour. I felt empathy for Mirne, as it appeared she was assigned this tour and had to "hit the ground running", with no experience on what a "beer tasting" experience entails. I do not blame her. But for the amount of money my husband and I paid for this tour, we did expect beer tastings to have been organized and in speaking with our fellow travelers, they did as well. My hope is that this helps.....


Dear Lynn, Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead, and for choosing to celebrate your Honeymoon with us on tour! We are so excited to offer this culinary experience to travelers looking to experience the food and beer of Belgium and Germany! This is one of our newest tours, and we have made some changes to the itinerary to supplement our travelers’ experience. It is our genuine intention that all travelers come back from this tour feeling like they have gotten a taste of the unique brews and one-of-a-kind dishes this region has to offer, and we are working internally to ensure this is the case. Feedback from our travelers is central to the decisions we make for all our tours, and we want to assure you that your suggestions are appreciated and being carefully considered. Thank you very much for taking the time to provide your important comments, and we hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 22, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great fun!

I was on the first tour offered so of course there were some kinks with the logistics of the trip but overall it was a fun mixture of sightseeing and beer drinking in the two best beer countries in the world. is not for the beer geek interested in all beer all the time. However the towns we visited gave many opportunities to explore other bars and breweries on our own comfortably. On our own we rented bikes & rode to another town following a canal, saw beautiful artwork, statues, churches, rode a small cable car over vinyards above the Rhine river...I could go on & on many possibilities. In each town/city we had an overall together tour that were a good way to find out what we wanted to explore on our own. One of my favorite things was our cooking lesson in Brussels...I was originally not enthusiastic about this stop..but as it turned out I think we all enjoyed the afternoon and touring the Cantillion brewery was also a highlight. I could go but you get the idea. I would change some things...maybe eliminate Mainz so you have more time in a couple other places or maybe doing a river cruise. Overall it was a memorable trip that I would recommend !

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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 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

Tour Date: 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