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Belgium & Germany: Beers & Culinary Traditions

12 days |  15 days with Prague extension
12 days |  15 days with Prague extension
Group size1022 travelers
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a cobblestone street with brick buildings and outdoor seating at a restaurant in bruges belgium
pot of mussels with a side of belgian beer at a table in bruges
statue and buildings in the marienplatz of munich germany
two steins of german beer and a basket of pretzels
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Treat your taste buds to sweet Belgian chocolate and crisp Bavarian beer.

On this small group Food & Wine Tour, 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.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cooking class
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Included highlights

  • Bruges’ Beguinage
  • Belgian chocolate tastings
  • Huyghe Brewery
  • Grand-Place in Brussels
  • Maredsous Abbey
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Brussels today.

Bruges3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Brussels & transfer to Bruges
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Belgium! Transfer to Bruges and settle in to your hotel. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bruges
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

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
  • Set off on the canals and tour the city by boat

Enjoy a free evening in Bruges or add an excursion.

Brewery Visit & Dinner in Bruges

From $115 per person

Day 4: Free day in Bruges
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Bruges or add an excursion.

A Day in Ghent: Tasting Tour & Canal Cruise

From $115 per person

Brussels1 night
Day 5: Brussels via Huyghe Brewery
Included meals: Breakfast, Beer tasting, Tasting, Dinner

Travel east toward central Belgium. Stop en route at Huyghe Brewery, home to the world-famous Delirium ale, for a tour and Belgian beer tasting. Then, make your way to Brussels, home of the European Union.

  • See the elegant Baroque houses that line the Grand-Place
  • Pass city icons, such as Manneken Pis, Palais de Justice, and the Place Royale
  • Stop at a local shop to sample frites, or french fries, which are one of Belgium’s most famous inventions

Tonight, professional chefs teach you how to make a traditional Belgian meal at a cooking class and dinner featuring wine and delicious local beers.

Rhine Valley2 nights
Day 6: Rhine Valley via Dinant & Maredsous Abbey
Included meals: Breakfast, Light 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 during a light charcuterie lunch served with a Maredsous brewed beer
  • Visit Dinant, a charming Belgian town at the edge of the River Meuse, where you’ll have free time to explore
Day 7: Rüdesheim am Rhein & Rhine River cruise
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Dinner

Pay a visit to the picturesque village of Rüdesheim am Rhein this morning.

  • Stroll the historic alleyways of the pub-lined Drosselgasse
  • Enjoy free time to eat lunch

This afternoon, take in the spectacular sights of the Rhine River Valley on a scenic cruise from Rudesheim to Sankt Goar.

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

Please note: From mid-October through March you will enjoy a German wine tasting in Boppard instead of the cruise.

Bamberg2 nights
Day 8: Bamberg via Würzburg
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Lunch

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

  • Stop in medieval Würzburg
  • Take a tour of the city’s Residence palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Sit down to sample locally made wines, including Riesling and Silvaner, during an included lunch
Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner, 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 with a beer tasting including Rauchbier, a regional smoky beer.

Munich2 nights
Day 10: Munich via Bavarian hops farm & Kuchlbauer Brewery
Included meals: Breakfast, Beer tasting, Tasting

Make several stops as you travel to Munich today.

  • Join a local guide for a tour a Bavarian hops farm in the Hallertau region
  • Learn about the cultivation of hops and the protected areas where they grow
  • Enjoy tastings of beer, hops-infused tea, lemonade, and a Bavarian pastry
  • Continue on to Kuchlbauer Brewery, which some say is the most beautiful brewery in the world
  • Tour the brewery, including the observation tower designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser
  • Sit down for a tasting of Kuchlbauer beer paired with a Bavarian pretzel

Please note: When Kuchlbauer Brewery is closed, it will be replaced with a visit to an alternate Bavarian brewery.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Munich
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Farewell dinner

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

  • Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district
  • Enter the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria
  • 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
  • Finish with a beer tasting at a typical Bavarian beer garden or hall (location is weather-dependent)

Spend a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

Then, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Dachau

From $55 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Extension to Prague
Continue your trip to learn why Prague is the City of One Hundred Spires. (Hint: There are a lot of spires, and it’s a really beautiful place.) You’ll also uncover some amazing history as you explore the Czech capital with a local guide.
Prague3 nights
Day 12: Prague via Regensburg
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Prague, stopping en route to explore the Bavarian city of Regensburg.

  • Walk through the scenic Old Town with your Tour Director
  • Pass Thurn und Taxis Palace and the Old Town Hall, finishing at the Old Stone Bridge
  • Enjoy free time for lunch

Continue on to Prague and spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Evening in Prague: River Cruise & Dinner

From $99 per person

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Prague
Included meals: Breakfast, 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
Day 14: Free day in Prague
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Prague. Then, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

A Day in Pilsen

From $135 per person

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.2 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Fun trip
    10/9/22 by 8th-time traveler Debra

    We had a wonderful trip ! Our guide, Kat was the best!! She went above and beyond. She always, made everyone happy, found some extra things to do. The country site, was beautiful!! There was so many things we loved about the trip. Best of all we had a wonderful group to travel with!! It was a great...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Never a dull moment
    7/10/22 by 2nd-time traveler Michelle

    Was an excellent time loved learning about the history and experiencing the beauty of the land. The food was amazing and Michael, our tour guide was personable, fun and knowledgable, he was a delight. Our bus driver Vlado, not sure I spelt his name right, was an excellent driver. I was amazed with h...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely fabulous and fun!!
    9/5/21 by 1st-time traveler Claudia

    The tour director,Jens, was excellent. He truly is living his calling. The venues were really good. The hotel Ibis had really small rooms but the beds were really comfortable. Let’s go again!

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 12/3/21

    Hi Claudia, Thank you for leaving us an online re...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    NH Brugge
    NH Brugge

    This historic hotel is located in the Brugge city center. Guests enjoy a peaceful garden area, a bar, and fitness center Nearby, you'll find Market Sq...

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    Penta Hotel Brussels City Centre
    Penta Hotel Brussels City Centre

    This trendy hotel is located in the Kastelijn neighborhood of Brussels. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and gym. Nearby you’ll find Halle Gate, Palais...

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    Mercure Wiesbaden City
    Mercure Wiesbaden City

    This modern hotel is located in the city center. Guests enjoy room service, free Wi-Fi, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find Wilhelmstrasse, Museum Wiesbade...

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    Hotel Europa Bamberg
    Hotel Europa Bamberg

    This Venetian-inspired hotel is centrally located at the Chain Bridge in Bamberg. Guests enjoy bicycle rentals, the restaurant, and on-site coffee hou...

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    Holiday Inn Munich City Centre
    Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

    This centrally-located hotel is located in the heart of Munich. Guests enjoy the fitness center, Finnish style sauna, and an on-site restaurant. Nearb...

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    NH Prague City
    NH Prague City

    This modern hotel is located in the Smíchov district of Prague. Guests enjoy a gym and sauna, restaurants with terraces, and a tennis court. Nearby, y...

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