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From elegant Baroque houses in Brussels to world-famous breweries and chocolate shops in Bruges, there's so much to discover on our trips to Belgium.

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What travelers are say about their trips to Belgium

Absolutely fabulous and fun!!
09/04/21 by 1st-time traveler Claudia
The tour director,Jens, was excellent. He truly is living his calling. The venues were really good. Let’s go again!
Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany
Fun, Fun, Fun!!!
10/21/17 by 1st-time traveler Heidi
We weren't expecting to have such an educational and interesting tour. It was packed with picturesque scenes and delicious food and wine!! Loved Belgium!!! So Gorgeous!!! Cooking class was fun.
Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany
Great beers, great food, great director!
05/01/15 by 6th-time traveler Karel
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.
Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany

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Travel tips for tours to Belgium

What are some interesting things to do on your trips to Belgium?
  • See how Belgian chocolate is made. Travelers who visit Belgium on our Amsterdam, Luxembourg & Brussels tour can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the country’s famous treat is made during a visit to a Belgian chocolate workshop. Follow the chocolate-making process, from sourcing raw ingredients to production, then make your own hand-crafted treat.
  • Tour a Belgian brewery (or two). Belgium is practically synonymous with beer. When you travel to Belgium on our Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany tour, you can visit the family-run De Halve Maan brewery, located in the heart of historic Bruges, as well as the Huyghe Brewery, home to the world-famous Delirium ale, for tours and tastings.
  • Take a boat ride around Bruges. In addition to chocolate and beer, Bruges is known for its network of canals, which travelers on our Belgium trips can explore by boat.
  • Take a day trip to Ghent. Ghent is among many travelers’ favorite places to visit in Belgium. When you travel to Belgium on our Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany tour, you can find out why during an optional excursion to the charming, university city. With a local guide leading the way, you’ll 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 to the 15th century. Enjoy free time for lunch by Ghent’s picturesque canals, perhaps trying Roomer, an elderflower liqueur, or the famed local Gruut beer. Then, see the city from a different perspective during a scenic canal cruise.
When is the best time to visit Belgium?

The best time to travel to Belgium is during shoulder season, which includes the months of April, May, June, September, and October. Travelers on Belgium tours during these months are likely to experience beautiful weather, natural scenery, lively festivals and events, as well as fewer crowds. Of course, if you enjoy the energy that comes with being surrounded by lots of other travelers, our summertime Belgium tours could be just the ticket.

What are the top attractions to see in Belgium?
  • The Atomium. Constructed for the 1958 World’s Fair, which was held in Brussels, this architectural structure was designed to look like an elementary iron crystal magnified to 165 billion times its normal size. Visitors on our group tours to Belgium will find it on the Heysel Plateau in Laeken, a suburb in northwestern Brussels, where the fair was held.
  • Royal Greenhouse of Laeken. If you travel on one of our trips to Belgium and visit Laeken to see the Atomium, be sure to make a stop at the Royal Greenhouses there, too. The Art Nouveau-style glasshouses were built in the 19th century for King Leopold II and are open to the public in springtime.
  • Royal Palace. In the summertime, travelers on trips to Belgium can explore the interiors of the country’s Royal Palace, which is in front of Brussels Park. Also called Parc Royal, the leafy expanse was the city’s first public park.
  • La Grand-Place. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Brussels’ central square, home to City Hall, and the site of seasonal events throughout the year. It comprises grand public and private buildings that date to the late 17th century and is celebrated for its spectacular architecture.
  • Palais de Justice. When it was completed in 1883, the Palace of Justice was the largest building in the world. Today, the hulking structure remains the most important court building in Belgium.
  • Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. Completed in the 16th century, this cathedral is one of the oldest in Belgium. Today, it plays host to exhibitions, performances, and special events.
  • Bastogne War Museum. Located in Bastogne, in southeastern Belgium, this museum sheds light on the causes, events, and consequences of World War II, with particular emphasis on the Battle of the Bulge. Travelers on our Amsterdam, Luxembourg & Brussles tour can explore the museum on an included visit.
  • Minnewater Park. If you visit Bruges on one of our Belgium escorted tours, don’t miss this peaceful area at the southern end of the city, whose centerpiece is the Lake of Love. According to folklore, if you cross the bridge with the object of your affection, your love will be eternal.

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What are the best things to pack for a tour in Belgium?

These essentials will come in handy on our tours to Belgium.

  • Comfortable walking shoes. Especially sturdy shoes with a good grip, for walking on cobblestones and uneven streets.
  • A day bag. Keep your water, wallet, sunglasses, extra layers, and other essentials handy in a small backpack, crossbody, or tote.
  • A shawl, wrap, or cardigan. On our guided tours of Belgium, you’ll have opportunities to step inside cathedrals, churches, and other religious sites, where covering shoulders might be recommended or required.
  • A good camera. You’ll want to capture Belgium’s famously opulent architecture and charming cities.
  • Sun protection. Think hats, sunglasses, and SPF for any time spent outside, especially during walking tours and sunny afternoons spent dining alfresco.
  • A small umbrella or rain jacket. Weather services report that, on average, Belgium gets more rain than the UK. The country sees plenty of pleasant weather, too, but be prepared just in case. July and December see the most precipitation.
  • Your appetite. When it comes to food and drink, Belgium is known for its chocolate, fries, and beer, so come hungry (and thirsty)!
What are some common dishes and foods to order in Belgium?

Why visit Belgium? If you’re a foodie, the answer is easy: Belgium is famous for several delicious treats, which you can have your fill of on our guided Belgium tours. Here are a few to try.

  • Frites. Don’t let the phrase “French fries” fool you. Those golden-fried, crispy potato sticks originated in Belgium. (The misnomer is said to have originated when, during World War II, American soldiers in Belgium ate the tasty treat and, thinking they were actually in France, called them French fries.) In Belgium, they’re often on the skinnier side, fried twice, and served with several kinds of dipping sauces. Love seafood? Be sure to try moules-frites, or mussels and fries.
  • Chocolate. With its fine structure, high cocoa content, and pure cocoa butter, Belgian chocolate ranks among the best in the world. On our guided tours to Belgium, you can visit chocolate-making facilities, try making your own chocolate, and, of course, shop for Belgian chocolate to bring back home.
  • Waffles. Crispy, fluffy, and with deep, square grooves, waffles are among Belgium’s most iconic eats. Originally sold as street food during the Middle Ages, today, they’re typically eaten for dessert or in the afternoon. The secret to eating them like a local: Keep your toppings simple, such as a dusting of powdered sugar. (But if you add whipped cream, Nutella, or another sweet topping, we don’t blame you.)
  • Waterzooi. This creamy Flemish stew (its name means “boiling water” in Flemish) is traditionally made with white fish, but modern recipes often swap it for chicken. Both versions are packed with veggies, and served with potatoes or bread.  
  • Beer. It’s not exactly a dish, we know, but brewing in Belgium dates back several centuries and is still a major part of the country’s cultural fabric, making the sudsy sipper—from abbey ales to sour beers—a must-try when you’re on tour.    
What are some important things to know before visiting Belgium?
  • Belgium isn’t just part of the European Union. Its capital, Brussels, is home to the organization’s headquarters, making it one of the most interesting places in Europe to visit on tour.
  • The euro is Belgium’s official currency.
  • Belgium has three official languages: French, Dutch, and German. In Brussels, you’re most likely to hear French and Dutch. Knowing a few phrases in these languages (such as merci, danke, or bedankt, which means thank you in French, German, and Dutch, respectively), can come in handy. But rest assured knowing that many Belgians speak English well. Want to brush up on your Deutsch? Check out these key German phrases.