Europe Nord – On the Beer Road … through Europe
Period : Tout au long de l'annéeThroughout the year
Reference : 16B337
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A trip to discover the land of hops and barley in the footsteps of Belgian, German and Luxemburg brewers, where “Beer is in all its states”!
Day 1 Brussels (20 km)
Dinner and accommodations in or around Brussels.
Day 2 Treasure hunt in Brussels and d’Abbey beer (130 km)
Brussels reveals to you the richness of its architectural and historical heritage in a game of treasure hunt at the heart of the old city, interspersed with beer tastings while blindfolded in the ever present bars of Brussels. Enjoy a lunch of moules-frites – mussels and fried potatoes.
Road to the site of Maredsous, the abbey that made Belgian beer renowned around the world. Your guide explains the process of brewing and cheese production, and the history of the place and abbey beers. Then exchange places with the brewer for a tasting. Dinner. Accommodations in Namur or surroundings.
Day 3 Namur and Liege (120 km)
Enjoy a guided tour of the citadel of Namur with its incredible underground network dating from the 16th to the 20th century unfolding under the thick walls. Then you will board the tourist train for a commented tour of the ramparts. Head over to Liège, the fiery city. Lunch of beer-infused dishes. Discover Liege on a cruise on the course of the River Meuse. In the heart of Liège and next to the ascending stairs of Bueren mountain, visit the Curtius microbrewery operating in a building from the 17th, take advantage of this moment to enjoy the wonderfully balanced lager produced there. Dinner. Accommodations in the area of Aachen.
Day 4 Aix-la-Chapelle and Brasserie Aubel (100 km)
The old town of Aachen invites to linger for a while. Let yourself be guided by its narrow streets and historic squares and discover the history of this town dating back nearly 2000 years and take in the various sides of Aachen: A modern city with beautiful old town houses, fountains from various periods and all the stories surrounding the cathedral and town hall are all there for you to discover. Lunch. Depart for Aubel. Take a guided tour of the Aubel Cistercian monastery and brewery. Founded in 1216, the abbey is famous for its brewing tradition. You will assist in the production and tasting of beer accompanied by cheese. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Accommodation.
Day 5 Beer Museum and Luxembourg (220 km)
Follow the road to Monschau. Enjoy a guided tour of this surprising Brewery Museum which shows you how the beer was brewed in 150 years and 4 generations. It’s also a real craft brewery with its own barrel-maker, and a large collection of old brewing equipment, not to mention the historical Felsenkeller with black slate walls for storing cold beer all year. Follow the road to Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. Déjeuner.à Vianden dominated by the castle that epitomizes medieval romance and architecture. Continue to Luxembourg. Gourmet break at the bakery Kaempff Kohler, founded in 1922, the mix of sweet and savoury found here will delight your palate! Here you will find the Luxembourg specialists on the subject. Dinner and accommodations in Luxembourg.
Day 6 Luxembourg Lager (20 km)
Stroll through the old town, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Visit the National Brewery where you can taste the famous Luxembourg lager.
PC in 3 * hotels as per program
Guided tours: Namur citadel (1h), Aachen chapel (1:30)
Brussels treasure hunt and beer accompanied by an activity leader
Guided tours of breweries with beer tasting: Cantillon in Brussels, Maredsous Abbey, Curtius in Liege, Abbey Aubel, Felsenkeller in Monschau, Bofferding Luxembourg
Entry fees: Maredsous Abbey, AubeAbbey l, Brewery Museum in Monschau
Small train ride to Namur
Pastry tasting at Kaempff Kohler bakery
Single room (5 nights): €150