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Belgium for Beer Lovers

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Fly into: Brussels Fly out of: Amsterdam
Total Duration: 9 days

This itinerary stops in cities with a focus on tasty brews, from the brown cafés of Brussels and Amsterdam to the specialty brews of Liege and Ghent, to the bustling byways of Antwerp and side streets of Brugge.

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Days 1-3
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1 Brussels

Beers and Beauty

  • Grab a table at one of the many cafés on the Grand'Place, Europe's most ornate and theatrical town square
  • Visit the Brewers House and learn about the beer-making process; the entrance fee includes a glass of beer
  • Take a peek at the Museum van de Gueuze, the only Lambic brewery left in Brussels
  • Food and Wine
  • Museums
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2 Leuven

Learning and Scholarship

  • Visit the mammoth Stella Artois Brewery, the premier institution of Belgian brewing
  • Pop into the much smaller Domas brewery, famous for its honey beer
  • Stand back and enjoy the ornate medieval Stadhuis in the town center
  • Architecture
  • Food and Wine
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Day 5
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3 Antwerp

Fashion Port

  • Visit De Koninck, the city's last remaining brewery
  • Taste a few of the 550 kinds of beer poured Bierhuis Kulminator.
  • At the 'T Waagstuk, beer devotees can enjoy a specialty brew and attend one of the café's many seminars
  • Food and Wine
  • Shopping
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Day 6
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4 Ghent

Breweries Just Outside of Town

  • Just 20 minutes outside of Ghent, Liefmans brewery is known for its soft, dark Oud Bruin
  • A family brewery since 1545, Roman makes wheat and brown beers as well as a tasty pils
  • Back in Ghent, you can ponder the mysteries of van Eyck's Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in St. Bavo's Cathedral
  • Museums
  • Food and Wine
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Day 7
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5 Brugge

A Medieval Gem

  • Take a trip to St. Sixtus Abbey, where a small group of monks produces three kinds of Trappist beer
  • The Groeningemuseum has work by many of the Flemish Primitives, from Bosch to Brueghel
  • Explore the Markt, one of the liveliest places in Brugge, as it fills with people and horse-drawn carriages
  • History
  • Food and Wine
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Days 8-9
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6 Amsterdam

City of Marvels

  • Wander around the Jordaan, a classic neighborhood filled with canals and side streets
  • The Rijksmuseum holds works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and others; van Gogh has his own museum
  • Explore the tiny Anne Frank House for a taste of Dutch history in the World War II era
  • Food and Wine
  • Shopping
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