Food & Wine:Beers of Belgium and Germany with ME International Travel

Jul 13-24, 2019 / 12 DAYS

Treat your taste buds to sweet Belgian chocolate and crisp Bavarian beer.

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 package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 beer tastings & 2 wine tastings
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Bruges’ Beguinage, Belgian chocolate tastings, Delirium brewery, Grand-Place in Brussels, Maredsous Abbey, Rhine Valley wine, the Viktualienmarkt

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Jul 13: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Brussels today.

Bruges / 3 NIGHTS

Jul 14: 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.

Jul 15: 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 • Set off on the canals and tour the city by boat Enjoy a free evening in Bruges or add an excursion.

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Brewery Visit & Dinner in Bruges
4 hours
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Pay a visit to the family-run De Halve Maan brewery, located in the heart of historic Bruges. Join a local guide to discover how beer has been produced here for hundreds of years and sample a brew for yourself. You’ll also learn about the new pipeline that runs below the city, connecting the brewery to its bottling plant. Then, head to a local restaurant, where you’ll enjoy a three-course meal served with beer pairings. Please note: This excursion requires advance reservation and must be booked at least 20 days prior to departure.4 hours and departs in the evening with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 16: Free day in Bruges

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Bruges or add an excursion.

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A Day in Ghent: Tasting Tour & Canal Cruise
7 hours
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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. You'll visit a famous Tierenteyn mustard shop and the Great Butchers' Hall, which dates back to the 15th century, as you walk through this university city. Enjoy free time for lunch by Ghent's picturesque canals, perhaps trying Roomer, an elderflower liqueur, or the famed local Gruut beer. Then, get a different perspective of the city during a scenic canal cruise.7 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Brussels / 1 NIGHT

Jul 17: Brussels via Huyghe Brewery

Included meals: Breakfast, 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  Tonight, professional chefs teach you how to make a traditional Belgian meal at a cooking class and dinner.

Rhine Valley / 2 NIGHTS

Jul 18: 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

Jul 19: Rüdesheim am Rhein & Rhine River Cruise

Included meals: Breakfast, 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 Bacharach.  Then, visit a local vineyard to enjoy a wine tasting followed by dinner.

Bamberg / 2 NIGHTS

Jul 20: Bamberg via Würzburg

Included meals: Breakfast, 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

Jul 21: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Jul 22: Sightseeing tour of Munich

Included meals: Breakfast

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

Jul 23: Andechs Brewery

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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. (Please note: When the Andechs Brewery is closed, it will be replaced with a visit to an alternate Bavarian brewery such as Weihenstephan or Kuchlbauer.)  Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Jul 24: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

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