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See What Our Guests Are Saying About our  One-of-a-Kind Beer Tours!

The beercation of a lifetime, no joke! 
This is not your run of the mill tour group, tour guides or brewery tour.
It is so much more unique and personal, the places you visit, the people you meet, the beers that delight your taste buds, the food that never ends, the beauty of all the history surrounding you. I loved every second of it!  

Tina Jennissen MN - Barrel of Monks Brewing Private Group Beercation Cruise Through Belgium and France 2016

What a great beercation! I loved each part of it, and I wished I wouldn’t have to leave. I felt that our eclectic group was a perfect for our fun packed week!  Thanks again!

Nick Taube Chicago, IL -Barrel of Monks Brewing Private Group Beercation Cruise Through Belgium and France 2016

This was by far the best vacation my wife and I have ever had! . The cities were incredible, as were the breweries, our fellow beercationers, food, and of course our great beer guides! So many memories we will never forget.  Getting to drink the best beer in the world with new friends and our outstanding beer guides was awesome. I would definitely recommend Bon Beer Voyage to anyone seeking this type of experience. Thanks so much Mike and Ruth!

Rich Bickert - Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2016
 

Mike and Ruth go the extra mile to make this a fantastic vacation. Their knowledge and connections at each brewery and town visited can’t be found anywhere else. They arranged this trip with the perfect balance of touring, brewery visits, and free time to explore the cities we visited. We can’t wait to get a crew together for the next one.

Matt G. - Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2016

A great experience that was made all the richer traveling with like-minded individuals in a small group. We enjoyed everyone’s company and made new friends. Great job, guys!

D.K. - Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2016

This is not a regular river cruise- it is  a beer tour designed for those that want to discover and learn and then end up with a great adventure! 

Arick Pinsk Delray Beach, FL -Barrel of Monks Brewing Private Group Beercation Cruise Through Belgium and France 2016

We have been on several Beercations with Bon Beer Voyage and they are the best! Mike and Ruth go to great lengths to make these a great experience. They are fun and educational. They have a good balance between activity and free time. The meals are excellent, the beers are out of this world. And there are always a lot of laughs and joviality. You will not regret your decision to go on on of these trips.

Bill McFee, Barrel of Monks Boca Raton, FL -Barrel of Monks Brewing Private Group Beercation Cruise Through Belgium and France 2016
Foeders at Rodenbach

The Belgium and France Beer Bon Voyage was fantastic! My wife and I really enjoyed the whole thing. The barge made it great since there was no need for daily packing / unpacking. The food and accommodations were excellent. Our hosts and tour directors, Ruth and Mike, made the trip all the more enjoyable with their knowledge and enthusiasm. We felt this passion for beer excellence and knowledge flowed to the group, and made it more cohesive.

We learned a lot about Belgian and French beers. We were able to try beers and styles we had not experienced before. We met a large number of dedicated brewers who were so enthusiastic about their products. I would recommend this trip for anyone who likes Belgian style beers, or wants to learn more about them.

MW, Pensacola Florida - Belgium & France Beercation Cruise 2016

Things will never be the same again! My beer palate has been expanded after the Amsterdam to Bruges barge cruise!!  Mike & Ruth were easy going, fun people to “hang out with & explore the Dutch & Belgian beer culture. I felt like I had known them for years. The tour was beyond my already high expectations.

Stan Broniak - Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2016

Ruth and Mike’s knowledge and connections provided us with experiences that we could not have arranged on our own.

Michael K, - Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2016

A beer lovers dream. Fantastic tour directors. Amazing people in our group I can now call friends. Beautiful cities. And of course, great beer. The best vacation I’ve ever had. Cheers!

David Palo, Houston TX - Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2016
 

Our tour was such a fun and unique experience. The brewery tours have a great balance of history and brewery identity along with their take on their unique brewing process, and there is ample time to taste many local beers. Most of the tours that you get at breweries would be extremely difficult if not possible to get on your own or through another source. Ruth and Mike are amazing tour guides and feel like they are a part of your family from the moment you meet them. They know these brewers and locals well and ensure their guests get all kinds of special treatment! I’m already looking at their upcoming schedule for my next tour!

Tom Eastman, Burlington, NJ - Belgium & France Beercation Cruise 2016

We aren’t really tour group people. But this tour gave us access to breweries that are otherwise inaccessible and no worries about drinking and driving. This was the beer tour of a lifetime. We have visited a few breweries in Europe and the US but never with the intensity and enthusiasm of this trip.

Marty Greer, Lomira WI - Belgium & France Beercation Cruise 2016

What a great beercation! Everything was well planned and thought out, Mike and Ruth are fun and informative. I would book another trip with Bon Beer Voyage again!

M.M. Boca Raton, FL -Barrel of Monks Brewing Private Group Beercation Cruise Through Belgium and France 2016

So glad I got to go. Even my most intense beer friends at home might be overwhelmed by taking this trip. Amazing beers from the famous breweries and small unknown to me. My appreciation of Belgium beers has been enhanced greatly. All of our local tour guides were really knowledgeable and answered questions deftly. The barge served as our floating hotel while we spent days traipsing the country side in search of incredible Belgium beer. We ate, drank and slept well for days with our wonderful hosts Ruth and Mike. Barge staff were simply over the top. We met some really fun fellow passengers that made the trip even better – all beer aficionados. Bucket list item: Beercation – check. Thanks for the memories. What a trip! 

Tom Pearson Hillsboro, Oregon - Belgium & France Beercation Cruise 2016

Tour was A ++ Everyday was an adventure with a beer chaser

The whole 7 days were amazing. The beer was nothing short of incredible. We were treated royally at every stop.   Mike and Ruth have a gift to make everyone on the trip feel special. Thank you for a vacation I will never forget and can’t wait to take the next tour with you.

S.P. Warminster, PA - Belgium & France Beercation Cruise 2016
 

Great trip. We learned a lot about beer and met a lot of great people. Fun to enjoy beer and see the small towns of Belgium and Northern France.

Jaimy R., Wilmington, NC - Belgium & France Beercation Cruise 2016

We had a wonderful time on our Beercation! Met great people, drank great beer, and saw some really cool breweries and places in Belgium and France.

Claire H. Hickory, NC - Belgium & France Beercation Cruise 2016
 

This was a good way to visit many breweries, try some great beer, do some sightseeing and meet new friends. The fact that all of the reservations and accommodations, as well as many meals were taken care of (as well as the driving!), made for a relaxing vacation. Mike and Ruth are very knowledgeable, organized, friendly and fun. I thought they did a great job at balancing the beer tours, tastings, time on our own, and some sightseeing. I was pleasantly surprised with the food selections, also. I appreciated that all the beer tours were geared to our group’s interests.

I would, and have, recommended their trips to anyone interested in learning about good beer

Viki Renfro - California Beer Vacation 2016

This was a delightful way to experience the coast of California and many breweries. All the breweries we visited treated us as queens and kings. I definitely felt like I was given the royal treatment from private tours to a special birthday celebration. I will definitely be going on another Bon Beer Voyage tour!

Kathy R - California Beer Vacation 2016

An amazing amount of great beer. Wonderful people to travel with.

Sheila Wadill - California Beer Vacation 2016

I had high expectations leading up to this trip and found they were all exceeded once I went. Great planning and execution led us to a wide array of breweries/brewpubs offering excellent beer and great food. Throw in the additional sightseeing we had and you end up with an ideal vacation.  I can’t wait to experience it again.

Charley Refro - California Beer Vacation 2016

Thanks for a great and well-run tour with lots of great beer!

B.B. - California Beer Vacation 2016

Had an awesome time on the tour. So nice not having a thing to think about except what beers to try.

Todd B - California Beer Vacation 2016

Absolutely a top rate tour with top rate guides who know both beer and travel. It is ‘As Advertised.” Excellent time. One of the best vacations I’ve had.

Rob Renfro - California Beer Vacation 2016

Really enjoyed being able to talk to the actual brewers for specific brewing information

John “Cisco” Francisco - California Beer Vacation 2016

Bon Beer Voyage is a most excellent beer touring company and I highly recommend them to anybody interested in having a great Beercation. I had the best time and I look forward to traveling with them again! Ruth and Mike are highly knowledgeable and well connected Beer Tour Guides. They go above and beyond for their fellow Beercationers. I would not hesitate to book another Beercation with Bon Beer Voyage (and trust me, I am not that easy to please). It was so much fun and I made some very nice friends along the way. I had an amazing Beercation experience.

Michelle Steinberg - California Beer Vacation 2016
 
Barge mooring in Tournai next to the Le Pont des Trous

The Fiep was very nice.  Capt. Harrie and crew were awesome and the ship was in great condition. This boat is a great setup. Rooms were larger than anticipated. Always clean. Even the bathroom was decent size for where we were. Food was excellent.

Gary S, Melbourne, FL Belgium & France Beercation Cruise 2015

Plenty of room in the common areas. Meals were better than I had expected. The staff was fantastic and went out of their way to help when hubby didn’t feel up to dinner

J Hunter Boca Raton, FL Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2015

Too much food…just kidding! Beds were amazingly comfortable, and the lovely touches were all appreciated. 

Pam & Sharon, Berkely, CA Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2015
 
Bruges at night on our Beer Trip

Our beercation was a first class experience! This vacation was stress-free and exceeded all of our expectations. The wonderful beers, delicious food, accommodations, and new friends made this a trip we won’t soon forget.

Kim D. Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania Belgium & France Beercation Cruise 2015
Washington, DC Beer Safari Weekend 2015

The way the trip was planned, to me was the best. You guys do a great job with amazing prep work to make it an unforgettable experience. I didn’t have to worry about anything at all. It was just so easy to come, drink and have a blast and meet some amazing people. I’d highly recommend this to anyone just starting to love beer, or a seasoned beer pro! 

Jim B., Washington, DC Beer Safari Weekend 2015

It was incredible from start to finish! I can’t say enough about how wonderful a time we had.  For those beer-lovers who are like me and typically plan out every minor detail for vacations, it’s really nice to go on a vacation in which everything is already planned out for you. You are able to sit back and enjoy. I was especially grateful for the emails detailing out the itinerary and the route to take from the airport to the hotel – thank you!!

Jessica de la Torre, Washington, DC Beer Safari Weekend 2015
Washington, DC Beer Safari Weekend 2015

Loved the tour and can’t wait for the next one.  Mike and Ruth go above and beyond making the trip both unique and informative – from the walking tour (with beer facts thrown in) to the private brewery tours and beer inspired dinners, I experienced DC in a new and fun way with a group of like-minded people from various parts of the country.

Anne Ciccio, Washington, DC Beer Safari Weekend 2015
Washington, DC Beer Safari Weekend 2015

Ruth and Mike make your beercation a breeze. They plan everything for you so you don’t have to worry about anything except for which beer you want to try. It doesn’t matter if you are a beer newbie or a beer nerd, you will have a great time on your trip.
Thanks for a great weekend! 

Jodi W., Washington, DC Beer Safari Weekend 2015
Washington, DC Beer Safari Weekend 2015

Great group of people. Loved DC. Lots of beer and fun. No driving. Easy to get to and from airport and the hotel. Love traveling with you guys and leaving the tour guiding to someone else!

Sharon Frank, Washington, DC Beer Safari Weekend 2015
Washington DC Beer Safari 2015

Ruth and Mike really know their beer. They make the trip interesting with their knowledge. Also, somehow they manage to round everyone up and be on time! If you have a special request for food or other needs, they are there to help you. Great job!

Marianne Lucas, Washington, DC Beer Safari 2015
 

Great tour, great people, great beer!! Best vacation we’ve had in a long time. Great first time experience in Europe.. Both of you were very helpful and knowledgeable about all the places we went .Plan to go again in future.  Hats off to both of you for making it a memorable vacation.

Tony P., Tustin, CA; Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2014

I was blown away at Ruth and Mike’s gift for knowing their guests. Though there were others on the trip, I always felt special and important and that was a great feeling. They certainly know the best of the best (breweries, pubs, eateries, and key sights to see), and it was clear that they are well liked AND respected in the industry. At many breweries they were welcomed as longtime friends, and that was true for other establishments as well. I have no doubt that I would book another tour with Bon Beer Voyage if I have the opportunity again, I’m actually counting on it. . Thank you Ruth and Mike for such a wonderful time.

Kat D., Boca Raton, FL; Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2014

This tour was part of our 30th anniversary celebration, and it was perfect. As new brewers, we learned so much about the traditional flavors, and came home inspired to try different styles!  Ruth and Mike are knowledgeable and attentive guides, and having the barge to come “home” to was great. Thanks for the many memories, we will be back!!

Deb N., Andres N., Boston, MA; Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2014

Best Vacation Ever!

Michelle Hopkins, Ft Lauderdale, FL; Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2014

It’s the best group tour I’ve taken because it  really didn’t feel like a group tour. You (Ruth and Mike) really made it great!

Suzanne C., Venice Beach, CA; Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2014

The tours, food and accommodations were all great. The Friday night beer tasting at the hotel was my favorite. Always learn a lot from Mike and the other guests at these. As usual, well-planned and executed. A fun and educational weekend full of great beer, food and pleasant company

Scott Lipoff, Gainesville, Fl; 2014 Tampa Beer Safari Weekend

The coordinators are fun and knowledgeable about the areas visited. You can tell they really take the time to plan the best experience.

10/10 will book again.

Matt C., Tallahassee, Florida; 2014 Tampa Beer Safari Weekend

They (Ruth and Mike) were very helpful in any special needs you might have for food or hotel room accommodations.

They chose great places for both beer and the meals served. The whole weekend was very special. Totally enjoyed the experience and looking forward to the next tour we take!

M. Lucas, Port St. Lucie FL; 2014 Tampa Beer Safari Weekend

I like the organization that Mike and Ruth put into their trips. I have traveled on my own to Europe and here in the US in search of beer but it is hard to do on your own. The hardest part is trying to enjoy a few beers and then driving. With a Bon Beer Voyage trip you don’t have to worry about that. Mike and Ruth take good care of you and you can relax and have as few or as many beers as you want without having to hit the road behind the wheel. The (European) barge trips are great too because the beers are excellent and you only have to unpack once. Your barge hotel follows along with you! Have been impressed with Mike & Ruth for the trips I have been on. Will definitely try our best to make another trip with them soon.

Steve K., Chicago IL; 2014 Tampa Beer Safari Weekend

What a fun time! Food was great. So nice to be with people who have a passion for beer. Always a Class A trip with Ruth and Mike! Attention to detail in everything. We look forward to another Bon Beer Voyage trip in the near future!

Karan Kolwitz, Chicago IL; 2014 Tampa Beer Safari Weekend

Ruth and Mike made this trip unforgettable. From meals to tours and everything in between. You just showed up and away you went. The breweries treated everyone to a red carpet experience. I can’t wait for my next beercation.

Jodi W., St. Francis, WI; Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2014

Everyone keeps asking me what my favorite part of the trip was and I can never give a straight answer because there were too many awesome things! It was amazing to see so many cool breweries I couldn’t do on my own. Food, transport and accommodations were great. Everything was taken care of! Can’t wait to go again! 

Elizabeth Smith, Brooklyn, NY; Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2014
Anita Enjoying her Westvleteren 12

Mike and Ruth opened my eyes to the beautiful world of beer. I still cannot believe how many unique and interesting breweries I was exposed to. I am taking my new found education and expanding my horizons here at home. Thanks again for a fabulous and delicious vacation! 

Anita E., Alexandria,VA; Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2014

A Beer Vacationers Review:   It was a Dream Week…A Beer Fantasy!

Scott Lipoff, Gainesville, FL; Bruges to Amsterdam Beercation Cruise 2013

A friend of mine told me that this is the one tour to take before you die. He was right. It’s an amazing way to learn in depth about beer, meet and spend time with the brewers, tour historic places, and make new friends.

Rob Lloyd, Boca Raton, FL; Bruges to Amsterdam Beercation Cruise 2013

Ruth and Mike have created a tour that is heaven for a beer geek!

Erin Moffat, Ontario, Canada; Bruges to Amsterdam Beercation Cruise 2013

It was about as close to the perfect vacation as we have ever gotten! Everything thought out and planned perfectly. Tasted many new (to me) great beers that I would never have had the opportunity to experience, saw some great places in the least stressful way possible and made many new friends.
Bravo!!

Scott Lipoff, Gainesville, FL; Bruges to Amsterdam Beercation Cruise 2013

If you enjoy beer and beer culture, Bon Beer Voyage is a MUST DO on your bucket list!!!

A.S., Lutz, FL; Bruges to Amsterdam Beercation Cruise 2013

Bon Beer Voyage wonderfully combines great people, great places, great beer, and great food in a memorable package that is simply top notch.

Jeff Evans, Alexandria, Virginia; Grand Crus to Farmhouse Brews Beercation Cruise through Belgium & France 2013

This was my second time. Obviously, it had to be good for me to do it twice. Second time was as much fun as the first, even though I had visited the same places two years earlier. Just a terrific way to get around and sample great beers. I can’t think of anything better.

Steve Meiss, Chicago, Ill; Bruges to Amsterdam Beercation Cruise 2013

Ruth and Mike have planned out every detail of a grand trip. If you want a fun vacation with lots of happy travelers, try a Beercation !!

E. L., Gainesville, FL; Bruges to Amsterdam Beercation Cruise 2013

Beer Vacation to In de Vrede for Westvleteren

I really appreciated how you all arranged to get special tours/tastings at many of the breweries- it adds a special element to the trip that takes it to the next level when we get the VIP treatment and tours from the absolute experts.  It was a fabulous tour in every respect. The balance achieved with herding 20 beer-happy people through lots of logistics, transportation and schedules while keeping them happy, well-fed, relaxed, and full of beer was amazing.

Angela Jones, Falls Church, VA; Belgium and France Beercation Cruise 2013
Beercation and Brewery Tour to Rodenbach

Thanks Ruth and Mike for another wonderful Beercation. Our expectations were high after having such a great time with you last year traveling from Amsterdam to Bruges. Once again, you exceeded our expectations! The range of breweries was fabulous from the back room brew kettle at Canarus and the endless aging barrels at Rodenbach to the fully modern operation at Chimay. The group was great and the crew of the Iris made our time on the barge lots of fun. We’re looking forward to traveling with you again!

Karen & Joe Levendusky, Groton, MA; Belgium & France Beercation 2013
Janet H on Beer tour in St Augustine

The chocolate-beer pairing was a winner, with each pair better than the last.  All of the food was fantastic and the beer selections made them even more tasty.  Ruth and Mike did their homework so that all we had to do was eat, drink and enjoy!

Janet H., Boca Raton, FL; St. Augustine Beer Safari Weekend
D. B. on Brewery Tour in St Augustine

Ruth and Mike are really “dialed in” to the travel industry. They understand what their customers want and provide it at a good value. I am looking forward to taking part in different tours in the future. Good Times!!

D.B., Jupiter, FL; St. Augustine Beer Safari 2013
D & J B Beer Trip to St Augustine

The St. Augustine Beer Safari weekend was beyond expectations. Ruth and Michael’s attention to detail is second to none. I thoroughly enjoyed everything from the tasty food and beer parings to the tour of the city and breweries. And let’s not forget the Chocolate and…BEER! What a great way to spend the weekend. Thank you Bon Beer Voyage! 

Julie B., Jupiter FL; St. Augustine Beer Safari
Aaron S on Beer Vacation in St Augustine

Ruth and Mike – you both did a tremendous job! This was our first ever trip of this kind and we had a great time! Thank you, Thank you, Thank You!

Aaron Schumer, Vienna, VA; Saint Augustine Beer Safari 2013

You differentiate  yourself from other beer tour companies, in the sense that you are 110%  committed to “Attention To Detail” This is what makes you better than the  others….many thanks….And a heartfelt  CHEERS!”

Mark Camp, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2012

Thanks for the great beer tour/cruise of Holland & Belgium. Not only were the accommodations and food very good, but the access to the breweries we visited was exceptional.  I was able to check at least 3 breweries off my lifetime list.  (The others were great too. More than 10!) I can say that I have toured extensively on my own over the past 20 years but never have I had the accesss nor the comfort of letting someone else worrry about the logistics, transportation and arrangements that you guys took care of. We were want for nothing. I guarantee you will see me on future trips and I just wanted to say thanks again for a terrific time. I’d heartily recommend Bon Beer Voyage  to anyone who has an advanced knowlege and taste for craft made beer. You guys were great!

Chuck Triplett, Centreville VA, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011

The entire trip was incredibly well-choreographed. A perfect balance of planned activity and free time. I was so happy with everything –the breweries were stunningly unique and wonderful and the extra cultural highlights made it extra special. And, the most special aspect of the trip was the very warm, kind and fun people I was able to travel with. I felt like I was traveling with friends and family. I want to go again! Bottom line: it was full of beer and fun. I don’t do anything unless it’s fun!
Ruth and Mike are not only beer experts, they are genuine beer lovers. And, they bring so much passion for travel and adventure to the group. They make this trip happen. In every sense of the sentiment!

Janine Ward, Irvine CA, Grand Crus to Farmhouse Brew Beercation 2012

Wow! Westvleteren, 9 other breweries, 7 cities, tons of the coolest beer bars, Super Hosts that ensure you have no worries and don’t really need to plan anything(thanks Mike and Ruth!), and a truly unlimited amount of the best choice of beers I have ever encountered in the coolest places!
If you want a really want a truly organized trip that is not cookie cutter or “touristy” feeling, and you have a natural love for beer and experiences, book this trip!

John Jones, Spotsylvania VA, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2012
La Trappe visit during our Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation

Ruth/Mike,
You two are priceless. The amount of passion you two put into this trip and making sure folks are having a great time is hard to duplicate. Mike made me feel like I was hanging out every night with my best friend that knew everything about beer. His excitement was catching. How could you not have a good time on the pub loops? And Ruth’s attention to the details of the trip kept us all going. The food was superb on the Iris and the samples at the breweries were a treat. I felt the entire time like I was traveling with family. Yes, I want to go again….and yes, I highly recommend BBV! Prost!

D.M., Alabama, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2012

This was a “no hassle” tour; we just showed up and were led to the best beers in the world, and more importantly on some nights, led back home again. Each brewery we visited was fascinating and unique. I learned so much about the world of beer in just one week. The tours of the old world cities were also a highlight. For me, it was the trip of a lifetime and I highly recommend this tour to fellow beer geeks around the world.

David Critchfield, Locust Grove VA, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2012

Amazing trip! I learned so much about the cities we visited, the art of brewing and of course, all the different beers! Loved only having to unpack once! Big time saver. Mike and Ruth were fun trip guides! Thank you for all of the great memories!

Nicole K., Encino CA, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2012
Bruges Grote Markt

We had a blast! It’s a wonderful way to enjoy rich European culture while enjoying great beers along the way!

 

Randy M., San Jose CA, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011
Visit Westvletern and taste their brews at In de Vrede

I really  enjoyed the tour. I was very impressed about the preparation for the tour by  Mike and Ruth. I have been on trips in which breweries or restaurants were  surprised to see us when we showed up. That is not a good thing but never  happened with Ruth & Mike. Mike “straight shot” Arra knows the cities very  well and can point you in the right direction to get a great beer experience  & more than likely he will join you. I was truly impressed with Bosteels and  De Dolle. I was pleasantly surprised with the welcome that they gave us and the  access they gave us to their brewery and livelihood. Standing alongside the  brewery workers at Bosteels was very rare especially since we were in Belgium.  I  stood next to them as they added hops to Triple Karmeliet. I have never seen  that before in any brewery. Having the opportunity to buy Westvleteren #12 was  rare as well & let’s not forget that we attended a prayer service with the  monks at Westvleteren. That was an experience for me for  sure

Steve K, Westmont IL, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2012

Good beer. Great company. Fine food. Top flight accommodations

Robert Hindmarsh, Livermore CA, Grand Crus to Farmhouse Brews Beercation in Belgium and France 2012
The barge we use for our Beer Trip and Beer Tour of Belgium, France and Holland

This is a fabulous way to experience great beer and breweries. Traveling by
barge was a wonderful way to tour the different cities from Amsterdam to Brugges and not worry about driving, luggage, meals, etc. We loved the beer, the sights,and the great people on the tour. Ruth and Mike are so knowledgable and fun, we can’t wait to tour with them again!

Joe and Karen Levendusky, Groton MA

Bon Beer Voyage tours have to be the best in the business. Mike and Ruth go to  great lengths to make them fun and informative. The selection of breweries they visit is amazing and they always include a tour of each new city as well, so
that you can learn some of the history and architecture in each city. There is
plenty of “free time” with well written guides to each city to allow for self
exploring. Traveling on the barge is so easy, leave your luggage one time and
travel to many different locations. The meals on the barge are top notch gourmet
meals. The special beer pairing meals are exquisite. They do an amazing job
planning and organizing these trips, I can’t recommend them enough. Cheers to
Bon Beer Voyage

Bill McFee (5 time Beer Voyager!) Re: Amsterdam to Bruges and Grand Crus to Farmhouse Brews Beercations 2012

Let me start with – a blast !!! From the first amazing dinner , to the great chocolate factory and St. Augustine tour and brewery tours to the unbelievable beer paired meals. Can I say WOW !

Paige Presnell,Wildwood MO, St. Augustine Beer Safari Weekend

Beer Advocate tweets about the Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011
Beer Trip to Brouwerij De Molen

I loved the idea of making beer a theme, and I loved the idea of a barge. It was a great way to have the experience of both.   Ruth and Mike are great people,  especially for a trip like this: they clearly love what they do and love this  sort of specialized trip. It’s clearly not just a job.

Michael W. Las Cruces, NM Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011

Before we went on the tour we said “This would be the trip of a lifetime” well
guess what? We want to do the tour again!

Jule Rastikis, Beavercreek OH, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011

The trip was awesome! The barge was bigger than I expected. The food was fantastic, one of the highlights of the trip. It was like having gourmet food at every lunch and dinner on the barge. How can I comment about the brewery visits except to say that they were all awesome! Going to Westvleteren was a bucket list visit for me. De Molen and De Struise were excellent surprises. And, ending with De Dolle was awesome I would highly
recommend your tour to people who are interested in great beer.

Robert F., Fredricksburg VA, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011
Carlo Grootaert from De Struise shared some great stories and some great beers!

It was a well-organized tour, with a good mix of organized activities and opportunities for on-your-own adventures. We visited great breweries, enjoyed great food, and spent time with a congenial group of fellow lovers of great beers. What a spectacular adventure! When I described it to one of my beer-loving friends, he said it was a “bucket-list” event. If you like great beer, great scenery, great food, great history and great company, this is a great tour for you!

L.W. St. Louis MO, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011

 

Mike and Ruth are boundless in their enthusiasm and are clearly fully committed to ensuring that everything is perfect!

Steve Meiss, Chicago IL, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011
Tampa Bay 2010 Beer Safari Tour

We had a blast on the Tampa Beer Safari. The weekend was a mug full of great beer tastings, fun visits,great people and tasty food!  We’re glad you did all the scheduling, planning, and chauffeuring because it left us with more time to enjoy the beer! We loved that we could enjoy so many options in one fantastic beer tour weekend! Thanks!

Nina and Bill Washawanny, N. Palm Beach FL, Tampa Beer Safari

Everything on this whole trip has been beyond our expectations!

Guests on a Bon Beer Voyage Beer Trip talk about How we Exceeded their Expectation

We wanna go again!

See What This Happy Guest Has to Say about his Bon Beer Voyage Beer Tour Vacation

This trip met every fantasy I had in my head about it!

Another happy guest talks about his experience on our beer tour of Holland and Belgium

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Cheers! Ruth & Mike

There is no other way to visit Belgium than with your own “personal beer guide”! Mike really knows his way around the beers and bars of Belgium. It was awesome touring with him. I’m looking forward to joining in again soon on another Bon Beer Voyage adventure!

Dr. R. Gottesman, Ft. Lauderdale FL/Paris France, Private Tour of Belgium for "Bayside Boys"

Mike and Ruth took care of everything that we needed for the weekend. The
only thing you need to bring is your suitcase and nothing more. It was
great.

Sharon C., Pompano Beach FL, St. Augustine, FL Beer Safari Weekend 2012
Visit Westvletern and taste their brews at In de Vrede

I really  enjoyed the tour. I was very impressed about the preparation for the tour by  Mike and Ruth. I have been on trips in which breweries or restaurants were  surprised to see us when we showed up. That is not a good thing but never  happened with Ruth & Mike. Mike “straight shot” Arra knows the cities very  well and can point you in the right direction to get a great beer experience  & more than likely he will join you. I was truly impressed with Bosteels and  De Dolle. I was pleasantly surprised with the welcome that they gave us and the  access they gave us to their brewery and livelihood. Standing alongside the  brewery workers at Bosteels was very rare especially since we were in Belgium.  I  stood next to them as they added hops to Triple Karmeliet. I have never seen  that before in any brewery. Having the opportunity to buy Westvleteren #12 was  rare as well & let’s not forget that we attended a prayer service with the  monks at Westvleteren. That was an experience for me for  sure

Steve K, Westmont IL, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2012

We were very pleased with the tour. Both Mike and Ruth were very
knowledgeable about the area, beer, and how each beer complimented the paired
foods. They were very approachable gave us a great experience.

Ed R.,Oviedo FL, Saint Augustine Beer Safari Weekend 2012

You(Ruth) and Mike did an excellent job. You exceeded all our expectations! All the beer dinner pairings were beautifully matched with the  courses. You obviously did your homework with each and every pairing. Mike made me feel like he knew the territory like a native, and was more than happy to hear others’ suggestions yet humbly making better suggestions. You guys make a great team! Keep up the good work!”

Dan M., Stamford CT, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011

The weekend was great! We had a blast!

Heather B., Coconut Creek, FL, St. Augustine Beer Safari Weekend 2012

I loved the idea of making beer a theme, and I loved the idea of a barge. It was a great way to have the experience of both. Ruth and Mike are great people, especially for a trip like this: they clearly love what they do and love this sort of specialized trip. It’s clearly  not just a job. –

Michael W., Las Cruces New Mexico, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011

Ruth and Mike – you are a wonderful couple and a blast to travel with. You work perfectly together since you both have your own strengths. This trip was more than we ever imagined it to be. It was an amazing way to spend our First Anniversary celebration!
I loved that the trip included taking in some culture and seeing the sites. Dan & I have been on many beer trips. On most of them we come home “beered out” – this wasn’t the case with our Beercation!! The first and only time we had “just the right amount of beer!” The visit to Willigen Cheese Farm was one of my favorite stops. Delicious…We love you guys!

Anne Marie Martich, Stamford, CT, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011

It’s perfect, the most laid back way to explore and drink the best beers in the world!

Another happy guest of Bon Beer Voyage talks about his experience on our tour from Holland to Belgium while we sip Westvleteren 12, 8 & Blonde at In de Vrede.

We had been on a previous Belgian beer tour and thought the Bon Beer Voyage trip was superior! The amenities and food on the barge were excellent. All of the sites had been carefully chosen, well researched, and were presented well. We had a guided tour of each city and there was a great selection of breweries. The trip was very well thought out. Most of all, it was great fun. Highly recommended!

 

Maria and Bill McFee, Boca Raton FL, Belgium Beercation Cruise Beer Trip and Cruise 2010
Beer Trip To Bruges & Amsterdam

I had a great time and I honestly can’t think of anything to improve except to make the trip longer (and that has its own issues, of course). I could have spent the whole time only in Amsterdam or Antwerp or Ghent or Bruges, actually, and not run out of things to do and see.

The food on-board especially was better than I expected -I was prepared for merely adequate food. It was great! One of my favourite things turned out to be the trip on the boat from Ghent to Bruges. Actually being on the boat traveling on the scenic small canals… it was very memorable. Thanks for a fantastic experience!

Amy S., San Jose CA, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011

My girlfriend and I recently joined Bon Beer Voyage for a beer safari weekend to Tampa, FL. We had a great time. Mike and Ruth put together a fantastic itinerary for this trip that included private brewery tours, a guided walking tour of Ybor City, a stop at the sponge docks of Tarpon Springs and wonderful beer and food pairing dinners. The accommodations were top notch and the bonding with the other safari members over beers in the hotel lobby after a long day of touring, drinking and eating was definitely a highlight of our weekend. Some of the folks we met on this tour had also been on the Bon Beer Voyage Belgium beer vacation and they raved about the experience all weekend long.

Mike and Ruth are not only extremely knowledgeable about the beers we sampled and the places we visited, they are both genuinely nice people. They were extremely gracious and approachable and more than happy to share with us their vast experiences in traveling for beer. Both my girlfriend and I felt we definitely got our money’s worth on this trip. We can’t wait to go on another of Bon Beer Voyage’s safari weekends. St. Augustine, here we come.

 

 

Stu Luks, Tampa Beer Safari 2010

I had a fantastic time on the Tampa Beer Safari. I really appreciate the hospitality and the extra special touches Mike and Ruth put into the trip. Thanks for a great experience!

 

Laura Sanagorski, West Palm Beach FL, Tampa Beer Safari 2011

It’s been incredible 

Bon Beer Voyage Guests Review their Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise

Hi Michael and Ruth,
You two did a marvelous job in providing one of the best “beer tours” I’ve been on! Keep up the good work!

 

 

W.T., Boynton Beach FL, Tampa Beer Safari 2010

Hats off to you both, Ruth and Mike! You went the extra mile to ensure we individually and collectively had a wonderful experience. I’ve repeatedly said that this beercation exceeded my expectations! You did an outstanding job of selecting accommodations, breweries, and tours. The food on board was exceptional also. Thank you!

Treva Jenkins, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2011

The barge is great!

Bon Beer Voyage Guests talk about the Surprising Comfort of their Beer Trip on a Barge…

The experience that Ruth and Mike have, along with the passion for touring and enthusiasm for craft beer is a very contagious mix

Dan M., Stamford CT, Tampa Beer Safari

Ruth and Mike are a wealth of information on the different cities and breweries
that you will visit. Being on the barge made the trip so enjoyable, and exceeded
our expectations. Having everything done for you, the tours, food and
transportation, made for a stress free way to experience Amsterdam and Belgium.
We look forward to traveling with them again.

Karan K.,Westmont, IL, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2012

I’ve said before that I like your tours –you put a lot of thought into them and it shows. I can depend on you to provide some very special elements. I was very happy with the mix of breweries–large and small. I know you put a lot of work into these tours, and I know that they must take a lot out of you, but you never seem to tire.  I’ve been very pleased, and so I’ll borrow and re-interpret the name of Anthony Bourdain’s TV show: I have “No Reservations” about recommending what you do.

Michael Walsh, Las Cruces, New Mexico Grand Crus to Farmhouse Brews Beercation 2012

It was fun to meet new people from different areas. And of course, it was exciting to taste so many new beers and hear the opinions of others. Was fun to be around so many beer lovers.

S. A., Coral Springs, Florida, St. Augustine Beer Safari Weekend Beer Tour 2012

Great experience! Our highlights were getting to know the people after the scheduled events!! Great group of people with a vast amount of beer knowledge that loved to have a good time….we couldn’t ask for anything more!!! Thank you for organizing such a relaxing, fun (and educational) weekend!

 

Dave and Carol D., Tampa Beer Safari 2011

Beer travel with a private chef on-board the barge makes a beercation cruse with Bon Beer Voyage a gourmet experience.

Guests on a Bon Beer Voyage Beer Trip talk about the Great Food...

Ruth and Mike are experts in both travel and beer, and where these intersect you have Bon Beer Voyage–a unique and unforgettable experience for the beer enthusiast. Their brewery contacts and knowledge of the local pub scenes are otherwise inaccessible to the ordinary traveler, and the trip itinerary is well-organized and provides the right balance between scheduled time and free time. All-in-all this is a bucket-list type trip, but even though I’ve now “checked the box” I would love to do a Beercation again!

David S., Norfolk VA, Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise 2012
Beer Vacation to Bruges

Mike and Ruth plan the most amazing beer tours. This is our second  beer tour with them.They research each stop thoroughly, plan the day well, make sure you have adequate time to enjoy the site and the beer, and really go out of their way to make it both educational and fun. Don’t hesitate to go on one of their beer trips, you won’t regret it!

Bill McFee, Boca Raton, FL Belgium Beercation 2010 & Tampa Beer Safari 2011

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Bill "Boli" Washawanny owner of Stuff Yer Face Restaurant

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