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Amsterdam to Bruges Beercation Cruise Day by Day Itinerary

Westvleteren 12, 8 & blonde

Amsterdam to Bruges
Beercation Cruise

Day by Day Itinerary

 Day 1 Saturday Amsterdam

Join us on board for welcome drink after unpacking and settling in. Then it’s time to see the real Amsterdam during our private guided walking tour of this one of a kind city. As we wind our way through various parts of town we’ll learn about the history, architecture and sights of “A’dam” and finally end up at our first brewery of the week, Brouwerij Het IJ. Following our visit here for a tour and tasting, we head back to the barge for our welcome aboard dinner. After dinner if you are not too jet-lagged from the trip overseas, you can join our beer guide for some beer hunting. (This could be visiting an historic pub or searching the local shops for rare and unique beers to sample or add to your collection.)   D

Day 2 Sunday Amsterdam to Dordrecht

Breakfast is served on board before we disembark and board our motorcoach to head off to a local cheese farm where we will have a chance to taste their fresh cheeses and ice cream! Then we head to La Trappe, one of only two Trappist breweries in the Netherlands. Here we will tour, as well as enjoy lunch with (of course) beer. Next it’s off to Brouwerij De Molen to tour the facility and taste some of the best beers coming out of the Netherlands. We will also have an opportunity to visit their bottle shop- which houses a great selection of international beers. Afterwards, we will head back to meet the barge in the town of Dordrecht. Dinner is on board tonight.   B,L,D

Day 3 Monday Dordrecht to Antwerp

The barge will leave early today to sail to Antwerp-the city known for diamonds; but there is much more to see in this interesting town. After breakfast on board, we will disembark at the town of Willemsted where we will meet our private motorcoach for our transfer to Antwerp for our guided walking tour with one of the best guides in Belgium. You will have free time after this for lunch on your own and to sight-see, shop or seek out new brews before dinner is served back on the barge. After dinner, relax or join your beer guide for beer hunting around Antwerp.  B,D

Day 4 Tuesday Antwerp to Dendermonde

Make sure to eat a hearty breakfast onboard this morning, we have a serious day of brewery visits ahead of us! On today’s agenda are Bosteels and Malheur breweries-both known for “inventing” the idea of fermenting strong pale ale by the méthode Champenoise, making a beer that resembles champagne. Then this very special day continues with a visit to Palm Brewery, along with a visit to their stud farm where we will visit their magnificent draught horses, mascot of Brouwerij Palm, which have been saved from extinction. It’s no coincidence that Palm concentrates on breeding primarily chestnut Belgian draught horses. Their amber-colored coat and white mane is the equine picture of a nice glass of Palm with a perfect white head!  After visiting the horses we finish off this perfect day with dinner onboard the barge.  After dinner, relax or join your beer guide for beer hunting around Dendermonde.  B,L,D

Day 5 Wednesday Dendermonde to Gent

Enjoy breakfast on board before we head off to visit Westvleteren, where monks brew what is widely acclaimed as “the best beer in the world”. Here we will taste their famous beer in their In de Vrede pub, where you can also get some lunch. Upon our return to Ghent, we will meet our guide for a walking tour of this magnificent medieval town.   Following the tour, you’ll have plenty of time to explore Ghent on your own. There are some great pubs here that you won’t want to miss as well as shopping opportunities for those who are interested.  

Tonight, we will meet back in the center of Gent, just across from the Town Hall at the historic Sint Jorishof aka the Cour St. Georges.  Here, we will be treated to a fabulous Flemish meal paired with some delicious local beers.  The beautiful building in which the restaurant is located is called Court St. Georges. The façade is decorated with arms from Flanders, Habsburg and Burgundy. Originally built in 1228, this former hotel and restaurant was restored in the 15th century, during the reign of Duchess Mary of Burgundy, as the guildhall of Ghent’s guild of Crossbowmen. The patron of this guild was St. George. Further restorations and renovations over the years have produced what is now this landmark and gastronomic restaurant, where we will dine on local specialties in unique surroundings.  B,D

Day 6 Thursday Ghent to Bruges

This morning relax on board as we sail to Bruges, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. After lunch on board, we will enjoy a walking tour of the city known as the “Venice of the North”. Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you will feel like you have been transported back medieval times. After our tour you can head out on your own to explore some of Bruges museums or maybe take a canal boat tour around the picturesque canals and enjoy the view from the water. Perhaps you may even decide to work up an appetite for this evening’s dinner by biking along the canal through some of the most scenic areas in this region into the nearby village of Damme, as the afternoon and evening is yours to explore historic Bruges on your own.   And if you are looking for more than the pub scene for dinner, there are plenty of restaurants to tempt your taste buds with a local flair. After dinner return to the barge on your own to relax or stay in town a little longer to explore the pubs.   B,L  

Day 7 Friday Bruges

Relax over breakfast then enjoy the morning in Bruges, maybe take a bike ride or go visit the wall of beer at 2Be. Lunch is on the barge then our motorcoach will pick us up for the ride over to De Struise Brouwers to visit their brewery and taste their world class beers. Then it’s off to De Dolle Brouwers , where you’ll meet Kris the brewer for a tour and tasting at this very unique family brewery. We’ll hop on to our motorcoach one last time to head back to the barge for our farewell dinner.  B,L,D

Day 8 Saturday Bruges

Time for a final breakfast on board before you disembark to depart for flights home or wherever your travels will bring you!  B

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40 year old Westvleteren 8 poured by Dominiek; The Bruges Grote Markt & De Dolle Brouwers

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