Backroads of Belgium

nine days, eight nights | One DEPARTURE A YEAR
• March 3-11, 2017

Backroads of Belgium
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Belgium is full of historic, fascinating and proud cities that want to share their stories with you. Welcome to the Backroads of Belgium Tour where you’ll travel the fabled Meuse River Valley and get personal with the cities of Tournai, Mons, Dinant, Namur, Huy and Liege. You’ll learn about their history through the centuries and how it pertains to its current beer culture. Want to see Bruges and Brussels? Not on this tour. You’ll go to enchanting cities that most tourists will never visit, such as Kortrijk. See how the real people of Belgium live and thrive, and sometimes thrive under adversity. You’ll learn how wars and political borders shaped this region and its proud people. You’ll be traveling mostly in Wallonia, the southern and French-speaking region of Belgium. For decades this region was known for coal and steel. Those days are gone now and region has had to reinvent itself.

Two major beer festivals will be part of the Tour, the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (ACBF) held in Vichte near Kortrijk in the Flanders region in the north and the Tournai Beer Festival held in...you guessed it, Tournai, in Wallonia. ACBF invitational brings in a hand-picked list of cutting edge breweries breweries from Europe and the North America to share their innovations. Tournai Beer Festival promotes the beers of Wallonia, many which will be new to you and go beyond your wildest expectations. The Walloons know how to brew some great beer! (ACBF is only held in odd-numbered years).

If you think you already know Belgium, think again. There is so much to see and do when you get off the beaten path. And, with beer as our platform it is so much more fun!

Overnights in Kortrijk, Tournai, Namur and Liege. This tour begins in Kortrijk and ends in Liege. Itinerary to come.

Tournai Beer Festival

*Photo credit Beer Festival of Tournai http://www.tournai-beer-festival.com/en/accueil

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“My wife and I typically take a Rick Steves tour every year (9 so far), but decided to try something new. We discovered BBM! via a Travel with Rick Steves podcast and followed BBM! for a couple of years before taking the tour. We were looking for a unique trip and found it with the Lonely Monks Trappist Tour. I would highly recommend the tour to anybody regardless of your knowledge of Belgian beer.”

— Steve & Paulette from Mountain View, California


Tour Includes

  • Eight nights accommodations in nice, friendly, centrally-located hotels often in the old town section of the city and some in bucolic rural settings.
  • All breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners with gratuities.
  • Beer during brewery tours, taproom visits, festivals and company meals as listed on the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation via private luxury coach with professional driver.  Leave the driving to us!
  • Professional and courteous BBM! guide services.
  • All tours and admissions.
  • An instant group of interesting and fun, beer-loving friends you haven’t met yet.
  • Guaranteed tour price the moment submit your deposit.
  • Plenty of unstructured free time to relax, shop and explore on your own.
  • Custom BBM! name badges.
  • Souvenir BBM! luggage tags
  • One souvenir BBM! soft-sided cooler per household.
  • Flexibility in the event you need to transfer or cancel your tour.

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Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers.
  • Some meals and beer on your own. Free-time sightseeing. Our guides are available to provide suggestions.
  • Fine Print: You are responsible for the costs of your free-time sightseeing.  Be sure to read our Terms & Conditions Agreement for important details.
  • Gratuities, at your discretion, for brewery tour guides and coach drivers.

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Tour Cost

Deadline to sign up is one month before departure. 

$1995/per person + Air, $350 single supplement*
* Prices based on double room occupancy.  If you are a solo traveler and would like to have a private room all to yourself there is a single supplement fee of $350 in addition to the base price of $1995 per person. We can also work with you to pair you with other single travelers to avoid the single supplement. Better yet, recruit a friend to come, too! Unless, of course, like Rick Steves says, you prefer to “snore alone.”

We require a minimum number of guests for each tour to be guaranteed to go, so it’s important to sign up ASAP, as opposed to waiting until the deadline. Also, tours can fill rapidly and suddenly, so signing up early ensures that you will go and not be disappointed.

Please share  BBM! tours with fellow Belgian beer enthusiasts, your friends in general, and encourage them to join the fun! 

map of overnight locations

SOME OF THE ATTRACTIONS of this region:

  • Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (ACBF)
  • Tournai Beer Festival
  • Brasserie Brunehaut
  • Domaine de Graux
  • Brasserie de Cazeau
  • Brasserie C
  • Brasserie Caracole
  • Meuse River Valley
  • Liege
  • Namur
  • Dinant
  • Huy
  • Tournai
  • Mons
  • Kortrijk

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Combine with Mini Trappist Tour!

MARCH 3-17, 2017 - BACKROADS OF BELGIUM & MINI TRAPPIST TOUR COMBO PACKAGE

Combo Package - Backroads of Belgium & Mini Trappist Tour
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Belgium is full of historic, fascinating and proud cities that want to share their stories with you. The Backroads of Belgium Tour will take you to the Meuse River Valley and get personal with the cities of Liege, Namur, Huy and Tournai. When you combine this with The Mini Trappist Tour,  you will learn about the Cistercian order of the monks, see the exterior of the cloistered abbeys, feel the terroir and enjoy the taprooms of four of these fabled abbies. On this tour you will visit the St. Sixtus Abbey of Westvleteren, the Abbey of Westmalle, the Abbey of Mary Refuge, home of Zundert Trappist ale and the Abbey of Koenigshoeven, home of La Trappe ales in Tilburg, Netherlands. Whew! 15 days of Belgium culture, countryside, beer and history... did I mention two beer festivals and FOUR Trappist Abbeys?

Cost is $3490 per person based on double occupancy.  There is a single supplement of $675 if requesting a single room or traveling alone. You save $100/person when combining these tours!

Also known as the Tournai Beer Festival, it showcases the magnificent beers of Wallonia.


Backroads of Belgium Itinerary • 2017 tour

Itinerary coming soon....

* Itinerary subject to change.

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