DUVEL QUALITY CONTROL TOUR

Nine days, Eight nights & Six Days, Five Nights |TWO DEPARTURES each YEAR
• May 18-26, 2019
• Sept. 15-24, 2019

Ardennes Mountains Beer Tour of Belgium
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Quality and passion are the two words that spring to mind whenever you think of the Duvel Moortgat family of world-class breweries and beers. On this grand tour, you’ll have the exceptional opportunity to visit four of their iconic breweries in Belgium and one in the Netherlands. There, you’ll enjoy their beers fresh at the source. These breweries are Duvel, De Koninck, Liefmans, Achouffe and ‘t IJ. You’ll also learn about the history of these unique breweries and what makes their beer so very, very special. As an added bonus, you will visit the Abbey of Maredsous, the namesake and origin of their line of Maredsous abbey ales. The tour rounds out with three nights in majestic Amsterdam. 

Quality, craftsmanship and pioneering spirit of the history of this Duvel Moortgat family business. Duvel Moortgat is helmed by fourth-generation family members and brothers, Michel, Philippe and Bernard.  

For many of us, Duvel was one of the first Belgian beers we ever enjoyed. To see from where this beer comes is indeed a pilgrimage. We hope you’ll join us on this impressive tour.

(Duvel Moortgat currently has ten breweries: Brasserie d’Achouffe in Houffalize, Brouwerij De Koninck in Antwerpen, Brouwerij Liefmans in Oudenaarde, Brouwerij Bernard in Czechia, Brewery Ommegang in New York , Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Firestone Walker in California, Brouwerij ’t IJ in Amsterdam and Birrificio del Ducato in Italy).

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“Had a wonderful time on the Ardennes Mountains Spring Beer Tour of Belgium — beautiful scenery, great beers and nice people. Stu made sure we were well taken care of, finding unique out of way places that we would have never toured and beers we may not have discovered on our own. He eased us into this great experience from travel preparations to sending us safely on our way back home. Not that we wanted to leave — already dreaming of our next tour!”
— Lynda & Jim from Norristown, Pennsylvania

Tours Include

  • 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, three 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.

Spring and Fall are the perfect time to visit Belgium. Combine this tour with the Farmhouse Ale Tour of Belgium & France, which precedes it, or Lonely Monks Trappist Tour that immediately follows and have a grand multi-week tour of beer paradise.

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Tour Cost

Deadline to sign up is one month before departure. 

$2595/per person + Air, $495 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 $495 in addition to the base price of $2595 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 travelers for a tour to be confirmed to go, so it’s important to sign up ASAP, as opposed to waiting until the deadline. Also, tours can fill suddenly, so signing up early guarantees your place and avoids disappointment.

Please share BBM! tours with your beer enthusiast friends and encourage them to join the fun!  

map of overnight locations

“The Ardennes Mountains of Belgium are pure magic: Beauty, beer and food.”
— Stu Stuart

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SOME OF THE BREWERIES AND ATTRACTIONS We have visited in the past ON THIS TOUR:

  • Achouffe Brewery
  • Orval Brewery
  • Carcole Brewery
  • Brasserie Bastogne
  • Interpol Brewery
  • Fantome Farmhouse Brewery
  • Trappist Abbey of St. Remy
  • du Bocq Brewery
  • Bastogne famous WWII museum
  • Brasserie De Fagnes
  • Chimay Brewery Taproom
  • Abbey of Maredsous
  • Des Fagnes
  • Bouillion
  • Trois Forquets (Lupulus)
  • La Ferme Au Chene
  • Niewhuys Brewpub & Museum
  • Hoegaarden Brewery Museum
  • Ambly Brewery
  • Saint-Monon
 
 Durbuy nestled in the heart of the Ardennes Mountains.

Durbuy nestled in the heart of the Ardennes Mountains.

Spring Ardennes Mountains Beer tour: Liége-Bastogne-Liége Special Edition 2018

Day One: Antwerp • Visit Brewery de Koninck and Welcome Dinner at Afspanning de Hand. (Dinner #1)

Day Two: Bruges •  Depart Antwerp, Visit Brewery Duvel and Brewery Liefmans on the way to Bruges. This evening an optional walking tour of some of Bruges many inviting beer cafes. (Breakfast)

Day Three: Bruges • Day in Bruges with canal boat tour, visit to the Historium and Duvelorium. Afternoon and evening free. (Breakfast)

Day Four: Mont • Transfer to Mont. On the way visit Abbey of Maredsous for lunch at Le Maredsous cafe. Two overnights at La Vieille Forge (LVF) in Mont. Home-cooked Ardennes dinner tonight at LVF. (Breakfast, Lunch #1 & Dinner #2)

Day Five: Mont • Visit to Brasserie d’ Achouffe and dinner at La Petite Fontaine. (Breakfast, Lunch #2 & Dinner #3)

Day Six: Amsterdam • Transfer to Amsterdam. On the way drop off travelers participating in only Section A to Park Inn Brussels Airport for their final night on their own. This hotel not included in price of tour.

Day 7: Amsterdam • Walking Tour and visit Brewery ‘t IJ.

Day 8: Amsterdam • Free day in Amsterdam. Farewell Dinner and show at Boom Chicago Improv and Sketch Comedy Theatre. Travelers will enjoy English-language comedy group performing topical sketches, improvisation & songs. (Breakfast & Comedy Show/Dinner #4) 

Day 9: Amsterdam • Concludes with breakfast

Leuven in the Summer.

Day Nine • Leuven  Our grand Ardennes Mountains Beer Tour officially ends with breakfast.  You may catch the train from Leuven about 15-20 minutes to the BRU airport and just about anywhere in Europe.  The Farmhouse Ale Tour of Belgium & France precedes this tour and the Trappist Tour begins in two days.  Consider combining these three tours for the ultimate beer tour of Belgium!  (Breakfast)

*This itinerary is subject to change.

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FALL ARDENNES MOUNTAINs BEER TOUR ITINERARY

Day One • Durbuy   The tour begins in Leuven, just east of Brussels, at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Park Inn Radisson Leuven Hotel, next to the railway station.  From there we head to a company lunch at the incredibly atmospheric Herberg In de Ster, which traces its roots to 1620.  It’s one of the most authentic, rustic, atmospheric Belgian taverns you’ll find anywhere.  It features regional specialties and a superb beer list.  Then it’s off to Durbuy, one of the prettiest little towns in the Ardennes, which will be our home for the next two nights.  You’ll have some free time this afternoon to explore its many shops, alleys and cafes.  Tonight our welcome dinner will be at one of my favorite local cafes. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day Two • Durbuy   Morning is free to explore, shop, hike, take a kayak trip, etc.  Lunch is on your own.  This afternoon we take a tour of the eccentric and always fascinating Brasserie Fantome, run by our friend, the very animated Brewmaster Dany Prignon.  This is an authentic farmhouse ale brewery with a large cult following.  You’ll have a leisurely tasting of the Fantome beers in their rustic taproom.  The afternoon is free in Durbuy to hike up to the observation tower, take some panoramic images of the Ardennes mountains or just sit on the sunny patio of a beer cafe overlooking the river and enjoy the local beer selection.  Dinner is on your own. (Breakfast)

Day Three • Mont   We travel to Bastogne, where you will have lunch on your own and some free time to explore.  This afternoon we tour the impressive Bastogne WWII Museum and visit the Mardasson Memorial.  Afterward, transfer to nearby Mont, our home for the next three nights.  We’ll stay at the Brewery/Inn of La Vieille Forge, run by our hosts, Tine and Pol.  The name of the brewery is InterPol, which is famous for its Witte Pol and Zwarte Pol beers. Some of us will also be next door at the ever-charming Patuljak (gnome in Croatian), run by our hosts Danny and Pascale.  Tonight we have a company dinner at our La Vieille Forge and a tour of the Interpol Brewery. (Breakfast & dinner)

Day Four • Mont   Today we venture south to the Trappist Abbey of Orval to tour the ruins of the old abbey, tour the Brewery Museum and Abbey Museum, and have lunch at the Guardian Angel Taproom of Orval.  The ruins and new abbey are an impressive site that will give you an even greater appreciation for their beer.  Tonight we have a company dinner at our the Patuljak Inn. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day Five • Mont   This morning we head to the nearby scenic mountain village of La Roch en Ardennes where you will have a better part of the day to explore, shop, tour the castle, tour the WWII Museum and have lunch on your own in one of its many quaint cafes.  This afternoon you will tour the famous Brasserie d’Achouffe, just a couple miles down the road from our inn.  Time and weather permitting, you can hike a trail down through the rolling Ardennes countryside to the village of Achouffe and the brewery.  Dinner is on your own at the Achouffe Tavern, which features Ardennes Mountain trout, a specialty of the region, as well as other divine cuisine and of course the full line up Achouffe beers fresh from the source. (Breakfast)

Day Six • Dinant   Today we say goodbye to Mont and travel to the Abbey of Maredsous, where you will have a company lunch at the Taproom of the Abbey.  Their beers are now brewed outside the abbey by Duvel Moortgat in Breendonk, but it’s still enjoyable to see the historic abbey, visit the gift shop and to be able to experience their line of Maredsous beers in their nice beer garden surrounded by the gentle nature of the Molignee River Valley.  This afternoon you will have a tour and tasting at Brasserie Caracole (Snail in Spanish), the last wood-fired brewery in Belgium.  The brewery and taproom are located in a rustic stone building that has housed breweries for more than 100 years.  This visit is always one of the wow moments of the tour!  Tonight you’ll stay at the Castle Pont-á-Lesse, a three-star hotel in the heart of the Dinant region.  Bring your bathing suit for their pool.  Tonight, dinner is on your own either at the castle restaurant or in the town of Dinant.  Your choice! (Breakfast & lunch)

Day Seven • Leuven   Today we head to Battlefield of Waterloo 1815, where you’ll have lunch on your own in one of several attractive cafes next to the museum located in the village.  This afternoon you will tour the museum, have an opportunity to climb the famous Lion’s Mound, from which you can have a panoramic view of the battlefield.  Insider Tip:  Bring some cold beers and glasses with you for when you get to the top.  Afterward, you’ll visit the new Waterloo Brewery, which opened in 2015, and be able to purchase one of their famous ceramic beer chalices emblazoned with the slogan, “The Beer of Bravery.”  The year 2015 marks the 200th Anniversary of the battle so this is an especially exciting time to visit the battlefield.  By visiting here, you will gain a greater appreciation for this epic battle, the lives lost and how it shaped history and the world we know today.  From there we travel to the historic university town of Leuven, where we spend the final two nights of the tour.  Dinner is on your own and the evening is free to explore the many sites and beer cafes of Leuven, including the Capital beer cafe with the largest selection of beer in the world.  Yes, you read correctly.  Be prepared to be amazed. (Breakfast)

Day Eight • Leuven   Besides a short walking tour of the city to give you the lay of the land, today is a free day in Leuven.  You can shop, rent a bike, or visit beer cafes and people watch in this vibrant city.  Take a look at this short video above which sums up Leuven nicely.  Lunch and dinner are on your own.  This evening we will gather in the lobby of our hotel for our Farewell Beer Session, share our favorite memories of the tour and say so long to our new friends from the tour. (Breakfast)

Day Nine • Leuven  Our grand Ardennes Mountains Beer Tour officially ends with breakfast.  You may catch the train from Leuven about 15-20 minutes to the BRU airport and just about anywhere in Europe.  The Farmhouse Ale Tour of Belgium & France precedes this tour and the Trappist Tour begins in two days.  Consider combining these three tours for the ultimate beer tour of Belgium!     (Breakfast)

*This itinerary is subject to change.

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