DUVEL INSPIRING MOMENTS TOUR
Nine days, Eight nights |ONE DEPARTURES EACH YEAR
• Sept. 15-23, 2019
• Sept. 13-21, 2020
Family, quality and innovation are 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.
If there ever was a brewery that does it right, top to bottom, it’s family-owned Duvel Moortgat. Many beer enthusiasts and fellow brewers recognize this and agree. Duvel is a benchmark in the brewing industry and if ever one group of breweries deserved to have a beer tour built around it, it is Duvel Moortgat.
For many people around the world, Duvel was one of the first great Belgian beers they experienced. Its accessibility, presentation, flavor, consistent quality, mesmerizing bubbles and head, instantly recognizable glass, and euphoric qualities have made it a favorite for beer enthusiasts. That first glass of Duvel was an inspiring moment for many of us.
Since its humble beginning in 1871 Duvel has gone on to create a wide variety of styles and to build a portfolio of breweries to attempt to fulfill a wide range of consumer tastes. More than variety and innovation, the company has a history of uncompromising quality, preservation and vision for the future of beer and the planet.
David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewing (part of Duvel’s porfolio) in California sums up well Duvel Moortgat by saying it’s, “An independent family business, committed to beer culture and to creating an enduring legacy.” (Mar. 13, 2018 Marketwatch article).
Maredsous Abbey Ales
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On this tour, we will visit the following brewery locations:
De Koninck, Antwerp
Liefmans , Oudenaarde
‘t IJ in Amsterdam, Netherlands
We’ll also visit the scenic and historic Abbey of Maredsous, near Dinant, for which Duvel brews their famous abbey beers. You’ll enjoy lunch and a beer tasting at the Abbey in a monastic setting you will always remember. Mix in some history with visits to the Historium in Bruges and the WWII Museum in Bastogne and this is one powerful tour.
Overnights in Antwerp, Bruges, near Bastogne & Amsterdam.
This tour will take you to Flanders in the north of Belgium and to the beautiful Ardennes Mountains of the Wallonia in the south. Then, on to the Netherlands for some Dutch hospitality, scenery and culture. It will give you a good overall feel for this area also known as the Lowlands.
For those who know these famous beers, it will be a pilgrimage to see from where these beers come, savor them, experience the terroir and to have some inspiring moments of your own, thus the name of the tour.
There will also be a slightly shorter Beer Industry Option for both departures of this tour that does not include the final three nights in Amsterdam. It is intended for professional beer industry people, who may have more of a limited amount of time, but is open to everyone. For travelers on this option, the tour will end at the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Airport Hotel, and the rest of the tour will continue on to Amsterdam.
If you have the time, it is encouraged to participate in the entire tour as you’ll be glad you did. The beauty of Amsterdam and beers of Brewery ‘t IJ are not to be missed. You may ask, “How do you pronounce this brewery?” Although Dutch dialects may vary, Brewery ‘t IJ can be pronounced “Het Eye.”
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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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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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
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DUVEL INSPIRING MOMENTS TOUR ITINERYARY
Day One: Antwerp • The tour begins as we meet in the lobby of our hotel at 11 a.m. We’ll have a short walking tour of Antwerp to get your bearings and then set you free for lunch on your own. Afterward, we’ll catch a tram to Brewery de Koninck for a visit to the De Koninck Experience, where you’ll learn about this historic brewery and Antwerp in general. This will be followed by a tasting and visit to the well-provisioned De Koninck gift shop. We’ll have our welcome dinner at Afspanning de Hand, one of the taprooms for the brewery. Evening is free to explore the many beer cafes of Antwerp. (Dinner #1)
Day Two: Bruges • This morning we say farewell to Antwerp and make our way to romantic Bruges, where we’ll spend two nights. Our first stop today is Brewery Duvel for a tour and tasting. This is where it all started in 1871. We’ll also have special access to the new Duvel Pilot Brewery and Lab, which is not part of the regular tour. The Duvel Depot serves as the magnificent taproom of the brewery. Here you’ll be able to indulge in a wide variety of their fine beers and come to an even greater appreciation for them. A visit to the impressive Duvel shop for Duvel swag: Clothing, beer signs, bottle openers... and of course, beer. (Breakfast Lunch #1)
From there continue on to West Flanders and Brewery Liefmans for a tour and tasting. This brewery has fabled history of which you’ll come to know and appreciate. Think Liefmans Goudenband, Oud Bruin and Kriek Brut.
Afterward, we’ll transfer to Bruges where we’ll get checked into our centrally-located hotel. Evening is free to explore the many cozy beer cafés of Bruges. Dinner is on your own.
Day Three: Bruges • This morning we’ll have a short walking tour to give you the lay of the land and introduce you to some points of interest. Lunch is on your own. Afterward you’ll enjoy a canal boat tour to learn more about this perfectly preserved Medieval city. Next we go back in time when we visit the Historium, where through a clever story and Disney-like journey you’ll experience 15th century Bruges. Then, just upstairs is the Duvelorium, the official taproom of Duvel in Bruges. From its second floor terrace you can enjoy a wide variety of Duvel beers and have a prime view of the Grote Markt (the main market square of Bruges). This vantage point will allow you to capture the best possible photo of the colorful Grote Markt. The rest of the day is free to explore, rent a bike, take a carriage ride, shop for some chocolate or just hold up on the terrace of a beer café and people watch. Dinner is on your own.
Day Four: Bastogne • This morning we tip our hat to Bruges and transfer to the Abbey of Maredsous for a company lunch at Le Maredsous cafe replete with a flight of their famous blond, double and triple Maredsous abbey beer. After lunch you’ll be able to visit the abbey grounds, chapel and gift shop.
Next, we continue on to our stonehouse inn, near Bastogne, where we’ll spend two nights. Tonight we’ll have a home-cooked Ardenes dinner at the inn. Afterward, you’ll be able to visit on your own the Au Grand Cafe, the taproom for Brasserie Inter Pol, one of the smallest breweries in Belgium. (Breakfast, lunch #2 & Dinner #2)
Day Five: Bastogne • This morning you can sleep in a little, take a hike in the countryside or have a leisurely breakfast. At 9:30 we’ll depart to visit the impressive WWII Museum in Bastogne, where you’ll learn about the Battle of the Bulge, Hitler’s last offensive, in December of 1944. You’ll come to a better understanding of this fierce and bitterly cold battle, and the U.S. soldiers, who fought to defeat the Germans. The Americans are still known as the liberators in this part of Belgium and most every village has a U.S. memorial in the form of a tank or canon and a U.S. flag flying. They have not forgotten and are very appreciative and respectful of the American involvement in WWII. It is visceral and moving.
Lunch will be on your own in Bastogne. On the way back to the inn, we’ll visit Malcom & Marcel, the gnomes of Achouffe, where you’ll have a photo opportunity with them. Back at our inn, you’ll have some time to freshen up before our tour and tasting at Brasserie d’Achouffe, home to La Chouffe, Mc Chouffe and some other fine beers. Our tasting will be held in the rustic and cozy hospitality room of the brewery, only open to those who take the tour.
Weather and time permitting, there will be an optional short hike through the bucolic countryside (about 35 minutes) down the mountain to the brewery. After the tour, you’ll also be able to visit the alluring Chouffe Shop to stock up on all your gnome swag needs.
Tonight, we’ll enjoy a company dinner at La Petite Fontaine, one of the taprooms of the brewery. It looks like the kind of place a gnome might stroll into any moment. (Breakfast & Dinner #3)
Day Six: Amsterdam • This morning we wave goodbye to the beautiful Ardennes Mountain and make our way to Amsterdam via Brussels. Members of the tour leaving us today will be transferred to the Park Inn Brussels Airport for their final night on their own (this hotel is not included in the price of the tour).
After a stop for lunch, we’ll continue on to magical Amsterdam, where we’ll get checked into our hotel. Dinner and evening is on your own. A list and map of some suggested beer cafés will be provided. (Breakfast & lunch #3) (Need to figure out lunch today, maybe have the inn prepare some box lunches. Maybe lunch at the Netherlands ? brewery? Het Anker in Mechelin?)
Day Seven: Amsterdam • This morning, we’ll have a short walking tour to acquaint your with your new surroundings, then we’ll have a tour of Brewery ‘t IJ followed by lunch and a tasting. You’ll learn the story behind the name of this brewery and enjoy its fine beers. The rest of the day is free to explore Amsterdam. Dinner is on your own.
Day Eight: Amsterdam • Up until now, we’ve been running a full schedule. This morning you may sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and recharge your battery. Or, hit the ground running, the choice is yours. This is, for the most part, a free day in Amsterdam to shop, explore museums, visit the Anne Frank House, rent a bike, visit the city’s many beer cafes, etc. There’s no lack of things to do in Amsterdam.
This evening, we’ll gather for our Farewell Dinner and show at Boom Chicago Improv and Sketch Comedy Theatre. You’ll enjoy this funny, fast-paced, English-language comedy group performing topical sketches, improvisation and songs. (Breakfast & Comedy Show).
Day Nine: Amsterdam • This grand tour concludes with breakfast. It’s a quick 20 minute ride to the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Trains depart Amsterdam Central railway station to most anywhere in Europe.
*This itinerary is subject to change.
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