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 Belgium Beer Cruise

 BRUSSELS - ANTWERP - GHENT - LOVENDEGEM - BRUGES - OSTEND

       

  
 
Discover the famous Belgian beers in the presence of Geert Van Lierde, a Belgian journalist specialised in the brewing industry.  Onboard tasting sessions with meals specially tailored to suit beer tastings.
All excursions included Beer workshops and lectures during the cruise Several visits to breweries with tastings Tour Brussels and the Maison des Brasseurs museum Visit Ghent and the Delirium Tremens brewery Tour Bruges and a local brewery.




Days: 5 Days
Code -  BUO_BIER
1 departure only : 28 Aug - 1 Sep 2017
Itinerary

Day 1

BRUSSELS




Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. in Brussels. After comfortably settling into your cabins, join us for a welcome brew to meet the crew and get some information about your cruise. Dinner will be served. We'll remain in port overnight.

   
Day 2

BRUSSELS - ANTWERP

  We'll leave by coach for a tour of Brussels and the Maison des Brasseurs. Located in the city center, the building dates back to 1698 and is directly linked to the rise of Belgian beer brewing. The cellar houses a museum wholly dedicated to beer. We'll enjoy a tasting or two and then return on board. Our ship will begin to cruise. This afternoon, we'll leave by coach for the Het Anker Brewery in Mechelen. We'll enjoy a tour and a tasting. This brewery is known worldwide for its Gouden Carolus variety of beers. In 1990, the fifth generation of the Van Breedam family took over the brewery and modernised the brew equipment. We'll then visit the family-owned Duvel Moortgat brewery in Breendonk which was founded in 1871. It is one of the most modern beer brewing factories in Belgium. We'll return on board for dinner in Antwerp. This evening, take a tour of Antwerp with your host/hostess. Afterwards, we'll begin to cruise to Ghent.
   
Day 3

GHENT - LOVENDEGEM - BRUGES

 

We'll leave by coach for the Dilewyns Brewery, created in 1999. We'll then visit the Malheur Brewery. The blonde Malheur beers are brewed according to tradition, with barley, hops and yeast, but hyper-modern equipment is now used in the process. The brown Malheur beers are brewed according to an old Flemish tradition with hops and spice. Come have a taste with us! We'll return on board in Lovendegem. This afternoon, join us for a tour of the Huyghe Brewery in Melle, where the famous Delirium Tremens is made. This beer is set apart by the three different yeasts used, and its colourful label depicting the different phases of production of the beer contribute to its success. We'll then take a tour of downtown Ghent, including the cathedral and its belfry and Gravensteen (exteriors only). We'll return on board in Bruges. Join us for a presentation on Belgian beer production

   
Day 4

BRUGES - OSTEND

  After breakfast, we'll head to the center of Bruges. Retaining the mysteries of the Middle Ages and unashamedly fairytale-like, Bruges has been an international metropolis for centuries. We'll have a tasting of the Bourgogne des Flandres, brewed using unique, age-old techniques. The beer ages for several months in wooden barrels in order for the dark liquid to attain its particular taste and creamy head. We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Ostend. Tonight is our festive gala evening. We'll remain in port overnight.
   
Day 5

OSTEND - BRUSSELS

 

Disembark at 9 am.  Transfer by coach to Brussels

   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

 

   
INCLUSIONS:

This offer includes:

  your cruise with all meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day - drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served by CroisiEurope during meals on board (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list) - accommodation in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom - onboard entertainment - the assistance of our onboard host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala evening - repatriation insurance - all port fees - the excursions mentioned in the program and conferences onboard - transfer by coach from Ostend to Brussels on the last day.
   
EXCLUSIONS:

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

   
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