Daily Itinerary

Thursday, September 24 –   Overnight flight to Brussels. (Airfare not included – approx. $1100 Portland to Brussels/Prague to Portland)

Friday, September 25  –  Welcome to Europe!
We’ll meet at our centrally located hotel in medieval Bruges in the afternoon and have a welcome drink with our hotelier – who is also an expert on Belgian beer and proprietor of one of the best beer cafés in Bruges, which is right in the hotel!  This evening we will enjoy a beer-themed dinner at Bierbrasserie Cambrinus (named for the legendary Flemish king with a particular enthusiasm for beer).
Sleep in Bruges (3 nights)  / Bus: none / Walking: Light
Meals provided:  Dinner

Saturday, September 26 – In Bruges
In the morning we’ll walk a few minutes to Market Square where those who wish to can ascend the 366 steps of the Belfort to get a bird’s eye view of this Gothic city. After a brief orientation to the city, including a visit to the Church of the Holy Blood, we will enjoy a “your-choice” lunch at De Halve Maan Brewery – the oldest functioning Bruges based brew house. We will also tour the brewery – where the entertaining and passionate “brew guide” will reinforce our belief that beer is the greatest of all human inventions. After lunch, you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore Bruges as you wish – perhaps taking the recommended canal boat tour to see the city from another perspective. 
Sleep in Bruges / Bus: none / Walking: Moderate
Meals provided: Breakfast and your-choice lunch reservation

Sunday, September 27 – War and Peace
After breakfast we’ll meet our friendly Belgian bus driver, who will drive us out to the small Flemish town of Ypres, which had the misfortune to be located in the middle of some of the worst fighting in WW I – half a million people died in the fields surrounding this town – Flanders Fields. There we’ll visit the Menin Gate and the Flanders Fields WW I Museum. Then it’s off to the Abbey of Saint Sixtus – the monks there brew Westvleteren, the most sought after and elusive Trappist beer in the world. We’ll enjoy it right from the Abbey’s tap house and restaurant, In De Vrede (“in the peace”). In the afternoon we will head back to Bruges for a tour and tasting at the canal-side brewery Bourgogne des Flandres.  The evening is yours to visit some of the other famous Bruges beer cafés – ‘t Brugs Beertje, De Garre, Le Trappiste…
Sleep in Bruges / Bus: 3 hours / Walking: Light
Meals provided: Breakfast and your-choice lunch reservation

Monday, September 28  – Netherlands and Rhinelands
In the morning we will board the bus and say goodbye to Bruges as we head East over the border to Tilburg. There we will visit the oldest Trappist Brewery in the Netherlands, De Koningshoeven, brewers of the extensive line of La Trappe beers.  After a special all-you-can-eat Abbey Lunch we’ll cross yet another border into Germany, where we will sample the only beer that truly can be called Kölsch during our visit to Köln (aka Cologne).  We’ll also visit the world famous Cologne Cathedral, and climb the massive towers (if you don’t want to climb, you can head to the beer hall early!).  In the evening we will settle into our hotel in the centre of historic Heidelberg, conveniently just down the street from the highly-acclaimed Vetter’s Alt Heidelberger craft brewery and restaurant.
Sleep in Heidelberg  (1 night) / Bus: 6 hours / Walking: Light
Meals provided: Breakfast and lunch

Tuesday, September 29 – The Old Country
This morning we will have an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Heidelberg Castle with our entertaining guide.  After the tour, we’ll have a your-choice lunch at Kulturbrauerei craft brewery and restaurant.  Then, we head straight to Bavaria, perhaps the region of Europe most historically synonymous with beer, especially BIG beer. When we arrive in Munich we will check into the hotel, which is located about a 10-minute walk from… OKTOBERFEST!  This evening you will be exploring the Oktoberfest beer tents!
Sleep in Munich (2 nights)/ Bus: 4 hours / Walking: Moderate
Meals provided: Breakfast and your-choice lunch reservation

Wednesday, September 30 – Eins, zwei, g’suffa
Today you can head straight back to Oktoberfest to visit anything you missed last night, or revisit your favourites!  If you want a rest from beer(?!?!), you could head into the heart of Munich and visit the Residenz (palace) or the Deutsches Museum or the BMW Museum.  This evening we’ll regroup for a your-choice dinner at the world famous Hofbräuhaus, hoisting a Maß of Hell or Dunkel, singing “Eins, zwei, g’suffa” (one, two, drink) with the oompah band!
Sleep in Munich / Bus: none / Walking: Moderate
Meals provided: Breakfast and your-choice dinner reservation

Thursday, October 1 – Czech it out!
Our hearty German breakfast will be followed by a journey across the former Iron Curtain border into the Czech Republic. We’ll stop for lunch in Plzeň (Pilsen) – and visit the Pilsner Urquell Brewery where history was made in 1842 when the first batch of pilsner beer was brewed. Pilsner may be one of the most widely copied beer styles in the world, but there’s nothing quite so good as the original, and Czechs take special pride in this. We’ll also have a your-choice lunch right in the brewery.  A little further to the east and we will be in Prague, where we will will visit Wenceslas Square, where the Velvet Revolution that ended communism in Czechoslovakia took place, and then head out for some delicious beer and snacks from Prague’s burgeoning microbrewery scene.
Sleep in Prague (2 nights) / Bus: 4 hours / Walking: Moderate
Meals provided: Breakfast and your-choice lunch reservation

Friday, October 2 – Bohemian Rhapsody
Rhapsody: a state of elated bliss. Which is the state you will be in having an entire day in the magnificent capital of Bohemia, Prague. In the morning, we will visit the Old Town Square and the Tyn Church, followed by a tour and tasting at the very traditional Czech micro-brewery U Flek U.  After some free time in the old town, we will regroup, cross the Charles Bridge, and ascend to the Prague Castle before settling in for a Czech feast at the the Strahov Monastic Brewery.
Sleep in Prague / Bus: none / Walking: Strenuous (moderate if you opt to take the lift up the hill to the castle)
Meals provided: Breakfast and your-choice dinner

Saturday, October 3 – Auf Wiedersehen and Na shledanou!
The tour is over after breakfast. We will be happy to give you advice on your further adventures in Europe if you are staying on, and if you are heading home – the Prague International Airport is a short train or cab ride away. Auf Wiedersehen and Na shledanou!

 

 

Land Only Price: $2,385.00 per person based on double occupancy.  Airfare is approximately $1100 USD (Portland to Brussels / Prague to Portland)

Single Supplement:  Available for an additional $475.00  (limited number available)

Trip Insurance:  You are encouraged to purchase trip insurance from your preferred provider.

Price Includes:  8 nights accommodations at centrally located hotels, transport by luxury motor coach with professional driver, full buffet breakfast each day, 1 dinner, 2 lunches, reservations for your-choice meals at 6 beer halls/pubs/breweries, all taxes and surcharges

Visits & Admissions: Café Rose Red beer flight, De Halve Maan Brewery tour, In Flanders Fields WWI Museum, Menin Gate, Poperinge Hop Museum, Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery tour, Cologne Cathedral, Früh Kölsch Beer Hall, Heidelberg Castle tour, Oktoberfest, Pilsner Urquell Brewery tour, Tyn Church, U Flek U Brewery Tour, Prague Castle

Not Included: Airfare, Trip Insurance, Tip to your driver (recommended €2-4 euros per day per person)

Deposit: A deposit of $400 per person is due to secure a spot on the trip.  Deposit is refundable for any reason for 30 days.   Space is limited so don’t delay as this tour will fill up quickly.

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This tour runs Sept 25 to Oct 3, 2020

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