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Food & Wine: Beers of Belgium & Germany

12 days |  15 days with Prague extension
Group size1022 travelers
a cobblestone street with brick buildings and outdoor seating at a restaurant in bruges belgium
pot of mussels with a side of belgian beer at a table in bruges
statue and buildings in the marienplatz of munich germany
two steins of german beer and a basket of pretzels
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    Treat your taste buds to sweet Belgian chocolate and crisp Bavarian beer.

    On this small group Food & Wine Tour, you’ll journey through Belgium and Germany, from enchanting Bruges to medieval Bamberg to lively Munich. Be sure to bring your appetite when you discover the local beers, fare, and traditions that make these countries such celebrated destinations.

    Your tour package includes

    • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
    • 10 breakfasts
    • 2 lunches
    • 5 dinners with beer or wine
    • 1 cooking class
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    Included highlights

    • Bruges’ Beguinage
    • Belgian chocolate tastings
    • Huyghe Brewery
    • Grand-Place in Brussels
    • Maredsous Abbey
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    Day-by-day itinerary

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    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 1: Travel day

    Board your overnight flight to Brussels today.

    Bruges3 nights
    Day 2: Arrival in Brussels & transfer to Bruges
    Included meal: Welcome dinner

    Welcome to Belgium! Transfer to Bruges and settle in to your hotel. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

    Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bruges
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

    A walking tour introduces you to Bruges’ history and reputation as Belgium’s chocolate capital and city of canals.

    • See Market Square, Burg Square, and the belfry, a 13th-century bell tower
    • Admire the Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage site now home to an order of Benedictine nuns
    • Take in the scenic views at the romantic Minnewater, the “Lake of Love”
    • Pop into some of the many chocolate shops for tastings
    • Set off on the canals and tour the city by boat

    Enjoy a free evening in Bruges or add an excursion.

    Brewery Visit & Dinner in Bruges

    From $125 per person

    Day 4: Free day in Bruges
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Bruges or add an excursion.

    A Day in Ghent: Tasting Tour & Canal Cruise

    From $125 per person

    Brussels1 night
    Day 5: Brussels via Huyghe Brewery
    Included meals: Breakfast, Beer tasting, Dinner

    Travel east toward central Belgium. Stop en route at Huyghe Brewery, home to the world-famous Delirium ale, for a tour and Belgian beer tasting. Then, make your way to Brussels, home of the European Union.

    • See the elegant Baroque houses that line the Grand-Place
    • Pass city icons, such as Manneken Pis, Palais de Justice, and the Place Royale

    Tonight, professional chefs teach you how to make a traditional Belgian meal at a cooking class and dinner featuring wine and delicious local beers.

    Rhine Valley2 nights
    Day 6: Rhine Valley via Dinant & Maredsous Abbey
    Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

    Travel south through Wallonia, Belgium’s French-speaking region, to the Rhine Valley, making two stops along the way.

    • Take a guided tour of Maredsous Abbey, where monks continue the Benedictine brewing tradition
    • Sample a variety of different cheeses during a light charcuterie lunch served with a Maredsous brewed beer
    • Visit Dinant, a charming Belgian town at the edge of the River Meuse, where you’ll have free time to explore
    Day 7: Rüdesheim am Rhein & Rhine River cruise
    Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Dinner

    Pay a visit to the picturesque village of Rüdesheim am Rhein this morning.

    • Stroll the historic alleyways of the pub-lined Drosselgasse
    • Enjoy free time to eat lunch

    This afternoon, take in the spectacular sights of the Rhine River Valley on a scenic cruise from Rudesheim to Sankt Goar.

    Then, visit a local vineyard to enjoy a wine tasting followed by dinner.

    Please note: From mid-October through March you will enjoy a German wine tasting in Boppard instead of the cruise.

    Bamberg2 nights
    Day 8: Bamberg via Würzburg
    Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Lunch

    Travel through the Middle Rhine Valley—a UNESCO-protected region famous for its castles, historic towns, and vineyards—en route to Bamberg.

    • Stop in medieval Würzburg
    • Take a tour of the city’s Residence palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site
    • Sit down to sample locally made wines, including Riesling and Silvaner, during an included lunch
    Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Beer tasting

    Set off with a local guide on a walking tour through Bamberg, a city built on seven hills.

    • Admire the towering Bamberg Cathedral and surrounding square
    • Pass the Baroque New Palace
    • Stand in awe of Old Town Hall, built in the middle of the Regnitz River
    • Visit the quaint fishermen’s village of Little Venice

    Tonight, eat like a local at a tavern and taste Rauchbier, a regional smoky beer.

    Munich2 nights
    Day 10: Munich via Kuchlbauer Brewery
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Stop to visit Kuchlbauer Brewery, which some say is the most beautiful brewery in the world, as you travel to Munich

    • Tour the brewery, including the observation tower designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser
    • Sit down for a tasting of Kuchlbauer beer paired with a Bavarian pretzel

    Please note: When Kuchlbauer Brewery is closed, it will be replaced with a visit to an alternate Bavarian brewery.

    Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Munich
    Included meals: Breakfast, Beer tasting, Farewell dinner

    Meet up with your local guide for a panoramic tour of Bavaria’s capital city.

    • Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district
    • Enter the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria
    • Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel and the Gothic Frauenkirche
    • Shop at the Viktualienmarkt for fresh food, flowers and other delicacies
    • Finish with a beer tasting at a typical Bavarian beer garden or hall (location is weather-dependent)

    Spend a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

    Then, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

    Dachau

    From $55 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 12: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Prague, Czech Republic.

    Extension to Prague
    Continue your trip to learn why Prague is the City of One Hundred Spires. (Hint: There are a lot of spires, and it’s a really beautiful place.) You’ll also uncover some amazing history as you explore the Czech capital with a local guide.
    Prague3 nights
    Day 12: Prague via Regensburg
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Make your way to Prague, stopping en route to explore the Bavarian city of Regensburg.

    • Walk through the scenic Old Town with your Tour Director
    • Pass Thurn und Taxis Palace and the Old Town Hall, finishing at the Old Stone Bridge
    • Enjoy free time for lunch

    Continue on to Prague and spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

    Evening in Prague: River Cruise & Dinner

    From $115 per person

    Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Prague
    Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

    Discover why Prague is known as the City of One Hundred Spires on a guided tour.

    • Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock
    • Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city
    • Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire
    • Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral
    • Taste Krušovice beer, brewed here for hundreds of years
    Day 14: Free day in Prague
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Prague. Then, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

    A Day in Pilsen

    From $140 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 15: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    Reviews

    Overall rating 4.0 out of 5
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      07/09/19 by 3rd-time traveler Barbara

      I spent a lot of time searcing at Brussels Airport for the tour group. I feel the airport greeting should not have been so confusing. I only accidentally found the group after walking all over the airport with my luggage in tow! This is not my first tour and I have never had this kind of welcome!...

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      Go Ahead Tours replied on 08/20/19

      Dear Barbara, Thank you for letting us know how yo...

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      07/07/19 by 6th-time traveler Christina

      Juergen was the BEST guide I have ever had!!!! The trip was amazing!! He hotels, itinerary, activities and guide were exceptional! I have traveled with Go Ahead several times and he was the best!! The tour was busy but really well done! The meals were huge and great quality!! No lack of beer in this...

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      07/07/19 by 1st-time traveler Donna
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      Hotels, flights & FAQ

      Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

      Hotels

      We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
      NH Brugge
      NH Brugge

      This historic hotel is located in the Brugge city center. Guests enjoy a peaceful garden area, a bar, and fitness center Nearby, you'll find Market Sq...

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      Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
      Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie

      This colorful hotel is located in the Châtelain neighborhood of Brussels. Guests enjoy a French cuisine restaurant, a spacious gym, and an infrared sa...

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      Mercure Wiesbaden City
      Mercure Wiesbaden City

      This modern hotel is located in the city center. Guests enjoy room service, free Wi-Fi, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find Wilhelmstrasse, Museum Wiesbade...

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      Hotel Europa Bamberg
      Hotel Europa Bamberg

      This Venetian-inspired hotel is centrally located at the Chain Bridge in Bamberg. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, plus an on-site restaurant and bar. Nearby,...

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      Holiday Inn Munich City Centre
      Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

      This centrally-located hotel is located in the heart of Munich. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and an on-site restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Au-Haidhaus...

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      NH Prague City
      NH Prague City

      This modern hotel is located in the Smíchov district of Prague. Guests enjoy a gym and sauna, restaurants with terraces, and tennis court. Nearby, you...

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      Novotel Brugge Centrum Hotel
      Novotel Brugge Centrum Hotel

      This modern hotel is located in the Magdalena Quarter. Guests enjoy a bar, restaurant, and outdoor pool. Nearby you’ll find the Groeninge Museum, Minn...

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      Penta Hotel Brussels City Centre
      Penta Hotel Brussels City Centre

      This trendy hotel is located in the Kastelijn neighborhood. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and gym. Nearby you’ll find Halle Gate, Palais de Justice,...

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      Best Western Hotel Bamberg
      Best Western Hotel Bamberg

      The Best Western Hotel Bamberg is a new and cozy hotel right between the station and the historic centre. All rooms and suites are equipped with sound...

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      Flights

      Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.
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      • Round-trip flight for your tour
      • Airport transfers at your destination
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      • 24/7 support from our dedicated service team
      • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
      • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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      Local weather

      Wurzburg, Germany
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      Munich, Germany
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      Brussels, Belgium
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      Bruges, Belgium
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      Prague, Czech Republic
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      FAQ

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      Passport & visa requirements
      • This tour visits Belgium and Germany (plus the Czech Republic on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
      • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
      • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
      • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
      Tour pace
      • You will walk for at least 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
      • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
      • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
      • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
      • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
      Transportation & arrival information
      • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Brussels and depart from Munich (or Prague on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
      • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
      • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
      Baggage allowance
      • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
      • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
      • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
      • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
      Clothing & packing tips
      • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
      • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
      • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
      • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
      Health
      • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
      • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
      • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
      • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
      Cuisine
      • In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like french fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer, and, of course, Belgian waffles. Please note that Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much higher in alcohol content than other European beers.
      • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
      • On the tour extension, Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef, and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.
      Electricity & air conditioning
      • All destinations operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
      • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
      • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
      • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
      Connectivity
      • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
      • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
      • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
      Time zones
      • All destinations visited on this tour are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
      • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
      Currency
      • You will use the euro in Belgium and Germany (plus the Czech koruna in the Czech Republic on the tour extension).
      • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
      • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
      • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
      • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
      • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
      Tipping
      • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
      • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
      • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
      • Tips can only be paid in cash.
      Purchasing excursions on tour
      • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
      • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
      • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
      • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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