Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

Tour 101 / Beer on The Waterfront Tour 2020

Thursday 6 August – Tuesday 11 August 2020

Back by popular demand is our Belgian Beer on the Waterfront Tour in August in 2020. This is a five-night, six-day tour staying at the centrally located Hotel Novotel Ghent, near the River Leie (French: Lys).

Gent at night on the River Leie

Ghent at night on the River Leie.

The Flemish city of Ghent is one of the top beer destinations anywhere in Europe, just have a look at Podge's Ghent Bar Guide with over 100 hand-picked entries! On this Tour we will be exploring beer, breweries, cafes and beer-cuisine restaurants alongside the coast, rivers, canals, lakes and waterways of Belgium.

The famous coastal tram in Belgium runs along the whole of the coast from France to The Netherlands - the longest in the world at 42 miles

The famous Coastal Tram in Belgium runs the whole of the coast from France to The Netherlands - the longest in the world at 42 miles.

We will be including in the Tour a day travelling on the brilliant coastal tram and go on a boat cruise with beer on board and sampling the best of Belgian beer in high summer. Siobhan is working on this Tour to bring you some new waterway and beer experiences, but if you want an idea of what it will be like have a look at the online itinerary of our Beer on The Waterfront 2018

A nice selection of beers in De Planck, a boat Cafe in moored up in Ghent

Nice selection of beer in De Planck, Boat Cafe in Ghent.

We are based in Chelmsford, Essex and we usually use Eurotunnel at Folkestone to get to and from Belgium by coach. Most of our Travellers join us at our main pick up point outside The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford. Many of our Travellers come from other parts of UK and abroad and stay the night before a Tour (and often the night of our return) at Chelmsford Travelodge only a few minutes walk from The Woolpack or Premier Inn near the Station, about a 10 minute walk to the pick up point at The Woolpack. We all usually pop in to The Woolpack the night before departure for a meet, greet and a few beers with Siobhan who is your Tour Manager, Tour Guide and drinking pal for the duration.

Our Galloways luxury coach (49 seater coach with toilet) starts from Suffolk and on the way to Chelmsford picks up at the following if required:

Ipswich, Crown Street, IP1 3HS (opp. NCP Car Park).

Colchester, Southway, CO2 7BA (pull in adj to Chapel St South)

Chelmsford, The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, CM2 0DN.

Dartford, BP Garage (formerly Esso), 474 Princes Road, DA1 1YT (we drop off on the return leg at Dartford Rail Station DA1 1DR).

Swanley, Unit 4, Moreton Industrial Estate, London Road, BR8 8DE

Maidstone Services J8, M20 Kent, ME17 1SS.

Premier Inn, Eureka Leisure Park, Rutherford Rd, Ashford TN25 4BN.

Stop 24 Services, J11, M20, Kent, CT21 4BL.

De Verloren Gernoare, Stationsplein 3, Adinkerke, Belgium.

This Tour is still being built so keep an eye on this web page or our newsletters for updates. If you want to join us on this Tour please send Siobhan an email or call her on +44 (0)1245 354677 for details on how to be added to the interested list (no obligation) or if you have any questions about this Tour.

The Tour price will be announced later in 2019

When Brexit and the Euro have done what they are going to do! The price is per person sharing a twin or double room. We regret that we need to charge a single supplement for travellers who would like their own room. This is because increasingly there is no such thing as a single room price in hotels and room prices for a single person or two person occupancy are either the same or with very little difference.If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact Siobhan as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payment of the Single Supplement.

Included in the cost of this Tour are:

Hotel accommodation and breakfasts;

Hotel city taxes;

Luxury coach travel on a 49 seater coach with toilet;

All brewery visits, tours and brewery beer tastings;

Entrance fees to attractions, museums and historical sites;

All items marked with an asterisk above and on the individual detailed tour itinerary when issued;

Copies of Podge’s City Bar Guides and Maps for the town where we stay or spend some time;

Still and sparkling water on the coach;

Pick up from Ipswich (at bus shelter outside Crown House, Crown Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3HS (opposite NCP Car Park), Colchester (Southway Chapel St South Layby) or Chelmsford (The Woolpack, Mildmay Road). Arrangements can be made for different joining points on the way to Folkestone or even on the other side of the channel.

Travellers are responsible for the costs of all food and drink apart from items marked with an asterisk on the detailed itinerary plus all passport and insurance costs.

All itinerary times are local and approximate.

Personal insurance is not included in the Tour price but is strongly advised, as is carrying the European Health Insurance Card available online, by phone or via the Post Office.

If you have any questions or would like to join us please send Siobhan an email or call on +44 (0)1245 354677.

All Tours are subject to our Terms and Conditions.

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