We love Belgium (and winter beers) at Christmas and we love taking a coach full of like-minded people. If you want something different to the usual Christmas routine, why not come away with us and get driven around Flanders in a coach to eat and drink in warm cosy surroundings and sample the finest offerings of Belgian beer culture.
We have spent the last few years on our Christmas Tour in Bruges, but this year we have decided to branch out as we have seen lots of opportunities in Antwerp and would like to take you there. Antwerp is a great city for beer, as evidenced by Podge’s Antwerp Beer Guide. This year we have organised spending Christmas Day in a brewery, but rather than Emelisse brewery and restaurant, we will be going to the brewery and restaurant at Slot Oostende in Goes in the Netherlands. Here we will have a brewery tour and a luxury buffet in their beautiful cosy restaurant. Slot Oostende brew a range of their own beers including a Wheat beer, a Dubbel, a Tripel a Bock and an IPA. However, they now brew beers for Emelisse Brewery, so we will still be able to enjoy Emelisse’s great big-hitting beers such as the Imperial Russian Stout, Espresso Stout and the Black IPA, but in a new venue.
There will be plenty of brewery visits on this Tour. We are planning a trip over the border into the Netherlands to Breda for a look at top craft Frontaal Brewery where we can have a taste of their beers in their tasting room. We will also make our way to nearby Chaam to the beautiful thatched farmstead Toontje Schoen which houses the Pimpelmeesch Craft Brewery.
We also aim to visit Scheldebrouwerij Brewery in Hoogstraten, Pirlot Brewery in Zandhoven and Het Nest Brewery in Oud Turnhout. We will take in a visit to Westmalle Trappist Monastery Brewery Tap, Café Trappisten in Malle. Of course we will also organise a beer warehouse stop so we can buy some beers to take home.
For this Tour our coach is booked on the outbound Eurotunnel on the 09.36hr crossing, and on the return leg we are booked on the 19.50hr crossing, local time.
This Tour is still being built so keep an eye on this web page for updates. Please send Podge an email or call him on +44 (0)1245 354677 if you have any questions or if you would like to be added to our interested list for this Tour.
If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact Podge as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payments of Single Supplements.
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 be added to the interested list please send Podge an email or call him on +44 (0)1245 354677.
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