ARDENNES MOUNTAIN BEER TOUR

Nine days, Eight nights | TWO DEPARTURES each YEAR
• April 16-24, 2018 • Liege-Bastogne-Liege Cycling Classic Special Edition Tour
• Sept. 11-19 2018

Ardennes Mountains Beer Tour of Belgium
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Arguably one of the most beautiful regions in Belgium, the Ardennes Mountains are rich with beer culture, scenery, gourmet cuisine, enchanting towns and history. It's where Belgians go on vacation.

This tour has two departures.  One in the spring and one in the fall, with similar, but different itineraries.  These itineraries evolve each year to be able to visit different breweries and to be able to take in events as they become available.  The spring tour will start in the foothills of the Northern Ardennes and swing south to the Central Ardennes.  The fall tour will start in the Central Ardennes, swing further south, then west toward Dinant and the Meuse River Valley.  There are just so many breweries and attractions in the Ardennes, it’s impossible to visit them all in one tour.  By having two different departures, and an evolving itinerary, this also keep it interesting for returning travelers, of which there are more and more of each year.  The tours typically overnights in the towns of Aubel, Durbuy, Mont, Dinant and Leuven.

The Ardennes Mountains Tours also set themselves apart from the other BBM! tours in that they take place in mostly the small southeast region of Belgium, which translates into even less time driving and more time doing.

The French-speaking Ardennes region is noted for the famous breweries of Orval, Chimay, Achouffe, Fantome, Rochefort, Val Dieu, Trois Forquet, Bastogne, Interpol and Caracole.  It is also home dozens of lesser known, but equally as magnificent breweries which produce some of the most eventful beers on the planet.  That’s part of the genius of creating a beer tour, taking you to the source of some of your favorite beers and introducing you to some new favorites.

Get ready to be amazed!

You’ll also visit the WWII Museum in Bastogne, which chronicles the infamous Battle of the Bulge, which took place in this region.  2015 marks the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.  You’ll visit the museum, battlefield and the new Waterloo Brewery.  And, as always on BBM! tours, there will be plenty of unstructured time to explore, sightsee, shop, dine, discover beer cafés on your own and enjoy your vacation. Once you experience the beauty and magic of the Ardennes you will appreciate the beers of the region even more through this experience of a lifetime.

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“Had a wonderful time on the Ardennes Mountains Spring Beer Tour of Belgium — beautiful scenery, great beers and nice people. Stu made sure we were well taken care of, finding unique out of way places that we would have never toured and beers we may not have discovered on our own. He eased us into this great experience from travel preparations to sending us safely on our way back home. Not that we wanted to leave — already dreaming of our next tour!”
— Lynda & Jim from Norristown, Pennsylvania

Tours Include

  • Eight nights accommodations in nice, friendly, centrally-located hotels often in the old town section of the city and some in bucolic rural settings.
  • All breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners with gratuities.
  • Beer during brewery tours, taproom visits, festivals and company meals as listed on the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation via private luxury coach with professional driver.  Leave the driving to us!
  • Professional and courteous BBM! guide services.
  • All tours and admissions.
  • An instant group of interesting and fun, beer-loving friends you haven’t met yet.
  • Guaranteed tour price the moment submit your deposit.
  • Plenty of unstructured free time to relax, shop and explore on your own.
  • Custom BBM! name badges.
  • Souvenir BBM! luggage tags
  • One souvenir BBM! soft-sided cooler per household.
  • Flexibility in the event you need to transfer or cancel your tour.

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Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers.
  • Some meals and beer on your own.
  • Free-time sightseeing.  Our guides are available to provide suggestions.
  • Fine Print: You are responsible for the costs of your free-time sightseeing.  Be sure to read our Terms & Conditions Agreement for important details.
  • Gratuities, at your discretion, for brewery tour guides and coach drivers.

Spring and Fall are the perfect time to visit Belgium. Combine this tour with the Farmhouse Ale Tour of Belgium & France, which precedes it, or Lonely Monks Trappist Tour that immediately follows and have a grand multi-week tour of beer paradise.

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Tour Cost

Deadline to sign up is one month before departure. 

$2595/per person + Air, $495 single supplement*
* Prices based on double room occupancy.  If you are a solo traveler and would like to have a private room all to yourself there is a single supplement fee of $495 in addition to the base price of $2595 per person. We can also work with you to pair you with other single travelers to avoid the single supplement. Better yet, recruit a friend to come, too! Unless, of course, like Rick Steves says, you prefer to “snore alone.”

We require a minimum number of travelers for a tour to be confirmed to go, so it’s important to sign up ASAP, as opposed to waiting until the deadline. Also, tours can fill suddenly, so signing up early guarantees your place and avoids disappointment.

Please share BBM! tours with your beer enthusiast friends and encourage them to join the fun!  

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“The Ardennes Mountains of Belgium are pure magic: Beauty, beer and food.”
— Stu Stuart

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SOME OF THE BREWERIES AND ATTRACTIONS We have visited in the past ON THIS TOUR:

  • Achouffe Brewery
  • Orval Brewery
  • Carcole Brewery
  • Brasserie Bastogne
  • Interpol Brewery
  • Fantome Farmhouse Brewery
  • Trappist Abbey of St. Remy
  • du Bocq Brewery
  • Bastogne famous WWII museum
  • Brasserie De Fagnes
  • Chimay Brewery Taproom
  • Abbey of Maredsous
  • Des Fagnes
  • Bouillion
  • Trois Forquets (Lupulus)
  • La Ferme Au Chene
  • Niewhuys Brewpub & Museum
  • Hoegaarden Brewery Museum
  • Ambly Brewery
  • Saint-Monon
 
Durbuy nestled in the heart of the Ardennes Mountains.

Durbuy nestled in the heart of the Ardennes Mountains.

Spring Ardennes Mountains Beer tour: Liége-Bastogne-Liége Special Edition 2018

Below is the itinerary for this tour which begins in the northern foothills of the Ardennes Mountains and swings south through some of Belgium's most scenic forest and mountains, home to an amazing range of Belgian beers. This Special Edition Tour will feature the famous Liége-Bastogne-Liége cycling race, the most difficult single-day race in the world. The race begins in Liége winds south through the Ardennes Mountains to Bastogne, where it turns north and climbs back through the Ardennes to Liége. In all, about a 260 mile round trip. This is one of three races that make up the Ardennes Classic and lead up to the Tour de France (TDF). You will see many of the professional riders who regularly ride TDF in this race. We plan to view the race in four locations. An updated and detailed itinerary will replace the one below soon. We hope you'll join us!

Day One • Aubel  The tour begins in Leuven, just east of Brussels.  From there we head to a company lunch at the incredibly atmospheric Herberg In de Ster, which traces its roots to 1620.  It’s one of the most authentic, rustic, atmospheric Belgian taverns you’ll find anywhere.  It features regional specialties and a superb beer list.  Then it’s off to our rustic stone house inn near Aubel, which will be our home for the next two nights.  You’ll have some free time to freshen up and explore the bucolic countryside before our welcome dinner will be at one of my favorite local cafes.  This evening we’ll gather around the attractive stone fireplace at our inn and enjoy some regional Ardennes Mountain beers.   (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day Two • Aubel   Today we visit the Abbey of Val Dieu, where you will have lunch on your own, then take a tour at 1:30 p.m.  There are two choices for lunch: A small cafeteria-like cafe with all the Val Dieu beers on the Abbey grounds with a nice outdoor patio, or Le Moulin (The Mill) across the street, which is more upscale and set in an atmospheric old mill.  Afterward, we’ll visit some lesser-known Belgian bunkers and take a private tour of WWII Belgian Fort of Aubin-Neufchateau.  You’ll be in awe of of the history that transpired here and you’ll feel it as you walk through its hallowed halls, typically off limits to the general public. This massive, mostly underground, fort was designed to keep Germany honest prior to WWII.  It didn’t.  Its valiant story of fending off the Germans for 12 long days is riveting.  Once the Germans captured it, they used it to test bunker buster bombs.  Tonight you’ll have dinner on your own in the fanciful town of Aubel before returning to our inn. (Breakfast) 

Day Three • Durbuy   Meet at the coach at 10 a.m. for  a look back in time to the Battle of the Ardennes and visit the very moving Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial.  Next we have lunch at taproom of Brasserie Grain de ‘Orge in Hombourg, in an area known as the Easton Cantons of Belgium.   You’ll love their food and amazing beers.  Afterward, we will visit Trois Bornes, the three-country point where Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany all come together.  Dinner tonight is on your own in dinner on your own in one the many romantic cafés in Durbuy, our home for the next two nights.  (Breakfast & lunch)

Day Four • Durbuy   Morning is free to explore, shop, hike, take a kayak trip, etc.  Lunch is on your own.  This afternoon we take a tour of the eccentric and always fascinating Brasserie Fantome, run by our friend, the very animated Brewmaster Dany Prignon.  This is an authentic farmhouse ale brewery with a large cult following.  You’ll have a leisurely tasting of the Fantome beers in their rustic taproom.  The afternoon is free in Durbuy to hike up to the observation tower, take some panoramic images of the Ardennes mountains or just sit on the sunny patio of a beer cafe overlooking the river and enjoy the local beer selection.  Dinner is on your own. (Breakfast)

Day Five • Mont   After breakfast, we say farewell to our new friend, Durbuy, and meet at 10:30 a.m. at the coach to go to Brasserie Bellevaux for lunch at 12 noon, a tour, a light lunch and a tasting.  The company is buying the beer at lunch.  Next we wind south through the Ardennes to the historic WWII town of St. Vith on our way to the hamlet of Courtil, home of the Trois Fourquets Brewery (Three [brewers] Forks), where we will have a tour at 3:30 p.m. and a tasting with Brewmaster Pierre Gobron, who was the co-founder and brewer of Achouffe, before it was sold to Duvel Moortgat.  This brewery is famous for their Lupulus beer.   Then, it’s on to our home for the next three nights, the Brewery/Inn of La Vieille Forge, run by our hosts, Tine and Pol.  The name of the brewery is InterPol, which is famous for its Witte Pol and Zwarte Pol beers.  Some of us will also be next door at the ever-charming Patuljak (gnome in Croatian), run by our hosts Danny and Pascale.  This evening we’ll visit the Brasserie d’ Achouffe Tavern, which features Ardennes Mountain trout, a specialty of the region, as well as other divine cuisine and of course the full line up Achouffe beers fresh from the source.  Dinner on your own this evening. (Breakfast & lunch)

Day Six • Mont   Today we venture south to the Trappist Abbey of Orval to tour the ruins of the old abbey, tour the Brewery Museum and Abbey Museum, and have lunch at the La Nouvelle Hostellerie d’Orval, which looks over the majestic pond at the entrance to the Abbey.  This pond is also home to the adorable swans of Orval, which are the pride and joy of the locals.  The ruins of the old abbey and new abbey are impressive sites that will give you an even greater appreciation for their beer.  Tonight we have a company dinner at our inn. (Breakfast, * lunch & dinner) * This 4th lunch replaces one company dinner.

Day Seven • Leuven   Today we say goodbye to Mont and travel to the Abbey of Maredsous, where you will have a lunch on your own at the Taproom of the Abbey.  Their beers are now brewed outside the abbey by Duvel Moortgat in Breendonk, but it’s still enjoyable to see the historic abbey, visit the gift shop and to be able to experience their line of Maredsous beers in their nice beer garden surrounded by the gentle nature of the Molignee River Valley.  Afterward, we head to Battlefield of Waterloo 1815, where you’ll have lunch on your own in one of several attractive cafes next to the museum located in the village.  This afternoon you will tour the museum, have an opportunity to climb the famous Lion’s Mound, from which you can have a panoramic view of the battlefield.  Insider Tip:  Bring some cold beers and glasses with you for when you get to the top.  Afterward, you’ll visit the new Waterloo Brewery, which opened in 2015 and be able to purchase one of their famous ceramic beer chalices emblazoned with the slogan, “The Beer of Bravery.”  2015 marks the 200th Anniversary of the battle so this is an especially exciting time to visit the battlefield.  By visiting here, you will gain a greater appreciation for this epic battle, the lives lost and how it shaped history and the world we know today.  From there we travel to the historic university town of Leuven, where we spend the final two nights of the tour.  Dinner is on your own and the evening is free to explore the many sites and beer cafes of Leuven, including the Capital beer cafe with the largest selection of beer in the world.  Yes, you read correctly.  Be prepared to be amazed.  Leuven also boasts the “longest bar in Europe”, which is what they call the 30 plus establishments around the Oude Market (Old Market square). (Breakfast)

Day Eight • Leuven   Besides a short walking tour of the city to give you the lay of the land, today is a free day in Leuven.  You can shop, rent a bike,or visit beer cafes and people watch in this vibrant city.  Take a look at this short video below which sums up Leuven nicely.  Lunch and dinner is on your own.  This evening we will gather in the lobby of our hotel for our Farewell Beer Session, share our favorite memories of the tour and say so long to our new friends from the tour. (Breakfast)

Leuven in the Summer.

Day Nine • Leuven  Our grand Ardennes Mountains Beer Tour officially ends with breakfast.  You may catch the train from Leuven about 15-20 minutes to the BRU airport and just about anywhere in Europe.  The Farmhouse Ale Tour of Belgium & France precedes this tour and the Trappist Tour begins in two days.  Consider combining these three tours for the ultimate beer tour of Belgium!  (Breakfast)

*This itinerary is subject to change.

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FALL ARDENNES MOUNTAINs BEER TOUR ITINERARY

Day One • Durbuy   The tour begins in Leuven, just east of Brussels, at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Park Inn Radisson Leuven Hotel, next to the railway station.  From there we head to a company lunch at the incredibly atmospheric Herberg In de Ster, which traces its roots to 1620.  It’s one of the most authentic, rustic, atmospheric Belgian taverns you’ll find anywhere.  It features regional specialties and a superb beer list.  Then it’s off to Durbuy, one of the prettiest little towns in the Ardennes, which will be our home for the next two nights.  You’ll have some free time this afternoon to explore its many shops, alleys and cafes.  Tonight our welcome dinner will be at one of my favorite local cafes. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day Two • Durbuy   Morning is free to explore, shop, hike, take a kayak trip, etc.  Lunch is on your own.  This afternoon we take a tour of the eccentric and always fascinating Brasserie Fantome, run by our friend, the very animated Brewmaster Dany Prignon.  This is an authentic farmhouse ale brewery with a large cult following.  You’ll have a leisurely tasting of the Fantome beers in their rustic taproom.  The afternoon is free in Durbuy to hike up to the observation tower, take some panoramic images of the Ardennes mountains or just sit on the sunny patio of a beer cafe overlooking the river and enjoy the local beer selection.  Dinner is on your own. (Breakfast)

Day Three • Mont   We travel to Bastogne, where you will have lunch on your own and some free time to explore.  This afternoon we tour the impressive Bastogne WWII Museum and visit the Mardasson Memorial.  Afterward, transfer to nearby Mont, our home for the next three nights.  We’ll stay at the Brewery/Inn of La Vieille Forge, run by our hosts, Tine and Pol.  The name of the brewery is InterPol, which is famous for its Witte Pol and Zwarte Pol beers. Some of us will also be next door at the ever-charming Patuljak (gnome in Croatian), run by our hosts Danny and Pascale.  Tonight we have a company dinner at our La Vieille Forge and a tour of the Interpol Brewery. (Breakfast & dinner)

Day Four • Mont   Today we venture south to the Trappist Abbey of Orval to tour the ruins of the old abbey, tour the Brewery Museum and Abbey Museum, and have lunch at the Guardian Angel Taproom of Orval.  The ruins and new abbey are an impressive site that will give you an even greater appreciation for their beer.  Tonight we have a company dinner at our the Patuljak Inn. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Day Five • Mont   This morning we head to the nearby scenic mountain village of La Roch en Ardennes where you will have a better part of the day to explore, shop, tour the castle, tour the WWII Museum and have lunch on your own in one of its many quaint cafes.  This afternoon you will tour the famous Brasserie d’Achouffe, just a couple miles down the road from our inn.  Time and weather permitting, you can hike a trail down through the rolling Ardennes countryside to the village of Achouffe and the brewery.  Dinner is on your own at the Achouffe Tavern, which features Ardennes Mountain trout, a specialty of the region, as well as other divine cuisine and of course the full line up Achouffe beers fresh from the source. (Breakfast)

Day Six • Dinant   Today we say goodbye to Mont and travel to the Abbey of Maredsous, where you will have a company lunch at the Taproom of the Abbey.  Their beers are now brewed outside the abbey by Duvel Moortgat in Breendonk, but it’s still enjoyable to see the historic abbey, visit the gift shop and to be able to experience their line of Maredsous beers in their nice beer garden surrounded by the gentle nature of the Molignee River Valley.  This afternoon you will have a tour and tasting at Brasserie Caracole (Snail in Spanish), the last wood-fired brewery in Belgium.  The brewery and taproom are located in a rustic stone building that has housed breweries for more than 100 years.  This visit is always one of the wow moments of the tour!  Tonight you’ll stay at the Castle Pont-á-Lesse, a three-star hotel in the heart of the Dinant region.  Bring your bathing suit for their pool.  Tonight, dinner is on your own either at the castle restaurant or in the town of Dinant.  Your choice! (Breakfast & lunch)

Day Seven • Leuven   Today we head to Battlefield of Waterloo 1815, where you’ll have lunch on your own in one of several attractive cafes next to the museum located in the village.  This afternoon you will tour the museum, have an opportunity to climb the famous Lion’s Mound, from which you can have a panoramic view of the battlefield.  Insider Tip:  Bring some cold beers and glasses with you for when you get to the top.  Afterward, you’ll visit the new Waterloo Brewery, which opened in 2015, and be able to purchase one of their famous ceramic beer chalices emblazoned with the slogan, “The Beer of Bravery.”  The year 2015 marks the 200th Anniversary of the battle so this is an especially exciting time to visit the battlefield.  By visiting here, you will gain a greater appreciation for this epic battle, the lives lost and how it shaped history and the world we know today.  From there we travel to the historic university town of Leuven, where we spend the final two nights of the tour.  Dinner is on your own and the evening is free to explore the many sites and beer cafes of Leuven, including the Capital beer cafe with the largest selection of beer in the world.  Yes, you read correctly.  Be prepared to be amazed. (Breakfast)

Day Eight • Leuven   Besides a short walking tour of the city to give you the lay of the land, today is a free day in Leuven.  You can shop, rent a bike, or visit beer cafes and people watch in this vibrant city.  Take a look at this short video above which sums up Leuven nicely.  Lunch and dinner are on your own.  This evening we will gather in the lobby of our hotel for our Farewell Beer Session, share our favorite memories of the tour and say so long to our new friends from the tour. (Breakfast)

Day Nine • Leuven  Our grand Ardennes Mountains Beer Tour officially ends with breakfast.  You may catch the train from Leuven about 15-20 minutes to the BRU airport and just about anywhere in Europe.  The Farmhouse Ale Tour of Belgium & France precedes this tour and the Trappist Tour begins in two days.  Consider combining these three tours for the ultimate beer tour of Belgium!     (Breakfast)

*This itinerary is subject to change.

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