The Legendary Zythos Beer Festival & Beer Tour
Six days, five nights. | One DEPARTURE A YEAR
• April 21-26, 2020
• 2021 TBA
The Zythos Beer Festival (ZBF), is the granddaddy of ‘em all in Belgium. It's where many of Belgium’s diverse, unique and intensely-flavored beers, and their brewers come together in one place. There are more than 250 beers made by about 60 Belgian breweries. The Festival will be held near the historic and inviting city of Leuven.
On this tour you will be visiting three of Belgium’s greatest cities, Bruges, Ghent and Leuven, and visit many breweries, beer cafés, and brewery taps, including: Duvel, Westvleteren, Halve Maan and Contreras.
In even years, you will also attend the Night of the Great Thirst International Gueuze & Kriek Festival (2018 is the next one).
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Five nights accommodations in nice, friendly, centrally-located hotels in Bruges and Leuven.
All breakfasts, two 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!
Canal boat tour of Bruges.
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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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.
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Deadline to sign up is one month before departure.
$1795/per person + Air, $325 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 $325 in addition to the base price of $1795 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.”
Also consider The Legendary Beer Festival and Wild & Spontaneous Beer Festival Combo Package Tour of Belgium April 21-April, 2020. Cost is $3790 per person based on double occupancy. There is a single supplement of $675 if requesting a single room or traveling alone. Tour deposit* is $400 per person.
We require a minimum number of guests for each tour to be guaranteed to go, so it’s important to sign up ASAP, as opposed to waiting until the deadline. Also, tours can fill rapidly and suddenly, so signing up early ensures that you will go and not be disappointed.
Please share BBM! tours with fellow Belgian beer enthusiasts, your friends in general, and encourage them to join the fun!
map of destinations & overnight locations
SOME OF THE BREWERIES AND ATTRACTIONS WE HAVE VISITED ON THIS TOUR IN THE PAST:
Trappist Westvletere, St. Sixtus
De Halve Maan Brewery & Museum
Fort Lapin Brewery
Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery
Gravenstein Castle and Torture Museum
Duvel Moortgat Brewery
Brewery De Kroon
Zythos Beer Festival
Night of the Great Thirst Lambic Festival
photos from tours
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Legendary Zythos Beer Festival Tour of Belgium ItinerarY • 2019 tour
Day One, Wed., April 24 • Bruges This tour begins at 10 a.m. in the lobby of our hotel in Bruges. After a brief meet and greet, we board our ground transportation for the home of Trappist Westvleteren beers, the abbey of St. Sixtus and its brewery tap, “In de Vrede,” (In the Peace) for lunch and to indulge in their famous, exquisite and rare beers. The abbey and brewery are not open to the general public, however, we will be able to see the exterior and if we are lucky buy some beer to go in their gift shop. Afterward, we’ll return to the romantic medieval city of Bruges, where we will spend three nights. Afternoon is free to explore, then we meet for our welcome dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. (Lunch & dinner)
Day Two, Thur. April 25 • Bruges This morning, we’ll take a short walking tour on our way to the Halve Maan Brewery & Museum, where we will also have lunch and enjoy their fine beers. Afterward, we will journey aboard a canal boat to learn more about Bruges and take post-card-like photos at every turn. This afternoon you have plenty free time to take in the many sites of Bruges, rent a bike, take a carriage ride, visit museums, climb the belfry, or just people watch, while savoring a Belgian beer in a sidewalk café. Evening is free to have dinner on your own in one of Bruges many cozy and romantic restaurants. (Breakfast & lunch)
Day Three, Fri. April 26 • Bruges This morning, we transfer historic Ghent for a day trip to this grand university city. On the way there, we'll visit Brewery Contreras, a small farmhouse operation which traces its roots to 1818. Their beers and history will amaze. They are known for their many fine beers, including Valeir Tripel.
After a short walking tour, the remainder of the afternoon is free to do as you please: Buy some famous Ghent mustard, visit genever bars, or perhaps tour the Gravenstein Castle and Torture Museum. Lunch is on your own today. Ghent has many alluring restaurants and cafe from which to choose. In late afternoon, we'll return to Bruges, where armed with a list of suggestions, which I will provide, the evening is free to explore on your own the many atmospheric beer cafes of this historic town. Dinner is on your own. (Breakfast)
Day Four., Sat. April 27 • Leuven The morning is free to sleep in, shop, have lunch on your own and explore Bruges. Then we pack up our suitcases and it's off to Breendonk for a grand tour of the Duvel Moortgat Brewery and the Duvel Depot hospitality room, where they feature most of the beers made by the company, including Duvel, Maredsous, Achouffe, Vedette, De Koninck and Liefman’s. This evening, we'll have dinner at the taproom for the Brewery De Kroon on our way to the historic university town of Leuven, where we will spend the final two nights of our tour. You’ll have the late night free to explore the city. (Breakfast & dinner)
Day Five, Sun., April 28 • Leuven The morning is yours free to sleep in, hold up in a coffee shop and people watch and further investigate this intriguing and picturesque city. We meet late morning in the lobby of our hotel to depart to what this whole week has been building toward, the legendary Zythos Beer Festival, which is being held about 4 km away in a convention center called the Brabanthal. We’ll spend the better part of the day there in this wonderland of Belgian beers. Afterwards, we will meet up for our farewell dinner. (Breakfast & dinner)
Day Six, Mon., April 29 Breakfast concludes our grand tour and we say our goodbyes to our new beer friends and figure out how to carefully pack the dozens of bottles of fine Belgian beer you have somehow amassed. A quick train ride (15 min.) is available to BRU airport for those heading home and those continuing on your own in Europe. (Breakfast)
* Itinerary subject to change.