Bubbles, Fizz, and Brew

Bubbles, Fizz, and Brew
SEPTEMBER 16-24, 2016

Experience Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany - off the beaten path while immersing yourself into the local culture. Breweries and Mussels in Brussels, Champagne in the Montagne de Reims, Vallee de la Marne and the Cotes des Blancs. Sekt in the Moselle Valley and Cremant from Luxembourg along with Craft Beer in Bruge and Bitburg. You also learn about history, visit the Imperial Cathedral of King Charlemagne, and sing along with the locals at the pub, enjoying farm to table dishes. We promise an experience you will not forget.

We are a small group on this custom journey, so please Sign up soon, seats are limited!!

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Trip Highlights & Itinerary

Day One - Saturday

We’ll meet you at the Brussels Airport and board our luxurious bus. (You’ll like our bus and wonderful driver - but we won’t let you get too comfortable. Our longest bus ride for the whole week will be just a little over 2 hours.) A guided tour of Belgian Chocolates is your first treat in this interesting capitol! Lunch, and a fun brewery tour follows. An early dinner in an authentic Belgian Pub frequented by locals in-the-know closes our first day of adventure in Brussels.
Incl. Lunch, Dinner

 
Day Two - Sunday

We’re off to the city of Bruges, to enjoy a stroll through the old city and a captivating boat tour on the canals. Besides beer and chocolate, Belgium's other famous culinary delights, like waffles, mussels and frites, are on the menu today. We’ll return to Brussels via the city of Ghent, a charming port city and cultural hub.
Incl. Lunch, Dinner


Days Three and Four – Monday and Tuesday

Off to France where Champagne will be the beverage of choice for the next two days! You’ll learn more about the fascinating story of this celebrated fizz by visiting historic sights, renowned champagne houses and talking to local growers, winemakers and bubbly advocates.
Incl. 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner


Day Five - Wednesday

The “Fruit Bowl” of France, Lorraine captures our attention today. Learning about Eau de Vie, (or the “water of life” in French), is our quest here. Mirabelle, similar to a cross of cherry and plum, is the specialty of this area; Lorraine is the only region in the world where there is such a high concentration of fruit trees.  This eau de vie is so special – there is even a French Appellation, or quality guarantee for it! After our special Eau de Vie tasting, we head to the Duchy of Luxembourg to experience traditional culinary treats like the incredible Ardennes salt-cured air-dried ham that is only made in Luxembourg. Of course we’ll share all the perfect accompanying beverages!
Incl. Lunch, Dinner


Day Six - Thursday

After an overnight in Trier, Germany, home of the famous “Porta Nigra”,  we begin the day by tracing ancient Roman footsteps and sipping Sekt - the sparkling wine of Germany.

Next, off to to Bitburg, acclaimed for its exceptional brews and generous regional cuisine.
Incl. Lunch, Dinner


Day Seven - Friday

A special visit awaits us today - Aachen, the home of King Charlemagne and the relics of his reign of the Holy Roman Empire. Along with fine wine and incredible food, we’ll have a special international sight/surprise waiting for you! Our last overnight will be back in Brussels, and we’ll celebrate our adventures with a fabulous farewell dinner.
Incl. Dinner


Day Eight - Saturday

We’ll send you off to the airport with good coffee and a wonderful breakfast, so you can head home in comfort, together with memories, new friends, and knowledge that will last forever.


What is included:

  • Fully escorted tour with expert brew and wine-related instructions in English throughout.

  • 3 nights in Brussels, 2 nights in the Champagne region,        2 nights in Trier, in comfortable rooms with private bath

  • 7 delicious breakfasts

  • 5 gourmet lunches with local beverages

  • 6 delicous  dinners with fine local bubbles, fizz or brew

  •  extensive tastings at top-quality wine and champagne  producers

  • Transportation in private air-conditioned bus or coach

  • 2 city sightseeing tours and all entry fees

  • Canal cruise, visits to Palaces and Castles

  • Fees, taxes, and gratuity for hotel and wait staff; transfer to airport or train station on the last day


What is not included:

  • Airfare to the destination 

  • Meals and incidentals which are not listed in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance. passport fees, and anything else not listed in "What is Included" list


Pricing:

US $3,450/person (at double occupancy)
Single supplement: in some occasions, see terms and conditions

Deposit of US US $1,000 by April 30, 2016
Full payment by June 30, 2016


General Information:

Pack light, wear shoes suitable for walking in vineyards, cobblestone street, and damp cellars

*We reserve the right to change or substitute venues for unexpected reasons beyond our control.

* See terms & conditions