Belgium Beer & Battlefields


We’re excited to offer you two boutique tour packages that are the best of Belgium beer & battlefields

Belgium Beer & Battlefileds tour mapThe land-based packages have been designed so you can either sign up for one tour or piggyback them together (*totaling 9 nights) to extend the cultural experience and enlightenment.

Tour 1:

Bastogne to Bruges (6 nights)

We visit 2 countries, 4 breweries (+ 2 tastings with major brewers), 5 military cemeteries, 2 museums, multiple battlefields (WW I & II), and much more.

Tour 2:

Bruges to Waterloo (5 nights)

We visit 4 countries, 5 breweries (6 if time allows), 2 museums, 2 major battlefields, 3 ABMC military cemeteries (incl. General Patton’s grave in Luxembourg), and much more.

*Note — Piggybacking: If you would like to piggyback Tour 1 with Tour 2, know that they overlap in Bruges, thus the total of nights is 9.

Money, details, and tour departure dates are listed below each package itinerary.


 

Tour 1

Bastogne to Bruges

(6 nights, 7 days)

This exclusive package visits 2 countries, 4 breweries (+ 2 tastings with major brewers), 5 military cemeteries, 2 museums, multiple battlefields (WW I & II), and much more.

(Minimum of 4 persons for the Tour to go, with a maximum of 7 persons.)

Suggested viewing for Tour 1: “The Monuments Men” — “Beneath Hill 60” — “Battle of the Bulge” — “Band of Brothers” (especially episodes 6: “Bastogne” & 7: “The Breaking Point”) — “In Bruges” (R rated: wowing scenery throughout but very vulgar and violent).

Package itinerary:

Bastogne (2 nights):

DAY 1, (check-in): Brett Harriman, your guide, will be at the hotel all day greeting arrivals and facilitating check-in. At 2 p.m. the group will meet for orientation and introductions followed by a heavy dose of sightseeing.

DAY 2: Bastogne was essentially the epicenter of the storied Battle of the Bulge, the largest battle fought by U.S. soldiers in World War II and the 2nd largest in American history. Fortunately, there are still a number of existing sites to explore, such as the Patton bunker where his 3rd Army broke the German line and the foxholed forest (Bois Jacques) formerly occupied by members of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (“Screaming Eagles”), made famous in the television miniseries “Band of Bothers.” What’s more, on this day, we tour one of the region’s most intoxicating breweries.

Ypres (2 nights):

DAY 3: After breakfast we depart Bastogne for Ypres, a.k.a. Ieper, in the Flemish province of West Flanders, formerly a hellish World War I battlefield on the Western Front and namesake of the famous poem “In Flanders Fields,” penned by Lt. Col. John McCrae with the Canadian army. En route to Ypres we’ll stop for beer tasting and more historic sites. At 8 p.m. we view the traditional and touching Last Post ceremony (British salute to the fallen soldier) at the Menin Gate followed by dinner, Harriman’s treat.

DAY 4: Today we visit multiple cemeteries and battlefield sites, including the famed Hill 60 and the memorial site where John McCrae authored “In Flanders Fields” in 1915. If that wasn’t enough, we jump over to the village of Watou on the French border and discover a new religion at the heavenly St. Bernardus brewery.

Bruges (2 nights):

DAY 5: En route to Bruges, Harriman will escort the group via Flanders Field American Cemetery to pay respects to the selfless “doughboys” who rest eternal in this bucolic corner of Belgium. In Bruges, we check into our downtown digs, relax with some free time before setting off on a walking tour of the old town then blowing the froth off a couple at a local brewery. The perfect evening to indulge in a traditional pot of steamed mussels in white wine sauce. Mmm.

DAY 6: After breakfast we hop on a boat tour and cruise the quaint canals of Bruges, see the chocolate-making process at one of the city’s top chocolatiers, and tour another blue-chip brewery. The rest of the day is free time. Harriman will offer general information and sightseeing suggestions, such as to climb the 366 dizzying steps of the town’s 13th-century bell tower (Belfort) for Bruges’ best view, or visit the Church of Our Lady to see Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child, featured in George Clooney’s 2014 film: “The Monuments Men.”

DAY 7: Regrettably, it’s time to bid adieu to the friends we’ve made. Our tour is over, unless you’ve chosen to continue with us on Tour 2 for more discovery and barrels of fun.

Dates 2017

Tour 1:

T1-1: (Tue-Mon) July 25 – 31 Sold Out!

T1-2: (Fri-Thu) August 4 – 10 Sold Out!

T1-3: (Tue-Mon) August 15 – 21

T1-4: (Fri-Thu) August 25 – 31

Piggyback Tour 1 with Tour 2 (9 nights):

P1: (Tue-Thu) July 25 — August 3 Sold Out!

P2: (Fri-Sun) August 4 – 13 Sold Out!

P3: (Tue-Thu) August 15 – 24

P4: (Fri-Sun) August 25 — September 3

Feel free to contact Harriman with any questions you may have.

 

Money, package details:

  • The land-only price for the exclusive Tour 1 package is *995 euro (payable in Belgium) + US$250 (advance payment) per person (double occupancy), which includes your accommodations (3-4 stars, non-smoking hotels with free Wi-Fi), breakfast, one dinner (Day 3 in Ypres), all transportation and attractions we do together as a group, and Brett Harriman as your personal guide. You will be hard-pressed to find a better Belgian deal, anywhere!
  • *The price for this package equates to approximately US$185 per person per day, which is hard to beat when considering the exclusive hand-held nature of the package, transportation across Belgium, and the umpteen sites visited, including brew tours and tastings.
  • The price does not cover lunch, dinner (except one evening T1 Day 3), and of course personal expenses, such as whatever you do on your free time.
  • Transportation for this Tour will be an 8-seater mini van piloted by Brett Harriman.
  • Walking & picnic lunches: Expect to do a lot of walking. We will explore former battlefields, tour breweries, stroll Bruges, and pay our respects to fallen heroes at sprawling cemeteries. On the food front, restaurant prices in Belgium (we feel) are high compared with other European nations, thus we’ll plan picnic lunches at select sites when possible, which will also save us time for more sightseeing.
  • Single supplement: The package price is based on double occupancy — a supplement of US$450 will be added to the price for single travelers but who are welcome to room together to save the supplement; (notify Harriman if this is you and he will do his best to make compatible room assignments).
  • Payment: To reserve your place an advance payment of US$250 per person is required and the remaining 995 euro is due in Belgium upon meeting your group leader. After the advance payment is made Brett Harriman will contact you to confirm your reservation. (Note: Since seating is limited to 7 guests per Tour, reserve your place sooner rather than later before the package is sold out!)
  • Cancellation: Deposits are fully refundable 75 days prior to tour departure (minus applicable transaction fees, e.g. 2.9% via PayPal). Within 75 days, however, your deposit will be forfeited (sorry!) unless your spot can be filled or you’d like to transfer the reservation to a Harriman tour package for the following year.
  • Piggyback Tour 1 with Tour 2 for a nominal 1,295 euro (payable in Belgium) + US$500 (2 x advance payment) per person — single supplement US$650.

 

Advance payment:

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Tour 2

Bruges to Waterloo

(5 nights, 6 days)

This boutique package visits 4 countries, 5 breweries (6 if time allows), 2 museums, 2 major battlefields, 3 military cemeteries (incl. General Patton’s grave in Luxembourg), and much more.

(Minimum of 4 persons for the Tour to go, with a maximum of 7 persons.)

Suggested viewing for Tour 2: “The Monuments Men” — “Battle of the Bulge” — “In Bruges” (R rated: wowing scenery throughout but very vulgar and violent) — “Waterloo” (gives insight but don’t expect a particularly good movie for the mega-bucks spent on making it, thus you can skip “Waterloo” if time is not on your side. Though, the film did receive umpteen positive reviews for its epic battle scenes utilizing the some 16,000 Soviet soldiers and cavalry brigade it took to make the film. Yes, Soviet, because in this movie the Battle of Waterloo was filmed entirely in the Ukraine, then part of the U.S.S.R.).

Package itinerary:

Bruges (2 nights):

DAY 1, (check-in): Brett Harriman, your guide, will be at the hotel greeting arrivals and facilitating check-in. At 4 p.m. the group will meet for orientation and introductions, followed by a walking tour of the old town then blowing the froth off a couple at a local brewery. The perfect evening to indulge in a traditional pot of steamed mussels in white wine sauce. Mmm.

DAY 2: After breakfast we hop on a boat tour and cruise the quaint canals of Bruges, see the chocolate-making process at one of the city’s top chocolatiers, and tour another blue-chip brewery. The rest of the day is free time. Harriman will offer general information and sightseeing suggestions, such as to climb the 366 dizzying steps of the town’s 13th-century bell tower (Belfort) for Bruges’ best view, or visit the Church of Our Lady to see Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child, featured in George Clooney’s 2014 film: “The Monuments Men.”

Mechelen (1 night):

DAY 3: From West Flanders we jump across Belgium to the province of Antwerp and overnight in the historic city of Mechelen, origin of the Beethoven family and home to spirituous beer. After checking in to our hotel, we set off on an old town walking tour followed by a tour of Mechelen’s award-winning brewery.

Bitburg (1 night):

DAY 4: Every day, on either tour, is loaded with discovery and reverence, but none more than today, our slate is stacked, thus we must get an early, 9 a.m., start and cross the border into Holland. First on the itinerary is Netherlands American Cemetery, a thought-provoking memorial park the first of its kind to be allocated for U.S. soldiers who died on German soil as well as the only American military cemetery in the Netherlands. From here, we skip back across the border into Belgium to pay our respects at Henri-Chapel American Cemetery, final resting place to 7,992 heroes, most of whom fought in the Battle of the Bulge as well as in the bloody Hürtgen Forest, through the Low Countries, and the intense battle for Aachen (which became the first major German city to be captured by the Allies). We then push on to Malmedy to contemplate the carnage at the Baugnez crossroads before crossing another border to conclude our long day in Bitburg to tour one of Germany’s most prominent breweries and indulge in what will surely be a much-needed beer(s).

Waterloo (1 night):

DAY 5: From Bitburg, Germany, we drive south into the Grand Duchy and visit the final resting place of one of World War II’s most renowned generals, George S. Patton Jr., at Luxembourg American Cemetery. From Luxembourg City, we depart for Waterloo, Belgium, a locale synonymous with another renowned military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte. Here, we tour Waterloo’s very own brewery and imbibe its liquid pride aptly called the Beer of Bravery before exploring the town’s namesake battlefield and museums that splendidly illustrate the epic clash in 1815 and Napoleon’s fate.

DAY 6: Regrettably, it’s time to say Au revoir to the friends we’ve made. Our tour is over, unless you’ve shrewdly decided to jump aboard Harriman’s Germany & Austria Highlights tour or Oktoberfest in Munich (in which case you get a 50 euro discount — additionally, talk with Harriman about free transfer to the Highlights tour, Waterloo to Frankfurt)!

Dates 2017

Tour 2:

T2-1: (Sat-Thu) July 29 — August 3 Sold Out!

T2-2: (Tue-Sun) August 8 – 13 Sold Out!

T2-3: (Sat-Thu) August 19 – 24

T2-4: (Tue-Sun) August 29 — September 3

Piggyback Tour 1 with Tour 2 (9 nights):

P1: (Tue-Thu) July 25 — August 3 Sold Out!

P2: (Fri-Sun) August 4 – 13 Sold Out!

P3: (Tue-Thu) August 15 – 24

P4: (Fri-Sun) August 25 — September 3

Feel free to contact Harriman with any questions you may have.

 

Money, package details:

  • The land-only price for the exclusive Tour 2 package is *895 euro (payable in Belgium) + US$250 (advance payment) per person (double occupancy), which includes your accommodations (3-4 stars, non-smoking hotels with free Wi-Fi), breakfast, all transportation and attractions we do together as a group, and Brett Harriman as your personal guide. You will be hard-pressed to find a better Belgian deal, anywhere!
  •  *The price for this package equates to approximately US$195 per person per day, which is hard to beat when considering the exclusive hand-held nature of the package, transportation within 4 countries, and the umpteen sites visited, including brew tours and tastings.
  • The price does not cover lunch, dinner, and of course personal expenses, such as whatever you do on your free time.
  • Transportation for this Tour will be an 8-seater mini van piloted by Brett Harriman.
  • Walking & picnic lunches: Expect to do a lot of walking. We will explore former battlefields, tour breweries, stroll Bruges, and pay our respects to fallen heroes at sprawling cemeteries. On the food front, restaurant prices in Belgium (we feel) are high compared with other European nations, thus we’ll plan picnic lunches at select sites when possible, which will also save us time for more sightseeing.
  • Single supplement: The package price is based on double occupancy — a supplement of US$400 will be added to the price for single travelers but who are welcome to room together to save the supplement; (notify Harriman if this is you and he will do his best to make compatible room assignments).
  • Payment: To reserve your place an advance payment of US$250 per person is required and the remaining 895 euro is due in Belgium upon meeting your group leader. After the advance payment is made Brett Harriman will contact you to confirm your reservation. (Note: Since seating is limited to 7 guests per Tour, reserve your place sooner rather than later before the package is sold out!)
  • Cancellation: Deposits are fully refundable 75 days prior to tour departure (minus applicable transaction fees, e.g. 2.9% via PayPal). Within 75 days, however, your deposit will be forfeited (sorry!) unless your spot can be filled or you’d like to transfer the reservation to a Harriman tour package for the following year.
  • Piggyback Tour 1 with Tour 2 for a nominal 1,295 euro (payable in Belgium) + US$500 (2 x advance payment) per person — single supplement US$650.

 

Advance payment:

Add to Cart

Click the ADD TO CART button to pay your advance payment via PayPal (in the Instructions field please note which Tour you would like to join — for other forms of payment, contact Harriman).

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