Christmastime in Belgium - A European Pub Crawl
December 12-19, 2018
$1695 includes air, hotels and more!
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Join us for for a fabulous week in Belgium!!! This has consistently been one of our most popular trips, and this year we'll be there in time for the Christmas Markets!!!
Belgium is a beer lovers paradise. We'll be staying one night just off the Grand Place in Brussels and five nights in the heart of historic Bruges, a UNESCO world heritage site stuck in the middle ages. I often tell people it's like Disneyland for adults, with winding cobblestone alleyways, medieval architecture and no shortage of fabulous restaurants and quaint pubs. How about a side trip trip to historic Ghent? Or a visit to some of the many breweries like St Bernardus, DeStruise, Bosteels and more!! Too much fun.
$1695 includes round trip direct air fare from Newark to Brussels and ALL fuel surcharges and departure taxes*, 5 nights in the NEWLY RENOVATED 4 star Hotel Portinari in Brugge's historic city center, 1 night in the fabulous 5 star Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels, private motorcoach transfers throughout Belgium, full breakfast each morning, a half day guided walking tour of Brugge, and a pre-departure orientation before we go!
The HOTEL PORTINARI just finished extensive renovations in 2017! We stay in the Portinari every year because the hotel is fantastic... very clean, great breakfast, great location and staff, and super value. Now it will be even nicer!
The Radisson Blu Royal in Brussels is a beautiful property right round the corner from the famous Morte Subit Lambic Bar and easy walking distance to Brussel's grand square - the Gran Place, the cathedral, the Mannekin Pis, Delirium Tremens, Cantillon and so much more.
*(small print) Prices are base on double occupancy. A single supplement charge of $399 applies to solo travelers. All fuel charges and taxes are included but are subject to change until time of ticketing.
We’ll also be offering a couple optional day trips…One to tour the breweries of Flanders with a lunch stop across the street from St Sixtus Abbey where the famous Westvleteren Trappist Ales are brewed (and where we'll have a chance to purchase some to take home!). Another to tour to a Brussels brewery or maybe a trip to Ghent and the famous Bosteels Brewery.
Taste the Food… Belgium is known for its’ mussels and frites, but everything else is amazing too. Think fine French cuisine without the heavy sauces. Lots of wild game too!
Taste the Culture… We’ll meet the Flemish people of Flanders and the French speaking people of Brussels and Wallonia. Admire works by Peter Paul Rubens in the Groeningemuseum inBruges, or check out the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels. So much to see and do.
Taste the History…Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, A quaint medieval city largely unchanged for centuries. It's like walking through a movie set... except it's real!
Taste the Beer… Belgium is a beer lovers paradise...abbey ales, lambics, sours, belgian triples and Trappists to name a few. We’ll have the opportunity to visit De Halve Maan and Bourgogne de Flandres in Bruges, a side trip to Ghent, De Struise in West Flanders, and more. This is a trip not to be missed!
Porterra Travel presents Christmastime in Belgium
December 12 - 19, 2018.
December 12, 2018. Wednesday Day 1
Meet at Park n Ride at Rt 33 & William Penn Highway. Our bus leaves at 2:45 PM for the ride to Newark. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Our overnight United flight 999 departs Newark Liberty International Airport 7:00 PM and arrives in Brussels at 8:05 AM.
December 13, 2018. Thursday Day 2
Arrive to the airport in Brussels at 8:05 AM and meet our coach and Peter, our local guide for the ride over to our Hotel in Bruges. We’ll have some free time to relax and grab a bite before joining our guide for a 2 hour walking tour and introduction to Bruges. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free at your leisure. Overnight at the Portinari Hotel, Bruges.
December 14, 2018. Friday Day 3
Breakfast served at hotel. Day free at your leisure. Optional Kasteel/Ghent Tour – Meet in the hotel lobby at 8:30 for our departure via private coach. Arrive at the beautiful new Kasteel Brewery and visitors center, makers of lambic style ales and other specialty brews. After a tour and tasting we’ll have lunch at Michelle's Pub located inside the brewery complex (not included) Then we'll head to Ghent for a sightseeing tour of the city and some free time to explore the old town and castle. You can return to our hotel on the bus, or hang out in Ghent for the evening and take the train home! Exact itinerary and price for optional tour to be determined when confirmed. +/- $75. Overnight at the Portinari Hotel, Bruges.
December 15, 2018. Saturday Day 4
Breakfast served at hotel. Day free at your leisure. Suggest checking out the Saturday morning market right in front of our hotel, and maybe a day trip to Antwerp by train. Overnight at the Portinari Hotel, Bruges.
December 16, 2018. Sunday Day 5
Breakfast served at hotel. Day free at your leisure. So much to do and see… and eat and drink! Overnight at the Portinari Hotel, Bruges.
December 17, 2018. Monday Day 6
Breakfast served at hotel. Day free at your leisure. Optional tour to Flanders – We’ll visit two famous Flanders breweries with a lunch stop at In De Vrede – right across the street from the famous WestVleteren Trappist Monastery. Don’t forget to grab a six-pack! Breweries and tour price to be determined. +/- $75. Brewery stops include Vander Ghinste and Rodenbach. Afterwards we’ll head back to the hotel and be free to have dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants in Bruges. Overnight at the Portinari Hotel, Bruges.
December 18, 2018. Tuesday Day 7
Breakfast served at hotel. After breakfast we’ll board our private coach and head to Brussels for an orientation tour of the historic center. We’ll have the rest of the day free in Brussels to explore. Our hotel is in a prime location for all the sights, shops and restaurants in the historic city center. Overnight in the Radisson Blu Royal, Brussels.
December 19, 2018. Wednesday Day 8
After breakfast we board our coach to transfer to the airport for flight home. United Flight 998 departs 10:00 AM and arrives in Newark at 12:45 PM. We should be back in Easton by 3:00 pm.