Looking for a challenging ride with the best liquid rewards?
This tour takes place in the southeastern portion of Belgium, in French-speaking Wallonia. We’ll visit at least 7 breweries, two Trappist monasteries, and a WWII history site.
- Wallonia is much more rural than Flanders. We’ll be staying primarily in smaller towns, with lots of peace and quiet to assure you are well-rested for the next day’s adventure.
- This tour features road bikes! You’ll fly over those hills on our Giant brand bicycles. See FAQs for photos.
- This tour covers around 350 km / 250 miles in 7 biking days, averaging 60 km / 37 miles a day in very hilly terrain. Flat stretches are rare here!
- Trappist beer lovers, this tour is for you! We’ll visit Rochefort and Orval! The Trappist breweries themselves are open to the public. In addition to visiting the abbeys and their gardens, we’ll taste the beers and, for those who are interested, attend a church service with the monks.
- 7-nights hotel, bike rental, breakfast, lunch, snacks, brewery tours, and beer samples are included. Vehicle support provided for groups of at least 8. Optional group dinners are organized each evening, with everyone paying for their own meals and drinks.
- Make new friends and visit a different brewery every day as you explore the country at a speed allowing you to absorb your surroundings.
From Saisons to Wits, Trappist styles, and Belgian IPAs, this tour has something for everyone’s beer palette.
Typical breweries we visit on most tour include:
- Brasserie C – Liege’s new city brewery. Our private tour will be followed by a beer-tasting accompanied by tapas!
- Brasserie Fantome – The small “ghost” brewery with a worldwide cult following. After a private tour, we’ll stick around for lunch at the brewery.
- Interpol – The smallest brewery in Wallonia! We’ll get a tour from the owner Pol, a home-cooked dinner from his wife Tine, and spend the night at the brewey’s B&B.
- Brasserie A’Chouffe – The largest brewery in Wallonia is just down the street from Inter-pol! Try their refreshing blond beer right from the source.
- Brasserie de Bastogne – Maker of some of the most impressive beers in Belgium. We’ll get a tour and a “taste” of Belgian humor.
- Brasserie Caracole – The most unique brewery of this tour, as they still brew using a wood fire! See if you can taste the smoke as you sample their delicious ales.
- Trappist – We’ll visit the cafe of Orval and the Rochefort Monastery. Orval’s cafe is unique in that it is the only place in the world where you can try their “Orval Green!”
- Stops at other breweries change based upon availability and time of year. Breweries we have visited on previous tours include: La Rulles, L’Arogante, Brasserie Saint Monon, and Brasserie Les Trois Fourquets.
Itinerary / Stats
Locations and distances vary from tour to tour but are generally as follows:
- Day 1 – Our tour meets today in the lively city of Liege, the 2nd largest city in Wallonia. It’s only an hour and half by train from Brussels, so there is plenty of time for the group to meet up for lunch. We’ll have our bikes delivered to the hotel and, after they are fitted, do a warm-up ride to nearby Brasserie C… and of course try Liege’s famous waffles.
- Days 2 to 3 – Long hills and expansive views await us as we cycle south. We’ll spend one night in La-Roche-en-Ardenne and the next in Achouffe, including meeting up with a few of the locals for a “mystery event.” We sleep at the B&B of the famous Inter-pol brewery, where we are sure you will appreciate the home-cooked Belgian meal.
- Days 4 to 5 – The cycling continues south, taking further advantage of the Ravel network, bike paths that were formerly rail lines. We will visit a few of the World War II memorials around Bastogne. This area is famous for the 1944 battle of Allied forces (led by US troops), who attempted to go from Normandy through the Ardennes to Germany. Further south, in Orval, we will attend a church service at the Trappist monastery, a very special event.
- Days 6 to 7 – Onwards towards the towns of Rochefort, home of our favorite Trappist quad, and Dinant, birthplace of the saxophone.
- Day 8 (morning only) – All tours officially end on day 7 in picturesque Dinant, but we would hate for you to leave without having explored the town by night, especially along the river, and have included the 7th-night hotel in your tour fees. So our tour actually ends in the morning on day 8. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading off to further adventures!
Markers show start/end + overnight hotel and B&B locations…