Two new tours: Great War and Flemish Masters
The Great War and Beer Tour
This one week tour combines two aspects of south-west Belgium: the Great War of 1914-'18 and the culture of beer brewing. Starting in Bruges you will go to Nieuwpoort, and then to Diksmuide. This town is well known for the "Trenches of Death" and the Yser-tower, reminding us of the Belgian resistance against German occupation. Then a bike ride to Ypres, the very center of the trench-battle war. The memory of the war is kept alive in Ypres by the impressive "Last Post" ceremony which is carried out every day at 8 PM.
The "South-west Corner" is also the region where the hop is farmed and the best Belgian beers are brewed. You will visit the St. Sixtus brewery, where the Trappist monks make the Westvleteren trappist beer. Of course you will enjoy a glass of this beer, by many considered to be the best in the world.
This one week tour leads from Bruges via Ghent, Antwerp and the historical town Mechelen to Brussels. In Ghent you will visit the "Mystic Lamb" in the St. Baafs cathedral, painted by the brothers Van Eijck. After Ghent there is a bike ride along the river Scheldt to Antwerp. There you will have a stopover of two nights to give you the opportunity to visit several different museums and historical places:
- The house of Peter Paul Rubens, the absolute master of Flemish painting.
- Five monumental churches, within walking distance of each other. The Cathedral of Our Lady, St. Andrew’s Church, St. Charles Borromeo’s Church, St. James’s Church and St. Paul’s Church.
- The "MAS", museum on the bank of the river Scheldt.
- Visit of the Coogels-Osy-Lei, a neighborhood with many houses in Art-Deco, Art-Nouveau and Jugendstil.
From Antwerp you will bike again through Belgian's along the rivers Scheldt and Dijle and small-scall farmland to the historical city of Mechelen, with its baroque and gothic churches, ancient market square and buildings that represent the different historical episodes of Mechelen.
From Mechelen we will go to Brussels. Not only the contemporary center of political power, but also in the 16th century when Charles V reigned over the Habsburg empire and had one of his main residences in Brussels. If you have historical appetite there are plenty of possibilities to visit churches which date back to as early as the 11th and 12th century.