Podge’s Belgian Beer Tours

Beer on The Waterfront Tour

Tuesday 3 August- Sunday 8 August 2021

This Tour was scheduled for Thursday 6 August 2020 – Tuesday 11 August 2020, but has been postponed to August 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are pleased to be able to hold the price for this Tour at the 2020 price.

Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant, Gent

Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant, Ghent, one of the city's many great beer bars.

Back by popular demand is is one of our customer's favourite Tours and is a five-night, six-day tour staying at the centrally located Hotel Novotel Ghent, near the River Leie (French: Lys).

The Flemish city of Ghent is one of the top beer destinations anywhere in Europe, just have a look at Podge's Ghent Bar Guide with over 100 hand-picked entries! On this Tour we will be exploring beer, breweries, cafes and beer-cuisine restaurants alongside the coast, rivers, canals, lakes and waterways of Belgium.

The Coastal Tram in Belgium - a great day out

The famous Coastal Tram in Belgium runs the whole of the coast from France to The Netherlands - the longest in the world at 42 miles.

We will be including in the Tour a day travelling on the brilliant coastal tram and go on a boat cruise with beer on board and sampling the best of Belgian beer in high summer. Siobhan is working on this Tour to bring you some new waterway and beer experiences, but if you want an idea of what it will be like have a look at the online itinerary of our Beer on The Waterfront 2018

A nice selection of beers in De Planck, a boat Cafe in moored up in Ghent

Nice selection of beer in De Planck, Boat Cafe in Ghent.

We are based in Chelmsford Essex and we use Eurotunnel from Folkestone to get to and from Belgium in our UK hired coach. Most of our Travellers join the Tour at our main pick up point outside The Woolpack Pub, 23 Mildmay Road, Chelmsford CM2 0DN and most come from other parts of the UK, and some from further afield, especially USA. Lots of our Travellers stay the night before a Tour (and often the night of our return) at Chelmsford Travelodge only a few minutes walk from The Woolpack or at the Premier Inn near the Railway Station, about a 10 minute walk to the pick up point at The Woolpack. We all usually pop in to The Woolpack the night before departure for a meet, greet and a few beers with Siobhan who is your Tour Manager, Tour Guide and drinking pal for the duration.

Our Galloways luxury coach (49 seater coach with toilet) starts from Suffolk and on the way to Chelmsford picks up at the following if required:

Ipswich, Crown Street, IP1 3HS (opp. NCP Car Park)

Colchester, Southway, CO2 7BA (pull-in adjacent to Chapel Street South)

Chelmsford, The Woolpack, 23 Mildmay Road, CM2 0DN

Dartford, BP Garage (formerly Esso) 474 Princes Road, DA1 1YT. On the return leg we drop off at Dartford Railway Station DA1 1DR

Swanley, Unit 4, Moreton Industrial Estate, London Road, BR8 8DE

Maidstone Services J8, M20 Kent, ME17 1SS

Ashford (Eureka Leisure Park) Premier Inn, Eureka Leisure Park, Rutherford Rd, Ashford TN25 4BN

Stop 24 Services, J11, M20, Kent, CT21 4BL

Stationsplein, Adinkerke, Belgium

The crossing times we usually go for are the 09.20hr Eurotunnel from Folkestone and the 19.50hrs from Calais, so we arrive back in Folkestone at 19.30hrs UK time.

This Tour is still being built so keep an eye on this web page or subscribe to our monthly email newsletter for updates. The final detailed and timed itinerary will be posted here at least four weeks prior to departure. If you would like to join us please send Siobhan an email or call her on +44 (0)1245 354677 for details on how to secure a place and pay the £110pp deposit for this Tour, or if you have any questions about this Tour.

Jus de Mer Beer

Jus de Mer Beer.

Gent at night on the River Leie

Ghent at night on the River Leie.

Tour Price is £905 per person sharing a twin or double room

Single Supplement: £245

We regret that we need to charge a single supplement for travellers who would like their own hotel room. This is because increasingly hotel room prices are quoted with very little difference between single person or two person occupancy. If you are travelling alone and want to share a room with another traveller please contact Siobhan as we are regularly able to pair up travellers in twin rooms to avoid the need for payment of the Single Supplement.

Included in the cost of this Tour are:

Hotel accommodation and breakfasts;

Hotel city taxes;

Luxury coach travel on a 49 seater coach with toilet;

All brewery visits, tours and brewery beer tastings;

Entrance fees to attractions, museums and historical sites;

All items marked with an asterisk above and on the individual detailed tour itinerary when issued;

Copies of Podge’s City Bar Guides and Maps for the town where we stay or spend some time;

Still and sparkling water on the coach;

Pick up from Ipswich (at bus shelter outside Crown House, Crown Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3HS (opposite NCP Car Park), Colchester (Southway Chapel St South Layby) or Chelmsford (The Woolpack, Mildmay Road). Arrangements can be made for different joining points on the way to Folkestone or even on the other side of the channel.

Travellers are responsible for the costs of all food and drink apart from items marked with an asterisk on the detailed itinerary plus all passport and insurance costs.

All itinerary times are local and approximate.

Personal insurance is not included in the Tour price but is strongly advised, as is carrying the European Health Insurance Card available online, by phone or via the Post Office.

If you have any questions or would like to join us please send Siobhan an email or call on +44 (0)1245 354677.

All Tours are subject to our Terms and Conditions.

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