Beer, Cheese & Waffles

8 days from $8,768 per person*
  • Eat Belgian waffles on a private guided tour in medieval Bruges.
  • Delight in Belgian chocolate and beer in Brussels on a private city tour.
  • Enjoy beer tastings at the famous Heineken Experience brewery in Amsterdam.
  • Visit the Alkmaar Cheese Market, and a Dutch cheese farm where you'll taste cheese produced on site.
  • Premium 4* accommodations throughout.
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Delight in local delicacies as you explore the highlights of the Netherlands and Belgium. From beer and cheese, to waffles and chocolate, your taste buds will thank you.

Arrive to Amsterdam and set out with a private guide to explore the famous Heineken Experience Brewery where you'll get to sample this well known Dutch lager while uncovering the brewing process. Head to a local market for some Dutch treats then visit the House of Bols, venturing into the world of cocktails and spirits. Enjoy a private walking tour of Amsterdam and its renowned bridges and canals, then head to the Wynand Fockink distillery for samples of jenever & liqueur, followed by traditional Dutch snacks at Van Dobbenn. Spend a day visiting the Alkmaar Cheese Market, and a local cheese farm where you'll taste cheeses made on-site. Later, dine on a 4-course meal that you helped to create during an interactive cooking class. Head to Belgium, stopping en route in Gouda, renowned for its cheese and stroopwafels. In the picturesque city of Bruges, meander the medieval streets with a private guide, munch on Belgian waffles, and stop for some beer at Brewery de Halve Maan. Explore the city of Brussels with a guide, then enjoy some Belgian chocolate as part of a fun chocolate workshop. Expect tasty surprises at every turn on this journey through the Netherlands and Belgium. ... Show More »

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Hotel with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Netherlands - Welcome Package
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Heineken Experience & The House of Bols (6 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    • Private Tour - Walking Tour with Tastings & Canal Cruise (6 hrs) - Guide
    • Self-Guided - Dinner at leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Amsterdam
    Amsterdam
    • Private Tour - Alkmaar, Cheese Farm & Cooking Workshop (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Amsterdam to Bruges
    Amsterdam to Bruges
    • Private Transfer - Amsterdam - Bruges [via Gouda & Yerseke (10 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Belgium - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Bruges
    Bruges
    • Private Tour - City Walking tour with Canal Cruise & De Halve Maan Brewery (8 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Bruges to Brussels
    Bruges to Brussels
    • Day at Leisure - None
    • Private Transfer - Bruges - Brussels [1 hr 15 min] - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 7 Brussels
    Brussels
    • Private Tour - City Walking Tour & Chocolate Workshop (with lunch) - Guide
  • Day 8 Brussels
    Brussels
    • Private Transfer - Airport (Brussels Airport) - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Amsterdam

For your added comfort, you will have Meet & Greet guide assistance upon your arrival, which will be waiting for you outside the customs. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport and accompany you to your accommodation.

A welcome package with  a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be given to you by your driver upon arrival. Alternative arrangements will be made if you do not have a private transfer at the start of your itinerary.

Meet your guide at your hotel and start your tour with an incredible ‘Heineken Experience.' You will learn the history of the Heineken family, and follow the brewing process from water all the way through to bottling. Discover the tradition behind one of the world's most famous breweries at a site that is part beer museum and part amusement park. After some beer tasting, you will head to a local market to taste some Dutch treats: herring (alternative: a fried battered fish). Later you will visit ‘The House of Bols’ for a unique interactive and unforgettable adventure in the glamorous world of cocktails, liqueurs, and genever. Embark on a spectacular journey through flavors, aromas, images, sound and film before transferring back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Estherea

The boutique Hotel Estheréa is housed in a row of 17th century buildings on the Singel, Amsterdam's oldest major canal and part of the ring of canals added to the official UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010. Dam Square, the central railway station, the main shopping area, museums, theatres, and night life are all within walking distance. The rich, colorful interior includes woolen carpets, crystal chandeliers, mahogany paneling, luxurious fabrics, extravagant wallpapers, flowers, plants, and fish. Guests can relax with a cocktail and light snack at Maria's bar or get a workout in at the fully equipped gym.

Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Heineken Experience
Heineken Experience
Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Day 2: Amsterdam

Meet your guide for a walking tour for an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Your guide will lead you to city’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, the colorful flower market. Next, you'll make a stop at an old distillery-turned-restaurant for a gin and genever tasting, learning about the history of Amsterdam distillates. Continue on to Van Dobben to sample some traditional ‘kroketten’ (meat croquettes). Conclude your tour aboard a shared canal cruise, enjoying the views as you glide through the old city, spotting elegant merchant mansions, carillon-topped churches, and 16th and 17th century warehouses- all remnants along the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals. 

Enjoy dinner at leisure. There are lots of good places to choose from. Here are some suggestions: De Kas, Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, Tel: (0)20-462-4562. An old greenhouse converted into a beautiful dining room. You can be sat at the chef’s table, under the 8 metre high glass conservatory or if the weather permits on the patio. It is an absolute delight to experience some of the greatest cuisine in Amsterdam. The daily harvest defines the menu. 11 Oosterdokskade 3-5 Tel: (0)20-625-5999. Not to be missed, 11 mixes with perfection great quality food, brilliant atmosphere and a unique location. Although the entrance could put some people off, it is worth going to the 11th floor of the Post CS building and admire the view over the city. EUR29.50 for a 3-course dinner.

Accommodation: Estherea
Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Day 3: Amsterdam

Depart from your hotel with your private guide and driver and transfer to the historical village of Alkmaar, known for its traditional cheese market. The market turns the city square into a hive of activity, as the cheese carriers dart about, slaloming between thousands of Gouda cheese wheels lined up on the ground. See the cheese factory and watch cheesemongers in traditional garb selling enormous rounds of Gouda and other Dutch cheeses at the outdoor auction. Continue to a  cheese farm to pleasure your palate with some delicious samples and observe how cheese is made. After an enjoyable experience transfer back to Amsterdam.  Later in the day throw on an apron and head to the kitchen for a fun-filled and engaging workshop with a passionate local chef. Spend the evening whipping up Dutch specialties learn about locally loved ingredients. Sip on some wine and tuck into the tasty 4-course meal that you helped create. After the workshop, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Estherea
Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Alkmaar Cheese Market
Alkmaar Cheese Market

Day 4: Amsterdam - Bruges

Meet your private guide and driver and transfer to Gouda. The city boasts of most beautiful historic city centers in Holland, full of beautiful monumental buildings to admire and ancient canals with attractive terraces and charming shops to promenade the past. Gouda is famous for its stroopwafel (syrup waffle), a traditional and popular treat that is said to have originated in the city. Today you will learn how a stroopwafel is prepared and try one of the best waffles in town! You will then continue onto Yerseke to dive deep into the ultimate oyster experience. You will visit an oyster farm and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how oysters are raised, harvested and prepared. Savor some oysters paired with refreshing wine before you are transferred to your hotel in Bruges.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Die Swaene

Hotel Die Swaene overlooks one the most picturesque canals of Bruges. It is considered one of the most romantic hotels in Europe. The rooms are elegantly furnished and all uniquely decorated. The hotel's public areas have an atmosphere of times past. A magnificent new wing, the Canal House, which has been inaugurated, has eight rooms and two suites. The sunny terrace provides spectacular views of the canals and water activities. Die Swaene has everything you need to make your visit unforgettable.

Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Stroopwafel
Stroopwafel

Day 5: Bruges

Discover the 'Venice of the North,' with you private English speaking guide as you walk through Bruges, the most romantic city in Belgium, with ancient bridges spanning meandering canals. The city center is car free allowing for a pleasant, traffic-free walking tour. The tour will introduce you to the history and main sites of the town as you stroll by the artistic wealth of sites such as innumerable monuments, historical buildings, and churches. Admire the marvelous market square, city hall, the belfry and its halls as well as the numerous canals and the typical God houses (late medieval-looking houses bearing a name and a year on the outside wall) which can be seen everywhere in the city. Enjoy a cruise by open boat on the canals and some delicious Belgium Waffles (optional) before heading to ‘De Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges.' Enjoy a guided tour of the traditional, family-run brewhouse dating back to 1856 and famous for its blonde 'Brugse Zot' and 'Straffe Hendrick tripel' beer. Beer tasting is included.

Accommodation: Die Swaene
Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  De Halve Maan Brewery
De Halve Maan Brewery
Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bruges
Bruges

Day 6: Bruges - Brussels

Enjoy the day at leisure. You may want to consider taking a stroll through the Botanical gardens, visiting the Guido Museum, checking out the fish market or taking a peek inside the Jerusalem Church. Alternatively, you could hop on a boat and tour the city by the canal network, visit the Chapel of the Holy Blood, the Town Hall, the Groeninghe Museum, or climb up the Belfry.  An absolute must is a visit to the Memling museum housed in the 12th century Hospital of St, John. Bruges is known for its quality lace – you may want to purchase some in one of the lace shops in town.

Today you will transfer from Bruges to Brussels in the comfort of your private vehicle. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Accommodation: NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon

The NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon is on Brussels’ most beautiful square, famous for its antique shops and chocolatiers, and only a short walk to the luxury boutiques along Avenue Louise. The hotel is also conveniently located near the Grand Palace, the centerpiece of the city, and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. Rooms and suites offer modern comforts and match the sophistication and elegance of the antique shops on Sablon square. The Il Cortile restaurant showcases fine Italian cuisine, where only the freshest ingredients are used. For after-dinner drinks, the lobby bar offers an array of Belgian beers.

Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Town Hall
Town Hall
Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Brussels
Brussels

Day 7: Brussels

Discover the legendary landmarks and impressive monuments of Brussels on a half-day tour of the beautiful Belgian capital. Explore the sights as you walk to the sophisticated sprawl of Grand Place to admire the grand Town Hall and architecturally various buildings that surround the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Continue to the Royal Palace to marvel at the throngs of charming boutiques that line the streets. See the famous Manneken Pis statue and learn about its fascinating cultural significance. Next, you will uncover the secret recipes behind delicious Belgian chocolate during a chocolate workshop. The tour ends with a transfer to your hotel.

 

Accommodation: NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon
Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chocolate Workshop
Chocolate Workshop

Day 8: Brussels

Relax on your private airport transfer to Brussels Airport with private vehicle and English speaking driver.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Estherea: Amsterdam

The boutique Hotel Estheréa is housed in a row of 17th century buildings on the Singel, Amsterdam's oldest major canal and part of the ring of canals added to the official UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010. Dam Square, the central railway station, the main shopping area, museums, theatres, and night life are all within walking distance. The rich, colorful interior includes woolen carpets, crystal chandeliers, mahogany paneling, luxurious fabrics, extravagant wallpapers, flowers, plants, and fish. Guests can relax with a cocktail and light snack at Maria's bar or get a workout in at the fully equipped gym.

Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Estherea
Hotel Estherea

Die Swaene: Bruges

Hotel Die Swaene overlooks one the most picturesque canals of Bruges. It is considered one of the most romantic hotels in Europe. The rooms are elegantly furnished and all uniquely decorated. The hotel's public areas have an atmosphere of times past. A magnificent new wing, the Canal House, which has been inaugurated, has eight rooms and two suites. The sunny terrace provides spectacular views of the canals and water activities. Die Swaene has everything you need to make your visit unforgettable.

Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hotel Die Swaene
Hotel Die Swaene

NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon: Brussels

The NH Collection Brussels Grand Sablon is on Brussels’ most beautiful square, famous for its antique shops and chocolatiers, and only a short walk to the luxury boutiques along Avenue Louise. The hotel is also conveniently located near the Grand Palace, the centerpiece of the city, and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts. Rooms and suites offer modern comforts and match the sophistication and elegance of the antique shops on Sablon square. The Il Cortile restaurant showcases fine Italian cuisine, where only the freshest ingredients are used. For after-dinner drinks, the lobby bar offers an array of Belgian beers.

Beer, Cheese & Waffles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  NH Du Grand Sablon Hotel
NH Du Grand Sablon Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    It was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my rooms, and tours, but after this experience, I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10), but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Lisa B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was 5 stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

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    This was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my own rooms, and tours, but after this experience I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10) but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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