Tradition holds strong in Leuven, a Flemish town known for its characterful historic core. Beautiful old buildings dominate the streets, but the jewel in the crown is the 15th century town hall: an awe-inspiring landmark defined by ornate turrets and a wild assortment of intricate detail. Opposite, the Gothic spikes of St Peter’s Church conceal Dieric Bouts’ painting The Last Supper. Also home to the oldest Catholic university still in existence, the student population keeps this old town lively – as do its bars and cafés. Leuven is the brewing capital of Belgium (no small feat in a country so well known for its beer!) and home to the Stella Artois HQ.
The town of Dinant, close to the French border, sits along the River Meuse under the protection of its intriguing clifftop citadel. The citadel (now a museum) affords magnificent views over the valley, whereas down in the town its collegiate church steals the limelight with its bold Gothic structure and bulbous dark spire. Dinant is also the home of Leffe Abbey Ale, and was the birthplace of Adolphe Sax (inventor of the saxophone).
Belgian beer, buildings and boat trips
based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Hand picked destinations
Rouen, capital of Upper Normandy, is a once-prosperous market town with a rich architectural heritage and a wonderfully restored medieval centre. The quaint and colourful town of Honfleur was a favourite of Claude Monet and the Impressionists, and is known for its enchanting harbour.
Overflowing with vibrancy and colour, Amsterdam is a treasure trove of quirky museums, vintage boutiques and wonderful galleries. Nearby in Keukenhof, nature shows off her splendour in 'the Garden of Europe'.