Chocolate and Beer cruise
Discover delicious Belgium.
CRUISE ONLY ON REQUEST ! ! !
During Spring and Autumn
If you ask someone what Belgium is famous for, you will most likely get chocolate or beer for an answer. Hardly surprising when you consider the delicious flavors and high quality products that this country produces. With the KR-Line chocolate and beer canal barge route, we will take you from one tasty sensation to another, introducing you to the finest of treats.
Taste the most renowned of all the Belgian Beers, the Westvleteren, which can only be found at a small local tavern near the abbey where it is brewed. But of course, the delightful sensations don’t stop there. You can also visit the Hop museum in Poperinge and the biscuit factory of Jules Destrooper. You will be able to savor a delightful cold Trappist beer in the Nieuwpoort (B) harbor, accompanied by the most delicious and fresh shrimps you have ever tasted. For those who have a sweet tooth, the Chocolat-Line, located in Bruges, will open up a whole new world of chocolate. You have to admit that a chocolate snuff or chocolates with a sea-fruit taste are not something you will easily find at a local market near you.
To some a chocolate and beer route may seem like an odd combination. Nothing however could be further from the truth, as this canal barge trip will surely show you how wonderful these two delicacies can be combined.
Add the peace and tranquility of sailing the Belgian rivers and canals aboard the canal barge Johanna, the pampering by your hostess Patsie and the exploration of the most interesting of places between Veurne and Bruges and you know you will be setting sail for the most delightful of experiences.
- 1 Veurne: Welcome on board. Small city close to the sea with the archeological site and interesting interactive museum of the Dunes Abbey in Koksijde. Take a stroll on the market square with the information centre and museum of life behind the frontlines (WW I), the Walburga church and park, the Appelmarkt with St Niklaas church, to end with a nice coffee or beer on one of the many terrasses.
- 3 Ieper: Walk along the rampart of this reconstructed city that was totally distroyed in the 1st World War. Take a bike tour to the Hop museum in nearby Poperinge or discover the “hills” of Flanders between Ieper and Kemmel. Why not cycle all the way to the picturesque village of Bailleul (Belle) just across the French border.
- 5 Nieuwpoort: Visit the pier and taste a beer accompanied with fresh gray shrimps on a terras at the sea. Explore this little town or just enjoy a walk along the beach.
- 6 Brugge: Try the evening hors carriage ride trough the old city center. Taste the beer and atmosphere in some of the famous bars in town. Just to name a few: De Garre and ‘t Brugs Beertje.
On alternating weeks cruising in the opposite direction as “Flanders Fields Cruise”.