Beer & Battlefields in the Ardennes

5 days from £539pp

About the tour: Beer & Battlefields in the Ardennes

Tour Introduction

This unique beer and battlefields tour looks at the WW2 fighting in the Ardennes, before visiting local breweries and enjoying the Leffe Experience, where we will discover more about one of Belgium's most famous Trappist beers.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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(Deposits from £50pp)

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  1. Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  3. Send payments via cheque.
  4. Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for a four-night stay.

Day 2 - Gembloux Gap & Leffe Experience

We start by looking at the fighting in the Ardennes area in 1940, seeing the sector held by the British Expeditionary Force along the River Dyle in May 1940, and then examining the Battle of the Gembloux Gap, one of the largest Tank Battles of WW2.

In the afternoon, we visit the Leffe Experience at the ‘Maison Leffe’, to discover more about one of Belgium’s most famous Trappist beers.

Included meals: Breakfast

Gembloux Gap 1940

Gembloux Gap 1940 (2)

Key Visits

  • Leffe Experience
  • Gembloux Gap 1940

Day 3 - Battle of the Bulge & La Chouffe Brewery

Today we visit the area where the Battle of the Bulge took place in December 1944, close to the town of Bastogne, seeing the woods at Foy where the ‘Band of Brothers’ fought, and some of the Tank Turrets that mark the perimeter around the town. We also have time for the superb 101st Airborne Museum.

In the afternoon, we visit the La Chouffe Brewery. This is one of the most famous of the Ardennes beers and here we have a guided tour with tasting included.

Included meals: Breakfast

Bastogne Sherman Tank

Bastogne Sherman Tank (4)

Key Visits

  • Bastogne Sherman Tank
  • Bois Jacques
  • 101st Airborne Museum
  • La Chouffe Brewery

Day 4 - Spitfire Museum & Chimay Experience

The amazing Spitfire Museum is our first stop today, where we look at the role of this iconic WW2 aircraft, seeing an original example of the aircraft as well as artefacts recovered from aviation archaeology in the region.

We then visit the ‘Hitler Bunker’ in the Ardennes Forest, used by Adolf Hitler as a Headquarters during the Battle of France in 1940. It is now a museum site.

In the afternoon we visit the Brasserie des Fagnes, a local brewery in Mariembourg, where we take a tour and enjoy a tasting session.

Later we visit the Chimay Experience, where we discover how the Belgian monks brew this beer, and have a tasting ourselves!

Included meals: Breakfast

Key Visits

  • Spitfire Museum
  • The Hitler Bunker, Ardennes
  • Brasserie des Fagnes
  • Chimay Experience

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Novotel Charleroi Centre.

Novotel Charleroi Centre

Novotel Charleroi Centre
Novotel Charleroi Centre
Novotel Charleroi Centre

About the hotel

The 4-star Novotel Charleroi Centre is located in the centre of Charleroi, and the hotel features a bar and restaurant. All rooms are equipped with a T.V., tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan


Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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