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Guided tours for internationals just outside Brussels

16:19 06/09/2019
This summer, the tourist office of Flemish Brabant – the province surrounding Brussels – launched a brand-new project: guided tours for internationals

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You’re in no danger of running out of options when it comes to the range of guided tours. For example, you could visit a Hageland vineyard, one of Belgium’s lesser-known activities. It’s the perfect region for viniculture, and the tour tells you about the how and why.

Or you could consent to being swept along by a passionate Geuze expert through an authentic Geuze brewery, just a stone’s throw from Brussels in Pajottenland – the only valley in the world with the right bacteria for producing this unique beer.

Sonian Forest

There’s also an enchanting nature walk through the Sonian Forest, a culinary expedition in Leuven and a trip back in time through Tervuren Park, which includes fascinating anecdotes about the prevailing culture.

There’s no better way to venture into and revel in the undiscovered ‘country’ just outside of Brussels – naturally in the good company of fellow internationals.

OK, how do I sign up?

Don’t wait to register because places are limited. The time to secure your spot is now:

And don’t forget to check the site regularly for the most up-to-date information on new tours.

This must be expensive…

It’s not! Tours range from €2 to €20 per person, depending on the tour.

So, what’s in it for you then?

Tourism Flemish Brabant is firmly committed to making the international community in Belgium feel at home. Current estimates reveal that there are an impressive 250,000 expats and internationals living in and around Brussels!

“Based on the conversations we’ve had with expats and internationals, we’ve discovered that this group is very much interested in venturing out and exploring their new environment,” says Monique Swinnen, provincial councillor for tourism in Flemish Brabant. “What’s more, we don’t want to consider or treat expats like tourists. Expats live here for a longer period of time, so they have a lot more interest in the hidden gems, in the genuine local experience.”

Vineyard tour

That’s why the new series of guided walks focus less on our major tourist attractions and more on the local colour of our region. “For example, we encourage expats to try out a locally brewed beer at an authentic brown café,” she says. “Or we take them along to one of our regional vineyards in Hageland. Discovering these hidden gems doesn’t take much effort. The locals are incredibly proud of their region and love sharing their favourite spots with new visitors. And the hilarious anecdotes they share are free.”

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