7 exclusive travel inspirations for
a summer in and around Belgium
With the warm spring breeze coming in and the gradual easing of confinement measures, we all want to start dreaming about what our summer break will look like. While most of us are still feeling uneasy with the current state of COVID-19 and had to cancel their initial travel plans, we need to think differently about our travel options. Indeed, our summer holiday might well need to take place locally. The good news is: we still have plenty of exclusive experiences to share with you for a fabulous time in Belgium and around, while keeping safety as a prime concern!
We have gathered in this article some of our favorite inspirations for a summer like no other in Belgium and its neighboring countries.
1. BELGIUM AND AROUND - road tripping in a classic retro car
Looking for an exciting way to explore Belgium’s pretty countryside this summer but also for something to do with your friends while keeping your safety distances? We found an experience that combines it all, mixing sport, conviviality, and elegance : a unique self-drive experience aboard a vintage car rally.
When it comes to classic cars, Belgium is the perfect place! Locals indeed have an affinity for old-timers and retro cars and many models can be available for your perfect rally trip. Provided with a detailed roadbook, travel along the country’s most beautiful roads under the directions of your copilot. This thrilling journey can be done over one or several days and be fully customized to include fancy picnic baskets filled with local delicacies, a layover in a cozy countryside retreat, a themed itinerary, or anything else you may wish to make this road trip truly unforgettable!
2. FRANCE - A gourmet experience of the "Route of Champagne"
The Champagne wine region is part of the Unesco World Heritage Sites and offers ample good reasons to discover it. A journey in the land of cork popping will allow you to visit your favorite champagne houses and cellars, taste the greatest labels including some vintage and prestige blends, stroll through the vast vineyards covering most of the landscape, along with beautiful rivers and canals. Stay in an elegant chateau-style property or in a cozy private cottage in a relaxed setting, while enjoying great views on the green countryside.
For a truly exclusive and gourmet experience of the Champagne region, step aboard the Belmond Pivoine. With four cabins and beautiful French design, it is set to be one of the best cruises in Europe since its launch in 2018. Settle on the sundeck to watch the countryside, refresh with a dip in the heated pool of the barge, and delight in the imaginative dishes made from local produce.
3. SWITZERLAND - An exclusive nature retreat in the Swiss Alps
Looking for a mountain hideaway? Experience the beauty of the Alps in the summer, away from the crowds. The region offers a variety of opportunities for couples and families eager to relax in the sun, take in the fresh air, and indulge in numerous outdoor, wellness or gastronomic activities. Do not miss out on a stopover in some of Switzerland’s prettiest villages, such as the picturesque medieval hamlet of Morcote in Ticio, along with a visit of the beautiful lakes Como and Maggiore.
Switzerland offers a wide range of exceptional boutique accommodation to fit each traveler’s preferences. From a bespoke spa retreat in places like the glamorous Villa Orselina or the stunning Villa Honegg, to a more rustic atmosphere in a lovely private chalet like the Chalet Etoile from the Hideaways Club. Outdoor lovers will also be amazed by the vast array of activities: trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc; sailing on St Moritz Lake Sils, along with discovering the hundreds of marked hiking paths and varied mountain bike itineraries. And for those with a sweet tooth, a chocolate making experience with a chef or a trip on the Swiss chocolate train will make your stay complete!
4. BELGIUM - A prestige holiday
Indulge in the finest experiences that can be found in Belgium. Stay in the luxurious Hotel Van Cleef that will make you discover the gorgeous city of Bruges like never before. Spend some quality time at one of the greatest golfing facilities of the country. Opt for a well-deserved wellness retreat in a prime setting such as the Manoir de Lebioles. Awaken your senses with a renowned gastronomic evening at a Michelin-starred restaurant such as L’Air du Temps or through an exciting undisclosed dinner experience. Our creativity combined with our fine network of selected partners will tailor your prestige holiday experience.
5. NETHERLANDS - An exploration on 2 wheels
The Netherlands are known for their flat landscape, which makes it an ideal destination for bikers. Yet the country also has beautiful roads for motorcycle riders. For an itinerary off the beaten tracks, the West Friesland and North Holland offer a surprising range of nature that you can discover by taking its scenic routes. Among the ever-changing panoramas you will cross the colorful bulb fields, the endless number of mills, beautiful lakes, polders roads and dikes, while stopping by some charming Frisian villages and discovering their rich culture. Stay in some gorgeous little cottages, traditional mansions or boutique hotels with unique rural locations like the Hotel Rijsterbosch, and indulge in some relaxing time.
Your itinerary can be fully customized to your wishes and take you along the North Sea coast to make you discover its many marvels.
6. GERMANY - A journey in the summer romance of Bavaria
Bavaria is a place so rich in natural beauties: from fairy-tale castles of Neuschwanstein to idyllic villages and unspoiled countryside, the region is full of lovely places to discover. Take a stroll in Germany’s romantic road which passes through several enchanting medieval towns such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, Wurzburg, Miltenberg… Your journey through Bavaria will for sure leave you with beautiful memories.
After a few days of road-tripping – spend the second half of your journey in a traditional Bavarian accommodation to enjoy the serenity of the German countryside. We recommend you a stay mixing luxury and authenticity in places like the Chiemsee chalet. This comfortable and tastefully decorated chalet is overlooking a stunning natural view of the lush alpine meadows and the stunning Chiemsee lake that you can explore aboard the chalet’s private electric yacht. Go on long nature walks, read on the sunny terrace of your chalet, and indulge in some tasty local specialties prepared for you.
7. BELGIUM - A family retreat in the countryside
If you want to make the most of your summer break to spend quality time with your family after the long confinement, the idea of a cozy retreat in the sunny countryside with your loved ones should sound appealing! Whether you fancy a holiday at the seaside or in the Ardennes, there are plenty of extraordinary villas, charming cottages, or glamping experiences to choose from, to give you a feeling of true disconnection! Spend your days relaxing by the pool and going on short walks, let a chef cook for you and your family and surprise you with some local culinary delights. Our bespoke network of partners and great attention to detail will be the key to make your summer break in Belgium exceptional!