With the arrival of the warm spring breeze and the gradual easing of lockdown measures, we all want to start dreaming about what our summer vacation will look like. While most of us are still uncomfortable with the current state of COVID-19 and have had to cancel our initial plans, we need to think differently about our travel options for the coming months. Indeed, there is a good chance that our summer vacation will have to take place locally. The good news is that we still have plenty of exclusive experiences to share with you to have a fabulous time in and around Belgium, while keeping safety at the forefront!
In this article we've gathered some of our favorite inspirations for a summer like no other in Belgium and its neighboring countries.
1. BELGIUM - A road trip in a beautiful retro classic car
Looking for an exciting way to explore the beautiful Belgian countryside this summer, but also something to do with your friends while keeping your safety distance? We've found an activity that combines all of this, mixing sport, conviviality and elegance: a unique rally experience for couples or friends in classic cars.
When it comes to classic cars, Belgium is the place to be! The country has indeed an affinity with retro cars and many models can be available to make your rally perfect. Armed with a detailed logbook, drive along the country's most beautiful roads under the guidance of your co-driver. This extraordinary getaway can be done over one or more days and can be fully customized to include picnic baskets filled with local delicacies, a stopover at a cozy country retreat, a themed itinerary, or anything else you want to make this trip unforgettable!
2. FRANCE - A gastronomic experience on the "Route du Champagne"
The Champagne wine region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers many reasons to discover it. A trip to the land of corks will allow you to visit your favorite champagne houses and estates, and taste some of the greatest labels, including some prestigious crus and blends. You can also take the opportunity to walk through the vast vineyards that cover most of the landscape, and picnic along its beautiful rivers and canals. Stay in an elegant chateau-style property or a comfortable private cottage in a relaxed setting, while enjoying beautiful views of the lush countryside.
For an exclusive, gourmet experience of the Champagne region, step aboard the Belmond Pivoine. With four cabins and a beautiful French design, this is one of the best cruises in Europe since its launch in 2018. Sit on the deck to view the countryside, cool off with a dip in the ship's heated pool, and enjoy gourmet dishes made with local produce.
3. SWITZERLAND - An exclusive nature retreat in the Swiss Alps
Looking for a mountain refuge? Discover the beauty of the Alps in summer, far from the crowds. The region offers many opportunities for couples and families to relax in the sun, get some fresh air and enjoy a variety of outdoor, wellness and culinary activities. Don't miss a stopover in some of Switzerland's most beautiful villages, such as the picturesque medieval hamlet of Morcote in Ticio, as well as a visit to the beautiful Lake Como and Lake Maggiore.
Switzerland offers a wide range of exceptional luxury accommodations, tailored to the preferences of each traveler. These range from a bespoke spa retreat at places like the glamorous Villa Orselina or the stunning Villa Honegg, to a more cozy and rustic atmosphere in a charming private chalet like the Hideaways Club Chalet Etoile. Outdoor enthusiasts will also be amazed by the wide range of activities on offer: trekking on the Tour du Mont Blanc, sailing on Lake Sils in St. Moritz, as well as discovering the hundreds of marked hiking trails and varied mountain bike routes. And for those with a sweet tooth, a chocolate making experience with a chef or a trip on the Swiss chocolate train will complete your stay!
4. BELGIUM - Prestige holydays in our beautiful country
Indulge in the most beautiful experiences you can find in Belgium. Stay at the luxurious Van Cleef Hotel and experience the beautiful city of Bruges like never before. Spend quality time at one of the country's largest golf facilities. Opt for a well-deserved wellness retreat in a prime location such as the Manoir de Lebioles. Awaken your senses with a gastronomic evening in a renowned starred restaurant such as L'Air du Temps or with an original and surprising "undisclosed" dinner. Our creativity, combined with our network of choice partners, will allow you to experience a prestige vacation made to measure.
5. NETHERLANDS - An exploration on two wheels in Friesland
The Netherlands are known for the flat landscape, which makes it an ideal destination for cyclists. But the country also has great roads for motorcycle enthusiasts. For an off-the-beaten-path route, West Friesland and North Holland offer a surprising range of nature that you can discover by riding its scenic roads. Among the ever-changing landscapes, you'll pass through fields of colorful bulbs, countless windmills, beautiful lakes, polder roads, while stopping in charming Frisian villages and discovering their rich culture. Stay in beautiful bed and breakfasts, traditional Dutch manor houses or charming hotels in unique rural locations such as the Rijsterbosch Hotel, and treat yourself to a moment of pure relaxation.
Your itinerary can be completely customized to your wishes and take you along the North Sea coast to discover its many wonders.
6. GERMANY - A journey into the summer romance of Bavaria
Bavaria is a place so rich in natural beauty: from fairytale castles like Neuschwanstein to villages and idyllic countryside, the region is full of splendid places to discover. Stroll along the Romantic Road of Germany which passes through several enchanting medieval towns such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, Wurzburg, Miltenberg... Your journey through Bavaria will certainly leave you with beautiful memories.
After a few days on the road, spend the second part of your trip in a traditional Bavarian accommodation to enjoy the serenity of the German countryside. We recommend a stay combining luxury and authenticity in places like the Chiemsee chalet. This comfortable and tastefully decorated chalet boasts breathtaking natural views of lush alpine meadows and the beautiful Lake Chiemsee, which you can explore on the chalet's private electric yacht. Go for long nature walks, read on your chalet's sunny terrace, and indulge in some tasty local specialties prepared for you.
7. BELGIUM - A family retreat in the countryside
If you want to enjoy your summer vacation and spend some quality time with your family after a long lockdown, the idea of a comfortable stay in the sunny countryside with your loved ones should appeal to you! Whether you are looking for a vacation by the sea or in the Ardennes, our beautiful country has a multitude of extraordinary villas, charming chalets or glamping experiences for you to discover. A feeling of absolute disconnection guaranteed! Spend your days relaxing by the pool and going for walks. Let a chef cook for you and your family and surprise you with local delicacies. Our network of good addresses and our attention to detail will be the keys to making your summer in Belgium exceptional!
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