4 nights & 5 Days

Antwerp

Discover Belgium’s hidden gem, a haven for foodies seeking a break from Europe’s capital cities

Antwerp is a charming port city with tons of history, inspiring art, fashion, and a vibrant food scene that goes well beyond chocolate and beer. This itinerary takes you to art galleries, lovely neighbourhoods, and all the fantastic architecture that defines the city’s skyline while uncovering Belgian staples and local specialties.

Every dish is the result of passion, craftmanship and teamwork

Chef

Wouter Van Tichelen
Chef

After training at the prestigious Ter Duinen school and consolidating his skills working with several Michelin-starred chefs, Wouter Van Tichelen opened his own restaurant, De Koopvaardij, earning a Michelin star. Now he's at the helm of the Botanic Sanctuary's 1238 Restaurant, where he offers an authentic Belgian take on French cuisine, using fresh, local ingredients that ensure pure flavours and operating a zero-waste policy.

Restaurant

Journey

Day 1 – Arrival

Welcome to Antwerp! The Botanic Sanctuary will be your base for this itinerary. Upon arrival, you’ll be served a welcome drink before going on a guided tour of the hotel complex, which occupies a former monastery and hospital dating from the 13th century. Then, enjoy dinner at 1238, the hotel’s gourmet restaurant scenically located in the conservatory of the Monastery Garden, where Chef Van Tichelen serves Belgian classics with a modern twist.
Overnight at Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp.

Day 2 – History, art and fine dining

Head to Het Steen, Antwerp’s oldest building and one of its top sights, and take part in a great interactive introduction to the city. Then, enjoy a guided walking tour of the historic centre and through a pedestrian tunnel up to Linkeroever, the city’s stylish left bank, where you will have lunch at The Jibe, inside Antwerp’s Royal Yacht Club. In the afternoon, hop on a ferry back to the right bank to continue the guided tour of the historical centre. Explore the works of Goya, Rops and Munch at the Museum De Reede then treat yourself to an aperitif at Bar Burbure, an elegant cocktail bar in the city’s trendy Zuid district. End your day with a delightful dinner at Bar Bulot At Botanic Sanctuary, a chic brasserie serving fine seafood and meat dishes accompanied by some of Europe’s best wines.
Overnight at Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp.

Day 3 – Chocolate and maritime history

Start the day with a delicious chocolate walk that will take you to Chocolate Nation, the world’s largest Belgian chocolate museum, where you can taste no less than 10 different flavours of chocolate. Your quest for chocolate continues at The Chocolate Lounge of DelReY, the famous Belgian chocolate shop which is a member of “Relais Desserts”, a collection of the world’s biggest names in French Haute Patisserie.
In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit of Het Eilandje, the neighbourhood located in Antwerp’s oldest port area. It’s surrounded by water – hence the nickname ‘The Little Island’ – and is dotted with warehouses, hangars and lanterns. Here you can explore major attractions such as the MAS – Museum aan de Stroom showcasing a vast collection of some 500,000 rotating pieces from all over the world, or the Red Star Line Museum which narrates the story of those who left Antwerp with the dream of pursuing a better life in New York aboard the shipping company “Red Star Line”.
Get some delicious homemade ice-cream at Crèmerie Germaine before continuing your exploration of Antwerp at the Seef Brewery to see how the beer is made, from malting to fermentation, and taste the city’s iconic blond beer. For dinner, head to Pomphuis, a beautiful brasserie occupying a grand pump house once used to drain the dry dock.
Overnight at Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp.

Day 4 – Beer and more gourmet food

Enjoy a guided tour of Cogels-Osylei, a district filled with beautiful art nouveau buildings and atmospheric squares, and visit De Koninck, Antwerp’s city brewery. It’s housed in a large compound where you will also find the wonderful cheeses by Van Tricht. For lunch, you can go to the Michelin-starred restaurant The Butcher’s Son, where Chef Bert-Jan Michielsen serves unique interpretations of traditional meat and fish dishes. Then, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp.

Day 5 – Departure

It’s time to say goodbye, see you soon for your next trip!

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