Fame Travel DMC Belgium
At Fame Travel, you will find that our own passion for travelling, gives our work an extra edge. You will notice this straight away when you send us a request. We respond the same day, and treat every client as a VIP. We will let you know when we can send you the full proposal. My team and I will then start working immediately on the best, most creative proposal , showcasing the best that Belgium has to offer.
Short Bio Elke van Zaelen
For many years I have worked in the travel industry and in 2005 I decided to open my own agency. I love the MICE sector and have traveled the world, but am always happy to come back to my beautiful HOME country Belgium.
I am very proud of my team who designs, develops, manages and accompanies every project. For me they are world famous for their creative, hands-on and energetic mentality.
You will find information about our destinations on the following pages: Belgium and Brussels. On these pages you will find the more details about us and our offices. We also work closely together with DMC Amsterdam - Amsterdam and The Netherlands page. Amsterdam is easily reachable by train from Brussels and Antwerp.
Belgium honestly has the best food in the world. Not only do we have world-famous chocolates (nice to incorporate in an incentive), we also have great seafood, lovely cheese and amazing beers and wines, and a long list of three star Michelin restaurants. It is a good ingredient for any program.
We also have stunning cities, like Bruges (The Venice of the North), Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels, where it feels that you have stepped back in time. You'll find cobblestoned streets, historic squares, canals and old merchant houses, great art and culture galore. Beaches, the rolling hills and forest of the Ardennes, great events like F1 near Spa, plenty of reasons to consider our country as the place for an incentive or event.
Program idea Belgium
Brussels, capital city of Europe
Brussels city is quickly becoming a trendy spot for weekend getaways and holidays. Apart from its famous chocolates and beers there are many attractions that most visitors cannot begin to imagine. It is a centre of European culture, officially nicknamed 'the European Village', with almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, fascinating walks, trendy restaurants and bars.
The first place you will normally be taken to see in the city. A small but delicately sculpted 15th century town square erected over centuries to become this modern day representation of Brussels' history. Almost all of the buildings have a historical significance and the Hotel de Ville (the Town Hall) is still used today! Located in Brussels city centre, just down from Brussels Centrale, this ancient market place is the starting point.
Just a few narrow alleyways from the Grand Place, the Peeing Boy, or Mannekin Pis, as it is normally called by locals, is a fascinating little statue. Not only does it attract thousands of curious tourists every year to Brussels, local Brussels people celebrate many festivities with this bronze fountain. On last count there are over 700 costumes for this fellow for all events of the year and from countries around the world.
The most famous opera house in Belgium is La Monnaie (the Mint). Along with many historical buildings in Brussels, this building has enjoyed a long history of construction, rebuilding and refurbishment. The current building is the third on the site and at one point it hosted the best of French theatre only second to the opera houses in Paris. Brussels opera is still highly active and the agenda is packed so admire the structure during the day but pay a visit to the theatre at night!
There are many great hotels in Brussels. We would be happy to send you a selection.
Arrival at Brussels International Airport.
Meet & Greet by Borealis staff.
Transfer by coach to the hotel. The hotel is centrally located in the city centre of Brussels. From there, every activity is at walkable distance, so transfer times and expenses are avoided.
Check-in and time to freshen up.
19:00 Appointment at the lobby - Walk to the restaurant.
La Maison du Cygne has been welcoming guests since 1959 in a traditional setting with chic and
recently renovated decor. Jewel of Belgian gastronomy, this address is a must for those who love
Brussels and its classic urbain side...
As soon as you enter, the decor of La Maison de Cygne will take your breath away. The atmosphere
purports to be chic and understated to only offer visitors the best when it comes to good taste. And if
the interior decoration seems warm yet sophisticated, let your gaze wander to the exterior which will
equally captivate you. From all areas you have a great view of the Grand-Place in all of its charm as well
as the magnificent statues adorning one of the facades of the City Hall.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning at leisure
11:30-14:30 Lunch Around in the The Sablon combined with the Marollen Area
A pleasant, original and unique way to experience Brussels! Each place has its own unique feel and atmosphere, its particular character and specialities... We suggest you take time out to enjoy an aperitif, a meal or a dessert at any of these places that give our capital its unmistakeable character. A guided walk offers a unique opportunity to discover or rediscover the typical delicacies of our region and, accompanied by one of our guides, to explore the history of Brussels... An original way to combine a cultural and gastronomic walk with different people sitting at your table at each stage of the tour! And if you want to add even more spice to your evening, then quizzes can be organised or a fake waiter or a general entertainer can come along to embark your guests on a journey into the universe of your choice. Café, restaurant, private house, period house, castle,... Brussels opens its gastronomic doors to you!
The Sablon & Marollen area
So close and yet so different, the Sablon and the Marolles districts are a real gold mine for art lovers, collectors or bargain hunters. They're also overfl owing with an infectious "joie de vivre".
The antique and modern art galleries of the Sablon constitute a chic museum in themselves, where (almost) everyone can chance on that rare and elusive pearl thanks to its eclectic mix. The nearby Law Courts were wittily re-baptised "the large inkpot" by Victor Hugo.
Guided Walk with beer tastings (2,5 - 3 hours)
No country in the world boasts a brewing tradition as rich and diverse as Belgium.
Brussels and its region offer a large variety of traditional brews. The most traditional brew is Lambic, of which the Gueuze beer is the most popular. Within the many varieties of Lambic beer there is Kriek, a cherry beer and Framboise, a beer made with raspberries. Faro is a sweet beer with a short shelf-life.
Several bars with fascinating names like A la Mort Subite, "L' Imaige de Notre Dame", A La "Bécasse" (meaning "the snipe") and many others around the Grand Place serve exquisite beers like Trappist beers from six different monasteries and abbey beers, often served with Brussels' typical sausages and cheese.
The visit includes two pubs with beer tasting.
Walk to the restaurant Belga Queen.
Antoine Pinto's desire to create getaway spaces which offer a gastronomic trip throughout Belgium is the foundation of the Belga Queen brasserie adventure.
In a landmark building dating from the 18th century (previously housing the Hôtel de la Poste and then the Crédit du Nord bank) Antoine Pinto created an establishment breaking away from the traditional brasserie, elbow-to-elbow style. Contemporary architecture and gastronomy meet each other in an amazing way.
At Belga Queen the Belgian cuisine is adapted to today's taste, lightened and given a very national touch through the addition of beer to numerous dishes. Original, high-quality products are chosen with care from Belgian artisans who still have respect for the soil. The wines come from Belgian producers and the Ponti coffee is from a selection of 'pure Arabica' coffee beans from various continents and roasted locally.
All these characteristics make the brasserie Belga Queen the ambassador of "made in Belgium". A brasserie where, either for a business dinner or for a meal shared with friends and family, all your senses are stimulated: taste, touch, hearing, sight and smell.
22h00-22h30 Walk back from the restaurant to the hotel.
Transfer to Bruges
CULINARY CHOCOLATE WALK
During this walk the group will discover the historic Bruges with an enthusiastic guide. We will focus on
amusing stories and hidden places.
There will also be enough time to enter a chocolate store where they can see how the chocolate is made the traditional way (not available on Sundays).
Bruges is the World Chocolate Capital, so 2 tastings of the most delicious specialties will be done along the way.
BOAT TOUR ON THE MEDIEVAL CANALS
Bruges is built on wetlands and that resulted in the digging of canals during the Middle Ages. These
canals called the "reien" still exist and are found all over the town centre. Back in the days they were
used as waterways for commercial transportation but now only 20 licensed identical boats are allowed.
Queues can be long, so we charter a boat for your participants. Your clients will not have to wait, as
the boat will wait for them.
The tour takes about 30 minutes and will bring you to the most beautiful corners of Bruges which was
the richest city of Northern Europe in the 15th century. Back then, it was even bigger than London!
Optionally, we can serve sparkling wine during the boat tour to make it a perfect start of thir dinner.
Bike ride through Bruges and visit to the famous Bagijnen hof
Transfer to airport
More about Fame Travel DMC
We like to think of ourselves as Belgium’s most creative DMC: we listen to our client’s wishes and needs and try and surprise them with our out- of- the box ideas. We stay on top of trends, informed about new venues and all this helps to create outstanding programs.
With every single client we strive for perfection!
We specialize in MICE, VIP Groups, Special Groups, Luxury Travel, Conferences, Meetings, Special Interest Groups, Cruises, Shore Excursions, Corporate Travel, Hotel Bookings, Gala dinners, Fine Dining.
Travel facts Belgium
|Language||French, Flemish and English is widely spoken|
|Local time||GMT (London) +1.00hours|
|Public holidays||Public holidays Belgium link|
|Climate in Belgium||Weather in Belgium link|
|Passport and visa information Belgium||Passport and visa information Belgium link|