The richness of Belgian culture comes alive in the colorful city of Oostend. A vibrant mix of fine arts, medieval history, avant-garde fashion and generations of chocolatiers make it a destination rife for exploration. In Concarneau, past and present come together with stone houses converted into crêperies, ice-cream stalls, shops and galleries. Nearby, the quaint village of Pont Aven became a favorite hidden gem for painters inspired by its charming atmosphere. La Rochelle's Old Town exudes enchantment, containing a wealth of towers, arches, cathedrals and homes that invite you and fellow explorers to take a journey back in time. Once your group has worked up an appetite, stop at one of the seaside restaurants for a serving of mouclade, mussels prepared in cream, saffron, white wine and a hint of curry spice. The Castles Route takes you through an incredible overview of Bordeaux wine, passing many of the famous châteaux, an adventure made possible with an overnight in port.