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The Belgian Ardennes

Excursion in Brussels

Tour Price : €500 Duration : 1 or 2 Days tour Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

Our Private Guide  Tour in The Belgian Ardennes
( 1 or 2 Days tour, each 12h)  500 euros a day.
Namur, Dinant, Bouillon, Orval, Han, La Roche, Spa, Liege
( optional, Bastogne and WW II memorials )
 
With this tour, we will discover another part of Belgium.
Quite amazing for such a small country, about 300km. Long, and 100 km.wide ! North of Brussels, Lowlands, South, undulating, hilly and marvellous Valleys and hidden villages. We will start our tour in Namur, the enormous citadel spread over Champeau Hill still dominates the scene of a constant city under siege.

Even in Roman times, Julius Caesar attacked the Gaulish tribe of the Aduatuci here! following the river “La Meuse” South. La Meuse rises up in France, then flows through Belgium and the southern Netherlands, before reaching the North Sea. 

The river is at its most picturesque view in the province of Namur, where it forces its way northward through a narrow valley before turning abruptly eastward at the town of Namur to flow along a more open vale towards Liege.

The variety of landscapes along the Namur section of the river is a result of the types of rock through which it passes. Wooded slopes of schist alternate with limestones and sandstones. As the river cuts through the srata, the harder rocks form magnificent stretches of gorge, with spectacular cliffs, spurs and needles as well as deep caves.

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We will reach Dinant. Dinant, lies in a remarcable setting in The Meuse Valley. The massive citadel and the onion-domed collegiate church dominate the town, whose slate-roofed buildings strech between river and rugged cliffs. In the past, Dinant was a fortress, renowned for the chased copper-and brass-ware produced here since the 12C.

Depending of your choice, we will drive South, to discover the  “Valley of The Semois”, Bouillon, and its Castle. The little capital of the lovely Semois Valley is one of the most popular places in the Ardennes, with canoeing on the river (break?) and a wonderfull countryside. The castle is Belgium’s largest remaining example of medieval military architecture. Its existence is recorded as early as the 10C.

From Bouillon, still following The Semois, we will reach Orval and its World Famous Abbey. This Abbey, tucked away in the Forest of Gaume, was founded in 1070 by Benedictines. By the 12C. It had become one of the richest Cisterian monasteries in Europe. Orval is also famous for its “ Real Monk’s Beer !”.

From Orval, we will aim Han-Sur-Lesse, exceptional village, in the heart of the Parc National de Lesse et Lomme, an extensive limestone upland crossed by the two rivers. Han is also famous for its magnificent cave and its wild animal reserve.
 From Han, we will drive to La Roche-en-Ardenne. Long wooded spurs separated by deep valleys converge on this extremely popular summer resort, famed for the beauty of its settings in a loop of the River Ourthe.
 
From La Roche, we will follow The Upper Ourthe Valley. The river becomes more like a mountain brook, flowing vigorously through wild and beautiful countryside. Great “Vista Points” like the Belvedere des Six Ourthe, offering a panoramic view of the rugged and unspoiled countryside so typical of the Ardennes.

The winding River has cut a serpentine valley around wooded spurs, disappearing behind them and then reappearing again, giving the illusion of a series of lakes, hence the name of the viewpoint. We will follow The Ourthe, North, We will pass Hotton, and its “Cave of the Thousand and One Nights”, and reach Durbuy. Given borough status in 1.331, Durbuy was the world’s smallest town with fewer than 400 inhabitants.

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It has retained its old character with its maze of medieval streets, the 17C. Castle, the old bridge and the half-timbered corn market. The charming streets and stone houses, where many craftspeople and artists llive, blend in well with the natural beauty of the site, at the foot of a spur of rock from which a spectacular geological fold, the Falize, can be seen. We will keep following the Ourthe, up to Liege (no visit), discovering more natural scenics picturesque villages.

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Additional information

Tour information:
Tour Price: €500
Duration: 1 or 2 Days tour
Languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
Tour package includes:
Airport Transfer :YES
Hotel pick-up:YES
Drop-off :YES
Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):YES
Food and Drinks :NO
Other services (fees apply):
Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :YES
Translation services :YES
Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :YES
Visa support :NO
Additional information:
This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :NO
Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :NO
Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :NO