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Route of the castles

Discover the richness of the Mosan valley through an authentic and exceptional tour. The Namur region is full of nuggets to discover! A nature bath where the Meuse river melts into the horizon, bewitched by the valley and the typical charm of its villages classified among the most beautiful in Wallonia. Circuit of +- 50 km per day (adjustable according to your desires), ideal for lovers of heritage and nature.

The trip in summary

E-Bike trip offers you a tour along the water in the heart of nature between castles, citadels, abbeys, streams and rivers! A 2 or 3 day tour, adjustable according to the number of kilometers you wish to cover each day. The Meuse, a river, a valley, is also the richness of a nearby but sometimes unknown heritage!

Level: Stay of about 100 km.

Through this circuit, you will be able to ride for several days. 40 to 55 km/dr with or without difference in altitude.
The Meuse Valley offers an exceptional panorama! Between sports activities, adventures, leisure, relaxation and visits, you will have many opportunities to transform your stay between Namur and Dinant into a unique and unforgettable moment.

Price

Offer on quotation

The program

Day 1

Namur (Profondeville) – Dinant region:

Welcome on the day of departure by our care. At the exit of Namur, the relaxing atmosphere of the RAVeL of the Meuse presents itself to you. You pass through the village of Wépion, land of the world famous strawberry. You gradually enter the most beautiful landscape section of the Meuse valley which reveals numerous cliffs and its sumptuous sites such as the famous gardens of Annevoie. You will then leave the Ravel to take a little height to dominate the valley of the Molignée through country lanes. Discover the neighboring villages and not just any villages!

The meanders of the Molignée are home to Sosoye, one of the Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia, with its typical limestone houses and listed buildings. Falaën and its listed castle !

You continue your walk to the famous Abbey of Maredsous founded in 1872 and one of the most beautiful in Belgium! Take advantage of your visit to admire the architecture of the monastery and taste the famous cheeses and beers of Maredsous!

After this moment of relaxation, take the road between meadows and streams to discover the “daughter of the Meuse”: Dinant which gets its nickname from its particular situation between cliff and river. The city is literally embedded between the Meuse and the rocks, which gives it all its charm. Don’t miss the opportunity to dive into more than nine centuries of history by visiting the citadel! Proudly overlooking the city of Dinant and the Meuse valley, it was built in 1821! By cable car or on foot for the most courageous, you will reach the top of this fortress, which offers a breathtaking view of the Meuse and one of the most beautiful valleys in Belgium.

Night and breakfast in a hotel or guesthouse.

Option: Arrival in late afternoon in Namur (Profondeville). Installation at your hotel and free visit of the city and its surroundings.

Day 2

Dinant region – Namur (Profondeville):

You start your second day on the banks of the Lesse river. You leave the tourist center of Dinant to follow the river from Anseremme to Pont-à-Lesse, admiring the magnificent natural landscapes, dotted with castles and rocks. The nature is luxuriant, the charm of Wallonia operates, the light that passes between the trees is magnificent!

After a difficult climb, you will discover the feudal castle of Vêves: with its magnificent towers and its beautiful woodwork, the Castle of Vêves seems to come straight out of a fairy tale. It is considered one of the most beautiful medieval castles in Belgium, an exceptional heritage of Wallonia.

You will continue to take a little height before plunging towards the village of Celles, nestled in the hills. It is a real jewel of the Condroz of Namur! Do not miss its Romanesque collegiate church, its fountain, its stone houses and its quality restaurants.

After this natural and cultural break, you will continue your journey through the country roads and through the nearby isolated villages. To finish, you will follow the Meuse river to Namur where you will be able to enjoy the charms of Namur in a privatized cruise (optional)

Return to Profondeville (Namur)

Option: Extra night to enjoy this beautiful city. Night and breakfast in a hotel or bed and breakfast.

Day 3

Chimay-Abbey of Scourmont-Donchery region

After the recommended visit of Chimay, known worldwide for its Trappist beer and cheese but also for the 1000 years of history it reflects, you will cross in a most natural setting, the small villages of France with a few hundred inhabitants to reach your accommodation.

Night and breakfast in a hotel or bed and breakfast.

Distance about 75-80 km.

Day 4

Donchery- Orval- Chassepierre area:

The cycle track will lead you from Donchery to Sedan along the Meuse. You will continue your way to the Abbey of Orval. Founded in 1132, Notre-Dame d’Orval is one of the most remarkable Cistercian abbeys in Belgium. Discover a historical place, art collections and a famous Trappist beer, in one of the most beautiful regions of Belgium, in Gaume.

You will continue your journey to the lovely little village of Chassepierre, a painter’s paradise and one of the most beautiful villages in Wallonia. The village of Chassepierre, cradled by the Semois river, immediately seduces by its idyllic setting and its old rural houses. Stroll through its narrow streets and admire the church, the old mill, an old wash house…

Night and breakfast in a hotel or guesthouse.

Distance: about 70 km.

Day 5

Region of Chassepierre-Rochefort:

Following the Semois river, you will discover the most beautiful landscapes of the Gaume region with the city center of Rochefort at the end.

Night and breakfast in a hotel or guesthouse.

Distance: about 65 km.

Day 6

Rochefort-Namur

You will start with the Rochefort Abbey located 3 km from the city center. A little jewel of serenity to discover in the calm and respect of the congregation of Trappist brothers who still live there.

You will go along the Meuse river to Namur where you can, if you wish (in option), enjoy the charms of Namur in a privatized cruise.

End of the stay after the stage

Option: Extra night to enjoy this beautiful city. Night and breakfast in a hotel or guesthouse.

Distance: about 60 km

Programming dates

Departure every day from 01 March to 30 November 2022.

Appointment

Day 1 between 09:00 and 10:00 am at the place indicated at the time of reservation

End of the stay on Day 4 in the late afternoon

Guaranteed departure from (pers.) : 2

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Practical details

Hosting

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis (B&B), in double rooms (or single rooms with supplement) in 2**, 3*** and 4**** hotels, bed and breakfasts or guest houses selected for their gastronomic, comfortable and friendly character.

Meals

Stay in night and breakfast (B&B). For this package, evening and lunch meals and drinks are at your charge. However, you can reserve a picnic at the time of registration with some participating accommodations.

Meals

Stay in night and breakfast (B&B). For this package, evening and lunch meals and drinks are at your charge. However, you can reserve a picnic at the time of registration with some participating accommodations.

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