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The Beautiful Belgian Ardennes

  • Durbuy, Belgium © Piers Smith-Cresswell

    Belgium, Ardennes, Durbuy, Group Travel © Piers Smith-Cresswell
  • Panoramic view of Dinant © WBT-JP Remy

    Dinant, Belgian Ardennes, Belgium - Panorama © WBT-JP Remy
  • Les Jardins d'annevoie with fountain in foreground © WBT-JP Remy

    Les Jardins d'annevoie, Belgian Ardennes, Belgium © WBT-JP Remy
  • Jardins d'Annevoie

    Belgium, Ardennes, Jardins d'Annevoie
  • Dinant and the Citadelle ©OPT, JLFlemal

    Dinant and the Citadelle, Belgium, Ardennes
4 day tour
From £240 per person - minimum 25 passengers

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

In contrast to the famous towns, cities and industrial areas of northern Belgium, the Belgian Ardennes offer stunning countryside. Picturesque towns and villages are scattered across the landscape. Once here, you’ll understand why this region is considered one of Europe’s hidden gems. Its vast forests and unspoilt areas are rich in fauna and flora. Furthermore, the area boasts magnificent rivers, dramatic cave systems and deep valleys. Castles punctuate this verdant landscape.

During this tour, visit the quaint little town of Durbuy. Perfectly embodying a chocolate box village, sweet little stone cottages nestle in a luscious valley. You’ll also have the chance to enjoy some of Europe’s best gardens. The Jardins d’Annevoie features 20 ornamental lakes with fountains and water jets.


Dates

Dates throughout 2020


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive

Enjoy your first sight of the wonderful Ardennes landscape as you travel to your hotel in La Roche-en-Ardenne or Dinant. If time allows, begin exploring the area.

Day 2

Durbuy and La Roche-en-Ardenne

This morning we visit the picturesque and popular ‘chocolate box’ town of Durbuy, where the shops and cafés are set in narrow, flowered and cobbled streets lined by old stone houses. Perhaps visit the lovely Durbuy Topiary Gardens. In the afternoon there’s free time in La Roche. Situated on the banks of the River Ourthe, the town’s quaint streets and little shops are overlooked by the ruins of a pretty medieval castle. Perhaps visit the fascinating Museum of the Battle of Ardennes, which tells the story of the town’s role during WWII.

Day 3

Dinant and the Jardins d’Annevoie

This morning we visit Dinant, a pretty town that has become famous for both the imposing citadel perched high above the River Ourthe, and also for being the birthplace of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. The quirky (and free) ‘La Maison de Monsieur Sax’ is worth a quick visit, as is the cathedral with its onion-shaped dome. We then enjoy a 45-minute river cruise along the River Meuse, watching the stunning scenery including the Bayard rock, the Love island, the Bridge St John and the River Lesse.

In the afternoon we visit the Jardins d’Annevoie. These truly magnificent 17th Century water gardens are full of ornamental lakes, fountains, water jets and cascades, all fed by gravity and without the use of any artificial power. Each May, the gardens hosts a Venetian Carnival Festival, a truly remarkable spectacle featuring people parading in full Venetian Carnival costumes. The gardens are regarded as some of the best, not only in Belgium, but also in the whole of Europe.

Day 4

Depart

If time allows, take in some final sights and buy your souvenirs before departing from Ardennes.

Additional ideas

If you are interested in extending your visit, there are a number of attractions in the Ardennes worth visiting. Exciting attractions include the Ardennes battlefields, Belgian breweries and the Caves of Han where you can explore the underground caves with its amazing creations carved by the River Lisse.

For those who enjoy castles, the Freÿr Chateau is located on the banks of the River Meuse and the grounds evoke a feeling of Versailles with gardens the style of Le Nôtre. The superb Chateau de Lavaux combines Middle age and Renaissance architecture.  The only Ardenne castle in open countryside, it hosts three museums.


Suggested hotels

Floréal Hotel, La Roche-en-Ardenne

Located in a characteristic building amidst its own beautiful grounds, this holiday resort has its own heated outdoor pool, mini-golf course, tennis court and bowling lane. The Floréal La Roche-en-Ardenne offers a wonderful base on the banks of the River Ourthe and just 900 yards away from the historical town centre.

Castel de Pont-á-Lesse

Located in the heart of the Ardennes, this renovated manor house is only three miles from the town centre of Dinant. The hotel rooms have satellite TV and black-out curtains for a comfortable sleep. Free bottled water and Wi-Fi are available in each room. The hotel has a bar, a restaurant and a terrace. The heated indoor swimming pool is a nice place to relax and swim a few laps.


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4 days by Land and Sea
(Floréal Hotel, La Roche-en-Ardenne)
Half Twin Single Supplement
2020 dates Price on request Price on request

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Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.128. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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