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MAP OF THE ARDENNES REGIONS
The Ourthe and the Lesse are both tributaries of the Meuse which flows through the Ardennes, the rural and largely wooded hill country in the south of Belgium in French speaking Wallonia. We will drive to the Ardennes in the early evening of our first day.
Our first paddle will be on the next day and we will paddle a 21km (13m) stretch of the Ourthe river from Nisramont to Roche-en-Ardennes through the beautiful Gorge Herou.
On the next day we will then canoe a 24km (15m) stretch of the Lesse river from Houyet to Anseremme, following the river as it meanders through a deep and wooded valley to the Meuse.
The valley famously follows the route of a small local railway in a valley which has no road. We will pass the the tiny National Park of Furfooz, with its Roman ruins and also the splendid Chateau Walzin.
On the morning of our last day we will return to Brussels for a train at about midday. Unlless of course we've made other arrangements.
Day 1. Arrival and first meeting.
You will be met at our arranged meeting point: usually the Eurostar Station (Gare du Midi) in Brussels. We will then have a 2 hour drive to Cendron-Celles and the Auberge de la Lesse.
We will aim to arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. If we can find time we will make a cafe stop in Chimay along the way or some other point of interest.
This tour is scheduled to run on demand. If you are a group of between 4 and 14 then choose your own dates and we will do our very best to arrange it. Groups of more than 14 can be accommodated on special request.
This tour is €1095 per person.
The tour meets & departs from Brussels Midi Railway Station or a local airport by arrangement. We can also make arrangements for ferry crossings to/from Dover if required.
Day 2. On the Ourthe
After a hearty breakfast we will drive to La Roche-en-Ardennes in the morning (about 50 minutes) to begin our paddle of the Ourthe river from Nisramont back to La Roche.
We will canoe through the beautiful Gorge Herou and negotiate some minor rapids as the river meanders wildly.
Somewhere near the small village of Maboge we will pull over on the bank, or on an island, for a picnic lunch. After lunch the river opens out into a wider valley as it approaches La Roche.
A 50 minute drive, via a Trappist cafe in Rochefort, will return us to our hotel.
Day 3. A ride down the Lesse river
After breakfast we will drive to Houyet (about 30 minutes) to begin our descent of the Lesse river down to Anseremme, following the river as it meanders through a deep and wooded valley to the Meuse.
The valley famously follows the route of a small local railway in a valley which has no road. We will pass the the tiny National Park of Furfooz, with its Roman ruins and also the splendid Chateau Walzin. We will find our lunch spot around here.
At the end of the day a very short drive will take us to our hotel.
Day 4. Farewells and the time to leave
After a leisurely breakfast we will return to Brussels in time to catch a midday train home. If we have time we could stop for a visit to the Citadel at Dinant.
Canoe on 2 different rivers
Includes all transfers to & from the rivers
Fully Guided whilst on the river
Full minibus support throughout
Includes all accommodation
Includes all breakfasts, lunches and evening meals
Taste a variety of Belgium Beers
DAY TO DAY SCHEDULE
This is a 3 Night, 4 Day tour where we spend a day on the Ourthe, then a day on the Lesse which are rivers in the Belgium Ardennes.
The Ardennes are remote, hilly and wooded and offer beautifully quiet streams in dramatic surroundings.
Auberge de la Lesse
We shall stay at the Auberge de la Lesse for all 3 nights. It is situated on the banks of the Lesse
The Auberge is about 2 hours drive from Brussels, for our arrival and departure and about 50 minutes from La Roche-en-Ardennes where we begin our paddling on the second day, and about 20 minutes from where we start and finish canoeing on the third day.