The city of Namur is one hour drive south-east of Brussels.
It is the administrative main city of Walonnie , the french speaking part of Belgium.
Belgium is a country of 11.000.000 inhabitants and is known for his conviviality and his sense of hospitality.
Walonnie is the less populated part of the country.
14:30 Arrival on the barge in Namur – welcome drink – installation in your cabins
15:30 Guided tour of the Citadelle of Namur (The largest fortress in Europe) , and visit the old city. This site and its fortifications, classified and recognized as an exceptional heritage of the region illustrate several centuries of occupation and military architecture
18:00 Return on the barge for a small navigation round Namur (0:45 min.)
Diner on board
10:00 Navigation to Dinant
14:00 Visit of the Abbey of Maredsous, one of the most beautiful in Belgium, with a tasting of the beer and cheese from the Abbey. The Abbey was founded in the 19th century. The Maredsous monastery has a much more important past (more than 1,000 years). Maredsous is a place of relaxation and meditation and perpetuate the traditional hospitality of the Benedictine Monks in an exceptional natural setting.
18:00 Return on the barge in Dinant
Aperitif and diner on board
10:00 discovery of one of the rare vineyard in Belgium with her owner followed with a wine tasting.
A couple of years ago Jeanette and her husband came near Namur to start a vineyard in the Meuse valley near Profondeville. From “good” they want to go to “terrific”, from “tasteful” to “culinary” and from “acceptable” to “spirited” and “characteristic”.
Jeanette will explain how they proceed to have a marvelous wine.
Jeanette will let you taste their entire production of wines.
13:00 Navigation + lunch until the Castle of Freyr, along the river.
The former summerhouse of the Duke de Beaufort-Spontin, the castle of Freyr welcomes you into its harmonious premises which were furnished by the 20 generations who have been living here. They invite you to meet history (royal guests, coffee treaty) in its wonderful surroundings . The walled terraced gardens, in the style of Lenotre present their splendors and intimacy. The babblings of the fountains, the perfume of the 300 years old orange trees will seduce both younger and older visitors.
14:00 Visit of the castle.
16:00 Navigation until Givet
19:00 Small walk in the city, before having diner on board
10:00 Transport by van and visit the Caves of Han-sur-Lesse
Caves of Han.
A century-old tram will take you to the entrance of one of the most beautiful caves in Europe. With an entirely new lighting the galleries are revealed as more and more impressive, more and more enchanting. From the gigantic hall of the Dome to the hall of the Draperies with his magic reflections, you will experience the most unforgettable trip in time. The caves of Han, which is exceptional in the beauty of its concretions and the immensity of its galleries, sculpted by the river Lesse which passes through it from one side to the other, has received almost 30.000.000 visitors in over 250 years. It richly deserves its 3 stars in the Michelin green guide.
13:00 Return on the barge for the breakfast and navigation until Fumay. You will navigate through a 565 meters long underground canal.
Arrival in Fumay at the end of the day, diner on board
10:00 A marvelous navigation in the nature until Monthermé. Possibility to walk or bike in a splendid environment.
17:00 Arrival in Monthermé, visit of the church Saint Leger.
It is a roman church. The beginning of the construction date of the 12th century.
It has been damaged and rebuild in 1452.
You can still admire different interesting wall paintings
Diner on board
10:00 Navigation to Charleville-Mézières
15:00 Transport by van to Bastogne
16:00 visit of the war museums. It is a rich museum to understand the famous battle of the Ardennes. Bastogne is an encouraging victory; the one of the resistance to the unexpected assault of the Germans
Return on board for the diner