Castles, abbey, fortress, cheese and beer (8hours)
This tour takes you to the Ardennes, the south-eastern part of Belgium, and one of nature's unspoilt areas, rich in fauna and flora, with vast forests of broadleaf and fir, hills and fast flowing rivers.
We wander through charming villages nestling in the valleys where traditions and folklore still live on, and where the region's arts and crafts can be enjoyed.
We start from Brussels and drive to Namur and stop at the citadel where you will enjoy some fantastic views and great scenes over the valley. From Namur, we drive a road that follows closely every winding of the river unveiling astonishing edifices and the works of nature and men. Then we reach Dinant, a historic town spectacularly sited along impressive stone cliffs.
The scenery is an alternation of richly-wooded heights with massive grey rocks that assume picturesque forms. We visit ancient benedictine abbey and cloister, the ruins of a military fortress, an old farmhouse, a restored watermill, and their beautiful surroundings.
Brussels, Namur, Dinant and the Wallonia region (tour will be tailored to the customers expectations and wishes)
Suggested sites and places of interest (tour can be 100% tailored):
- Benedictine Abbey of Maredsous (private tour of cloister)
- Cheese, beer, bread, ham sampling
- Gardens and castle of Annevoie
- Citadel of Namur/Dinant
- Visit a snail farm + sampling
- Castle of Veves
- Tour of Leffe Abbey and beer tasting
- Spa massage and treatment with gourmet lunch or high tea
- Visit small microbrewery and beer tasting
- High tea in Namur
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your hotel in Brussels
End location: At your hotel in Brussels
Duration: 8 hours
This tour can be longer or shorter and is alsways 100% tailored
I use a Kia Sportage (1 to 3 clients) or a Citroen Picasso (4 clients). In case number is larger than 4, please contact me.
Services of your personal driver guide, private transportation, mileage as per program, taxes and tolls. Several tastings are included during the day (snack lunch at the abbey).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 euros - Extra food, personal expenses, souvenirs etc
Please check my calendar for availability.
For walking tours taken between October and March - in case of bad rainy, snowy, windy cold weather, we might either shorten the walks or visit indoor sites instead.
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Joyce was such a great host for us. She was ably to accommodate our pick in Antwerp. And provide a tour that was gave the culture and experience of past history of Belgium to modern EU nation. She spoke great English and the places she picked were historic treasures of Belgium and EU. What a day with Joyce. Such a wonderful story teller. Please take a chance, we can't all be wrong. You will have wonderful time! Maybe she can she show you her salsa moves! Thanks