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6-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Maastricht-Sedan. Level 1

  • 8days
  • Netherlands

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Cycle Tour 6 days along the Meuse from Maastrict to Sedan

The International Meuse Route is a bicycle route along the meandering River Meuse (or Maas as it is known in Dutch) between Maastricht in the Netherlands and the French town of Sedan which boasts Europe’s largest castle. The route is over 280 km long and incorporates the RAVeL in Belgium and then in France (the RAVeL is a network of towpaths and bike paths for pedestrians, cyclists, horse-riders and people with reduced mobility).

It is a promise of six days of highly enjoyable cycling through the valley of the River Meuse, past castles, forts and pretty villages, surrounded by breath-taking natural beauty. On our bicycle holiday you will cycle the entire International Meuse Route, staying the night in Liège Namur and Dinant in Belgium and in the picturesque village of Haybes, Charleville-Mézières and Sedan in France.

Included in the Cycling Tour:

  • 7 Nights accommodation in 2/3/4 Star Hotels
  • Breakfast included, halfboard optional (196 EUR)
  • Tourist information on all the places of interest
  • The possibility of renting bikes
  • 7-days a week service-hotline
  • Luggage transport to your next hotel
  • Visit Maastricht
  • Parking possibilities at the hotel
  • GPS-tracks available

Any ferry crossings are not included

Please book your bikes when you book the tour: [email protected]

Bike rental: EUR105 - E-Bike: EUR160

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Maastricht /'s-Gravenvoeren

    Make your own way to 's-Gravenvoeren or Maastricht, the oldest town in the Netherlands. Free parking is available at the start hotel. A warm welcome with coffee/tea and Limburg pie has been arranged for you, to get your energy up for the trip ahead.

  • Day 2

    From Maastricht/'s-Gravenvoeren (NL) to Liege (B) / 35 km

    When you’re ready, set off on the first leg of your bike tour: from Maastricht to Liège, aka the “fiery city”. On the way to Belgium you will follow the River Jeker (which flows into the River Meuse at Maastricht) to the picturesque village of Kanne. Shortly after, you will see the boats going through the locks at Ternaaien/ Lanaye, 225 m long and 25 m wide. From here, follow the RAVeL trail, via the friendly town of Visé, to Liège (or Luik, as it is called in Dutch). The last kilometres will take you past tall cranes, rusty boats and old but busy industrial zones.

  • Day 3

    From Liege (B) to Namur (B) / 70 km

    This route will take you right through the centre of Liège, the safe cycling path along the Meuse is very pleasant. Next, follow the John Cockerill railway to make your way out of the built-up area of Liège. Follow the signs for RAVeL . Seen up close, the blast furnaces of Seraing are awe-inspiring. If you like decorative glass, you can (optional) stop off at the Val St. Lambert crystal factory shop. Next, ride along the quiet back-roads, past typical Walloon villages, never far from the river, towards Huy. Just before Huy, briefly switch to the bike track along the Meuse where the Tihange nuclear reactor is another very striking industrial complex. The Grande Place in Huy is the ideal spot for a lunch break. On the route along the Meuse to Namur, nature gradually prevails over industry. (70.0 km)

  • Day 4

    From Namur (B) to Dinant / 30 km

    Follow RAVeL to Dinant. You will pass the village of Wépion, famous for strawberries and the Gardens of Annevoie, well worth a visit. In Dinant take your time to enjoy the town and riverside cafes.

  • Day 5

    From Dinant (B) to Haybes (F) / 50 km

    Immediately after Dinant, you will reach the lovely Chateau Freyr. Continue on for several kilometres on the former railway from Hastière to Mariembourg. Cross the border into France and the first town you’ll encounter is Givet with its imposing Charlemont citadel. After visiting Givet, set off on the Voie Verte Trans-Ardennes and follow it to Haybes.

  • Day 6

    From Haybes (F) to Villers-Semeuse (F) / 71 km

    On this all day cycling, continue on Voie Verte Trans-Ardennes, along the Meuse River. One of the day’s highlights is a visit to the charming town of Monthermé. Your destination is slightly after Charleville- Mézières, which is known for its lovely historical town centre.

  • Day 7

    From Villers-Semeuse (F) to Sedan (B) / 27 km

    In September 2015, an extension of the Voie Verte Trans-Ardennes was opened. It now stretches along the Meuse till past the town of Sedan in northern France. Through a picturesque landscape you will cycle to Sedan, famous for its castle, the largest in Europe.

  • Day 8

    Bus transfer from Sedan to Maastricht/'s-Gravenvoeren

    Here you will firstly enjoy your breakfast, then get a chance to see and enjoy Sedan. If you have pre-booked, you will be transfered in the (late) afternoon by touringcar (incl. bike and luggage) to Maastricht/'s-Gravenvoeren where your holiday ends.

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Car rental in Netherlands

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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