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6-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Maastricht-Sedan. Level 1
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.
Any ferry crossings are not included
Please book your bikes when you book the tour: [email protected]
Bike rental: EUR105 - E-Bike: EUR160
Slow Tours offers a number of other Cycling Tours in Europe
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.
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.
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
From Namur (B) to Dinant / 30 km
From Dinant (B) to Haybes (F) / 50 km
Immediately after Dinant, you will reach the lovely Chateau Freyr. Continue on
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.
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.
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.
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