We meet in the historic town of Rochefort, home of the Trappiste Rochefort beer and the fascinating Larotte caves, just out of town. A short ride on the first morning along cycle lanes takes us to the Ourthe river valley and the Hotton Grottoes. We head across the river and down quiet lanes to the town of La Roche-en-Ardennes, overlooked by a medieval castle, and our afternoon snack stop. We leave the valley and head along more lanes to Ourtheville where we spend the first night. Total distance for the day, 60km.
Our second day is spent along quiet roads and through peaceful Belgian countryside as we wind our way to our second Trappiste Brewery, the magnificent Orval Abbey, the only such abbey which is open to visitors. This is where we spend the second night after riding about 75km.
We start our third day by heading into France, cycling toward the Meuse river valley and the town of Sedan, home of an impressive castle. We then join the Meuse river valley cycleway, which twists and turns its way along the river. We stop for the night around Joigny-sur-Meuse, after riding 80km.
After a relaxing night in the Meuse valley, we continue on down the twisting turns of the river for our fourth day, leaving the valley after lunch to head back in to Belgium and on to the Chimay Trappiste abbey. A shorter 67km day leaves plenty of time for beer and cheese in the evening.
We cycle back to the Meuse on our fifth day, briefly returning to France and the Ardenne National Park, before winding our way back to Belgium and the town of Dinant, home to a citadelle and one of the best places to drink Leffe in Belgium, the appropriately named Cafe Leffe. A 70km day.
Our sixth and final day is a short ride back to the town of Rochefort, where we finish the tour.
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