Arrive into Maastricht, and meet us where we have arranged a refreshments and Limburg pie for you before you get saddled up and start your ride. Today you will ride from from Maastricht to Liège, the “fiery city”. Crossing Holland into Belgium you will follow the River Jeker to the idyllic village of Kanne. From there you will head to Ternaaien/ Lanaye, and then onto Visé, and finally Liège.
You will spend time on the safe cycling lane that follows the the Meuse river. You will then follow the John Cockerill railway out of Liège. We recommend stopping at Val St. Lambert crystal factory shop to see the decorative glass before riding through the quiet back-roads past stereotypical Walloon villages, on to Huy. The Grande Place in Huy is a great place to relax and enjoy lunch and you will slowly make you way out of the industrial zones that litter the landscape out on to fresh pastures.
Today's cycling is approximately 70km.
Today is a full day covering 80km but if you prefer not to do that, you can shorten it by taking the train from Namur to Dinant, which reduces the day by 30km.The 80 km challenge takes you to the banks of the Meuse where you will pass the town of Wépion, famous for its strawberries before exploring the Gardens of Annevoie. Stop at a Dinant cafe for lunch before reaching the gorgeous Chateau Freyr. You will then follow the former railway from Hastière to Mariembourg before entering into France. From there you will cycle onto Haybes.
Today's ride is approximately 80 or 50km.
Today you will ride all day on the Voie Verte Trans-Ardennes, along the Meuse River. One of the nicest stops today is the quaint town of Monthermé where you can enjoy a rest from your cycling, before heading onto Charleville-Mézières,
Today's cycling is approximately 55km.
A picturesque landscape awaits you today as you cycle to Sedan, famous for the larges castle in Europe. This is the point at which you leave the Meuse Route and after a lunch break you will start on the beginning of the Vennbahn route. There is a small incline as you cross the border back into Belgium before a downhill all the way to Bouillon.
Today's cycling is approximately 50km.
You will have a short climb out of Bouillon and then a fairly steep couple of hills up to the village of Cugnon. To reward your climbing efforts, enjoy coffee and apple cake in Hotel des Roches. Leaving Cugnon you will find yourself cycling along country roads through farmland. The villages you pass appear untouched by time and offer some superp views across the plains. Your day's cycle ends in Bastogne, a town filled with monuments that remember the World War 2 Battle of the Ardennes.
Today's cycling is approximately 70km
Your ride will take you through one of the most beautiful pasrts of the cycling network south of Gouvy, and into Luxembourg. You will ride through slightly undulating Luxembourg terrain on quiet roads to the Vennbahn route. Later in the day, you will cross the border back into Belgium and pass through idyllic landscapes to the ruins of Burg Reuland and then finally to Sankt-Vith.
Today's cycling is approximately 63km
You will ride on the excellent bike lane between Sankt-Vith and Waimes. From there, head towards the Ardennes-Eiffel Nature Park, stopping off in Montenau and Sourbrodt. Kalterherberg is a good spot to enjoy lunch. As you crusie onon, you will leave the Vennbahn towards Monschau where you will stay the night. This enchanting Eifel town boasts half-timbered houses, friendly cafes and good restaurants.
Today's cycling is approximately 45km.
Today is your last day on the bike and you will head back from Monschau to the Vennbahn rail trail. We recommend a visit to KornelimÃ¼nster and then after a long descent you will reach Aachen, once the centre of Charlemagne’s empire. From Aachen,you will cross back into Holland and the Dutch town of Kerkrade. You will get a train from here back to Maastricht where you can relax having ridden through 5 countries on your holiday.
Today's cycling is approximately 55km.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
Your ride across 5 countries takes in similar scenery given the proximity of each country. You can be assured of relatively flat riding except for a couple of isolated hills through Germany and Luxembourg.
Again given the proximity of each country to one another, there is very little variation in the climate. The best period to travel is late Spring to early autumn.