South Coast Walks & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire
Belgium's fairy tale region of castles, abbeys, historic cities mixes seamlessly with green ways, rivers, verdant pastures and protected reserves.
Tour codes: 50500
Our range of Adagio leisurely walking holidays and sightseeing tours are designed at a slower pace than the average Ramblers Walking Holidays, perfect for those who would like to slow things down but keep active.
Belgium is a country of two parts. The northern, Flemish speaking region of Flanders, famed for its medieval cities of Bruges, Antwerp and Gent; and the southern region of Wallonia with the thermal town of Spa, also known for Formula 1, WWI battle sites and one of nature's unspoiled areas of the Ardennes Forest.
We head south to Wallonia, easily reached by train from Brussels. From the historic city of Liege, after exploring with our local guide, we sample some of the best parts of the Herve region, following Greenways (disused railway tracks) between picturesque villages, walking on a stretch of Belgium's Camino de Santiago, as pilgrims have done for centuries, and exploring the High Fens, a protected reserve with abundant wildlife, in the Belgian Ardennes. There will be time to taste the cheese from the region and sample beer at an abbey where monks still do the brewing today.
Further afield, we'll take the train to the southern Dutch university city of Maastricht, where our guide takes us through its historical past and where we enjoy a boat trip on the river Mass.
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Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We travel by train from London St Pancras to Brussels by Eurostar, where we change to a local train to continue to Liege. The train station is a short drive by private coach from our hotel. After check in, we may have chance to get to know our surroundings before dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, we meet our local guide who will help us discover the city of Liege. Sitting along side the river Meuse in French speaking Belgium, its many landmarks date from the medieval times and the Opera de Wallonie has staged operas since 1820. This afternoon, after some free time for lunch, you may wish to enjoy a riverside stroll with the group leader, visit one of the many museums or enjoy a seat in a cafe for a coffee or Liege waffle. Dinner will be at our hotel this evening.
We take our private coach from Liege to the pretty village of Clermont sur Berwinne (approx. 30 minute drive). Considered one of the region's prettiest villages, we start our walk (mainly flat on well surfaced route) along a now abandoned railway line, part of the Belgian Camino de Santiago. The walk brings us to the town of Herve, famed for its cheese, and we have the time to explore and visit a local cheese maker, with tasty samples. We travel back to the hotel by coach and dinner is at the hotel this evening.
We take the train today (approx. 35 minute journey) to the southern Dutch university city of Maastricht where our local guide helps us explore the town. The old town is home to cobbled streets and the Romanesque Bascilica of St Servatius. After lunch, we'll enjoy a boat trip on the river Mass, and perhaps you may want to walk the city ramparts or visit an ancient 7th century watermill, which still grinds flour today. We travel back to Liege by train and dinner is at our hotel this evening.
We travel approximately one hour south of Liege today for a walk in the High Fens, Belgium's largest nationally protected reserve. It's a unique upland plateau surrounded by woodlands and one of the most ancient and unspoiled landscapes in the Belgian Ardennes. En route, we make a stop in the thermal town of Spa, Europe's original health resort. Our circular walk (approx. 5.5 miles, gentle descent and ascent of 70 meters) starts at Signal de Botrange, Belgium's highest point at 698 meters.
On our return journey, we stop to visit the Abbey of Val-Dieu, founded by Cistercian monks in the 13th century and still produces beer today, which we have the opportunity to sample. We journey back to Liege for dinner at our hotel.
A 30 minute drive brings us to the villages of Olne and Soiron, two of southern Belgium's pretty villages. From Soiron we enjoy a circular walk with some gentle ascents and descents on the way to Olne, which we have time to visit before we return to Soiron via a different route. We return to Liege with time for some last minute shopping before dinner at the hotel.
We leave after breakfast and take our transport to the train station where we take the train to Brussels and change to the Eurostar service back to London St Pancras.
Departure dates for your selected tour
1st May 2023 - 8th May 2023 (7 Nights)
1st Jun 2023 - 8th Jun 2023 (7 Nights)
8th Oct 2023 - 15th Oct 2023 (7 Nights)
29th Oct 2023 - 5th Nov 2023 (7 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
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