* France – Ardennes, with your French receptive
Period : May, June, July, August, September, October
Reference : 14P013
Prix : 280€ Ask for a quote
Relive 2000 years of history across the Ardennes, on a journey from the Valley of the Meuse to the plateau of Rocroi. Fortified towns bear witness to the region’s warring past but don’t let that stop you uncovering the local traditions and colours, not least the blue-grey slate so emblematic of this region with your French receptive.
D1 The Ardennes
Arrive at Charleville Mézières. Lunch. Guided tour in group of Mézières’ fortified town walls with its famous towers: the Tour du Roy, the Tour Milard, and the Tour de l’Ecole. Dinner and overnight.
D2 Charleville Mézières / Sedan fortress and carpet manufacturer (70 km)
Guided visit with group of Charleville’s ducal square, France’s most beautiful from the Louis XIII period. We go past the automated clock known as the Great Puppeteer, the “l’Horloge du Grand Marionnettiste”, and indeed it is just that, a huge puppeteer with the puppet show at waist level, which comes alive every hour with a puppet show to mark the time. Lunch then on to Sedan, where we visit the vast fort, Europe’s biggest, and then the famous carpet factory. Two centuries of local workers’ expertise were preserved by the founding of this factory in 1878, and it produces carpets of the highest quality. Dinner and overnight.
D3 Stars and Slates / Château Fort of Bouillon (170 km)
Destination Rocroi with the group. The town’s stone fortifications are star shaped and one of the old 17th century guardrooms houses the Museum of the famous Battle of Rocroi. We have a guided tour of both. Lunch then on to Fumay, onetime world capital of slate production. We visit the museum dedicated to the slate miners and its reconstruction of the pits and cellars. On to Bouillon and its imposing castle, the oldest relic of Belgium’s feudal past. Dinner. Overnight.
D4 The Maginot Line (80 km)
Villy La Ferté and a visit with group to the fort on the Maginot Line, scene of tragic combat 16-19 May 1940. Lunch.
2 star hotel in the Charleville Mézières region, full board excluding drinks
Guided tours with group (not including entrance fees) : fort walls (1h), Ducal square (1h), Rocroi (1h30)
Entrance Fees : Sedan castle, Sedan carpet factory, Museum of the Battle of Rocroi, the Slate Museum, Bouillon Castle, Fort on the Maginot Line
Mondoramas is also a Destination Management Company (DMC) specialized in group travel to :
single room supplement (3n) : 81 €
visit and tasting session at Sedan castle’s traditional brewery : 6 €