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Ardennes area of Belgium--from Paris to Givet to Dinant to Antwerp

We are doing an ambitious self-driving trip. Thinking of leaving Paris, going east through Parc Naturale Regional de Ardennes and Givet, then on to Belgium towns Dinant, Durbuy, Spa, up to (Brussels) Mechelen/Lier, and Antwerp, before heading to Amsterdam. Like short hikes, museums, quaint towns. Antwerp has Rubens, Plantin, Red Star Line, and FOMU Photo Museums. End of May. Allowing 4-6 days. Is that enough? Appreciate thoughts on travel and visit times, places to stay, sights of special interest. Need reservations ahead? Thanks

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This seems like a lot to see and do in only 4 days. 6 days would be better, but still busy. Have you made a day by day itinerary?

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Have not made a day by day plan. Hard to judge length of time at any location. Half day? Drive through? Short hike? Do have flexibility. Juggling places that need tickets with hope for a relaxed pace.

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-On the way to the Ardennes you can visit ofcourse Reims for it’s cathedral and champagne houses. You can include a detour to Épernay for a visit to Moët & Chandon, which is also home to the Dom Perignon brand.

-Place Ducale in Charleville-Mézières is not to miss, looks like Place des Vosges in Paris

-Rocroi is a little fortified place, to visit on the way from there to Givet.

-Bouillon in Belgium is worth to see for it’s huge medieval castle. Once home to Godfrey of Bouillon, the leader of the first crusade.

-Not open to public but built on top of a cliff Château de Wazin south of Dinan is spectacular to see. Best view points at the south side.

-Monschau just across the German border east of Spa is famous for it’s half-timbered houses. Is very touristy but worth visiting.

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Thanks so much! Yes, Reims is on our radar too. Really appreciate this info. Very grateful. This is so helpful.