TR Register Ardennes 17th Jun - 22nd Jun 2019From £669.00 per person
TR Register Ardennes
TR Register Belgian Ardennes
17th – 22nd June 2019
The Belgian Ardennes, situated in the south-east of Belgium, are one of nature’s unspoilt areas, rich in fauna and flora, with vast forests of broadleaf and fir, hills and fast flowing rivers. Visitors can wander through the many picturesque villages nestling in the valleys where traditions and folklore still live on, and where the region’s arts and crafts can be enjoyed. It is home to the famous Spa Francorchamps race circuit and the historic thermal town of Spa.
Close by is Germany, and the Eifel mountains where it will be possible to visit the medieval chocolate box town of Monshau and the un-compromising Nurburgring.
The tour is based at the highly regarded Val d’Arimont resort, located in the Arimont valley just 3km from the small town of Malmedy and just 15 minutes from the Spa Francorchamps race circuit. The resort has an in-door and outdoor swimming pool, an excellent bar, bistro and restaurant. There is a range of accommodation either in 2 bedroom 2 bathroom cottages or twin or double rooms in the main hotel building.
The opportunity to join this exclusive escorted TR Register tour is available to a maximum of 20 cars.
Monday 17th June
Check in at 09:00hrs at the Eurotunnel Terminal in Folkestone for the 09:40hrs departure to Calais.
After disembarking Eurotunnel it’s time to head east towards Lille and onto Liege in Belgium before heading south and to the Belgian Ardennes and on to Malmedy to check- in to the Hotel Val d’Arimont for the next 5 nights. Dinner has been arranged in the hotel restaurant for the evening.
Driving Distance: Approximately 216 Miles – Driving Time 4.5 hours
Tuesday 18th June
Following a leisurely breakfast, it’s time to relax in and around the hotel perhaps make use of the wellness facilities. Those who have itchy feet can visit the world famous thermal town of Spa or visit the F1 Circuit at Spa Francorchamps, often there are cars on the track, there are also guided tours most days from 14.00hrs.
Dinner has been arranged in the hotel restaurant for the evening.
Driving Distance: Approximately 32 Miles – Driving Time 80 minutes
Wednesday 19th June
After a relaxing day on Tuesday, it’s time to head across the border and into Germany to the chocolate box town of Monschau in the Eifel region, known for its medieval half-timbered houses, narrow cobblestone streets and turreted castle. There’s plenty of restaurants, beer kellers and coffee shops to enjoy whist wandering around this lovely typical German country town.
Following lunch in Monschau we head back across the border into Belgium again for a scenic drive to the small Ardennes town of Bastogne. In the winter of 1944 the Bastogne was besieged by the German Army for three weeks during the brutal Battle of the Buldge. Today the town has many monuments and museums dedicated to World War 2 but is also surrounded by pleasant rolling countryside of the high Ardennes plateau. Places to visit whilst in Bastogne include the US 101st Airborne Museum, a variety of Allied and German tanks and the Battle of the Bulge war museum. A suggestion on the return drive back to Malmedy is to visit the picturesque town of La Roche en-Ardenne, renowned for its smoked ham and game, it is situated alongside the River Ourthe beneath wooded hills. Dinner has been arranged in the hotel restaurant this evening.
Driving Distance: Approximately 220 miles – Driving Time 5hrs
Thursday 20th June
Following breakfast, it’s time to visit the smallest city in the world! The thing that immediately appeals to visitors to Durbuy are its charming old stones and cobbled streets, where many treasures are to be found. Among these are the ancient ramparts, which long ago enabled Durbuy to obtain the status of a city. Nestled around the meandering river Ourthe, its historic heart contains a maze of cobbled, winding pedestrian lanes, flanked by old stone buildings. Among these streets, don’t miss the oldest one of all, rue Daufresne de la Chevalerie, entirely paved with pebbles taken from the Ourthe. The charms of the smallest city in the world extend beyond its walls, where heritage and nature harmonise perfectly. The Topiary Park is certainly not to be missed, without forgetting the green setting, the sheer cliff and its waterfall, and the rocky bluff on which the castle sits. Dinner has been arranged in the hotel restaurant this evening.
Driving Distance: Approximately 80 miles – Driving Time 2 hours
Friday 21st June
A free day to relax in and around the hotel before the drive home tomorrow or for those who are more adventurous why not drop back into Germany for a drive through the Eifel mountains and a visit to the legendary Nordschleife at the Nurburgring or as the locals call it ‘The Ring’ Built in 1925-1927, the Ring was designed as a dual-purpose test track and race circuit. When not being used for these purposes, it was made available for public access, a tradition that continues today. It used to be the German Grand Prix circuit until Nikki Lauda’s crash in 1976 ended its GP career. It is still regularly used as a manufacturers’ test track however on many evenings and weekends throughout the year it is made available for public use. Dinner has been arranged in the hotel restaurant this evening.
Driving Distance: Approximately 100 miles – Driving Time 3 hours
Saturday 22nd June
After breakfast its time say good bye and head home via the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais. An afternoon departure of your choice.
Driving Distance: Approximately 216 miles – Driving Time 4.5 hours