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Locaboat Holidays Canal Boat Rental - France

Click here for Ardennes & Alsace - Lorraine Region Page

Other Bases in Ardennes & Alsace-Lorraine : Lutzelbourg

Pont a Bar Base Base Details

STARTING OUT FORMALITIES :
Departure Days from 2 and 6:pm. 

BOARDING :
as soon as the boat is ready.

With the canal de la Meuse takes you through the lush pastures and verdant countryside of Lorraine as far as Verdun, the River Meuse itself loop romantically into the tangled hills of the Ardennes whose forests act as a great lung for Europe. Home of wild boar, roe-deer and some of France's rarest birds, the Ardennes forest also shelter in their protected wetlands such rarities as orchids and the fly-catching sundew.

At Sedan don't miss a visit to Europe's largest fortress, while you can discover all about marionnettes at Charleville-Mezieres, world capital of the art. If you decide to head for Belgium, you'll be struck by the very special character of the villages and towns of the Ardennes. Protected by the mountainous terrain they have acted as a natural line of defence and have been scarcely touched by successive wars. Close to Givet you can admire the ruins of Charlemont Castel, founded by Charles V. The grand mountain scenery leads on to Namur and Dinant, perhaps the most lively and fascinating towns of the Belgian Ardennes.

LOCKS:
La Meuse:
between Pont-à-Bar and the Trois fontaines: open Monday – Friday 9am - 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am - 6pm.

between Donchery and Don-sur-Meuse: Monday-Friday, 8.30am - 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5pm.

Direction Givet: 17 automatic locks, Verdun: 24 automatic locks, Dinant: 22 automatic, 2 manual locks.

Closed on 1st of May and 1st of November.

ACCESS :
By motorway :

A203 - E44 - E36 exit 4 Sedan-Frénois (7 km - D764)
Michelin map n° 53, 56, www.viamichelin.com
I.G.N.map n° 101, www.ign.fr
Green guide Michelin Champagne

By rail :
Sedan regional station (10 km)

By air :
Luxembourg airport (131 km), www.luxair.lu/airport.htm
Charleroi airport (147 km)
Brussels national airport (170 km), www.brusselsairport.be

PARKING : enclosed, not guarded, 32 € / week

HOTELS:
* Campanile (Sedan 7 km) tel.: 03 24 29 45 45 - Fax: 03 24 27 64 52
* Le Chateau fort *** (Sedan 7 km) tel.: 03 24 61 11 00 - Fax: 03 24 27 19 00
* Le Relais (Sedan 7 km) tel.: 03 24 27 04 41 - Fax: 03 24 29 71 16
RESTAURANTS :
* La ferme du Landi (Sedan, 4 km), tel.: 03 24 22 22 22, mobile 06 26 41 09 26
* Auberge du Port (Bazeilles, 12 km), tel.: 03 24 27 13 89
* L’Orangerie (Bazeilles, 12 km), tel.: 03 24 27 52 11 * Michelin
MARKETS :
at Sedan (10 km) Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
SHOPS:
at Sedan (10 km) closed Sunday afternoon.
TAXIS :
“Taxi de Sedan” tel.: 03 24 29 09 09
NOTE :
On arrival, you have to buy a bag (1€) for household waste, available from shops in Dinant
Airport transfers : Locaboat services / Transfers
TOURIST OFFICE :
at Sedan (10 km) tel.: 03 24 27 73 73 - Fax : 03 24 29 03 28
GASTRONOMIC SPECIALTIES :
Sugar pie, Rethel blood sausage, bacon salads
Local Drinks :Stenay beers, Belgian beers,
FISHING :
Fishing licence obligatory: on sale in Nouvion-sur-Meuse (5 km) Pike, zander, carp, tench
TO SEE :
Trade fair at Sedan in September, the castle at Sedan (10km)
 

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