From Pont à Bar

Boat hire on the Meuse in the Ardennes forest

Departing from our base in Pont à Bar, operated by our partner Ardennes Nautisme, turn northwards to cross the Belgian border or head towards the Meuse Canal to explore Verdun.

Boat hire to discover the Ardennes forest in a few words…

The Ardennes forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Roe and red deer, wild boar, and some very rare birds can be found alongside a range of flora that is just as surprising in its protected marshland. Here you can still find carnivorous plants and a superb orchid. As you follow the Meuse, you will encounter its delightfully crazy meanderings that will finally lead you to Charleville-Mézières, birthplace of the poet Arthur Rimbaud. The famous Place Ducale is a jewel of Renaissance architecture, whilst the Basilica of NotreDame swings between that same style and Flamboyant Gothic. Among the delights of the Basilica of Notre-Dame d’Espérance are the little back streets that surround it. Deeper into the Ardennes, there are delightful towns such as Fumay and Givet, known for their sausages. With its 650 km of cruising waterway, the Champagne Ardennes region offers tremendous diversity and variety.

The
highlights of Pont à Bar

  • Easy access by boat to the Ardennes forest, one of the ‘lungs of Europe’
  • Very diverse flora and fauna

our routes departing from Pont à Bar

The routes shown are only suggestions; don’t forget that you can stop wherever you like on your cruise.

On the battlefields routes

Waterway Canal de la Meuse
Itinerary Pont à BarSedan Mouzon Verdun Pont à Bar

Waterway

Canal de la Meuse

Itinerary

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Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
5h45 / day
Distance traveled
217km return trip
Number of locks
46
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Sedan

Explore Europe’s most extensive fortress, the Château Haut, and the many religious buildings. Sedan is listed as a Town of Art and History.

village
Mouzon

Verdun

Verdun, sadly memorable for the great WWI battle, stands 40 km from the Belgian border. A stop on your cruise will allow you to learn some history and sample dragées (sugared almonds), the local speciality.

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Like a Bohemian on the inland waterways

Waterway Canal de la Meuse
Itinerary Pont à BarCharleville-Mezières Fumay Dinant Namur Pont à Bar

Waterway

Canal de la Meuse

Itinerary

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Duration of stay
2 weeks
Navigation time
3h45 / day
Distance traveled
286km return trip
Number of locks
62
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Charleville-Mezières

Charleville-Mezières, a magnificent town in the Ardennes, has several must-see attractions, including the Rimbaud Museum (Rimbaud was born here) and the basilica of Notre-Dame d'Espérance. And don’t forget to stroll through the Place Ducale

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Fumay

Sometimes called the “slate village” in memory of its past, Fumay sits in the loop of the Meuse. Tie up your license-free boat here for lovely forest walks and maybe sample the local speciality, white pudding.

Dinant

Dinant is a Belgian town not far from the French border, on the banks of the Meuse and at the foot of steep cliffs. Don’t miss the fortified citadel, a place to take photos of the breathtaking landscape.

Namur

Namur is the capital of Belgium’s Walloon region. Here, you’ll find a citadel with amazing panoramic views and the Félicien Rops Museum, which exhibits erotic works dating from the 19th century.

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Spectacular scenery and the Ducal Square

Waterway Canal de la Meuse
Itinerary Pont à BarCharleville-Mezières Revin Fumay GivetPont à Bar

Waterway

Canal de la Meuse

Itinerary

Pont à Bar...Pont à Bar
Duration of stay
1 week
Navigation time
4h40 / day
Distance traveled
187km return trip
Number of locks
42
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Charleville-Mezières

Charleville-Mezières, a magnificent town in the Ardennes, has several must-see attractions, including the Rimbaud Museum (Rimbaud was born here) and the basilica of Notre-Dame d'Espérance. And don’t forget to stroll through the Place Ducale

village
Revin

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Fumay

Sometimes called the “slate village” in memory of its past, Fumay sits in the loop of the Meuse. Tie up your license-free boat here for lovely forest walks and maybe sample the local speciality, white pudding.

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Givet

With its attractive houses, a citadel and many religious buildings, Givet is a lovely place to moor your self-drive boat. Explore the Charlemont fort, built by Emperor Charles V in the 16th century and strengthened by Vauban in the 17th.

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our boats available

Departing from our Pont à Bar base, we can offer the range of canal boats shown below. To see the full range of cruises available, please see our self-drive boat pages or contact our team who can help you to choose.

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Your departure
base Pont à Bar

ARDENNES NAUTISME (our local partner)
Ecluse de Pont à Bar
08160 – Dom-le-Mesnil
FRANCE

If you have already booked your cruise and you want to reach your departure base:

+33 (0) 3 24 54 01 50

info@ardennes-nautisme.com

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