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Caves of Han & Dinant

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Date: Sun 9 Apr
Time: 11:45 - 20:15

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Coach pick-up point:
Place Schuman, La Chasse, Metro Delta
Includes:
trip by 4* coach, on-board drinks and snacks, entrance fees, citadel visit, cave visit, entrance fees, great group of international people, a lifetime memory
Child ticket available:
Yes, for up to 16 years (€50), First add regular ticket(s) and then select child tickets on cart page.
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Venue

Han sur Lesse & Dinant
Rue Joseph Lamotte 2
Han sur Lesse,
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Today we visit two of Belgium’s best destinations. First, the Caves of Han-sur-Lesse in the Ardennes are truly exceptional. It is one of Belgium’s top tourist attractions with well over half a million visitors per year and a 3-star rating by the Michelin guide. This hug complex of caves were carved out as a result of erosion by the small Lesse River. During our tour we will walk not less than 2km through the caves and visit several absolutely spectacular rooms, some of which are very large. Afterwards we’ll head towards Dinant, arguably one of the nicest towns in the country with a very long history and a superb citadel overviewing the Meuse river 100 meters below.

Han guide-michelin

We depart from Place Schuman around by luxury coach, followed by La Chasse, Metro Delta and Metro Hermann-Debroux. Along the way you’ll be served some snacks and drinks. It’s just a short drive of maximum 1h30 towards Han-sur-Lesse. Although we only visit the caves, it is part of a much larger natural complex, the Domain de Grottes de Han, which also includes a Wildlife Park and several smaller attractions.

Han - Gouffre_de_Belvaux © Luc Viatour : www.Lucnix.be

Gouffre de Belvaux where the Lesse River goes underground | © Luc Viatour – www.Lucnix.be (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

© Hullie (own work) via Wikimedia Commons

The Lesse cave exit © Hullie (own work) via Wikimedia Commons

It is quite amazing to know that the Lesse River found its way through the rocks of the Ardennes. As you can see on the above pictures, the river is considerably larger on exit than on entry. This is due to the water that is added to the river while running underground. It’s very humid inside (95%) with a constant temperature of 13 degrees.

Han © Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (own work) via WC

The 110 year old train that takes us to the cave | © Jean-Pol Grandmont (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Upon arrival we’ll be boarding a unique 110-year old tram that was once part of a much larger vicinal tramway network. Needless to say that they are expecting us, so there is really no need to stand in line for tickets and the tram itself. In just a few minutes the tram will take us to the entrance of the caves. At the end one or more English-speaking guides will be waiting for us to take us through the caves. Due to the temperatures and high humidity it is advisable to dress warm. Also keep in mind that there will be a total of 504 steps (up and down) over a length of about 2 kilometers. During 1 to 1,5 hours this guided tour we walk along many spectacular rooms with the most beautiful and amazing rock formations.

Han © Hullie (own work) via Wikimedia Commons

Spectacular formations | © Hullie (own work) via Wikimedia Common

Han © Simon-sake own work WC

Our Lady & Manneken Pis | © Simon-sake (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

At the end of the tour you can either chill out in one of the two restaurants or you can go to the PrehistoHan (entrance also included). “This year PrehistoHan is highlighting the underwater excavations carried out on the bed of the Lesse and at the exit from the Cave of Han. Films, models and photos take you down with the divers, into the murky waters of the river, to the discovery of one of Belgium’s most fabulous archaeological treasures. It’s an adventure that started 50 years ago! Frequented by man for over 4,000 years, the Cave of Han has yielded up an impressive quantity of archaeological remains dating from the Late Neolithic to modern times. The best represented period is without doubt the Late Bronze Age. The quantity of objects discovered is such that it makes Han one of the most important sites in western Europe for this period. The exhibition also includes a section dedicated to the natural sciences: geology, the formation of the caves and concretions and cave fauna. A large model of the massif of the caves, a presentation of the various networks of the cave system and an animation on the Lesse in spate round off the exhibition.” (source: http://www.grotte-de-han.be/)

After spending about 2,5 hours in Han we are going to drive towards one of Belgium’s most famous little towns. Lying along the beautiful Meuse River, Dinant has a very long and tumultuous history.During our visit to the magnificent citadel that watches over the town from 100 meters above our guide(s) will tell us all about. No worries, you won’t have to walk up, although you certainly can. Instead, we advise you to join us in the lovely cable car that takes you up in just a minute or so.

Dinant is also the birth town of Adolph Sax, indeed the inventor of one of the most famous instruments. You may even find some time to find his birth house or to visit the Sax museum. But of course you are also more than welcome to go to a nice bar and enjoy the local beer… Leffe! We finish as a group in a nice bar / restaurant for some drinks and a light meal (optional). We leave again around 19h15 so we won’t be back too late in Brussels as it’s just 1h15 driving.

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