Sunday 1 September
09:00 to 20h30
Lesse River in the Ardennes
By train from Brussels, reserved seats (included)
This trip is cancelled / postponed due to low water levels. It’s not possible to do the long Lesse route anymore, and also the shorter route has such low water levels that it may be closed any day.
Without any rain forecast for the next week, it’s therefore better to cancel this trip.
If you registered, you will be contacted before or on 26 August.
Kayaking is so much fun. Since 2013 we travel every year a few times to the Lesse River for a nice kayaking trip through the lush Ardennes hills. Paddle between green meadows, along steep cliffs and green forests, below castles and over two exciting “barrages” where the water flows a bit faster. This trip is great for young and old, for experienced or non-experienced kayakers. It’s a safe activity that are both relaxing and a workout at the same time. We travel by train from Brussels Midi (+ several other stops) and have reserved a special section for our group alone in the train. We don’t leave too early and come back at the beginning of the evening. A perfect day out on the water, enjoying the summer while meeting new friends.
What is included?
- Return train ticket in 2nd class from Brussels
- Reserved kayak with guaranteed departure
- Choose between mono or duo kayak
- Great group of international people
- A lifetime memory
Train departure points
You can board our train at six stations. We first meet at the old “Sam’s Café” in the Midi terminal from 8h30 (the name changed recently to Prêt a Manger, but it’s the restaurant with the zebra statue). If you are coming a bit later, from 8h55 we are on the platform and from 9h00 inside the train. We have reserved a special section on board of the train (usually in the front, so we’re easy to find). If you board at other stations, you will receive a text message so you know for sure where we are, but we of course also jump out on the platform to let you know where we are. With almost 750 kayaking guest the past years, we can say this always goes perfectly fine.
- Brussels Midi (9h03)
- Brussels Central (9h07)
- Brussels North (9h14)
- Brussels Schuman (9h22)
- Brussels Luxembourg (9h27)
- Otignies (9h47)
Who can join?
Expat Club is known for welcoming a wide variety of international people. This creates a special, open-minded, safe and friendly environment in which everyone should feel comfortable. You do not even have to be a member, and of course Belgians are more than invited too. We always welcome many solo travellers, couples, retirees, small groups of friends and on this trip certainly also families.
How to add a child ticket?
Expat Club loves welcoming the youngest expats, especially for this lovely kayaking trip! Many children joined us in the past. The minimum age is 5 years old (duo kayak), although we advise a few years older. From 12 years old a child is allowed in a single kayak (free safety vests are available). If you want to bring your child(ren) up until 18 years, please first add the regular adult ticket(s) to the cart and then go to the cart page. On the cart page, there is a child ticket available for just €30. For more child tickets, just change the quantity and update the cart.
What if the weather is bad?
Since 2013 we never cancelled a kayaking trip. Even though the forecast may have a rain icon, out of experience we know that the weather is virtually always better than you may think (we wrote a blog item about this). However, if the forecasts are really very bad (storm), we will take a final decision about 5 days before the trip. If Expat Club cancels the trip, you can join us a next time, use the paid fees for a trip to another destination, or get fully refunded.