The Canal de la Meuse runs along pretty orchards and through the lush countryside of Lorraine to Verdun. It crosses the course of the Meuse and passes through the unspoilt, forest-rich Ardennes.
Here wild boar, deer, deer and birds of prey have their realm, as well as admirable plants including wild orchids.
Puppetry has its annual world festival in Charleville-Mézière, which is also the provincial capital. The town, with its quadrangular square with arcades, is definitely worthy of your attention.
Those who sail further into Belgium will be delighted by the towns and villages on the French side with their distinctive character. Well-protected, small farmsteads lie in the mountains, which are surrounded by the remains of mighty fortifications from times gone by. Near Givet, you can admire the ruins of a massive citadel built by Charles V. Around the wooded shores you will reach the ports of Namur and Dinant, popular tourist towns in the Belgian Ardennes.