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Stopovers between Lux City and Bayeux + Adventures for Teens

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I am considering a last minute trip this summer with my sons, ages 18 and 16. There is a bot of a WWI and WWII theme to the trip but it's not a 24/7 goal. A secondary goal would be to do something adventurous - like bungy jumping, zip-lining, mountain biking.

Dates and airports are fixed - it's a price and availability issue - flying into Frankfurt and out of Paris. We have 8 nights. We will pick up a car at FRA and drop it in Paris.

Luxembourg City is a must - it gets us 2:30 hours west of FRA on the first day and we all want to see it. We also get to visit the Ardennes, Bastogne, etc..

I think I would like to stay in Bayeux when we visit Normandy, for proximity to all the beaches, cemeteries, museums, etc..

Then it is back to Paris for a couple days before departure.

I don't really like to stay just 2 days in each place but to meet everyone's list of things to see, we are going to have to, I think. The drive from Luxembourg City to Bayeux is about 7 hours and I think I would like to break it up with a stop somewhere in between. Can't make that stop Paris because of the rental car and the fact we depart from CDG.

My proposed itinerary, then would be;

Luxembourg City - 2 nights
???????? - 2 nights
Bayeux - 2 nights
Paris - 2 nights

I would love to take them to Brugge and use that see Flanders and the WWI sights but it only reduces my drive time to Bayeux by 1 hours, to about 6 hours.

So, my question is, where might be a good place to stop with two teenagers for 2 nights between Luxembourg and Bayeux. Anything that would take care of the adventure aspect, too?

Thanks,

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    How about canoeing? If you are going to visit the Ardennes anyway, there is a section of river between Houyet and Anseremme (near Dinant) that has several canoe companies supplying different coloured canoes. The end stops are serviced by train. You can, if you wish, stop halfway and have a picnic lunch. It is a distance of 21km - I am not sure but I think the companies might be slightly different distances; you'd have to check it out. It takes a few hours and is not overly taxing as you drift with the stream, although you do have to cross over a small weir. I would recommend also splurging on a sealable bucket for your belongings (available when you hire the canoe) as there are sometimes hooligans who throw water along the way and your stuff does get a bit wet. The scenery is great as you pass by castles and rugged cliffs along the way. I would think it would be fun for two young fellows - when I did it there were heaps of families. I probably wouldn't devote 2 days to Dinant by itself (maybe worth half a day) but this would chew up a good day in itself. Plus Dinant is really pretty.

    Lavandula

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