Welcome to “The Path to Freedom @R“This is one of the largest itineraries proposed in the Ardennes by the Maison de la Randonnée – GTA Belgique. The freedom trail is an invitation to remember the past in this area of the Bastogne region which, in 1944-45, was surrounded by the Germans and where the fighting was intense. This 68 km loop hike passing by the American memorial on the Mardasson hill takes you through the municipalities of Bastogne, Vaux-Sur-Sûre, Sainte-Ode and Bertogne. It connects various memorial sites erected in homage to the soldiers and civilians who died during the Second World War “Word War II”.
On this circuit, you will discover different places of a region which was crossed by the American army and, in particular, by the 3rd army of General Patton during the battle of the Bulge also called “Battle of the Bulge”.
From one stop to the other, you drive through villages that have been liberated by the Americans after having experienced terrible fighting. Along the way, the route leads you successively through the natural park of the Deux Ourthes and the natural park Haute-Sûre Forêt d’Anlier. You walk on forest paths, village roads or through fields. And, in some places, on major routes or local walks. For example, from the Mardasson hill to Sprimont in the municipality of Sainte-Ode, the route follows the Rhine-Meuse route that connects Andernach in Germany to Monthermé in France.
Reception at the accommodation in the afternoon and handing over of the complete file. Evening meal included.
Bastogne – Lavacherie (40,1 km; + 533 m)
On this day, the itinerary takes you from the center of Bastogne, the high place of the Battle of the Bulge, to Lavacherie in the commune of Sainte-Ode. You quickly pass by the Mardasson memorial (possibility to visit the Bastogne War Museum) and you head towards the village of Neffe. You then leave the road to join forest paths before returning to the road at Lutrebois. You then follow the route of the Rhine-Meuse trail which takes you through the Haute-Sûre Forêt d’Anlier Nature Park. At the end of the stage you leave the marked route along the Orti reserve to arrive in the village of Lavacherie.
Lavacherie – Bastogne (54,9 km; + 591 m)
You start your mountain bike from the accommodation and join the marked out route at the Wachirock domain. You will cross the countryside of the commune of Sainte-Ode and will pass by some beautiful villages like Tronles or Flamisoul. After the village of Foy (km 26), you will cross the famous Bois Jacques and can stop at the Bois de la Paix. The road finally leads you to the city of Bastogne and its famous “Mardasson”. The stay ends when you return to your car. Possibility to sleep an extra night in Bastogne.
day 1, at the end of the afternoon (the meeting point will be confirmed at the time of booking). Delivery of the file with useful information for the stay (roadbook, vouchers,…).
The last day at the end of the stage. Possibility of an extra night after the last day of mountain biking and departure the next morning after breakfast.
free mountain bike ride, without a guide
Hotel *** and guest house ** or ***
by car (free parking at the accommodation for the duration of the stay)
Dates / prices
The “Mountain Bike Freedom Trail” can be organized at your convenience and departures are possible all year round. Please note: from 1 October to 31 December, the itinerary is likely to be deviated in some places due to the hunting season. You will always be warned!
Below is the price list per person for the year 2023. The price depends mainly on the number of nights desired and the type of accommodation desired.
|Double, Twin or Triple Room||Single Room|
|With luggage transport||Without Transport||With luggage transport||Without Transport|
|2 nights||305,00 €||–||445,00 €||–|
|3 nights||425,00 €||–||615,00 €||–|
Prices are per person
The price includes :
- Half-board accommodation in a *** hotel and ** or *** guesthouse
- Breakfast and 3-course dinner
- Free parking at the accommodation for the duration of the stay
- GPX tracks of bike tours
- Complete folder with information brochures, luggage tags,…
The price does not include :
- bike rental
- personal expenses and insurance
- anything not indicated in “Price includes”.