The Transgaumaise hike is a splendid 148 km loop that takes you through the Gaume region, also known as the “Little Belgian Provence” thanks to its sunny microclimate. It takes you on nature trails through some of the most beautiful villages in Belgian Lorraine, such as Torgny. You pass through France and discover some of the region’s treasures, such as the Notre-Dame d’Avioth basilica, before immersing yourself in the heart of the Semois valley.
The trip begins in the heart of the Gaume region, in a small village near Virton (Belgium). You hike at your own pace and in total freedom on the 6 stages of this 148 km loop. Stop off along the way to visit the Montmédy citadel, the Avioth church or the Renaissance houses in the village of Marville. Enjoy one of the world’s best beers with cheese after your visit to Orval Abbey.
The Transgaumaise Pedestre is a magnificent tour for lovers of a change of scenery: map, official book (FR version – 2022 edition), quality accommodation, luggage transport and information on the region. Everything is planned so that you can make the most of the region and its beauties.
Free hiking – Variable duration from 6 to 8 days – Departures all year round.
Reception at Rabais (Virton) in the afternoon and delivery of the complete file. Possibility of a short loop walk near the Rabais ponds. If you come by train, the hotel can pick you up. Evening meal included.
Rabais – Torgny (27 km; + 510 m)
This first stage is relatively long (27 km – 6 hours’ walk) and starts near the Rabais ponds. It allows you to discover the historic villages of Ethe, Gomery, Saint-Remy, Grandcourt and Torgny(A cuesta, a word of Spanish origin meaning “coast”, is a hill where one slope has been steepened by erosion, while the other forms a gently sloping plateau.) The second half of the hike takes in mainly forested areas before arriving in the village of Torgny, designated as one of “Wallonia’s most beautiful villages”.
Torgny – Montmédy (25 km; + 265 m)
This stage is almost the same length as the previous one, but less demanding. The tour takes place almost entirely on French territory. After crossing the fourth cuesta, the cuesta de la Chiers, you follow the Othain stream to Marville, where you can see some fine Renaissance buildings. After a visit to the interesting Marville cemetery just outside the village, you continue your journey through the fields via Villécloye and Iré-les-Prés to the town of Montmédy. The town is dominated by an impressive medieval castle. There is no housing in Montmédy. Return transfer to Torgny for the night.
Montmédy – Villers-devant-Orval (21 km; + 480 m)
This step is much easier than the previous two. From the center of Montmédy, climb up to the château. Apart from this first climb, the gradients of the stage are gentle. This hike takes you through fields and forests. You’ll discover several historic buildings, including the most beautiful on the entire route: the Basilique Notre Dame d’Avioth.
Villers-devant-Orval – Sainte-Cécile (20 km; + 360 m)
This may be the shortest stage (4h30), but it’s not necessarily the easiest. You’ll cross the Gaume plateau and cross several small rivers. You should also be prepared for two fairly steep climbs and one gradual ascent during this stage. You’ll start the day by passing by theAbbaye d’Orval, famous for its beer and cheese. For the rest of the stage, there are fewer historic sites, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beauty of the fields and woods all the more.
Sainte-Cécile – Izel (21 km; + 190 m)
This day trip takes place exclusively in the heart of the magnificent Semois Valley National Park, where you can discover the meandering river and its rocky escarpments. After a few kilometers, you’ll pass through the charming village of Chassepierre, listed as one of Wallonia’s most beautiful villages. You’ll have the chance to swim in the Semois near Florenville before reaching the end of the stage in the village of Izel. Late transfer to Lacuisine for the night. It is possible to shorten the stage by stopping directly at Lacuisine.
Izel – Discount (25 km; + 310 m)
This rather long stage is not difficult at all. The hike first follows the dirt track of the old railway line along the Semois to Jamoigne, then crosses meadows and fields, by the old Roman road Reims-Trèves and finally goes into the largest forest of the hike. This dreamy walk through the forest is only interrupted by a short visit to Meix-devant-Virton before returning to your car in Rabais. Bravo you have done 140 km in 6 stages. You can choose to leave at the end of the day or relax for an extra night in the Gaume before hitting the road again!
Home : day 1, in the late afternoon (the welcome point will be confirmed at the time of booking)
Hiking record delivery.
Dispersion : On the last day at the end of the stage, you walk back to your car. Possibility of an extra night and departure in the morning after breakfast.
Supervision: hiking in freedom, without guide
Accommodation : hotels **/***, bed and breakfast ** (it is possible that a transfer can be organized to the accommodation if there is no accommodation at the end of the stage)
Access: by car (free parking for the duration of your stay) or by train (Virton station – free transfer to the hotel).
Dogs are not allowed on this trip. Different establishments do not accept dogs (even small and well educated ones…)
Dates / prices
The stay on the Transgaumaise can be organized at your best convenience and departures are possible all year round. Please note that some stages may have to be adapted during the hunting season (01/10 to 31/12). We will always let you know if your trip is affected.
Below is the price list per person for 2024. The price depends mainly on the number of nights desired, the type of room and luggage transport.
|Double, Twin or Triple Room||Single Room|
|With luggage transport||Without Transport||With luggage transport||Without Transport|
|6 nights||830,00 €||760,00 €||1280,00 €||1180,00 €|
|7 nights||940,00 €||860,00 €||1480,00 €||1360,00 €|
The Transgaumaise is a 6-stage loop, but it is possible to do only part of it – in this case, you must indicate this in your request, and we will add a return trip to your car at the end of the last stage.
Prices are per person
The price includes :
- Half-board accommodation at each stopover in a *** or **** hotel or in a ** or *** bed and breakfast.
- Luggage transportation
- Any transfers from the end of the stage to the accommodation (between Montmédy and Torgny)
- Free parking on departure for the duration of your stay
- An IGN map of the route and the official book (FR version only – 2022 edition)
- A complete folder with vouchers and labels for your luggage
The price does not include :
- The drinks
- Personal expenses and insurance
- Everything not mentioned in the “Price includes” section.