The Transardennaise by bike
164 km in 3 stages to discover the most beautiful landscapes of the Ardennes between La Roche-en-Ardenne and Bouillon
The Transardennaise is one of the greatest classic hikes in Belgium and cycling it is certainly the best way to discover the beauties of the Ardennes in a few days. Starting from La Roche-en-Ardenne, you reach Bouillon along the small country roads by bike through the villages of Saint-Hubert, Nassogne and Daverdisse.
The Transardennaise by bike itinerary is divided into 3 or 4 stages for a total of 164 km in complete freedom! You will discover the charms of the great forest of Saint-Hubert and enjoy the most beautiful panoramas such as the one on the “Tomb of the Giant” near Bouillon.
The Transardennaise is the ideal solution for all types of cyclists: unmarked trail (GPX tracks provided), quality accommodation, luggage transport, guidance application and information on the region. Everything is planned so that you can make the most of the region and its beauties.
Cycling tour in freedom – Variable duration from 3 to 5 days – Departure all year round according to your availability and your possibilities.
Welcome in La Roche-en-Ardenne in the afternoon and handing over of the complete file. Possibility to visit the village of La Roche located on the meander of the Ourthe. The town is situated at 220 m above sea level and surrounded by wooded hills. The townscape is dominated by the ruins of a medieval castle, from which there is a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings. Luggage and bike deposit at La Roche-en-Ardenne. Transfer of the vehicles to Bouillon (departure from La Roche-en-Ardenne around 4pm, transfer time: about 2 hours). Evening meal included.
La Roche-en-Ardenne – Saint-Hubert (45 km; +740 m)
You will start the day with a steep climb out of the valley of La Roche. Then the road crosses a gently sloping landscape to Hives. You arrive in Cens, once a prosperous village, but today only about twenty houses are inhabited. The road is then uncovered and you will have beautiful views over wide wooded hills. In Wyompont, you cross the Ourthe.
Then the route passes through the village of Lavacherie where you can still admire many typical Ardennes houses. In the forest of Freyr, you will discover a magnificent forest of preserved nature. Near Vesqueville, you start the descent towards Saint-Hubert, European capital of nature and hunting.
Saint-Hubert – Daverdisse (54 km ; +1050 m)
This day allows you to cross some of the most beautiful deciduous and coniferous forests in the Ardennes. You will pass by the Saint-Michel Furnace estate, where you can visit the “Iron Museum” which houses a rich collection of tools used in the metallurgical industry at the time. There is also a cosy café with regional dishes. The “Museum of Rural Life” is an open-air museum covering 32 hectares. Some solid climbs separate you from Nassogne, which is one of the oldest places in the Ardennes.
From Nassogne, the differences in height are smaller. The hike passes partly through forests, but mostly through fields and hilly meadows. In the Masblette valley, we find ourselves in an agricultural area. After Mirwart, you cross the Marsau valley and the Haute-Lesse valley near Daverdisse. The road takes you to the book village of Redu. Every year, during the Easter weekend, a “book festival” is organised there and attracts thousands of people. After Redu, the road winds through the Lesse valley, it is certainly one of the most beautiful roads in the Ardennes. It gradually climbs up to Daverdisse, the last village for today.
Daverdisse – Bouillon (64 km; + 920 m)
This day is not really difficult as there are only a few gradients, the only real slope is at the start in Daverdisse. In addition, the landscape opens up again and you benefit from wide views. The first village you pass through is Porcheresse, a village which, together with Daverdisse, belonged to the Stavelot Abbey. After Opont, you have about twenty kilometres of descent to reach the village of Vresse-Sur-Semois.
Then you cross the Semois and climb to Rochehaut to see the magnificent viewpoint on the “Tomb of the Giant”. You then reach Mogimont, then Sensenruth with its huge Saint-Lambert church. Then you drive further south. You end the route with a beautiful descent to Bouillon, the oldest capital of the duchy. Due to its unique location, it has always been a border town, the medieval castle dominates the town. The Ducal Museum houses an interesting section on the history of the Crusades. Bravo, you’ve done 164 km in 3 stages. Possibility to visit the town and the castle. You can choose to return in the late afternoon or relax for an extra night in Bouillon!
Home : day 1, in the late afternoon (the welcome point will be confirmed at the time of booking)
Delivery of the hiking file and return trip to Bouillon for the driver to drop off the car (return by taxi – count 2 hours).
Dispersion : On the last day at the end of the stage, you will find your car at the finish in Bouillon. Possibility of an extra night and a return in the morning after breakfast.
Framing : hiking in freedom, without guide
Accommodation : hotels ***/****, bed and breakfast ***
Access : by car (free parking for the duration of the stay), by train (Marloie station) + bus (TEC line 15)
Dates / prices
The stay on the Transardennaise can be organized at your best 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 room.
|Double, Twin or Triple Room||Single Room|
|Avec transport des bagages||Without transport||Avec transport des bagages||Without transport|
|3 nights||485 €||– €||745 €||– €|
|4 nights||645 €||– €||975 €||– €|
!!!! The trip is planned in 3 stages by bike but it is quite possible to choose to divide it into 4, 5 or 6 stages depending on the daily distance to be covered !!!!
Prices are per person
Discount in case of non-transfer back to the starting point by the organizer.
The price includes :
- half-board accommodation at each stage in a *** hotel or ****
- Breakfast and 3-course dinner
- Luggage transport
- Return trip for the driver on the first day (or at the end of the tour on request)
- Free parking on arrival
- GPX tracks of the hike
- Complete folder with information brochures, luggage tags, etc.
The price does not include :
- bike rental
- personal expenses and insurance
- anything not indicated in “Price includes”.