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Walking the Via Francigena from Laon to Reims

Stage 4
5 days
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Laon to Reims Map
With only five days of walking, the fourth section of Via Francigena takes you over rolling hills with stops at various villages throughout the Champagne region. At every stop, you will have the opportunity to try the local produce, and most importantly the uniquely regional drink, Champagne.


Laon Cathedral

Built-in the Gothic style, Laon is one of France’s oldest cathedrals. Protected since 1840, the cathedral overlooks the city of Laon from the “Laon’s mountain”. With two tall towers and a beautiful round window, the front of the cathedral is wonderful to look at. The outside and inside are also wonderfully detailed. The clever lines designed by architect Villard De Honnecourt invite you to take a walk around the cloister.

The Champagne region

Here you are, the region which made France famous at every celebration, the Champagne region! Crossing the vineyards laced with the special champagne grapevine we invite you to make a stop (or maybe several) and talk with the local producers, they are the best teachers ever. If you have ever drunk “champagne” from anywhere else, this taste will make you forget it in an instant. The purest and tastiest champagne is right here.

So after your walk, please have a seat and relax while drinking a “coupe de champagne”

The famous Cathedral of Reims

It is impossible to cross Reims without seeing the Cathedral. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it’s the traditional place for the coronation of the King of France. So the cathedral holds an important place in French History.

Damaged during the French revolution and by the World Wars, the Cathedral was rebuilt in the same gothic style. The front of the cathedral is covered with statues of past Kings and important figures. Inside, the detailed stained glass windows date from between the 13th and 20th centuries. Its luminosity and architectural achievement raised Notre Dame de Reims above all other churches in the area.

Laon to Reims
Via Francigena
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Included in this package
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Specially chosen 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday or Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Premium Accommodation
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Additional Night
  • Dinners
  • Day Tours Available
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  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch


Day 1

LAON (Arrival)

Arrive into Laon where you can visit the Cathedral Notre-Dame of Laon as well as the many other historic buildings in the town.

Day 2


Leaving Laon, you will follow mostly a grassy track downhill, across a river and through woods until you reach Vorges. Here you can grab an early morning coffee or snack, or continue 1 km more to the village of Bruyères-et-Montbèrault, where you can also stop for a morning break. Later, you will come to Corbeny. While in Corbeny, be sure to sample some of the local Cuvée Saint Marcoul sparking white or rosé wine.

Day 3


Leaving Corbeny, you will be walking on quiet country roads for the first 6.5 kms today where you will reach the village of Pontavert where you can hopefully get a freshly baked snack from the bakery. Following the Canal Latéral à l’Aisne, you will head to Gernicourt, where you will veer away from the canal and take a straight road to Cormicy and now enter the Marne department and north east of France. A short walk later you will be in Hermonville. Hermonville is also in the French region of Champagne-Ardenne so why not try the locally produced and well deserved after these long days walking, Champagne Franck Debut.

Day 4


From Hermonville, you will make your way to your final stop for this section, Reims. Passing through the countryside and woodlands, you will begin to see more of the vineyards that produce Champagne. Stroll through villages with picturesque stone houses, such as the village of Saint-Thierry where you might want to have a break before making the final walk into Reims. Reims has been a major city in this region since the time of the Romans and is where the crowing of the kings of France use to take place. Be sure to visit the Cathedral with its awe-inspiring stained glass windows and as a treat, sample some of the locally produced Champagne.

Day 5


After breakfast, we bid you farewell, or welcome you to the next section of the Via Francigena.

If you would like to extend your stay anywhere along your walking holiday just let us know. 

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