Via Francigena from Reims to Bar-sur-Aube

Stage 5 of 16

165.9km

8 days

Comfort

Popular time

july

Starting from

€919

Overall

Distance:

18.9 min | 33.2km average | 60 max

Ascent:

80.9 min |249.3m average | 438 max

Cardio:

3   4   5

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The fifth section of Via Francigena features the Cathedral in Reims, the Canals of Chalons, and the Napoleon Museum in Brienne le Chateau. On this walk, you will take in the regional history and folklore of your surroundings, especially the rich Napoleonic history, alongside the fresh and delicious French cuisine of the countryside.

Our Lady of Reims Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Reims)

The 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 holds an important place in French History. Damaged during the French rRevolution and by the World Wars, the cathedral was rebuilt in the orginal 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 raises Notre Dame de Reims above all other churches in the area.

Bridge over a canal in Chalon en Champagne

Canal of Chalon en Champagne

Walking alongside the canal will make you feel like you are in another century. Just close your eyes and imagine yourself walking on a small route just at the border of the water where trees seem to melt into the water. A mediaeval bridge up ahead is surrounded by pink and red flowers and the air smells fresh and clean with the sun kissing your skin. This calm trail is quite quiet, although you may meet horses and the occasional boat on the road to Bar Sur Aube.

Les Invalides, the Military Museum and Tomb of Napoleon in Paris, France

Napoleon Museum

An innocuous-looking military school is located in Brienne-le-Chateau, but it has quite a famous link. This is the school that Napoleon Bonaparte attended! The school is now a museum about the real life of Napoleon, his young years, his military strategy and so on. But the most impactful part of this museum is how it makes you feel connected to Napoleon as a person. You will learn about his friends, how he grew up, and what drove him.

Via Francigena from Reims to Bar-sur-Aube

Starting from € 919

REIMS

BAR-SUR-AUBE

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

REIMS

In the morning visit the Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims which has more than 2,300 statues and is the only cathedral to have statues of angels with open wings. There are plenty of other historic buildings to visit too, and you can also sample some of the Champagne that this region is famous for or even tour a vineyard.

Day

2

25.7 km

REIMS TREPAIL

Heading out of Reims you will first pass a marker telling you that it is 2,400km to Santiago! Following the path, you will reach Saint-Léonard then continue on to Sillery. After this village, you will be walking through vineyards with row after row of grapevines nearly as far as the eye can see. Reaching Verzerney, you can stop for a break and bite to eat. Continue on your way to your stop for the night, the charming village of Trépail. Here in Trépail, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Champagne making process at Pre en Bulles.

Day

3

31.3 km

TREPAIL CHALONS EN CHAMPAGNE

Today’s walk will not have many opportunities to purchase snacks, so pack a picnic for the day ahead. Hikers will pass through the village of Ambonnay to Condé-sur-Marne where you will then follow the towpath along the Canal Latéral à la Marne all the way to Chalons en Champagne. Here, give your feet a break and enjoy a relaxing boat trip around the canals that run through the historic city while admiring the half-timbered houses in the town centre.

Day

5

60 km

CHALONS EN CHAMPAGNE CHAVANGES

Before you leave, try to visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Church. Today will see you walk a direct route through the Champagne region countryside. The track today is very flat and plain, with fields stretching in all directions.

Day

6

18.9 km

CHAVANGES BRIENNE LE CHATEAU

Today’s walk is reasonably short, continuing through terrain similar to the day prior. You will pass two wetland areas, known as the Napoleon and Le Renarde lakes, which are well-known local fishing points. Your stop for the night is the town of Brienne Le Chateau.

Day

7

30.1 km

BRIENNE LE CHATEAU BAR-SUR-AUBE

Crossing the river to leave Brienne le Chateau behind, you will initially follow a grassy path through woodlands to reach the village of Dienville. Here you can take the opportunity for an early break and morning coffee. Winding your way closer to your stop for the night, you will cross the Aube River and arrive into Bar sur Aube. This old mediaeval town was famous in the Middle Ages for its Champagne Fairs that brought merchants together from all over Europe. Now it has many listed historical buildings that make it a pleasant town to ramble around.

Day

8

km

BAR-SUR-AUBE

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. The commune of Bar Sur Aube contains more than 200 buildings registered as of historical interest, including the Covered Market and Marcasselles Mill. Take your time exploring this beautiful French town and experiencing life as local.

How to Get There

Getting to Reims, France

To begin your Camino, it is best to fly into either Paris Charles de Gaulle or Paris Orly.

Fly into Paris Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle is a major international airport and nearly all airlines fly there, including Iberia/BA and Aer Lingus from Dublin. From the airport, head for Champagne-Ardenne. Then transfer for the route to Reims. This will take between an hour and 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    Fly into Paris Orly

    Paris Orly serves budget airlines such as Wizz Air. From the airport, take the tram to Gare D’Antony. Switch for the train to Paris Nord, and then change again at Paris L’Est station. From there, you can get a train directly to Reims. This should take one hour and 30 minutes.

      Getting home from Bar Sur Aube, France

      It is easiest to return from Bar Sur Aube using either Charles de Gaulle Airport or Paris Orly.

      Fly home from Paris Charles de Gaulle

      To get from Bar sur Aube to Charles de Gaulle Airport, take the train to Paris L’Est. Switch routes to Paris Nord, and that will take you directly to Terminal 2. This will take up to 3 hours.

        Fly home from Paris Orly

        Heading from Bar Sur Aube to Orly Airport, take the train to Paris L’Est. Switch lines to Paris Nord, then disembark at Gare D’Antony. The tram there runs directly to Orly. Again, this takes 3 hours.

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