Overview for Via Francigena in France: Reims to Bar-sur-Aube
Our itinerary along the French section of the Via Francigena takes you from the historic city of Reims, the unofficial capital of the Champagne wine-growing region, to Bar-sur-Aube. You will walk in the heart of the Champagne region among vineyards and undulating hills. In the evenings, relax in the welcoming accommodations and sample some of France’s finest wines. The Via Francigena stretch in France is approved by the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre and marked as route GR145.
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Day 1: Reims
Your trip starts at Reims. Depending on the time of your arrival you have the rest of the day for exploring the cultural sites of the city. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Reims, the Basilica of St. Remi, the Gallo-Roman remains and see the engravings of Albrecht Dürer.
- Accommodation: Hotel Kyriad or similar
Day 2: Reims to Trepail
Mainly following off-road tracks, this section of the Via Francigena has an easy start, but gradually gets more demanding after a few kilometres as you have to climb a steep hill between the vineyards and the woodland of the Reims wine valley. The descent to Trepail is also steep and could be slippery as well. Located in the heart of the Champagne region in France, Trepail is the perfect small village to sample local cuisine and fine champagne.
- Accommodation: Pre en Bulles guesthouse or similar
- Walking for the day: 26 km
Day 3: Trepail to Chalons-en-Champagne
After you descend the Montagne de Reims, the route will follow the towpath of the canal next to the river Marne. Chalons is a nice town where you should see the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Church, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Saint Etienne’s cathedral.
- Accommodation: Pot d’Etain or similar
- Walking for the day: 32 km
Day 4: Chalons-en-Champagne to Coole
Your route will follow fairly busy roads during the first few kilometres. Then, the route will pick up the ancient Roman road, crossing the open country.
- Accommodation: Jean Pierre Songy guesthouse or similar
- Walking for the day: 29 km
Day 5: Coole to Donnement
Today is a pretty long walking day, but it is not too challenging. Your route will mainly follow the very quiet Roman road until you reach the small village of Donnement.
- Accommodation: Air-Lane or similar
- Walking for the day: 26 km
Day 6: Donnement to Brienne-le-Chateau
You will follow the Roman road through the open country along easy terrain today. You will then continue to Brienne on minor roads. In Brienne, you will find a beautiful château.
- Accommodation: Des Voyageurs or similar
- Walking for the day: 22 km
Day 7: Brienne-le-Chateau to Bar-sur-Aube
Today you will follow the route along the river Aube, through several small lakeside and riverside towns, mainly on minor roads, and sometimes on woodland tracks. Bar-sur-Aube is a pretty little town, built by the river Aube.
- Accommodation: Le Saint Nicolas or similar
- Walking for the day: 31 km
Day 8: Departure
Departure on your own or extension upon request.
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Accommodation is in welcoming 2 and 3-star hotels and country inns. All rooms have en-suite facilities. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included every day. Packed lunches can be pre-ordered at the accommodations or bought from local shops. Dinners are available at the overnight accommodations or in the villages you are staying in.
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The closest International airports to the starting point are those in Paris.
The easiest way to reach Reims from Paris is to take the train from Gare de l’Est in Paris, www.raileurope.com. It takes less than 1 hour for €30 one way. To reach Paris Gare de l’Est from the different airports, the cheapest way is to use the Paris subway. See http://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/homepage and https://www.ratp.fr/itineraires to plan your journey.
To get from Bar-sur-Aube to the Paris airports the easiest way is to take the train to Gare de l’Est in Paris. It takes less than 2 hours for €40 one way.
Airport transfers by train are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car transfers. You can also book a private airport transfer with us.
Hotel to hotel luggage transfer is included on all walking days.
Up-to-date travel advice on France is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
The route is graded moderate; on most days there are no steep ascents or descents, but you should be able to walk up to 32 km per day. A good level of fitness is required for enjoying the walks to the maximum (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
You can start your holiday every day between 1 April and 31 October.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.
- Good hiking boots
- Hiking socks
- Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
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- 7 nights in selected 2 and 3-star hotels and country inns, private en-suite rooms
- 7 breakfasts
- Luggage transfers on all walking days
- A detailed information pack, route notes and maps
- 24/7 phone support by our local office/representative
Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements
- Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
- This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost
Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.
Options and Extras
- Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Other Trip-Related Costs
- Airport train and bus fares
- Entrance fees for attractions and museums
- Flights and airport transfers
- Lunches and dinners
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment
- City tourist taxes
- Any items not explicitly mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
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