06. 590 France (3/3)
06. 590 France (3/3)
Grand Est

06. 590 France (3/3)

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1100km long, the route that brought Colomban to his destination in 590 is divided into 3 parts that can be followed successively or indistinctly. Starting in Vitry-le-François, this third and final part of the continental route takes you to Annegray through the Grand-Est and Bourgogne Franche-Comté regions.
Around 590, Colomban and his Irish monks arrived on the continent via the west coast and penetrated inland to the east as far as the foot of the Vosges Mountains where they settled for about twenty years. Their exact route is not known except for a few places listed in Colomban's biography written in 640. The proposed itinerary follows this general direction, passing through the cultural and historical highlights of this northern part of France.


This crossing of France is fairly straightforward, in the image of Colomban, who sought to withdraw quickly as a hermit as far inland as possible. 

The third part (3/3) consists of 13 stages averaging 24km a day:

  1. Vitry-le-François - St Rémy-en-Bouzemont
  2. St Rémy-en-Bouzemont - Montier-en-Der
  3. Montier-en-Der - Wassy
  4. Wassy - Chevillon
  5. Chevillon - Biencourt-sur-Orge
  6. Biencourt-sur-Orge - Gondrecourt-le-Château
  7. Gondrecourt-le-Château - Domrémy-la-Pucelle
  8. Domrémy-la-Pucelle - Châtenois
  9. Châtenois - Contrexéville
  10. Contrexéville - Darney
  11. Darney - Bains-les-Bains
  12. Bains-les-Bains - Luxeuil-les-Bains
  13. Luxeuil-les-Bains - Annegray
  • Departure : 51300 Vitry-le-François
  • Arrival : 70310 Annegray
  • Towns crossed : Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est

Access and parking

Vitry-le-François is accessible by bus and train.

Annegray is a small hamlet accessible only by car. To get there or to be picked up there, contact the Friends of Saint Columban in nearby Luxeuil-les-Bains.

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