07. 610 France (1/8)
07. 610 France (1/8)

07. 610 France (1/8)

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Covering 2720km in France, the route of Colomban's exile in 610 is divided into 8 parts, which can be followed successively or indiscriminately. Starting in Luxeuil-les-Bains, this first part of a particularly winding route leads to Saulieu through the Burgundy Franche-Comté region.
Around 610, expelled from Luxeuil, Saint Colomban and the Irish monks were taken to Nantes under the guard of armed soldiers who were in charge of taking them on a ship to Ireland. But, barely on board, they managed to escape and, fearing that they would be caught, began an incredible journey through many countries. Most of the journey into exile takes place in France from East to West and then back again after Nantes. The itinerary mainly follows the great rivers and the vineyards often planted on their banks while crossing the historic cities that mark them out.


These two successive crossings of France are not the most direct way to reach the Swiss border to the east of Luxeuil, only 110km away. But they do reflect the strong image of a strong-willed Columban who had left Ireland for good, with no desire to return.

The first part (1/8) consists of 14 stages averaging 24km a day:

  1. Luxeuil-les-Bains - Lure
  2. Lure - Bonnal
  3. Bonnal - Baumes-les-Dames
  4. Baumes-les-Dames - Vaires-le-Grand
  5. Vaires-le-Grand - Besançon
  6. Besançon - Villars-St-Georges
  7. Villars-St-Georges - Dôle
  8. Dôle - Saint-Jean-de-Losne
  9. Saint-Jean-de-Losne - Verdun-sur-le-Doubs
  10. Verdun-sur-le-Doubs - Chalon-sur-Saône
  11. Chalon-sur-Saône - Couches
  12. Couches - Autun
  13. Autun - Cussy-en-Morvan
  14. Cussy-en-Morvan - Saulieu
  • Departure : 70300 Luxeuil-les-Bains
  • Arrival : 5444 Schengen (Luxembourg)
  • Towns crossed : Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

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Access and parking

Luxeuil can be reached by rail (Belfort) or by air (Basel) by contacting the association of the Friends of Saint Colomban de Luxeuil.
Saulieu is accessible by bus.

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