13. 610 France (7/8)
13. 610 France (7/8)

13. 610 France (7/8)

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2720km long in France, the route of Colomban's exile in 610 is divided into 8 parts that can be followed successively or indiscriminately. This seventh part of a particularly winding route crosses Champagne and the Grand-Est region to reach the border with Luxembourg.
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 seventh part (7/8) consists of 15 stages, each averaging 24km per day:

  1. Château-Thierry - Dormans
  2. Dormans - Damery
  3. Damery - Rilly-la-Montagne
  4. Rilly-la-Montagne - Reims
  5. Reims - Trépail
  6. Trépail - St-Hilaire-au-Temple
  7. St-Hilaire-au-Temple - Suippes
  8. Suippes - Ste-Menehould
  9. Ste-Menehould - Clermont-en-Argonne
  10. Clermont-en-Argonne - Verdun
  11. Verdun - Étain
  12. Étain - Conflans-en-Jarnisy
  13. Conflans-en-Jarnisy - Metz
  14. Metz - Thionville
  15. Thionville - Schengen
  • Departure : 02400 Château-Thierry
  • Arrival : 5444 Schengen (Luxembourg)
  • Towns crossed : Hauts-de-France, Grand Est, Grevenmacher, and Saarland

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Access and parking

Château-Thierry is accessible by bus and train.
From Schengen, the whole of Europe can be reached by train or by plane on international routes from neighbouring towns (Luxembourg or Metz).

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