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GR 654 - On the route to

Santiago de Compostela

The GR 654 follows the Voie de Vézelay from Namur to Vézelay and then, the Via Lemovicensis to Montréal-du-Gers. Châlons-en-Champagne is on the ‘Grande Randonnée’ route. It then joins the GR 65 which continues towards Spain to reach the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

A route dotted with

some exceptional sites

This route is dotted with prestigious UNESCO World Heritage sites such as:

  • The belfry in Namur
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral, the ancient Basilica of Saint-Rémi and the Palais du Tau in Reims.
  • Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Collegiate Church in Châlons-en-Champagne
  • The Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Vézelay
  • The Saint-Léonard Collegiate Church in Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat
  • Saint-Front Cathedral in Périgueux

The GR 654 in Champagne

After crossing the Ardennes countryside, you will reach the Champagne plain with the Montagne de Reims in its midst. You then follow the great lakes of Champagne (Lac du Der and the lakes of the Forêt d’Orient) before leaving the region.

The stages around Châlons-en-Champagne

If you are coming from the north, you can reach Châlons-en-Champagne from Reims in 3 days. You first follow the Aisne and then the Marne, cradled by the sound of the water and two formidable ladies: Notre-Dame de Reims and Notre-Dame-en-Vaux in Châlons-en-Champagne.

  • Day 1: Reims (Pont de la Neuvilette) to Verzenay – 22km – 5 hours 40 mins
  • Day 2: Verzenay to Condé-sur-Marne – 22.5km – 5 hours 55 mins
  • Day 3: Condé-sur-Marne to Châlons-en-Champagne – 20km – 5 hours

Once in Châlons-en-Champagne, you can reach Vitry-le-François in 2 days.

  • Day 4: Châlons-en-Champagne to La Chaussée sur Marne – 24km – 6 hours 30 mins
  • Day 5: La Chaussée sur Marne to Vitry-le-François – 22km – 5 hours 30 mins

Recharge your batteries

As you’ll have certainly earned it, it’s time for some rest and relaxation. Treat yourself to a delicious meal and enjoy a good night’s sleep before setting off again.

If you are on a pilgrimage, we can tell you everything you need to know in our “Pilgrim’s Guide”.