Your Via Francigena pilgrimage starts at Canterbury Cathedral near the zero km milestone. On this tour, you will visit awesome Cathedrals and Castles, walk through the lush green rolling hills of Kent and the White Cliffs of Dover. And, the local produce of Kent and France will be delight your taste buds. So, don’t miss on this amazing tour!
2018 Canterbury to Reims
Days 1: Canterbury
Our Canterbury to Reims pilgrimage begins at Canterbury Cathedral. We spend the evening enjoying the ancient city and feasting on the local Kent cuisine.
Day 2: Canterbury
We begin with a Canterbury Tales Tour in order to capturing the feeling of being a medieval pilgrim. This is followed by a guided Tour of Canterbury Cathedral. After that we explore the medieval City. And, in the evening we relax at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge and enjoy the excellent local Kent cuisine.
Day 3: Shepherdswell
Our pilgrimage begins with our first Pilgrim’s Credential stamp at the zero km milestone outside the main entrance of the Cathedral. Then we leave via the Christ Church Gate and continue to Pilgrim’s Way, passing St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church. After a pleasant 17.2 km walk through English countryside we arrive at Shepherdswell and spend the night at an English Manor.
Day 4: Dover
Next morning we walk 14 km to Dover enjoying more English countryside. We pass through the Waldershare Park Estate with its Belvedere Tower and Manor House in the distance. And, approaching Dover, the vistas of the English Channel make the walk worthwhile. In the afternoon we explore Dover Castle and the White Cliffs of Dover.
Day 5: Calais
We cross the English Channel by ferry to arrive in Calais. And we explore the ancient city and its Cathedral. Highlights are Rodin’s ‘Burghers of Calais’ and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Also, we have our first taste of local French cuisine and wine.
Day 6: Wissant
Then we walk 20 km along the French cliff face to Wissant with its amazing white sand beaches. This is Sigeric’s Stopover 79 and the last place he stayed before crossing the English Channel to return home to Canterbury. Here it is still possible to see the type of boat called a ‘flobart’ in which Sigeric would have sailed.
Day 7: Reims
Then we have mini-bus history tour discovering quite a few of Sigeric’s Stopovers on our way to Reims. In the evening we explore Reims and indulge in some of its gastronomic delights and champagne!
Day 8: Reims
We spend the day exploring three UNESCO listed heritage sites – Notre-Dame Cathedral, Palace of Tau, and Saint-Remi Basilica and Museum. Followed by more gastronomic delights in the evening.
Day 9: Reims
A visit to Reims would not be complete without a tour of the UNESCO heritage listed underground Cathedral Cellars. This is the home of champagnes like Veuve Cliquot! Nature also beckons us with a visit to Montage de Reims with its famous ‘Faux de Verzy’ dwarf trees.
And so this guided Canterbury to Reims pilgrimage draws to a close. But, there are other options available at this point.
- You can complete the pilgrimage and walk to Rome, continuing on the Via Francigena path from Montage de Reims near Verzy.
- Visit Paris and other amazing places in France.
- Use your Pilgrim Credential in the future to continue your pilgrimage.
- Join my Swiss and Italy Tours at some time later.
- Don’t forget there are also self-guided tours.