Board the MS Madeleine in the late afternoon and settle into your cabin. Attend a special welcome aboard briefing, then meet the ship's staff before dinner. The ship will stay in Strasbourg overnight.
Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board the ship as you sail to Waltenheim-sur-Zorn. Cross the Zorn Valley's landscaped fields, where the canal is wide and straight, then on to the Brumath Forest before reaching Waltenheim-sur-Zorn around 3:00 pm. In the afternoon, disembark the ship to explore the hops footpath in Wingersheim. Alsace offers an attractive and unusual landscape. A province of wine-growing and beer-brewing, gain a new perspective on the region as you learn about growing hops. Enjoy a pleasurable walk through the hop fields and attend a beer tasting before rejoining the ship for dinner.
In the morning, cruise from Waltenheim to Saverne. Pass by the towns of Schwindratzheim, which is nestled on a hillside, and Hochfelden, a typical village of the area. In the morning, stroll along or bike on the paved trails along the canal. Arrive at Saverne in the afternoon, where the boat moors in front of Rohan Castle. Enjoy some free time in Saverne. You might visit Château de Hohbarr, nicknamed "The Eye of Alsace," for splendid views of the Alsatian plains.
Take a guided tour of Saverne in the morning. Virtually unknown from the usual tourist routes, Saverne offers a wide range of places to discover. Visit the Grand Rue with its unicorn fountain (the symbol of the city); the Katz house, adorned with magnificent carved timbers; Notre Dame Church with its 12th-century steeple; various 18th-century administrative buildings; or the Récollets Monastery, founded in the 14th century. Reboard the ship for lunch and sail towards Lutzelbourg. The canal winds through the Vosges Mountains before joining the Lorraine region. In the afternoon, arrive in Lutzelbourg, which deserves its reputation as the most beautiful village on the French canal banks. Walk to Lutzelbourg Castle and admire the Zorn Valley from its towers.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast on board as you sail for the Arzviller inclined plane. Stop at the crystal glassworks near the plane and visit this family-run business. Specializing in the art of cutting crystal, encounter this old-time tradition and watch crystal blowing and cutting demonstrations. Return to the ship and eat lunch by candlelight while passing through the Arzviller and Niderviller Tunnels. Continue on to Xouaxange and arrive in the evening.
After a buffet breakfast, cruise through Xouaxange to Lagarde. Sail through Réchicourt locks, one of the largest in France, then journey onward through the lakes. In the afternoon, visit Sarrebourg and Chagall trail. Located at the foot of the Vosges and the region of Alsace, the city is rich with diversity. Its historical and cultural heritage is full of unexpected treasures, such as Marc Chagall’s unique stained-glass window — a virtual hymn to peace.
Enjoy one last breakfast onboard before disembarking at 9:00 AM. Transfer from the ship to Strasbourg and arrive in the late morning.