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Classic Cruise - Alsace & Lorraine

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile
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Treat yourself to an exciting 7-day tour aboard La Nouvelle Etoile as it cruises along Alsace & Lorraine and takes you to different breathtaking places in France. Enjoy a walking tour of Palace Stanislas where you will walk to a large pedestrian square in the French city of Nancy. Visit one of the local Cristalleries where fine crystal is still blown by hand. Explore and roam around the Market Square and the 14th-century ramparts that surround Obernai. Visit Strasbourg and tour the museum in the 11th-century Gothic cathedral.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Strasbourg | Nancy | Embark
Day 2 : Lagarde
Day 3 : Xouaxange
Day 4 : Lutzelbourg
Day 5 : Saverne
Day 6 : Strasbourg
Day 7 : Strasbourg | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a walking tour at the elegant Palace Stanislas
  • Drive to one of the Cristalleries, where fine crystal is still blown by hand
  • Explore the Market Square and the 14th century ramparts that surround Obernai
  • Visit Strasbourg's 11th-century Gothic cathedral

Ship

La Nouvelle Etoile

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Strasbourg | Nancy | Embark

Guests are met in Strasbourg and transferred to La Nouvelle which will be moored in Nancy. After a champagne welcome, you will then set off for a short cruise to Laneuville. Tonight, enjoy your first of many gourmet meals on board.

Day 2 Lagarde

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will cruise during breakfast this morning, then a short drive to Nancy for a walking tour of the city beginning at the elegant Palace Stanislas.  Flanked by handsome Baroque palaces and enclosed by the ornate gold and wrought iron entry gates, the square is considered one of the grandest in all of France.  The Art Nouveau movement originated in Nancy and you will have the opportunity to visit the Musee de l’Ecole De Nancy to see its fine collection. Return to the barge for a leisurely afternoon cruise to Lagarde. 

Day 3 Xouaxange

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on board. After a morning cruise past tidy farms and pasturelands, you will reach Richecourt, our last lock “climbing up”. The lock of Richecourt replaces 6 old locks and has an elevation of 15 meters. After passing this lock, you will then cruise on to Xouaxange. After lunch, drive to one of the local Cristalleries where fine crystalware is still blown by hand. Then continue to Sarrebourg to have a look at the famous Chagal stained glass windows. 

Day 4 Lutzelbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, you will continue along the canal that you have been gradually climbing, to reach the crest of the Vosges Mountains. After navigating two tunnels carved into the mountaintop, you will encounter the Arzviller boat elevator. This unique lock allows a barge to glide effortlessly up or down the mountainside using a sophisticated system of weights and balances. Continue the cruise through the Zorn Valley where the surrounding hilltops are dotted with ruins of feudal castles. Your overnight mooring will be in Lutzelbourg. 

Day 5 Saverne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will wind through the heart of Saverne, past the regal 18th century Bishop’s Palace in the heart of the Alsatian countryside. From Saverne, take an afternoon drive along the Route du Vin d’ Alsace to the old fortified town of Obernai where you will visit the Market Square and 14th-century ramparts that surround the city. Enroute, you will stop at a vineyard to taste some of the best Alsatian wines. 

Day 6 Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will end your cruise in Hochfelden just on the outskirts of Strasbourg. Your afternoon tour of Strasbourg includes the folk museum and the 11th-century gothic cathedral, leaving enough time to stroll around to explore the fine selection of shops. Tonight enjoy the Captain's farewell dinner onboard.

Day 7 Strasbourg | Disembark

After breakfast, disembark La Nouvelle Etoile and transfer to your drop-off point in Strasbourg.

La Nouvelle Etoile

Per person starting at
$7,700
La Nouvelle Etoile, stateroom
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Suites
200 sq. ft. including en-suite facilities. Twin/double beds, private bathroom with shower, wardrobe, small tables and a chair.

Notes

Rates Include:
  • Accommodations
  • Private shower
  • All gourmet meals
  • Selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
  • Use of the vessel's bicycles
  • Roundtrip transfers from specified meeting point
Rates Exclude:
  • Air transportation
  • Airport taxes
  • Visas
  • Health or accident insurance
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Superior Châteaux vintage wines
  • Crew gratuities
  • Optional activities such as hot air balloon flights or items of a personal nature such as laundry, communication charges or purchases
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