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International Lyceum of Pontonniers in Strasbourg

Hiking Tour: 3 Borders France, Germany and Switzerland

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard MS La Boheme
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Hike across the borders of 3 different countries, France, Germany and Switzerland and along the charming Kaiserstuhl hills to the historic Château de Bernstein and Ortenbourg Castle, as well as the stunning city of Strasbourg. Joined with a certified mountain guide you expeditions will introduce you to the history and traditions of Europe. Including non-hikers options as well this unique cruise has everything you're looking for!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Strasbourg, France | Embark
Day 2 : Basel
Day 3 : Breisach
Day 4 : Breisach | Rhinau
Day 5 : Strasbourg | Gamsheim | Strasbourg
Day 6 : Strasbourg | Disembark

Highlights

  • Hike in the foothills of Blauenberg or along the French-Swiss border
  • Visit the Rhine Falls, one of the most spectacular sites in Switzerland
  • Discover the Kaiserstuhl hills & admire the natural wonders of this area
  • Observe the Château de Bernstein a medieval architectural masterpiece

Ship

MS La Boheme

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

International Lyceum of Pontonniers in Strasbourg Place Kleber in Strasbourg View from the harbour of Basel, Switzerland Basel Townhall, Switzerland La Petite district in Strasbourg

Day 1 Strasbourg, France | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, be introduced to your crew at a welcome cocktail. Relax with an evening of entertainment on board as your ship cruises through the night.

Day 2 Basel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning cruising the Grand Canal of Alsace until you reach Basel right before lunch. 

Hikers' Program: A hike in the foothills of Blauenberg or along the French-Swiss border.  Enjoy the magnificent walking paths and the wooded and rolling hills which offer some really great views.
(Duration approx. 2/3 hours, from about 120 to about 200 metres altitude difference, 8.5-10 km or 5¼-6¼ miles.) 

Non-hikers' Program: Join an excursion to the Rhine Falls, one of the most spectacular sites to visit in Switzerland. You’ll also discover the Laufen Castle, and its impressive view overlooking the rumbling falls.

Tonight’s dinner is followed by an evening of dancing on board. During the night, your ship leaves for Breisach.

Day 3 Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Hikers' Program: Hike through the Kaiserstuhl hills (full day – picnic included). Two beautiful hikes along the once-volcanic Kaiserstuhl hills reveal the natural wonders within a protected area. Experience some of the best views of the surrounding vineyards and the Rhine.
(Length: Approx.7h, including 4.5 hours of hiking and 885-foot altitude difference, 8.6 miles)

Non-hikers' Program: Take advantage of some free time to explore Breisach, a former Celtic and Roman settlement that is now a lovely German city along the Rhine. In the afternoon, visit Colmar and the Unterlinden Museum.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board.

Day 4 Breisach | Rhinau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax on board or join in on a few of our planned activities as we spend the morning cruising to Rhinau.

Hikers' Program: hike to the Château de Bernstein and Ortenbourg Castle. Great hike across the Vosges Mountains, leaving from the old city of Dambach-La-Ville and its magnificent St. Sebastien Chapel. After climbing through the forest and following the summit, arrive first at the Château de Bernstein followed by Ortenbourg Castle—two medieval architectural masterpieces.(Length: Approx. 3 hours, 1082-foot altitude difference, 6.2 miles)

Non-hikers' Program: Join an excursion along the Wine Route in Alsace. Discover the region's wines and its seven grape varieties while traveling through picturesque villages with half-timbered houses, enchanting fountains and, of course, wine presses. Stop at a local cellar for wine tasting.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment on board.

Day 5 Strasbourg | Gamsheim | Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
strong>Hikers' Program: Urban hike through Strasbourg. During this hike, admire the historic city of Strasbourg and all its architectural treasures. Hike along part of Strasbourg’s Ceinture Verte (greenway), a former defense system for the city that has been transformed into natural spaces that travel along the waterways.
(Length: Approx. 4 hours, 0-foot altitude difference, 4.9 miles)

Non-hikers' Program: Tour on foot of the Petite France neighborhood and a visit to the Strasbourg Cathedral. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petite France is undoubtedly the most beautiful section of Old Strasbourg. The neighborhood contains marvelous examples of half-timbered houses built at the water level. Visit the Strasbourg Cathedral, widely considered to be among the finest examples of high-Gothic architecture. 

For everyone: Spend the afternoon traveling along the picturesque villages routes in northern Alsace. Visit Seebach, one of the most picturesque villages in France. This typical Alsatian village has retained much of its traditional architecture. Then continue on to Cleebourg, visit a local wine cellar and taste the unique wines of the region together.

Afterwards, return on board in Gambsheim. Then cruise to Strasbourg during the night. Tonight is your gala dinner and evening.

Day 6 Strasbourg | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of the services.

MS La Boheme

Per person starting at
$1,673
Main Deck Cabins.
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Main Deck
51 cabins (49 twins, 2 single cabins, 1 Suite) equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 108 sq. ft.
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Main Deck Suite
1 cabin suite (double bed) spacious and comfortable cabin equipped with private bathroom with shower and bath products, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer and radio. Located on the main deck, it offers a panoramic view of the landscapes.
Upper Deck Cabins.
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Upper Deck
28 double cabins equipped with shower and toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe. Cabin size: 108 sq. ft.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary. Possibility of departure from other French cities. (Please contact us for more details.) 

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
-Drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat
-Drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom – transfers mentioned in the program – the visits or hikes mentioned in the program – all hikes led by a certified mountain guide
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-Gala dinner
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees.

This offer does not include :
-Drinks from our wine list, champagne from the onboard bar, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers – any services not -Specifically mentioned in the program
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-Transfers/travel to and from your departure/arrival points
-Airport taxes
-Service fees
-Personal expenses.

Formalities
For US Citizens, a valid Passport is required for your travel. Non US Citizens but Resident in the US, please contact the local Embassies or Consulates for proper paperwork required before travelling.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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