From Strasbourg to Lagarde, embark on an authentic and traditional cruise in the heart of Alsace. Cruise on the Marne-Rhine Canal and discover a colorful heritage and monuments that reflect its history through exciting tours. Explore the Hops Trail, the Haut Barr and Lutzelbourg castles or the Chagall trail and be astonished by the richness of this captivating cruise.
Day 1 : Strasbourg | Embark Day 2 : Waltenheim Day 3 : Saverne Day 4 : Saverne | Lutzelbourg Day 5 : Lutzelbourg | Arzviller Inclined Plane Day 6 : Xouanange | Lagarde Day 7 : Lagarde | Disembark | Strasbourg
Explore Alsace an attractive province of wine-growing and beer-brewing
Pass by Hochfelden, a typical charming village of the area
Discover Saverne, virtually unknown from the usual tourist routes
Sail through Réchicourt locks, one of the largest in France
Passengers are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, attend a special welcome briefing, then meet the ship's staff before dinner. Enjoy dinner followed by a panoramic boat tour of Strasbourg.
This morning will be spent cruising towards Waltenheim-sur-Zorn through the Brumath Forest. In the afternoon, join an excursion to hike along the hops trail in Wingersheim. With a heritage of wine-growing and beer-brewing, Alsace will give you a new perspective by showing you how hops are grown. Return on board before leaving for dinner to taste the tarte flambee, a local specialty, at a restaurant in Waltenheim (included).
Cruise towards Saverne this morning. Enjoy this bucolic journey passing the towns of Schwindratzheim, nestled on a hillside, and Hochfelden, a typical local village. During the morning, feel free to stroll or bike on the paved trails alongside the canal. In the afternoon, tour the Château du Haut-Barr, nicknamed "The Eye of Alsace" and discover a splendid view over the Alsatian plains.
Set out on a guided tour of Saverne this morning. Virtually unknown by the usual tourist routes, the city offers a wide range of places to discover. Return on baord and continue cruising towards Lutzelbourg. The canal winds through the Vosges Mountains before joining the Lorraine region. Late in the afternoon, set off on foot to marvel at Lutzelbourg Castle.
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. Then, the boat cruises through the Artzviller inclined plane - an incredible experience. A fabulous structure, this transverse system boat "elevator” is one-of-a-kind in Europe. The inclined plane replaces 17 successive locks over 2.5 miles that once needed a full day to navigate.
This morning will be spent cruising towards Lagarde, passing through the Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France, before continuing your journey through the lakes. In the afternoon, join a visitof Sarrebourg that will take you on the Chagall trail. Tonight is your gala evening and dinner.
Day 7 Lagarde | Disembark | Strasbourg
Enjoy one last breakfast onboard before disembarking at 9:00 AM. Transfer from the ship to Strasbourg and arrive in the late morning.
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11 spacious cabins with window and private en-suite facilities. All cabins are equipped with rivate en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe and independent air-conditioning.
20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin
- Your cruise with all meals from dinner D1 to breakfast buffet on D7
- Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices, tea, and coffee served during meals on board, drinks served at the bar (excluding champagne and wines on the wine list)
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
- Transfer by coach from Lagarde to Strasbourg (D7)
- Welcome cocktail
- Assistance from our on board multi-lingual host/hostess
- The gala dinner and evening
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees -Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.
- Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Personal expenses.
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.
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!