Barge Cruise in France - 8 days Strasbourg to Lagarde
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The Marne-Rhine Canal

6-Night Cruise from Lagarde to Strasbourg (or reverse direction)

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Lagarde to Strasbourg (XOS) - 7 days

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Strasbourg to Largarde (SXO) - 7 days

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Detailed Itinerary: Lagarde to Strasbourg

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DAY 1: Strasbourg transfer to LAGARDE (Embarkation Day)

Transfer by coach from Strasbourg to Lagarde. Boarding in the late afternoon. Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail party. Overnight.

DAY 2: LAGARDE - XOUAXANGE

Full board on board. Morning spent cruising toward Xouaxange. Our boat will go through the Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France, before continuing our journey through the lakes. In the afternoon, visit to Sarrebourg that will take us on Chagall trail. Located at the foot of the Vosges and the region of Alsace, the city is rich with diversity. Back on board. Overnight.

DAY 3: XOUAXANGE - LUTZELBOURG - Inclined Plain at Arzviller

Full board on board. Morning spent cruising toward Lutzelbourg. You will enjoy lunch by candlelight, while we pass through the Arzviller and Niderviller Tunnels. Early in the afternoon, our boat will pass through the Artzviller inclined plane for a truly unforgettable experience. A fantastic piece of workmanship, this type of transverse boat lift is the only one of its kind in Europe. Stop at the local crystal workshop. Located at the foot of the incline for over 25 years, the crystal workshop is a family-run business specializing in the art of hand blowing and cutting crystal. Back on board and our boat will continue on to Lutzelbourg. The canal winds through the Vosges Mountains before joining the Lorraine region. Arrival in Lutzelbourg early in the evening. Overnight.

DAY 4: LUTZELBOURG - SAVERNE

Full board on board. Set off on foot to marvel at Lutzelbourg Castle. Perched at over 980 feet above sea level on a rocky, red sandstone spur, the ruins of the castle majestically dominate the village down in the Zorn Valley. Back on board and departure of the boat toward Saverne. In the afternoon, visit of the Château de Hohbarr, often called “the Eye of Alsace”, and you will discover splendid view of the Alsatian plains. Free time to explore or relax in Saverne before returning on board. Overnight.

DAY 5: SAVERNE - WALTENHEIM

Full board on board. Guided tour of Saverne. Virtually unknown by the usual tourist routes, Saverne offers a wide range of places to discover: the Grand Rue with its unicorn fountain (the town's emblem); the Katz house, adorned with magnificent carved timbers; Notre Dame Church with its 12th-century steeple; various 18th-century administrative buildings; and the Récollets Monastery founded in the 14th century. Back on board. The afternoon is spent cruising toward Waltenheim, passing the charming village of Hochfelden, and Schwindratzheim, nestled on a hillside. Arrival in Waltenheim early in the evening. For dinner, you will discover the “tarte flambée”, a local specialty served at a restaurant in Waltenheim. Our boat will remain in port overnight.

DAY 6: WALTENHEIM - STRASBOURG

Full board on board. Hiking tour along the hops trail in Wingersheim. Your pleasurable hike through the hop fields will be followed by beer tasting. Back on board and departure of the boat toward Strasbourg. Cruise through the Zorn Valley and its landscaped fields, where the canal is wide and straight. Gala evening on board, followed by a tour of Strasbourg's old town by panoramic boat (subject to availability). Overnight.

DAY 7: STRASBOURG (Disembarkation Day)

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark around 9.00 a.m. End of our services.

Departures & Pricing

Detailed itinerary: Strasbourg to Lagarde

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DAY 1: STRASBOURG (Embarkation Day)

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner followed by a panoramic boat tour of Strasbourg.

DAY 2: STRASBOURG -WALTENHEIM

This morning will be spent cruising towards Waltenheim-sur-Zorn through the Brumath Forest. In the afternoon, join us on an excursion to hike along the hops trail in Wingersheim (only available with prior booking.) With a heritage of wine-growing and beer-brewing, Alsace will give you a new perspective by showing you how hops are grown. We’ll return on board before leaving for dinner to taste the tarte flambée, a local specialty, at a restaurant in Waltenheim (included.)

DAY 3: WALTENHEIM - SAVERNE

This morning will be spent cruising towards Saverne. 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, join us on a tour of the Château du Haut-Barr, nicknamed "The Eye of Alsace", where you will discover a splendid view over the Alsatian plains.

DAY 4: SAVERNE - LUTZELBOURG

We’ll set out on a guided tour of Saverne. Virtually unknown by the usual tourist routes, the city offers a wide range of places to discover. We’ll return on board and cruise towards Lutzelbourg. The canal winds through the Vosges Mountains before joining the Lorraine region. Late in the afternoon, we suggest you to set off on foot to marvel at Lutzelbourg Castle.

DAY 5: LUTZELBOURG - Arzviller Inclined Plane - XOUAXANGE

We’ll set off for an excursion to the Arzviller inclined plane. Along the way, we will stop at the crystal glassworks near the inclined plane. We’ll learn about this time-tested tradition, and watch crystal blowing and cutting demonstrations. The boat will cruise 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.

DAY 6: XOUAXANGE - LAGARDE

This morning will be spent cruising towards Lagarde, passing through the Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France, before continuing our journey through the lakes. In the afternoon, join us on a visit of Sarrebourg that will take us on the Chagall trail. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.

DAY 7: LAGARDE (Disembarkation Day) - transfer to Strasbourg

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Transfer by coach back to Strasbourg, arriving late in the morning. End of our services.

Departures & Pricing

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • The itinerary is subject to mooring availability at locks or ports, and may be modified as necessary.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise .

2017 and 2018 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin and the SINGLE TRAVELER rate.
From Lagarde (XOS)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Sep 29, 2017
$2,518
Oct 13, 2017
$2,518
Apr 14, 2018
$3,024
Oct 26, 2018
$3,024
   
From Strasbourg (SXO)
Cruise Embarkation Date
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
Apr 20, 2018
$3,024
Jul 27, 2018
$3,024
Aug 10, 2018
$3,024
   
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Prices Include:

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 (Day 7) all excursions mentioned on this programme welcome cocktail assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess the gala dinner and evening all port fees.

Prices Do Not Include:

Individual arrival and departure (airfare) • Champagne ordered at the bar and all drinks on the wine list all drinks taken while on excursions or transfers • Travel Cancellation Insurance • Gratuities • Personal expenses

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