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The Waterways of Alsace & Lorraine

From £2,145 pp

Strasbourg to Lagarde, off the beaten path.

On this all inclusive cruise we explore the hidden gems of Alsace and Lorraine, discovering many sights that lie off the beaten tourist path. With visits to the medieval towns of Saverne and Sarrebourg and tastings of the best local produce available, join us as we travel in style down the most scenic of French waterways.

What’s Included:

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager up to embarkation & from disembarkation of the MS Madeline
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • Standard class rail travel
  • 17 meals including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
  • 6-night cruise aboard the Madeline
  • All inclusive selection of complimentary beers, wines and soft drinks
  • Full complement of tours and excursions

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Night time river cruise of Strasbourg (subject to availability)
  • Guided tour of Wingersheim hops path with a beer tasting
  • Guided tour of Saverne
  • Guided tour of Sarrebourg
  • Excursion to Haut-Barr Castle
  • Visit to Lutzelbourg Castle
  • A trip to the Inclined Plane at Arzviller
  • Visit to the Crystal Works

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement.

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MS Madeleine, Arzviller Inclined Plane Boat Lift
Canal Barge
Canal Barge
Day 1 UK to Lagarde

After meeting at our St Pancras Departure Office, board the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Strasbourg. Here transfer by coach to the town of Lagarde, where your hotel barge, the Madeleine, awaits – home for the next seven days. On arrival, the crew present you with a welcome cocktail before the first dinner of your cruise is served.

Dinner

Day 2 - Sarrabourg

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning as you sail down the Marne-Rhine canal towards Xouaxange. Along the way, travel through the Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France.

After lunch, we depart the boat and transfer by coach to Sarrebourg. Here we enjoy a guided tour of this cultural town and discover many of its hidden historical gems.

The chapel of Cordeliers can be found in Sarrebourg: the original Marc Chagall stained glass window here is the largest piece of its kind that the artist ever created and takes pride of place in the heart of the church.

Day 2 - Sarrabourg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - The Inclined Plane

This morning is spent aboard the Madeleine with a candlelit lunch as we pass through the Arzviller and Niderviller Tunnels. We make our way closer towards the remarkable Arzviller Inclined Plane.

The only one of its kind in Europe, it was designed to replace over 4km of locks that used to take a whole day to navigate. It is essentially a boat lift that traverses a 41% incline in only four minutes, a unique and unforgettable experience.

At the foot of the incline, we find the Inclined Plane Crystal Workshop that has been preserving the art of blowing, carving and etching crystal for the past 25 years. Here we learn about these age-old methods and receive a demonstration before continuing along the canal through the Vosges mountain range to Lutzelbourg, where we moor for the night.

Day 3 - The Inclined Plane

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Haut-Barr Castle

Our first excursion takes us by foot to Lutzelbourg Castle today, a 12th century fortress built overlooking the Zorn Valley. This afternoon we cruise towards Saverne, enjoying a visit to the towering Haut- Barr Castle.

Strategically positioned at 470m above sea level, it is also known as ‘the Eye of Alsace’. Here we are rewarded with unparalleled views over the Alsace plain.

On our return to the boat, we stop briefly at the Chappe Tower – an ancient telegraph boasting an interactive display of communication through the ages.

You have some free time to explore later in Saverne.

Day  4 - Haut-Barr Castle

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Saverne

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Saverne discovering many of the sites not usually seen by tourists including the town’s main street with its unicorn fountain (Saverne’s emblem) and Katz house, adorned with beautifully decorated, half-timbered sculpturing.

We also visit the church of Notre Dame and the surviving 12th century porch tower. During our tour we observe many examples of the town’s historical architecture, with buildings dating from the 14th and 18th centuries.

This evening dinner is served in a local restaurant and giving you the chance to experience a local delicacy – tarte flambée.

Day 5 - Saverne

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Wingersheim

Take time to relax on board this morning before we set off by coach for a tranquil walking tour of the Wingersheim hops path. Beautiful Alsace is famed for its beer production and we get the opportunity to try some at a special tasting.

Returning to Strasbourg, this evening, there is a gala dinner served on board. We then get the chance to take a separate panoramic boat-ride through the city at night (subject to availability). We see many of the sights including Strasbourg’s charming Old Town, dominated by the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Featuring its famous astronomical clock, it has remained unchanged since the middle ages. We also see The Grande Île, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Set in the midst of the River III, it is the ancient soul of the city.

Day 6 - Wingersheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Journey Home

After a buffet breakfast, we disembark the barge for the last time and transfer to the railway station in Strasbourg. Here we catch the train to Paris for our onward journey to London. On arrival our tour concludes.

Breakfast

Built in 2014, the MS Madeleine is one of CroisiEurope’s Small Barge vessel sailing on the Marne – Rhine Canal.

With 11 Double/Twin cabins, she features comfortable accommodation throughout.  Cabins are compact and well designed, featuring twin or double beds; an en-suite bathroom with shower, basin and WC, wardrobe, safe and TV, Independent air conditioning & WIFI

Meals are served in the main restaurant,all tables take into account the panoramic views with a casual but elegant athmosphere. There is also a lounge which is tastefully decorated, it’s a quiet place where you can spend time with your friends and family. Equipped with sofa and a bar you can relax before and after dinner, serving complimentary drinks. The top deck features a sun deck/ Terrace with tables, chairs and loungers and roof top Jacuzzi.

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Onboard Features & Facilities

  • Catering for 22 guests in 10 Twin cabins, 1 Double adapted cabin
  • Terrace with tables, chairs and loungers
  • Jacuzzi
  • Retaurant
  • Lounge & Bar
  • All-inclusive drinks (excluding champagne and selected wines/spirits)
  • Complimentary WIFI

Accommodation & Amenities

10 comfortable cabins 86 ft², 1 adapted Double cabin 118 ft²

Standard cabins are around 86ft² in size with picture windows and feature twin beds, en-suite bathroom with shower, TV, climate-controlled air conditioning and an in-room safe.

Cabins

86 ft², Main Deck

  • Twin beds
  • Picture Window
  • Bathroom with shower, basin & WC
  • In-room safe, telephone and TV
  • Independent air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
Adapted Cabin

118 ft², Upper Deck, Adapted Cabin

  • Double bed
  • Picture Window
  • Bathroom with shower, basin & WC
  • In-room safe, telephone and TV
  • Independent air-conditioning
  • Wi-Fi

CroisiEurope Barges

We really like these lovely barges from CroisiEurope. With a capacity of 22 guests they’re just the right size.

All cruising tales place during the day, so you can watch the countryside drift past as you relax on the deck.

Offering an inclusive package with all meals, drinks and excursions it’s a lovely way to see some of the less travelled waterways of Europe.

7th June 2019: From £2,145 pp
21st June 2019: From £2,145 pp -

Enhancing your tour

Upgrade your Eurostar journey to Standard Premier Class from £95 per person each way
Luggage transport available from as little as £200


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