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The Alsace-Lorraine Canals by Barge

STRASBOURG to LAGARDE

 

   


Adored by boating tours, this part of the canal (also known as the Greenway) crosses the plain of Alsace and the Vosges.  It links Strasbourg and Saverne - the entryway to Alsace at the foot of the Vosges mountains - and continues through a grand forest to Lutzelbourg in the Lorraine region.   Its spectacular architecture and many structural works include the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane (unique in Europe) where boats are hoisted along the cliff before reaching Xouaxange, a charming small town in the Lorraine.  During this week you will sample several amazing wines and cheeses and eat some truly gourmet foods
 
DAYS: 7 Days
CODE: SXO_AIPP
NOTE: CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE


ITINERARY:
   
DAY 1   STRASBOURG

  Boarding at 6pm.  Welcome cocktail and crew presentation.  Onboard dinner followed by a panoramic boat tour of Strasbourg.
     
DAY 2       

STRASBOURG - WALTENHEIM


  After a morning spend 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 at a restaurant in Waltenheim to taste a local specialty - Tarte Flambee.
     
DAY 3  

WALTENHEIM - SAVERNE


  This morning cruise towards Saverne, 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 a tour of the Chateau du Haut-Barr - nicknamed "The Eye of Alsace" - offering a splendid view over the Alsatian plains.
     
DAY 4   SAVERNE - LUTZELBOURG

  After breakfast set out on a guided tour of Saverne.  This little known city offers a wide range of places to discover.  Return on board and cruise towards Lutzelbourg on canals that wind through the Vosges Mountains, before reaching the Lorraine region.  Late afternoon set off on a walk to Lutzelbourg Castle.
     
DAY 5   LUTZELBOURG - ARZVILLER INCLINED PLANE - XOUAXANGE
    This morning depart on an excursion to the Arzviller inclined plan, on the way stopping at the nearby crystal glasswork's.  Learn about this time tested tradition and watch crystal blowing and cutting demonstrations.  The canal 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
 
Spend the early part of the day cruising towards Lagarde, passing through one of the largest locks in France, before continuing through the lakes.  In the afternoon join a guided tour of Sarrebourg that will take in the Chagall Trail.
Tonight experience dinner and a gala evening.
     
Day 7
  LAGARDE
    One last buffet breakfast to consume before disembarking  at 9.00 am.
     

INCLUSIONS:





 

This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre-paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers)

     
EXCLUSIONS:

 

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

     
NOTE:


  CroisiEurope and the ship's Captain reserve the right to modify the cruising itinerary to ensure the safe navigation of the vessel.  The programme may be subject to modification depending on availability at ports of call or passing through the locks.
     
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