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The Marne-Rhine Canal

 Strasbourg - LAGARDE - XOUAXANGE - LUTZELBOURG - SAVERNE - WALTENHEIM - STRASBOURG

 2016 Itinerary
 

 

DAYS: 7 Days
CODE: XOS
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
 

Adored by boating tours, this part of the canal, also known as the Green Way, meanders through the plain between Alsace and the Vosges. It links Strasbourg to Saverne, the gateway to Alsace at the foot of the Vosges Mountains, and continues through a grand forest to Lutzelbourg in the Moselle region. Its spectacular architecture and many structural works include the 'Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane' (the only one in Europe), where boats are hoisted up a steep incline through the Vosges, before reaching Xouaxange, a charming small town in the Moselle.


ITINERARY:
   
DAY 1   Strasbourg - LAGARDE
    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
   
Morning spent cruising toward Xouaxange. Transit the Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France, before continuing the journey through the lakes. In the afternoon, visit to Sarrebourg and the Chagall trail. Located at the foot of the Vosges and the region of Alsace, the city is rich with diversity. Back on board. Overnight in port.
     
DAY 3  

XOUAXANGE - LUTZELBOURG

   

Morning spent cruising toward Lutzelbourg. You will have lunch by candlelight,while passing 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 specialising 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 in port.

     
DAY 4   LUTZELBOURG - SAVERNE
   

Set off on foot to view 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 the Château de Hohbarr, often called "the Eye of Alsace",for a splendid view of the Alsatian plains. Free time to explore or relax in Saverne before returning on board. Overnight in port.

     
DAY 5   SAVERNE - WALTENHEIM
   

Guided tour of Saverne. Off 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 for an afternoon 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
   

Today join a hiking tour along the hops trail in Wingersheim, followed by a  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 in port.

     
Day 7
  DAMAZAN -
   
One last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9 am.
     

INCLUSIONS:





 

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 - twin-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - all port fees -  all excursions mentioned in itinerary.   Coach transfer from Strasbourg - Lagarde on day 1

     
EXCLUSIONS:

 

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

  CroisiEurope will honour the 2016 rates shown without a fuel surcharge unless the price of oil reaches US$120 per barrel.  We reserve the right to charge a fuel supplement if the price of oil is over this amount. Any surcharge will also affect the coach transfer costs.
     
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