Day 1: STRASBOURG
Board our ship at 6 p.m. in Strasbourg. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. We'll have dinner and your hostess will lead you to the dance floor for an evening of Alsatian fun!
DAY 2: STRASBOURG - GAMBSHEIM – The Potter Villages of Betschdorf and Soufflenheim
Full board on board. Excursion through the Potter Villages with our host/hostess. Discover Betschdorf and Soufflenheim, the birthplaces of pottery in Alsace. We’ll learn about the decoration, glazing and baking techniques handed down generation after generation. Soufflenheim has colorful pottery in yellow, blue, green and brown which is mainly used for cooking. The pottery of Betschdorf is bluish-gray and decorated with cobalt blue and is primarily used for storage of foods. Return onboard and begin our cruise. Tonight’s evening will have an Alsatian theme, with traditional choucroute garni on the menu. Arrival in Breisach during the evening.
DAY 3: BREISACH – COLMAR – The Ecomusée d’Alsace(1)
Full board on board. Visit of Colmar, the capital of Alsatian wines. With our host/hostess, you’ll discover this simply charming city with a remarkable history and unique sites: colorful, half-timbered houses, “Little Venice”, the historic center—as well as its famous residents, including Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty, and Jean-Jacques Waltz (aka Hansi), the most famous Alsatian illustrator. In the afternoon, we’ll leave by coach with our host/hostess for the Ecomusée d’Alsace in Ungersheim. A guided visit will help you to better understand the arts and traditions of Alsace. Return on board. Evening of dancing in the lounge.
DAY 4: BREISACH – The Wine Route - Mont Sainte-Odile - Obernai
Full board. We’ll leave with our host/hostess by coach and begin a trip along the Alsatian Wine Route lined with picturesque villages. A visit to a wine cellar will be the perfect opportunity to taste some of the local wine. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Mont Sainte-Odile. Located at over 2,500 feet high, this site encompassing the Hohenburg Abbey offers an impressive panoramic view of the Alsatian plains. Afterwards, enjoy a trip to Obernai. This ancient medieval city has retained all of its charm and you’ll be able to explore its ramparts, fortifications, half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. Gala evening. Cruise to Strasbourg.
Day 5: STRASBOURG
Buffet breakfast on board, disembark at 9:00 a.m. in Strasbourg.