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.
DAY 1: STRASBOURG
Boarding from 6.00pm in Strasbourg (rue du Havre). Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail. Dinner on board followed by a discovering of the old Strasbourg by panoramic boat. Overnight.
DAY 2: STRASBOURG -WALTENHEIM
Full board on board. Morning spent cruising toward Waltenheim-sur-Zorn through the Brumath Forest. In the afternoon, 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 is grown. Back on board. Dinner to taste the tarte flambée, a local specialty, at a restaurant in Waltenheim.
DAY 3: WALTENHEIM - SAVERNE
Full board on board. Morning spent cruising toward Saverne. Bucolic journey passing the towns of Schwindratzheim, nestled on a hillside, and Hochfelden, a typical local village. During the morning, you are free to stroll or bike on the paved trails alongside the canal. In the afternoon, tour of Château de Haut-Barr, nicknamed "The Eye of Alsace", where you will discover a splendid view of the Alsatian plains. Back on board. Overnight.
DAY 4: SAVERNE - LUTZELBOURG
Full board on board. Guided tour of Saverne, virtually unknown by the usual tourist routes, the city offers a wide range of places to discover. Back on board and departure of the boat toward 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. Overnight.
DAY 5: LUTZELBOURG - Arzviller Inclined Plane - XOUAXANGE
Full board on board. We will cast off for the Arzviller inclined plane. On the way, we will stop at the crystal glassworks near the inclined plane. You will learn about this time-tested tradition, and watch crystal blowing and cutting demonstrations. Departure of the boat and passage 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. Arrival in Xouaxange. Overnight.
DAY 6: XOUAXANGE - LAGARDE
Full board on board. Morning spent cruising toward Lagarde. Passage through the Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France, before continuing our journey through the lakes. In the afternoon, visit of Sarrebourg that will take us on Chagall trail. Back on board. Gala evening. Overnight.
DAY 7: LAGARDE - Strasbourg
Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark at 9:00 a.m. Transfer by coach back to Strasbourg, arriving late in the morning. End of our services.