The Marne-Rhine Canal - From Lagarde to Strasbourg

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Description
LAGARDE - XOUAXANGE - LUTZELBOURG - SAVERNE - WALTENHEIM - STRASBOURG

Much appreciated by river tourism, this section of the canal, also called the Green Route, flows through the plains of Alsace and the Vosges. It forms the link between Strasbourg and Saverne and is the gateway to Alsace at the foot of the Vosges Mountains. Its route takes it through a wooden massif as far as Lutzelbourg in the Moselle. Its spectacularcourse, which can be seen in many works of art and paintings, follows the inclined plain at Arzviller – unique in Europe – where boats are hoisted up a cliff before they reach Xouaxange – a pleasant commune in the Moselle.

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

Full board on board. Morning spent cruising toward Xouaxange. Our boat will go through the Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France, before continuing our journey through the lakes. In the afternoon, visit to Sarrebourg that will take us on Chagall trail. Located at the foot of the Vosges and the region of Alsace, the city is rich with diversity. Back on board. Overnight.

DAY 3: XOUAXANGE - LUTZELBOURG - Inclined Plain at Arzviller

Full board on board. Morning spent cruising toward Lutzelbourg. You will enjoy lunch by candlelight, while we pass through the Arzviller and Niderviller Tunnels. Early in the afternoon, our boat will pass through the Arzviller inclined plain 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 specializing 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.

DAY 4: LUTZELBOURG - SAVERNE

Full board on board. Set off on foot to marvel at 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 of the Château de Hohbarr, often called “the Eye of Alsace”, and you will discover splendid view of the Alsatian plains. Free time to explore or relax in Saverne before returning on board. Overnight.

DAY 5: SAVERNE - WALTENHEIM

Full board on board. Guided tour of Saverne. Virtually unknown by 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. The afternoon is spent 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

Full board on board. Hiking tour along the hops trail in Wingersheim. Your pleasurable hike through the hop fields will be followed by 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.

DAY 7: STRASBOURG

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark at 9.00 a.m.

 

For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The itinerary is subject to mooring availability at locks or ports, and may be modified as necessary.

(1) Please contact us for more itinerary details. For cruise Ref. SXO_INTL, itinerary and excursion packages are different.
Alcohol can damage your health. Please drink in moderation.
Transport

Transfer by coach from Strasbourg to Lagarde D1 included.

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