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France: 7 Day Marne-Rhine Canal - M/S Madeleine (Strasbourg to Lagarde)

Cruise the Marne-Rhine Canal and discover breathtaking landscapes and some of the most scenic villages in France.


Included in package:
· Transfers on day 1 and 7 from and to Strasbourg
· Baggage handling on vessel
· Excursions as per itinerary 
· 6 nights aboard the M/S Madeleine
· All meals and drinks* onboard
· Park Fees and Government Taxes
· Free Wi-Fi in Lounge and Bar
· All Port Fees


*Excludes drinks from onboard premium list and drinks ordered while on excursions.

France: 7 Day Marne-Rhine Canal - M/S Madeleine (Strasbourg to Lagarde)

Day by Day Itinerary

DAY 1: STRASBOURG (Embarkation Day)

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight we'll enjoy dinner followed by a panoramic boat tour of Strasbourg.

DAY 2: STRASBOURG -WALTENHEIM

This morning will be spent cruising towards Waltenheim-sur-Zorn through the Brumath Forest. In the afternoon, join us on an 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 are grown. We'll return on board before leaving for dinner to taste the tarte flambée, a local specialty, at a restaurant in Waltenheim (included.)

DAY 3: WALTENHEIM - SAVERNE

This morning will be spent cruising towards Saverne. Enjoy this bucolic journey 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 us on a tour of the Château du Haut-Barr, nicknamed "The Eye of Alsace", where you will discover a splendid view over the Alsatian plains.

DAY 4: SAVERNE - LUTZELBOURG

We'll set out on a guided tour of Saverne. Virtually unknown by the usual tourist routes, the city offers a wide range of places to discover. We'll return on board and cruise towards 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.

DAY 5: LUTZELBOURG - Arzviller Inclined Plane - XOUAXANGE

We'll set off for an excursion to the Arzviller inclined plane. Along the way, we will stop at the crystal glassworks near the inclined plane. We'll learn about this time-tested tradition, and watch crystal blowing and cutting demonstrations. The 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

This morning will be spent cruising towards Lagarde, passing through the Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France, before continuing our journey through the lakes. In the afternoon, join us on a visit of Sarrebourg that will take us on the Chagall trail. Tonight is our gala evening and dinner.

DAY 7: LAGARDE (Disembarkation Day) - transfer to Strasbourg

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Transfer by coach back to Strasbourg, arriving late in the morning. End of our services.

Accommodation

Ports of Call

  1. Strasbourg, France

  2. Waltenheim

  3. Saverne

  4. Lutzelbourg

  5. Xouaxange

  6. Lagarde

Vessel

The MS Madeleine is 39 m long and 5.05 m wide and with a capacity of 22 passengers, and with 11 spacious cabins with a window. Each cabin with an outside view is equipped with a bathroom, shower and toilet, a TV, a radio, an indoor telephone a safety deposit box and air conditioning.

On board, everything has been designed to be convivial with a lounge bar, a restaurant, a sun deck with loungers and parasols, a Jacuzzi and a barbecue deck at the front of the boat for outdoor pleasure.

In an innovative design, this houseboat is undoubtedly be one of the most modern boats sailing in Europe. Bicycles are also available onboard.

 

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