Exclusive Hotel Barging Journey to discover Alsace & Lorraine through Canal Rhone and Canal Marne of Rhein
Deluxe boat PANACHE - Maximum 12 people 7 Days / 6 Nights
Itinerary * : Sunday, Day 1 Starting from Strasbourg, Niderviller Guests are met in Strasbourg and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache for a Champagne welcome and the first opportunity to meet your crew. Perhaps there is time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 From Niderviller to Lutzelbourg This morning, we enjoy a candlelit breakfast as we cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels. Then we descend the Arzviller boat lift, a unique barge elevator that carries Panache 450 feet down the mountainside in minutes and visit a fascinating local crystal glassworks, before cruising on through beautiful Alsatian countryside to Lutzelbourg. Our tour this afternoon is to the town of Sarrebourg, including visits to the 13th century chapel containing Marc Chagall’s remarkable stained-glass windows and the impressive museum of Roman and Medieval artefacts. Before dinner on board, time for aperitifs and perhaps some traditional Alsatian ‘Flammekueche’ prepared by your chef.
Tuesday, Day 3 From Lutzelbourg to Saverne For early risers, there is perhaps an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations. Then a morning cruise through the Valley of the Zorn and forest to the enchanting town of Saverne. After lunch we visit the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre then tour the outstanding René Lalique collection and see over 500 exceptional examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware. Nearby Wingen-sur-Moder is also the World War Two battleground where American infantry fought with distinction. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 From Saverne to Waltenheim-sur-Zorn After breakfast, we take a walking tour of Saverne. The town’s history traces back over 2,000 years to the Gallo-Roman Times, and is well-known for the Château de Rohan, also known as the ‘Versailles of Alsace’, located opposite our mooring. We also drive up to Chateau Haut-Barr perched on the hillside and offering wonderful views. After lunch, we enjoy a cruise, with excellent walking and cycling opportunities, to moor at pretty Waltenheim-sur-Zorn. Dinner ashore this evening at a traditional Alsatian restaurant.
Thursday, Day 5 From Waltenheim-sur-Zorn to Strasbourg This morning, we take a scenic drive into the rolling Vosges hills on the Route des Grands Vins, where the finest wines of Alsace are produced, and a private tasting of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at a long-established winemaker, such as Domaine Pfister. We return to the barge for lunch, then continue our cruise through the Brumath Forest, again with excellent walking and biking opportunities, to our mooring in the heart of historic Strasbourg, passing the impressive European Parliament building on the way. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 From Strasbourg to Krafft This morning, we enjoy a tour of the beautiful ‘capital city of Europe’ including, of course, a visit to the 12th century Gothic pink sandstone cathedral, home to an astronomical Renaissance clock and a soaring spire. We visit Place Gutenberg and explore La Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops and cafés. After lunch, we cruise out of Strasbourg, across the Gran Ried wetlands and home to an abundance of birdlife, to arrive at our final mooring at Krafft. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Krafft After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Strasbourg**.
*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. Tour departure dates 2024: Weekly every sunday between July 14 and November 08, 2024
Rates 2024: Per person in Junior Suite from 5,990 EUR to 6,990 EUR per week Single supplement from 2.100 EUR to 2.600 EUR per week Cruise includes: • local transfers to and from the hotel barge • a luxury 6 night cruise • all gourmet meals on board catered by the on board Master Chef • all wines/beverages served throughout the cruise • an open bar 24/7 with a large range of drinks • inspiring excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary • the attentive services of 6 crew members • use of bicycles, spa pool, Wi-Fi (limited speed)
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