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~ ALSACE-LORRAINE CRUISE: Nancy to Strasbourg ~

Sunday, Day 1
After pick-up by our driver you will be driven to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the heart of Nancy for a wonderful champagne welcome. We will then take a leisurely late afternoon cruise at sunset before the locks close and you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
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Monday, Day 2
We will enjoy a morning cruise to Einville and then to Nancy for a walking tour of the city beginning at the elegant “Place Stanislas”. Flanked by handsome Baroque palaces and enclosed by ornate gold and wrought iron entry gates, the square is considered one of the grandest in all of France. The Art Nouveau movement originated in Nancy, and you may choose to visit the Ecole de Nancy to see its fine collection.

Tuesday, Day 3
After a morning cruise past tidy farms and pasturelands, we will drive to the privately owned Chateau de Fleville. This graceful Renaissance residence adjoins a 14th century castle keep. The interiors are richly furnished with 18th century antiques. We then return to La Nouvelle moored in the peaceful village of Schneckenbush for the night.

Wednesday, Day 4
Each day we travel on the canal we have been gradually climbing to the crest of the Vosges Mountains. After navigating two tunnels carved into the mountaintop, we will encounter the Inclined Plane at Arzviller. This unique lock allows a barge to glide effortlessly up or down the mountainside using a sophisticated system of weights and balances. A short drive along the way will take us to the Christallerig of Harz village where fine crystal is still hand blown. We continue the cruise through the Zorn Valley where the surrounding hilltops are dotted with ruins of feudal castles. Our overnight stay will be in Lutzelbourg.

Thursday, Day 5
We wind through the heart of Saverne, past the regal 18th century Bishop’s Palace. From Saverne, we will take an afternoon drive along the Route du Vin d’ Alsace to the old fortified town of Obernai where we will visit the Marker Square and the 14th century ramparts that surround the city. Stop along the way at Winegrower to taste some of the best Alcasian wines.

Friday, Day 6
Today we will finish the cruise in the busy port of Strasbourg. Our afternoon tour of Strasbourg includes the folk museum and the 11th century gothic cathedral, leaving enough time to stroll around to explore the fine shops. Returning to the barge we will celebrate our cruise with a lovely farewell dinner.

Saturday, Day 7
After your wonderful breakfast on board you will be driven to the airport or your hotel.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.  The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternative weeks. 


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