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The Waterways of Alsace & Lorraine

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Discover the hidden gems of Alsace-Lorraine as we sail along the canals of this delightful French-German region.

Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

2023 Tour code: GR-CARA-23

About the tour

On this all-inclusive cruise, explore the towns throughout Alsace and Lorraine, discovering many sights that lie off the beaten path. We travel on board the MS Madeleine, and along these scenic waterways, highlights include visits to the medieval towns of Saverne and Sarrebourg.

*Please note on some departures the cruise will sail in reverse from Lagarde to Strasbourg.


What’s included


Day 1 - To Strasbourg and boarding The Madeleine

After meeting the rest of your group and Tour Manager at our St Pancras Departure Office, board the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Strasbourg - the capital of the historical region of Alsace. This area is one of France's best-kept secrets, by-passed by sun-seekers who race to the Côte d'Azur. To the delight of gourmands across the country, other than Paris, there are more Michelin-starred restaurants in Alsace than anywhere else in France. The region is famous for its cuisine and world-renowned wines from vineyards along the 'Route des Vins', making it a delightful vacation destination. We transfer to our hotel barge, the Madeleine, home for the next seven days. We then get the chance to take a separate panoramic boat-ride through the city at night (subject to availability). Overnight ship.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Waltenheim

We disembark our river barge and travel by coach to Truchtersheim. Our route takes us through lush green hills and expansive fields in the Kochersberg Region as well as quaint villages lined with half-timbered houses. On arrival in Truchtersheim, we tour the Maison du Kochersberg museum, which highlights the local heritage and traditions. We continue to Hochfelden and the Villa Meteor-a memorable experience for beer lovers and connoisseurs. Discover the history of the Meteor family and their brewery from 1640 to the present. We learn about beer making and enjoy a tasting of their famous products. On arrival in Waltenheim we have dinner at a local restaurant to taste local delicacies including Tarte Flambee. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Haut-Barr Castle

We begin day 3 by sailing to Saverne. On arrival, we enjoy a visit to the towering Haut-Barr Castle. Strategically positioned at 470m above sea level, it is also known as 'the Eye of Alsace' for the views it offers out over the Alsace Plain. Haut-Barr Castle is also home to the 'devil's bridge', a walkway suspended between two seemingly perilously perched rocks - a unique experience not for the faint of heart! On our return to the boat, we stop briefly at the Chappe Tower. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Saverne

This morning includes a guided tour of Saverne, discovering the town's main street, with its unicorn fountain (Saverne's emblem), and Katz house, a tavern adorned with beautifully decorated, half-timbered sculpturing that dates to 1605. We also visit the church of Notre Dame and the surviving 12th century porch tower. This afternoon we take a leisurely stroll to Lutzelbourg Castle. Overnight ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - The Inclined Plane

This morning is spent aboard the Madeleine with a candlelit lunch as we pass through the Arzviller and Niderviller Tunnels. We make our way closer towards the remarkable Arzviller Inclined Plane. The only one of its kind in Europe, it was designed to replace over 4km of locks that used to take a whole day to navigate. It is essentially a boat lift that traverses a 41% incline in only four minutes, a unique and unforgettable experience. At the foot of the incline, we find the Inclined Plane Crystal Workshop that has been preserving the art of blowing, carving and etching crystal for the past 25 years. Here we learn about these age-old methods and receive a demonstration before continuing along the canal through the Vosges mountain range to Lutzelbourg, where we moor for the night. Overnight ship. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Sarrebourg

We arrive back in Lagarde this morning. After lunch, we depart the boat and transfer by motor coach to Sarrebourg which sits on the banks of the River Saar, the waterway from which the city gets its name. Here we enjoy a guided tour of this cultural destination and discover many of its hidden historical gems. The 13th century chapel of Cordeliers can be found in Sarrebourg: the original Marc Chagall stained glass window here, 'Peace', is the largest piece of its kind that the artist ever created and takes pride of place in the heart of the church. We'll also see the Art Nouveau architecture on display and wander the 18th century Grand'rue. Ovenright ship.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Homeward Bound

Following a buffet breakfast, we transfer to the railroad station in Strasbourg. Here we catch the train to Paris for our onward journey to London St Pancras.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.





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