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2021

Stunning Cruise Through the Vosges Mountain Valleys (port-to-port cruise)

4 Days - XSA_PP
# Description

Cruise

XOUAXANGE - LUTZELBOURG - SAVERNE

A unique way to discover the charming French regions of Alsace and Moselle. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere aboard our intimate barge as we cruise along the Marne-Rhine Canal amidst the grand forests and steep cliffs bordering the Valley of the Vosges Mountains—deep into the heart of the uniquely diverse heritage found in northeastern France.

Some of the delightful highlights in this cruise include tastings of local specialties, immersion in idyllic landscapes overflowing with history, and the exciting moment we pass through the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane—a boat lift like no other in Europe.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Bicycles available on board
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • An unusual way to discover Alsace through an exclusive itinerary and a set of custom excursion
  • Cruise under steep mountain peaks and through the Niderviller Tunnel, carved directly into the bedrock
  • Pass through the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane, a unique boat lift experience
  • Moor in front of Rohan Castle in Saverne
  • An intimate, relaxing experience aboard our small barge
  • Dedicated and highly attentive crew members

Route

Day 1

XOUAXANGE

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. We'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner on board.

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Day 2

XOUAXANGE - LUTZELBOURG - Arzviller Inclined Plane

This morning, we'll begin to cruise on the most recent section of the canal. We'll leave the bucolic landscape of the Lorraine plateau behind as we first go through a small tunnel then through a larger one, the Niderviller Tunnel, a 1.5 mile-long (2.5 km) tunnel carved directly into the bedrock. Specifically designed to allow the passage of ships only the size of our barge, the tunnel took ten years to build and represented quite a technical feat at the time of its construction in the middle of the 19th century. Our barge will take you through the most spectacular section of our itinerary as we cruise along the newest part of the canal along the cliffs, offering stunning views over the valley down below.

This afternoon, we'll pass through the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane. This very unusual structure, the only one of its kind in Europe, was designed in the 1960s to replace 17 locks. Today, it only takes twenty minutes, instead of six to eight hours back then, to pull boats 146 feet (44.55 m) upstream.

Optional excursion proposed: The Vallée des Éclusiers(1).

Consisting of 17 locks spread out over 2.4 miles (3.8 km) and built in 1853, the "Valley of the Lock Keepers" permitted the Marne-Rhine Canal to cross the Vosges Mountains. The locks were replaced in 1969 by the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane, but the Vallée des Éclusiers remains one of the most striking testimonies of the intense river-based activities of the 19th century. In light of the invaluable historical and natural heritage it represents, it was recently restored as a path and opened to the public who can now jump back in time and discover it on foot or by bike—and even by train, which is how we will experience the peaceful atmosphere that reigns over the valley. After our excursion, we'll return on board the ship.

We'll cruise through the Valley of the Vosges Mountains, passing an impressive sandstone viaduct along the way. Lutzelbourg, a picturesque village nestled in the mountains, is our destination. You'll be able to enjoy a great view of the fortress perched high on the nearby peaks from our barge moored on the canal in the very center of the village.

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Day 3

LUTZELBOURG - SAVERNE

This morning, we’ll walk to the Château de Lutzelbourg. Sitting on a promontory at over 1,056 feet (322 m) above the Zorn River, the Château de Lutzelbourg is infused with history. Pierre de Lutzelbourg, lord of the city, built the fortress in the 11th century over the ruins of a Roman castle. The château was subsequently ruled over by several lords at the same time, whose wariness of one another led to peculiar additions to the castle architecture. Destroyed in the 16th century and restored at the turn of the 20th, it was finally listed as a historical monument in 1930 and has since been welcoming visitors who, on top of the cultural aspect of the site, can relish the exceptional viewpoint it offers over the valley. After our walk, we'll return on board the ship.

We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Saverne. As we leave Lutzelbourg, our barge will gently cruise the meanders of the canal surrounded by the heavily wooded landscapes of the Vosges Valley. Our route will be interspersed with passages through several locks as we glide through deep forests of native fir trees in a dreamlike atmosphere.

Optional excursion proposed: Visit the Maison du Kochersberg museum and the Villa Meteor(1).

We'll travel through the lush green hills and expansive fields in the Kochersberg Region and quaint villages lined with half-timbered houses before reaching the Maison du Kochersberg. With both permanent and temporary exhibits, the Maison du Kochersberg is not your typical museum. In 1980, the Association des Amis de la Maison du Kochersberg was created with the ambition to honor the past while opting for a decidedly lively approach. Behind the museum walls, ancient Alsatian headdresses in glass display cases mingle with realistic reconstructions of traditional Stub living rooms and 19th-century kitchens where you can stand, (almost) touch, and sense—a truly immersive leap back in time and a refreshing way to discover the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Afterwards, we'll continue on to the Villa Meteor. Meteor is not only the most successful independent brewery in France, it is the oldest one, crafting beers since 1640 and spanning eight generations of passionate brewers. The interactive tour of the grounds will take you through every step of beer brewing—from grain to glass—starting with the garden, the family residence complete with the original furniture and office set up, and the laboratory where pieces of brewing equipment are stored and beer is left to mature into delicious beverages. The tour will end at a taproom where you will get to sample the various original beer recipes.*

This evening, take advantage of the exceptional view of the stunning Rohan Castle, the city’s emblem. Our barge will be moored just opposite the castle, providing a panoramic view of the neoclassical facade and the palace gardens. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 4

SAVERNE

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m.

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Dates & Prices

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - all onboard beverages (not including the special lists) - gala evening - included visits mentioned in the program - emergency/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Drinks from our special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - optional excursions mentioned in the program - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points.

Shore Excursions

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Valid national identity card or passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.


For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary. The number of ship berths is limited on the Douro. Ships are sometimes moored side by side to each other. The arrival times in the ports of call, as well as the order of the excursions, might be modified. Possible transfers to and from major French cities. Please contact us for more information.

(1) Our optional excursions are guaranteed for a minimum of 14 persons, below this base you may pay a fare readjustement.

*Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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