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Stunning Cruise Through the Vosges Mountain Valleys (port-to-port cruise)-1

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.

Trip code : SAN_PP

Duration : 7 days

Destination :

Travel Dates :2021

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 excursions
  • Moor in front of Rohan Castle in Saverne
  • Pass through the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane, a unique boat lift experience
  • Cruise under steep mountain peaks and through the Niderviller Tunnel, carved directly into the bedrock
  • An intimate, relaxing experience aboard our small barge
  • Dedicated and highly attentive crew members

DAY 1

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

Optional excursion proposed: Guided tour of the Jacques Bockel Chocolate Factory. Jacques Bockel opened his first chocolate factory in Saverne in 1992. Since then, he has been roasting cocoa beans and creating chocolate delicacies that have earned him multiple prizes over the last thirty years. Driven by passion and his search for originality, Jacques's goal of making quality chocolate more accessible to the wider population has earned him many customers and enthusiasts across Europe. The family-run factory welcomes you for an immersive journey into the craft of chocolate making, starting with a 270°-screen film outlining the history of cocoa farming followed by a guided tour of the factory itself. During the visit, you'll get to taste many of the specialties—including a delicious spread, aptly named Nut'Alsace—and you'll even be invited to help make a chocolate bar. After our excursion, we'll return on board the ship. We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Lutzelbourg. As we leave Saverne, 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. Lutzelbourg, a picturesque village nestled in the mountains, is our destination. After our arrival in the late afternoon, we'll walk to the ruins of 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. 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.

This morning, we'll cruise through the Valley of the Vosges Mountains, passing an impressive sandstone viaduct along the way, before reaching 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. Excursion proposed: Stop at the crystal glassworks. We'll stop at the foot of the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane to visit the Lehrer Crystal Glassworks, located within a short walking distance, to discover the art of glassblowing. Located at the foot of the boat lift for over 25 years, the glassworks is a family-run business specializing in the art of cutting crystal, involving many intricate steps that the craftspeople will guide you through during your tour. This afternoon, 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. We'll first go through 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. We'll then go through a second, smaller tunnel that opens out onto the green landscape of the Lorraine plateau. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

DAY 4

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

FAQ & Travel Blog

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.

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Guided tour of the Jacques Bockel Chocolate Factory

Jacques Bockel opened his first chocolate factory in Saverne in 1992. Since then, he has been roasting cocoa beans and creating chocolate delicacies that have earned him multiple prizes over the last

DURATION hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 94 AUD

On-board : 104 AUD

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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.