Marne-Rhine Canal – Meuse Canal – Nancy – River Moselle – River Sarre – Strasbourg – River Rhine – Rhone-Rhine Canal
The waterways of North-East France are set against striking scenic backdrops – the forests of the Ardennes, the Vosges mountains, the beautiful Doubs valley – with the River Rhine marking its eastern-most edge.
Whilst the Meuse and Moselle rivers flow north into Belgium and Germany, the Marne-Rhine and Rhone-Rhine canals connect east-west, a network that links Nancy, the Art Nouveau cultural centre of art and architecture, Mulhouse with its huge twin museums of The Car and The Train, and the city of Strasbourg, an fascinating mixture of medieval half-timbered and stylish modern buildings, criss-crossed by canals.
Being so close to Germany and Switzerland, their influences and references are strong – castles, steeply pitched roofs, decorative timberwork, hearty cuisine, ham, Riesling wine – and a big selection of beers.
A boating experience here is one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors, along with the sights, sounds and scents of the area. Cruise past pine forests, fields of hops and orchards of cherry and plum trees, heavy with blossom in spring and laden with fruits in late summer. Unique experiences such as the famous boat lift at Arzviller, a feat of engineering, will add to your interest and memories.
We feature a comprehensive array of self-skippered (bareboat) hire boats from France’s leading fleets. You can enjoy a superb holiday – vacation aboard your ‘floating home from home’ in Lorraine.
Taking a luxury hotel barge vacation cruise in Lorraine is one of the most enjoyable, most relaxing ways to appreciate its many hundred years of history, heritage and culture; its wine and cuisine!
Memorable all-inclusive Rhine river cruises from Basel through Alsace all over Europe. Stunning views from your cabin window, wining and dining, and fascinating historic town and vineyard excursions.
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Canalside towpaths are flat and well-maintained. Perfect for some enjoyable, gentle cycling or walking through the gorgeous French countryside.
France: fresh local produce, superb simple food, sophisticated fine cuisine, Grand Cru wines, Champagne AC, vin ordinaire, boulangerie bread, croissants, gateaux and 246 types of cheese!
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