A simply magical hotel barge for a fairy-tale setting
Belmond Lilas cruises past forests abundant with pine trees and small ruined castles on isolated hilltops between Arzviller and Strasbourg, a beautiful setting for a stunning new barge cruise. Step inside and discover the casual, welcoming atmosphere of Belmond Lilas. Inspired by Biophilia, the outside world is brought into the interior space, reflecting the tones of the flowers and landscapes she represents..
Lilas offers an intimate and unique experience for a charter of eight guests, with exclusive personal service and a space to take time and reconnect with things that matter most.
Style: The 'nature' of the hotel barge. Outline subjective guidance as to the quality or comfort level that might be expected on board.
Price Band: Per person. Outline guidance only, on a relative or comparative basis. The bands do not represent accurate low or high season rates.
Available from 25 March 2018, Charter only
Hotel Barge Lilas :: Key Features
- Grand Luxe class (5*)
- Part of the Belmond luxury fleet
- Arzviller to Strasbourg on the Canal Marne au Rhin
- Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, March to October
- 8 guests / 4 king-size double or twin cabins with en-suite bathrooms
- Individually controlled air conditioning and heating throughout
- Full board, on-board dining with personal chef
- Formal dining room
- Open deck with loungers, canopy and heated pool
- 8 bicycles
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Transfers to and from Paris included
- Air-conditioned executive minibus for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge Belmond Lilas: Cruising Highlights
- A great variety of wooded hilltops, castles and picture-book countryside
- Wine tasting at the Domaine Mochel, wine maker for eight generations
- Experience the unique Arzviller boat lift, a marvel of engineering
- Visit the Meteor Brewery, the oldest brewing site in France
- Private dining at the Michelin starred Villa René Lalique
- Explore Luzelbourg Saverne and Strasbourg
- Walk and cycle the towpaths, relax on deck and enjoy the unfolding Alsatian countryside
6 nights accommodation, pick-up in Paris and transfer to the barge, all meals and drinks on board, all excursion fees and associated transport
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10% suggested)
Hotel Barge Belmond Lilas: Classic Cruise in Alsace
Krafft to Arzviller, Canal Marne au Rhin
Sunday, Day 1 Arrival
Meet at the pre-arranged meeting point for escort to the barge in Krafft, in the region of Erstein. Champagne reception and meet the Captain and crew, followed by a sumptuous dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Strasbourg
After breakfast, a tour of one of the Alsace region’s fabled vineyards, Sipp Mack, which produces some of the area’s finest organic wine. After a tour and tasting return to the barge for a gourmet lunch and a leisurely afternoon’s cruising to Strasbourg. Relax and soak up the beauty of the French countryside as you meander past rows of elegant plane trees and dappled emerald foliage. Dinner on board before and then explore Strasbourg by night.
Tuesday, Day 3 Hochfelden
A guided walking tour of Strasbourg to visit the soaring red Vosges sandstone cathedral, described by Victor Hugo as ‘a prodigy of the gigantesque and the delicate’, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, set in a spectacular glass edifice on the river, and the botanical garden, the second oldest in France and home to nearly 6,000 plant species. Lunch on board and then cruise to Hochfelden on the picturesque Marne au Rhin Canal. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Saverne
Morning excursion to the Meteor Brewery, the oldest brewing site in France and family-owned for seven generations. A guided tour and tasting of some of the 12 beers crafted on site, including the Médaille d’Or-winning Pils. Lunch on board Lilas and then an afternoon cruise to Saverne, former headquarters of the Prince-Bishops. In the evening an elegant cocktail reception in the gardens of 18th-century Château des Rohan, entertainment from local jazz musicians and then an epicurean dinner back on board.
Thursday, Day 5 Lutzelbourg
This morning, explore part of the famous Route des Vins and visit Domaine Mochel where the family has been making wine for eight generations. Following a guided tour and an insight into the production process, you will be treated to a tasting of the finest labels. Lunch on board and an afternoon cruise to Lutzelbourg. The landscape dramatically changes as the boat cuts its way through the Vosges Mountains. Private dining at the Michelin starred Villa René Lalique, former country home of the visionary art deco jeweller and glassmaker and now a luxurious hotel and restaurant.
Friday, Day 6 Arzviller
Visit to the medieval ruin of Lutzelbourg Castle, the perfect birds-eye spot to enjoy a morning-tea picnic and spectacular views. Lunch on board and an afternoon’s tranquil cruising to Arzviller, perhaps alighting to walk or cycle alongside Lilas. The barge moors by the famous Arzviller Boat Lift, a 45 metre-high engineering marvel that replaced a flight of 17 locks in 1969. Toast the end of a great adventure at the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Arzviller
Disembark after breakfast for transfer to drop-off point and onward journey.
Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks.
Hotel Barge Belmond Lilas cruises through the heart of Alsace
Barge Cruising – Alsace
Canal Marne au Rhin – Canal Rhone au Rhin (N)
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. Being so close to Germany and Switzerland, these influences and references are strong – castles, steeply pitched roofs, decorative timberwork, hearty cuisine, ham, Riesling wine – and a big selection of beers.
The culturally rich city of Strasbourg is the region’s capital and principal city. The 12th century Gothic pink sandstone cathedral is considered one of the three grandest Gothic style buildings in the world, described by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo as a “gigantic and delicate marvel.” At Saverne the Lalique Museum is home to more than 500 exceptional pieces of glassware by French designer René Lalique, considered a genius of the craft. The Arzviller boat lift is a marvel of engineering that carries boats, barges and passengers 450 feet up the Vosges Mountains. For the perfect end to a day’s strenuous sightseeing, try sipping a glass of fine Riesling wine in Place Stanislas, the gilded, UNESCO listed central square in the Art Nouveau city of Nancy.
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Strasbourg hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and there is a European-flight airport at Strasbourg. There are also TGV express train stations at Strasbourg and Nancy; and many other towns in the region have railway connections.
– [below] In the region: Strasbourg, Nancy, Lalique Glass, Arzviller, Riesling, Obernai –
Hotel Barge Belmond Lilas: Details and facilities
Hotel Barge Belmond Lilas: Cuisine
Great care and expertise is taken in planning the menus aboard Lilas.
All meals on board are freshly prepared by a personal chef with fresh ingredients using local suppliers. They are served either in the dining room or up on deck, accompanied by carefully matched wines from the region. Vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan and non-allergenic dishes can be arranged given at least 8 weeks notice prior to departure.
Hotel Barge Lilas – 2017 Rates ➤ 2018 Rates
Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday
Value rate weeks:
October 1, 8, 15, 22
6 guest charter: 41,094 EUR
7 guest charter: 45,822 EUR
8 guest charter: 50,552 EUR
Regular rate weeks:
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10, 17, 24
6 guest charter: 51,365 EUR
7 guest charter: 57,299 EUR
8 guest charter: 63,189 EUR
Charter bookings only
Sunday to Saturday
Value rate weeks:
April 1, 8, 15, 22
October 7, 14, 21
6 guest charter: 41,388 EUR
7 guest charter: 46,151 EUR
8 guest charter: 50,920 EUR
Regular rate weeks:
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
6 guest charter: 52,392 EUR
7 guest charter: 58,422 EUR
8 guest charter: 64,456 EUR
All rates and prices will be confirmed at time of booking. Special Offers are available from time to time – contact us
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