High quality and great value cruising: Alsace-Lorraine itinerary
Smart, elegant and subtle decor make MS Madeleine one of CroisiEurope’s most distinctive up-to-the-minute hotel barges. She has eleven double cabins, each bookable on an individual basis, and each well-designed cabin has an outside view, air conditioning, TV, radio and a safe and each has an en-suite shower-room. One of the cabins is on the main deck, avoiding stairs, and is especially equipped for a disabled passenger.
Hotel barge Madeleine cruises a seven-day, six-night route along the Canal Marne au Rhin between the historic city of Strasbourg and Arzviller. This much loved itinerary links Strasbourg and Saverne. Its spectacular and romantic, picture-book scenery and architectural highlights make this one of the most popular routes in France.
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Hotel Barge Madeleine :: Key Features
- Smart class (3*)
- Strasbourg to Lagarde, Canal Marne au Rhin, Alsace
- Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October
- 22 guests / 11 cabins with en-suite bathrooms
- 1 x cabin for disabled on main deck
- Individually controlled air conditioning and heating throughout
- Full board, on-board dining
- Sun deck with Jacuzzi
- Bicycles available
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Air-conditioned coach for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge Madeleine: Cruise Highlights
- Explore Strasbourg, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe
- Tour the Alsatian wine and beer making region, with tastings
- Dine at an Alsatian local restaurant, for Flammekueche
- Guided tours of fascinating towns and cities
- Explore pretty villages and towns with ‘free time’ to shop
- Stroll and bike along the towpaths and country lanes in the beautiful countryside of Burgundy
6 nights’ accommodation; transfers between Lagarde and Strasbourg; all meals and drinks on board (*excluding Champagne, special wines and fine brandies);excursion fees and associated transport
Air fares to Paris; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; tips for the crew (not expected)
Hotel Barge Madeleine: Cruises from Strasbourg to Lagarde, Canal Marne au Rhin, Alsace
This canal, also known as the Voie Vert (Green Way) crosses the plain of Alsace and the Vosges. It links Strasbourg and Saverne, the gateway to Alsace at the foot of the Vosges Mountains, and continues through the forests to Lutzelbourg in the Moselle.
Day 1 Friday – Arrival
Meet in Strasbourg for a welcome aboard the Hotel Barge Madeleine in late afternoon. Meet the crew and settle in before a mini excursion by panoramic boat around the island of Old Strasbourg. Dinner on board.
Day 2 Saturday – Strasbourg to Waltenheim
After breakfast, cruise through the Zorn Valley and Brumath Forest with lunch on board, and then a tour of the Alsace wine-growing and beer-brewing province. Learn about growing hops, with a walk through the hop fields followed by beer tasting. Dinner at a local restaurant in Waltenheim whose speciality is the Flammekueche or tarte flambée, a savoury thin-crusted tart with cream, bacon and onions on top. Moor in Waltenheim overnight.
Day 3: Strasbourg to Waltenheim-zur-Zorn
Cruise through the Zorn Valley and Brumath Forest with lunch on board, reaching Waltenheim at around 15:00. Then a tour of the Alsace wine-growing and beer-brewing province, and learn about growing hops, with a walk through the hop fields followed by beer tasting. Dinner at a local restaurant in Waltenheim whose speciality is the Flammekueche: a savoury thin-crusted tart with cream, bacon and onions on top. Moor in Waltenheim overnight.
Day 4: Monday – Waltenheim to Saverne
Morning cruise, enjoying the bucolic scenery, passing the towns of Schwindratzheim and Hochfelden, with a chance to alight and walk or cycle beside Madeleine. Lunch on board and arrive Saverne in the afternoon,to moor in front of Rohan Castle. The a guided tour of the Grand Rue with its unicorn fountain; the Katz house, adorned with magnificent carved timbers; Notre Dame Church with its 12th-century steeple; and the Recollects Monastery founded in the 14th century. Dinner on board and stay overnight in Saverne.
Day 5: Tuesday – Saverne to Lutzelbourg
Excursion to Château de Hohbarr, the Eye of Alsace with splendid views of the Alsatian plains. Then, stop at a Chappe tower, an old semaphore location with an interactive display of this ancestor of modern telecommunications, before free time to explore Saverne on your own. Lunch on board and then cruise through the Vosges Mountains into the Lorraine region, finally reaching Lutzelbourg, possibly the most beautiful village on the French canal system. The castle, perched on a rocky, red sandstone spur, dominates the Zorn Valley. Dinner on board and overnight mooring in Lutzelbourg.
Day 6: Wednesday – Lutzelbourg to Arzviller
Cast off after breakfast for the Arzviller ‘lift’ – a waterways engineering marvel – and stop to visit to the glassworks, a family-run business specialising in the art of cutting crystal. Lunch on board and then an excursion along the Chagall path in Sarrebourg, a city rich in historical and cultural heritage and full of unexpected treasures such as Marc Chagall’s unique stained-glass window – a hymn to peace. Gala dinner on board and moor overnight in Arzviller.
Day 7: Thursday – Departure
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking at 09:00 for transfer to Strasbourg by coach.
Please note: This itinerary is subject to change and runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.
Hotel Barge Madeleine 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 Madeleine: Details and Facilities
- Dimensions: 128ft x 17ft
- All cabins: 110 sq ft including the bathrooms
- Twin beds only
- Fully Air Conditioned
- Sun Deck with loungers, parasols, Jacuzzi and BBQ
- Dining Room, Bar, Salon
- Bicycles Available
- Professional English and French speaking crew of 5
Other items on board:
- TV and radio
- 220v Electricity
- Air Conditioning
- Telephone (for internal calls)
Hotel Barge Madeleine: Cuisine
One of the highlights of the cruise is the outstanding cuisine prepared by superb French chefs. Guests can indulge in three/four course lunches and dinners, offering a variety of French and regional dishes that complement the region in which they are travelling. Guests also enjoy a selection of wines with their meals, as well as at the bar.
Dining aboard Madeleine is always a pleasure. Food is taken seriously and it shows.
Cabin and Charter bookings
Friday to Thursday
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Sept 7, 14, 21, 28
Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: 1,761 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 861 EUR
Charter for up to 22 guests: 29,900 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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