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European Canal Barge Cruises

'La Nouvelle Etoile' - Canal de la Marne au Rhin 2019

7 days from $8,450

Limited to 8 guests

Cruise through historic Alsace-Lorraine, where hilltops are dotted with the ruins of feudal castles, aboard refined 'La Nouvelle Etoile.' See Place Stanislas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit a local cristallerie where fine crystal is still blown by hand and sample fine Alsatian wines right at the vineyards. Drink in the beauty, color and splendor of this magical region.
'La Nouvelle Etoile' - France Vessel

Vessel Information

128 feet long, 16.5 feet wide with air conditioning throughout

Capacity for 8 in 4 king/twin cabins, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system, television, assortment of CDs/DVDs and piano

Small workout room on board

Sun deck, partially covered for al fresco dining, with spa tub

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1

Meet in Strasbourg and transfer to gracious 'La Nouvelle Etoile,' moored in historic Nancy. During a welcome reception, enjoy a short cruise to Laneuville before a gourmet dinner on board.

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2

The morning cruise offers an excellent opportunity for walking or cycling along the towpath. After lunch, tour Nancy, former capital of the Duchy of Lorraine. See Place Stanislas, a pedestrianized 18th-century square and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit Musée de l'École, devoted to the Art Nouveau movement dating from 1901.

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit a local crystal maker to see resident craftsmen at work. Continue to Sarrebourg and Chapelle des Cordeliers, which boasts exceptional stained glass windows created by renowned artist Marc Chagall, including the famous "La Paix" (Peace) window.

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The cruise route continues through the Vosges Mountains today, taking 'La Nouvelle Etoile' through two dramatic tunnels. Experience the Arzviller Lift, constructed in 1969. This amazing engineering feat enables barges to bypass the full-day's journey (through a previously-used series of 17 locks) in only four minutes. Moor in Lutzelbourg tonight.

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise to Saverne with another opportunity to walk or cycle the canal-side towpath. After lunch, travel along the Route des Vins d'Alsace for a tasting at a local vineyard. Continue to charming Obernai. Situated on the eastern slopes of the Vosges, this typical Alsatian town has medieval streets bordered by magnificent half-timbered houses.

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a final cruise to Strasbourg, there is time to explore the city's beautifully-preserved center. See the famous Gothic cathedral and Petite France district. Visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts, formerly a Baroque palace, with its collection of artwork by the old masters.  The barge hosts a gala farewell dinner this evening.

'La Nouvelle Etoile'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, the program concludes in Strasbourg.

Meals: Breakfast

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

2020 Travel | 2020 prices available on request. Please contact A&K for details.

Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability. 

  • Departs Every Sunday Between Jul 28 - Aug 24, 2019
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Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 18 years old.

Independent Bookings available with a minimum of 4 guests.


Alternate Routes:

Mar 31 through May 11: cruising in Holland

May 12: Amsterdam to Bruges

May 19 (11 nights): Bruges to Paris

Jun 9-22: Moret-sur-Loing to Auxerre (or reverse)

Jun 23-Jul 6: Moret-sur-Loing to Briare (or reverse)

Jul 7: Paris to Épernay

Sep 1-Oct 19: cruising the Moselle River in Germany

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