Madeleine  Barge

 

 

Madeleine

 

Alsace itinerary
Strasbourg to Xouaxange

 

 

 

Much appreciated by river tourism, this section of the canal, also called the Green Route, flows through the plains of Alsace and the Vosges. It forms the link between Strasbourg and Saverne and is the gateway to Alsace at the foot of the Vosges Mountains. Its route takes it through a wooden massif as far as Lutzelbourg in the Moselle. Its spectacularcourse, which can be seen in many works of art and paintings, follows the inclined plain at Arzviller – unique in Europe – where boats are hoisted up a cliff before they reach Xouaxange – a pleasant commune in the Moselle.

Strasbourg to Laguard

 

DAY 1: STRASBOURG

Transfer by coach from Strasbourg to Port de Houillon. Boarding the Madeleine commences late afternoon. We are welcomed on board and introduced to the crew before we have dinner on board. Overnight stop.



DAY 2: STRASBOURG to WALTENHEIM

Morning journey to Waltenheim-sur-Zorn. Buffet breakfast and lunch on board. We cross the Zorn Valley and its landscaped fields - where the canal is wide and straight—and Brumath Forest before reaching Waltenheim-sur-Zorn around 3:00 pm. In the afternoon, we suggest exploring the hops footpath in Wingersheim. Alsace offers an attractive and unusual landscape. A province of wine-growing and beer-brewing, gain a new perspective on the region through learning about growing hops. Enjoy a pleasurable walk through the hop fields followed by beer tasting. Back on board for dinner. Overnight stay in Waltenheim-sur-Zorn. Optional dinner: tarte flambée, local specialty, at a restaurant in Waltenheim.

DAY 3: WALTENHEIM - SAVERNE

Buffet breakfast and lunch on board. Morning cruise from Waltenheim to Saverne. Bucolic journey that transports you to Saverne. We will pass by the towns of Schwindratzheim—nestled on a hillside - and Hochfelden, a typical village. In the morning, you can stroll on the trails or bike on the paved trails along the canal. Arrival at Saverne in the afternoon. The boat will be moored in front of Rohan Castle. Free time in Saverne. Visit to Château de Hohbarr, nicknamed "The Eye of Alsace." Splendid view of the Alsatian plains. On the way back, we pass by the Chappe Tower, an ancient telegraph, where there is an interactive display on the ancestry of all means of telecommunication. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Saverne.

DAY 4: SAVERNE - LUTZELBOURG

Buffet breakfast on board. In the morning, a guided tour of Saverne. Virtually unknown from the usual tourist routes, Saverne offers a wide range of places to discover. The Grand Rue with its unicorn fountain (the symbol of the city); the Katz house, adorned with magnificent carved timbers; Notre Dame Church with its 12th-century steeple; various 18th-century administrative buildings; or the Récollets Monastery founded in the 14th century. Back on board for lunch. Afternoon voyage to Lutzelbourg. The canal winds through the Vosges Mountains before joining the Lorraine region. Arrive late afternoon at Lutzelbourg, which deserves its reputation as the most beautiful village on the French canal banks. Walk to Lutzelbourg Castle. Perched at over 300 m above sea level on a rocky, red sandstone spur, the ruins of the castle majestically dominate the village down in the Zorn Valley. Back on board for dinner. Overnight stay in Lutzelbourg.

DAY 5: LUTZELBOURG - Inclined Plain at Arzviller - XOUAXANGE

Buffet breakfast on board. Cast off for the Arzviller inclined plane. Stop at the crystal glassworks near the inclined plane. Located at the foot of the incline for over 25 years, the glassworks is a family-run business specialising in the art of cutting crystal. Encounter this old-time tradition and watch crystal blowing and cutting demonstrations. Return aboard. Passage through the Artzviller inclined plane - a fascinating experience. A fabulous structure, this transverse system boat "elevator" is one-of-a-kind in Europe. The inclined plane replaces 17 successive locks over 4 km that once needed a full day to navigate. The structure consists of a caisson (41.5 m x 5.5 m) which is lifted or lowered on an over 41% incline. A 44 m altitude difference is reached in only 4 minutes. Candlelight lunch while passing through the Arzviller and Niderviller Tunnels. Continue on to Xouaxange and arrive in the evening. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Xouaxange.

DAY 6: XOUAXANGE - LAGARDE

After buffet breakfast, cruise through Xouaxange to Lagarde. We go through Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France. We then journey through the lakes. Lunch on board. This afternoon we have a visit to Sarrebourg that will take us on Chagall trail. Located at the foot of the Vosges and the region of Alsace, the city is rich with diversity. Its historical and cultural heritage is full of unexpected treasures, such as Marc Chagall's unique stained-glass window—a virtual hymn to peace. Free time. Before returning to the boat, we stop at the Mephisto factory. Gala Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Lagarde.



DAY 7: LAGARDE - STRASBOURG

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembarking at 9:00 am. Transfer by coach from Lagarde to Strasbourg. Arrive by late morning. End of our journey.

 

Laguard to Strasbourg

 

DAY 1: Strasbourg - LAGARDE

Transfer by coach from Strasbourg to Lagarde. Boarding in the late afternoon. Presentation of the crew and welcome cocktail party. Overnight.

DAY 2: LAGARDE - XOUAXANGE

Full board on board. Morning spent cruising toward Xouaxange. Our boat will go through the Rechicourt lock, one of the largest in France, before continuing our journey through the lakes. In the afternoon, visit to Sarrebourg that will take us on Chagall trail. Located at the foot of the Vosges and the region of Alsace, the city is rich with diversity. Back on board. Overnight.

DAY 3: XOUAXANGE - LUTZELBOURG - Inclined Plain at Arzviller

Full board on board. Morning spent cruising toward Lutzelbourg. You will enjoy lunch by candlelight, while we pass through the Arzviller and Niderviller Tunnels. Early in the afternoon, our boat will pass through the Artzviller inclined plane for a truly unforgettable experience. A fantastic piece of workmanship, this type of transverse boat lift is the only one of its kind in Europe. Stop at the local crystal workshop. Located at the foot of the incline for over 25 years, the crystal workshop is a family-run business specializing in the art of hand blowing and cutting crystal. Back on board and our boat will continue on to Lutzelbourg. The canal winds through the Vosges Mountains before joining the Lorraine region. Arrival in Lutzelbourg early in the evening. Overnight.

DAY 4: LUTZELBOURG - SAVERNE

Full board on board. Set off on foot to marvel at Lutzelbourg Castle. Perched at over 980 feet above sea level on a rocky, red sandstone spur, the ruins of the castle majestically dominate the village down in the Zorn Valley. Back on board and departure of the boat toward Saverne. In the afternoon, visit of the Chateau de Hohbarr, often called “the Eye of Alsace”, and you will discover splendid view of the Alsatian plains. Free time to explore or relax in Saverne before returning on board. Overnight.



DAY 5: SAVERNE - WALTENHEIM

Full board on board. Guided tour of Saverne. Virtually unknown by the usual tourist routes, Saverne offers a wide range of places to discover: the Grand Rue with its unicorn fountain (the town's emblem); the Katz house, adorned with magnificent carved timbers; Notre Dame Church with its 12th-century steeple; various 18th-century administrative buildings; and the Recollets Monastery founded in the 14th century. Back on board. The afternoon is spent cruising toward Waltenheim, passing the charming village of Hochfelden, and Schwindratzheim, nestled on a hillside. Arrival in Waltenheim early in the evening. For dinner, you will discover the “tarte flambee”, a local specialty served at a restaurant in Waltenheim. Our boat will remain in port overnight.

DAY 6: WALTENHEIM - STRASBOURG

Full board on board. Hiking tour along the hops trail in Wingersheim. Your pleasurable hike through the hop fields will be followed by beer tasting. Back on board and departure of the boat toward Strasbourg. Cruise through the Zorn Valley and its landscaped fields, where the canal is wide and straight. Gala evening on board, followed by a tour of Strasbourg's old town by panoramic boat (subject to availability). Overnight.



DAY 7: STRASBOURG

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark around 9.00 a.m. End of our services

 

Rate includes: 6 night cruise, all meals, wine with meals, drinks from the bar and excurisons. Bicycles available for cycling.

 

2017 Rates

Madeleine
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person 6 night 2400
Single supplement 6 night 1250

 

Departure Dates (Friday) Rate Type Route
Sep 29; Oct 13 6 night Alsace France between Strasbourg and Lagarde

 

2018 Rates

Madeleine
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Single supplement 6 night 1250
Stateroom per person 6 night 2855

 

Departure Dates (Friday) Rate Type Route
Apr 13, 20; Jul 27; Aug 10; Oct 26 6 night Alsace France between Strasbourg and Lagarde

 

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