On this all inclusive cruise, explore the hidden gems of Alsace
and Lorraine, discovering many sights that lie off the beaten path.
With visits to the medieval towns of Saverne and Sarrebourg, we
travel on board the MS Madeleine, along these scenic waterways.
Night time river cruise of Strasbourg (subject to availability)
Guided tour of Wingersheim hops path with a beer tasting
UK Tour Manager up to embarkation & from disembarkation of the Madeleine
Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
Food & Drinks
17 meals including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
All inclusive selection of complimentary beers, wines and soft drinks
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - To Strasbourg and embarkation
After meeting at our St Pancras Departure Office, board the
Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Strasbourg - the capital of the
historical region of Alsace. This area is one of France's best-kept
secrets, by-passed by sun-seekers who race to the Côte d'Azur. But
to the delight of gourmets across the country other than Paris,
there are more Michelin-starred restaurants in Alsace than anywhere
else in France. The region is famous for its cuisine and the
world-renowned wines from vineyards along the 'Route des Vins',
making it a delightful holiday destination. We transfer by to our
hotel barge, the Madeleine, home for the next seven days. We then
get the chance to take a separate panoramic boat-ride through the
city at night (subject to availability).
Days 2-3 - Haut-Barr Castle
Today we travel to Truchtersheim where we delve into local
heritage at the Maison du Kochersberg museum. We continue to
Hochfelden and the Villa Meteor, where we learn about the
beer-making Meteor family and their brewery, and enjoy a tasting of
their famous products.
Begin Day 3 sailing to Saverne. On arrival, we
enjoy a visit to the towering Haut-Barr Castle. Strategically
positioned at 470m above sea level, it is also known as 'the Eye of
Alsace' for the views it offers out over the Alsace Plain.
Haut-Barr Castle is also home to the 'devil's bridge', a walkway
suspended between two seemingly perilously perched rocks - a unique
experience not for the faint of heart! On our return to the boat,
we stop briefly at the Chappe Tower.
Day 2 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Saverne
This morning includes a guided tour of Saverne, discovering the
town's main street, with its unicorn fountain (Saverne's emblem),
and Katz house, a tavern adorned with beautifully decorated,
half-timbered sculpturing that dates back to 1605. We also visit
the church of Notre Dame and the surviving 12th century porch
tower. This afternoon we take a leisurely stroll to Lutzelbourg
Castle, before dinner at a local restaurant. Here, you have the
chance to experience a local delicacy - tarte flambée.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - The Inclined Plane
This morning is spent aboard the Madeleine as we pass through
the Arzviller and Niderviller Tunnels. We make our way towards the
remarkable Arzviller Inclined Plane and from our position on the
ship, enjoy a unique view. The only one of its kind in Europe, it
was designed to replace over 4km of locks that used to take a whole
day to navigate. It is essentially a boat lift that traverses a 41%
incline in only 4 minutes, a unique and unforgettable experience.
At the foot of the incline, we find the Inclined Plane Crystal
Workshop which has been preserving the art of blowing, carving and
etching crystal for the past 25 years. Here we learn about these
age-old methods and receive a demonstration, before continuing
along the canal through the Vosges mountain range to
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7 - Sarrebourg and homeward bound
Arriving back in Lagarde this morning. After lunch, we depart
the boat and transfer by coach to Sarrebourg which sits on the
banks of the River Saar, the waterway from which the city gets its
name. Here we enjoy a guided tour of this cultural destination and
discover many of its hidden historical gems. The 13th century
chapel of Cordeliers can be found in Sarrebourg: the original Marc
Chagall stained glass window here, 'Peace', is the largest piece of
its kind that the artist ever created and takes pride of place in
the heart of the church. We'll also see the Art Nouveau
architecture on display and wander the 18th century Grand'rue.
Following a buffet breakfast on Day 7, transfer
to the railway station in Strasbourg. Here we catch the train to
Paris for our onward journey to London St Pancras.
Discover the cultural and historical background of this
industrial town located at the edge of the Vosges mountains on a
The Inclined Plane and Crystal Works
Your passage through the Inclined Plane is a highlight of the
cruise and afterwards enjoy an informative demonstration of local
The size of The Madeleine allows you to reach this town that
lies off the beaten tourist path for a fascinating guided tour.
Set high in the Alsatian hills, this 12th century castle offers
stunning views. Perhaps brave the devil's footbridge.
This excursion immerses you straight into the traditions of
Alsace as you take a delightful stroll through a working hops field
and see first hand how these plants are grown and cultivated. This
is followed by a welldeserved tasting of the local brew.
River boat tour of Strasbourg
Take a river boat ride through Strasbourg (subject to
availability). The Old Town by night is truly spectacular and the
cruise takes you past important monuments such as the European
Court of Human Rights.
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the
same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. We write to all booked customers
approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
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93% of travellers would recommend this tour
Based on 14 verified reviews
Mr A Gander
An excellent holiday in terms of restfullness, good food and wine, plus some very interesting visits.
The holiday was well organised, the little boat was nd the food and drink excellent. We enjoyed the organised visits and all the staff were charming.
Excellent barge with good facilities, superb food, charming, excellent crew.
Mrs S Ganley
The Madelaine barge was very comfortable and the staff were lovely. The itinerary was also really good with beautiful scenery and interesting places to visit.
First class Barge Cruise! Not sure what to expect, but comfortable cabins, excellent food and service, good company- only 22 like-minded fellow travellers, and interesting visits.
Who could ask for more to celebrate a'mature' birthday!
A relaxing gem with helpful, friendly staff and good food.