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Lorraine

Barge Information


Rating First Class = 3 Star
Deluxe = 4 Star
Ultra-Deluxe = 5 Star: First Class/Moderate
Number of Passengers: 22
Number of Cabins: 11
Size of Vessel: 128 ft in length
Number of Crew: 7
Cruise Region: Alsace & Lorraine
Other Regions Sailed: None
 
 
Note: LORRAINE WILL NOT BE CRUISING IN 2013.  PLEASE CALL US AT 1-800-549-2575 AND ALLOW US TO SUGGEST ANOTHER BARGE.  
 
 
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Overview

The Lorraine is an elegant, modern barge equipped for spacious comfort while cruising the waterways of Northeastern France.

From the flower-strewn sundeck with chairs and parasols to the cozy salon, you'll find plenty of places aboard that are perfect for watching the passing scenery or curling up with a good book and relaxing. With large picture windows throughout the barge, you won't miss a thing!

A journey through picturesque regions of Alsace and Lorraine is one of endless discoveries - of classic art, gourmet cuisine, turreted castles, and quaint villages. The Lorraine is a charming barge from which to experience the best these regions have to offer.

Please note, US Dollar prices are subject to change based on Euro/USD exchange rate.

Accommodations


The cabins aboard the Lorraine are comfortable and well-appointed. Each features a private ensuite bathroom.

Amenities


  • Delicious gourmet dining
  • Quality French wines served with lunch and dinner
  • Spacious salon with comfortable sofas
  • Sundeck with tables, chairs, and umbrellas for shade
  • Air conditioning and central heating
  • Touring bicycles
  • Bar drinks available at additional cost

Sample Itinerary


Canal de la Marne au Rhin and Canal du Rhone au Rhin

Mid-July through October

Saturday - With a cruise on Lorraine, your journey begins in Strasbourg where you will be met at the Strasbourg rail station. From there you will be transferred to Lorraine, moored in the village of Krafft. Sip an aperitif as you are welcomed aboard and introduced to the crew. Enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board this evening.

Sunday - After breakfast you'll cruise the peaceful Canal du Rhone au Rhin, a beautiful waterway that has seen little use since the building of the Grand Canal d'Alsace in the 1950's. Then you'll take the air conditioned coach to Colmar, renowned for its magnificent medieval and Renaissance buildings, 13th-century collegiate church, and the waterside Little Venice district.

Enjoy a guided tour and free time to explore. Stop at the Unterlinden Museum, famous for its Renaissance art and home to the "Issenheim Altarpiece." Return to the barge through the famous "Route Des Vins" a small road running at the base of the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, parallel to the Rhine and through the famous vineyards of Alsace. Pause in picturesque Medieval Riquewihr for a tasting of local vintages before returning to Lorraine, moored in Strasbourg.

Monday - Lorraine will cast off early and cruise over breakfast and through the morning toward Strasbourg. During lunch you'll enter the heart of Strasbourg and pass through the commercial docks before leaving the city to the north.

You'll pass the ultra modern buildings of the European Parliament. Here you will disembark for an afternoon guided walking tour of the principal sights of Strasbourg. The unique beauty of the picturesque "Petite France" riverside district is magnificent. The remarkable cathedral of Notre Dame, whose construction spread over five centuries from the Romanesque choir to the flamboyant gothic spire, is a highlight.

Afterwards there is free time to explore this capital of Alsace, perhaps visit one of the museums, take advantage of the excellent shopping or just stroll through the cobbled streets of timbered houses before returning to the Lorraine at her mooring close by in the village of Waltenheim sur Zorn.

Tuesday - This morning Lorraine begins cruising after breakfast passing several typical Alsatian villages including Hochfelden, where ancient documents prove there was a brewery as early as 870 A.D. This day provides you with excellent opportunities for walking and cycling (perhaps diverting to a bierstub to appreciate the product of a local brewery).

After lunch the barge will moor in attractive, bustling Saverne, with excellent views of an imposing 18th-century red chateau. A visit to the ruined 11th-century chateau of Haut-Barr offers magnificent views of the Plain of Alsace. Later, a delightful afternoon cruise brings you to the picturesque small town of Lutzelbourg.

Wednesday - After breakfast you'll enjoy a short drive to visit a unique crystal factory to see the most famous products of this area. Beautiful pieces of crystal are still individually blown and fashioned by hand.

Back on board you'll cruise into the Lorraine region, where the canal follows the steep-sided valley of the River Zorn to the famous inclined plane of Arzwiller. Here, a counterbalanced barge lift hauls the barge up nearly 150 feet to the Canal de la Marne au Rhine. You'll then cruise through a cutting and two tunnels under the peak of the Vosges Mountains before mooring at a quiet spot near the village of Hess.

Thursday - You'll begin the morning along the summit pound, the highest section of the Marne to Rhine canal. This section of more than 18 miles with no locks passes through the regional park of Lorraine, a nature reserve with numerous lakes and vast areas of woodland. The canal then begins its descent towards the plain of Lorraine through a series of locks, the first of which was built in the 1950s to replace a flight of seven of the original early nineteenth century locks and has a drop of nearly fifty feet.

This afternoon you will take the coach for a trip to Sarrebourg to visit the chapel of the Cordelieres where you can see the stained glass window created by Marc Chagall. You'll then return to Lorraine for a farewell gala dinner.

Friday - You'll leave the Lorraine after breakfast and transfer to the TGV station in Strasbourg.


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