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

7 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
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. (Dinner)
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. (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. (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. (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. (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. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, the program concludes in Strasbourg. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
All This Included
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.
  • Hand-Selected Canal Barges with Independent Bookings and/or Private Charters Available
  • All Meals and Drinks on Board
  • All Sightseeing Excursions during the Cruise
  • Transfers to/from Barges (as per Individual Itinerary)
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard La Nouvelle Etoile
  • Minimum age: 18 (independent bookings only); No minimum age for charters.
  • Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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