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Alsace & Lorraine Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile)

Alsace-Lorraine is a unique corner of France. Discover a land of storybook castles, rolling vineyards of Alsatian wines as well as Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. For centuries, the great empires of Europe confronted one another at this strategic and military crossroads. The area’s unique blend of French and German influences are strongly evident in its customs, cuisine, wines, architecture and language.

Please Note: On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

28 July, 2019 to 03 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Alsace & Lorraine Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile), departing on 28 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Suite £ 6475 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
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Suite Solo £ 9669 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
04 August, 2019 to 10 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Alsace & Lorraine Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile), departing on 04 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Suite £ 6475 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
Suite Solo £ 9669 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
11 August, 2019 to 17 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Alsace & Lorraine Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile), departing on 11 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Suite £ 6475 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
Suite Solo £ 9669 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
18 August, 2019 to 24 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Alsace & Lorraine Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile), departing on 18 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Suite £ 6475 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
Suite Solo £ 9669 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo

Alsace & Lorraine Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile) itinerary:

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Day 1 Nancy
Guests are met in Strasbourg and transferred to La Nouvelle which will be moored in Nancy. After a champagne welcome we set off for a short cruise to Laneuville. Tonight, enjoy your first of many gourmet meals on board.
Day 2 Nancy to Lagarde
We cruise during breakfast this morning, then a short drive to Nancy for a walking tour of the city beginning at the elegant Place Stanislas. Flanked by handsome Baroque palaces and enclosed by ornate gold and wrought iron entry gates, the square is considered one of the grandest in all of France. The Art Nouveau movement originated in Nancy and we have the opportunity to visit the Musee de l’Ecole De Nancy to see its fine collection. Return to the barge for a leisurely afternoon cruise to Lagarde. Dinner on board.
Day 3 Lagarde to Xouaxange
Enjoy breakfast on board. After a morning cruise past tidy farms and pasturelands we reach Richecourt, our last lock “climbing up”. The lock of Richecourt replaces 6 old locks and has an elevation of 15 meters. After passing this lock, we then cruise on to Xouaxange. After lunch, drive to one of the local Cristalleries where fine crystal is still blown by hand. Then continue to Sarrebourg to have a look at the famous Chagal stained glass windows. Dinner on board.
Day 4 Xouaxange to Lutzelbourg
After breakfast we continue along the canal we have been gradually climbing, to reach the crest of the Vosges Mountains. After navigating two tunnels carved into the mountaintop, we will encounter the Arzviller boat elevator. This unique lock allows a barge to glide effortlessly up or down the mountainside using a sophisticated system of weights and balances. We continue the cruise through the Zorn Valley where the surrounding hilltops are dotted with ruins of feudal castles. Our overnight mooring will be in Lutzelbourg. Dinner on board.
Day 5 Lutzelbourg to Saverne
We wind through the heart of Saverne, past the regal 18th century Bishop’s Palace in the heart of the Alsatian countryside. From Saverne, we take an afternoon drive along the Route du Vin d’ Alsace to the old fortified town of Obernai where we visit the market square and 14th C ramparts that surround the city. Enroute, we stop at a vineyard to taste some of the best Alsatian wines. Dinner on board.
Day 6 Saverne to Strasbourg
Today we end our cruise in Hochfelden just on the outskirts of Strasbourg. Our afternoon tour of Strasbourg includes the folk museum and the 11th century gothic cathedral, leaving enough time to stroll around to explore the fine selection of shops. Captains farewell dinner onboard.
Day 7 Strasbourg
After breakfast, disembark La Nouvelle Etoile and transfer to your drop-off point in Strasbourg.
Please Note:
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Alsace & Lorraine Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile) reverse itinerary:

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This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
After breakfast, disembark La Nouvelle Etoile and transfer to your drop-off point in Strasbourg.
Today we end our cruise in Hochfelden just on the outskirts of Strasbourg. Our afternoon tour of Strasbourg includes the folk museum and the 11th century gothic cathedral, leaving enough time to stroll around to explore the fine selection of shops. Captains farewell dinner onboard.
We wind through the heart of Saverne, past the regal 18th century Bishop’s Palace in the heart of the Alsatian countryside. From Saverne, we take an afternoon drive along the Route du Vin d’ Alsace to the old fortified town of Obernai where we visit the market square and 14th C ramparts that surround the city. Enroute, we stop at a vineyard to taste some of the best Alsatian wines. Dinner on board.
After breakfast we continue along the canal we have been gradually climbing, to reach the crest of the Vosges Mountains. After navigating two tunnels carved into the mountaintop, we will encounter the Arzviller boat elevator. This unique lock allows a barge to glide effortlessly up or down the mountainside using a sophisticated system of weights and balances. We continue the cruise through the Zorn Valley where the surrounding hilltops are dotted with ruins of feudal castles. Our overnight mooring will be in Lutzelbourg. Dinner on board.
Enjoy breakfast on board. After a morning cruise past tidy farms and pasturelands we reach Richecourt, our last lock “climbing up”. The lock of Richecourt replaces 6 old locks and has an elevation of 15 meters. After passing this lock, we then cruise on to Xouaxange. After lunch, drive to one of the local Cristalleries where fine crystal is still blown by hand. Then continue to Sarrebourg to have a look at the famous Chagal stained glass windows. Dinner on board.
We cruise during breakfast this morning, then a short drive to Nancy for a walking tour of the city beginning at the elegant Place Stanislas. Flanked by handsome Baroque palaces and enclosed by ornate gold and wrought iron entry gates, the square is considered one of the grandest in all of France. The Art Nouveau movement originated in Nancy and we have the opportunity to visit the Musee de l’Ecole De Nancy to see its fine collection. Return to the barge for a leisurely afternoon cruise to Lagarde. Dinner on board.
Guests are met in Strasbourg and transferred to La Nouvelle which will be moored in Nancy. After a champagne welcome we set off for a short cruise to Laneuville. Tonight, enjoy your first of many gourmet meals on board.
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La Nouvelle Etoile

Vessel Type: Hotel Barge / River Boat

Length: 129 feet / 39.31 meters

Passenger Capacity: 8

La Nouvelle Etoile has been designed to offer a very high level of comfort and convenience, to provide an on board blend of traditional elegance and modern-day facilities.

The spacious, air conditioned saloon with its attractive cocktail bar, piano and elegant furnishings provides a truly sophisticated setting, while other amenities include an exercise room and a lift.

Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers. On deck there is a large sun deck with comfortable loungers and a hot tub, as well as bicycles for you to pedal along the nearby towpath.

This cruise on the luxurious La Nouvelle Etoile is a journey back in time through a picturesque landscape along two delightful canals, including France’s oldest, the Canal de Briare. She also cruises in Alsace, Champagne, Holland, Belgium, Picardy, Germany and Luxembourg in Spring and Autumn.

Cabin layout for La Nouvelle Etoile
• See canalside villages of half-timbered houses, perhaps with a stork nesting in the chimney top

• Enjoy the waterway winds through steep sided forested valleys
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