• Travelcode: 419

    Alsace-Lorraine by Bike + Boat

    Along the Marne – Rhine Canal

    • You ride through the Alsace and Lorraine region from the old city of Nancy to the second seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. This is a region with a mixed French/German history and culture. The region was fought over heavily in many wars but is now a beacon for European reconciliation and unification. As a result of a mix of cultures you can enjoy both good wines and good beers on the way during this Bike & Barge tour Alsace Nancy to Strasbourg!

      The beautiful city of Nancy in the Lorraine region is our starting point. We follow the impressive Rhine-Marne Canal all the way to Strasbourg. On the first day you pass the old Great War front line with many monuments and graveyards. Between Lagarde and Gondrexange you will ride through an interesting wetland area.

      Near Niderviller you will see the ships elevator that is used to replace a series of locks. We pass the Parc Regional de Vosges, a wooded and natural area with many castles. Bouxwiller has a center with Tudor style buildings, centuries old churches and a synagogue. Wingersheim is the self-proclaimed capital of hops. The final destination Strasbourg on the Rhine river is a typical border town with good example of the mixed heritage of the region.

      Tour profile / Level 1

      You will cycle part of the tour along the Marne-Rhine Canal. This tour is suitable for people of all ages. On some days you will encounter short slopes with differences in heights up to 75 meters or gently rolling terrain. There is one day in which 600 meters of height differential may be incurred but there are options for shorter distances and less climbing. You should expect to spend about 5 hours on your bicycle.

      From Nancy to Strasbourg

      Day 1: Nancy
      Individual arrival and boarding after 2 p.m. Tryout bike ride in the surrounding countryside. (Guided) walk in town in the evening. Nancy is situated on the left bank of the river Meurthe, about 10 km upstream from its confluence with the Moselle. The Marne–Rhine Canal runs through the city, parallel to the Meurthe. The oldest part of Nancy is the quarter Vieille Ville – Léopold, which contains the 14th century Porte de la Craffe, the Palace of the Dukes of Lorraine, the Porte Désilles and the 19th century St-Epvre basilica. Adjacent to its south is the quarter Charles III – Centre Ville, which is the 16th–18th century “new town”. This quarter contains the famous Place Stanislas, the Nancy Cathedral and the Opéra national de Lorraine. Place Stanislas, a large square built between March 1752 and November 1755 by Stanislaus I of Poland to link the medieval old town of Nancy and the new town built under Charles III in the 17th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Day 2: Nancy – Hénaménil – Lagarde, approx. 50 km
      We ride along the Meurthe river to St-Nicolas-Port where the cathedral is worth a visit. You ride on to the city of Lunéville with its castle. At Lunéville we pass the front line of the Great War. This city was heavily fought over in 1914 and has an impressive French cemetery and necropolis. We can also visit the local museum on the Battle of Leomont Hill nearby. After a leisurely ride we arrive in Hénaménil where the Clair de Lune is waiting for us and on board we sail to Lagarde.

      Day 3: Lagarde – Gondrexage – Niderviller, approx. 40 km
      You start the day with a ride along the canal on the traffic free bike path to Bataville. Bata is a well-known brand of shoes. The industrial complex in Bataville is built in the Bauhaus style of the Twenties. The factory closed in 2001 and is now a historical monument for industrial architecture and can be visited. After Bataville we make tranquil and easy flat ride ride through the nearby wetlands. Time for an afternoon cruise along the Rhine-Marne Canal. In about 4 hours the Clair de Lune sails from Gondrexange to Niderviller.

      Day 4: Niderviller – Saverne , approx. 30 km
      Niderviller was very famous for its porcelain pottery. Although the factory is no longer there the village still has a Niderviller porcelain shop. In Arzviller you can see the incline/elevator for ships that transports ships to the next level. Before a series of locks was needed for this. After this magnificent piece of engineering we ride mainly through the woods and through the Vallée des Eclusiers on the bike path along the canal to Saverne. An afternoon visit to the Haut Barr castle near Saverne is a must. This can be done by bike, on foot (1,5 hours) or you can get a taxi.

      Day 5: Saverne – Dettwiller, approx. 40 km
      The mooring place is in the middle or town in Saverne. From the ship there is a great view of the Vosges hills. Today we ride through the hilly area of Parc Regional Vosges du Nord. On the way up from Saverne we pass by Graufthal with its mediaeval cave houses. Along nice quiet roads you ride on towards la-Petite-Pierre, a picture perfect village with beautiful castle. From this pearl in the Alsace you ride down to Dettwiller. If you do not want to ride in the hills with a total altitude gain of about 600 meters today there is always the possibility to ride the shorter flat road along the canal.

      Day 6: Dettwiller – Wingersheim, approx. 40 km
      We ride through typical countryside to Bouxwiller, once of the nicest villages in the North Alsace. It boasts a centre with Tudor style buildings, museums churches and a synagogue. Later we visit the old Jewish cemetery in Ettendorf en after that Hochfelden where the famous Meteor brewery (since 1640!) can be found and visited. To top it off there is a ride along the canal to the village of Wingersheim where the barge will wait for you.

      Day 7: Wingersheim - Strasbourg, approx 35 km
      The last day of the week we visit villages like La Wantzenau and Hoerdt where you can see your last Tudor style buildings. We end the week with a leisurely and flat ride through the Parc Pourtalés and find the mooring place of the Clair de Lune near Strasbourg. In the afternoon there should be plenty of time to visits the town on the broder with Germany. You might cross over the Rhine for a short moment in Germany. Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre. Strasbourg is immersed in Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a cultural bridge between France and Germany for centuries.

      Day 8: Strasbourg
      After breakfast, end of services. Disembarkation before 10 a.m.

      From Strasbourg to Nancy

      Day 1: Strasbourg
      Individual arrival and boarding after 2 p.m. Tryout bike ride to the village of Kehl in Germany. (Guided) walk in town in the evening.

      Day 2: Strasbourg – Wingersheim, approx. 35 km
      Start of the week with a leisurely and flat ride through the Parc Pourtalés and later on villages like La Wantzenau and Hoerdt where you can already see the first Tudor style buildings. The mooring place of the barge is near Wingersheim.

      Day 3: Wingersheim – Dettwiller, approx. 40 km
      First a ride along the canal to Hochfelden where the famous Meteor brewery (since 1640!) can be found and visited. Later we visit the old Jewish cemetery in Ettendorf. Around lunchtime we will be in Bouxwiller, once of the nicest villages in the North Alsace. It boasts a center with Tudor style buildings, museums churches and a synagogue. The barge will wait for you near the village of Dettwiller.

      Day 4: Dettwiller - Saverne, approx. 40 km
      Today we ride through the hilly area of Parc Regional Vosges du Nord. Along nice quiet roads towards la-Petite-Pierre, a picture perfect village with beautiful castle. On the way back to Saverne we pass by Graufthal with its mediaeval cave houses. The mooring place is in the middle of town in Saverne. From the ship there is a great view of the Vosges hills. If you do not want to ride in the hills with a total altitude gain of about 600 meters today there is always the possibility to ride the shorter flat road along the canal.

      Day 5: Saverne – Niderviller, approx. 30 km
      A morning visit to the Haut Barr castle near Saverne is a must. This can be done by bike, on foot (1,5 hours) or you can get a taxi. After this morning program we ride mainly through the woods on the bike path along the canal and through the Vallée des Eclusiers to Niderviller. In Arzviller you can see the incline/elevator for ships that transports ships to the next level. A magnificent piece of engineering. Before a series of locks was needed for this. Niderviller was very famous for its porcelain pottery. Although the factory is no longer there the village still has a Niderviller porcelain shop.

      Day 6: Niderviller – Gondrexage – Lagarde, approx. 40 km
      Time for a morning cruise along the Rhine-Marne Canal. In about 4 hours the Clair de Lune sails from Niderviller to Gondrexage. Here you disembark and make an easy flat ride through the nearby wetlands. Along the way you pass Bataville. Bata is a well-known brand of shoes. The industrial complex in Bataville is built in the Bauhaus style of the Twenties. The factory closed in 2001 and is now a historical monument for industrial architecture and can be visited. You continue along canal on the traffic free bike path to Lagarde.

      Day 7: Lagarde – Hénaménil - Nancy, approx. 50 km
      Again a morning cruise, now to Hénaménil where you leave the Clair de Lune for your last ride of the week. First we visit the city of Luneville with its cathedral. At Luneville we pass the frontline of the great war. This city was heavily fought over in 1914 and has an impressive French cemetery and necropolis. We can also visit the local museum on the Battle of Leomont Hill nearby. In St-Nicolas-Port the cathedral is worth a visit before we enter Nancy, city of museums, parks and lovely squares.

      Day 8: Nancy
      After breakfast, end of services. Disembarkation before 10 a.m.

      Important Information:

      Due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program.
    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport:

      Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Strasbourg (SXB)
      From the airport Charles de Gaulle to the embarkation point of the barge the fastest way is to use a direct TGV train and bus it is about 2,5 hours to the railway station in the center of Strasbourg or Nancy. A taxi from the airport of Paris to the mooring place will take about 4-5 hours. The airport in Strasbourg is well connected with the city center of Strasbourg.


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: 

      Nancy:
      Walking distance to the barge is about 30 minutes. By taxi it takes 10-15 minutes and will cost around 30 euros

      Strasbourg:
      Walking distance to the barge is about 1 hour. A taxi will take about 15 minutes and will cost around 45 euro.


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking:

      More information on parking your car in Strasbourg can be found here. Details about parking your car in Nancy you can find here.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum: 8 persons

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    • Included services:
      • 7 nights on board in cabin with private facilities
      • full board (breakfast, packed lunch for bike days, dinner)
      • coffee & tea on board
      • cycling tour guide
         
      • min. 3 city walks with tour guide
         
      • all port, bridges and dock charges
         
      • free WiFi , up to 100 MB limited available in lounge and on deck
         
      • GPS Tracks (on request)
         
      • maps and information material per cabin
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

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      S2 06.06. - 13.06.20 Strasbourg - Nancy
      S2 20.06. - 27.06.20 Strasbourg - Nancy
      S1 04.07. - 11.07.20 Strasbourg - Nancy
      S1 18.07. - 25.07.20 Strasbourg - Nancy
      S2 30.05. - 06.06.20 Nancy - Strasbourg
      S2 13.06. - 20.06.20 Nancy - Strasbourg
      S1 27.06. - 04.07.20 Nancy - Strasbourg
      S1 11.07. - 18.07.20 Nancy - Strasbourg

      Extras

      Discount for children
      with min. 1 full-paying person  
      0-2,99 years -100%
      3-11,99 years -30%
         
      Bicycles & equipment
      24-speed-bike incl. helmet 93
      E-bike incl. helmet 175
      Children bike 60
      Children seat  15
      Tagalong 55
      Children trailer 199
         
      Extras  
      special diet (gluten free)* 50
      * must be mentioned when booking (vegetarian meals / lactosefree diet is free of charge)

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on board of the CLAIR DE LUNE !

      History Clair de Lune: The Clair de Lune was originally built in 1936 as a freight ship in Belgium.  In 1982 the barge was built into a passenger ship, first named ‘Steile Bank’ and ‘Summerjazz’.
      Since May 2014 we named the ship ‘Clair de Lune’. Aboard there is a big and cozy salon with big windows for a perfect view. The barge is 34.15 meters long and 5.05 meters wide, which makes it possible to boat in France with its narrow locks.

      Marco (the owner of the boat) has great experience as a skipper on freighters in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and looks forward to this venture with great anticipation and enthusiasm.


      CATERING

      The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast, packed lunch and a warm dinner in the evening. The catering consists of full board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. Vegetarian catering is possible, please announce this with reservation and discuss it again with the tour guide on site.


      CABINS

      5 split level bed cabins,

      3 double bed cabins,

      1 single bed cabin

      Showers and toilets are provided in each cabin. There is air-conditioning in the cabins and the windows can be opened.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English

      Aboard our boats you’ll be joined by travelling companions from all over, as well as a Tour Leader who speaks the group’s two main languages – usually English and German. Shall we bet that you’ll go back home with a smattering of French?


    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      The offered bikes are hybrid bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres. E-bikes are also available for this tours, while kids’ bikes and accessories are at hand for all family-friendly holidays.

      You can choose between the following bikes:

      • 24-speed-hybrid-bike
      • E-bikes unisex
      • children seat, children trailer, Child bike

      E-bikes
      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the Great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain. Our research has led us to:

      With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.

      Your bike has 24 gears, a detachable lithium-Ion battery, hand brakes, pannier bags, bike helmet, a good lock, water bottle and you can get a repair kit. We draw your attention to the fact that you will be held responsible for damage to or theft of the bike, as long as the bike is not on board. (the E-bike has a value of more than € 2000,-). Never leave it unattended. Always lock it and fasten it to a fixed object, and don’t forget to remove the information panel.


      Private bicycles

      You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. This is adapted especially to your needs. Do not forget to bring a repair kit with all necessary tools such as: keys, reserve tube and lock. Please check your own bicycle for operability upon arrival.

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