Nancy to Strasbourg
A totally new boat and bike tour through the Alsace and Loraine region from the second seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to the old city of Nancy.
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 the mix of cultures you can enjoy both good wines and good beers on the way!
Strasbourg on the Rhine river is a typical border town with good example of the mixed heritage of the region. It is the seat of the European Parliament when it is not convening in Brussels.
We follow the impressive Rhine-Marne Canal all the way to Nancy. Wingersheim is the self-proclaimed the capital of hops. Bouxwiller has a center with Tudor style buildings and centuries old churches and a synagogue. We pass the Parc Regional de Vosges, a wooded and natural area with many castles. Near Niderviller you will see the ships elevator that is used to replace a series of locks. Between Gondrexage and Lagarde you will ride through an interesting wetland area. On the last day to Nancy you pass the old WW1 frontline with many monuments and graveyards.
The Clair de Lune
- 3 double cabins
- 5 split level beds cabins
- 1 single cabin
All cabins are provided with:
- private shower/toilet,
- sink (in cabin),
- central heating,
- 220 voltage,
- windows/portholes that open.
There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed.
You are expected at the barge on Saturday afternoon, between 12.00 AM and 14.00 PM. You can bring your luggage earlier to the barge, but not
before 11.00 AM. We are busy cleaning the barge, but we can provide you with suggestions to have a nice walk into town.
The mooring place of the barge in Nancy is on the Marne-Rhin canal near the city center.
The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). By train and bus it is about 2,5 hours to the railway station in the center of Nancy via high speed train station Lorraine TGV. Walking distance from the train station to the barge is about 30 minutes. A taxi from the airport of Paris to the mooring place will take about 3,5 to 4 hours.
The nearest train station to the embarkation point of the barge is the Nancy railway station. Walking distance to the barge is about 30 minutes.
Should you arrive by car, we strongly advise to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. More information on parking your car in Nancy can be found on www.nancy.fr/nancy-in-english/...
End of the tour
The tour ends one week later in Strasbourg on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Strasbourg. The mooring place of the barge in Strasbourg is to the north of the city center.
Day 1 Saturday: Nancy, boarding around 2 PM and tryout bike ride.
Arrival and welcome at the barge on the mooring place. 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 Sunday: Nancy, cycling to Hénaménil & sailing to Lagarde 50KM
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 Monday: Lagarde, cycling to Gondrexange & sailing to Niderviller40KM
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 Tuesday: Niderviller – Saverne 30KM
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 Wednesday: Saverne – Dettwiller40KM
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 Thursday: Dettwiller – Wingersheim 40KM
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 Friday: Wingersheim – Strasbourg 35KM
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 Saturday: Strasbourg. Departure
After breakfast: debarkation before 10 AM.