Day 1 - Basel / Strasbourg
Day 2 - Strasbourg / Waltenheim
Day 3 - Waltenheim / Saverne
Day 4 - Saverne / Lutzelbourg
Day 5 - Lutzelbourg / Arzviller Plane
Day 6 - Sarrebourg / Lagarde
Day 7 - Return Flight

Spendology - Widgets

Péniche Alsacienne

Follow the ‘Great Canal Journey’ of Timothy West and Prunella Scales on the Marne-Rhine Canal travelling past fairy-tale castles through wonderful forests, mountains and valleys

The ‘Great Canal Journey’ TV programme of Prunella Scales and Timothy West revealed a fascinating journey through the beautiful scenery of the Marne-Rhine Canal. This inspired us to offer a barge cruise through the scenic heart of Alsace from Lagarde to Strasbourg. Cruise for up to six hours per day through small villages, traversing 40 locks with the opportunity to walk or cycle between some locks. A unique highlight will be the Péniche traversing the Arzviller inclined plane which in 1969 replaced 17 locks and functions according to the Archimedes principle!

The historic town of Strasbourg, capital of Alsace is criss-crossed by canals of the Ill river and the impressive Gothic cathedral was once described by Goethe as ‘a most sublime wide-arching tree of God’ – the portals, rose window and astronomical clock repay detailed study.

The Alsace ‘Route du Vin’ is a good preview to the cruise which will also showcase the fine food and wine of the region at Riquewihr, a well-preserved village of medieval and renaissance houses, surrounded by vineyards.

Key Features

Exclusive Small Ship Cruise
Free Cabin Selection
UNESCO Site: Strasbourg
Excursions Included
Drinks Included

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Basel. Transfer to Strasbourg, calling in at Riquewihr on the Alsace wine road and embark your vessel for a six-night cruise. Welcome cocktail and enjoy a small boat cruise around Strasbourg by night. (D)

Day 2 A walking tour of historic Strasbourg. Afternoon cruising towards Waltenheim. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Cruise to Saverne passing the charming villages of Hochfelden and Schwindratzheim. Afternoon visit to the Château du Haut Barr often called ‘the Eye of Alsace’ for panoramic views over the Alsatian plains. Free time to explore Saverne. Dinner at a local restaurant with the opportunity to enjoy “tarte flambée”, a local speciality. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Sightseeing of Saverne including the Grand Rue, Katz House, the Notre Dame Church with its 12th-century steeple and the 14th-century Récollets Monastery. Continue to Lutzelbourg through the Vosges Mountains. Afternoon excursion by foot to its Castle (approx. 30 min steep walk uphill), perched over 980 feet above sea level in the Zorn Valley. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruise towards the Arzviller inclined plane to experience this unique feat of engineering, passing through the Arzviller and Niderviller tunnels. Visit the local crystal workshop, specialising in crystal blowing and cutting. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Cruise towards Lagarde passing through Réchicourt lock, one of the largest in France before continuing through the lakes. Afternoon visit to Sarrebourg located at the foot of the Vosges mountains and the Alsace region. Take the Chagall trail and view his dramatic stained glass windows. Arrive at the quiet, charming village of Lagarde. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Disembark and transfer to Luxembourg for the return flight. (B)

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board and access to the public lounge).
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in a twin Lower Deck cabin
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
May 30 £2395
July 11 £2375
September 19 £2395

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £995

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck £145
Upper Deck Single supplement £995

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe - On request

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Arrival and departure transfers with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 6-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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