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Adventures Afloat: Blend of Cultures: A Walk-and-Barge Immersion in Alsace

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Program #21380RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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Itinerary for Sep 23 — Oct 2, 2014

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Day One: Tuesday, September 23 - Departures from the U.S.
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight to Strasbourg, France.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Hannong is located in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, within a 10 minute walk of la Petite France, Place Kleber and Strasbourg Cathedral. The hotel has modern furnishings throughout with charming public spaces decorated with an ecclectic mix of fine art.

Contact info:
15, rue du 22 Novembre
Strasbourg, France
phone: +33 3 88 22 63 87
web: www.hotel-hannong.com

Room amenities: Rooms features a safe, cable TV, desser and closet, bathrooms have hair dryer and soap and shampoo.

Facility amenities: 24-hour reception desk staff with fluent English. The hotel has a wine bar where participants can relax and talk about the day's activities. High speed Internet WIFI is free of charge throughout the hotel. Room-service and laundry service are available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, September 24 - Arrival Strasbourg and Orientation
Afternoon: Afternoon transfer to the hotel and check in. Orientation is scheduled for 5 PM. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner near the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Hannong

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Hannong is located in the heart of medieval Strasbourg, within a 10 minute walk of la Petite France, Place Kleber and Strasbourg Cathedral. The hotel has modern furnishings throughout with charming public spaces decorated with an ecclectic mix of fine art.

Contact info:
15, rue du 22 Novembre
Strasbourg, France
phone: +33 3 88 22 63 87
web: www.hotel-hannong.com

Room amenities: Rooms features a safe, cable TV, desser and closet, bathrooms have hair dryer and soap and shampoo.

Facility amenities: 24-hour reception desk staff with fluent English. The hotel has a wine bar where participants can relax and talk about the day's activities. High speed Internet WIFI is free of charge throughout the hotel. Room-service and laundry service are available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for reservations.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, September 25 - Discovering Strasbourg
Note: Today's activities include walking up to 3-4 miles in the morning over cobblestone streets, flat terrain and few stairs.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a morning walk in Strasbourg. Discover the section called La Petite France and the beautiful famed cathedral.

Lunch: In the historic center of Strasbourg.

Afternoon: Explore the Palais Rohan and Strasbourg City Museums. Enjoy a guided introduction followed by free time for individual explorations of the Fine Arts Museum, the Decorative Arts Museum, and the Archaeological Museum.

Dinner: Near the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Hannong

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Madeleine is a deluxe newly built two-deck barge, completed in 2014, that can accommodate 24 passengers in its 12 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/madeleine-2014

Room amenities: Each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Amenities on board include a spacious lounge with bar, restaurant, sun deck with loungers and parasols, barbecue deck, Jacuzzi at the prow of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free wifi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable


Day Four: Friday, September 26 - Free Time in Strasbourg/ Embark the Madeleine
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Strasbourg on your own. Check out must be completed by 11:30 a.m. Luggage can be stored in the lobby.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will gather in the hotel lobby at 3 p.m. for the transfer to the barge.

Dinner: Welcome dinner on board the Madeleine.

Evening: Night Cruise of Historic Old Strasbourg by small boat (water levels permitting).

Lodging: Madeleine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Madeleine is a deluxe newly built two-deck barge, completed in 2014, that can accommodate 24 passengers in its 12 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/madeleine-2014

Room amenities: Each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Amenities on board include a spacious lounge with bar, restaurant, sun deck with loungers and parasols, barbecue deck, Jacuzzi at the prow of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free wifi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable


Day Five: Saturday, September 27 - The History of Beer and Wine in Alsace
Note: Today's activities include walking up to 3- 4 miles on uneven paths. Good walking shoes are needed.

Breakfast: On board the Madeleine.

Morning: Enjoy the scenery as the Madeleine sails out of the historic city of Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace. Later, enjoy a presentation by your Study Leader. We will then have an Alsace wine tasting; learn about the vineyards and the wines while you enjoy four different types of Alsacian wines and identify the elements of each.

Lunch: On board as we sail the widest part of the canal away from Strasbourg.

Afternoon: Explore the hops footpath in Wingersheim; Alsace offers an attractive and unusual landscape. In this province of wine-growing and beer-brewing, gain a new perspective on the region by learning about growing hops. Enjoy a pleasurable walk through the hop fields followed by a beer tasting.

Dinner: On board the Madeleine.

Lodging: Madeleine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Madeleine is a deluxe newly built two-deck barge, completed in 2014, that can accommodate 24 passengers in its 12 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/madeleine-2014

Room amenities: Each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Amenities on board include a spacious lounge with bar, restaurant, sun deck with loungers and parasols, barbecue deck, Jacuzzi at the prow of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free wifi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable


Day Six: Sunday, September 28 - Walking Along the Alsace Canal and Hobarr Castle
Note: Today's activities include walking along the canal and in the city about 4-6 miles on a foot path and in towns.

Breakfast: On board the Madeleine.

Morning: Take delight in a bucolic journey that transports you to Waltzenheim. We will pass by the towns of Schwindratzheim—nestled on a hillside—and Hochfelden, a typical Alsatian village. As we sail, you have the option of either staying on board and enjoying the views or you can disembark and stroll on the trails or bike on the paved trails along the canal.

Lunch: On board the Madeleine.

Afternoon: The boat will be moored in front of Rohan Castle. Choose to enjoy some free time in Saverne or join your study leader for a visit to Château de Hohbarr, nicknamed "The Eye of Alsace." Enjoy splendid views of the Alsatian plains. On the way back, stop at the Chappe tower, an old semaphore location, for an interactive discovery of the ancestor of modern telecommunications.

Dinner: At a restaurant featuring the local delicious specialty of "Tarte Flambee," a flat pie that resembles a thin pizza and is made most often with creme fraiche, onions and bacon.

Evening: Enjoy an after dinner walk in the village.

Lodging: Madeleine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Madeleine is a deluxe newly built two-deck barge, completed in 2014, that can accommodate 24 passengers in its 12 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/madeleine-2014

Room amenities: Each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Amenities on board include a spacious lounge with bar, restaurant, sun deck with loungers and parasols, barbecue deck, Jacuzzi at the prow of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free wifi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable


Day Seven: Monday, September 29 - Saverne and Lutzelbourg Castle
Note: Today's activities include walking up to 3-4 miles in the morning and a short walk ascending 300 meters.

Breakfast: On board the Madeleine.

Morning: Explore Saverne on foot. Virtually unknown from the usual tourist routes, Saverne offers a wide range of places to discover: the Grand Rue with its unicorn fountain (the symbol of the city); the Katz house, adorned with magnificent carved timbers; Notre Dame Church with its 12th-century steeple; various 18th-century administrative buildings; or the Récollets Monastery founded in the 14th century.

Lunch: On board the Madeleine.

Afternoon: Enjoy the scenery as the barge sails into the Vosges Mountains. Walk to Lutzelbourg Castle. Perched at over 300 meters above sea level on a rocky, red sandstone spur, the ruins of the castle majestically dominate the village below in the Zorn Valley.

Dinner: On board the Madeleine.

Lodging: Madeleine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Madeleine is a deluxe newly built two-deck barge, completed in 2014, that can accommodate 24 passengers in its 12 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/madeleine-2014

Room amenities: Each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Amenities on board include a spacious lounge with bar, restaurant, sun deck with loungers and parasols, barbecue deck, Jacuzzi at the prow of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free wifi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable


Day Eight: Tuesday, September 30 - Sailing the Niderviller Tunnels and the Inclined ...
Note: Today's activities include walking 2 miles over flat roadways and sidewalks.

Breakfast: On board the Madeleine.

Morning: After breakfast, enjoy a presentation titled "Learn about Navigating and the History of the Alsace-Lorraine Canal." After reaching the incline plane, stop at the crystal glassworks, a family-run business specializing in the art of cutting crystal. Meet with the artist and learn about this old-time tradition. Watch crystal blowing and cutting demonstrations. Later sit outside and watch as the barge is lowered 44 meters in just 4 minutes by the unique Inclined Plane of Arzviller. The inclined plane replaces an older system of 17 successive locks that used to take a full day to navigate. The passage now takes just about one hour.

Lunch: On board the Madeleine. Enjoy a candlelight lunch as you sail the Niderviller and Arzviller tunnels. It is sure to be a fascinating experience!

Afternoon: As you enjoy the lovely scenery, you will get a sense of what it was like to be a barge captain. In Niderviller, you may enjoy a nice 25 minute walk to the oldest and only porcelain factory located along the Alsace Lorraine Canal. Learn about the history of the Niderviller factory and its importance to locals. It remains one of the few factories still operating in the region. Alternatively, you may stay on board or explore the area around the barge on your own.

Dinner: On board the Madeleine.

Lodging: Madeleine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: The Madeleine is a deluxe newly built two-deck barge, completed in 2014, that can accommodate 24 passengers in its 12 cabins, all of which have windows.

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67080 France
phone: +33 (0)3 88 76 44 44
web: http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/ships/madeleine-2014

Room amenities: Each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), and air-conditioning.

Facility amenities: Amenities on board include a spacious lounge with bar, restaurant, sun deck with loungers and parasols, barbecue deck, Jacuzzi at the prow of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free wifi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after:
Not applicable


Day Nine: Wednesday, October 01 - Exploring Sarrebourg
Note: Today's activities include a walk of 2-3 miles over flat roadways and sidewalks.

Breakfast: On board the Madeleine.

Morning: We will discover the city of Sarrebourg, the gateway to the Vosges mountains. The city has a rich historical diversity and its church features unique stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall. On the way back to the barge, take a brief stop at the Mephisto factory to learn about these French shoes.

Lunch: On board the Madeleine.

Afternoon: Enjoy a presentation titled, "A Brief History of Alsace and Lorraine" led by your Study Leader. Learn about these two French provinces and their very unique history.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on board the Madeleine.

Evening: Join in a game of French trivia.

Lodging: Madeleine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Ten: Thursday, October 02 - Departure from Lagarde to Strasbourg / Return to ...
Breakfast: On board the Madeleine.

Morning: After breakfast we will transfer to the airport. All passengers must disembark by 7 a.m. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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