French Canal Voyage by Barge: Discover Alsace-Lorraine
Immerse yourself in culture as you sail the Marne-Rhine Canal on a modern river barge, discovering grand Châteaux, picturesque vineyards, historic cathedrals and world-class cuisine.
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Program No. 21158RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

The region of Grand-Est borders Germany and the proximity shows in its culture. But these two provinces are also deeply, proudly French. Beginning and ending in medieval Strasbourg, this voyage on the Marne-Rhine Canal introduces you to Alsace-Lorraine’s spectacular landscapes, magnificent castles and unique customs and cuisine.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to two miles per day; uneven terrain and cobblestones common. Embark and disembark the ship via ramp. Please note on Day 3, there will be walking up to 3 miles in the morning in Strasbourg in addition to the afternoon activities.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Navigate the Marne-Rhine Canal’s tunnels and watch as your ship is lifted 144 feet by the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane.
  • Learn about the arts of wine and beer making in Alsace and sample some local offerings.
  • Explore medieval Strasbourg including its famed Romanesque and high Gothic cathedral and the Palais Rohan.

General Notes

Direction of sail varies by date. Ship and hotel vary by date.
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Amale Bourhim
Born in France, Amale Bourhim holds a master's degree in art history from the Sorbonne in Paris. She is a top-rated certified expert in national museums and monuments in France and can speak six languages. Having lived in the U.S. and Australia, Amale has lectured on art extensively and once enjoyed a career as a journalist for Australian publications. She is the author of a book on art appreciation and created a kit on the art of the Louvre museum for kids.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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