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

Sail a modern barge as you walk and learn about this unique region of France, discovering picturesque villages, historical Châteaux, world-famous vineyards and renowned cuisine.
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Program No. 21380RJ
10 days
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Blend of Cultures: A Walk-and-Barge Immersion in Alsace

Sail a modern barge as you walk and learn about this unique region of France, discovering picturesque villages, historical Châteaux, world-famous vineyards and renowned cuisine.
10 days
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Program No. 21380 RJ
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The smallest region in mainland France is also one of the most visually and historically fascinating. Put on your walking shoes and get ready to uncover the richness of this area aboard a brand-new canal barge and along the hiking trail. Experience the rich cultural blend at the border between France and Germany and soak up the exquisite natural beauty that abounds on both banks of the Marne-Rhine Canal.
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 ...

  • Taste Alsacian wines and beers while learning about the craftsmanship that brings them forth from the vineyards and hops fields.
  • Immerse yourself in local French culture in Hochfelden, Saverne and other out-of-the-way villages off the beaten tourist track.
  • Marvel at the achievements of navigational technology as your barge is conveyed over and under the hilly terrain by the Saint-Louis-Arzviller inclined plane and the Niderviller and Arzviller tunnels.

General Notes

Hotel and ship vary by date. You may be interested in a less active version of this program, " French Canal Voyage by Barge: Discover Alsace-Lorraine" (#21158).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Michelin Green Guide Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne
by Michelin Travel Publications
A guide to Alsace, Champagne and Vosges in the classic Michelin style.
Strasbourg Map
by IGN
A city map of Strasbourg at a scale of 1:10,000.
Corkscrewed, Adventures in the New French Wine Country
by Robert V. Camuto
An American journalist living in the south of France, Camuto travels far afield from Bordeaux visiting new winemakers from the Alsace to Mayonnaise, Corsica and Burgundy for this celebration of the culture and diversity of French wine.
A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, Portrait of an Age
by William Manchester
Organized into sections on the Renaissance, Reformation and Discovery, Manchester's popular history evokes in vivid detail the great figures and daily life of the 16th century, including Henry VIII, Magellan, Borgia, da Vinci and Martin Luther.
Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
Alsace, Lorraine Map 516
by Michelin Travel Publications
An up-to-date regional map at the very good scale of 1:200,000 published by Michelin.
A Traveller's History of France
by Robert Cole
This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.
The Food of France
by Waverly Root
An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south).
Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France
by Kermit Lynch
A delightful and warmly anecdotal book, highly recommended for anyone touring the wine regions of France. Lynch brings the domains and appellations of French wine to full-blown life, and his portraits of the grand personalities who make the wine are priceless.
Wine and War, The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure
by Donald Kladstrup
This thrilling account of how the vinters of France saved their crops -- and their bottles -- as the Nazis approached shows that to be French is not just to fight for your country but also for your wine. Kladtsrub, who writes for Wine Spectator, and his wife Peatie, the authors focus on the activities of five winemaking families in Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.
The Age of the Cathedrals, Art and Society 980-1420
by Georges Duby
French scholar Duby, writing very accessibly, describes both the great cathedrals and the philosophical, religious, and political climate that enabled them to be built in this classic.

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