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Alsace, Nancy – Strasbourg

Along the Marne-Rhine Canal

Nancy
Paris Charles de Gaulle

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Strasbourg
Paris Charles de Gaulle

A totally new Bike & Barge tour in a very interesting part of France. You ride through the Alsace and Lorraine region from the old city of Nancy to the second seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. 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 a mix of cultures you can enjoy both good wines and good beers on the way during this Bike & Barge tour Alsace Nancy to Strasbourg!
The beautiful city of Nancy in the Lorraine region is our starting point. We follow the impressive Rhine-Marne Canal all the way to Strasbourg. On the first day you pass the old the Great War front line with many monuments and graveyards. Between Lagarde and Gondrexange you will ride through an interesting wetland area. Near Niderviller you will see the ships elevator that is used to replace a series of locks. We pass the Parc Regional de Vosges, a wooded and natural area with many castles. Bouxwiller has a center with Tudor style buildings, centuries old churches and a synagogue. Wingersheim is the self-proclaimed capital of hops. The final destination Strasbourg on the Rhine river is a typical border town with good example of the mixed heritage of the region.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 40
  • Beautiful Nancy
  • Old Villages with Tudor Style buildings
  • Wooded areas and wetlands
  • European Town Strasbourg
  • Canal Marne-Rhine
  • Boat Lift Arzviller
  • Parc Regional de Vosges

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Nancy, boarding around 2 PM and tryout bike ride

15KM
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
Sunday: Nancy, cycling to Hénaménil & sailing to Lagarde

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 Niderviller

40KM
Monday: Lagarde, cycling to Gondrexange & sailing to Niderviller

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
Tuesday: Niderviller – Saverne

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 – Dettwiller

40KM
Wednesday: Saverne  – Dettwiller

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
Thursday: Dettwiller – Wingersheim

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
Friday:  Wingersheim – Strasbourg

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

Saturday: Strasbourg, departure

After breakfast: debarkation before 10 AM.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/30/2020 - 6/6/2020 Available Nancy Clair de Lune Comfort Plus Book now
6/13/2020 - 6/20/2020 Available Nancy Clair de Lune Comfort Plus Book now
6/27/2020 - 7/4/2020 Available Nancy Clair de Lune Comfort Plus Book now
7/11/2020 - 7/18/2020 Available Nancy Clair de Lune Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
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Clair de Lune Split level bed cabin on June 27 & July 11 € 2058,- free of charge 30% reduction
Clair de Lune Split level bed cabin on May 30 & June 13 € 2250,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Clair de Lune Double bed cabin on June 27 & July 11 € 2058,- free of charge 30% reduction
Clair de Lune Double bed cabin on May 30 & June 13 € 2250,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Clair de Lune Single cabin on June 27 & July 11 € 1190,- 0 0
Clair de Lune Single cabin on May 30 & June 13 € 1275,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Batavus Boulevard, incl. bike helmet €92.50
Electric bicycle, unisex Electric bicycle, unisex Batavus, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €175
Cycletours bicycle insurance Cycletours bicycle insurance No own-risk €20
Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike Cycletours bicycle insurance E-bike No own-risk €40

Included

  • All nights on board, (Sat.-Sat. 8 days / 7 nights), cabin in the booked category;
  • Full board (7 x breakfast, 6 x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours, 7 x three course dinner)
  • Use of bed linen and 2 towels (change of towels possible)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide, cycles with the group
  • Min. 3 city walks with the tourguide
  • Free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck
  • Road book, 1x per cabin
  • Ferry fares on the route

Not Included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 15,- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 45,-
  • Personal insurance/ Cancellation insurance (optional)

Special details

  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best  to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.
  • Cycletours Holidays reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

Arrival info

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.

Airport

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.

Train

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.

Car

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/making-the-city-simple-1067.html

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.

Our ship, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedalling along. No lugging of luggage: that is exactly what Bike & Barge is all about! In the pleasant atmosphere on board you can have a chat, go through the day with the others, and enjoy the meals prepared specially for cyclists. In the evenings you can enjoy a drink in the salon or admire the setting sun on deck. Do not expect a cruise ship with its passive luxury. The Bike & Barge Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury. Free WiFi is (limited and subject to availability of connections) available in lounge and on deck.

What are the cabins like?

Your barge has can hold a maximum of 17 passengers and has 9 cabins. 3 with a 2-persons bed, 5 with a split level bed and 1 with a single bed. All cabins have their own private shower, toilet & sink, 220 voltage, central heating and air-conditioning. There is limited storage space in the cabin. We recommend 1 suitcase per person. You can slide the suitcase under the bed.
The team, hospitality comes first
The captain/skipper, the chef and your tour guide all welcome you warmly. They are prepared specifically for these trips and will provide good and safe passage, good meals, and a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. They will, of course, also give you a great deal of interesting information during and after the cycling and sailing.
The skipper is responsible for the smooth running of things on board; the cook is in charge of the catering. A tour leader accompanies you during the bike ride and can assist in case of breakdowns. He/She will be your guide to point out the things of interest along the way and is multi-lingual (Dutch/English/French, some speak German and/or Spanish).

The meals

Your chef is used to cook delicious meals for hungry cyclists. Besides an extensive breakfast, you will also be offered a packed lunch for on the road. It consists of different types of bread and sandwich fillings, juice, a snack and a piece of fruit. Lunch package needs to be prepared by yourself after breakfast. Dinner is different every day. There is a first course, main course and dessert The meals on board are included in the price, as are coffee and tea. Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks can be obtained at a reasonable charge. When you return on board after the day’s cycling, a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit will be waiting for you.
If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.

You and the group, new friends from around the world!

One of the most attractive aspects of the Bike & Barge holidays is that you encounter an international company on board, including people from e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, France and United Kingdom. It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know various cultures at the same time! We have people of all ages, solo travelers, couples and also families with children (during the school holidays).

 

The most beautiful cycling routes

Our carefully selected routes will lead you along the most beautiful spots of the country. The average daily distance is around 40/45 kilometers. Most participants prefer riding in a group with the cycling guide, but you can also ride individually. A road book is included (1x per cabin). Bike maps can be purchased when booking and will be handed over to you on board.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can I bring along my own bicycle?

    Yes, you may. On most tours this has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please mention this at time of booking. Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transferring from one place to another.

  • Can you choose your own itinerary without a guide?

    Cyclists can choose a longer route than the group takes. The guide will gladly advise you on the choice of an alternative route.

  • Do you accommodate for special diets?

    Must be notified when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus.
    In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week. On some tours there also is an additional charge of  € 50, – for lactose-free meals.

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    On our guided tours a tour guide will accompany the group during their cycling route.

    When mentioned ‘self-guided’, the tours are on an individual basis and no guides are provided. We will provide you with a thoroughly detailed and comprehensive description of the routes, enabling you to follow the route correctly without problems. Furthermore, these route descriptions are frequently accompanied with information on the main tourist attractions that you will come across.

  • How large is the group on board?

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 12 and 26 participants.

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Price starting from € 1029,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Clair de Lune
Clair de Lune

About  the barge

History Clair de Lune: The Clair de Lune was originally built in 1936 as a freight ship in Belgium.  In 1982 the barge was built into a passenger ship, first named ‘Steile Bank’ and ‘Summerjazz’.
Since May 2014 we named the ship ‘Clair de Lune’. Aboard there is a big and cozy salon with big windows for a perfect view. The barge is 34.15 meters long and 5.05 meters wide, which makes it possible to boat in France with its narrow locks.

Cabin Plan

Below, the "Clair de lune" has  9 Cabins: 3 with a 2-persons bed, 5 with a split level bed and 1 with a single bed. All Cabins have their own shower, toilet & sink and air-conditioning.

  • Offical name Clair de Lune
  • Length 35 m
  • Width 5 m
  • Capacity 17 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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