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Alsace, Strasbourg – Nancy

Along the Marne - Rhine Canal

Strasbourg
Paris, Charles de Gaulle

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Nancy
Paris, Charles de Gaulle

A totally new tour in a very interesting party of France. You ride through the Alsace and Loraine region from the second seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to the old city of Nancy. 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 the mix of cultures you can enjoy both good wines and good beers on the way!

Strasbourg on the Rhine river is a typical border town with good example of the mixed heritage of the region. It is the seat of the European Parliament when it is not convening in Brussels. We follow the impressive Rhine-Marne Canal all the way to Nancy. Wingersheim is the self-proclaimed the capital of hops. Bouxwiller has a center with Tudor style buildings and centuries old churches and a synagogue. We pass the Parc Regional de Vosges, a wooded and natural area with many castles. Near Niderviller you will see the ships elevator that is used to replace a series of locks. Between Gondrexage and Lagarde you will ride through an interesting wetland area. On the last day to Nancy you pass the old WW1 frontline with many monuments and graveyards.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 8
  • Distance 40 km, average per day
  • European town Strasbourg
  • Old villages and Tudorstyle buildings
  • French and German culture in one region
  • Wooded areas and wetlands
  • Beautiful Nancy

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Strasbourg, boarding around 2 PM and try out bike ride

15KM
Saturday: Strasbourg, boarding around 2 PM and try out bike ride

Arrival and welcome at the barge on the mooring place . Tryout bike ride to the village of Kehl in Germany. (Guided) walk in town in the evening.

Day 2

Sunday: Strasbourg - Wingersheim

35KM
Sunday: Strasbourg - Wingersheim

Start of the week with a leisurely and flat ride through the Parc Pourtalés and later on villages like La Wantzenau and Hoerdt where you can already see the first Tudor style buildings. The mooring place of the barge is near Wingersheim

Day 3

Monday: Wingersheim – Dettwiller

40KM
Monday: Wingersheim – Dettwiller

First a ride along the canal to Hochfelden where the famous Meteor brewery (since 1640!) can be found and visited. Later we visit the old Jewish cemetery in Ettendorf. Around lunchtime we will be in Bouxwiller, once of the nicest villages in the North Alsace. It boasts a center with Tudor style buildings, museums churches and a synagogue. The barge will wait for you near the village of Dettwiller.

Day 4

Tuesday: Dettwiller – Saverne

40KM
Tuesday: Dettwiller – Saverne

Today we ride through the hilly area of Parc Regional Vosges du Nord. Along nice quiet roads towards la-Petite-Pierre, a picture perfect village with beautiful castle. On the way back to Saverne we pass by Graufthal with its mediaeval cave houses. The mooring place is in the middle of town in Saverne. From the ship there is a great view of the Vosges hills.
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 5

Wenesday: Saverne – Niderviller

30KM
Wenesday: Saverne – Niderviller

A morning 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. After this morning program we ride mainly through the woods on the bike path along the canal and through the Vallée des Eclusiers to Niderviller. In Arzviller you can see the incline/elevator for ships that transports ships to the next level. A magnificent piece of engineering. Before a series of locks was needed for this. Niderviller was very famous for its porcelain pottery. Although the factory is no longer there the village still has a Niderviller porcelain shop.

Day 6

Thursday: Niderviller, sailing to Gondexage, cycling to Lagarde

40KM
Thursday: Niderviller, sailing to Gondexage, cycling to Lagarde

Time for a morning cruise along the Rhine-Marne Canal. In about 4 hours the Clair de Lune sails from Niderviller to Gondrexage. Here you disembark and make an easy flat ride through the nearby wetlands. Along the way you pass 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. You continue along canal on the traffic free bike path to Lagarde.

Day 7

Friday: Lagarde, sailing to Hénaménil, cycling to Nancy

50KM
Friday: Lagarde, sailing to Hénaménil, cycling to Nancy

Again a morning cruise, now to Hénaménil where you leave the Clair de Lune for your last ride of the week. First we visit the city of Luneville with its cathedral. At Luneville we pass the frontline ff WW1. 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. In St-Nicolas-Port the cathedral is worth a visit before we enter Nancy, city of museums, parks and lovely squares.

 

 

Day 8

Saturday: Nancy, end of this trip after breakfast (debarkation before 10AM)

Saturday: Nancy, end of this trip after breakfast (debarkation before 10AM)

After breakfast: debarkation before 10 AM.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
6/6/2020 - 6/13/2020 Available Strasbourg Clair de Lune Comfort Plus Book now
6/20/2020 - 6/27/2020 Available Strasbourg Clair de Lune Comfort Plus Book now
7/4/2020 - 7/11/2020 Limited Strasbourg Clair de Lune Comfort Plus Book now
7/18/2020 - 7/25/2020 Available Strasbourg 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 July 4 & July 18 € 2058,- free of charge 30% reduction
Clair de Lune Split level bed cabin on June 6 & June 20 € 2250,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Clair de Lune Double bed cabin on July 4 & July 18 € 2058,- free of charge 30% reduction
Clair de Lune Double bed cabin on June 6 & June 20 € 2250,- free of charge 30% reduction
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Clair de Lune Single cabin on July 4 & July 18 € 1190,- 0 0
Clair de Lune Single cabin June 6 & June 20 € 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 €90
Cycletours bicycle insurance Cycletours bicycle insurance No own-risk €15
Cycletours bicycle insurance 2 weeks Cycletours bicycle insurance 2 weeks No own-risk €30
Electric bicycle, unisex Electric bicycle, unisex Batavus, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €170
Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Hybrid bicycle, 24-gears Batavus Boulevard, incl. bike helmet €92.50
Cycletours bicycle insurance Cycletours bicycle insurance No own-risk €20
Cycletours bicycle insurance 2 weeks Cycletours bicycle insurance 2 weeks No own-risk €40
Electric bicycle, unisex Electric bicycle, unisex Batavus, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €175

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 fee of € 20,- per booking
  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 15,- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
  • (non) alcoholic beverages aboard and ashore
  • Personal and cancellation insurance (optional)
  • Entrance fees

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 Strasbourg is to the north of the city center.

Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). By dirct TGV train and bus it is about 2 hours to the railway station in the center of Strasbourg. Walking distance from the train station to the barge is about 1 hour. A taxi from the airport of Paris to the mooring place will take about 5 hours.

Train

The nearest train station to the embarkation point of the barge is the Strasbourg railway station. Walking distance to the barge is about 1 hour. A taxi will take about 15 minutes and will cost around 45 euro.

Car

Should you arrive by car, we strongly advise to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. More information on parking your car in Strasbourg can be found on http://www.en.strasbourg.eu/en/transport-and-environment/getting-around-in-strasbourg/city-parking/

End of the tour

The tour ends one week later in Nancy on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Nancy. The mooring place of the barge in Nancy is on the Marne – Rhin canal near the city center.

Our ship, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedaling 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.

  • Can you rejoin the barge before the end of a stage?

    No, the ship doesn’t take the same route that the cyclists do. Sometimes the route may be altered because of weather conditions or repairs to bridges or locks and then the guests and the guide can arrange with the skipper to be met at a different place. Naturally you can always stay on board for one or more days.

  • 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.

  • What are the cabins like?

    The Standard Plus category has bunk beds.
    The Comfort category is similar to Standard Plus, except there are low beds in the cabins.
    The ComfortPlus category is similar to Comfort, but the maximum capacity is 14 people (instead of 20/24 people).
    The Comfort DeLuxe category gives you about 9 square meters in the cabins, very well furnished with low beds and a comfortable equipped bathroom.

    In all categories the cabins have private shower/toilet and a porthole or window.
    There is room for a moderately sized suitcase per person.

  • Which countries do the participants come from?

    The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. However we regularly welcome South Africans and Japanese guests.

    The common language on board is English.

  • What languages do the guides speak?

    All tour guides speak English. Some of the the tour guides speak German and/ or French. We also have a few guides who speak Spanish and/or Italian. We try to match the guide’s linguistic abilities with the nationalities in the group.
    The common language on board is English.

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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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