Cruising in Alsace-Lorrain and Franche-Comte
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Chateau Haut Barr The Lorraine barge Tree-lined vallies

The following barges cruise in this area:

Barge Name Price Range (per person) and Maximum number of guests
8 guests
PANACHE $4000-$6000
12 guests

Where is it?

North East France, taking in Nancy, Saverne, Strasbourg and Colmar, going on down to Franche-Comté where Belfort and Besançon lie.

What are the cruises like?

Cruising through this region you can feel the history of Europe all around you. The Alsatian people have long prided their special land and culture, often fought over, and the Germanic influence is very evident here. This portion of France has been claimed as German soil many times throughout the past centuries and this lends the area its very historic ambiance. It is also an excellent wine producing region and you will cruise through lush green valleys with the majestic Vosges Mountains in the distance.

How does this area compare with others in Europe?

Very well indeed. The region is abounding with living history—the art nouveau movement was centred in Nancy, whilst Strasbourg speaks for itself as a centre of European culture, housing the European Parliament which you will float right past on entering this grand city. Charming Belfort and Besançon are also interesting destinations with their ancient fortified castles dominating the skyline.

Why would I want to cruise here?

Vineyards, fine wines, European history, art nouveau architecture and the fantastic art museum at Nancy, a pleasing climate, and our luxury barges, of course!

Images of Alsace and Lorraine Regions of France - Chagall stained glass window
Hand crafted crystal (right) and Mark Chagall's world-famous stained glass window are two superb reasons to cruise in the Alsace-Lorraine region. Evidence of the strong military past is still here (see tank above, next to road on entering Strasbourg!), whilst beautiful green scenery and the stunning barge lift at Artzviller (above right) are also a treat.

Images of Alsace and Lorraine Regions of France - Traditional glassware

How can I travel to this area?

As well as the extensive road network, there are several airports and train stations in this region:

  • Strasbourg Entzheim Airport - 5km from the city centre.
    A regional airport offering scheduled flights throughout europe and north africa
TGV train stations
  • Nancy
  • Strasbourg
  • Colmar
  • Metz
  • Lorraine
  • Besancon
Click here to go to the Barge Company dedicated 'trains' website to find out more about travelling around France on the TGV High Speed Rail network

Phone: +33 561 59 20 07, Fax: +33 561 59 23 54
Phone (Toll-Free from USA + Canada): 1-800-688-0245

The Barge Cruise Company Ltd, 2 Allée de Castelnouvel, 31490 Léguevin