Alsace-Loraine and the Ardennes
Bases at Lutzelbourg and Pont-a-Bar
Luzelbourg: Canal de La Marne au Rhin, Canal de la Sarre, Moselle, Canal des Vosges
Our base at Lutzelbourg provides an Alsatian welcome, with its castle and its famous crystal workshops.
Whichever way you cruise, half timbered houses gay with window- boxes, onion-domed church-towers, intricate wrought-ironwork and a hundred small details give the villages a festival air.
Wherever you stop, you'll find the food equally special: choucroute and charcuterie as well as mouthwatering plum and greengage tarts.
Cruising the Canal de la Sarre you pass mainly through woodland with the odd small town to tempt you with a restaurant meal.
At Sarreguemines you'll be charmed by the hand-decorated pottery.
On your return you'll travel on the boat lift at Arzwiller which replaces 17 locks.
Following the Marne-Rhine Canal you pass through Saverne with its ducal palace and across the Alsatian plain to the heart of Strasbourg.
At Toul, a town fortified by Vauban and enjoying fine views over the loops of the river Moselle, you are entering Lorraine.
Its countryside is just as fine as its cities, of which Nancy and Metz are the high-points.
One week cruises from Lutzelbourg
- Lutzelbourg, Saverne, Strasbourg, Lutzebourg
115 km; 60 locks; 4hr45 cruising per day
- Lutzelbourg, Arzviller, Mittersheim, Sarralbe, Lutzelbourg
142 km; 48 locks; 4hr45 cruising per day
- Lutzelbourg, Arzviller, Dombasle, Nancy, Lutzelbourd
188 km; 52 locks; 5hr30 cruising per day
10 or 11 day cruises
- Lutzelbourg, Arzviller, Sarreguemines, Sarbrucken, Lutzebourg
234 km; 72 locks; 4hr15 cruising per day
- Lutzebourg, Arzviller, Nancy, Liverdun, Toul, Dombasle, Lutzelbourg
255 km; 64 locks; 3 lifting bridges; 1 boat lift, 1 lock staircase; 4 tunnels; 5 hrs cruising per day
Two week cruise
- Lutzelbourg, Arzviller, Sarreguemines, Nancy, Toul, Lutzelbourg
382 km; 136 locks; 5 hr cruising per day
- Lutzelbourg, Arzviller, Dombasle, Nancy, Metz, Lutzelbourg
303 km; 64 locks; 4hr30 cruising per day
- Lutzelbourg, Arzviller, Sarreguemines, Saarbrucken, Lutzelbourg
234 km; 72 locks; 3hr30 cruising per day
Pont-a-Bar : Canal de la Meuse, The Meuse, Canal des Ardennes, Canal de l'Aisne à la Marne
While the Canal de la Meuse takes you through the lush pastures and verdant countryside of Lorraine as far as Verdun, the River Meuse itself loops romantically into the tangled hills of the Ardennes whose forests act as a great lung for Europe.
Home of wild boar, roe-deer and some of France's rarest birds, the Ardennes forests also shelter in their protected wetlands such fancies as orchids and the fly-catching sundew.
At Sedan don't miss a visit to Europe's largest fortress, while you can discover all about marionnettes at Charleville-Mezieres, world capital of the art.
If you decide to head for Belgium, you'll be struck by the very special character of the villages and towns of the Ardennes.
Protected by the mountainous terrain they have acted as a natural line of defence and have been scarcely touched by successive wars.
Close to Givet you can admire the ruins of Charlemont Castle, founded by Charles V.
The grand mountain scenery leads on to Namur and Dinant, perhaps the most lively and fascinating towns of the Belgian Ardennes.
One week cruises from Pont-a-Bar
- Pont-a-Bar, Charleville, Mezieres, Revin, Fumay, Givet, Pont-a-Bar
187 km; 42 locks; 5hr15 cruising per day
- Pont-a-Bar, Sedan, Mouzon, Verdun, Pont-a-Bar
217 km; 46 locks; 5hr45 cruising per day
Two week cruise
- Pont-a-Bar, Charleville,Mezieres, Fumay, Dinant, Namur, Pont-a-Bar
286 km; 62 locks; 3hr45 cruising per day
Three week cruise
- Pont-a-Bar,Berry au Bac, Reims, Vitry le Francois, Bar le Duc, Commercy, Verdun, Sedan, Pont-a-Bar
553 km; 214 locks; 5hr30 cruising per day