postheadericon Exploring Alsace-lorraine On A Barge Holiday In France

If you are planning a barge holiday in France, you should certainly consider cruising through Alsace-Lorraine. The picturesque imperial territory is home to storybook castles, rolling vineyards producing Alsatian wines, as well as Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. There are several different vessels that can take you through this remarkable area, from which you will be able to enjoy amazing sightseeing and phenomenal food.

The world from the water

When going on a barge holiday in France, selecting the proper vessel is vital. One particularly delightful vessel to travel on is La Nouvelle Etoile. It is an ultra deluxe and very spacious barge designed to accommodate up to eight people. It is extremely elegant and is decorated stylishly with a teak-lined dining area, saloon and an attractive bar and piano.

All the suites are over 200 square feet and have en-suite bathrooms. On the sun deck there are comfortable loungers and a hot tub. Additional amenities include Internet access, an exercise room and eight bikes. La Nouvelle Etoile is designed to be fully accessible to wheelchair users, as well as the less physically able.

Cruise highlights

There is so much to see and do while on a barge holiday in France. If you choose to explore the Alsace-Lorraine region, a typical cruise will include various stops.

The tour will begin by visiting the renowned Strasbourg Cathedral. This gorgeous Roman Catholic cathedral is widely considered to be among the finest examples of high or late Gothic architecture. It was once the tallest cathedral in the world and is today the sixth tallest. However, it is the highest still-standing structure built entirely in the Middle Ages. Victor Hugo described it as a gigantic and delicate marvel and it is certainly a sight not to be missed.

The next stop will be to explore the historic town of Saverne. Situated on the Rhine-Marne canal at the foot of a pass over the Vosges Mountains, it is filled with gorgeous sites. Its principal building, the Rohan Castle, is the former residence of the bishops of Strasbourg; it now houses the city museum with its large archaeological collection of Roman and Celtic artefacts. Other popular destinations include the spectacular Rene Lalique Collection and the unique Arzviller boat elevator.

Cuisine on board

While on a barge holiday in France, only the best of cuisine would be expected and that’s certainly what you’ll get. Chefs aboard La Nouvelle Etoile prepare regional specialties such as medallions of veal with a girolles and truffle sauce, breast of duck with a passion fruit glace, and crepes suzette with homemade vanilla ice cream. Cheeses such as Munster, Brie de Meaux, Fourme dAmbert and Chaource are all served as well. The wine cellar will be stocked with Riesling Grand Cru, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chablis Premier Cru Pouilly Fuisse and St Emillion Grand Cru.

Cruising the waterways in France will certainly be a holiday full of relaxation, wonderful sightseeing and delicious food.

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