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European Waterways - La Nouvelle Etoile - 2015 Season

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Cruising - Germany & Luxemburg, Belgium, Alsace & Lorraine,
Holland, Champagne, Loire Valley, Burgundy, Paris, Northern France

Rates are for six nights on either:
A whole boat charter basis or per person based on double occupancy per cabin for our GoBarging luxury hotel barge cruises with departures every Sunday, from March to November


2015 Rates in EUR (Euros)
ACCOMMODATION VALUE MID REGULAR
Suite per person €5,150 €5,350 €5,750
Single Supplement €2,575 €2,675 €2,875
Charter 8 guests wholeboat €39,300 €40,800 €44,000
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Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted

Cruise Includes:
Local transfer to and from the barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 5 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles, DVD player, a PC and wireless internet access, an exercise room and a spa pool.

DEPARTURE DATES - (sundays) RATE
March - 22, 29 Value
April - 05, 12, 19, 26 Regular
May - 03, 10, 17, 31 Regular
June - 07, 14, 21, 28 Regular
July - 05, 12 Regular
July - 19, 26 Mid
August - 02, 09 Mid
August - 23, 30 Regular
September - 06, 13, 20, 27 Regular
October - 04, 11 Regular
October - 18 Mid

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Cruise Highlights:

Holland Tulip Cruise ( End of March to mid May)

  • Tour Keukenhof Gardens
  • Visit fascinating Zaanse Schans
  • Visit the Royal Delft pottery.

Burgundy ( June & July)

  • Visit Chateau de Fontaineblea
  • Cross the river on the Pont Canal de Briare
  • Tour of Chateau Saint Fargeau

Germany & Luxembourg Cruise (September & October )

  • Visit Burg Eltz, the 12th century “Queen of German Castles”
  • Tour Triers, Germany’s most ancient town, dating back to Roman times and visit the Porta Nigra
  • Finish the cruise in Luxembourg with a visit to its capital city

CLASSIC HOLLAND TULIP CRUISE ITINERARY - Haarlem to Haarlem

Sunday, Day 1
After your pick-up by our driver from the designated meeting point you will be taken to the barge moored in the center of Haarlem for a champagne welcome. We will relax for the afternoon with a cruise to Zaandam, where we will moor for the night and you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2
After an elegant breakfast we will take a short drive to the Zaanse Schans to visit a working windmill, a clog maker and a cheese maker. In the afternoon we will cruise to Amsterdam, through the heart of the city where the small canals and architecture will take you back to a previous century and then along the Amstel River to Ouderkerk. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3
An early rise and drive to the colorful flower auction in Aalsmeer. Upon return we will set off for a cruise on the canals to the cheese Mecca of Gouda. After lunch, we will take a drive out to a local cheese farm. Besides cheese, you will find beautiful buildings, excellent shopping and the most magnificent stained glass windows in Holland. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4
A morning cruise to Rotterdam through the center of this busy port and then onto Delft. Visit the Delft Pottery works, where porclain is still handmade and painted. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around this beautiful ancient Dutch city. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5
A morning cruise through the canals past Leiden, across the Brasemmer Lakes to Oude Wetering. Spend the afternoon at the famous Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world. Here you will see hundreds of varieties of tulips, hyacinths and other beautiful bulbs. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6
Morning cruise to Haarlem, a picturesque town and the home of the famous Dutch painter Frans Hals where we will tour its museum. Farewell celebration on board and the last delightful gourmet dinner.

Saturday, Day 7
This will be your last wonderful breakfast on board. You will then be driven to the designated drop off point.

Note: On Alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and will be subject to change.

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BELGIUM TO PARIS CRUISE ITINERARY - 2 Country Cruise

Sunday, Day 1
You will be met by our driver at your hotel and be driven to La Nouvelle Etoile which will be moored in the beautiful little town of Bruges, known as the Venice of the North. After a wonderful Champagne Welcome, we will take you into Bruges for a city tour on one of the little canal boats. Upon return to La Nouvelle Etoile you will have time to relax and get ready for your first, of many, gourmet meals on board.

Monday, Day 2
This morning you can join a guided walking tour of Bruges with a local guide, then return to the barge for lunch. After lunch, you will have some free time in Bruges. Late afternoon cruise to Ghent.

Tuesday, Day 3
After breakfast, your guide will take you into Ghent. Visit the cathedral with the fabulous painting "The Adoration of the Mystic lamb painted by the van Eyck brothers. Return to the barge for a cruise up the River Schelde to the town of Oudenaarde where we will moor for the night.

Wednesday, Day 4
A morning cruise further up the Schelde will take us to the ancient town of Tournay with its famous "Pont des Trous" (Bridge with Holes), used to collect tolls on the rivers in the old times. This afternoon you can stroll around Tournay or take an optional drive to Waterloo.

Thursday, Day 5
We continue along the Schelde through the town of Valenciennes to the junction of the Canal du Nord at the little French village of Arleux. We will drive to Valenciennes along the way to visit the Museum of Fine Arts.

Friday, Day 6
We begin our climb over the Vermandois Hills of Picardie through the many locks and several tunnels of the Canal du Nord. The scenery is spectacular rural France at its best. There is a great towpath for the barge along the canal that allows you to have a leisurely walk if you wish. After lunch, there will be a trip to Amiens to visit what must be one of the greatest of all Gothic cathedrals with its powerful towering spires and columns. .

Saturday, Day 7
After breakfast you can visit the war museum in Peronne. Upon return, we will continue on the Canal du Nord. There will be plenty of opportunities to walk or bike while the barge travels from lock to lock. The cruise now continues along the Canal du Nord as it drops down into the valley of the Somme River before climbing over another watershed.

Sunday, Day 8
Today we will cruise down to the Oise River valley to moor in the riverside town of Compiegne. There are many places to visit, including the train where the World War I armistice was signed, as well as the Royal Palace.

Monday, Day 9
We are now cruising down the Oise River valley where we stop at the village of Auvers sur Oise. This charming village is a van Gogh scene. Here is where he lived and painted most of his last, and most important paintings where he stayed in a small room above a local cafe. We will have an afternoon walk around the town and visit the cemetery where Vincent and is brother are buried.

Tuesday, Day 10
We will take a full picnic lunch with deck chairs and tables, to go on a day excursion to Giverny to visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet, probably the most famous of all the Impressionist painters. The gardens will be at their most beautiful at this time of year where we will see the famous lily pond and the Japanese bridge that inspired so many of his paintings. We will moor for the night in Conflans, which is the junction of the Oise and Seine Rivers.

Wednesday, Day 11
In the morning we will cruise to Bougival and visit Malmaison, the home of Napoleon. We will see its many lavishly decorated rooms furnished by Josephine. We will rejoin La Nouvelle Etoile for an evening cruise up the floodlit River Seine past the Eiffel Tower and into the "Port d'Arsenal" adjacent to the Bastille for a farewell dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 12
After your last elegant breakfast on board you will be driven to the designated drop off point..

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in reverse direction.

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A CLASSIC CHABLIS CRUISE - Paris to Auxerre

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Sunday, Day 1 Paris
After being met by our driver in Paris you will taken to the barge moored in the heart of Paris for a wonderful champagne welcome. We have the afternoon to relax and cruise past Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. We will moor that night in the Latin Quarter where you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Paris to Samoir sur Seine
Scenic cruise out of Paris to Samois sur Seine. After lunch we will take an excursion to Chateau of Fontainebleau. To walk through Fontainebleau is to walk through the history of France. Every royal family has added its own architectural signature. Go on the charming village of Moret, where the Impressionist Sisley painted, and then rejoin the barge for an evening cruise to Montereau.

Tuesday, Day 3 Samois sur Seine to Monterereau
A morning cruise on the upper part of the River Seine to Monterereau, where the smaller river, the Yonne, meets us. After lunch we will take a drive out to the Medieval town of Provins, also called the "City of Roses". Here we will watch the magnificent show of the birds of prey. Return to the barge moored in a beautiful country setting.

Wednesday, Day 4 Monterereau to Sens
A pleasant cruise along the beautiful River Yonne to the town of Sens, the oldest town in France. Visit the first great gothic cathedral, a magnificent building that dominates the main square. Time to shop, visit the museum or stroll around the town.

Thursday, Day 5 Sens to Joigny
Winding up the Yonne, we reach the pretty riverside town of Joigny. The beautiful narrow cobblestone streets stretching their way up to wonderful churches perched on top of the town takes you back to another era. In the afternoon we will take a drive out to Chablis. We select one of the small family operations for an intimate tour of their vineyards and cellar.

Friday, Day 6 Joigny to Auxerre
Cruise along the upper reaches of the Yonne to Auxerre, the most beautiful of all river towns whose skyline is punctuated by church spires and its streets lined with timbered 16th century houses. Time for shopping, visiting the old port or the 15th century clock tower. Farewell celebration on board enjoying your last elegant gourmet dinner.

Saturday, Day 7 Auxerre to Paris
After your final wonderful breakfast you will either be transported to Paris. 

Note: On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary is subject to change

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A CLASSIC CHABLIS CRUISE - Auxerre to Paris

Sunday, Day 1 Auxerre
After being picked-up by our driver at the designated meeting point you will be taken to La Nouvelle moored in the heart of Auxerre, one of the most beautiful of all the river towns where we will have a champagne welcome. Auxerre, punctuated by church spires and its streets lined with timbered 16th century houses. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Auxerre to Joigny
This will be your first elegant breakfast on board. This morning we will be on the Yonne River for a cruise to the beautiful riverside town of Joigny, a quaint little town with its winding cobbled streets which lead up to churches perched on the top of the hillside. After lunch we will drive to Chablis. Here we will select one of the small family operations of the nearby Chablis vineyards for an intimate tour of the vineyards and cellar. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Joigny to Sens
Continuing our cruise down the Yonne River we will reach the peaceful countryside town of Sens. In Sens you will stroll around the town and visit the museum and one of the first great gothic cathedrals, a magnificent building that dominates the main square. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Sens to Monterereau
Set off after breakfast for a leisure cruise down the lower part of the Yonne. After another delicious lunch, we drive out to the medieval town of Provins, listed on the Unesco's World Heritage List and also known as the City of Roses. We will watch the magnificent show of the birds of prey and enjoy this wonderful French town. Moor for the night in a peaceful country setting. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Monterereau to Samois sur Seine
After breakfast La Nouvelle will take a morning cruise to Samois sur Seine. This afternoon we will visit the famous Chateau of Fontainebleau. Here we will walk through the history of France. Every royal family has added its own architectural signature. On the way stop in the charming village of Moret, where the impressionist Sisley painted. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Samois sur Seine
A beautiful morning cruise that takes us right through the forest of Fontainebleau with impressive mansions along the river banks of the Seine. In the late afternoon we will take a leisure cruise into Paris past the Notre Dame and the Eifel tower while sipping a glass of champagne. A wonderful last gourmet dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Paris
After your final wonderful breakfast you will either be transported to the designated drop off point.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

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A CLASSIC CHABLIS CRUISE - Auxere to Moret sur Loing

SUNDAY, Day 1 Paris to Auxerre
After being picked-up by our driver at the designated meeting point you are transferred to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the heart of Auxerre, one of the most beautiful of all the river towns where we will have a champagne welcome. Auxerre, punctuated by church spires and its streets lined with timbered 16th century houses. Dinner on board.

MONDAY, Day 2 Auxerre to Joigny
This will be your first elegant breakfast on board. This morning we will be on the Yonne River for a cruise to the beautiful riverside town of Joigny, a quaint little town with its winding cobbled streets which lead up to churches perched on the top of the hillside. After lunch we will drive to Chablis. Here we will select one of the small family operations of the nearby Chablis vineyards for an intimate tour of the vineyards and cellar. Dinner on board.

TUESDAY, Day 3 Joigny to Villeneuve sur Yonne
This morning, there is time to stroll around Joigny. The beautiful narrow cobbled streets winding their way up to wonderful churches perched on top of the hillside, that take you back to another era. Upon return, a leisure cruise will take us to the charming village of Villeneuve sur Yonne. Dinner on board.

WEDNESDAY, Day 4, Villeneuve sur Yonne to Sens
Continuing our cruise down the Yonne River we will reach the peaceful countryside town of Sens. In Sens you will stroll around the town and visit the museum and one of the first great gothic cathedrals, a magnificent building that dominates the main square. Dinner on board.

THURSDAY, Day 5 Sens to Montereau
Set off after breakfast for a leisure cruise down the lower part of the Yonne. After another delicious lunch, we drive out to the medieval town of Provins, listed on the Unesco's World Heritage List and also known as the City of Roses. We will watch the magnificent show of the birds of prey and enjoy this wonderful French town. Moor for the night in a peaceful country setting. Dinner on board.

FRIDAY, Day 6 Montereau to Moret sur Loing
After breakfast La Nouvelle will take a morning cruise to Moret-sur Loing. This afternoon we will visit the famous Chateau of Fontainebleau. Here we will walk through the history of France. Every royal family has added its own architectural signature. On the way stop in the charming village of Moret, where the impressionist Sisley painted. Tonight, Captain Jan and his wife Diana will join you for a wonderful last gourmet dinner on board.

SATURDAY, Day 7 Moret sur Loing
After your final wonderful breakfast you will be transported to the designated drop off point.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

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CLASSIC UPPER LOIRE & BURGUNDY CRUISE - Moret sur Loing to Briare

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Sunday, Day 1 Paris to Moret sur Loing
Guests met at the **designated meeting point and transferred to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest. After a Champagne Welcome you can take a stroll though the medieval walled town of Moret-sur-Loing, known to many as the home of the famous Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley. Tonight you enjoy your first gourmet meal aboard.

Monday, Day 2 Moret sur Loing to Nemours
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Today, we begin our cruise into the upper Loire region. Affectionately known as the “Garden of Paris”, this little known region gently reveals its secrets. After lunch, we visit the Palace of Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France. Every royal family has added its own architectural style. On our drive back to the barge it may be possible to visit the artist community of Barbizon. We will moor for the night in Nemours.

Tuesday, Day 3 Nemours to Montargis
Today, we will have a full day cruise on the canal to Montargis with plenty of opportunity to bike or walk along the side of the canal. After lunch we will visit Montargis also called “Little Venice of the Gatinais” because of its numerous canals. Visit one off the many museums or shop at the famous Mazet Praline shop with its exquisitely packaged delicacies.

Wednesday, Day 4 Montagis to Chatillon Coligny
After breakfast, we will set off for a leisure cruise to the charming village of Chatillon Coligny. This afternoon, we will take a drive out to the splendid 16th century Chateau Fargeau. The chateau is over a thousand years old and the most important history place of Puisaye Forterre. In the evening there is time to stroll around the ramparts surrounded village of Chatillon-Colligny.

Thursday, Day 5 Chatillon Coligny to Rogny les Sept Ecluses
Continuing our cruise up-hill we will reach Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses. (The seven locks of Rogny). This “staircase” of seven locks was build in 1648 and an impressive tribute to the engineers of the past. After another gorgeous lunch we will take a short drive out to the beautiful town of Gien, build on the river banks of the Loire. Gien is famous for its faïence earthenware and we will visit the faïence factory and museum.

Friday, Day 6 Rogny les Sept Ecluses to Briare
After passing the locks of Rogny, we have reached the highest summit of the canal and we will now start to descent down towards the river Loire. In Briare, we will cross the Loire valley on a canal Bridge. This magnificent structure was designed by Gustav Eiffel in 1890. This afternoon we will take the opportunity to drive out to the Sancerre wine region to sample some of this delicious wine and maybe taste some of the local Crottin de Chavignol cheese on our way back to the ship. Tonight will be your farewell dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Briare to Paris
After your last elegant breakfast you will be driven back to Paris.

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Paris.

Note: On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary is subject to change.

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CLASSIC UPPER LOIRE & BURGUNDY CRUISE - Briare to Moret sur Loing

Sunday, Day 1 Paris to Briare
You're met by our driver at the designated meeting point and driven to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the peaceful village of Briare. The evening starts with a special cruise over the Loire valley: a 19th century aqua duct built by Gustav Eiffel. Tonight you can enjoy your first of many gourmet meals on board.

Monday, Day 2 Briare to Gien
This morning we take a short drive out to the beautiful town of Gien, build on the banks of the River Loire. Gien is famous for its faience earthenware and we visit the International Hunters Museum at Chateau de Gien Cruise to Rogny and moor at the foot of the staircase of seven locks built in 1648, an impressive tribute to the engineers of the past. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Gien to Montbouy
We make an excursion to Chateau de St-Fargeau. This Renaissance castle dates from the 10th century and contains mementos of the notorious Anne-Marie-Louise d'Orleans. Cruise in the afternoon to Montbouy, an old Gallo-Roman site. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Montbouy to Montargis
This morning we drive to the impressionist village of Barbizon located near the Fontainebleau Forest. The Barbizon school of painters is named after the village; Theodore Rousseau and Jean-Francois Millet, leaders of the school, made their homes and died in the village. Then we cruise to Montargis wish is called Little Venice of the Gatinais because it's numerous canals. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Montargis to Nemours
After breakfast, we make a scenic drive to Fontainebleau and his impressive Chateau. Every French monarch from Francois I to Napoleon III has left his mark on this royal residence. We then cruise to our mooring at Nemours. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Nemours to Moret
The day begins with an excursion to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and his fabulous gardens by le Notre (of Versailles fame). Some 18.000 workers were employed in the construction of this magnificent 17th-century masterpiece, designed by Le Vaux and decorated by Le Brun. In the afternoon, we cruise the canal de Loing, offering perfect opportunities for walking or cycling along the towpath during our cruise to Moret sur Loing. Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Moret sur Loing to Paris
After your last elegant breakfast you will be driven back to your hotel in Paris.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in reverse direction.

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A CLASSIC BURGUNDY CRUISE - Moret sur Loing to Auxerre

Sunday, Day 1 Moret sur Loing
You are met by our driver at the designated meeting point and driven to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in Moret sur Loing in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest. After a champagne welcome, you will have time to wander around this charming village where the impressionist Sisley painted. Tonight you will have your first of many gourmet

Monday, Day 2 Moret sur Loing to Montereau
After breakfast, we will drive to Chateau of Fontainebleau. Here we will walk through Fontainebleau, which is to walk through the history of France. Every royal family has added its own architectural signature. Upon return we will cruise on the upper part of the Seine to Montereau, where the smaller river Yonne meets us. Tonight we will moor in a beautiful country setting along the banks of the Yonne. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Montereau to Sens
After breakfast we enjoy a morning cruise to Sens. After lunch we will take a drive out to the medieval town of Provins, also called the City of Roses. Here we will watch the magnificent show of the birds of prey. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Sens to Villeneuve sur Yonne
This morning we will visit to the town of Sens, the oldest town in France. We will visit on of the first great Gothic cathedrals, a magnificent building that dominates the square. There is plenty of time to shop, visit the museum or just stroll around the town. This afternoon we will cruise to the charming village of Villeneuve sur Yonne with the opportunity of cycling or walking the tow path. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Villeneuve sur Yonne to Bassou
Winding up on the Yonne we reach the pretty riverside town of Joigny. The beautiful narrow cobbled streets winding their way up to wonderful churches perched on top of the hillside, that take you back to another era. In the afternoon we will take a drive out to Chablis where we will select one of the small family operated wineries for an intimate tour of the vineyards and cellars. We will moor for the night in Bassou and enjoy dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Bassou to Auxerre
Cruise along the upper reaches of the Yonne River to Auxerre, the most beautiful of all the river towns in France whose skyline is punctuated by church spires and its streets lined with timbered 16th century homes. Time for shopping, visiting the old port or the 15th century clock tower. Here we will have our last gourmet dinner on board that will also be a farewell party.

Saturday, Day 7 Auxerre
After your last elegant breakfast you will be driven to the designated drop off point.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in reverse direction.

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A CLASSIC ALSACE CRUISE - Nancy to Strasbourg

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Sunday, Day 1 Strasbourg to Nancy
After pick-up in Starsbourg by our driver you will be driven to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the heart of Nancy for a wonderful champagne welcome. We will then take a leisurely late afternoon cruise at sunset before the locks close and you will enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Nancy to Einville
We will enjoy a morning cruise to Einville and then to Nancy for a walking tour of the city beginning at the elegant “Place Stanislas”. Flanked by handsome Baroque palaces and enclosed by ornate gold and wrought iron entry gates, the square is considered one of the grandest in all of France. The Art Nouveau movement originated in Nancy, and you may choose to visit the Ecole de Nancy to see its fine collection.

Tuesday, Day 3 Einville to Schneckenbush
After a morning cruise past tidy farms and pasturelands, we will drive to the privately owned Chateau de Fleville. This graceful Renaissance residence adjoins a 14th century castle keep. The interiors are richly furnished with 18th century antiques. We then return to La Nouvelle moored in the peaceful village of Schneckenbush for the night.

Wednesday, Day 4 Schneckenbush to Lutzelbourg
Each day we travel on the canal we have been gradually climbing to the crest of the Vosges Mountains. After navigating two tunnels carved into the mountaintop, we will encounter the Inclined Plane at Arzviller. This unique lock allows a barge to glide effortlessly up or down the mountainside using a sophisticated system of weights and balances. A short drive along the way will take us to the Christallerig of Harz village where fine crystal is still hand blown. We continue the cruise through the Zorn Valley where the surrounding hilltops are dotted with ruins of feudal castles. Our overnight stay will be in Lutzelbourg.

Thursday, Day 5 lutzelbourg to Saverne
We wind through the heart of Saverne, past the regal 18th century Bishop’s Palace. From Saverne, we will take an afternoon drive along the Route du Vin d’ Alsace to the old fortified town of Obernai where we will visit the Marker Square and the 14th century ramparts that surround the city. Stop along the way at Winegrower to taste some of the best Alcasian wines.

Friday, Day 6 Saverne to Strasbourg
Today we will finish the cruise in the busy port of Strasbourg. Our afternoon tour of Strasbourg includes the folk museum and the 11th century gothic cathedral, leaving enough time to stroll around to explore the fine shops. Returning to the barge we will celebrate our cruise with a lovely farewell dinner.

Saturday, Day 7 Strasbourg
After your wonderful breakfast on board you will be driven to the airport or your hotel in Strasburg.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and will be subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

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A CLASSIC ALSACE CRUISE - Strasbourg to Nancy

Sunday, Day 1 Strasbourg
After being met by our driver at the designated meeting point and taken to La Nouvelle which will be moored in Hochfelden just outside of Strasbourg where there will be a wonderful champagne welcome. You will have the afternoon just to relax and then get ready to enjoy your first of many gourmet meals on board.

Monday, Day 2 Strasbourg to Saverne
Before we begin our cruise we will take a tour of Strasbourg, visiting the folk museum and the 11th century Gothic cathedral, leaving enough time to explore the fine shops. After lunch we take a lovely afternoon cruise on to Saverne. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Saverne to Lutzelbourg
We wind through the heart of Saverne, past the regal 18th century Bishops Palace and then through the Zorn Valley where surrounding hilltops are dotted with the ruins of feudal castles to Lutzelbourg. We will take an afternoon drive along the Route du Vin d'Alcase through the old fortified town of Obernai and visit one of the local winegrowers to taste some of the best Alcasian wines. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Lutzelbourg to Schneckenbush
Each day we travel on the canal, La Nouvelle has been climbing to the crest of the Vosges Mountains. Before navigating two tunnels carved into the mountaintop, we will encounter the Inclined Plane at Arzviller. This unique lock allows a barge to glide effortlessly up or down the mountainside using a sophisticated system of weights and balances. A short drive along the way will take us to one of the local Cristalleries where fine crystal is still blown by hand and then continue to Sarrebourg to have a look at the famous Chagal windows. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Schneckenbush to Einville
This morning we will cruise past farms and pasturelands and then drive to the privately owned Chateau de Fleville. This graceful Renaissance residence adjoins a 14th century castle keep. The interiors are richly furnished with 18th century antiques. We then return to the barge, which will be moored in the peaceful town of Einville. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Einville to Nancy
We will enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to Nancy. After Lunch take a walking tour of the city beginning at the elegant Place Stanislas. Flanked by handsome Baroque palaces and enclosed by ornate gold and wrought iron gates, the square is considered one of the grandest in all of France. The Art Nouveau movement originated in Nancy. We may visit the Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy to see its fine collection. We will moor in Nancy where you will enjoy your last gourmet dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Nancy
After your wonderful breakfast on board you will be driven to the designated drop off point.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

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CLASSIC GERMANY AND LUXEMBOURG CRUISE - Koblenz to Remich

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Sunday, Day 1 Koblenz
After being met by our driver we will take to La Nouvelle that will moored in the heart of Koblenz for a wonderful champagne welcome. There will be a short late afternoon cruise to Winningen, one of the oldest and largest wine growing villages in the area where we will stop and you will experience the first of many gourmet meals on board.

Monday, Day 2 Koblenz to Cochem
A morning cruise guides us through the lowest part of the Mosel River up to the charming town of Cochem. In the early afternoon we will drive you to the castle of Burg Eltz, also called the “Queen of the German Castles” as it is one of the few that were not destroyed by the French King Louis XIV in 1689. A guided tour takes us through this fascinating 12th century castle. We return to La Nouvelle in Cochem in time to stroll through this delightful little village.

Tuesday, Day 3 Cochem to Zell
After breakfast we will take a leisurely cruise past numerous vineyards in beautiful scenery to Zell. This is one of the most beautiful towns on the Mosel and is famous for its wines. Visit the cellars of Dr Josef Weiss, just outside of town for our first wine tasting.

Wednesday, Day 4 Zell to Berkastel
Cruising up this very picturesque part of the Mosel we reach Bernkastel, another famous wine village. Here you will find the “crème de la crème” of Mosel wines. In the afternoon visit the private cellars of Pauli Bergweiler for a sampling of his superb wines. Finish our day with a stroll around the village of Bernkastel.

Thursday, Day 5 Berkastel to Trier
This morning we will cruise to the oldest town in Germany, Trier. Trier will take you back to the old Roman times from hundreds of years before Christ. Visit the Porta Nigra, part of the old town wall and the magnificent St. Peters Cathedral, or stroll the old town to shop or browse.

Friday, Day 6 Trier to Remich
This morning we will cruise our last part on the Mosel into Luxembourg to the small village of Remich. In the afternoon, there will be time to visit the nearby capital of Luxembourg. Tonight, Captain Jan Meijer and his wife Diana will join you for a farewell dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Remich
After your last elegant breakfast on board you will be taken to either your hotel or the local airport for your onward travel.

Note: On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary is subject to change.

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CLASSIC GERMANY AND LUXEMBOURG CRUISE - Remich to Koblenz

SUNDAY, Day 1 Frankfurt to Remich
After being met at the designated meeting point by our driver you will be taken to La Nouvelle which will be moored in the rivertown village of Remich (Luxembourg) for a wonderful champagne welcome. Sunday night will be your first of many gourmet meals on board.

MONDAY, Day 2 Remich to Trier
This morning we will visit the capital of Luxembourg, Luxembourg City which was the first city to be named European Capital of Culture twice. An afternoon cruise down the Mosel will take us into Germany to Trier where we will moor for the night. Dinner on board.

TUESDAY, Day 3 Trier to Bernkastel
Trier is the oldest town in Germany which will take you back to the old Roman times from many years before Christ. This morning, there will be time to explore the town and visit the Porta Nigra, part of the old town wall and the magnificent St. Peters Cathedral. In the afternoon we will cruise this incredible picturesque part of the Mosel River to reach Bernkastel, another famous wine village. Stop along the way in the village of Piesport where abundant remains of the Celtic times may be found. Taste the famous wine, Piesporter Goldtropfchen, at the cellars of Dr. Theo Haart. Dinner on board.

WEDNESDAY, Day 4 Bernkastel to Zell
Continuing down the Mosel we come to Zell, one of the most beautiful towns on the river and famous for its wines. Visit the cellars of Dr. Josef Weiss, just outside of town. We have time in the afternoon to wander the beautiful town of Zell. Dinner on board.

THURSDAY, Day 5 Zell to Cochem
From Zell we take a leisurely cruise past numerous vineyards to the charming town of Cochem. In the early afternoon we will drive you to the castle Burg Eltz, also called the Queen of the German Castles because it is one of the castles that had not been destroyed by the French King Louis XIV in 1689. A guided tour takes you through this fascinating 12th century castle. Dinner on board.

FRIDAY, Day 6 Cochem to Koblenz
A morning cruise through the lowest part of the Mosel River, We continue on to Koblenz, where you will have time to stroll the beautiful streets that are known for its wonderful shopping. That evening you will have your last gourmet dinner on board.

SATURDAY, Day 7 Koblenz to Frankfurt
After your last elegant breakfast on board you will be driven to the designated drop off point.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in reverse direction.

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CLASSIC HOLLAND TO BELGIUM CRUISE

Sunday, Day 1
You will be met by our driver at the designated meeting point and driven to La Nouvelle Etoile, which will be moored in the quaint town of Haarlem where there will be a wonderful Champagne welcome. There will be time to relax and then take a short walking tour of Haarlem. Upon return, La Nouvelle Etoile will set off for a short cocktail cruise through Haarlem and moor for the night near Cruiquius. Tonight will be your first of many gourmet meals on board.

Monday, Day 2
After an early elegant breakfast we will drive to the colourful flower auction in Aalsmeer, and then return for a morning cruise along the canals to Lisse where you will be taken after lunch to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the largest display of flowers in the world. Here you will see hundreds of varieties of tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs. Meanwhile, the La Nouvelle Etoile has continued cruising to Delft and before returning to the barge, we will take you for a visit to the Delft Pottery Works where the world famous pottery is still handmade and painted. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3
We leave Delft and cruise to Rotterdam. In the morning you will have time to visit the ancient distillery of Ketel One where one of the most prestigious vodkas in the world is made. Upon returning to the barge we will continue cruising through the busy port of Rotterdam and then across the Hollandsch Diep, part of the Dutch estuaries, to the charming old fortress town of Willemstad. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4
Today we will leave Holland and cross the border into Belgium and cruise to Antwerp. Antwerp is the city of Rubens where we take a tour of Rubens' home and then walk in the old quarter of this beautiful Flemish city. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5
We can catch the flood tide up the winding Sea Schelde which takes us to the town of Ghent. Here you can look at the The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb the famous painting by the Van Eyck brothers or just stroll through this wonderful town in the afternoon. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6
This morning we will cruise to the beautiful little town of Bruges, known as the Venice of the North. We will have ample time to explore the many museums and maybe buy some of the handmade lace, or take a boat trip on the small canals that wander through the town. Tonight you will be joined by Jan and Diana for a Farewell Captain's Dinner.

Saturday, Day 7
After your last elegant breakfast on board you will be driven to the designated drop off point.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in reverse direction.

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