Cycling holiday Alsace, Nancy - Strasbourg

Alsace, Nancy – Strasbourg

Cycling France along the Marne-Rhine Canal

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Summary
  • 8 Days Saturday to Saturday
  • 40 km average per day
  • Arrival Nancy Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • Departure Strasbourg Paris Charles de Gaulle
Highlights
  • Beautiful Nancy
  • Old Villages with Tudor Style buildings
  • Canal Marne-Rhine
  • Parc Régional de Vosges
Characteristics
  • Guided Tour
  • Group Tour
  • Bike & Barge
  • Bikelevel 2

    Distance: 40-60 km average per day. Altitude: 100-500 hm average per day. Not too steep and not too long slopes on not very difficult terrain. The daily distances are sometimes a bit longer, up to approx. 60 km per day

Alsace, Nancy – Strasbourg

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

The beautiful city of Nancy in the Lorraine region is our starting point. We follow the impressive Rhine-Marne Canal all the way to Strasbourg. On the first day you pass the old the Great War front line with many monuments and graveyards. Between Lagarde and Gondrexange you will ride through an interesting wetland area. Near Niderviller you will see the ships elevator that is used to replace a series of locks. We pass the Parc Regional de Vosges, a wooded and natural area with many castles. Bouxwiller has a center with Tudor style buildings, centuries old churches and a synagogue. Wingersheim is the self-proclaimed capital of hops. The final destination Strasbourg on the Rhine river is a typical border town with good example of the mixed heritage of the region.

Daily Program

  • Journée 1 Saturday: Nancy try out bike ride 15 km

    Arrival and welcome at the barge on the mooring place. Try out bike ride in the surrounding countryside. (Guided) walk in town in the evening. Nancy is situated on the left bank of the river Meurthe, about 10 km upstream from its confluence with the Moselle. The Marne–Rhine Canal runs through the city, parallel to the Meurthe. The oldest part of Nancy is the quarter Vieille Ville – Léopold, which contains the 14th century Porte de la Craffe, the Palace of the Dukes of Lorraine, the Porte Désilles and the 19th century St-Epvre basilica. Adjacent to its south is the quarter Charles III – Centre Ville, which is the 16th–18th century “new town”. This quarter contains the famous Place Stanislas, the Nancy Cathedral and the Opéra national de Lorraine. Place Stanislas, a large square built between March 1752 and November 1755 by Stanislaus I of Poland to link the medieval old town of Nancy and the new town built under Charles III in the 17th century, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Journée 2 Sunday: Nancy - Lagarde 40 km

    While you enjoy your breakfast the barge sails to Dombasle-sur-Meurthe where your bike ride starts. Our first stop is the city of Lunéville with its castle. At Lunéville we pass the front line of the Great War. 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. After this the WW1 is over for us and after a leisurely ride through typical Frensh countryside we arrive in the nice village of Lagarde.

  • Journée 3 Monday: Lagarde - Niderviller 42 or 50 km

    You start the day with a ride along the canal on the traffic free bike path to 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. After Bataville we make tranquil and easy flat ride ride through the nearby wetlands to Niderviller. For those that want to ride more the guide has a longer route that takes in the nice city of Sarrebourg.

  • Journée 4 Tuesday: Niderviller – Lutzelburg 13 and 36 km

    Niderviller was very famous for its porcelain pottery. Although the factory is no longer there the village still has a Niderviller porcelain shop. We cycle to Arzviller where you reboard the barge to sail through the tunnels and the incline/elevator for ships that transports ships to the next level at Arzviller. A magnificent piece of engineering and a thrilling voyage!  Before a huge series of locks was needed for this.The barge moors at Lutzelburg at the Vosges foothils. For those that want to ride more the guide will arrange a 26 km ride to Phalsbourg. You can also make a hike to Château Lutzelbourg.

  • Journée 5 Wednesday: Lutzelburg - Saverne 10 or 41 km

    This morning you first ride mainly through the woods and through the Vallée des Eclusiers on the bike path along the canal to Savern, a ride of just 10 km. The mooring place is in the middle or town in Saverne. From Saverne you can visit Château du Haut Barr on foot, on your bike or by taxi.
    Again for the explorers the guide has an extra tour of 31 kilometers in the surrounding hils. The hightdifference is in total 550 meter, so this is a ride for the climbers. You will visit some nice villages and castles on the way. Staying in town and enjoying the French life on the terasses with a local wine or craft beer is no punishment either. 

  • Journée 6 Thursday: Saverne – Mommenheim 40 km

    Today we through the foothills of Parc Regional Vosges du Nord. On the way up from Saverne we pass by Dossenheim-zur-Zinsel with its 13th century castle-chuch. From here we ride through roling countryside to Bouxwiller, once of the nicest villages in the North Alsace. It boasts a centre with Tudor style buildings, museums churches and a synagogue. Later we visit the old Jewish cemetery in Ettendorf en after that Hochfelden where the famous Meteor brewery (since 1640!) can be found and visited. To top it off there is a ride along the canal to the village of Mommenheim where the barge will wait for you.

  • Journée 7 Friday: Mommenheim – Strasbourg 40 km

    This last ride takes you first along the canal and later through the woods of La Wantzenau en Robertsau. We end the week with a leisurely and flat ride through the Parc Pourtalés and find the mooring place of the Clair de Lune near the second seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In the afternoon there should be plenty of time to visits the town on the border with Germany. You might cross over the Rhine for a short moment in Germany. Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre. Strasbourg is immersed in Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a cultural bridge between France and Germany for centuries.

  • Journée 8 Saturday: Strasbourg end of tour

    End of the tour after breakfast, before 10 AM. 

Cycling in France

Cycling in Alsace and Lorraine

Our carefully selected routes will lead you along the most beautiful spots of the country. The average daily distance is around 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). Gps-tracks can be provided by e-mail.

Nancy
Canal du Marne au Rhin
Saverne
Maison des Tanneurs
Arzviller
Luneville
Graufthal
Lutzelbourg
Bouxwiller
Canal du Marne au Rhin
Battle of Leomont Hill
Haut Barr, panorama
Nancy
Saverne
Strasbourg

What else do you need to know?

Prices per person 2021

Clair de Lune

26 June 3 & 10 July
Double cabin € 1.065,-
Cabin with split-level beds € 1.065,-
Cabin with single bed € 1.195,-

29 May & 12 June
Double cabin € 1.170,-
Cabin with split-level beds € 1.170,-
Cabin with single bed € 1.280,-

Not included
Rental bike per week € 95,-
E-bike per week € 180,-

Insurance for rental bike € 20,-
Insurance for e-bike € 40,-

Reservation costs € 20,- per booking.

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 costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (optional) € 15,- per bicycle
  • Bicycle insurance electric bike (optional) € 40,- per bicycle
  • Entrance fees to museums; approx. € 45,-
  • Personal insurance/ Cancellation insurance (optional)

Special details

  • Please take good notice of 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.

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 Nancy is on the Marne-Rhin canal near the city center.

Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). By train and bus it is about 2,5 hours to the railway station in the center of Nancy via high speed train station Lorraine TGV. Walking distance from the train station to the barge is about 30 minutes. A taxi from the airport of Paris to the mooring place will take about 3,5 to 4 hours.

Train

The nearest train station to the embarkation point of the barge is the Nancy railway station. Walking distance to the barge is about 30 minutes.

Car

Should you arrive by car, we strongly advise to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. More information on parking your car in Nancy can be found on www.nancy.fr

End of the tour

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

Our barge, your hotel

Imagine a floating hotel sailing to the next stage, while you are calmly pedalling 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) available in lounge and on deck.

What are the cabins like?

Most cabins are 2-person cabins, but some barges also have triple cabins. There are four categories: Standard Plus (cabins with private shower/toilet; bunk beds), Comfort (cabins as Standard Plus but with twin beds), Comfort Plus (cabins as Comfort, small ship or with air-conditioning) and Comfort DeLuxe (a very comfortable and tastefully furnished 5-star ship; cabins have twin beds and air-conditioning). In all categories the cabins have central heating and a porthole or window; they are provided with running water (hot and cold), private shower/toilet and 220 voltage. 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, some speak German and/or French).

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 suffer from food allergies or food intolerance (such as lactose- or gluten- intolerance/-allergy) or if you have special meal requirements (vegetarian; pescetarian; vegan meals; gluten free meals etc.), 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 and special food requirements cannot always be met in all details.
In case of vegan meals, gluten free or lactose diet, there is an additional charge. This charge is € 50,- per diet/ per person/per week when you  order the diet when booking and € 100,- per diet/ per person/per week when ordering on spot.

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). Most groups are made up of 12 to 26 people.

 

F.A.Q.

  • Do you accommodate for special diets

    Yes, this must be notified when booking, but at least 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 or vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50,- per week. On some tours there also is an additional charge of  € 50, – for lactose-free meals.

  • What happens if it rains

    Most people wear rainwear and get on their bicycle. If the weather makes cycling absolutely impossible (this doesn’t happen very often!) the guide will arrange an alternative programme which might include a longer visit to one of the towns along the way or cultural excursions.

  • 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.

  • Can I rejoin the barge before the end of a stage

    No, the barge 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.

  • What packing list do you suggest

    Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the following:
    •    shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
    •    shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
    •    gloves (in case you travel in April or October. It can be chilly in the morning)
    •    good solid shoes/ sneakers
    •    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume​​​​​​
    •    personal care and beauty items
    •    hair dryer (220V; available on the barges Zwaan, Sailing Home and Provence)
    •    insect repellent
    •    sunscreen

    Your travel documents include the final packing list we suggest for your booked tour.