Vineyards dot the landscape of Alsace. Its famous wines are mostly whites such as Riesling. Flickr:Nigab Pressbilder

Bike rest in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. Flickr:Juergen Adolph

Strasbourg to Nancy

France Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat tour in the Alsace region of France

  • This is a brand new bike and boat tour for 2020 that features the Alsace and Lorraine region of France. You will cycle an idyllic landscape, dominated and protected by the mountain range of the Vosges. Castles and ruins perch on the mountain tops and world-famous vineyards grace the terrain. This romantic Alsace cycling route features the European city of Strasbourg. The lovely city center, which is surrounded by the canals of the River Ill, was the first city center to be classified as a World Heritage Site. This is a region with a blending of French and German history and culture. Fought over heavily in many wars, it is now a beacon for European reconciliation and unification. As a result of the mix of cultures, you can enjoy both good wine and good beer all along the route!

    Highlights:

    • Dynamic Strasbourg, home to world-renowned historical heritage sites
    • Wingersheim: capital of hops
    • Bouxwiller, Tudor town center
    • Parc Regional de Vosges, a wooded and natural area with many castles
    • Alsace wine, famous worldwide
    • Alsace beer, not as famous but just as good
    • Sauerkraut, if not famous for many, famous for a few!

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  • July 4 and July 18:

    Double bed cabin: $ 2091 £ 1035 $ 1,807 1142 $ 2158 kr 12719 $ 1,284 Split level bed cabin: € 1141.5
    Single cabin:  $ 2386 £ 1181 $ 2,062 1303 $ 2462 kr 14513 $ 1,465

    June 6 and June 20:

    Double bed cabin:  $ 2267 £ 1122 $ 1,959 1238 $ 2339 kr 13789 $ 1,392 Split bed cabin:  $ 2267 £ 1122 $ 1,959 1238 $ 2339 kr 13789 $ 1,392 Single cabin:  $ 2542 £ 1258 $ 2,197 1388 $ 2623 kr 15460 $ 1,561

    June 26, July 3, July 10, and July 17:

    Double bed cabin: $ 2162 £ 1070 $ 1,868 1180 $ 2231 kr 13148 $ 1,327 Split level bed cabin: $ 2162 £ 1070 $ 1,868 1180 $ 2231 kr 13148 $ 1,327 Single cabin: $ 2400 £ 1187 $ 2,074 1310 $ 2476 kr 14597 $ 1,473

    May 29, June 5, June 12, and June 19:

    Double bed cabin: $ 2354 £ 1165 $ 2,035 1285 $ 2429 kr 14318 $ 1,445 Split level bed cabin: $ 2354 £ 1165 $ 2,035 1285 $ 2429 kr 14318 $ 1,445 Single cabin: $ 2556 £ 1265 $ 2,209 1395 $ 2637 kr 15544 $ 1,569

     

    extra options

    Electric bike: $ 151 £ 75 $ 131 83 $ 156 kr 919 $ 93 Gluten-Free, Celiac or Vegan Diet: $ 92 £ 45 $ 79 50 $ 95 kr 557 $ 56

    Electric bike: $ 156 £ 77 $ 135 85 $ 161 kr 947 $ 96 Gluten-Free, Celiac or Vegan Diet: $ 92 £ 45 $ 79 50 $ 95 kr 557 $ 56 Tag-Along Bike with helmet (ages 5-9): $ 101 £ 50 $ 87 55 $ 104 kr 613 $ 62 Bike Seat with helmet (age 11 mos-5 yrs): $ 27 £ 14 $ 24 15 $ 28 kr 167 $ 17 Bike Trailer: $ 365 £ 180 $ 315 199 $ 376 kr 2217 $ 224 Child's 21-speed bike with helmet (ages 9+): please ask
    Children's discounts available

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) whether you are beginning in Strasbourg or in Nancy.

    Local Travel

    Tour starts in Strasbourg:
    By TGV train and bus it is about 2 hours to the railway station in the center of Strasbourg. From the train station, you will take a taxi to the boat which will be moored north of the city center. Travel time by taxi to the boat will be about 15 minutes depending on traffic.
    Tour starts in Nancy:
    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. Taxi from the train station to the boat.

    Climate

    Because this is a wine-growing region, you already know there is plenty of sun! Sheltered by the Vosges, Alsace also has lower rainfall levels than the neighboring regions. The Alsatian climate is semi-continental, with major variations according to the time of year. As always, please check local conditions before your arrival! There are many good websites to use to research regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

Strasbourg to Nancy:
Saturdays: June 6, June 20, July 4, and July 18, 2020
Nancy to Strasbourg:
Saturdays: May 30, June 13, June 27, and July 11, 2020

Strasbourg to Nancy:
Saturdays: June 5, June 19, July 3, and July 17, 2021
Nancy to Strasbourg:
Saturdays: May 29, June 12, June 26, and July 10, 2021

 

Skill Level

You will cycle part of the tour along the Marne-Rhine Canal. This tour is suitable for people of all ages. On some days you will encounter short slopes with differences in heights up to 75 meters. On other days you will cycle a gently rolling terrain. There is one day in which 600 meters of height differential may be incurred but there are options for shorter distances and less climbing. You should expect to spend about 5 hours on your bicycle.

Where You’ll Stay

On board the Standard class boat, the Clair de Lune

What’s Included

  • All nights on board (incl. bedding, towels, soap)
  • Breakfast and dinner on board
  • Lunch packages when on the road
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • 24 speed city touring bike (Batavus Boulevard) equipped with pannier bags, lock, helmet, and water bottle (repair kits are available on request)
  • Tour guide (cycles with the group)
  • Min. 3 city walks with tour guide
  • Free WiFi (limited, available in the lounge and on deck)
  • Road book (one per cabin)
  • Ferry fares on the route
  • GPS tracks (on request)

What’s Not Included

TourBike + Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Strasbourg to Nancy Map

Strasbourg to Nancy

Day 1: Strasbourg, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Strasbourg - Wingersheim, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Wingersheim - Dettwiller, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Dettwiller - Saverne, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Saverne - Niderviller, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 6: Niderviller, sailing to Gondrexange, cycling to Lagarde, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Lagarde, sailing to Hénaménil, cycling to Nancy, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 8: Nancy

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice,  due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

Day 1: Strasbourg, 9 mi. (15 km)
Embarkation begins at 12 pm - 2 pm. You can bring your luggage on board at 11 am but your cabin will not be ready for check-in. Embarkation should be completed by 2 pm and you will then enjoy a short ride to the village of Kehl in Germany to try out your bike to be sure all is well. In the evening, a guided walk in town will be offered.

Day 2: Strasbourg - Wingersheim, 22 mi. (35 km)
You will start the week with an easy, flat ride through the Parc Pourtalés and then through the villages of La Wantzenau and Hoerdt.

Day 3: Wingersheim - Dettwiller, 25 mi. (40 km)
First, on the agenda is a ride along the canal to Hochfelden where the famous Meteor brewery (since 1640!) can be found and visited. Later, there is opportunity to visit the old 15th-century Jewish cemetery in Ettendorf. Around lunchtime, you will be in Bouxwiller, one of the nicest villages in the North Alsace. The city center is adorned with Tudor style buildings, museums, churches, and a synagogue. The barge will be moored near the village of Dettwiller.

Day 4: Dettwiller - Saverne, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today you ride through the hilly area of Parc Regional Vosges du Nord, on rural roads towards la-Petite-Pierre, a picture-perfect village with a beautiful castle. On the way back to Saverne, you pass by tiny Graufthal with its medieval troglodyte dwellings. The Benedictine Abbey that once existed here was the center of life in the 12th century. Now sandstone arches remain. The surrounding steep sandstones cliffs weres filled with caves carved into the rocks and were used as storage for the monks and were later occupied as homes, or houses of the rock. Listed as historical monuments in 1984, these dwellings were converted intopicturesque museum reconstituting the life as it once was. The periwinkle blue facades of these dwellings are the only manmade feature. The interiors are all carved from the rock. Your mooring place today is in the middle of town in Saverne. From the ship, there is a great view of the Vosges hills. If you do not want to ride in the hills (total altitude gain of about 600 meters)  there is always the possibility to ride the shorter flat road along the canal.

Day 5: Saverne - Niderviller, 19 mi. (30 km)
A morning visit to the Haut Barr castle near Saverne is a must and can be done by bike, on foot (1,5 hours),  or by taxi. After the morning program, you ride mainly through the woods on a bike path along the canal and through the Vallée des Eclusiers to Niderviller. In Arzviller you can see the boat elevator (Saint-Louis-Arzviller Inclined Plane), part of the Marne-Rhine Canal. A magnificent piece of engineering, it enables the crossing of the Vosges Mountains. Before, the construction of this, a series of locks was necessary. Today's destination, Niderviller was very famous for its porcelain pottery. Although the factory is no in existance,  the village still has a Niderviller porcelain shop.

Day 6: Niderviller, sailing to Gondexage, cycling to Lagarde, 25 mi. (40 km)
You will enjoy a 4 hour morning cruise along the Rhine-Marne Canal, as the Clair de Lune sails from Niderviller to Gondrexage. Here you disembark for an easy flat ride through the nearby wetlands. Along the way, you pass 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 which you will have opportunity to visit. Afterward, you continue along the canal on the traffic-free bike path to Lagarde.

Day 7: Lagarde, sailing to Hénaménil, cycling to Nancy, 31 mi. (50 km)
Once again, you will enjoy a morning cruise,  this time to Hénaménil where you disembark for the last ride of the week. First, you can visit the city of Luneville with its cathedral. At Luneville, you pass the frontline of WW1. This city was heavily fought over in 1914 and has an impressive French cemetery and necropolis. You can also visit the local museum on the Battle of Leomont Hill nearby. In St-Nicolas-Port the cathedral is worth a visit before you enter Nancy, city of museums, parks and lovely squares.

Day 8: Nancy
Disembark before 10 AM.

Nancy to Strasbourg

Day 1: Nancy, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 2: Nancy, cycling to Hénaménil and sailing to Lagarde, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Lagarde, cycling to Gondrexange and sailing to Niderviller, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Niderviller - Saverne, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 5: Saverne - Dettwiller, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Dettwiller - Wingersheim, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Windersheim - Strasbourg, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Strasbourg

*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice,  due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

Day 1: Nancy, 9 mi. (15 km)
Embarkation begins at 12 noon. You are asked to be on board by 2 pm. You can bring your luggage on board earlier but not before 11 am. You can take a test bike ride in the surrounding countryside and the evening , you will enjoy a guided city 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.

Day 2: Nancy, cycling to Hénaménil and sailing to Lagarde, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today, you cycle along the Meurthe River to St-Nicolas-Port. If you would like, the cathedral here is worth a visit. You then continue on to the city of Lunéville with its castle. At Lunéville, you pass the front line of the Great War. This city was heavily fought over in 1914 and has an impressive French cemetery and necropolis. You can also visit the local museum on the Battle of Leomont Hill nearby. After a leisurely ride, you arrive in Hénaménil where the Clair de Lune is waiting for you to board and sail to Lagarde.

Day 3: Lagarde, cycling to Gondrexange and sailing to Niderviller, 25 mi. (40 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, you cycle through the nearby wetlands, boarding the boat again, for an afternoon cruise along the Rhine-Marne Canal. In about 4 hours the Clair de Lune sails from Gondrexange to Niderviller.

Day 4: Niderviller - Saverne, 19 mi. (30 km)
Niderviller was very famous for its porcelain pottery. Although the factory is no longer there the village still has a Niderviller porcelain shop. In Arzviller you can see the boat elevator (Saint-Louis-Arzviller Inclined Plane), part of the Marne-Rhine Canal. A magnificent piece of engineering, it enables the crossing of the Vosges Mountains. Before, the construction of this, a series of locks was necessary. You then ride mainly through the woods and through the Vallée des Eclusiers on the bike path along the canal to Saverne. An afternoon visit to the Haut Barr castle near Saverne is a must. This can be done by bike, on foot (1,5 hours) or by taxi.

Day 5: Saverne - Dettwiller, 25 mi. (40 km)
The mooring place is in the middle of town in Saverne. From the ship, there is a great view of the Vosges hills. Today you will ride through the hilly area of Parc Regional Vosges du Nord. On the way up to Saverne, you pass by tiny Graufthal with its medieval troglodyte dwellings. The Benedictine Abbey that once existed here was the center of life in the 12th century. Now  its pink sandstone arches remain. The surrounding steep sandstones cliffs weres filled with caves carved into the rocks that were used as storage for the monks and were later occupied as homes, or houses of the rock. Listed as historical monuments in 1984, these dwellings were converted into picturesque museum reconstituting the life as it once was. The periwinkle blue facades are the only manmade feature. The interiors are all carved from the rock. On country roads, you ride on towards la-Petite-Pierre, a picture-perfect village with a beautiful castle. From this pearl in the Alsace, you ride down to Dettwiller. If you do not want to ride in the hills with a total altitude gain of about 600 meters, there is always the possibility to ride the shorter flat road along the canal.

Day 6: Dettwiller - Wingersheim, 25 mi. (40 km)
You ride through the typical countryside to Bouxwiller, once of the nicest villages in the North Alsace. It boasts a center 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 Wingersheim where the barge will wait for you.

Day 7: Windersheim - Strasbourg, 22 mi. (35 km)
The last day of the week, you visit villages like La Wantzenau and Hoerdt where you can see your last Tudor style buildings. You end the week with a leisurely and flat ride through the Parc Pourtalés to the mooring place of the Clair de Lune near Strasbourg. In the afternoon there should be plenty of time to visits the town on the border with Germany. You may even cross over the Rhine into Germany. Strasbourg’s historic city center, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honor was placed on an entire city center. Strasbourg is immersed in Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a cultural bridge between France and Germany for centuries.

Day 8: Strasbourg
Disembark before 10 am.

 

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    Clair de Lune France Standard Class Boat In May 2014, Marco Pouw and his wife Astrid assumed ownership of the ship Clair de Lune. Originally built in 1936 as a freight ship in Belgium, like many of the vessels now used for biking and boating, this vessel was renovated and equipped for a new bike and boat adventure in and around Paris, launching in the spring of 2015. Marco has years of experience as a skipper on freighters in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany and approaches his new venture with great enthusiasm.

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