As the French will tell you, dining is the very definition of living. Your chef on La Bonne Amie will manifest this on every eating occasion, preparing cuisine with flair and imagination - as beautiful to the eye as it is delectable to the palate. The finest fresh local produce is the basis of this fare, but all special dietary needs will be accommodated with the same passionate culinary attention. Whether in the dining room or on the covered terrace, lovely table linens, fine china, crystal and silverware are the essential background for your dining experience.
La Bonne Amie has four spacious staterooms comprising most of the lower deck. Each beautiful, individually decorated bedroom is furnished with table and chairs, your choice of oversize twin or king-size bed, closet space, a CD sound system, individual climate control, and a large bathroom with twin wash bassin and a roomy shower. A sunning area and an immaculate sunken hot tub are on the main deck for your outdoor relaxation and pleasure.
Day 1: We meet at your hotel and transfer to the Gare de l'Est rail station for Nancy, with a gourmet picnic basket provided. Upon arrival, drive to your ship at Port Ste Marie. Welcome reception on board with time to relax before dinner.
Day 2: Cruise to Xouaxange. Visit of historic Nancy, capital of the Dukes of Lorraine, famous for its architecture and Art Nouveau style, the beautiful Stanislas Square. Visit of Sarrebourg, its Museum (archeological treasures, remarkable collection of chinaware and Faience earthenware from Niederviller) and the Chapelle des Cordeliers ("La Paix" Stain glass window by Marc Chagall).
Day 3: Cruise to Arzviller, passing two tunnels and the famous Arzviller Barge lift. Excursion through the Vosges Mountains to Mount Dabo and its chapel overlooking the valley Crystal museum and boutique at Baccarat.
Day 4: Cruise to Lutzelbourg. Visit of Saverne and its typical Alsatian half-timbered houses, its Chateau built by the Cardinal Louis de Rohan (famous for the Affair of the Necklace of Queen Marie Antoinette) and its Rose Garden. Excursion through the forest of Saverne to the Chateau of "Haut Barr" with its incredible panoramic view over the Vosges mountains and the Alsace plain.
Day 5: Cruise to Saverne, the City of Roses. On the Wine Road, visit the picturesque villages of Molsheim, Obernai and Barr, and have a wine tasting (Riesling, Tokay, Gewurztraminer) at a local cellar. The Maginot Line from WWII. "La Marquise de Sévigné" fine chocolate factory, visit and tasting.
Day 6: Cruise to Hochfelden. Shopping and visit of Strasbourg, capital of Alsace and home of the European Parliament: Gothic Cathedral Notre Dame Alsatian Museum: Popular Arts and Crafts, Customs and Traditions of Alsace. Arts Decoratifs Museum in the Palais Rohan.
Day 7: After Breakfast, transfer to the rail station to Paris Gare de l'Est where our chauffeur will pick you up and bring you back to your hotel.
Please note that the cruise itinerary alternates each week. This is a sample itinerary. Special itineraries (golf, etc.) can be arranged at the time you plan and book your cruise or changes may occur due to maintenance work on locks or to other circumstances beyond our control.
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