Kraft to Niderviller
OVERVIEW: Cruise Alsace Lorraine.
Alsace and Lorraine is a unique corner of France. Discover a land of storybook castles, rolling vineyards of Alsatian wines as well as Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture making one of the most photogenic parts of Europe. For centuries, the great empires of Europe confronted one another at this strategic and military crossroads. The area’s unique blend of French and German influences are strongly evident in its customs, cuisine, wines, architecture and language.
Panache is a stylish 12 passenger floating boutique hotel, with spacious public areas and six comfortable double or twin en-suite cabins. All bathrooms have twin hand basins and over-size showers. Panoramic windows in the saloon make watching the stunning vistas pass by and sheer joy because it offers ample photo opportunities without you having to move. Panache has been fitted out in traditional yacht style, with brass and mahogany fittings. A large sun deck and spa pool, plus 12 bicycles for guests’, which can be used to explore the towpath and complete the Panache picture.
Panache’s highly professional crew of six is comprised of Master Chef, Deckhand/Steward, Tour guide and two Housekeepers plus your photography hosts, Sue and Doug. All led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more. Their knowledge of the region, combined with fascinating chauffeur driven private excursions and the 12 bikes provide a way for you to explore and photograph the areas you cruise through in as much detail as you desire.
Course Timings: Arrive August 18th Depart Saturday October 25th
Cruise Alsace Lorraine Highlights
- Tour the beautiful city of Strasbourg and visit its Gothic cathedral
- Explore the Route des Vins d’Alsace
- Visit the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
- Experience an ascent or descent of the unique Arzviller boat elevator
- Visit the spectacular René Lalique Collection
- Tour of Sarrebourg including a visit to the Chagall chapel
- Enjoy a candlelit meal whilst cruising through the two Arzviller tunnels
Included in the Cruise
- Return Flights
- All Return Transfers on agreed scheduled dates, to and from scheduled airports or railway stations.
- Guided Cruise and all Tuition
- One Night Pre-Cruise Hotel
- All Tours and Visits
- All Food and Drinks
Fine dining aboard your vessel
Medallions of Veal with a Girolles and Truffle Sauce, Roasted Duck a l’Alsacienne, Magret de Canard aux Mirabelles, Le Baeckeoffe d’Alsace, Crepes Suzette with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Riesling Grand Cru, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chablis Premier Cru Pouilly Fuisse, Gewurztraminer,
Cremant d’Alsace, Florimont Riesling
Munster, Brie de Meaux, Fourme d’Ambert, Chaource, Tomme Fermier d’Alsace, Gouda; Leyden, Maasdam, Brokkel Ould, Limburger
Proposed Itinerary** and Course Plan*
Arrival Day, Strasbourg
Guests arrive in Strasbourg for their one-night hotel stay. Exact hotels are subject to booking but all are 4-star or above.
Sunday, Day 2 Krafft
Guests are met in Strasbourg and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache for a Champagne welcome and the first opportunity to meet your crew. Perhaps there is time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.
Monday, Day 3 Krafft to Strasbourg
Our day starts with a morning cruise, across the Gran Ried wetlands and home to an abundance of birdlife, to arrive at the historic city of Strasbourg. Later, we enjoy a tour of the beautiful ‘capital city of Europe’ including, of course, a visit to the 12th century Gothic pink sandstone cathedral, home to an astronomical Renaissance clock and soaring spire. We visit Place Gutenberg and explore La Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops and cafés. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 4 Strasbourg to Hochfelden
After breakfast, our cruise takes us past the impressive European Parliament building on the outskirts of Strasbourg and on through the Brumath Forest to our picturesque mooring at Hochfelden. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic drive into the rolling Vosges hills on the Route des Grands Vins, where the finest wines of Alsace are produced, and a private tasting of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at a long-established winemaker, such as Domaine Pfister. Dinner ashore this evening at a traditional Alsatian restaurant.
Wednesday, Day 5 Hochfelden to Saverne
This morning we take a guided tour, with an optional beer tasting, at the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640 and the last privately-owned brewery in Alsace. Returning to Panache, we cruise further along the canal, with good walking and cycling opportunities, to the enchanting town of Saverne where history traces back over 2,000 years to the Gallo-Roman Times, mooring at the foot of the Château de Rohan, also known as the ‘Versailles of Alsace’. Dinner on board.
Thursday, Day 6 Saverne to Lutzelbourg
For early risers, there is perhaps an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations, before we enjoy a cruise to our mooring at Lutzelbourg. In the afternoon, we visit the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre with its medieval castle, then tour the outstanding René Lalique collection and see over 500 exceptional examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware. Nearby Wingen-sur-Moder is also the World War Two battleground where American infantry fought with distinction. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Friday, Day 7 Lutzelbourg to Niderviller
This morning, we enjoy a cruise through beautiful Alsatian countryside, before visiting the Lehrer Crystal glassworks. We then ascend the unique Arzviller boat elevator that carries Panache 450 feet up the mountainside in minutes. After lunch on board, we enjoy a tour of Sarrebourg, including visits to the 13th century chapel containing Marc Chagall’s remarkable stained-glass window and the impressive museum of Roman and Medieval artefacts. On our return we enjoy a candlelit cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels to our final mooring at Niderviller. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 8 Niderviller
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Strasbourg.
NB: * Itinerary is subject to change based on eventualities outside Capture and Create’s control. **Depending on start point, the Cruise itinerary may run in reverse.
Price: £TBC per person (assumes two sharing a cabin). Single Cabin Occupancy Price: £TBC.
Deposit of 50% of total price required at time of booking.
Final Balance to be paid 14 weeks before departure date.
What you will need for your trip
- Any camera with a reasonable capacity memory card, such as 8GB – or higher – compatible with your camera.
- If you have a selection of lenses, then please feel free to bring them with you.
- A tripod would be beneficial but not necessary.
- We recommend you bring a laptop computer equipped with a minimum of 4GB RAM, ideally with either Photoshop CS6 (or Creative Cloud) and additionally Lightroom installed***.
***If you do not have this software installed, don’t worry, we can help you download a free 30 day trial directly from Adobe, which will be fine for the duration of the course.
NB: A tablet device will probably not suffice for the more advanced image editing tasks we will be dealing with on the cruise.
Photography Tuition: You Will Learn
- Metering methods
- ISO settings
- White Balance control
- Why shoot RAW?
- Aperture and Shutter control
- Composition and framing
- Focusing techniques
- Landscape techniques
- Architectural techniques
- Rule of thirds
- Using your camera in low light.
- How to get the best from longer focal lengths (zoom lenses for wildlife etc., and avoid camera shake.
- Importing/Uploading Images
- Organising and cataloguing images using keywords
- White balance adjustment.
- Straightening images
- Correcting and adjusting colour
- Recovering highlights and shadows
- Cloning and healing
- Sharpening and removing image noise
- Black and white conversion
- Plug-ins and filters for creative effects
- Printing and/or exporting your images
- Organising and cataloguing images using keywords
- Using image editing software in more detail (see 2 above).
While most of the subjects above will be dealt with as we progress through your holiday, there may not be time to cover everything. Or you may wish to concentrate on certain elements of the subjects listed above, and we are happy to tailor the subjects covered to our guests, so just ask or let us know what you’d like to cover either on the cruise or at the time of booking and we’ll always be on hand and happy to help.