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Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 128 Ft. Long
  • Rating; Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Jan Meijer
  • English Speaking Crew of 5
  • 8 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2012

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Frankfurt or Luxembourg City to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from Germany, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


La Nouvelle Etoile

Barge Lady’s Kelly Weiss had a fantastic time on La Nouvelle Etoile; she describe it as THE BEST of the many barge cruises she has taken over the years. Not surprising, since La Nouvelle Etoile has always reflected the commitment to absolute quality of longtime owner Jan. Kelly says:

“Our route began in Luxembourg, floated all through the Mosel River Valley and ended in Koblenz, Germany. Immediately upon boarding, we were treated to a champagne welcome with delicious homemade macaroons and chocolate-dipped fruits. This elegant reception previewed the delicious cuisine and superior attention to details we experienced all week.”

“Beginning with the barge itself, we saw how wonderful it can be when EVERYTHING is provided to make the experience both luxurious and practical. As well as being gorgeously decorated, this is the only barge in Europe with a computer in every cabin; guest laundry facilities; dedicated exercise room; and best of all, an ELEVATOR! The cabins are spacious, with plenty of storage space (even for a notorious over packer like myself) and the marble baths boast double sinks. The public areas are welcoming, with a soft color scheme, and best of all is the open bar, over which Jan presides for the nightly cocktail hour.”

“Jan truly loves to welcome their guests as friends and create a warm ambiance. In this they are helped by longtime crew, including guide Franck, who offers impromptu piano 'concerts.' Jan loves to mix cocktails and stories at the bar, while Diana introduces the wines and cheeses, always pointing out her personal favorites.”

“Chef Richard is amazing - if he had his own restaurant there is no doubt in my mind it would be Michelin starred! Every morning for breakfast we had fresh squeezed orange juice and in addition to the fruits, breads, yogurts and local pastries, Richard would make something special - one morning it was french toast, another we had poached eggs over toast and my favorite - fresh apple pancakes - yum! Each meal topped the previous - we all raved about the dinners and every night Jan would say "You didn't think we'd give the best meal away on the first night did you?" Every meal was so good it was hard to pick a favorite. His halibut with a white wine and herb sauce is pictured at left. Definitely a high point was the night we indulged in fresh lobster mornay that had been flown in live the night before!"

“The Mosel Valley is dramatic with steep vineyards climbing the hillsides and picturesque villages lining the shore. We loved exploring these colorful towns, such as Cochem, Bernkastel and Koblenz. Bicycling was another highlight, easily arranged with Jan who advised us of the best routes. We took two lengthy rides and were able to explore the interesting towns and scenery away from the river. Every day there were excursions or wine tastings.

Our favorites were the American (World War II ) cemetery in Luxembourg and Burg Eltz Castle, nestled in the hills above the river valley, pictured at left. The wine tastings at Dr. Pauly Bergweiler and Joseph Weis showcased regional and award-winning wines and provided an opportunity to buy gifts. My only regret is that I bought only one jar of the red peach jam at Joseph Weis – I wish I had bought ten jars – it is that good!”

“Of course, even with an incredible week on La Nouvelle Etoile, our guests do not go to Germany for such a short time. We added two nights in Munich and had fun at Octoberfest, and one night in Frankfort. Each of these cities have lovely Old Towns, squares, markets, and historic sightseeing. It is very easy to create a nine night itinerary in Germany.”




Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2016 Value Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter: $57,000
Individuals: $7,475 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $3,637

2016 value season date in Germany

October 16 - 22 Remich, Luxembourg to Koblenz, Germany

2016 regular season rates

Whole-Boat Charter: $61,000
Individuals: $7,975 per person in a double occupancy cabin
Single Supplement: $3,887

2016 regular season dates in Germany
September 18 - 24 Remich to Koblenz
September 25 - October 1 Koblenz to Remich
October 2 - 8 Remich to Koblenz
October 9 - 15 Koblenz to Remich

2017 Value Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter: $57,000
Individuals: $7,475 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $3,637

2017 value season date in Germany

October 15 - 21 Remich, Luxembourg to Koblenz, Germany

2017 regular season rates

Whole-Boat Charter: $61,000
Individuals: $7,975 per person in a double occupancy cabin
Single Supplement: $3,887

2017 regular season dates in Germany
September 17 - 23 Remich to Koblenz
September 24 - 30 Koblenz to Remich
October 1 - 7 Remich to Koblenz
October 8 - 14 Koblenz to Remich
Barge Cruise

La Nouvelle Etoile Accommodations and Amenities

  • 128 Feet Long
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • All over 200 square feet
  • One suite is wheelchair accessible
  • Also in each cabin
  • TV/Internet
  • Picture windows
  • Brand new touch-screen computer
  • Double sinks in bathroom
  • In the Public Areas
  • Elevator
  • Piano & large-screen satellite TV in salon
  • Washer/dryer for guest use
  • Exercise room with treadmill, home trainer bicycle, free weights & step
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Elegant salon, dining room with picture windows
  • Deck
  • Sundeck with retractable canopy
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • 8 Batavus Weekend bicycles
    8 speed gears and hand brakes, bell
    Adjustable seats/handlebars & front/back shock absorbers
    Four women's frame (48"), four men's frame (53")


















barge la nouvelle etoile bath

La Nouvelle Etoile Germany Barge Cruise Itinerary

Remich, Luxembourg to Koblenz, Germany


Sunday: Remich, Luxembourg
Welcome Aboard!
After being met in mid-afternoon by our driver in Frankfurt, you'll be chauffeured to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the riverside village of Remich, Luxembourg. After the traditional champagne welcome, enjoy the first of many gourmet meals.

Monday: Remich to Trier
Begin your beautiful cruise!
After breakfast, visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, pictured above, where General George Patton Jr is buried. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of Luxembourg City, a striking and newly fashionable destination, with dramatic views, pictured above. Return to La Nouvelle Etoile in time for lunch and begin your cruise on the beautiful River Mosel, cruising to Trier, Germany, our port for the night.

Tuesday: Trier to Bernkastel
Quaint Towns
Trier is the oldest town in Germany. It was founded by Roman Emperor Augustus in 16 BC and is an historic time capsule, offering sites from many periods. Roman ruins include the Porta Nigra, a huge city gate and fortification, a 25,000-seat ampitheatre and several baths. Also on view is St. Peters, the oldest cathedral in Germany. There may be time to shop in the welcoming market square, a popular destination with its many fruit stands, flower displays, painted facades and fountains! Then it's back to Nouvelle Etoile for a picturesque afternoon cruise to our mooring for the night in the traditional and colorful town of Bernkastel, pictured at below. Here we'll taste the famous local wine in the cellars of Dr. Pauly Berweiler. Back on board it's time for cocktail hour and another gourmet dinner.


Wednesday: Bernkastel to Zell
Private Riverside Winetasting
This morning you will have some time for exploring and shopping in Bernkastel, pictured at right. Continuing down the Mosel we come to Zell, one of the most beautiful towns on the river and  home to the famous  Schwarze Katz or "Black Cat" Mosel wines. Visit the cellars of Dr. Josef Weis, just outside of town. There Peter Weis leads you through a tasting of  some of his own Black Cat wines. Then take an hour or two to shop and stroll in this delightful town!




Thursday: Zell to Cochem
Incredible 12th Century Castle
From Zell, take a leisurely cruise past vineyard-clad hills to Cochem, pictured below. If you're up for a bicycle ride, today would be a prime day, with the bicycle path taking you past cute towns and alongside vineyards.  Cochem is a colorful town dominated by the remains of its 1000 year old castle and dotted with welcoming Medieval squares and half-timbered houses. This afternoon we will take you to one of the true highlights of your cruise: Burg Eltz, pictured at left, a romantic, fairy-tale castle nestled high in the hills. It is still owned by a branch of the Eltz family that has occupied the castle since the 12th century. Many consider it Germany's best-preserved castle, furnished as it was 500 years ago. Return to Nouvelle Etoile for a stroll around your lovely port before dinner.

 



Friday: Cochem to Koblenz

Lively Port Town
Cruise in the morning to Koblenz, a major port town at the confluence of three rivers. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic town. There will be time to explore before tonight's Captain's dinner, hosted by Jan and Diana, pictured below. What about an after-dinner drink in a wine-stube? There is a lot of nightlife to enjoy in this lively town!


Saturday: Frankfurt Transfer

A Sad Farewell
After a last elegant breakfast, depart at 9:00 am. We'll chauffeur you either to the Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt Rail Station, rental car pickup or hotel in the immediate area. We hope to see you back again on NOUVELLE ETOILE!

This cruise runs in the opposite direction - Koblenz to Remich - on alternative weeks.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging in Germany. Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

La Nouvelle Etoile Sample Menus

Dinner
Hot Fig wrapped in Serrano Ham
Roquefort Sauce
* * *
Monkfish with Red Bell Peppers Sauce
Stuffed Zucchini Flowers
* * *
Cheese Platter
Morbier
Bresse bleu
Crottin de Chavignol
****
Merengue Tarte Strawberry Mousse
Kiwi Coulis
* * * * *

Dinner
Vegetable Stack with Balsamico Dressing
* * *
Filet of Duck with Orange Sauce

Vegetable Bouquet
* * *
Cheese Platter
Chaource
Bleu de Causses
Selles sur Cher
****
Chocolate Mousse
Homemade Stracalatella
Peppermint Ice Cream
(I had seconds-and licked the pan, too!)
* * * * *

Dinner
Homemade Pasta Tartufo with Truffle Sauce
(Heavenly!)
* * *
Filet of Lamb
Red Wine, Shalot and Garlic Sauce
Potatoes Anna
* * *
Cheese Platter
Camembert au Calvados
St. Agur
Ossau Iraty
****
Creme Brulee
* * * * *

~ Wines ~
Julianas '09 Burgundy, Domaine de Gry Sablon"
*
Sancerre '03 vin de Loire, Les Tuileres" Michel Redde
*
Florimont Riesling Grand cru '02, Alsace "Jean Maeffelin"
*
Pouilly fuisse '04 Burgundy, Dom. La Soufrandise "Clos Marie"
*
Chateaueuf du Pape '03 Rhone, "Nicolas Thienpont" Valley
*
Valpolicella '05 Italy, "Zenato Ripassa"
*
Chateauneuf du Pape (blanc)'04 Rhone, "Lazaret" Jerome Quiot" Valley
*
Chateau Margaux '02 Bordeaux, "Alter Ego"
*
Chablis 1er Cru '04 "Dom. Laroche", Burgundy"Les Fourchaumes"
*
Sauternes '04 Bordeaux, "Chateau Closiot"
*
Chassagne Montrachet '04, Cote de Beaune "Le Morgeot"

Picture a Barge Cruise in Germany on La Nouvelle Etoile

River Mosel cruise in Germany on barge La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile Guest Book

"My cruise on La Nouvelle Etoile was simply perfect! Everything went smoothly. The boat was fantastic, the food incredible, Captain Jan and the crew delightful and accommodating, the tours fascinating. My favorite of the tours was the visit to the Nolet Distillery, where Ketel One is made. The Keukenhof Gardens, which was the one I most looked forward to, did not disappoint. Barge Lady Lori was most helpful in preparing for the trip. I am most appreciative of The Barge Lady's efforts. I will not hesitate to recommend you and the trip to friends."

- Diane Hockstader, cruised April, 2016

"We loved every minute! Our crew was excellent -- a big thank-you to Captain Jan, Diana, Chef Martin, and Tour Guide Franck! Cuisine was delicious and the wine was outstanding. We learned a lot about cheese as well. We enjoyed all excursions and sightseeing. The flowers along the canal and in each town were beautiful, and the Chateau de Fleville was most interesting. The Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy is a must-see! Our cabin was very well-appointed and comfortable, and we had everything we needed. Barge Lady services were excellent, and provided all documents and needed information about the cruise, hotels, and trains. All of our questions were answered before our journey started. Thank you!"

- Sarah Bear, cruised October, 2015

"Dear Ellen -– You, Jan, and Diana truly make dreams come true! On board, Jan and Diana create an incredible ambiance on the beautiful and elegant La Nouvelle Etoile. She is truly the 'Shining Star' among all barges -- the Polaris of all barge cruising. They sprinkled each experience, especially the evenings, with a little bit of that 'Dutch Magic' that goes way beyond the beautiful silverware, china, crystal, linens, music, flowers, lighting, and paneling. The food and beverage is top drawer, but it is their personal touch that makes the nightly dinners unforgettable. Jan and Diana have perfected the role of host and hostess to such a high level that to spend an evening meal in their lovely 'home' is a truly incomparable experience. You made our 25th Wedding Anniversary so very special and created a lifetime memory. Thank you for all the hard work including the train tickets and maps."

- Patrick and Mary Sanders, cruised October, 2015 (repeat Barge Lady guests)

"The crew all went out of their way to make our experience memorable. Cuisine was all well prepared, tasty, and the quantities not excessive. We loved the Chagal excursion. Cabins were clean, comfortable, and roomy. We have done three or four barge trips in the past. Certainly La Nouvelle Etoile is by far the best appointed barge I have had the opportunity to experience. Being part of a group of acquaintances enhances the experience and seems wise. The trip was very enjoyable and we are trying to figure out a way to set up an encore."

- Peter Sidell, cruised September, 2015

"We have had the pleasure of travelling with Captain Jan, Diana, and Tour Guide Franck twice before. With their years of barging experience, you are in safe hands and everything runs like clockwork. They were as welcoming as ever and Franck worked hard to find us some interesting outings and diversions along the way. He seeks out the best local guides and obtains tickets in advance to eliminate queueing. We greatly enjoyed all of the daily excursions – they captivated our attention, and were the perfect length.

This year they were joined by Hostess Melissa, who looked after the housekeeping, and Chef Martin, who provided some wonderfully attractive and well balanced food, using a wealth of local ingredients. The style of cuisine is set by Jan and Diana and is based on their knowledge of what suits their clients. Martin is a talented young chef and is clearly enjoying adding his own ideas to the menus. The outcome was well-balanced meals, beautifully produced and accompanied by Jan and Diana's carefully chosen wines.

Cabins are clean and tidy and in very good decorative order. The wardrobe and cupboards provided more than adequate space and there is additional storage under the beds where soft bags or small cases can be stored out of the way. The bathroom is a good size with a large shower cubicle and plentiful hot water. We appreciated the fresh flowers and chocolate gifts that were in the cabin on arrival.

This was our sixth trip booked with the Barge Lady. Doesn't that say it all? You pre-trip information is particularly useful for first-time travelers as it gives a good overview of what to expect, addresses those awkward questions such as what to take and what not to take in the way of clothing and valuables and offers guidance about tipping. You are our barge agent of choice because of the high and consistent level of service you deliver."

- Margaret Harding, cruised May, 2015 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

 

 

La Nouvelle Etoile Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

The 8 Passenger Luxury Hotel Barge La Nouvelle Etoile from Hotel Barging on Vimeo.

Cruising in Champagne on Ultra Deluxe La Nouvelle Etoile
Join Ellen, The Barge Lady and her husband Monsieur le Barge Lady for a day by day journal of their unforgettable cruise aboard La Nouvelle Etoile!

 

 

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 8 guests
  • 128 Ft. Long
  • Rating; Ultra Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • Hosts: Jan Meijer
  • English Speaking Crew of 5
  • 8 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2012

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Frankfurt or Luxembourg City to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from Germany, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


La Nouvelle Etoile

Barge Lady’s Kelly Weiss had a fantastic time on La Nouvelle Etoile; she describe it as THE BEST of the many barge cruises she has taken over the years. Not surprising, since La Nouvelle Etoile has always reflected the commitment to absolute quality of longtime owner Jan. Kelly says:

“Our route began in Luxembourg, floated all through the Mosel River Valley and ended in Koblenz, Germany. Immediately upon boarding, we were treated to a champagne welcome with delicious homemade macaroons and chocolate-dipped fruits. This elegant reception previewed the delicious cuisine and superior attention to details we experienced all week.”

“Beginning with the barge itself, we saw how wonderful it can be when EVERYTHING is provided to make the experience both luxurious and practical. As well as being gorgeously decorated, this is the only barge in Europe with a computer in every cabin; guest laundry facilities; dedicated exercise room; and best of all, an ELEVATOR! The cabins are spacious, with plenty of storage space (even for a notorious over packer like myself) and the marble baths boast double sinks. The public areas are welcoming, with a soft color scheme, and best of all is the open bar, over which Jan presides for the nightly cocktail hour.”

“Jan truly loves to welcome their guests as friends and create a warm ambiance. In this they are helped by longtime crew, including guide Franck, who offers impromptu piano 'concerts.' Jan loves to mix cocktails and stories at the bar, while Diana introduces the wines and cheeses, always pointing out her personal favorites.”

“Chef Richard is amazing - if he had his own restaurant there is no doubt in my mind it would be Michelin starred! Every morning for breakfast we had fresh squeezed orange juice and in addition to the fruits, breads, yogurts and local pastries, Richard would make something special - one morning it was french toast, another we had poached eggs over toast and my favorite - fresh apple pancakes - yum! Each meal topped the previous - we all raved about the dinners and every night Jan would say "You didn't think we'd give the best meal away on the first night did you?" Every meal was so good it was hard to pick a favorite. His halibut with a white wine and herb sauce is pictured at left. Definitely a high point was the night we indulged in fresh lobster mornay that had been flown in live the night before!"

“The Mosel Valley is dramatic with steep vineyards climbing the hillsides and picturesque villages lining the shore. We loved exploring these colorful towns, such as Cochem, Bernkastel and Koblenz. Bicycling was another highlight, easily arranged with Jan who advised us of the best routes. We took two lengthy rides and were able to explore the interesting towns and scenery away from the river. Every day there were excursions or wine tastings.

Our favorites were the American (World War II ) cemetery in Luxembourg and Burg Eltz Castle, nestled in the hills above the river valley, pictured at left. The wine tastings at Dr. Pauly Bergweiler and Joseph Weis showcased regional and award-winning wines and provided an opportunity to buy gifts. My only regret is that I bought only one jar of the red peach jam at Joseph Weis – I wish I had bought ten jars – it is that good!”

“Of course, even with an incredible week on La Nouvelle Etoile, our guests do not go to Germany for such a short time. We added two nights in Munich and had fun at Octoberfest, and one night in Frankfort. Each of these cities have lovely Old Towns, squares, markets, and historic sightseeing. It is very easy to create a nine night itinerary in Germany.”




Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2016 Value Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter: $57,000
Individuals: $7,475 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $3,637

2016 value season date in Germany

October 16 - 22 Remich, Luxembourg to Koblenz, Germany

2016 regular season rates

Whole-Boat Charter: $61,000
Individuals: $7,975 per person in a double occupancy cabin
Single Supplement: $3,887

2016 regular season dates in Germany
September 18 - 24 Remich to Koblenz
September 25 - October 1 Koblenz to Remich
October 2 - 8 Remich to Koblenz
October 9 - 15 Koblenz to Remich

2017 Value Season Rates

Whole Boat Charter: $57,000
Individuals: $7,475 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $3,637

2017 value season date in Germany

October 15 - 21 Remich, Luxembourg to Koblenz, Germany

2017 regular season rates

Whole-Boat Charter: $61,000
Individuals: $7,975 per person in a double occupancy cabin
Single Supplement: $3,887

2017 regular season dates in Germany
September 17 - 23 Remich to Koblenz
September 24 - 30 Koblenz to Remich
October 1 - 7 Remich to Koblenz
October 8 - 14 Koblenz to Remich

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

La Nouvelle Etoile Accommodations and Amenities

  • 128 Feet Long
  • Four cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • All over 200 square feet
  • One suite is wheelchair accessible
  • Also in each cabin
  • TV/Internet
  • Picture windows
  • Brand new touch-screen computer
  • Double sinks in bathroom
  • In the Public Areas
  • Elevator
  • Piano & large-screen satellite TV in salon
  • Washer/dryer for guest use
  • Exercise room with treadmill, home trainer bicycle, free weights & step
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Elegant salon, dining room with picture windows
  • Deck
  • Sundeck with retractable canopy
  • Jacuzzi on deck
  • 8 Batavus Weekend bicycles
    8 speed gears and hand brakes, bell
    Adjustable seats/handlebars & front/back shock absorbers
    Four women's frame (48"), four men's frame (53")


















barge la nouvelle etoile bath

La Nouvelle Etoile Germany Barge Cruise Itinerary

Remich, Luxembourg to Koblenz, Germany


Sunday: Remich, Luxembourg
Welcome Aboard!
After being met in mid-afternoon by our driver in Frankfurt, you'll be chauffeured to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the riverside village of Remich, Luxembourg. After the traditional champagne welcome, enjoy the first of many gourmet meals.

Monday: Remich to Trier
Begin your beautiful cruise!
After breakfast, visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, pictured above, where General George Patton Jr is buried. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of Luxembourg City, a striking and newly fashionable destination, with dramatic views, pictured above. Return to La Nouvelle Etoile in time for lunch and begin your cruise on the beautiful River Mosel, cruising to Trier, Germany, our port for the night.

Tuesday: Trier to Bernkastel
Quaint Towns
Trier is the oldest town in Germany. It was founded by Roman Emperor Augustus in 16 BC and is an historic time capsule, offering sites from many periods. Roman ruins include the Porta Nigra, a huge city gate and fortification, a 25,000-seat ampitheatre and several baths. Also on view is St. Peters, the oldest cathedral in Germany. There may be time to shop in the welcoming market square, a popular destination with its many fruit stands, flower displays, painted facades and fountains! Then it's back to Nouvelle Etoile for a picturesque afternoon cruise to our mooring for the night in the traditional and colorful town of Bernkastel, pictured at below. Here we'll taste the famous local wine in the cellars of Dr. Pauly Berweiler. Back on board it's time for cocktail hour and another gourmet dinner.


Wednesday: Bernkastel to Zell
Private Riverside Winetasting
This morning you will have some time for exploring and shopping in Bernkastel, pictured at right. Continuing down the Mosel we come to Zell, one of the most beautiful towns on the river and  home to the famous  Schwarze Katz or "Black Cat" Mosel wines. Visit the cellars of Dr. Josef Weis, just outside of town. There Peter Weis leads you through a tasting of  some of his own Black Cat wines. Then take an hour or two to shop and stroll in this delightful town!




Thursday: Zell to Cochem
Incredible 12th Century Castle
From Zell, take a leisurely cruise past vineyard-clad hills to Cochem, pictured below. If you're up for a bicycle ride, today would be a prime day, with the bicycle path taking you past cute towns and alongside vineyards.  Cochem is a colorful town dominated by the remains of its 1000 year old castle and dotted with welcoming Medieval squares and half-timbered houses. This afternoon we will take you to one of the true highlights of your cruise: Burg Eltz, pictured at left, a romantic, fairy-tale castle nestled high in the hills. It is still owned by a branch of the Eltz family that has occupied the castle since the 12th century. Many consider it Germany's best-preserved castle, furnished as it was 500 years ago. Return to Nouvelle Etoile for a stroll around your lovely port before dinner.

 



Friday: Cochem to Koblenz

Lively Port Town
Cruise in the morning to Koblenz, a major port town at the confluence of three rivers. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic town. There will be time to explore before tonight's Captain's dinner, hosted by Jan and Diana, pictured below. What about an after-dinner drink in a wine-stube? There is a lot of nightlife to enjoy in this lively town!


Saturday: Frankfurt Transfer

A Sad Farewell
After a last elegant breakfast, depart at 9:00 am. We'll chauffeur you either to the Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt Rail Station, rental car pickup or hotel in the immediate area. We hope to see you back again on NOUVELLE ETOILE!

This cruise runs in the opposite direction - Koblenz to Remich - on alternative weeks.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging in Germany. Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

+ - Menu

La Nouvelle Etoile Sample Menus

Dinner
Hot Fig wrapped in Serrano Ham
Roquefort Sauce
* * *
Monkfish with Red Bell Peppers Sauce
Stuffed Zucchini Flowers
* * *
Cheese Platter
Morbier
Bresse bleu
Crottin de Chavignol
****
Merengue Tarte Strawberry Mousse
Kiwi Coulis
* * * * *

Dinner
Vegetable Stack with Balsamico Dressing
* * *
Filet of Duck with Orange Sauce

Vegetable Bouquet
* * *
Cheese Platter
Chaource
Bleu de Causses
Selles sur Cher
****
Chocolate Mousse
Homemade Stracalatella
Peppermint Ice Cream
(I had seconds-and licked the pan, too!)
* * * * *

Dinner
Homemade Pasta Tartufo with Truffle Sauce
(Heavenly!)
* * *
Filet of Lamb
Red Wine, Shalot and Garlic Sauce
Potatoes Anna
* * *
Cheese Platter
Camembert au Calvados
St. Agur
Ossau Iraty
****
Creme Brulee
* * * * *

~ Wines ~
Julianas '09 Burgundy, Domaine de Gry Sablon"
*
Sancerre '03 vin de Loire, Les Tuileres" Michel Redde
*
Florimont Riesling Grand cru '02, Alsace "Jean Maeffelin"
*
Pouilly fuisse '04 Burgundy, Dom. La Soufrandise "Clos Marie"
*
Chateaueuf du Pape '03 Rhone, "Nicolas Thienpont" Valley
*
Valpolicella '05 Italy, "Zenato Ripassa"
*
Chateauneuf du Pape (blanc)'04 Rhone, "Lazaret" Jerome Quiot" Valley
*
Chateau Margaux '02 Bordeaux, "Alter Ego"
*
Chablis 1er Cru '04 "Dom. Laroche", Burgundy"Les Fourchaumes"
*
Sauternes '04 Bordeaux, "Chateau Closiot"
*
Chassagne Montrachet '04, Cote de Beaune "Le Morgeot"

Picture a Barge Cruise in Germany on La Nouvelle Etoile

River Mosel cruise in Germany on barge La Nouvelle Etoile

La Nouvelle Etoile Guest Book

"My cruise on La Nouvelle Etoile was simply perfect! Everything went smoothly. The boat was fantastic, the food incredible, Captain Jan and the crew delightful and accommodating, the tours fascinating. My favorite of the tours was the visit to the Nolet Distillery, where Ketel One is made. The Keukenhof Gardens, which was the one I most looked forward to, did not disappoint. Barge Lady Lori was most helpful in preparing for the trip. I am most appreciative of The Barge Lady's efforts. I will not hesitate to recommend you and the trip to friends."

- Diane Hockstader, cruised April, 2016

"We loved every minute! Our crew was excellent -- a big thank-you to Captain Jan, Diana, Chef Martin, and Tour Guide Franck! Cuisine was delicious and the wine was outstanding. We learned a lot about cheese as well. We enjoyed all excursions and sightseeing. The flowers along the canal and in each town were beautiful, and the Chateau de Fleville was most interesting. The Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy is a must-see! Our cabin was very well-appointed and comfortable, and we had everything we needed. Barge Lady services were excellent, and provided all documents and needed information about the cruise, hotels, and trains. All of our questions were answered before our journey started. Thank you!"

- Sarah Bear, cruised October, 2015

"Dear Ellen -– You, Jan, and Diana truly make dreams come true! On board, Jan and Diana create an incredible ambiance on the beautiful and elegant La Nouvelle Etoile. She is truly the 'Shining Star' among all barges -- the Polaris of all barge cruising. They sprinkled each experience, especially the evenings, with a little bit of that 'Dutch Magic' that goes way beyond the beautiful silverware, china, crystal, linens, music, flowers, lighting, and paneling. The food and beverage is top drawer, but it is their personal touch that makes the nightly dinners unforgettable. Jan and Diana have perfected the role of host and hostess to such a high level that to spend an evening meal in their lovely 'home' is a truly incomparable experience. You made our 25th Wedding Anniversary so very special and created a lifetime memory. Thank you for all the hard work including the train tickets and maps."

- Patrick and Mary Sanders, cruised October, 2015 (repeat Barge Lady guests)

"The crew all went out of their way to make our experience memorable. Cuisine was all well prepared, tasty, and the quantities not excessive. We loved the Chagal excursion. Cabins were clean, comfortable, and roomy. We have done three or four barge trips in the past. Certainly La Nouvelle Etoile is by far the best appointed barge I have had the opportunity to experience. Being part of a group of acquaintances enhances the experience and seems wise. The trip was very enjoyable and we are trying to figure out a way to set up an encore."

- Peter Sidell, cruised September, 2015

"We have had the pleasure of travelling with Captain Jan, Diana, and Tour Guide Franck twice before. With their years of barging experience, you are in safe hands and everything runs like clockwork. They were as welcoming as ever and Franck worked hard to find us some interesting outings and diversions along the way. He seeks out the best local guides and obtains tickets in advance to eliminate queueing. We greatly enjoyed all of the daily excursions – they captivated our attention, and were the perfect length.

This year they were joined by Hostess Melissa, who looked after the housekeeping, and Chef Martin, who provided some wonderfully attractive and well balanced food, using a wealth of local ingredients. The style of cuisine is set by Jan and Diana and is based on their knowledge of what suits their clients. Martin is a talented young chef and is clearly enjoying adding his own ideas to the menus. The outcome was well-balanced meals, beautifully produced and accompanied by Jan and Diana's carefully chosen wines.

Cabins are clean and tidy and in very good decorative order. The wardrobe and cupboards provided more than adequate space and there is additional storage under the beds where soft bags or small cases can be stored out of the way. The bathroom is a good size with a large shower cubicle and plentiful hot water. We appreciated the fresh flowers and chocolate gifts that were in the cabin on arrival.

This was our sixth trip booked with the Barge Lady. Doesn't that say it all? You pre-trip information is particularly useful for first-time travelers as it gives a good overview of what to expect, addresses those awkward questions such as what to take and what not to take in the way of clothing and valuables and offers guidance about tipping. You are our barge agent of choice because of the high and consistent level of service you deliver."

- Margaret Harding, cruised May, 2015 (repeat Barge Lady guest)

 

 

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