Inaugural Voyage of the "Scenic Crystal"
27 April- Strasbourg or the Alsace Wine road
Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Ile, a World Heritage site by UNESCO
A taste of France awaits you as we cruise to “the crossroads of Europe”, Strasbourg. Choose from one of the following Included Scenic Free Choice activities: (1) a walking tour of Strasbourg to explore the lovely canals and half-timbered houses, including La Petite France; or (2) an excursion to the French Alsace Wine Region, including a cellar tasting in the French countryside of Barr.
With a later breakfast this morning, 8 am there is enough time to take city tour which leaves at 9 am for about 4 hours. A short drive to the Grande Ile where we begin a really nice tour. Starting at the Pons Couverts- a bridge dated back to the medieval time period.
Strasbourg is fused into the Franco-German culture and has been a bridge of unity between France and Germany for centuries. These are many of the most attractive streets with restaurants, boutique hotels, antique and bric-a-brac shops Hard to believe this was the former Tanners' Quarter, where leather and skins were soaked in the river before being left to dry on the upper galleries of the half-timbered houses.
A few minute’s walk away is the Strasbourg Cathedral. The 461 foot-high spire made it the world's tallest building for 5 centuries until the Ulm Cathedral was completed in 1890.
Gothic architecture, flying buttresses and the medieval stained glass windows are a testament to our desire to succeed. Many additions and expansions occurred from the 12th century to the 19th century. In the south transept you would find the astronomical clock (16th and 19th century) in action each day at about noon.
Outside the Cathedral in a smaller plaza area you will find souvenir shops, restaurants and one of the city's premium cafe and restaurants. The Maison Kammerzel, Six stories high, half-timbered construction because the ground floor is built of stone.
Maison Kammerzel shops
North of the Cathedral is where the serious shoppers will head towards. Antiques, jewelry, confectionery and specialty shops. That’s a full morning and now to return to the ship for afternoon lunch.
Scenic Crystal set sail for Breisach around 2 pm. After dinner tonight will be some dancing and contest of name that tune. Everyone had to dance after naming "that" tune.