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Panache

Panache

From
€4,590 Per Person

Luxe Class

 

Panache is a classic Dutch design that can accommodate up to 12 passengers.

  • Country / Region
    France / Alsace
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cabins
    6
  • Max Passengers
    12
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Up to €1,070 per couple
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From
€4,590 Per Person

Luxe Class

 

Panache is a classic Dutch design that can accommodate up to 12 passengers.

  • Country / Region
    France / Alsace
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cabins
    6
  • Max Passengers
    12
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Up to €1,070 per couple
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Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesItineraryItinerary Alsace & Lorraine - Cruise between Kraft and Niderviller.ItineraryItinerary Holland - Cruise between Alkmaar and Delft.InclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

The 12-passenger Panache is a stylish hotel barge with spacious public areas. She offers a choice of six air-conditioned Junior Suites, all with en-suite facilities with oversized showers with massage jets and double sinks, and a choice of twin or double bed configuration. The saloon and dining room feature panoramic windows, comfortable sofas, books and music, and an always open inclusive bar. The sun deck is spacious and has a heated spa pool. Other facilities include Hi-fi stereo system with integrated CD player, radio, iPod dock, a small library of books and maps, electronic piano and TV with built-in DVD in each suite.

 

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available on board for guests bringing their own appliances. Connectivity can be limited in remote locations. Panache has 2 air-conditioned vehicles for excursions and transfers.

 

Panache cruises mainly in Alsace-Lorraine, other regions are available for cruising, particularly Holland from March to May for the Tulip Cruises.

 

Cruise Highlights

Alsace-Lorraine

  • Visit the spectacular Rene Lalique Collection
  • Strasbourg’s Gothic Cathedral
  • Tours of historic Saverne and Sarrebourg
  • Experience the unique Arzviller boat elevator
  • Explore the Route des Grands Crus


Inclusions

  • Local transfers to and from the hotel barge
  • Luxury 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
  • Services of 6 crew 
  • Use of barge facilities which includes bicycles and spa pool
  • Library of books and maps
  • Collection of board games
  • Nordic walking sticks (on request)
  • TV with built-in DVD in each suite

 

Cuisine

Regional Specialities
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


Wine Cellar

Riesling Grand Cru, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chablis Premier Cru Pouilly Fuisse, Gewurztraminer,
Cremant d’Alsace, Florimont Riesling


Cheese Board

Munster, Brie de Meaux, Fourme d'Ambert, Chaource, Tomme Fermier d’Alsace, Gouda; Leyden, Maasdam, Brokkel Ould, Limburger

 

Pick-up & Drop Off Points

All transfers on Panache are approximately 1 hour with the exception of the WW1 cruise on 29 May 16 which is 2 hours.

 

Holland Cruises

For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: Amsterdam: Central train station at 4:30 pm OR the Pulitzer Hotel at 4:15 pm if guests stay the night prior
  • Drop-off point:  Choice of location in Amsterdam at 10:00 am


For charter bookings: 

  • Pick-up point: One location of the group's choice in Amsterdam OR Schiphol airport at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the group's choice in Amsterdam OR Schiphol airport by 10:00 am


Holland to Belgium

For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: Central train station at 4:30 pm OR the Pulitzer Hotel at 4:15 pm if guests stay the night prior
  • Drop-off point : Choice of location in Bruges at 10:00 am


For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: One location of the group's choice in Amsterdam OR Schiphol airport at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the group's choice in Bruges by 10:00 am

 

WW1 - Belgium to Picardy, France

For cabin bookings: 

  • Pick up point: Choice of location in Bruges at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off point: Hotel Westminster in Paris at 12:00  noon


For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: Choice of location in Bruges at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the groups choice in Paris by 12:00 noon


WW1 - Bethencourt-sur-Somme to Paris

For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 3:00 pm
  • Drop-off point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 10:00 am


For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: One location of the group's choice in Paris at 3:00 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the group's choice in Paris by 10:00 am


Champagne - Paris to Condé-sur-Marne

For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 12:00 noon


For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: One location of the groups choice in Paris at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off  point: One location of the groups choice in Paris by 12:00 noon


Alsace & Lorraine

For cabin bookings:

  • Pickup point (Strasbourg): TGV train station at 4:30pm OR the Hotel Regent Petite France at 4:15 pm if guests stay the night prior
  • Drop-off point: TGV train station at 9:45 am OR a choice of location in Strasbourg at 10:00 am

 

For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: One location of the group's choice in Strasbourg OR Strasbourg airport at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the group's choice in Strasbourg OR Strasbourg airport at 10:00 am

 

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Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2019

10% off per cabin on May 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Departure Dates Region Junior Suite per person Single Supplement Book Before
March 24, 31 Holland 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
April 7 Holland 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
April 14, 21, 28 Holland 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros
May 5, 12 Holland 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros
May 26 Paris - Champagne 4,815 Euros 1,900 Euros 7 January 2019
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Champagne 4,815 Euros 1,900 Euros 7 January 2019
July 14 Alsace & Lorraine 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros
July 21, 28 Alsace & Lorraine 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
August 4, 11, 18 Alsace & Lorraine 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
August 25 Alsace & Lorraine 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros
September 1, 8, 15 Alsace & Lorraine 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros
October 6, 13, 20 Alsace & Lorraine 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

10% off per charter on  March 24 & 31; May 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Departure Dates Region Charter 8 ppl Charter 9 ppl Charter 10 ppl Charter 11 ppl Charter 12 ppl Book Before
March 24, 31 Holland 40,680 Euros 41,940 Euros 42,930 Euros 43,920 Euros 44,910 Euros 7 January 2019
April 7 Holland 45,200 Euros 46,600 Euros 47,700 Euros 48,800 Euros 49,900 Euros
April 14, 21, 28 Holland 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros
May 5, 12 Holland 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros
May 26 Paris - Champagne 47,340 Euros 48,870 Euros 50,040 Euros 51,210 Euros 52,380 Euros 7 January 2019
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Champagne 47,340 Euros 48,870 Euros 50,040 Euros 51,210 Euros 52,380 Euros 7 January 2019
July 14 Alsace & Lorraine 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros
July 21, 28 Alsace & Lorraine 45,200 Euros 46,600 Euros 47,700 Euros 48,800 Euros 49,900 Euros
August 4, 11, 18 Alsace & Lorraine 45,200 Euros 46,600 Euros 47,700 Euros 48,800 Euros 49,900 Euros
August 25 Alsace & Lorraine 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros
September 1, 8, 15 Alsace & Lorraine 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros
October 6, 13, 20 Alsace & Lorraine 45,200 Euros 46,600 Euros 47,700 Euros 48,800 Euros 49,900 Euros

Theme Cruise Supplement

Theme Region Available for Supplement
Family Alsace & Lorraine Charter up to 12 ppl None


Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

Itinerary 

Lorraine-Alsace Itinerary

For other routes, contact us for full details.

Day 1, Sunday
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.

Day 2, Monday
Start 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.

Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast, our cruise takes us past the impressive European Parliament building and on through the Brumath Forest to the picturesque village of Waltenheim-sur-Zorn, where the barge moors next to a typical Hansel and Gretel style inn, or ‘bierstub’. 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. Returning to Panache, we head to the bierstub for aperitifs and some traditional Alsatian ‘Flammekueche’, or tarte flambée.
Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
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.

Day 5, Thursday
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.

Day 6, Friday
This morning, 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 artifacts.

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.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Strasbourg.

 


 

Classic Northern France & Paris Cruise

Day 1, Sunday
Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache for a Champagne welcome and introduction to your crew and barge. Time perhaps for a cycle ride before dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
Our first cruise is from Noyon along the Canal du Nord before joining the River Oise to moor at Compiègne. After lunch on board, we head out to the Armistice Clearing deep in the forest of Compiègne. This was the venue of the signing of the Armistice in a carriage of Marshal Foch’s private train on November 11th 1918 The clearing and its museum tell a fascinating story that stretches far beyond November 1918, as it was also on this famous train that Hitler insisted the French capitulate to Germany in 1940. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
This morning we continue our cruise along the River Oise, passing barges laden with merchandise to our mooring at Pont Ste Maxence, a river crossing point since Roman times. This afternoon, we enjoy an unforgettable excursion to the elegant Renaissance Château de Chantilly. This superb example of 16th century architecture boats an array of art treasures, gardens laid out by Le Notre (of Versailles fame) and the great stables. More than 3,000 horses are stabled in and around Chantilly making it the thoroughbred capital of France. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
Our cruise today takes us further towards Paris along the meandering Oise to our next mooring at Auvers-sur-Oise. After lunch, we walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. The painter spent the last part of his life in this picturesque village and was buried in the local cemetery. Here and there, panels indicate the scenes portrayed by the painter. It is the district around the church, however, that constitutes the favourite “place of pilgrimage” for art lovers. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Day 5, Thursday
After breakfast, we drive to Giverny to visit Claude Monet’s house and magnificent gardens with the water-lily ponds that were such an inspiration for many of his paintings. We return to the barge and continue our cruise along the River Oise, reaching its confluence with the River Seine, before reaching our overnight mooring at Bougival. This evening, you should have time for a stroll through the village, following “the Impressionists Walk” where you will find reproductions of Impressionist paintings located in the precise locations where these works are believed to have been painted. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
After breakfast, we visit Château de Malmaison, a charming estate purchased by the Empress Josephine while Napoleon Bonaparte was away fighting the Egyptian campaign. It houses many fine artworks in lavish apartments and there is a notable rose garden. Returning to the barge, we cruise to Paris, gliding past the futuristic La Defense business district with its impressive concrete and glass architecture. The cruise culminates with a magical cruise through Paris, known as the "City of Lights", past floodlit monuments and the illuminated Eiffel Tower, whilst enjoying the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. We moor overnight in central Paris.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.

Cruise Details 

Panache Deck Plan

Panache deck plan

  • 128 feet long
  • 12 passengers
  • 6 crew
  • 6 twin/double state rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally Heated
  • Hi-fi Stereo system with integrated CD player, radio and iPod dock
  • TV with built-in DVD in each suite
  • Sun deck with spa pool
  • 12 touring bikes/1 tandem on request
  • 2 Air-conditioned minibuses
  • WiFi (Subject to reception)

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