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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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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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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 Champagne - Cruise between Châlons-en-Champagne to Château-ThierryItineraryItinerary 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

Champagne Cruise (Late May & June)

  • Visit the hilltop village of Hautvillers
  • Tour the majestic Reims cathedral
  • Cruise the pretty River Marne past waterside vineyards
  • Visit the champagne ‘capital’ of Epernay for a cellar tour and private tasting
  • Visit the pretty riverside town of Dormans
  • Tour and private tasting at La Maison Pannier 

Alsace-Lorraine (July to October)

  • Visit the spectacular Rene Lalique Collection
  • Visit the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
  • Strasbourg’s Gothic Cathedral
  • Candlelit meal while cruising through the two Arzviller tunnels
  • Tours of historic Saverne and Sarrebourg
  • Experience the unique Arzviller boat elevator
  • Tour and wine tasting at Route des Vins d’Alsace

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

Transfers on Panache for cabin bookings are approximately 1 hour with the exception of Champagne cruises (June 2-30 inclusive) which can be up to 2 hours.


Holland Cruises

For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: Amsterdam: The Pulitzer Hotel at 4:15 pm
  • 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 at 4:15 pm or Brussels at 3:00 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the group's choice in Amsterdam by 10:00 am or Brussels by 12:00 noon


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 group's choice in Paris at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off  point: One location of the group's choice in Paris by 12:00 noon


Champagne – Chalons en Champagne to Chateau Thierry


For cabin bookings: 

  • Pick up point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 3:00 pm
  • Drop-off point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 10:30 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 groups choice in Paris by 10:30 am


Champagne – Chateau Thierry to Chalons en Champagne


For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 3:45 pm
  • Drop-off point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 12:00 noon


For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: One location of the group's choice in Paris at 3:45 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the group's choice in Paris by 12:00 noon


Eastern Champagne – Chalons en Champagne to Bar-Le-Duc


For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 3:00 pm
  • Drop-off point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 12:00 noon approximately


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 12:00 noon approximately

Alsace & Lorraine


For cabin bookings:

  • Pickup point (Strasbourg): Regent Petite France Hotel & Spa, Strasbourg at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off point: Choice of location in Strasbourg by 10:00 am


For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: One location of the group's choice in Strasbourg or Basel at 4:15 pm / Zurich or Frankfurt at 3:00 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the groups choice in Strasbourg by 10:00 am, Basel by 11:00 am / Zurich or Frankfurt by 12:00 noon

 

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Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2019

20% off per cabin on May 26; June 16 & 30. 10% off per cabin on May 12.
No single supplement on May 26; June 16 & 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 Holland 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros
May 12 Holland 4,815 Euros 1,900 Euros 1 April 2019
May 26 Paris - Champagne 4,280 Euros None 1 April 2019
June 2, 9, 23 Champagne 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros
June 16 & 30 Champagne 4,280 Euros None 1 April 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)

20% off per charter on March 24, 31 & May 5

Departure Dates Region Charter 8 ppl Charter 9 ppl Charter 10 ppl Charter 11 ppl Charter 12 ppl Book Before
March 24, 31 Holland 36,160 Euros 37,280 Euros 38,160 Euros 39,040 Euros 39,920 Euros 1 April 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 Holland 42,080 Euros 43,440 Euros 44,080 Euros 45,520 Euros 46,560 Euros 1 April 2019
May 12 Holland 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros
May 26 Champagne 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Paris - Champagne 52,600 Euros 54,300 Euros 55,600 Euros 56,900 Euros 58,200 Euros
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
You 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
Your day starts with a morning cruise across the Gran Ried wetlands, home to an abundance of birdlife, to arrive at the historic city of Strasbourg. Later, you'll 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. You'll 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, your cruise takes you past the impressive European Parliament building on the outskirts of Strasbourg and on through the Brumath Forest to the picturesque mooring at Waltenheim-sur-Zorn. This afternoon you'll 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.

Day 4, Wednesday
This morning, any guests who are interested can hop on a bike and cycle to the Meteor Brewery, the last privately-owned brewery in Alsace. Otherwise, Panache cruises 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’. You'll take a walking tour of Saverne and drive up to Chateau Haut-Barr perched on the hillside and offering wonderful views. Dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday
This morning, perhaps after a visit to Saverne’s market, you'll enjoy a cruise to the mooring in the pretty village of Lutzelbourg, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the ruins of the medieval castle. In the afternoon, you will visit the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre, 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. Before dinner on board, time for aperitifs and perhaps some traditional Alsatian ‘Flammekueche’ prepared by your chef.

Day 6, Friday
For early risers, there is an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations, before you cruise through beautiful Alsatian countryside, visiting a fascinating local glassworks en route. You'll then ascend the unique Arzviller boat elevator that carries Panache 450 feet up the mountainside in minutes and enjoy a candlelit cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels to the final mooring at Niderviller. After lunch on board, you'll set off on 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. 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 Champagne Cruise

Day 1, Sunday
You are met early afternoon in Paris and transferred to the hotel barge moored in Châlons-en-Champagne. Enjoy a Champagne welcome while your Captain introduces you to the crew. Dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
This morning, cruise from Châlons-en-Champagne along the Canal Lateral à la Marne to our pretty mooring at Tours-sur-Marne. After lunch on board,  visit the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece where the Kings of France were crowned, before some free time perhaps to wander around this delightful city with its grand squares and elegant shopping arcades. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
This morning, visit one of the best known Champagne houses in the world, Moët & Chandon, founded in 1743, where you are guided through their vast underground cellars, the largest in the region, which were carved out of the chalk to offer the maturing wine the perfect temperature and humidity. This is followed by a tasting of some of Moët’s renowned vintages in an elegant private salon, hosted by an experienced cellar master. Later we return to the barge for lunch and continue our cruise along the canal, with the opportunity to explore on foot or bicycle en route, and moor at Dizy, near Epernay. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
After a leisurely breakfast, visit the domaine of Champagne Henriot, one of the oldest family owned houses in Champagne, originating in the late 1700s. En route, stop at a Henriot vineyard on the hillside above Epernay where you are met by one of their viticulture experts who will explain how their selected grapes create the house style. Then, move on to the beautiful Château Les Aulnois in the nearby village of Pierry where, after a private tour of this 18th century manor, enjoy an exclusive tasting of various Henriot champagnes before a gastronomic lunch in the chateau’s dining room. Mid-afternoon, you return to the barge and continue our cruise along the Marne to Damery. Dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday
Today, the hotel barge continues her cruise along the meandering Marne to moor at the pretty riverside town of Dormans, the site of a château, water mill and World War One memorial. In the afternoon, there is the option to visit the elegant Chateau de Conde with its sumptuous 18th century interiors, or the WWI battlefield and monument at Château-Thierry and the American cemetery at Belleau Wood, it was here that US forces fought one of their bloodiest battles during World War One. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
This morning, visit La Maison Pannier, a select champagne house with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars, for a tour and a private tasting. After lunch on board, we cruise to our final mooring at Château-Thierry, an historic, strategically-situated town overlooking the river, surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the region’s famous sparkling wine. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to 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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