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Panache - champagne - alsace

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THE 12 PASSENGER BARGE Panache

The 12 passenger Panache is of classic Dutch design. She is traditionally furnished in an old ship style with brass and mahogany, creating a comfortable and charming ambience. The well planned accommodation offers a choice of six air-conditioned Junior Suites, all with full 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 comfortable sofas, books and music, and an always open inclusive bar. The sun deck is spacious and has a heated spa pool, a perfect place to watch the sun set after dinner. Panache's highly professional crew of six is comprised of Master Chef, Deck Hand/Steward, Tour guide and two Housekeepers, 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 we provide will allow you to explore the areas you cruise through in as much detail as you desire.


on board


special itinerary - Paris to Champagne (26 May 2019 Only)


SUNDAY - Paris

Guests are met at our meeting point in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache. Enjoy a Champagne welcome with canapés whilst your Captain introduces you to the crew. We then embark on a short evening cruise through Paris past some of its famous landmarks and under romantic, floodlit bridges. Dinner on board.


MONDAY - Paris to Meaux

This morning we depart Paris and join the River Marne for some relaxed cruising to the town of Meaux. En route, we pass L’Ile de Franc with its ‘guignettes’, or small café-restaurants, immortalised in paintings by Impressionist artists such as Renoir. After lunch, we visit the Musée de la Grande Guerre in Meaux, a fascinating museum focussing on World War One, before some free time to explore the town of Meaux itself. Dinner on board.


TUESDAY - Meaux to Courtaron

After breakfast, we visit the magnificent baroque Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte with its pioneering architecture that inspired Versailles. We walk through the stunning apartments with their exquisite décor and period furniture and explore the manicured formal gardens. After lunch back on board, we enjoy an afternoon cruise further upstream to Courtaron, near the little town of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, built on the site of a 9th century fortress. Dinner on board.


WEDNESDAY - Courtaron to Château-Thierry

Courtaron to Château-Thierry We are now in the Champagne region. After a leisurely breakfast on board, we visit the domaine of Champagne Henriot, one of the oldest family owned houses in Champagne, originating in the late 1700s. En route, we stop at a Henriot vineyard on the hillside above Epernay where we are met by one of their viticulture experts who will explain how their selected grapes create the house style. We 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, we enjoy an exclusive tasting of various Henriot champagnes before a gastronomic lunch in the château’s dining room. Dinner on board.


THURSDAY - Château-Thierry to Dizy

This morning we continue our cruise along the beautiful River Marne, passing through the champagne vineyards to our mooring at Dizy near Epernay. After lunch on board we visit one of the best known Champagne houses in the world, Moët & Chandon, founded in 1743, where we 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. A serene afternoon cruise along the tranquil waters of the Marne is followed by dinner on board.


FRIDAY - Dizy to Condé-sur-Marne

This morning, we 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. After lunch, we cruise along the Canal Lateral à la Marne to our final mooring in Condé-sur Marne, with good cycling opportunities along the way. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.


SATURDAY - Condé-sur-Marne
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to our drop-off location in Paris



Classic cruise champagne - Châlons-en-Champagne to Château-Thierry



SUNDAY - Châlons-en-Champagne

Guests 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.


MONDAY - Châlons-en-Champagne to Tours-sur-Marne

This morning we cruise from Châlons-en-Champagne along the Canal Lateral à la Marne to our pretty mooring at Tours-sur-Marne. After lunch on board, we 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.


TUESDAY - Tours-sur-Marne to Dizy

This morning we visit one of the best known Champagne houses in the world, Moët & Chandon, founded in 1743, where we 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.


WEDNESDAY - Dizy to Damery

After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the domaine of Champagne Henriot, one of the oldest family owned houses in Champagne, originating in the late 1700s. En route, we stop at a Henriot vineyard on the hillside above Epernay where we are met by one of their viticulture experts who will explain how their selected grapes create the house style. We 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, we enjoy an exclusive tasting of various Henriot champagnes before a gastronomic lunch in the chateau’s dining room. Mid-afternoon we return to the barge and continue our cruise along the Marne to Damery. Dinner on board.


THURSDAY - Damery to Dormans

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.

FRIDAY - Dormans to Château-Thierry

This morning, we 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.


SATURDAY - Château-Thierry

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris**.



On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.




Classic cruise Alsace - Kraft to Niderviller



SUNDAY - Kraft

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 - 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 - Strasbourg to Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

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 Waltenheim-sur-Zorn. 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 - Waltenheim-sur-Zorn to Saverne

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’. We take a walking tour of Saverne and drive up to Chateau Haut-Barr perched on the hillside and offering wonderful views. Dinner on board.


THURSDAY - Saverne to Lutzelbourg

This morning, perhaps after a visit to Saverne’s market, we enjoy a cruise to our mooring in the pretty village of Lutzelbourg, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the ruins of the medieval castle. In the afternoon, we 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.

FRIDAY - Lutzelbourg to Niderviller

For early risers, there is an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations, before we cruise through beautiful Alsatian countryside, visiting a fascinating local glassworks en route. We 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 our final mooring at Niderviller. After lunch on board, we 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.


SATURDAY - Niderviller

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



On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.





  • cruise
    2019

    individual or charter

    us$ price on request


    stateroom

    single supplement

    8 person charter

    9 person charter

    10 person charter

    11 person charter

    12 person charter



  • value season
    6 nights all inclusive


    24 Mar - 7 Apr
    21 Jul -1 8 Aug / 6 - 20 Oct


    4590 Euros per person

    1650 Euros

    45200 Euros

    46600 Euros

    47700 Euros

    48800 Euros

    49900 Euros



  • regular season
    6 nights all inclusive


    14 Apr - 14 Jul
    25 Aug- 29 Sep


    5350 Euros per person

    1900 Euros

    52600 Euros

    54300 Euros

    55600 Euros

    56900 Euros

    58200 Euros


Price for Panache includes:

Local transfer to and from the barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an 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, the services of 6 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles and spa pool.



These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%



To avoid currency exchange fees

• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.

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Bon voyage!