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Panache

Panache

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€4,590 Per Person

Luxe Class

 

The stylish, 12-passenger Panache was built in 1959 and was converted to a hotel barge in 1998. She now cruises in the waterways of Belgium, France and Holland.

  • Country / Region
    France / Alsace
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTPAN0816
  • Cabins
    6
  • Max Passengers
    12
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€4,590 Per Person

Luxe Class

 

The stylish, 12-passenger Panache was built in 1959 and was converted to a hotel barge in 1998. She now cruises in the waterways of Belgium, France and Holland.

  • Country / Region
    France / Alsace
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTPAN0816
  • 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 Holland - Cruise between Alkmaar and Delft.InclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

The beautiful Panache cruises Holland from March to early May, Alsace from June to October. She also cruises in Belgium, Picardy and Champagne. She offers six spacious double or twin cabins with en-suite facilities, salon and dining room, sun deck with spa pool and touring bikes. The crew includes an experience captain, master chef, deck hand/steward, tour guide and two housekeepers.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
  • All gourmet meals and open-bar 24/7
  • Attentive service from 6 crew members
  • Transfers between Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris or Strasbourg and Panache
  • Cruise from March to October/Sunday departures
  • Three itineraries available (Burgundy, Loire and Champagne)
  • Bookings available by the cabin. Alternatively, this barge may be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group.
  • Daily excursions and entry fees to:

    Alsace and Lorraine

    • Strasbourg, its Gothic cathedral and folk museum
    • Route des Grands Vins
    • Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
    • Experience the Arzviller boat elevator
    • Lalique museum dedicated to the work of glass and crystal designer René Lalique
    • Sarrebourg, a historic town and its 13th century chapel

    Holland

    • Royal Delft, the last remaining Delft Blue pottery factory
    • Keukenhof, ‘Garden of Europe’
    • Aalsmeer flower auction
    • Enkhuizen, an old Dutch harbour town
    • Haarlem and its museum dedicated to the Dutch painter, Franz Hals
    • Leiden, Rembrandt’s birthplace

 

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

Cruise 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

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Itinerary 

Lorraine-Alsace Itinerary

Kraft to Niderviller

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.


Champagne

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.

 



Holland to Belgium

Day 1, Sunday
Guests are met in Amsterdam** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache. Once on board, enjoy a Champagne Welcome and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. Time perhaps for a walk or cycle ride. Dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
This morning, we visit Delft, an unspoilt town more than 750 years old, that began life as the home port of the Dutch East India Company, and we go to the Royal Delft pottery, a short distance from our mooring to learn how this world-famous porcelain is made. We return to the barge for lunch and then enjoy an afternoon cruise along the canals to the town of Dordrecht. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
A morning cruise out of Dordrecht to the River Ijssel and across Holland’s Diep, part of the Dutch estuaries system, to the old fortress town of Willemstad. We take a tour of this charming town, named in honour of William I of Orange and which is preserved in its original state, with windmill dykes, an old church, fortifications and a 15th century arsenal. After lunch back on board, we cruise to our mooring at Tholen. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
This morning, we will cruise out of Holland and cross the border into Belgium, arriving in Antwerp, the city of Rubens and dating back to the Middle Ages. After lunch on board, we can take a tour of Rubens’ house, then explore this beautiful Flemish city further with a walk in the Oude Stad, or Old Quarter, its labyrinth of winding streets and the Grand Market Square, famous for its Renaissance-style architecture. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Day 5, Thursday
After breakfast, we catch the flood tide on our cruise up the winding “Sea Schelde” which takes us to the historic city of Ghent, also known as the ‘flower city of Belgium’. This afternoon we enjoy a walking tour of Ghent, with its dramatic Gothic cathedral and pedestrianised centre that acts like a museum to early Flemish architecture. Free time also to shop and explore. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
This morning, we embark on our final cruise, from Ghent to Courtrai. After lunch on board we drive to Oudenaaarde and the Liefmans Brewery, established back in the 17th century. The brewery is particularly well-known for using traditional techniques to make such beers as its Cuvée Brut ‘Kriek’, a cherry beer made using only locally grown cherries. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

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



Holland

Day 1, Sunday
Guests are met in Amsterdam** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache. Once on board, enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
Perhaps visit the Alkmaar cheese museum and enjoy a cheese tasting, before our first cruise to Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam, a place renowned for its wooden windmills, barns and houses built in the traditional Dutch style. After lunch on board, we take a tour of Zaanse Schans, an open air conservation area and museum, giving you a vivid impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. This historical area consists of authentic houses and windmills, an historic shipyard, pewter factory, a cheese and dairy farm and an age-old grocery store dating back to the 1900’s. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
We enjoy an early morning cruise to the historic city of Haarlem, dating back to the 13th century. After lunch on board, this afternoon marks a highlight of the week with a visit to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, known as the ‘Garden of Europe’. There are more than 100 acres filled with over 7 million flowering bulbs and we stroll through a breath-taking backdrop of colour on this unforgettable half-day excursion. Dinner ashore this evening at a local restaurant.

Day 4, Wednesday
An optional very early morning tour to Aalsmeer flower auction, where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded each day. We return to the hotel barge for breakfast, then enjoy a tour of Haarlem. The city is home to the Frans Hals Museum founded in 1862 with its vast collection of Old Masters. Other highlights include St. Bavo’s Cathedral on the main square, where both Handel and Mozart played the magnificent Muller organ, or there is free time to visit a fine selection of boutique shops. After lunch on board, we cruise to our mooring at Oude Wetering where there is time to walk or cycle along the towpaths around the lake. Dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday
After breakfast, we cruise to Leiden. Home to one of the oldest universities in the country and the birthplace of Rembrandt, Leiden is an historical city full of charm and character, a perfect place to explore on a bicycle, or simply stroll the banks of the pretty tree-lined canals. This afternoon we take a tour of the city and a private boat trip, with your tour leader explaining the history that dates back to Roman times and more recent sites such as the church, St. Pieterskerk, from which the pilgrims departed for America. Free time to explore the many local cafes, boutique shops, markets and antique dealers. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
Morning cruise arriving in Delft by lunchtime, our final mooring. Delft is renowned for its pottery ceramic products, which were styled on the imported Chinese porcelain of the 17th century. This beautiful, unspoilt town is more than 750 years old, and began as the home port of the Dutch East India Company. Following lunch, we visit the Royal Delft factory, just 5 minutes’ walk from our mooring to learn how this world-famous porcelain is made. You will have time during the afternoon to explore Delft further. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

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

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. **Other locations available for private charter bookings.

Barge Details 

Panache Deck Plan

Panache deck plan

  • 6 crew
  • 39 metres long
  • 6 twin/double junior suites with TV (14 sqm)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally heated
  • Sundeck with spa pool
  • 12 bicycles available on board
  • Hi-fi Stereo system with integrated CD player, radio and iPod dock
  • TV with built-in DVD in each suite
  • Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
  • 9-seaster Mercedes Sprinter & 7-seater Mercedes Vito for excursions and transfers
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2019

20% off per cabin on May  26; June 30: July 21 & August 18
No single supplement on May 26; June 30; July 21 & August 18

Departure Dates Region Junior Suite per person Single Supplement Book Before
May 26 Paris 4,280 Euros 1,900 Euros 24 June 2019
May 26 Champagne 4,280 Euros None 24 June 2019
June 2, 9, 16, 23 Champagne 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros
June 30 Champagne 4,280 Euros None 24 June2019
July 14 Alsace & Lorraine 5,350 Euros 1,900 Euros
July 21 Alsace & Lorraine 3,672 Euros None 24 June 2019
July 28 Alsace & Lorraine 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
August 4, 11 Alsace & Lorraine 4,590 Euros 1,650 Euros
August 18 Alsace & Lorraine 3,672 Euros None 24 June 2019
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 September 1

Departure Dates Region Charter 8 ppl Charter 9 ppl Charter 10 ppl Charter 11 ppl Charter 12 ppl Book Before
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 Alsace & Lorraine 47,340 Euros 48,870 Euros 50,040 Euros 51,210 Euros 52,380 Euros 24 June  2019
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.

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