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Cruise Details:

  • Up to 12 guests
  • 128 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • English Speaking Crew of 6
  • 12 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2016

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, pickup and drop off at a designated meeting point in Strasbourg, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, transportation to and from Strasbourg (we will assist you with this), cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Panache

Stepping aboard the Panache, one feels as if one is entering the loveliest of modern homes. The inviting deck offers a large picnic table for drinks and meals al fresco, while comfortable salon and grand dining room are bright, chic, and contemporary. Spacious cabins provide havens of comfort, with en-suite bathrooms, each boasting a double sink and full size shower with massage jets. 

The Alsace-Lorraine is a very special area of France, reflecting both French and German histories. The villages and castles are the stuff of fairy tales, while the barge cruises through forests and hills. Panache visits many major sites, as well as offering lunch in a gorgeous castle perched high over the area and winetasting on the famed Route des Grand Crus.

The area has a major artistic heritage, as well. From the Lalique collection of elegant crystal pieces to the Art Nouveau city of Nancy, there is much for culture lovers to enjoy. Dining specialties of the Alsace-Lorraine region will be offered, along with classic French cuisine. 

A high point of the route is the famed Arzviller Boat Lift, a giant open air elevator taking the vessel up or down some 17 stories. Panache guests will have a 'front row seat' on this incredible experience, enjoying a candlelit brunch on the spacious deck!

Operating with six in crew, the Panache especially appeals to those for whom attentive yet professional service is paramount. The premium on board amenities further include a hot tub, upgraded bicycles, and an open bar stocked with regional wines and spirits.  

For those looking to explore a culturally-rich cruising route within France, or for seasoned travelers interested in meeting other sophisticated sojourners, we enthusiastically recommend the Panache and its Alsace-Lorraine itinerary!

 


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 12: $58,000
Whole-Boat Charter for 11: $56,700
Whole-Boat Charter for 10: $55,400
Individuals: $5,350 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement:$1,900

2017 Value Season dates in alsace lorraine
July 23 - 29 August 6 - 12 August 20 - 26 October 15 - 21
July 30 - August 5 August 13 - 19 October 8 - 14 October 22 - 28

 

2017 regular Season rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 12: $67,000
Whole-Boat Charter for 11: $65,300
Whole-Boat Charter for 10: $63,600
Individuals: $6,190 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $2,150

2017 regular Season dates in alsace lorraine
August 27 - September 2 September 17 - 23
September 3 - 9 September 24 - 30
September 10 - 16 October 1 - 7
Barge Cruise

Panache Accommodations and Amenities

  • 128 Feet Long
  • Six cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • All 150 sq. feet
  • Also in each cabin
  • Double sink in bathroom
  • One large opening window
  • In the Public Areas
  • Picture windows in elegant salon, dining room
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Deck
  • Spacious deck with jacuzzi
  • 12 touring bicycles









 


Panache Alsace-Lorraine Cruise Itinerary

niderviller TO krafft In the Alsace - Lorraine

Sunday: Board in Niderviller
Welcome to Panache!
You will arrive to the Strasbourg Train Station between 4:00 - 4:30 pm.  From here Panache crew will meet you and chauffeur you to the barge moored in Niderviller.  Estimated drive time is 1 hour.  A traditional ‘Champagne Welcome’ awaits you and an introduction to your crew and barge. Maybe take a stroll or bike ride and explore the area before your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday: Niderviller to Lutzelbourg
Panache Ascends the Heights on the Arzviller Boat Lift!
This morning, we enjoy a candlelit breakfast as we cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels. Then our tour is to the town of Sarrebourg, including visits to the 13th century chapel containing Marc Chagall’s remarkable stained-glass windows and the impressive museum of Roman and Medieval artefacts. Returning to the hotel barge, we descend the Arzviller boat lift, a unique barge elevator that carries Panache 450 feet down the mountainside in minutes. After lunch, we visit the Lehrer Crystal glassworks, before enjoying an afternoon cruise through beautiful Alsatian countryside to Lutzelbourg. Before dinner on board, we head to a nearby inn or ‘bierstub’ for aperitifs and some traditional Alsatian ‘Flammekueche’. Dinner on board.


Tuesday: Lutzelbourg to Saverne
13th Century Chapel with Stained Glass Windows by Chagall
After breakfast, a morning cruise through the Valley of the Zorn and forest 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’. After lunch 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 on board.

Wednesday: Saverne to Hochfelden
Private Wine Tasting and Tarte Flambee at an Alsatian Inn
For early risers, there is perhaps an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations. We then enjoy a morning cruise, with excellent walking and cycling opportunities, to pretty Hochfelden. In the afternoon we take 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.

Thursday: Hochfelden to Strasbourg
Taste Locally Brewed Beer
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 the barge, our cruise today is through the Brumath Forest, again with excellent walking and biking opportunities, to our mooring in the heart of historic Strasbourg, passing the impressive European Parliament building on the way. Dinner on board.



Friday: Strasbourg to Krafft
Tour Strasbourg
This morning, 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 a soaring spire. We visit Place Gutenberg and explore La Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops and cafés. After lunch, we cruise out of Strasbourg, crossing the Gran Ried wetlands and home to an abundance of birdlife, to arrive at our final mooring at Krafft. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday: Krafft to Strasbourg
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to the Strasbourg Train Station for a morning train. If you are returning to Paris, estimated arrive time is 12 noon. Alternatively, you may be dropped off at the hotel of your choosing in Strasbourg.Please make an onward travel plans on the basis of this timing.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging and river cruises in France Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

Panache Sample Menus

The cuisine aboard Panache when cruising in the Alsace Lorraine region reflects the unique location of its cruise route just within the eastern French border with Germany. For this reason Alsacian gastronomy is greatly influenced by German culinary traditions and boasts a rich variety of local specialties such as charcuterie, Choucroute, Flammekueche and Kougelhop. Additionally superb wines and beers produced in the Alsace area are also used extensively in the preparation of many local dishes and delicacies and this is reflected in the exciting regional cuisine offered on board Panache.

Dinner
Local Foie Gras Terrine
Riesling Jelly and Homemade Brioche
* * *
Roasted Breast of Duck
Red Cabbage cooked with Apples and Sweet Chestnuts
Red Wine and Alsatian Cherries Reduction
* * *
Selection of Cheese
Camembert, Sainte Maure de Touraine
* * *
Mirabelle Plum Crème Brûlée
* * * * *

Lunch
Flammekueche Tart
(thin bread pastry covered with cream, bacon, and onions)
* *
Quiche Lorraine
* *
Alsacian potato salad
* *
Pflute - potato and leeks quenelles
* *
Grilled Strasbourg sausages
* *
Salads… and much more!
* * * * *

 

Sample of Wines on Board
White Dinner Wine
Montagny 1er Cru Bouchard Père et Fils 2008
Pouilly Fuissé Chanson 2010
Chablis 1er Cru Billaud Simon 2009
Saint Aubin 1er Cru Chanson 2009
Meursault Bouchard Père et Fils 2008

Chablis Grand Cru William Fèvre 2007 Condrieu Domaine Colombo 2008
* * *
Red Dinner Wines
Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Chanson 2009
Volnay 1er Cru Bouchard Père et Fils 2007
Savigny lès Beaune 1er Cru Bouchard Ainé et Fils 2006
Beaune 1er Cru "Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus" Bouchard Père et Fils 2007
Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru Camus 2004
Cornas Domaine Colombo 2009
Moulin à Vent "Champ de Cour" Louis Jadot 2002
Nuits St George 1er cru Hospices de Nuits 1998
* * *
White Lunch Wines
Rully Bouchard Père et Fils 2012
Sancerre Henri Bougeois 2012
* * *
Red Lunch Wines
Santenay Bouchard Père et Fils 2010
Givry Chanson 2009
Hautes Côtes de Nuits Bouchard Ainé et Fils 2009
Mercurey Louis Jadot 2009
Chambolle Musigny André Ziltaner 2008
* * *
Rose Lunch Wines
Epineuil 2011
* * *
Champagne
Brut Impérial Maison Henriot
Blanc de Blanc Maison Henriot
* * * * *

 

Picture a Barge Cruise on Panache

 Cruise in alsace-lorraine France on barge Panache

Panache Guest Book

"We took this barge cruise, our second with the Barge Lady, to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and invited our daughter and son-in-law to join us. To say that we were all impressed with the service Barge Lady Stephanie provided would be a major understatement. To say that the cruise on the Panache was a cruise to remember would be an even greater understatement.

From Captain Arnault who headed up a fantastic crew and provided us with excursions that were always better than the last and ending up with the 'barge elevator' were more than could be expected. The Pilot, Bernard, seemed to 'thread the needle' going into and out of some very tight locks which showed quite a confidence, and well earned, of his skill. Anteo, as the Deckhand and part time chauffeur, was very helpful and always was smiling.

The female portion of the crew must have gone to 'smile school' and graduated with honors. Hostesses Erell and Kim always had a smile whether it was asking if we wanted anything (which was rare as they always anticipated everything) or giving their vast knowledge of the various cheeses or wines we were going to have for lunch or dinner each day. They never seemed to be around unless you needed something and then they were immediately there and quickly provided it.

And last, but certainly not least, was Chris the Chef. My family can attest to the fact that I am not an adventurous eater who does not easily like straying very far beyond beef and potatoes. He, however, exposed me to the joys of having well-prepared and deliciously served dishes of guinea fowl, poached ocean trout, and duck. He excelled on the fillet of beef we had on the last day of the cruise. He also exposed me to the world beyond American and cottage cheeses, as I never realized they could be that good.

A special thanks also to Chef Chris for the raspberry and white chocolate cheese cake he prepared for a special anniversary party that the crew arranged mid week during our cruise. Although I knew something was up as Captain Arnault kept dropping hints that something was going to happen, I never expected a cake that was that delicious. I can't recall ever tasting a cake that good. It will always be a special memory. Would love to have THAT recipe!

Highly recommend the Panache if you have never barged and recommend it strongly if you have barged before. It is a very comfortable barge with lots of room in the cabins and know it will leave you with many fond memories of pleasant cruising, fine wines, delicious cheeses, and memorable meals."

- Ken McIntosh, cruised September, 2016

"WOW -- what an amazing time we had! Bob and I have decided we are going to become regular barge travelers. I’d expected to have a good time -- but the experience far exceeded my expectations.

I cannot say enough about the crew. Our Captain, Arnault, went out of his way to anticipate anything anyone might need. He did a great job organizing a special celebration for my parent’s 50th anniversary which was much appreciated. Before you could even think of something you might want- he was already putting it into place. He was very well informed on what we would be seeing and the organization of everything was totally seamless. 

Hostesses Erell and Kim were DELIGHTFUL. Both very charming young women with lots of knowledge of cheese and wine. They made sure we had everything we needed. The Deckhand, Antio, was charming and always had something to discuss. Bernard the Pilot was very skilled, handling the twists and turns with nary a bump. And Chris -- the Chef! I wanted to put him in my suitcase and take him home. The cuisine on the cruise was amazing. I begged Chris to make a Panache cookbook.  Not only were the meals fantastic, but they also were just the right portions, never leaving us stuffed. The pairings with the wine worked really well.  This is a cruise for foodies!

We enjoyed all the excursions. If I had to choose a favorite it would have been either the elevator that took the boat up (does that count as an excursion if we were still on the boat?) or the trip to the Strasbourg hospital with its winery.  One thing we adored is how every day there was time to enjoy the barge as we saw fit. We could sit and relax, but we often took the bikes out or took a walk.

The cabin on the Panche exceeded our expectations. The space was well laid out -- and with a double sink in the bathroom!  I was also really impressed with how clean the crew kept everything and how tiny details, such as a water bottle on each nightstand every day (both sparkling and still no less) meant nothing was over looked. Everything was very clear prior to our barge cruise thanks to the services the Barge Ladies provided. A dream vacation that we are keen to do again!"

- Eileen Cook, cruised September, 2016

"Our cruise on the Panache could not have been better. Everyone in the crew was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Captain Arnault was perfect, and we loved having a Frenchman heading the barge. Cuisine was exceptional. We enjoyed all of the excursions. Cabins were lovely -- comfy bed, plenty of hot water, enough storage space. Barge Lady services were truly excellent. It was a lovely trip, and I cannot think of a thing that wasn’t perfect."

- Bev Miller, cruised September, 2016

"We’ve now experienced the complete cruise spectrum, including ocean cruises, river cruises, and finally to canal cruises. Unquestionably the canal cruise on the Panache was our best experience. The Panache is an intimate, floating boutique hotel with great accommodations, terrific cuisine, and anticipatory service. The pace is wonderful and every bend of the canal brings a new experience. Our Captain had scouted the route so was able to constantly surprise us with delightful experiences. This is the way to see Europe!"

- Bob and Margaret Seidler, cruised July, 2016

"Cheryl and I enjoyed every aspect of the cruise on the Panache. The cabin was comfortable, the crew exceptional, and Captain Arnault was sensational and very caring and responded to every whim and request we made. The meals was tasty and imaginatively prepared by Chef Chris, and the excursions to the Meteor Brewery, the Domaine Pfister winery, and Lalique Museum were highlights. The printed material your office provided beforehand was very helpful as well. Thanks again for the personal, caring service that you provide."

- James Gillespie, cruised July, 2016

 

Panache Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

 

 

European Waterways Brass Visits the Barge Lady in Chicago
The Barge Ladies are always delighted to welcome our colleagues from European Waterways, a company which owns six barges in France, including deluxe barge Panache which cruises in France and Holland!

 

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • Up to 12 guests
  • 128 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • English Speaking Crew of 6
  • 12 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2016

Cruise Rate Includes:

6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, pickup and drop off at a designated meeting point in Strasbourg, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

Airfare to and from France, transportation to and from Strasbourg (we will assist you with this), cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Panache

Stepping aboard the Panache, one feels as if one is entering the loveliest of modern homes. The inviting deck offers a large picnic table for drinks and meals al fresco, while comfortable salon and grand dining room are bright, chic, and contemporary. Spacious cabins provide havens of comfort, with en-suite bathrooms, each boasting a double sink and full size shower with massage jets. 

The Alsace-Lorraine is a very special area of France, reflecting both French and German histories. The villages and castles are the stuff of fairy tales, while the barge cruises through forests and hills. Panache visits many major sites, as well as offering lunch in a gorgeous castle perched high over the area and winetasting on the famed Route des Grand Crus.

The area has a major artistic heritage, as well. From the Lalique collection of elegant crystal pieces to the Art Nouveau city of Nancy, there is much for culture lovers to enjoy. Dining specialties of the Alsace-Lorraine region will be offered, along with classic French cuisine. 

A high point of the route is the famed Arzviller Boat Lift, a giant open air elevator taking the vessel up or down some 17 stories. Panache guests will have a 'front row seat' on this incredible experience, enjoying a candlelit brunch on the spacious deck!

Operating with six in crew, the Panache especially appeals to those for whom attentive yet professional service is paramount. The premium on board amenities further include a hot tub, upgraded bicycles, and an open bar stocked with regional wines and spirits.  

For those looking to explore a culturally-rich cruising route within France, or for seasoned travelers interested in meeting other sophisticated sojourners, we enthusiastically recommend the Panache and its Alsace-Lorraine itinerary!

 


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Value Season Rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 12: $58,000
Whole-Boat Charter for 11: $56,700
Whole-Boat Charter for 10: $55,400
Individuals: $5,350 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement:$1,900

2017 Value Season dates in alsace lorraine
July 23 - 29 August 6 - 12 August 20 - 26 October 15 - 21
July 30 - August 5 August 13 - 19 October 8 - 14 October 22 - 28

 

2017 regular Season rates

Whole-Boat Charter for 12: $67,000
Whole-Boat Charter for 11: $65,300
Whole-Boat Charter for 10: $63,600
Individuals: $6,190 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $2,150

2017 regular Season dates in alsace lorraine
August 27 - September 2 September 17 - 23
September 3 - 9 September 24 - 30
September 10 - 16 October 1 - 7

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Panache Accommodations and Amenities

  • 128 Feet Long
  • Six cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • All with choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • All 150 sq. feet
  • Also in each cabin
  • Double sink in bathroom
  • One large opening window
  • In the Public Areas
  • Picture windows in elegant salon, dining room
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Deck
  • Spacious deck with jacuzzi
  • 12 touring bicycles









 


Panache Alsace-Lorraine Cruise Itinerary

niderviller TO krafft In the Alsace - Lorraine

Sunday: Board in Niderviller
Welcome to Panache!
You will arrive to the Strasbourg Train Station between 4:00 - 4:30 pm.  From here Panache crew will meet you and chauffeur you to the barge moored in Niderviller.  Estimated drive time is 1 hour.  A traditional ‘Champagne Welcome’ awaits you and an introduction to your crew and barge. Maybe take a stroll or bike ride and explore the area before your first gourmet dinner on board.

Monday: Niderviller to Lutzelbourg
Panache Ascends the Heights on the Arzviller Boat Lift!
This morning, we enjoy a candlelit breakfast as we cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels. Then our tour is to the town of Sarrebourg, including visits to the 13th century chapel containing Marc Chagall’s remarkable stained-glass windows and the impressive museum of Roman and Medieval artefacts. Returning to the hotel barge, we descend the Arzviller boat lift, a unique barge elevator that carries Panache 450 feet down the mountainside in minutes. After lunch, we visit the Lehrer Crystal glassworks, before enjoying an afternoon cruise through beautiful Alsatian countryside to Lutzelbourg. Before dinner on board, we head to a nearby inn or ‘bierstub’ for aperitifs and some traditional Alsatian ‘Flammekueche’. Dinner on board.


Tuesday: Lutzelbourg to Saverne
13th Century Chapel with Stained Glass Windows by Chagall
After breakfast, a morning cruise through the Valley of the Zorn and forest 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’. After lunch 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 on board.

Wednesday: Saverne to Hochfelden
Private Wine Tasting and Tarte Flambee at an Alsatian Inn
For early risers, there is perhaps an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations. We then enjoy a morning cruise, with excellent walking and cycling opportunities, to pretty Hochfelden. In the afternoon we take 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.

Thursday: Hochfelden to Strasbourg
Taste Locally Brewed Beer
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 the barge, our cruise today is through the Brumath Forest, again with excellent walking and biking opportunities, to our mooring in the heart of historic Strasbourg, passing the impressive European Parliament building on the way. Dinner on board.



Friday: Strasbourg to Krafft
Tour Strasbourg
This morning, 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 a soaring spire. We visit Place Gutenberg and explore La Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops and cafés. After lunch, we cruise out of Strasbourg, crossing the Gran Ried wetlands and home to an abundance of birdlife, to arrive at our final mooring at Krafft. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday: Krafft to Strasbourg
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to the Strasbourg Train Station for a morning train. If you are returning to Paris, estimated arrive time is 12 noon. Alternatively, you may be dropped off at the hotel of your choosing in Strasbourg.Please make an onward travel plans on the basis of this timing.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging and river cruises in France Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

+ - Menu

Panache Sample Menus

The cuisine aboard Panache when cruising in the Alsace Lorraine region reflects the unique location of its cruise route just within the eastern French border with Germany. For this reason Alsacian gastronomy is greatly influenced by German culinary traditions and boasts a rich variety of local specialties such as charcuterie, Choucroute, Flammekueche and Kougelhop. Additionally superb wines and beers produced in the Alsace area are also used extensively in the preparation of many local dishes and delicacies and this is reflected in the exciting regional cuisine offered on board Panache.

Dinner
Local Foie Gras Terrine
Riesling Jelly and Homemade Brioche
* * *
Roasted Breast of Duck
Red Cabbage cooked with Apples and Sweet Chestnuts
Red Wine and Alsatian Cherries Reduction
* * *
Selection of Cheese
Camembert, Sainte Maure de Touraine
* * *
Mirabelle Plum Crème Brûlée
* * * * *

Lunch
Flammekueche Tart
(thin bread pastry covered with cream, bacon, and onions)
* *
Quiche Lorraine
* *
Alsacian potato salad
* *
Pflute - potato and leeks quenelles
* *
Grilled Strasbourg sausages
* *
Salads… and much more!
* * * * *

 

Sample of Wines on Board
White Dinner Wine
Montagny 1er Cru Bouchard Père et Fils 2008
Pouilly Fuissé Chanson 2010
Chablis 1er Cru Billaud Simon 2009
Saint Aubin 1er Cru Chanson 2009
Meursault Bouchard Père et Fils 2008

Chablis Grand Cru William Fèvre 2007 Condrieu Domaine Colombo 2008
* * *
Red Dinner Wines
Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Chanson 2009
Volnay 1er Cru Bouchard Père et Fils 2007
Savigny lès Beaune 1er Cru Bouchard Ainé et Fils 2006
Beaune 1er Cru "Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus" Bouchard Père et Fils 2007
Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru Camus 2004
Cornas Domaine Colombo 2009
Moulin à Vent "Champ de Cour" Louis Jadot 2002
Nuits St George 1er cru Hospices de Nuits 1998
* * *
White Lunch Wines
Rully Bouchard Père et Fils 2012
Sancerre Henri Bougeois 2012
* * *
Red Lunch Wines
Santenay Bouchard Père et Fils 2010
Givry Chanson 2009
Hautes Côtes de Nuits Bouchard Ainé et Fils 2009
Mercurey Louis Jadot 2009
Chambolle Musigny André Ziltaner 2008
* * *
Rose Lunch Wines
Epineuil 2011
* * *
Champagne
Brut Impérial Maison Henriot
Blanc de Blanc Maison Henriot
* * * * *

 

Picture a Barge Cruise on Panache

 Cruise in alsace-lorraine France on barge Panache

Panache Guest Book

"We took this barge cruise, our second with the Barge Lady, to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and invited our daughter and son-in-law to join us. To say that we were all impressed with the service Barge Lady Stephanie provided would be a major understatement. To say that the cruise on the Panache was a cruise to remember would be an even greater understatement.

From Captain Arnault who headed up a fantastic crew and provided us with excursions that were always better than the last and ending up with the 'barge elevator' were more than could be expected. The Pilot, Bernard, seemed to 'thread the needle' going into and out of some very tight locks which showed quite a confidence, and well earned, of his skill. Anteo, as the Deckhand and part time chauffeur, was very helpful and always was smiling.

The female portion of the crew must have gone to 'smile school' and graduated with honors. Hostesses Erell and Kim always had a smile whether it was asking if we wanted anything (which was rare as they always anticipated everything) or giving their vast knowledge of the various cheeses or wines we were going to have for lunch or dinner each day. They never seemed to be around unless you needed something and then they were immediately there and quickly provided it.

And last, but certainly not least, was Chris the Chef. My family can attest to the fact that I am not an adventurous eater who does not easily like straying very far beyond beef and potatoes. He, however, exposed me to the joys of having well-prepared and deliciously served dishes of guinea fowl, poached ocean trout, and duck. He excelled on the fillet of beef we had on the last day of the cruise. He also exposed me to the world beyond American and cottage cheeses, as I never realized they could be that good.

A special thanks also to Chef Chris for the raspberry and white chocolate cheese cake he prepared for a special anniversary party that the crew arranged mid week during our cruise. Although I knew something was up as Captain Arnault kept dropping hints that something was going to happen, I never expected a cake that was that delicious. I can't recall ever tasting a cake that good. It will always be a special memory. Would love to have THAT recipe!

Highly recommend the Panache if you have never barged and recommend it strongly if you have barged before. It is a very comfortable barge with lots of room in the cabins and know it will leave you with many fond memories of pleasant cruising, fine wines, delicious cheeses, and memorable meals."

- Ken McIntosh, cruised September, 2016

"WOW -- what an amazing time we had! Bob and I have decided we are going to become regular barge travelers. I’d expected to have a good time -- but the experience far exceeded my expectations.

I cannot say enough about the crew. Our Captain, Arnault, went out of his way to anticipate anything anyone might need. He did a great job organizing a special celebration for my parent’s 50th anniversary which was much appreciated. Before you could even think of something you might want- he was already putting it into place. He was very well informed on what we would be seeing and the organization of everything was totally seamless. 

Hostesses Erell and Kim were DELIGHTFUL. Both very charming young women with lots of knowledge of cheese and wine. They made sure we had everything we needed. The Deckhand, Antio, was charming and always had something to discuss. Bernard the Pilot was very skilled, handling the twists and turns with nary a bump. And Chris -- the Chef! I wanted to put him in my suitcase and take him home. The cuisine on the cruise was amazing. I begged Chris to make a Panache cookbook.  Not only were the meals fantastic, but they also were just the right portions, never leaving us stuffed. The pairings with the wine worked really well.  This is a cruise for foodies!

We enjoyed all the excursions. If I had to choose a favorite it would have been either the elevator that took the boat up (does that count as an excursion if we were still on the boat?) or the trip to the Strasbourg hospital with its winery.  One thing we adored is how every day there was time to enjoy the barge as we saw fit. We could sit and relax, but we often took the bikes out or took a walk.

The cabin on the Panche exceeded our expectations. The space was well laid out -- and with a double sink in the bathroom!  I was also really impressed with how clean the crew kept everything and how tiny details, such as a water bottle on each nightstand every day (both sparkling and still no less) meant nothing was over looked. Everything was very clear prior to our barge cruise thanks to the services the Barge Ladies provided. A dream vacation that we are keen to do again!"

- Eileen Cook, cruised September, 2016

"Our cruise on the Panache could not have been better. Everyone in the crew was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Captain Arnault was perfect, and we loved having a Frenchman heading the barge. Cuisine was exceptional. We enjoyed all of the excursions. Cabins were lovely -- comfy bed, plenty of hot water, enough storage space. Barge Lady services were truly excellent. It was a lovely trip, and I cannot think of a thing that wasn’t perfect."

- Bev Miller, cruised September, 2016

"We’ve now experienced the complete cruise spectrum, including ocean cruises, river cruises, and finally to canal cruises. Unquestionably the canal cruise on the Panache was our best experience. The Panache is an intimate, floating boutique hotel with great accommodations, terrific cuisine, and anticipatory service. The pace is wonderful and every bend of the canal brings a new experience. Our Captain had scouted the route so was able to constantly surprise us with delightful experiences. This is the way to see Europe!"

- Bob and Margaret Seidler, cruised July, 2016

"Cheryl and I enjoyed every aspect of the cruise on the Panache. The cabin was comfortable, the crew exceptional, and Captain Arnault was sensational and very caring and responded to every whim and request we made. The meals was tasty and imaginatively prepared by Chef Chris, and the excursions to the Meteor Brewery, the Domaine Pfister winery, and Lalique Museum were highlights. The printed material your office provided beforehand was very helpful as well. Thanks again for the personal, caring service that you provide."

- James Gillespie, cruised July, 2016

 

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European Waterways Brass Visits the Barge Lady in Chicago
The Barge Ladies are always delighted to welcome our colleagues from European Waterways, a company which owns six barges in France, including deluxe barge Panache which cruises in France and Holland!

 


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