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-France, Champagne on Barge Panache-

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, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, 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, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Panache

Thanks to a type of sparkling wine to which the region has given its name, the word “Champagne” is known – and revered - worldwide. The Panache plies this region's pastoral canals and petite rivers for four weeks only, intimately exploring this storied area of France. Champagne begins around 75 miles from Paris, from the charming town of Meaux, through stretches along the beautiful River Marne, to the city of Epernay, home of such renowned Champagne houses as Moet & Chandon. A plethora of Champagne tasting at vineyards both large and small offers an insider's look into the special world of this marvelous spirit!

The Panache is associated with many other activities of cultural interest, including an excursion to the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece where the Kings of France were crowned among the finest stained glass windows in Europe; a private tour of a Baroque chateau; a visit to World War I sites, and a dinner ashore at a local restaurant. The Champagne area is rich in other products, particularly its wonderfully creamy Brie -the “King of Cheese”! Scenery is pastoral and pristine. Vineyards spread across the undulating plains as far as the eye can see, brilliant green with the new leaves of spring, lush and verdant in summer, and turning to gold as the grapes ripen in the autumn.

Stepping aboard the Panache as akin to entering the loveliest of modern homes. The inviting deck offers a large picnic table for drinks and meals al fresco, while the wonderful sight lines are perfect for taking in Champange's history-rich waterways. The comfortable salon and dining room are bright, chic, and contemporary, and the six identically-sized cabins provide spacious havens of comfort. En-suite bathrooms boast a double sink and full size shower with massage jets. The spa pool is quite an indulgence as well! A professional and attentive crew of six looks after the twelve lucky guests aboard the Panache.

With its focus on the pleasures of Champagne as both a region and a drink, the Panache's Champagne cruises are the perfect choice for a lively group of friends celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or retirement. Couples or small groups of four with an interest in history and architecture would also enjoy this immersive itinerary. Oenophiles and gourmands are also encouraged to indulge in this private access to the iconic producers of Champagne. A toast - to the Panache in Champagne!


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

For Panache special offers click here

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
Whole-Boat Charter for 9: $61,900
Whole-Boat Charter for up to 8: $59,800
Individuals: $6,190 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $2,150

2017 regular Season dates in Champagne
June 18 - 24 July 2 - 8
June 25 - July 1 July 9 - 15
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 Champagne Cruise Itinerary

Chalons en Champagne to La Ferte sur Jouarre

Sunday, Day 1: Paris
Welcome Aboard
Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred to Panache moored in Châlons-en- Champagne. Enjoy a Champagne welcome while your Captain introduces you to the crew. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2: Châlons-en- Champagne to Tours-sur- Marne
Visit Reims and a Cheese Tasting at a Local Fromagier
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. We also visit one of the city’s ‘fromagiers’ to taste some of the region’s wonderful cheeses.

Tuesday, Day 3: Tours-sur Marne to Cumières
Private Tour and Champagne Tasting
Today we continue our cruise along the canal, before joining the River Marne to moor at the delightful little village of Cumières, where there is the opportunity to explore on foot or bicycle. After lunch, we visit the pretty hilltop village of Hautvillers. Known as the ‘cradle of Champagne’, it is here that the monk Dom Perignon discovered the ‘méthode champenoise’. Later, we visit one of the most select champagne makers, Domaine Ployez-Jacquemart, for a private tour and tasting. Dinner ashore.

Wednesday, Day 4: Cumières to Courcelles
Taste Champagne in Epernay and Scenic Cruising
After breakfast, we head into the nearby town of Epernay, home to many of the major champagne houses for a cellar tour and tasting. There is time afterwards to explore the town and to do some shopping. After lunch on board, we head west along the beautiful River Marne, passing through the vineyards to our mooring at Courcelles. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5: Courcelles to Château-Thierry
American Cemetary at Belleau Wood
We continue our cruise along the meandering Marne to Château Thierry, a historic and strategically situated town overlooking the river, surrounded by vineyards. The town is also the site of an iconic battle for American Marines in World War One. We visit the battlefield itself and the impressive monument, before paying our respects to the fallen at the magnificent American Cemetery at Belleau Wood. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6: Château-Thierry to La Ferté-sur- Jouarre
Tour a Maze of Underground Cellars and Enjoy a Private Tasting
After breakfast, 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 of La Ferté-sur-Jouarre. Captain’s Farewell Dinner

Saturday, Day 7: La Ferté-sur- Jouarre
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, disembark Panache and transfer return to Paris Hotel Westminster.

NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change based on local conditions. On alternating weeks this itinerary will operate in the reverse.

Panache Sample Menus

Lunch
Sea Bass with Creamed Leeks & Tartare Sauce
* * *
Orange and Chocolate Tart
* * *
Cheese
Comté
* * * * *

Dinner
French Onion Soup
* * *
Smoked Salmon & Celeriac Salad
* * *
Beef fillet
Potato Rosti and Red Wine Jus
* * *
Chocolate Fondant
* * *
Cheese Platter
Epoisses, Valencey, Roquefort
* * * * *

 

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 in Champagne 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, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, 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, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Panache

Thanks to a type of sparkling wine to which the region has given its name, the word “Champagne” is known – and revered - worldwide. The Panache plies this region's pastoral canals and petite rivers for four weeks only, intimately exploring this storied area of France. Champagne begins around 75 miles from Paris, from the charming town of Meaux, through stretches along the beautiful River Marne, to the city of Epernay, home of such renowned Champagne houses as Moet & Chandon. A plethora of Champagne tasting at vineyards both large and small offers an insider's look into the special world of this marvelous spirit!

The Panache is associated with many other activities of cultural interest, including an excursion to the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece where the Kings of France were crowned among the finest stained glass windows in Europe; a private tour of a Baroque chateau; a visit to World War I sites, and a dinner ashore at a local restaurant. The Champagne area is rich in other products, particularly its wonderfully creamy Brie -the “King of Cheese”! Scenery is pastoral and pristine. Vineyards spread across the undulating plains as far as the eye can see, brilliant green with the new leaves of spring, lush and verdant in summer, and turning to gold as the grapes ripen in the autumn.

Stepping aboard the Panache as akin to entering the loveliest of modern homes. The inviting deck offers a large picnic table for drinks and meals al fresco, while the wonderful sight lines are perfect for taking in Champange's history-rich waterways. The comfortable salon and dining room are bright, chic, and contemporary, and the six identically-sized cabins provide spacious havens of comfort. En-suite bathrooms boast a double sink and full size shower with massage jets. The spa pool is quite an indulgence as well! A professional and attentive crew of six looks after the twelve lucky guests aboard the Panache.

With its focus on the pleasures of Champagne as both a region and a drink, the Panache's Champagne cruises are the perfect choice for a lively group of friends celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or retirement. Couples or small groups of four with an interest in history and architecture would also enjoy this immersive itinerary. Oenophiles and gourmands are also encouraged to indulge in this private access to the iconic producers of Champagne. A toast - to the Panache in Champagne!


Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

For Panache special offers click here

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
Whole-Boat Charter for 9: $61,900
Whole-Boat Charter for up to 8: $59,800
Individuals: $6,190 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $2,150

2017 regular Season dates in Champagne
June 18 - 24 July 2 - 8
June 25 - July 1 July 9 - 15

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 Champagne Cruise Itinerary

Chalons en Champagne to La Ferte sur Jouarre

Sunday, Day 1: Paris
Welcome Aboard
Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred to Panache moored in Châlons-en- Champagne. Enjoy a Champagne welcome while your Captain introduces you to the crew. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2: Châlons-en- Champagne to Tours-sur- Marne
Visit Reims and a Cheese Tasting at a Local Fromagier
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. We also visit one of the city’s ‘fromagiers’ to taste some of the region’s wonderful cheeses.

Tuesday, Day 3: Tours-sur Marne to Cumières
Private Tour and Champagne Tasting
Today we continue our cruise along the canal, before joining the River Marne to moor at the delightful little village of Cumières, where there is the opportunity to explore on foot or bicycle. After lunch, we visit the pretty hilltop village of Hautvillers. Known as the ‘cradle of Champagne’, it is here that the monk Dom Perignon discovered the ‘méthode champenoise’. Later, we visit one of the most select champagne makers, Domaine Ployez-Jacquemart, for a private tour and tasting. Dinner ashore.

Wednesday, Day 4: Cumières to Courcelles
Taste Champagne in Epernay and Scenic Cruising
After breakfast, we head into the nearby town of Epernay, home to many of the major champagne houses for a cellar tour and tasting. There is time afterwards to explore the town and to do some shopping. After lunch on board, we head west along the beautiful River Marne, passing through the vineyards to our mooring at Courcelles. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5: Courcelles to Château-Thierry
American Cemetary at Belleau Wood
We continue our cruise along the meandering Marne to Château Thierry, a historic and strategically situated town overlooking the river, surrounded by vineyards. The town is also the site of an iconic battle for American Marines in World War One. We visit the battlefield itself and the impressive monument, before paying our respects to the fallen at the magnificent American Cemetery at Belleau Wood. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6: Château-Thierry to La Ferté-sur- Jouarre
Tour a Maze of Underground Cellars and Enjoy a Private Tasting
After breakfast, 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 of La Ferté-sur-Jouarre. Captain’s Farewell Dinner

Saturday, Day 7: La Ferté-sur- Jouarre
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, disembark Panache and transfer return to Paris Hotel Westminster.

NOTE: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change based on local conditions. On alternating weeks this itinerary will operate in the reverse.

+ - Menu

Panache Sample Menus

Lunch
Sea Bass with Creamed Leeks & Tartare Sauce
* * *
Orange and Chocolate Tart
* * *
Cheese
Comté
* * * * *

Dinner
French Onion Soup
* * *
Smoked Salmon & Celeriac Salad
* * *
Beef fillet
Potato Rosti and Red Wine Jus
* * *
Chocolate Fondant
* * *
Cheese Platter
Epoisses, Valencey, Roquefort
* * * * *

 

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 in Champagne 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

 

+ - More!

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!

 


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