Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

  • 126 ft long, with 6’8 ceiling height throughout
  • Six cabins, all 150 sq ft, 6’8” ceiling height
  • All with choice of one Queen or two twin beds
  • Ensuite bathroom with shower
  • Salon and dining room
  • Deck with umbrellas
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Bicycles and Helmets
Bicycles and Helmets
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hot Tub on Deck
Hot Tub on Deck
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets


Travel from Plobsheim to Hochfelden along the Canal de la Marne au Rhine and the Canal du Rhone au Rhin

Bicycling Opportunities:
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Plobsheim
Meals: Dinner onboard

After a late afternoon pickup at the designated meeting point in Strasbourg, Panache crew will chauffeur you to the barge moored at the nearby town of Plobsheim. Begin your magical week exploring the Christmas markets of Alsace with a Champagne Welcome and introduction of crew. As the sun sets, enjoy the first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

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Six Markets in Storybook Colmar
Travel: Plobsheim to Strasbourg
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The adventure begins with a morning cruise to our mooring in Strasbourg. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide presents Colmar, a nearby fairytale town famous for its six Christmas markets, each depicting a different theme. Then, a special treat: Visit a local chocolatier, and try your hand at creating your personal confectionary! Return to the barge for aperitifs and appetizers as Chef prepares tonight's epicurean dinner.

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Cobblestoned Streets and Christmas Markets
Travel: Strasbourg to Souffelweyersheim
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard; dinner ashore

This morning your Tour Guide introduces Strasbourg. You’ll explore its 13 Christmas markets located throughout the cobblestoned center; then experience the Gothic pink sandstone cathedral, home to a popular nativity scene. Return to Panache for an afternoon cruise through the city and past the European Parliament buildings to our mooring. Dine ashore this evening at a traditional Alsatian restaurant.

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Medieval Town Plus Winetasting!
Travel: Souffelweyersheim to Brumath
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, Panache cruises further along the canal, with good walking and cycling opportunities, to our rural mooring set beneath the trees. This afternoon, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to Riquewhir, an enchanting Medieval town set amongst the Alsatian vineyards. Wander through the Christmas Market and artisanal craft stalls, followed by an optional winetasting at nearby Maison Hugel. Dinner onboard ends this delightful day.

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Where Artisanal Glass Decorations are Crafted
Travel: Brumath to Waltenheim-sur-Zorn
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, enjoy a relaxing cruise. In the afternoon, observe the expert glassblowers at the Meisenthal Glass Bauble factory, considered the birthplace of Christmas ornaments. If time permits, experience visit the outstanding René Lalique collection with over 500 exceptional examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry and decorative pieces. Before dinner onboard, there’s time for aperitifs and perhaps some traditional Alsatian “Flammekueche” prepared by your Chef.

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12th Century Hilltop Chateau
Travel: Waltenheim-sur-Zorn to Hochfelden
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Cruise this morning through open countryside to our final mooring. This afternoon, your Tour Guide introduces the 12th century hilltop Chateau du Haut, which towers 1500 feet above the pretty town of Saverne. Enjoy some last minute shopping - and perhaps a turn on the ice rink in the market square – before returning to Panache where the Captain’s Farewell Dinner ends your cruise in style.

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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Departure from Hochfelden
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the designated drop off point.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

  • Flammenkueche Tarte with Crème Fraîche, Bacon, and Onions
  • Grilled Strasbourg Sausages with Potato and Leek Quenelles, Seasonal Vegetable Sautee
  • Cheeses: Saint Maure de Touraine, Abondance, Crottin de Chavignol
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • Wild Mushrooms in a Puff Pastry
  • Roasted Breast of Duck in a Red Wine and Alsatian Cherries Reduction
  • Cheeses: Valencay, Comté, Roquefort
  • Poached Pears with Gingerbread Ice Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
  • Domaine Chanson Beaune 1er Cru
  • Domaine Jaffelin Nuits-St-George
  • Famille Lignères Château La Baronne “Alaric” Corbières
  • Riesling Grand Cru
  • Chablis 1er Cru Pouilly Fuisse
  • Cremant d’Alsace

Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 12 guests-$87,000
Private Cruise for 11 guests-$84,800
Private Cruise for 10 guests-$82,600
Private Cruise for 9 guests-$80,400
Private Cruise for 8 guests-$77,800
Suite per person-$7,990
Single-Occupancy Supplement-$2,800

2024 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

December1-7, 8-14

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • Round trip chauffeured transfers to and from Strasbourg
  • A dedicated onboard crew consisting of a Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, and Hostess
  • All meals onboard and ashore from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning
  • All wines served with lunches and dinners both onboard and ashore
  • Open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
  • Unlimited use of onboard amenities such as bicycles and the hot tub
Not included in the rate
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted

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