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 Krafft to Niderviller 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: Arrive in Krafft
Meals: Dinner onboard

After a late afternoon pickup at the designated meeting point in Strasbourg, Panache crew will chauffeur you to the barge moored in the nearby town of Krafft. 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: Krafft to Strasbourg
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

The adventure begins with a morning cruise to the historic city of Strasbourg. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide presents Colmar, a fairytale town famous for its six Christmas markets, each depicting a different theme. Sample the sweets from the delectable patisseries lining every street while enjoying the festive ambiance and holiday decorations. 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 Waltenheim-sur-Zorn
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard; dinner ashore

Cruise past impressive European Parliament buildings on the outskirts of Strasbourg, and the glide through the inland waterways of the Brumath Forest. Then, your Tour Guide returns you to Strasbourg to explore its 13 Christmas markets located throughout the historic center. After visiting the Musée du Chocolat to sample the season's confectionery, stroll through Place Gutenberg, festooned with a giant Christmas tree. Dine ashore this evening at a traditional Alsatian restaurant.

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Memorable Nativity Scene in Haguenau
Travel: Saverne to Waltenheim-sur-Zorn
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, Panache cruises further along the canal to the enchanting town of Saverne where history traces back over 2,000 years to the Gallo-Roman times. Moor at the foot of the Château de Rohan, also known as the ‘Versailles of Alsace’. This afternoon, your Tour Guide introduces the Haguenau Christmas market with a remarkable fifty-foot-long nativity scene at its center. Savor the sunset with a stroll through Saverne to soak up the atmosphere of the Christmas spirit, and then enjoy drinks and dinner onboard.

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Where Artisanal Glass Decorations are Crafted
Travel: Saverne to Lutzelbourg
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Early risers will enjoy accompanying Chef to market, followed by a cruise to the pretty village of Lutzelbourg. In the afternoon, observe the expert glassblowers at the Meisenthal Glass Bauble factory, considered the birthplace of Christmas ornaments. Then, visit the outstanding René Lalique collection with over 500 exceptional examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware. Back onboard, cocktails and canapes are served as Chef puts the final touches on this evening's delightful dinner.

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Ascend the Arzviller Boat Elevator
Travel: Lutzelbourg to Niderviller
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Rise and shine! Early birds can accompany Chef to a patisserie where the day's delicious creations are being made. Then, cruise through beautiful Alsatian countryside, stopping by a fascinating local glasswork en route to Niderviller. Panache then ascends the Arzviller Boat Elevator that carries it 450 feet up the mountainside. A walking tour of Sarrebourg reveals the preserved 13th-century chapel displaying Marc Chagall’s remarkable stained-glass windows. Enjoy some final Christmas shopping before the Captain’s Farewell Feast onboard.

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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Strasbourg
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-$79,500
Private Cruise for 11 guests-$77,600
Private Cruise for 10 guests-$75,700
Private Cruise for 9 guests-$73,800
Private Cruise for 8 guests-$71,500
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)-$7,490
Single-Occupancy Supplement-$2,600

2023 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

December3-9, 10-16

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

Panache Christmas Market Route

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