Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Six cabins with ensuite shower bath and double sink
  • All with choice of one double or two twin beds
  • All 150 sq. feet with 6’8″ ceiling height
  • Individually controlled heating and cooling
  • One opening window
Public Area
  • 129 feet long
  • Salon and dining room
  • Picture windows throughout
  • Hi-fi Stereo system with  CD player, radio and iPod dock
  • WIFI with limited availability
Deck
  • Spacious deck with umbrellas
  • Hot tub on deck
  • Large dining table
  • 12 touring bicycles

Itineraries

Travel from Niderviller to Krafft in the Alsace-Lorraine

Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrive in Niderviller
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Panache at the designated meeting point in Strasbourg. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Niderviller. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before the first of many gourmet dinners onboard.

Monday
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The Arzviller Boat Lift!
Travel: Niderviller to Lutzelbourg
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Begin the day with a candlelit breakfast cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels, then descend the Arzviller Boat Lift, a unique nautical elevator that carries Panache 450 feet down the mountains in minutes! After a tour of a local crystal shop, cruise this afternoon through beautiful woodlands and countryside. Relax on deck with a glass of wine and admire the scenery. An afternoon excursion presents Marc Chagall’s remarkable stained glass windows in Sarrebourg, followed by Alsatian themed appetizers and dinner onboard.

Tuesday
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A Collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Glassware
Travel: Lutzelbourg to Saverne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Early risers will enjoy an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers create their delicious confections. A morning cruise offers the perfect opportunity to laze on deck, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, discover over 500 superb examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco crystal at the Rene Lalique museum. Dedicated to France's master craftsman of fine glass, the Lalique collection is housed in an old glassworks factory. Your Tour Guide returns you to the Panache for drinks and dinner.

Wednesday
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Gourmet Day
Travel: Saverne to Waltenheim-sur-Zorn
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

The adventures begin today with a walking tour of Saverne, which was once the seat of the diocese for several centuries. Admire the Chateau de Rohan, well-known as the “Versailles of Alsace”, and located opposite the Panache’s mooring. Then it’s on to the hilltop Chateau Haut-Barr for its wonderful views over the countryside. Your Tour Guide returns you to the barge for an afternoon cruise, providing the perfect opportunity to explore the towpath on foot or by bicycle. Freshen up, as dinner is ashore at a traditional Alsatian auberge.

Thursday
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A Grape Time Was Had by All
Travel: Waltenheim-sur-Zorn to Strasbourg
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Winetasting is always a welcome excursion on the Panache! This morning, take a scenic drive to the Route des Grands Crus where the finest wines of Alsace are produced. Discover the secrets of producing such wines as Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, and Riesling, and of course enjoy a special sampling. Return to Panache for an afternoon cruise, gliding through the beautiful Brumath Forest, and explore the local flora and fauna by foot or bicycle. Dinner onboard is enhanced by tonight’s exciting mooring in the heart of one of Europe’s top capitals.

Friday
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A Stroll Through Strasbourg
Travel: Strasbourg to Krafft
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's excursion is to the capital city of the Alsace-Lorraine region, Strasbourg, where a beautifully preserved city center beckons. “Petite France”, the small area between the rivers, is home to some of Strasbourg's most charming and photogenic boulevards. Sip, shop, and stroll your way through this charming city. Return to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise, crossing the Gran Ried wetlands, home to an abundance of wildlife, before arriving at the final mooring. Savor cocktails and canapes before the gala Captain’s Dinner onboard.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Strasbourg
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to a designated drop off point in Strasbourg.

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

Gourmet Dining

Lunch
  • Flammekueche Tart with Cream, Bacon, and Onions
  • Grilled Strasbourg Sausages with Potato and Leek Quenelles
  • Cheeses: Mont d’Or, Bleu de Gex, and Camembert
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Cheese Tartlet with Mesclun Galad
  • Roasted Breast of Duck in a Red Wine and Alsatian Cherries Reduction
  • Cheeses: Sainte Maure de Touraine, Comté, and Saint Félicien
  • Pears Poached in Gewürztraminer Wine, Gingerbread Ice Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Chassagne-Montrachet
  • Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru Camus 2004
  • Riesling Grand Cru
  • Chablis Premier Cru Pouilly Fuisse
  • Cremant d’Alsace
  • Sancerre Henri Bougeois 2012

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter for 12 guests$59,500$68,800
Private Charter for 11 guests$58,200$67,100
Private Charter for 10 guests$56,900$65,400
Private Charter for 9 guests$55,600$63,700
Private Charter for 8 guests$53,900$61,600
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$5,490$6,350
Single-Occupancy Supplement$1,950$2,200

2019 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season
Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
July14-20, 21-27, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 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.
Not included in the rate
  • 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)

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

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