Thanks to a type of sparkling wine to which the region has given its name, the word “Champagne” is known – and revered – worldwide. It is to this rarefied world of boutique vineyards, curated cellars, and local personalities guests aboard the Panache in Champagne are introduced.
A spacious and contemporary two-story vessel, the Panache gleams with elegant décor and chic design. Roomy cabins offer generous storage space, and the modern bathrooms feature a double sink. Handsome leather couches in the lovely salon provide the perfect perch for enjoying a glass of wine with friends or cozying up with a good book and a cup of tea. Those who appreciate more active pursuits can stroll or cycle along the towpath, perhaps after a refreshing soak in the hot tub.
Bottoms up for the excursions — champagne tastings at vineyards both established and emerging offers an insider’s look into the special world of this marvelous spirit. Guests are also introduced to the region’s cultural treasures and historical significance through visits to WWII battlefields, charming villages, and even an artisan cheese maker.
Cuisine is prepared by the gourmet Chef, who sources local and seasonal ingredients to showcase regional specialties; wine pairings of course feature an abundance of local bubbly along with hand selected reds and whites.
Last visited in 2017