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

Chalons-en-Champagne to Chateau Thierry on the Canal Lateral a la Marne and River Marne

Sunday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Chalons-en-Champagne
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Panache at the designated meeting point. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in the town of Chalons-en-Champagne. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard. Take a dip in the hot tub to end the day!

Monday
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Where French Kings Were Crowned
Travel: Chalons-en-Champagne to Tours-sur-Marne
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

As Panache gently begins her first cruise, laze on deck and admire the passing scenery, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. This afternoon, your Tour Guide introduces Reims Cathedral, the magnificent church where the Kings of France were crowned. Marc Chagall designed the stained glass installed in 1974 in the axis of the apse. Afterwards, stroll the streets of the pedestrian area, or enjoy a coffee in the town square. Back onboard, canapes and cocktails precede yet another gourmet dinner.

Tuesday
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Bottoms Up!
Travel: Tours-sur-Marne to Dizy
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

A morning cruise presents the perfect opportunity to relax on deck with a cup of coffee or tea. More active guests can explore the towpath's flora and fauna by bicycle or on foot. This afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the quaint village of Hautvillers where Dom Perignon first invented the famous drink! Next, savor a tasting of local champagnes and cheeses at a gourmet boutique in the village. Return to the barge to freshen up for tonight's special dinner, as it is taken ashore at a local bistro. Bon appetit!

Wednesday
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Sip, Shop, and Stroll through Epernay
Travel: Dizy to Damery
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, uncork the best of the region's signature wine in the lively town of Epernay, the capital of the Champagne producing region of France. Sparkling wine practically runs through Epernay’s veins, and its dignified architecture reflects the wealth generated from the area's vineyards. Savor a private tasting of world-class champagnes, and then enjoy strolling through this charming town while admiring the stately town hall, the Chateau Perrier museum, and the Théâtre Gabrielle-Dorziat. Drinks and dinner are served onboard.

Thursday
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Military History Comes Alive
Travel: Damery to Dormans
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning's cruise drifts through a gorgeous landscape of vineyards, villages, and forests. Enjoy a cup of coffee on deck, or explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. This afternoon's excursion is to the nearby Belleau Wood, the scene of the second battle of the Marne in spring 1918, which ended the last German offensive of WWI. Another option is a stop at the elegant Chateau de Conde to admire its sumptuous 18th century interiors. Your Tour Guide returns you to the Panache where cocktail hour precedes tonight's dinner.

Friday
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Pampered Grapes and a Private Tasting
Travel: Dormans to Chateau Thierry
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Maison Pannier, a select champagne house with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars. The wines here offer the flavors of Chardonnay terroirs, Pinot Noir, and of course Pinot Meunier, a grape variety which gives its champagnes a gourmand character and pleasant fruitiness. Enjoy a private tasting, and then return to Panache for an afternoon cruise. Relax on deck with a glass of wine and admire the bucolic scenery. Celebrate your week in Champagne at the Captain’s Dinner.

Saturday
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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Chateau Thierry
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

Lunch
  • Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Quiche
  • Sea Bass with Creamed Leeks and Tartar Sauce
  • Cheeses: Comte and Brie de Meaux
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
Dinner
  • Seared Scallops in Cauliflower Puree with Crisps and Chive Oil
  • Beef Filet with Potato Rosti and Red Wine Jus
  • Cheeses: Epoisses, Valencey, and Roquefort
  • Banana Souffle with Double Chocolate Glace
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
Wine
  • Meursault Bouchard Père et Fils 2008
  • Pouilly Fuissé Chanson 2010
  • Sancerre Henri Bougeois 2012
  • Moulin à Vent “Champ de Cour” Louis Jadot 2002
  • Cornas Domaine Colombo 2009
  • Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru Camus 2004

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter for 12 guests-$68,800
Private Charter for 11 guests-$67,100
Private Charter for 10 guests-$65,400
Private Charter for 9 guests-$63,700
Private Charter for 8 guests-$61,600
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)-$6,350
Single-Occupancy Supplement-$2,200

2019 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
May26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 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.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • 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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