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
  • Adequate storage space in cabins
  • 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


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

Bicycling Opportunities:
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
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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!

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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.

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Sip in a Salon at Moët & Chandon
Travel: Tours-sur-Marne to Dizy
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

This morning, visit one of the best known champagne houses in the world, Moët & Chandon. Founded in 1743, their vast underground cellars, the largest in the region, which were carved out of the chalk to offer the maturing wine the perfect temperature and humidity. This is followed by a tasting of some of Moët’s renowned vintages in an elegant private salon, hosted by an experienced cellar master. Return to the barge for a lazy afternoon cruise. Chef presents tonight's dinner onboard.

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Pampered Grapes and a Private Tasting
Travel: Dizy to Damery
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

After a leisurely breakfast, a private champagne tasting and tour at the boutique Grand Cru winery of Frerejean Frères awaits, Discover the secrets of growing the region's pampered grapes. After a gourmet private lunch ashore in the salon of the family domaine, return to the barge for a leisurely afternoon cruise. Enjoy appetizers and aperitifs before this evening's delicious dinner onboard.

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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, visit your Captain in his wheelhouse, 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. Your Tour Guide returns you to the Panache where cocktail hour precedes tonight's candlelit dinner.

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Bottoms Up to the Barge Panache
Travel: Dormans to Chateau Thierry
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, discover La Maison Pannier, a select champagne house with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars, for a tour and a private tasting. Your Tour Guide returns you to barge for an afternoon cruise to the final mooring at Château-Thierry, an historic, strategically-situated town overlooking the river, surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the region’s famous sparkling wine. Tonight, celebrate your week in Champagne at the Farewell Feast onboard.

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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

  • Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Quiche
  • Coq au Vin in a Red Wine Reduction with Pommes Anna
  • Cheeses: St Nectaire, Morbier, Époisses
  • Seasonal Fruit Platter
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • Seared Scallops in Cauliflower Puree
  • Slow Braised Beef Shoulder with Peal Onions, Mushrooms, and Roasted New Potatoes
  • Cheeses: Chabichou and Régal de Bourgogne
  • Spiced Poached Pears with Gingerbread Ice Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
  • Meursault Bouchard Père et Fils 2008
  • Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru Camus 2004
  • Sancerre Henri Bougeois 2012
  • Moulin à Vent “Champ de Cour” Louis Jadot 2002
  • Champagne Alexandre Bonnet
  • Pouilly Fuissé Chanson 2010

Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 12 guests$75,000$87,000
Private Cruise for 11 guests$73,100$84,800
Private Cruise for 10 guests$71,200$82,600
Private Cruise for 9 guests$69,298$80,400
Private Cruise for 8 guests$66,999$77,800
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)$6,390$7,490
Single-Occupancy Supplement$2,300$2,600

2024 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • Round trip chauffeured transfers to and from Paris
  • 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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