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Panache - Alsace & Lorraine Cruise

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Panache’s voyage through Alsace & Lorraine will give you the opportunity to appreciate the very best of the region, passing storybook villages along the way, visiting places such as Strasbourg, renowned for their Baroque and Romanesque architecture and uniquely, experiencing Europe’s most famous boat elevator!
France
Cultural
Food & Wine
Barge

Highlights

Explore the Route des Vins d’Alsace with a private wine tasting

Tour of the Meteor Brewery,  founded in 1640

Explore the spectacular René Lalique Collection

Visit Strasbourg and its Gothic cathedral

Experience an ascent or descent of the unique Arzviller boat elevator

Along the route, enjoy excellent towpath for walking

Panache is a hotel barge that has been fitted out in traditional yacht style with brass and mahogany fittings in the spacious public areas and very comfortable cabin accommodation. In the saloon the panoramic windows let in plenty of natural light, and the tempting cocktail bar and comfortable leather sofas are enhanced by polished hardwood flooring. 

In the Summer and Autumn, Panache cruises the beautiful and varied waterways of Alsace & Lorraine, a region of France offering a unique mix of French and German cultures, history and local gastronomy.

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Included

6 nights onboard at Hotel Barge Panache in a Stateroom
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily prepared by your chef
Captains farewell dinner on your last night
Crew of 5 (Captain, tour guide, chef and 2 hostesses)
Excursions as per itinerary
Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Transfers by an air-conditioned minivan
Use of barge facilities

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 12 passengers
  • 6 Twin or Double Junior Suite with en suite
  • 12 bicycles
  • A small library of books and maps
  • A collection of board games
  • Sundeck
  • Spa pool
  • Free Wi-Fi (connectivity limited in remote locations)

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Strasbourg → Kraft

Guests are met in Strasbourg and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache for a Champagne welcome and the first opportunity to meet your crew. Perhaps there is time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Panache in a Junior Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Dinner
Strasbourg  → Kraft
Panache cruising
Day 2
Kraft → Strasbourg

Our day starts with a morning cruise, across the Gran Ried wetlands and home to an abundance of birdlife, to arrive at the historic city of Strasbourg. Later, we enjoy a tour of the beautiful ‘capital city of Europe’ including, of course, a visit to the 12th century Gothic pink sandstone cathedral, home to an astronomical Renaissance clock and soaring spire. We visit Place Gutenberg and explore La Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops and cafés. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Panache in a Junior Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kraft → Strasbourg
Day 3
Strasbourg → Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

After breakfast, our cruise takes us past the impressive European Parliament building on the outskirts of Strasbourg and on through the Brumath Forest to our picturesque mooring at Waltenheim-sur-Zorn. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic drive into the rolling Vosges hills on the Route des Grands Vins, where the finest wines of Alsace are produced, and a private tasting of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at a long-established winemaker, such as Domaine Pfister. Dinner ashore this evening at a traditional Alsatian restaurant.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Panache in a Junior Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Strasbourg → Waltenheim-sur-Zorn
Route des Grands Vins
Day 4
Waltenheim-sur-Zorn → Saverne

This morning, any guests who are interested can hop on a bike and cycle to the Meteor Brewery, the last privately-owned brewery in Alsace. Otherwise, Panache cruises further along the canal, with good walking and cycling opportunities, to the enchanting town of Saverne where history traces back over 2,000 years to the Gallo-Roman Times, mooring at the foot of the Château de Rohan, also known as the ‘Versailles of Alsace’. We take a walking tour of Saverne and drive up to Chateau Haut-Barr perched on the hillside and offering wonderful views. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Panache in a Junior Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Waltenheim-sur-Zorn → Saverne
Panache | Sundeck
Day 5
Saverne→ Lutzelbourg

This morning, perhaps after a visit to Saverne’s market, we enjoy a cruise to our mooring in the pretty village of Lutzelbourg, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the ruins of the medieval castle. In the afternoon, we visit the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre, then tour the outstanding René Lalique collection and see over 500 exceptional examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware. Nearby Wingen-sur-Moder is also the World War Two battleground where American infantry fought with distinction. Before dinner on board, time for aperitifs and perhaps some traditional Alsatian ‘Flammekueche’ prepared by your chef.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Panache in a Junior Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Panache in a Junior Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Saverne→ Lutzelbourg
La Petite Pierre
Day 6
Lutzelbourg → Niderviller

For early risers, there is an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations, before we cruise through beautiful Alsatian countryside, visiting a fascinating local glassworks en route. We then ascend the unique Arzviller boat elevator that carries Panache 450 feet up the mountainside in minutes and enjoy a candlelit cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels to our final mooring at Niderviller. After lunch on board, we set off on a tour of Sarrebourg, including visits to the 13th century chapel containing Marc Chagall’s remarkable stained-glass window and the impressive museum of Roman and Medieval artefacts. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Panache in a Junior Suite.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lutzelbourg → Niderviller
Arzviller boat elevator
Day 7
Niderviller→ Strasbourg

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Strasbourg.

Breakfast
Niderviller→ Strasbourg
Strasbourg

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
Barge Cruising

This unique, all-inclusive experience allows you to admire the picturesque landscape of your destination, try some regional cuisine, explore the most beautiful cities and towns, visit local sights and monuments, learn history and tradition, meet friendly locals and much more. 

7 days
France
Strasbourg
Strasbourg
Cultural, Food & Wine
10 July 2022- 23 October 2022

Optional Extras

Departure Dates and Pricing:

Important notes

  • This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
  • This barge is available for charter bookings and theme cruises. Contact us for more details.

Pick-up Point

  • Cabin bookings - Guests choice of location in Strasbourg between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm
  • Charter bookings - On a request basis to be agreed prior to booking: One location of the group’s choice in Strasbourg starting from 4:00 pm.

Drop-off Point

  • Cabin bookings - Guests choice of location in Strasbourg by 10:00 am 
  • Charter bookings - On a request basis to be agreed prior to booking: One location of the group’s choice in Strasbourg by 10:00 am.

Booking / Payment Process

  • On our website the Barge Cruise prices are show in Euros
  • All payments will be made to us in Australian Dollars
  • The current exchange rate will be used at the time of deposit and balance
  • Our invoice will make this clear and our team is here to assist you

Supplier Booking Conditions Apply

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of this travel experience, under our Bookings Conditions this package classifies as “Booking Type 2 – Travel Experience where we act as agent only”. Your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions. We will advise you prior to confirming your booking the full details and Booking Conditions of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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