Visit the spectacular Rene Lalique Collection
Visit the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
Discover Strasbourg’s Gothic cathedral
Tour of historic Saverne and Sarrebourg
Experience the unique Arzviller boat elevator
Tour and wine tasting at Route des Vins d’Alsace
The beautiful Panache cruises Holland from March to early May, Alsace from June to October. She also cruises in Belgium, Picardy and Champagne. She offers six spacious double or twin cabins with en-suite facilities, salon and dining room, sun deck with spa pool and touring bikes. The crew includes an experience captain, master chef, deck hand/steward, tour guide and two housekeepers.
2020 Departure Dates
- 12, 19 & 26 July
- 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August
- 6, 12, 20 & 27 September
- 4, 11, 18 & 25 October
Your day starts with a morning cruise across the Gran Ried wetlands, home to an abundance of birdlife, to arrive at the historic city of Strasbourg. Later, you'll 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. You'll visit Place Gutenberg and explore La Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops and cafés. Dinner on board.
After breakfast, your cruise takes you past the impressive European Parliament building on the outskirts of Strasbourg and on through the Brumath Forest to the picturesque mooring at Waltenheim-sur-Zorn. This afternoon, you'll 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.
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, mooring at the foot of the Château de Rohan, also known as the ‘Versailles of Alsace’. You'll take a walking tour of Saverne and drive up to Chateau Haut-Barr perched on the hillside.
This morning, perhaps after a visit to Saverne’s market, you'll enjoy a cruise to the mooring in the pretty village of Lutzelbourg, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the ruins of the medieval castle. In the afternoon, you will 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 II battleground where American infantry fought with distinction. Before dinner on board, time for aperitifs and perhaps some traditional Alsatian ‘Flammekueche’ prepared by your chef.
per person, twin share
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This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
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