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Panache – Alsace Itinerary

Overview

Panache is a First Class category barge.

Panache is perfect for Couples, Families, Groups of friends, Wine Appreciation, Excellent Cycling/Walking, Historic interest, Charming Villages.

Alsace is a stunning region full of fairytale castles, dense forests and a combined French & German heritage which is reflected in the half-timbered architecture and cobblestone streets of the quaint towns and villages. “Panache” cruises through the forests and hills and passes these pretty villages – and your excursions highlight the major sights as well as offering some exceptional local experiences. The historic city of Strasbourg is one of the most picturesque in France, and its Cathedral and “Petite France” quarter are extraordinary.

The 12 passenger Panache is of classic Dutch design. She has been recently re-decorated and is furnished in a beautiful contemporary style, creating an exceptionally comfortable and pampering ambience.

The well planned accommodation offers a choice of six air-conditioned Junior Suites, all with full en-suite facilities with showers with massage jets and double sinks, and a choice of twin or queen bed configuration. The salon and dining room feature comfortable sofas, books and music, and an always open inclusive bar. The sun deck is spacious and has a heated spa pool, a perfect place to watch the sun set after dinner.

Panache’s highly professional crew of five is comprised of Master Chef, Deck Hand, Tour guide and two housekeepers, led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure your cruise exceeds all expectations. Their knowledge of the region, combined with fascinating chauffeur driven private excursions and the 12 bikes provided, will allow you to explore the areas you cruise through in as much detail as you desire.

A highlight of the weeks’ itinerary is the renowned Arzviller Boat Lift, a giant open air elevator that takes vessels up or down 17 storeys! Panache guests have a front row seat on deck for this memorable experience!

THIS BARGE IS ALSO FEATURED ON OUR TOUR “HIDDEN TREASURES OF FRANCE” – WE CRUISE ON THIS BEAUTIFUL LUXURY HOTEL BARGE FOR A WEEK IN ALSACE!

PANACHE AT A GLANCE:

12  GUESTS

6 LARGE JUNIOR SUITES, 170 SQ FEET – ALL WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOMS & QUEEN SIZE BEDS

6 CREW

39 METRES LONG

12 BICYCLES

AIR CONDITIONING/CENTRAL HEATING

TV’S IN EACH ROOM

JACUZZI ON DECK

2 AIR CONDITIONED MINIBUSES FOR EXCURSIONS

Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary (Alsace)

Sunday, Day 1 Krafft
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.

Monday, Day 2 Krafft to Strasbourg
Our day starts with an early morning cruise, crossing the Gran Ried wetlands and home to an abundance of birdlife, to arrive at the historic city of Strasbourg. After lunch, 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.

Tuesday, Day 3 Strasbourg to Hochfelden

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 Hochfelden. 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, Domaine Pfister. Dinner ashore this evening at a traditional Alsatian restaurant.

Wednesday, Day 4 Hochfelden to Saverne
This morning we take a guided tour, with an optional beer tasting, at the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640 and the last privately-owned brewery in Alsace. Returning to Panache, we cruise 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’. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Saverne to Lutzelbourg
For early risers, there is perhaps an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations, before we enjoy a cruise to our mooring at Lutzelbourg. In the afternoon, we visit the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre with its medieval castle, 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. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Friday, Day 6 Lutzelbourg to Niderviller
This morning, we enjoy a cruise through beautiful Alsatian countryside, before visiting the Lehrer Crystal glassworks. We then ascend the unique Arzviller boat elevator that carries Panache 450 feet up the mountainside in minutes. After lunch on board, we enjoy 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. On our return we enjoy a candlelit cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels to our final mooring at Niderviller. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Niderviller
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Strasbourg.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Prices

2018 PRICES

Accommodation Value Regular
Junior Suite per person €4,490.00 €5,190.00
Single Supplement €1,600.00 €1,850.00
Charter Max. 8 pax. €44,000.00 €50,900.00
Charter Max. 9 pax. €45,400.00 €52,600.00
Charter Max. 10 pax. €46,500.00 €53,900.00
Charter Max. 11 pax. €47,600.00 €55,200.00
Charter Max. 12 pax. €48,700.00 €56,500.00

Note all our prices are in euros. We convert to Australian dollars at current exchange rates on the day of payment of deposit/full payment.

Departure Dates 2018 (Alsace) Rate
July 22, 29 Val
August 05, 12, 19 Val
August 26 Reg
September 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Reg
October 07, 14, 21 Val

Local transfers to and from the hotel barge (transfers are approximately 1hr) a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 6 crew and use of barge facilities, which include bicycles and spa pool.

Gallery Floorplan & Map

PANACHE FLOORPLAN

Clair de Lume Deck Plan-with text

PANACHE CRUISE ROUTE – ALSACE

panache-map

Specials

Panache is currently offering the following specials:

 
Offer Type Discount
Departures in 2017
Deposit By
Panache
per charter 10% off per charter Aug 27 28 Feb 2017

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