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European Waterways - France 2017 Rates
Rates are shown in Euros
Rates are for six nights on either Per Person
based on double occupancy per cabin or Whole Boat Charter basis
ACCOMMODATION
VALUE RATE REGULAR RATE
Junior Suite per person
€4,350 €5,050
Single Supplement
€1,550 €1,800
Charter 8 passengers Whole Boat
€42,500 €49,300
Charter 9 passengers Whole Boat
€43,900 €51,000
Charter 10 passengers Whole Boat
€45,000 €52,300
Charter 11 passengers Whole Boat
€46,100 €53,600
Charter 12 passengers Whole Boat
€47,200 €54,900
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Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted


Panache
2017 Season Departure Dates
DATES
RATES
March - 26
Value
April - 02
Value
April - 09, 16, 23, 30
Regular
May - 07, 14
Regular
May - 21, 28
Value
June - 04, 11
Value
June - 18, 25
Regular
July - 02, 09
Regular
July - 23, 30
Value
August - 06, 13, 20
Value
August - 27
Regular
September - 03, 10, 17, 24
Regular
October - 01
Regular
October - 08, 15, 22
Value
Classic Alsace & Lorraine Cruise - Lutzelbourg to Nancy
Classic Alsace & Lorraine Cruise - Kraft to Niderviller
Classic Alsace & Lorraine Cruise - Nancy to Tronville-en-Barrios
Classic Picardy & Paris Cruise - Pont-l'Eveque (Noyon) to Paris
Classic Champagne Cruise - Chateau-Thierry to Chalons-en-Champagne

Rates Include:

  • Local transfers between local meeting point and the hotel barge,(all transfers on Panache cruises are
    approximately 1hr, with the exception of the WW1 cruise between Bethencourt sur Somme and Paris which takes 2hrs)
  • 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.

Rates Do Not Include:

  • Air Fare
  • Airport Taxes
  • Visas
  • Health or Accident Insurance
  • Trip cancellation Insurance
  • Superior Chateaux vintage wine
  • Crew gratuities
  • Optional activities
  • Laundry
  • Communication charges or purchases

Classic Eastern Lorraine Cruise - Lutzelbourg to Nancy: (15 October 2017)
Sunday, Day 1 Lutzelbourg
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. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Lutzelbourg to Niderviller
For early risers, there is perhaps an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations. Then after breakfast, we embark on our first cruise along the canal. We visit the Lehrer Crystal glassworks en route, then ascend the unique Arzviller boat elevator that carries Panache 450 feet up the mountainside in minutes, before enjoying a candlelit cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels to our mooring at Niderviller. After lunch, we take a scenic drive into the rolling Vosges hills on the Route des Grands Vins, where the finest wines of Alsace are produced, and enjoy a private tasting of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at a long-established winemaker, such as Domaine Pfister. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Niderviller to Rechicourt
This morning we visit the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre with its medieval castle, then tour the outstanding Rene 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. After returning to the barge, we embark on our relaxing afternoon cruise to our mooring at Rechicourt. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Rechicourt to Lagarde
This morning, our tour is to the town of Sarrebourg, including visits to the 13th century chapel containing Marc Chagall's remarkable stained-glass windows and the impressive museum of Roman and Medieval artefacts. In the afternoon we pass through the impressive 16 metre high Rechicourt Lock. As Panache negotiates the lock there should be time to visit the 6-lock ladder alongside that it replaced. We then cruise on through delightful countryside to moor at Lagarde, a typical Lorraine village set in the Lorraine Regional Natural Park. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Lagarde to Einville-au-Jard
This morning, we cruise to the canalside village of Einville-au-Jard, where we moor for lunch on board. In the afternoon, there is a unique and very special visit - a private tour, given by the Countess-owner, of Chateau de Fleville. The Countess's family has lived there since 1812. With its 1320 keep and the main Renaissance structure being added in the 16th century, including an impressive balcony, it looks very much like a chateau that would not be out of place in the Loire region. Dinner ashore this evening at a local restaurant.

Friday, Day 6 Einville-au-Gard to Nancy
After breakfast, we cruise further along the meandering canal to Dombasle-sur-Meurthe. After lunch, we enjoy a tour of Nancy, the ancient capital of Lorraine. Our tour begins at the Baroque Place Stanislas, considered one of the grandest squares in all of France, with its ornate gold and wrought iron gates. We can also explore the indoor market, or some of the delightful gardens, such as the Jean-Marie Pelt Botanical Garden. We return to the barge at its mooring in the heart of Nancy. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

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

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On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Classic Alsace & Lorraine Cruise - Kraft to Niderviller: (Mid July - October 2017)
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 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 cafes. 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 Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at a long-established winemaker, such as 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 Chateau de Rohan, also known as the Versailles of Alsace. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Saverne to 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 with its medieval castle, then tour the outstanding Rene 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.

Friday, Day 6 Lutzelbourg to 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 the Lehrer Crystal 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 Chagal's remarkable stained-glass window and the impressive museum of Roman and Medieval artefacts. 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.

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On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Classic Western Lorraine Cruise - Nancy to Tronville-en-Barrios: (22 October 2017)
Sunday, Day 1 Nancy
Guests are met in Nancy 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 stroll before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Nancy to Toul
This morning, we explore Nancy, the ancient capital of Lorraine. Our tour begins at the Baroque Place Stanislas, considered one of the grandest in all of France, with its ornate gold and wrought iron gates. We can also explore the indoor market, the Musee des Beaux Arts, or some of the delightful gardens. In the afternoon, we embark on our first cruise along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin and partly on the River Moselle, to moor at Toul, Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Toul to Pagny-sur-Meuse
After breakfast, we tour the delightful town of Toul, with its fortifications designed by the military architect Vauban and streets of old houses which somehow survived the ravages of successive wars. We then enjoy a private wine tasting at Domaine Lelevre in nearby Lucey, which produces the fresh and floral AOC Cotes de Toul. Our afternoon cruise sees us ascending a series of locks before passing through the 867 metre long Foug Tunnel to arrrive at our mooring in Pagny-sur-Meuse. Dinner ashore this evening at a restaurant in Toul.

Wednesday, Day 4 Pagny-sur-Meuse to Demange-aux-Eaux
This morning, we cruise further along the canal to moor at the little hamlet of Sauvoy. After lunch on board and while the barge negotiates the 5 km long Mauvages Tunnel, we set off for a guided tour of the charming town of St-Mihiel, home to the renowned 16th century sculptor Ligier Richier. As part of the tour we see Richier's magnificent sculpture, The Lamentation of Christ in the Church of St-Etienne, before moving on to the Foret d'Apremont where we can see some of the monuments from World War One, such as the Trenches of the Bavarians and the German cemetery. We return to the barge moored at Demange-aux-Eaux. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Demange-aux-Eaux to Naix-aux-Forges
After breakfast, we visit the town of Vaucouleurs, from where Joan of Arc departed with her escort in 1429 on her epic journey to Chinon to meet with the Dauphin, Charles VII. We see the fascinating Musee de Jehanne d'Arc, full of images of the girl saint, and the Castle Chapel with its wonderful stained glass windows and where Joan would pray. In the afternoon, we enjoy a cruise along the winding canal through a series of locks, with good walking and biking opportunities en route, to arrive at Naix aux Forges, once a Roman town in the 2nd century AD. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Naix-aux-Forges to Tronville-en-Barrois
This morning we embark on our last cruise along the canal, passing the town of Ligny-en-Barrois en route, to arrive at our final destination of Tronville-en-Barrois. After lunch on board, we visit Bar-le-Duc, officially classified as an "Historic Town of France" and renowned for its Renaissance architecture. We enjoy a walking tour of the old upper town, including the Place Saint-Pierre, Gothic Church of St. Etienne and the surrounding streets with their medieval houses. Time perhaps too to explore the shops in the lower town before we return to the barge for the Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Tronville-en-Barrois
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Nancy.
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On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Classic Northern France & Paris Cruise - Pont-l'Eveque (Noyon) to Paris: (04 June 2017)
Note: This itinerary features longer daily cruising on larger waterways, so it is different from a gentler-paced canal cruise, with limited opportunities for walking and cycling along towpaths en route. However, there is a wide selection of fascinating escorted excursions during the voyage. (June 4 2017)

Sunday, Day 1 Pont-l'Eveque (Noyon)
Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache for a Champagne welcome and introduction to your crew and barge. Time perhaps for a cycle ride before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Pont-l'Eveque (Noyon) to Compiegne
Our first cruise is from Pont-l'Eveque along the Canal du Nord before joining the River Oise to moor at Compiegne. After lunch on board, we head out to the Armistice Clearing deep in the forest of Compiegne. This was the venue of the signing of the Armistice in a carriage of Marshal Foch's private train on November 11th 1918 The clearing and its museum tell a fascinating story that stretches far beyond November 1918, as it was also on this famous train that Hitler insisted the French capitulate to Germany in 1940. Later, there should also be time to tour the Imperial town of Compiegne itself and visit the imposing chateau, once the Royal residence of King Louis XIV. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Compiegne to Pont Ste-Maxence
This morning we continue our cruise along the River Oise, passing barges laden with merchandise to our mooring at Pont Ste Maxence, a river crossing point since Roman times. This afternoon, we enjoy an unforgettable excursion to the elegant Renaissance Chateau de Chantilly. This superb example of 16th century architecture boats an array of art treasures, gardens laid out by Le Notre (of Versailles fame) and the great stables. More than 3,000 horses are stabled in and around Chantilly making it the thoroughbred capital of France. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Pont Ste-Maxence to Auvers-sur-Oise
Our cruise today takes us further towards Paris along the meandering Oise to our next mooring at Auvers-sur-Oise. After lunch, we visit a local Impressionism museum, then walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. The painter spent the last part of his life in this picturesque village and was buried in the local cemetery. Here and there, panels indicate the scenes portrayed by the painter. It is the district around the church, however, that constitutes the favourite "place of pilgrimage" for art lovers. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.

Thursday, Day 5 Auvers-sur-Oise to Chatou
After breakfast, we drive to Giverny to visit Claude Monet's house and magnificent gardens with the water-lily ponds that were such an inspiration for many of his paintings. We return to the barge and continue our cruise along the River Oise, reaching its confluence with the River Seine, before reaching our overnight mooring at Chatou. This evening, you should have time for a stroll through the village, following "the Impressionists Walk" where you will find reproductions of Impressionist paintings located in the precise locations where these works are believed to have been painted. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Chatou to Paris
After breakfast, we visit Chateau de Malmaison, a charming estate purchased by the Empress Josephine while Napoleon Bonaparte was away fighting the Egyptian campaign. It houses many fine artworks in lavish apartments and there is a notable rose garden. Returning to the barge, we cruise to Paris, gliding past the futuristic La Defense business district with its impressive concrete and glass architecture. The cruise culminates with a magical cruise through Paris, known as the "City of Lights", past floodlit monuments and the illuminated Eiffel Tower, whilst enjoying the Captain's Farewell Dinner. We moor overnight in central Paris.

Saturday, Day 7 Paris
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.
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On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Classic Champagne Cruise - Château-Thierry to Châlons-en-Champagne: (Mid June - Mid July 2017)
Sunday, Day 1 Chateau-Thierry
Guests are met early afternoon in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the hotel barge moored in Chateau-Thierry, an historic, strategically-situated town overlooking the river, surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the region's famous sparkling wine. The town is also the site of an iconic battle for American Marines in World War One. Enjoy a Champagne welcome while your Captain introduces you to the crew. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Chateau-Thierry to Dormans
This morning, we visit La Maison Pannier, a select champagne house with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars, for a tour and a private tasting. After lunch, the hotel barge sets off on her first voyage along the meandering River Marne and cruises to the pretty riverside town of Dormans, the site of a chateau, water mill and World War One memorial. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Dormans to Damery
After breakfast, we visit the World War One battlefield and monument at Chateau-Thierry, before paying our respects to the fallen at the magnificent American cemetery at Belleau Wood. After returning to the barge and lunch on board, we enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise along the Marne to our mooring at Damery. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Damery to Dizy
This morning we continue our cruise along the beautiful River Marne, passing through the champagne vineyards to our mooring at Dizy. After lunch on board, we head into the nearby town of Epernay, home to many of the major champagne houses for a cellar tour and tasting. There is time afterwards to explore the town and to do some shopping. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday, Day 5 Dizy to Tours-sur-Marne
This morning, we visit the pretty hilltop village of Hautvillers. Known as the cradle of Champagne, it is here that the monk Dom Perignon discovered the methode champenoise. We enjoy a private tasting at a boutique in the village then return to the barge and cruise to our pretty mooring at Tours-sur-Marne, joining the Canal Lateral a la Marne en route. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Tours-sur-Marne to Chalons-en-Champagne
This morning, we visit the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece where the Kings of France were crowned. We also visit one of the city's fromagiers to taste some of the region's wonderful cheeses. After lunch on board, we cruise to our final mooring at Chalons-en-Champagne. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Chalons-en-Champagne
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris.
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On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
 

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