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PANACHE BARGE IN CHAMPAGNE & ALSACE

Reference: Barge

  • Deluxe Class Barge

  • 6 Cabins with 6 Crew

  • Price per person in a twin share cabin from: A$ 7,530

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PANACHE BARGE

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. The separate roomy dining area provides a congenial setting for up to 12 guests to enjoy the gourmet meals and fine wines served on board.

Outside, the spacious sun deck is the perfect place to unwind and admire the passing scenery in one of the comfortable chairs, or to enjoy being served a long, lazy alfresco lunch at the outside dining table. The heated spa pool and plentiful number of bicycles for you to explore the towpath complete the picture.

She then cruising in Champagne for a number of weeks in May & June. The Champagne itineraries typically include Brie cheese tastings, a tour of the Cathedral at Reim, Epernay and of course, tastings at renowned Champagne houses.

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.

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!

Cruise Highlights

Champagne (Late May & June)

  • Enjoy a private winery tour and tasting at renowned champagne houses
  • Visit the village of Hautvilliers where Dom Perignon discovered the Méthode Champenoise Tour the majestic cathedral in Reims, where the Kings of France were once crowned Cruise the pretty River Marne past waterside vineyards
  • Visit the champagne ‘capital’ of Epernay for a cellar tour and private tasting
  • Visit Château-Thierry, the scene of fierce battles in World War I, and Belleau Wood

Alsace & Lorraine (July to October)

  • Tour the beautiful city of Strasbourg and visit its Gothic cathedral
  • Explore the Route des Vins d’Alsace and a private wine tasting
  • Visit the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
  • Experience an ascent or descent of the unique Arzviller boat elevator
  • Visit the spectacular René Lalique Collection
  • Tour of Sarrebourg including a visit to the Chagall chapel
  • Enjoy a candlelit meal whilst cruising through the two Arzviller tunnels
  • Excellent towpath for walking

Panache Deck Plan Highres

Classic Cruise – Champagne

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  • Sunday, Day 1 Châlons-en-Champagne

    Guests are met early afternoon in Paris** and transferred to the hotel barge moored in Châlons-en-Champagne. Enjoy a Champagne welcome while your Captain introduces you to the crew. Dinner on board.

    Monday, Day 2 Châlons-en-Champagne to Tours-sur-Marne

    This morning we cruise from Châlons-en-Champagne along the Canal Lateral à la Marne to our pretty mooring at Tours-sur-Marne.  After lunch on board, we visit the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece where the Kings of France were crowned, before some free time perhaps to wander around this delightful city with its grand squares and elegant shopping arcades. Dinner on board.

    Tuesday, Day 3 Tours-sur-Marne to Dizy

    This morning we visit one of the best known Champagne houses in the world, Moët & Chandon, founded in 1743, where we are guided through 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. Later we return to the barge for lunch and continue our cruise along the canal, with the opportunity to explore on foot or bicycle en route, and moor at Dizy, near Epernay. Dinner on board.

    Wednesday, Day 4 Dizy to Damery

    After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the domaine of Champagne Henriot, one of the oldest family owned houses in Champagne, originating in the late 1700s. En route, we stop at a Henriot vineyard on the hillside above Epernay where we are met by one of their viticulture experts who will explain how their selected grapes create the house style. We then move on to the beautiful Château Les Aulnois in the nearby village of Pierry where, after a private tour of this 18th Century manor, we enjoy an exclusive tasting of various Henriot champagnes before a gastronomic lunch in the chateau’s dining room. Mid-afternoon we return to the barge and continue our cruise along the Marne to Damery. Dinner on board.

    Thursday, Day 5 Damery to Dormans

    Today the hotel barge continues her cruise along the meandering Marne to moor at the pretty riverside town of Dormans, the site of a château, water mill and World War One memorial. In the afternoon, we visit the 42-acre World War I American cemetery at Belleau Wood, it was here that US forces fought one of their bloodiest battles during World War One. Dinner on board.

    Friday, Day 6 Dormans to Château-Thierry

    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 on board, we cruise to our 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. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

    Saturday, Day 7 Château-Thierry

    After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris**.

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

     

    **other locations are available for Private Charter bookings

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