Panache hotel barge

Cruising between Strasbourg and Xouaxange on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin
The barge Panache

Accommodating up to 12 passengers

View of the Panache

Panache is rated 5 out of 5

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

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Cruise file for Panache

From 5350 USD per person

Charters from 52,400 USD


Crew members : 6

Boat size
Length 124′8″ ft (38 metres)
Width 16′5″ ft (5 metres)

Number of bicycles : 12


Up to 12 guests

Double cabins : 6


Central heating


Spa or pool


TV/DVD in junior suites

CD player / iPod dock

Panache photos and videos

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Testimonials for Panache

Yvonne & Randy Symons; Late May 2017

The boat is excellent, sun protection missing on Panache ,hot-tub  blocking the view somewhat
Roomy cabin (Ravel Junior Suite), nice outside deck space
We rate Panache 8/10 
We cruised from Belguim to Picardy and enjoyed seeing the commercial barges operating on the Canal du Nord
Hotels Afloat: 10/10 for attention to detail and their site
Will probably book again

Best cruises ever, fantastic crew with special attention to my husband with walking issues.

Fred Goldberg, Sweden/ USA. September 2014

We appreciated the efficient and friendly crew, the cosy lounge and Boat rated: 9/10
Liked the combination of cruising on the canals and making bus trips to the surrounding castles, museums, churches, wineyards and villages...
Would you book with us again? Yes

About the barge "Panache"

Panache ie a stylish 12 passenger hotel barge, with spacious public areas and six comfortable double or twin ensuite cabins.
All the bathrooms have twin handbasins and oversized showers with massage jets.
There are panoramic windows in the saloon and the barges has been fitted out in traditional yacht style with brass and mahogany fittings.
A large sun deck and spa pool, plus bicycles for guests use to explore the towpath, complete the picture.
6 crew
Air-conditioned/centrally heated throughout
Sun deck, telescope, spa pool
Wifi (subject to Local reception)
Two air-conditioned minibuses
8 touring bikes, 1 tandem

Plan of Panache

Plan of the hotel barge Panache

Panache cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Krafft and Niderviller on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin

Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Strasbourg and transferred by air-conditioned minibus to Panache, for a Champagne welcome and the first opportunity to meet the crew.
There is time for a walk or bicyle ride before dinner aboard.

Krafft to Strasbourg 
We begin with a morning cruise, crossing the Grand Reid wetlands where there is an abundance of birdlife, bringing us Strasbourg, the capital of Europe.
We enjoy a tour of Strasbourg, including of course, a visit to the 12th century Gothic pink sandstone cathedral, home to an astranomical Renaissance clock and a massive spire.
Visit Place Gutenberg and explore Le Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops and cafes.
Dinner aboard.

Strasbourg to Walthenheim-sur-Zorn 
This morning provides a great photo opportunity as we cruise past the impressive European Parliament buildings and then through the Brumath Forest to an idyllic mooring at Walthenheim-sur-Zorn. After lunch, our first wine tour takes us through the Route des Vins d'Alsace
followed by a private tasting of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at a long-established wine producer such as Domaine Plister.
Dinner ashore in a traditional Alsacienne restaurant.

Walthenheim-sur-Zorn to Saverne 
This morning you can choose between a visit and private tasting in the Meteor brewery, the last privately owned brewery in the Alsace. Alternatively, stay on board to take a gentle cruise with good walking and cycling opportunities to Saverne, a settlement dating back over 2000 years!  We moor at the foot of the Chateau de Rohan, known as the Versailles of Alsace.  We will take a walking tour of the town, and then drive up to the stunning chateau for a great view.
Dinner aboard.

Saverne to Lutzelbourg 
Today is all about art and history!  We'll begin by visiting the market at Saverne before cruising to Lutzelbourg, a delightful pretty village surrounded by hills and overlooked by the ancient ruins of the medieval castle.
After lunch, we visit the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre with its medieval castle, then tour the outstanding René Lalique collection and see over 500 examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware.
Nearby we will visit Wingen-sur-Moder, the World War II battleground, to pay our respects to the American infantry who fought with distinction here.
Dinner aboard.

Lutzebourg to Niderville
For early risers, join our exclusive visit to a local bakerie to see the skills involved in the delicious patisseries enjoyed throughout the cruise.  Our morning cruise takes us through beautiful countryside, with time to visit the Lehrer Crystall glassworks on the way. To reach our final mooring at Niderville, we then ride the 450 feet Arzviller boat elevator to climb the moutain side.  You will marvel at this incredible feat of engineering!  After a candle-lit lunch aboard during which we pass through two tunnels,  we head to Sarrebourg to visit the 13th century chapel where we see Marc Chagall's remarkable stained glass window and the fascinating museum of Roman and Medieval artefacts.
We return to the barge to relax and then enjoy our
Captain's Farewell Dinner aboard.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the designated drop off point.

Cruise rates

Krafft to Niderviller dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 12 67000 58000
Whole boat charter for 11 65300 56700
Whole boat charter for 10 63600 55400
Whole boat charter for 9 61900 54100
Whole boat charter for 8 59800 52400
Junior suite per person, based on double occupancy 6190 5350
Single supplement 2150 1900
Whole boat charter for 12 68800 59500
Whole boat charter for 11 67100 58200
Whole boat charter for 10 65400 56900
Whole boat charter for 9 63700 55600
Whole boat charter for 8 61600 53900
Junior suite per person, based on double occupancy 6350 5490
Single supplement 2200 1950
Prices are shown in US dollars
Sterling and euro prices available on request for non-US/Canadian citizens

- Departure Dates -
Value April 1 to April 15
May 20 to June 3
July 22 to August 19
October 7 to October 21
Regular April 22 to May 13
June 10 to July 8
August 26 to September 30


- Departure Dates 2019-
Value March 24 to April 7
July 21 to August 18
October 6 to October 20
Regular April 14 to July 14 
August 25 to September 29

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