Alsace & Lorraine Barge Cruise on board Panache

Classic Cruise in Alsace & Lorraine

Mixing German and French architectures, wine, cuisine and even language, Alsace and Lorraine has a completely distinct feel to the rest of France.  Home to fairy tale castles, rolling vineyards, ancient battlegrounds and mountaintop villages, this less visited corner of France is both fascinating and picturesque.

This six day cruise begins in the historic city of Strasbourg and passes through beautiful Alsatian countryside on its journey along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin. On shore highlights include the beautiful Gothic Cathedral of Strasbourg, private wine tasting and visits to the medieval castle and Rene Lalique collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware in the mountain village of La Petite Pierre. Ascend the unique Arzviller boat elevator, lifting the Panache some 450 feet up the mountainside and cruise through the Arzviller tunnels by candlelight.

There are also optional excursions for beer tasting and an early morning visit to a local patisserie as well as plenty of opportunities to cycle or walk along the canal.

On board Panache

Panache is a stylish and spacious hotel barge decorated in a traditional yacht style with brass and mahogany fittings. Each of the six cabins has an ensuite bathroom with twin hand basins and oversized showers.

  • 6 twin/double ensuite Junior Suites sleeping up to 12 passengers
  • Crew of 6
  • CD Player/iPod dock
  • Air Conditioned
  • Central Heating
  • Sun Deck & Spa Pool
  • On-board Telescope
  • 12 touring bikes
  • Wifi (subject to local reception)


Panache departs Strasbourg every Sunday between June and October and cruises in the opposite direction on alternate weeks.

"The boat was great, the crew wonderful, the food delicious and the company on board terrific. It was a dream trip"

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