Alsace & Lorraine Cruise Highlights
When you explore Alsace by canal on the Panache luxury barge, you’ll see it in a whole new way. These beautiful waterways take you through the heart of the region, with stops at the most incredible towns and villages along the way. The unique culture of the area makes it a must-visit destination, and you’ll find two different types of journeys you can take.
The first is on the classic cruise through Alsace & Lorraine. This cruise starts in Strasbourg, with a champagne welcome to the Panache. A morning cruise across the Gran Ried wetlands. Strasbourg is considered by many to be the “capital city of Europe”, with a stunning 12th Century Gothic pink sandstone cathedral featuring an astronomical Renaissance clock and a soaring spire.
Wine tasting is on the menu on this cruise, with a stop at the rolling Vosges hills on the Route des Grand Vins. You’ll enjoy a private tasting of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at winemakers such as Domaine Pfister. There is an optional trip to the last privately-owned brewery in Alsace, the Meteor Brewery, or you can visit Saverne, with a history dating back more than 2,000 years.
A visit to the town of La Petite Pierre gives you the chance to discover the René Lalique collection. The region’s most famous artisan is a great introduction to the art, as you’ll visit more artisan glassblowers on your journey. This Alsace & Lorraine river cruise gives you the chance to learn more about the region, meet the locals, and dive into the culture.
Take the Panache classic Christmas markets cruises in late November and December to get the chance to experience a unique Christmas celebration. With the blend of French and German culture in the region, you’ll have an unforgettable river cruise, which starts with a champagne welcome in Strasbourg. Cruising to Colmar, you’ll find six Christmas markets to visit with gourmet food sections and stunning winterland scenes.
A return visit to Strasbourg gives you the chance to explore thirteen Christmas markets throughout the historic centre, with a visit to the Musée du Chocolat and workshop to experience the sweet treats being made. The gift shop is perfect for buying gourmet seasonal creations for your loved ones.
Your journey through the region will culminate with a trip on the Arzviller boat elevator, before you take a candlelit cruise through the Arzviller tunnels. A walking tour through Sarrebourg with time for some final Christmas shopping will round off your journey perfectly. Whether you want to visit in the summer or the winter, you’ll find that an Alsace & Lorraine river cruise offers everything you could hope for.