Panache is a stylish twelve passenger hotel barge, with spacious public areas and six comfortable double or twin en suite cabins

Hotel Barge Panache

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.

The cabin accommodation comprises six generously-sized junior suites which can be in twin or double-bedded configuration. All the en suite bathrooms have twin hand-basins and oversized showers.

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.

Panache cruises in Holland in the Spring, when the flowers are in full bloom. This is without a doubt the best time to visit this country, and our cruises in Holland are carefully planned to allow you to experience all that the country has to offer.

She’s 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 Reims, 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

Holland (March to Early May)

  • Tour Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world
    Visit the Aalsmeer flower auction
  • Tour the fascinating conservation area at Enkhuizen
  • Visit the Royal Delft pottery to see the world famous earthenware being hand-made and painted
  • Tour picturesque Haarlem and visit a museum of the Dutch painter, Franz Hals
  • Tour the charming city of Leiden, Rembrandt’s birthplace


Champagne (Late May & June)

  • Enjoy a private winery tour and tasting at renowned champagne houses such as Moët & Chandon, Henriot & Maison Pannier
  • Visit the the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and now UNESCO World Heritage Centre where the Kings of France were once crowned
  • 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


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Wow. Cabins very clean and comfortable. Cruising times each day just right! Arrived by lunchtime at each new destination with time to relax, then...

Mrs Sandra Rutledge , Australia

The Panache was quite comfortable, the cabins and other onboard facilities were spacious enough, and the crew was first rate.

Barb snd Mike , Chicago suburb

The service is rated 5 stars. The staff was terrific. The chef unbelievable. Food was beyond delicious and not expected. Overall rating...

Ms Susan Thompson

Definitely worth the price.

Mrs Sharon Haight , Sun City, AZ

Good and service first class

Mrs Claire Dick , Poland Maine

This was our seventh or eight trip with European Waterways. All were excellent experiences, but this one was superb.

Mr Robert Heller

See above. I have said it all.

Mrs Jean Cromwell

White wine was served at room temperature until it was corrected. Captain's dinner was delayed for one hour (understandable) but the guests were...

Mr Larry Milton , Bend, OR USA

The overall experience was top notch and was worth the money. We had quality wines served and the excursions were well executed. ...

Mrs Jayne Cromwell , Leesburg, VA

Excellent facilities Friendly hardworking staff Excellent food and drink

Mr Brian Hardie

A thoroughly enjoyable barge cruise

Mrs Mary Swing , Burlingame

Attention to detail on the Panache was evident. One note I would make is when having a buffet lunch, the person sitting at the...

Mrs Dana Kaye , Atlanta, GA

Worth every penny! Was excellent!

Mrs Linda Arnold , Winston Salem, NC

Great glassworks tour but that was my only purchse

Dr Thomas Seed , Santa Fe, NM

Discount pricing - probably due to "yellow vest" situation.

Mr Charles Seymour Whitman III

It was outstanding and perfect even the weather

Mr William Terney

Great cabins on this barge! The main lounge was super comfy as well.

Ms Elizabeth Durfee , San Diego

The service of European Waterways was of a very professional tourist company. Our journey on the Panache was fantastic experience and would recommend them...

Mr William Scott , Cheltenham Vic, Australia

I said it all in my written evaluation & above on this ...

Ms Gail Huisking , Asheville, NC

See previous comments further back.

Mrs Elizabeth Beattie , Armidale, Australia

The trip was worth every penny of the price ! I hope to be able to take another barge trip with EW. I tried three...

Ms Paola Stone , Cambridge, MA -USA

Wonderful cruise, Panache was beautifully appointed for the purpose, a five star hotel barge.

Mr Graham Smith , Sydney, Australia

Easy as Pie! making this mandatory is a pain!

Mr James Sawyer , Newbury, MA

The accommodation was much more spacious than would be expected on a barge. Every part of it was maintained to the highest standard...

Mr Daniel Goldstein , London

well it was good, little on the expensive side!

Mr Eisa Alsarraf

Beautiful accommodations, easy to move about the barge.

Mrs Berniece Thornton , Seattle

everything was first rate!!

Mr James Morgan , Olympia, Washington

Vacations of a lifetime. We are planning our next trip with European Waterways.

Mr Michael Jones , Shelton, WA. USA

El bote está impecable. Excelente tripulación, Comida muy buena y variada. Lugares interesantes. Aunque hubiera querido ver más cosas en la...

Mrs Viviane Sasson , Montevideo

Don't understand the term Purchases. Purchase of trip was totally satisfactory.

Mr Neil Wilson

Comfortable, modern and efficient.

Mr James Luce

Beautiful barge - wonderful crew!

Mrs Margaret Snavely , Pittsburgh, Pa

The Panache is a beautiful elegant barge. The Salon deck and all common areas are tastefully decorated and offer plenty of room for everyone....

John Thorson , New Jersey USA

Es war eine wunderschöne Reise mit vielen, neuen Eindrücken. Ein "Luxus der Langsamkeit"; auf einem sehr schönen und geräumigen Hotelschiff;

Heike , München

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

Kate , Sacramento, CA

Deck Plan

Deluxe 12 Passengers 6 Crew More Details

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