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 then offers a number of voyages in Belgium, Picardy and Paris before cruising in Champagne for a number of weeks in June and July. 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

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 (Mid June to Early July)

  • 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 (Mid 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

Typical Cuisine & Wine


Regional Specialities

Filets de Saumon à la Sauce Champagne; Duck a l’Alsacienne; Saddle of Lamb with Eggplant Caviar
Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Domaine Clément Lissner, Riesling Grand Cru; Domaine Cleebourd, Pinot Gris Hospices de Strasbourg; Champagne - Henriot Brut
Cheese Board

Cheese Board

Brie de Meaux; Tomme Fermière d'Alsace; Gouda; Leyden


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


James , usa


Pauline , Southampton


Barbara K Murdoch , Queensland / Australia

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

2018 Cruise Rates

Junior Suite$5,350$6,190
Single Supplement$1,900$2,150
Charter (Whole Barge)
Charter 8 passengers$52,400$59,800
Charter 9 passengers$54,100$61,900
Charter 10 passengers$55,400$63,600
Charter 11 passengers$56,700$65,300
Charter 12 passengers$58,000$67,000
Departure Dates (Sunday)RatesCruise Region
Mar 25; Apr 1, 8, 15ValHolland
Apr 22, 29; May 6, 13RegHolland
May 20ValHolland & Belgium
May 27ValBelgium & Picardy
Jun 3ValPicardy & Paris
Jun 10, 17, 24; Jul 1, 8RegChampagne
Jul 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19ValAlsace & Lorraine
Aug 26; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30RegAlsace & Lorraine
Oct 7, 14, 21ValAlsace & Lorraine

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