You’ll fall in love with this 6-night voyage of discovery, beginning with a
moonlit cruise in Paris and ending at the birthplace of Champagne.
This once-a-year barging cruise to the heart of Champagne aboard the Hotel Barge Panache combines the history and romance of Paris with the celebrated gastronomy of this stellar wine region.
The journey begins with an evening cruise through Paris and passes some of the city’s famous landmarks that include the Notre Dame Cathedral (now under reconstruction) and the glittering, glowing, majestic Eiffel Tower. Paris is the most visited city in the world for many reasons but chief among them has to be the vibrant arts scene, with world famous museums such as the Louvre, and the countless atmospheric cafés that line the beautiful banks of the River Seine, ideal to explore at either end of your cruise!
This Panache cruise, which navigates the River Marne in the renowned Champagne region, is a prime example of what our ethos as a luxury boutique cruise operator is all about; a blend of beautiful architecture, countryside, history, gourmet cuisine and fine wines. The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, for example, is a pioneering feat of architecture that reflects the quintessential 17th-century French Baroque style and which inspired the construction of Versailles
Another architectural gem on this route is the magnificent 800-year-old Reims Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece where the Kings of France were crowned, and a beautiful city in its own right.
And what’s a visit to Champagne without enjoying its famous bubbly! This itinerary includes a visit to the Domaine of Champagne Henriot. Founded in the late 1700s, it is one of the oldest family owned houses in Champagne. Guests will tour the Henriot vineyard on the hillside above Epernay, where a viticulture expert will explain the grape selection process that produces the famous house wines. Our guests will also receive a private tour of the 18th century Château d’Aulnois in the nearby village of Perry, where they will be treated to an exclusive tasting of various Henriot champagnes, followed by a gourmet lunch.
Quite possibly the most sought after of our excursions is our visit to the renowned house of Moët & Chandon, where guests will tour its vast underground cellars and indulge in a private tasting of some classic Moët vintages in an elegant private salon. Not something that one does everyday!
The 12-passenger Hotel Barge Panache cruises in Holland & Belgium during the springtime, then through Paris to Champagne, and finishes their season in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France.
- Route: Paris to Condé sur Marne (May 24-30, 2020) – Click for itinerary
- Date: May 24-30, 2020
- Availability: 4 cabins open, 2 booked (as of Sept. 6, 2019)
- Accommodations: up to 12 passengers in 6 ensuite staterooms
- Charters and Cabin cruises
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- Learn more: Online brochure
The 128-foot Panache
is a 12-passenger luxury hotel barge of classic
Dutch design, fully air conditioned with spacious public areas and six
en-suite stateroms, with your choice of twin or double bed
configuration. En-suite bathrooms have twin sinks and oversize showers
with massage jets. Panache is traditionally furnished in an old ship
style with brass and mahogany, creating a comfortable and charming ambience.
The salon and dining room have large panoramic windows for viewing the
passing countryside, as well as comfortable sofas, books and music, and
an always open inclusive bar. The sun deck is spacious and has
a heated spa pool; a perfect place to watch the sun set after dinner.
Panache has a highly professional crew of six, comprised of Master Chef,
Deck Hand, Tour guide, two Housekeepers, and led by a knowledgeable and
experienced Captain, who will ensure your cruise is memorable and more.