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Panache: Luxury Canal Cruises and River Cruises In Holland & Belgium, In Champagne On The Marne River And In Alsace On The Canal de la Marne au Rhin Cruise In Holland & Belgium, In Champagne On The Marne River And In Alsace On The Canal de la Marne au Rhin Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge PANACHE


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 12-passenger Panache is traditionally furnished in an old ship style with brass and mahogany, creating a comfortable and charming ambiance designed for luxury, elegance and spaciousness. The accommodations offer a choice of six air-conditioned Junior Suites, each with full en-suite facilities including oversized showers with massage jets an double sinks. The sleeping quarters offer a choice of twin or queen size bed configurations. Both the salon and dining rooms feature 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 relax and appreciate the scenery. We have cruised on board the Panache several times on several different cruise routes both when it was called the Marjorie II and since it was renamed Panache in 2012. We think it's a beautiful deluxe barge with great accommodations and its diverse cruise routes provide a unique opportunity to explore Holland, Champagne and Alsace.

The Panache cruises in Holland in April for its Amsterdam tulip cruises, including excursions to the Keukenhof Gardens, working windmills and Delft pottery. In May the barge cruises from Holland through Belgium to the beautiful town of Bruges. It then cruises from Bruges to Paris. From June to July it cruises in Champagne, visiting the Champagne houses and then moves to Alsace to cruise on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin. In Alsace you will visit the Inclined Plane at Arzviller as well as Strasbourg and its Gothic Cathedral.

Panache's highly professional crew is led by a knowledgeable and experienced Captain who will ensure that your cruise is more than memorable. Their knowledge of the region combined with the 12 bikes provided, will allow you to explore the areas you cruise through in as much detail as you desire.


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Panache's Deck Plan
Panache's Deck Plan



Dining Aboard The Panache:
SAMPLE MENU


A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Panache. BREAKFAST
Our Continental & hot breakfast offerings include pancakes, Belgian waffles, eggs, bacon, fresh breads,
pastries, cereals, fresh fruits and yogurt.

LUNCH
DINNER
SAMPLE CHEESE BOARD
Mont d'Or, Bleu de Gex, Camembert, Sainte Maure de Touraine, Comté, Saint Félicien, Roquefort, Beaufort

SAMPLE WINE LIST
Riesling Grand Cru, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chablis Premier Cru Pouilly Fuisse, Gewurztraminer, Cremant d'Alsace, Florimont Riesling

Passenger Comments:


The Panache was beautiful and the staff was gracious and accommodating. The rooms were a nice size and had plenty of storage. The bathroom was a nice size. The water pressure and hot water was very good. The a/c worked well and was appreciated since the temperature rose into the 80s. The bed was very comfortable and the room was very quiet at night. The food was good and the portions were a reasonable size rather than huge. The chef was British. The wines were very good. Occasionally we mentioned desiring something like a crepe suzette and the next day it would appear on the menu. Going through the two tunnels and down the elevator were high points.
B.& J.S., MD, USA, July 2016

The service was at a very high level and always courteous and cheerful. The best part of the voyage was the cuisine. Fresh bread purchased at a local village every morning. Fine wines were paired with each course of each meal. A fabulous chef who described each course with incredible enthusiasm and determined each passenger's likes and dislikes in advance.
B & H W., TX, USA, June 2012

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Holland: Alkmaar to Delft
Tulip Cruise April-May 2017

Sunday - Alkmaar
Guests are met in Amsterdam and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache. Once on aboard, enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Monday - Alkmaar to Zaanse Schans
Perhaps visit the Alkmaar cheese market, before our first cruise to Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam, a place renowned for its wooden windmills, barns and houses built in the traditional Dutch style. After lunch on board, we visit the delightful Dutch harbor town of Enkhuizen, steeped in maritime tradition. The town boasts a remarkably well-preserved historic center and we visit the fascinating open-air conservation area and museum that tell the story of the maritime history of the Zuiderzee. The reconstructed buildings and local craftsmen demonstrating traditional skills and trades give you a vivid impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Zaanse Schans to Haarlem
We enjoy an early morning cruise to the historic city of Haarlem, dating back to the 13th century. After lunch on board, this afternoon marks a highlight of the week with a visit to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, known as the 'Garden of Europe'. There are more than 100 acres filled with over 7 million flowering bulbs and we stroll through a breath-taking backdrop of color on this unforgettable half-day excursion. Dinner ashore this evening at a local restaurant.

Wednesday - Haarlem to Oude Wetering
An optional very early morning tour to Aalsmeer flower auction, where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded each day. We return to the hotel barge for breakfast, then enjoy a tour of Haarlem. The city is home to the Frans Hals Museum founded in 1862 with its vast collection of Old Masters. Other highlights include St. Bavo's Cathedral on the main square, where both Handel and Mozart played the magnificent Muller organ or there is free time to visit a fine selection of boutique shops. After lunch on board, we cruise to Oude Wetering and there is free time this afternoon to walk or cycle along the towpaths around the lake. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Oude Wetering to Leiden
After breakfast we cruise to Leiden. Home to one of the oldest universities in the country and the birthplace of Rembrandt, Leiden is an historical city full of charm and character, a perfect place to explore on a bicycle, or simply stroll the banks of the pretty tree-lined canals. This afternoon we take a tour of the city and a private boat trip, with your tour leader explaining the history that dates back to Roman times and more recent sites such as the church, St. Pieterskerk, from which the pilgrims departed for America. Free time to explore the many local cafes, boutique shops, markets and antique dealers. Dinner on board.

Friday - Leiden to Delft
Morning cruise arriving in Delft by lunchtime, our final mooring. Delft is renowned for its pottery ceramic products, which were styled on the imported Chinese porcelain of the 17th century. This beautiful, unspoiled town is more than 750 years old, and began as the home port of the Dutch East India Company. Following lunch, we visit the Royal Delft factory, just 5 minutes' walk from our mooring to learn how this world-famous porcelain is made. You will have time during the afternoon to explore Delft further. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Delft
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Amsterdam.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Alsace: Canal du Marne au Rhin
Krafft to Niderviller July-October 2017

Sunday - Krafft
Guests are met in Strasbourg and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache for a Champagne welcome and the first opportunity to meet your crew. Perhaps there is time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.

Monday - Krafft to Strasbourg
Our day starts with a morning cruise, across the Gran Ried wetlands and home to an abundance of birdlife, to arrive at the historic city of Strasbourg. Later, we enjoy a tour of the beautiful 'capital city of Europe' including, of course, a visit to the 12th century Gothic pink sandstone cathedral, home to an astronomical Renaissance clock and soaring spire. We visit Place Gutenberg and explore La Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops and cafes. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Strasbourg to Hochfelden
After breakfast, our cruise takes us past the impressive European Parliament building on the outskirts of Strasbourg and on through the Brumath Forest to our picturesque mooring at Hochfelden. This afternoon we enjoy a scenic drive into the rolling Vosges hills on the Route des Grands Vins, where the finest wines of Alsace are produced, and a private tasting of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at a long-established winemaker, such as Domaine Pfister. Dinner ashore this evening at a traditional Alsatian restaurant.

Wednesday - Hochfelden to Saverne
This morning we take a guided tour, with an optional beer tasting, at the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640 and the last privately-owned brewery in Alsace. Returning to Panache, we cruise further along the canal, with good walking and cycling opportunities, to the enchanting town of Saverne where history traces back over 2,000 years to the Gallo-Roman Times, mooring at the foot of the Chateau de Rohan, also known as the 'Versailles of Alsace'. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Saverne to Lutzelbourg
For early risers, there is perhaps an optional visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations, before we enjoy a cruise to our mooring at Lutzelbourg. In the afternoon, we visit the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre with its medieval castle, then tour the outstanding Rene Lalique collection and see over 500 exceptional examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware. Nearby Wingen-sur-Moder is also the World War Two battleground where American infantry fought with distinction. Before dinner on board, we head to a nearby inn or 'bierstub' for aperitifs and some traditional Alsatian 'Flammekueche'.

Friday - Lutzelbourg to Niderviller
This morning, we enjoy a cruise through beautiful Alsatian countryside, before visiting the Lehrer Crystal glassworks. We then ascend the unique Arzviller boat elevator that carries Panache 450 feet up the mountainside in minutes. After lunch on board, we enjoy a tour of Sarrebourg, including visits to the 13th century chapel containing Marc Chagall's remarkable stained-glass window and the impressive museum of Roman and Medieval artefacts. On our return we enjoy a candlelit cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels to our final mooring at Niderviller. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Niderviller
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Strasbourg.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the Panache cruises in the opposite direction.

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Champagne: Marne River and Canal Lateral a La Marne
Chalons-en-Champagne to La-Ferte-sous-Jouarre June-July 2017

Sunday - Paris
Guests are met at the designated meeting point in Paris and transferred to the hotel barge moored in Chalons-en-Champagne. Enjoy a Champagne welcome while your Captain introduces you to the crew. Dinner on board.

Monday - Châlons-en-Champagne to Tours-sur-Marne
This morning we cruise from Châlons-en-Champagne along the Canal Lateral à la Marne to our pretty mooring at Tours-sur-Marne. After lunch on board, we visit the magnificent 800-year-old Reims cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece where the Kings of France were crowned. We also visit one of the city's "fromagiers" to taste some of the region's wonderful cheeses.

Tuesday - Tours-sur Marne to Cumières
Today we continue our cruise along the canal, before joining the River Marne to moor at the delightful little village of Cumières, where there is an opportunity to explore on foot or bicycle. After lunch, we visit the pretty hilltop village of Hautvillers. Known as the "cradle of Champagne," it is here that the monk Dom Perignon discovered the "méthode champenoise". Later, we visit one of the most select champagne makers, Domaine Ployez-Jacquemart, for a private tour and, of course, enjoy a tasting. Dinner ashore.

Wednesday - Cumières to Courcelles
After breakfast, we head into the nearby town of Epernay, home to many of the major champagne houses for a cellar tour and tasting. There is time afterwards to explore the town and to do some shopping. After lunch on board, we head west along the beautiful River Marne, passing through the champagne vineyards to our mooring at Courcelles. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Courcelles to Château-Thierry
Today the Panache continues her cruise along the meandering Marne to moor at Château-Thierry, an historic, strategically-situated town overlooking the river, surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the region's famous sparkling wine. The town is also the site of an iconic battle for American Marines in World War I. We visit the battlefield itself and the impressive monument, before paying our respects to the fallen at the magnificent American cemetery at Belleau Wood. Dinner on board.

Friday - Château-Thierry to La Ferté-sur-Jouarre
After breakfast, we visit La Maison Pannier, a select champagne house with a labyrinth of medieval underground cellars, for a tour and a private tasting. After lunch on board, we cruise to our final mooring of La Ferté-sur-Jouarre. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - La Ferté-sur-Jouarre
After breakfast, disembark Panache and transfer to the designated drop off point.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the Panache cruises in the opposite direction.



Panache
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 26 Delft-Alkmaar Value
Apr 2 Alkmaar-Delft Value
Apr 9 Delft-Alkmaar Regular
Apr 16 Alkmaar-Delft Regular
Apr 23 Delft-Alkmaar Regular
Apr 30 Alkmaar-Delft Regular
May 7 Delft-Alkmaar Regular
May 14 Alkmaar-Delft Value
May 21 Delft-Courtrai Value
May 28 Courtrai-Bethencourt-sur-Somme Value
Jun 4 Bethencourt-sur-Somme-Paris Value
Jun 11 Paris-La Ferte-sous-Jouarre
Jun 18 La Ferte-sous-Jouarre-Chalons-en-Champagne Regular
Jun 25 Chalons-en-Champagne-La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Regular
Jul 2 La Ferte-sous-Jouarre-Chalons-en-Champagne Regular
Jul 9 Chalons-en-Champagne-La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 La Ferte-sous-Jouarre-Niderviller
Jul 23 Niderviller-Krafft Value
Jul 30 Krafft-Niderviller Value
Aug 6 Niderviller-Krafft Value
Aug 13 Krafft-Niderviller Value
Aug 20 Niderviller-Krafft Value
Aug 27 Krafft-Niderviller Regular
Sep 3 Niderviller-Krafft Regular
Sep 10 Krafft-Niderviller Regular
Sep 17 Niderviller-Krafft Regular
Sep 24 Krafft-Niderviller Regular
Oct 1 Niderviller-Krafft Regular
Oct 8 Krafft-Niderviller Value
Oct 15 Niderviller-Krafft Value
Oct 22 Krafft-Niderviller Value

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Mar 26 Delft-Alkmaar Value
Apr 2 Alkmaar-Delft Value
Apr 9 Delft-Alkmaar Regular
Apr 16 Alkmaar-Delft Regular
Apr 23 Delft-Alkmaar Regular
Apr 30 Alkmaar-Delft Regular
May 7 Delft-Alkmaar Regular
May 14 Alkmaar-Delft Value
May 21 Delft-Courtrai Value
May 28 Courtrai-Bethencourt-sur-Somme Value
Jun 4 Bethencourt-sur-Somme-Paris Value
Jun 11 Paris-La Ferte-sous-Jouarre
Jun 18 La Ferte-sous-Jouarre-Chalons-en-Champagne Regular
Jun 25 Chalons-en-Champagne-La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Regular
Jul 2 La Ferte-sous-Jouarre-Chalons-en-Champagne Regular
Jul 9 Chalons-en-Champagne-La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 16 La Ferte-sous-Jouarre-Niderviller
Jul 23 Niderviller-Krafft Value
Jul 30 Krafft-Niderviller Value
Aug 6 Niderviller-Krafft Value
Aug 13 Krafft-Niderviller Value
Aug 20 Niderviller-Krafft Value
Aug 27 Krafft-Niderviller Regular
Sep 3 Niderviller-Krafft Regular
Sep 10 Krafft-Niderviller Regular
Sep 17 Niderviller-Krafft Regular
Sep 24 Krafft-Niderviller Regular
Oct 1 Niderviller-Krafft Regular
Oct 8 Krafft-Niderviller Value
Oct 15 Niderviller-Krafft Value
Oct 22 Krafft-Niderviller Value

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


The Panache's route through the Champagne region, from La Ferte Sous-Jouarre to Chalons en Champagne, on the Marne River and the Canal Lateral a la Marne.
The Panache's route through the Alsace region, from Krafft to Niderviller, on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin.
The Panache's route through the Champagne region, from La Ferte Sous-Jouarre to Chalons en Champagne, on the Marne River and the Canal Lateral a la Marne in June and July and their route through the Alsace region, from Krafft to Niderviller, on the Canal de la Marne au Rhin from mid July through the end of October. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our maps of the Marne River, theC. Lateral a la Marne and the C. de la Marne au Rhin. Also view the route for the Panache's spring tulip cruise in Holland on the Haarlem Loop outside of Amsterdam.



PANACHE
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Mar 26 thru Apr 8
May 14 thru Jun 10
Jul 23 thru Aug 26
Oct 8 thru Oct 28
REGULAR
Apr 9 thru May 13
Jun 18 thru Jul 15
Aug 27 thru Oct 7
Junior Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$5,350
$6,190
Single Occupancy Supplement
$1,900
$2,150
Charter for 8
$52,400
$59,800
Charter for 9
$54,100
$61,900
Charter for 10
$55,400
$63,600
Charter for 11
$56,700
$65,300
Charter for 12
$58,000
$67,000
Golf Supplement (pp w/ 4 players minimum)
$600
$600


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris or Strasbourg, depending on cruise route, to the barge and return
- All meals from dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday, including one dinner at a local restaurant
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (special excursions are extra)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Amsterdam, Paris or Strasbourg and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent euros to the captain




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