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Panache cruising through a beautiful Europian village

Private Charter - European Classic Cruise - Alsace & Lorraine Aboard Panache

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Discover storybook castles, Alsatian wine vineyards, baroque, gothic, and romanesque architecture on this 7-day eastern France private cruise. Set sail on the hotel barge Panache in Strasbourg, Europe's capital. Visit the 12th-century Gothic pink sandstone cathedral, Place Gutenberg, and La Petite France, a pedestrian area full of half-timbered buildings, shops, and cafés. Continue to a long-established winemaker, Domaine Pfister, and enjoy a private tasting of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, and Riesling wines. Head to the charming village of Lutzelbourg, surrounded by hills and dominated by the remnants of a medieval castle, before continuing to the Lehrer Crystal glassworks. Then the Arzviller boat elevator takes you 450 feet up the mountainside. Your trip concludes in Sarrebourg before you disembark in Strasbourg.


 
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Highlights
  • Explore the Route des Vins d’Alsace and enjoy a private wine tasting with your private group of up to 12 guests
  • Visit the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
  • Tour Sarrebourg including a visit to the Chagall chapel
  • Tour the beautiful city of Strasbourg and visit its Gothic cathedral
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Strasbourg | Embark

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.

Day 2: Krafft to Strasbourg

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your day starts with a morning cruise across the Gran Ried wetlands and home to an abundance of birdlife to arrive at the historical city of Strasbourg. Later, 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. Visit Place Gutenberg and explore La Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops, and cafés.

Day 3: Strasbourg to Waltenheim-sur-Zorn

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, your cruise takes you past the impressive European Parliament building on the outskirts of Strasbourg and on through the Brumath Forest to the picturesque mooring at Waltenheim-sur-Zorn. This afternoon enjoys 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 Gewürztraminer Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at a long-established winemaker, such as Domaine Pfister. Dinner ashore this evening at a traditional Alsatian restaurant. 

Day 4: Waltenheim-sur-Zorn to Saverne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning 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, you 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 Château de Rohan, also known as the ‘Versailles of Alsace.’

Day 5: Saverne to Lutzelbourg

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, perhaps after a visit to Saverne’s market, enjoy a cruise to the mooring in the pretty village of Lutzelbourg, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the ruins of the medieval castle. In the afternoon, visit the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre, then tour the outstanding René 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, time for aperitifs and perhaps some traditional Alsatian ‘Flammekueche’ prepared by your chef.

Day 6: Lutzelbourg to Niderviller

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There is an optional visit to a local bakery for early risers to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations before you cruise through the beautiful Alsatian countryside, visiting the Lehrer Crystal glassworks en-route. You then ascend the unique Arzviller boat elevator that carries Panache 450 feet up the mountainside in minutes and enjoy a candlelit cruise through the two Arzviller tunnels to your final mooring at Niderviller. After lunch on board, set off on 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 artifacts. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7: Niderviller | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Strasbourg.

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Panache cruising through a beautiful Europian village
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Junior Suite
150 sq ft including en suite facilities including TV/DVD, Double sink in bathroom and air conditioning/ heating, WiFi (subject to location)
Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Selected regional wines and alcoholic beverages
  • Complimentary use of bicycles
  • All sightseeing tours and admittance fees
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Superior Châteaux vintage wines
  • Passport or Visa fees

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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