Barging in France & Holland/Belgium
Panache provides luxury barge cruise vacations in Holland & Belgium during the springtime, then afterwards in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France
Hotel Barge PANACHE - Alsace-Lorraine FRANCE & Dutch Tulip cruises HOLLAND/BELGIUM - BargeCharters.com
Hotel Barge PANACHE

Furnished in an old ship style with brass and mahogany, Panache's charming ambiance is designed for luxury, elegance and spaciousness. The accommodations offer a choice of six air-conditioned Junior Suites, all with full ensuite facilities with oversized showers with massage jets and double sinks, and a choice of twin or queen bed configuration. The saloon and dining room 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.

Hotel Barge Panache layout diagram deck plan

  • 128 feet long
  • 12 passengers
  • 6 crew
  • 6 twin/double guest cabins each with TV/DVD and en-suite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning & Central heating
  • WiFi (subject to local reception)
  • Sun deck
  • Spa pool / Hot tub
  • Telescope
  • Electric Piano
  • CD player / iPod dock
  • 12 Touring bikes
  • 2 Air conditioned minibusses


Six Junior Suites all with a choice of 2 single beds or a King bed, fully carpeted and all with an en-suite bathroom. Each cabin is furnished in an ‘old ship’ style with some brass fittings, fitted wardrobes, 2 bedside tables with a reading lamp, a writing desk with chair and a TV/DVD mounted on the wall. There are 2 wide curtained windows (3ft 8 ins x 20 ins) and cooling/heating units in each cabin which can be thermostatically controlled. There are also several French 2 pin plug sockets available for electrical appliances. Clients may like to use the white bathrobes which are located in the wardrobes and there are emergency life jackets under each bed. Cabin 1 and 2 are 6 steps down from the main Saloon deck and the other 4 cabins are a further 4 steps down on the lower deck.

All the Junior Suites are similar sizes and are all equally comfortable. The ceiling height is 6ft 8in.

Suite 1 – Ravel : 12ft 6ins wide x 11ft 6ins deep about 150 sq ft (including bathroom)
Suite 2 – Debussy : 12ft 6ins wide x 11ft 6ins deep about 150 sq ft (including bathroom)
Suite 3 – Berlioz : 12ft 6ins extending to 14ft wide x 11ft 6ins about 155 sq ft
(including wardrobe recess and bathroom)
Suite 4 – Bizet : 12ft 6ins wide x 11ft 6ins deep about 150 sq ft (including bathroom)
Suite 5 - Faure: 12ft 6ins wide x 11ft 6ins deep about 150 sq ft (including bathroom)
Suite 6 - Dukas : 12ft 6ins wide x 11ft 6ins deep about 150 sq ft (including bathroom)

The measurements above are approximate.

As a Double bed (King) 5ft 6ins wide x 6ft 4ins long
As 2 Single beds 2ft 8ins wide x 6ft 4ins long
There is a large space beneath the beds for storage of medium sized cases.

Size: 11ft 6ins x 3ft 2ins wide. All Junior Suites have an en-suite bathroom which run the length of each cabin and are accessed through the cabin by a sliding door. Each en-suite has a double sized shower measuring 3ft 2ins x 2ft 9ins with massage jets and glass sliding doors and an extractor fan. There are 2 wash basins with mirrors and cupboard storage below the sinks with 6 shelves and there is a W.C. at one end. All are supplied with: washing gel, hand soap, shampoo, towels, face cloths, bathrobes and slippers.

CLOSET SPACE: Wardrobes with clothes rails, hangers and several shelves.

ELECTRICITY: 220 volt electricity (French two-pin plugs). The barge is wired for 220 and 240 volts but not 110 volts.  It is suggested that you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard French.  If you wish to use an electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board to ensure that it is suitable to the barge’s electrical system.  We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.


  • Total area is approximately 600 sq ft,
  • Enter the saloon from the sundeck through 2 wooden doors and step into a tastefully decorated and well designed interior living space created for luxury and spaciousness.
  • To the right is a library of books, CDs and DVDs and an open bar area.
  • To the left are stairs down to the cabins which are on 2 levels.
  • The saloon is divided midway, in half, by a glass partition giving separate lounge and dining areas.
  •  In the lounge are a large beige, woven, U-shaped sofa which can seat 10 people comfortably and 2 separate matching armchairs with a large glass coffee table placed centrally and a piano over to one side.
  • In the dining area there is a long dining table with seating for 12 people.
  • Running the length of the lounge and dining areas are 6 large panoramic windows on each side.
From the saloon there are 6 steps going down to a hallway leading to cabins 1 and 2. The stairs are wooden with a stair rail on the right. There are a further 4 steps down to the hallway leading to cabins 3, 4 and 5 and 6. Both hallways are carpeted and have a total of 6 long windows running the length of them.

  • Size approximately 375sq ft 
  • A roped gangplank leads from the shore onto the barge sundeck
  • The sundeck is finished in a dark wood
  • There is a heated spa pool (hot tub) 5ft x 7ft
  • Long table with 12 chairs and parasols for outside dining
  • From the sundeck there are 4 steps with handrails down to the saloon deck
  • 6-person heated spa pool (hot tub)
  • Hi-fi Stereo system with integrated CD player, radio and iPod dock
  • 12 all-terrain bikes. Children’s bikes and child bike seats can be arranged on request. Please contact Paradise Connections at least 8 weeks prior to departure if you require these.
  • Board games etc
  • A small library of books, CDs and DVDs & maps
  • Binoculars for watching the bird life
  • Electric piano
  • Telescope
  • TV/DVD in each cabin
  • Wi-Fi internet access is available for passengers bringing their own appliances (subject to availability in more remote areas)
  • Herb garden
  • Nordic walking sticks


Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as they like. Most people choose to disembark the barge at a lock and then visit local villages and then return to the canal and meet the barge a little further along.  The barge travels very slowly and therefore “catch up” will not be a problem.

Hot Air Ballooning is available when cruising in Holland, Belgium, Champagne and some areas of Alsace. Once on board the Captain can arrange this directly with the hot air balloon company. Flights last about 1 hour and are weather dependent. The cost is approximately 180-230 Euros per person and this should be paid directly to the balloon company on the day of the flight and they do accept credit cards. Please linform Paradise Connections in advance if you are interested in ballooning.

  • 9-seater (including driver) long wheelbase Mercedes Sprinter minibus – air-conditioned
  • 7-seater (including driver) Mercedes Vito minibus – air-conditioned
You are welcome to stay behind on the barge if you would like. You can use the bikes, go for a walk or just sit on the shaded sundeck or in the spa pool with a glass or wine.


Golf, Wine Appreciation, Biking, Walking and Family cruise itineraries are available for charter groups. Visit the ITINERARIES page for more details. Special interest cruises often have a supplement which can be found on the RATES page. Contact Paradise Connections for more details.


Wi-Fi is available on board for passengers to connect to the internet if they bring their own appliances. This is subject to availability in more remote locations. There are no passenger telephones on board Panache.


Panache is not wheelchair accessible and is appropriate for those with only minor mobility issues. There is a gangplank to cross from the bank onto the barge and there are 4 steps with handrails from the sundeck down to the saloon. There are then 6 steps down from the saloon area to the first two cabins and then 4 more steps down to the other 4 cabins. The cabins are not wheelchair accessible and we recommend that passengers with slight mobility problems should stay in either cabin 1 or 2 as they are easier to access. If you would like Panche to hire a wheelchair so that it is available on your arrival please notify us as soon as possible. The hire charge should be paid directly to the barge captain on arrival. If you have any physical limitation this should be discussed at time of booking.


Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy. Smokers are asked not to smoke inside the barge as this may give offence to your shipmates.  Smoking is categorically not permitted in the cabins for safety reasons.  If you would like to smoke you are requested to smoke outside on deck or on the tow path, away from fellow passengers.

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