Hotel Barge PANACHE - Barging in France, Holland, Germany & Luxembourg -

Cruising Holland, Belgium, and France

Welcome to Hotel Barge Panache

The 128-foot Barge Panache is a 12-passenger luxury hotel barge of classic Dutch design. The barge is fully air conditioned with spacious public areas and six en-suite guest cabins, 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.

Hotel Barge Panache - Cruising France, Holland, Belgium
Hotel Barge Panache

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. Their knowledge of the region, combined with fascinating chauffeur-driven private excursions and the 12 bikes provided, will allow you to explore the areas you cruise through in as much detail as you desire.

Barge Panache cruises in Holland in the Spring when the flowers are in full bloom. This is without a doubt the best time to visit the Netherlands. Their Dutch Tulip Cruises are carefully planned to allow you to experience all that the country has to offer.

In June and July, Panache cruises Paris & Champagne. The Champagne itineraries typically include Brie cheese tastings, a tour of the Cathedral at Reims, 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


Hotel Barge Panache - Cruising France, Holland, Belgium


Hautvillers - Dom Perignon


Hotel Barge Panache - Strasbourg

Christmas Market Cruise in Alsace

Hotel Barge Panache - Christmas Market Cruise

Panache has a Christmas Market Cruise in Alsace for 3 weeks during this November & December. Visit the magical Alsatian Christmas Markets and enjoy Christmas lights displays, troubadours and minstrels, wooden toys, stained glass, wreaths, choirs and traditional concerts, live nativity, outdoor ice skating rinks, and more. The markets are full of local products and traditional items such as bredle aniseed, pancakes, and mulled wine with cinnamon and orange.

Highlights include:

  • Colmar's six famous Christmas markets
  • Strasbourg, one of Europe's largest Christmas markets.
  • Haguenau Christmas market north of Strasbourg
  • Meisenthal Glass Bauble factory
  • Sarrebourg's 13th century chapel, with Marc Chagall’s remarkable stained-glass window

Learn More About French Christmas Markets in Alsace

View the Christmas Market Cruise Itinerary


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