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Cruising Belgium, Alsace & Lorraine, Holland, Champagne, Paris, Northern France

Rates are for six nights on either: A whole boat charter basis or per person based on double occupancy per cabin for our GoBarging luxury hotel barge cruises with departures every Sunday, from March to November

2015 Rates in EUR ( Euros )
ACCOMMODATION VALUE REGULAR
Junior Suite per person €3,890 €4,550
Single supplement €1,350 €1,550
Charter 8 guests wholeboat €37,800 €43,800
Charter 9 guests wholeboat €39,200 €45,400
Charter 10 guests wholeboat €40,300 €46,600
Charter 11 guests wholeboat €41,400 €47,800
Charter 12 guests wholeboat €42,500 €49,000
Local transfer to and from the barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 5 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles and spa pool.

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted


DEPARTURE DATES - (sundays) RATE CRUISE ROUTE
March - 29 Value Holland Tulip Cruise
April - 05, 12, 19 Value Holland Tulip Cruise
April - 26 Regular Holland Tulip Cruise
May - 03, 10 Regular Holland Tulip Cruise
May - 17, 24, 31 Value Champgane
June - 14, 21, 28 Regular Alsace-Lorraine
July - 05 Regular Alsace-Lorraine
July - 12, 19, 26 Value Alsace-Lorraine
August - 02, 09, 16 Value Alsace-Lorraine
August - 23, 30 Regular Alsace-Lorraine
September - 06, 13, 20, 27 Regular Alsace-Lorraine
October - 04 Regular Alsace-Lorraine
October - 11, 18, 25 Value Alsace-Lorraine


Cruise Highlights - Holland (March to early May)

  • Tour the famous Keukenhof Gardens with the largest display of flowers in the world
  • Stained glass windows of Gouda
  • Zaans Schans with its clog maker and working windmills

Cruise Highlights - Alsace-Lorraine (June to October)

  • Visit the spectacular Rene Lalique Collection
  • Strasbourg's Gothic Cathedral Tours of hostoric Saverne and Sarrebourg
  • Experience the unique Arzviller boat elevator

Cuisine Aboard

  • Regional Specialities
    Medallions of Veal with a Girolles and Truffle Sauce, Roasted Duck a l'Alsacienne, Magret de Canard aux Mirabelles, Le Baeckeoffe d'Alsace, Crepes Suzette with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Wine Cellar
    Riesling Grand Cru, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chablis Premier Cru Pouilly Fuisse, Gewurztraminer, Cremant d'Alsace, Florimont Riesling
  • Cheese Board
    Munster, Brie de Meaux, Fourme d'Ambert, Chaource, Tomme Fermier d'Alsace, Gouda, Leyden, Maasdam, Brokkel Ould, Limburger

CLASSIC HOLLAND & BELGIUM CRUISE ITINERARY - Ouderkerk to Bruges

Sunday, Day 1 Ouderkerk
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and driven to the Panache for a 'Champagne Welcome' and a cruise through the heart of the city to the quaint little town of Ouderkerk. Captains Welcome Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Ouderkerk to Dordrecht
This morning we visit either Gouda, famous for its cheese, where we will find the most magnificent stained glass windows in Holland or the Keukenhof Gardens, the largest display of flowers in the world. Here you will see hundreds of varieties of tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs. We return to the barge for lunch and an afternoon cruise along the canals to the town of Dordrecht. After lunch we visit Kinderdijk. Nowhere in the world will you find as many windmills as near the village of Kinderdijk. C1740 19 sturdy windmills were built here and have been well preserved to the present day and in 1997 the mills of Kinderdijk were put on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Return to the barge for dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Dordrecht to Dholen
A cruise out of Dordrecht to the river Ijssel and across the Holland's Diep, part of the Dutch estuaries, to the charming old fortress town of Wilemstad. This town is preserved in its original state, with windmill dykes, an old church and a 15th century arsenal. There will be an optional visit to the famous Delta Project which is one of the greatest feats of water engineering in the world involving damming the great estuaries. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Dholen to Antwerp
This morning we will cruise out of Holland and cross the border into Belgium arriving in Antwerp in time for lunch. Antwerp is the city of Rubens, where we can take a tour of Rubens' house, then a walk in the old quarter of this beautiful Flemish city. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 4 Antwerp to Ghent
This morning you will have time to explore Antwerp further, before we catch the flood tide up the winding "Sea Schelde" which takes us to the town of Ghent. You will have plenty of time to visit this beautiful town in the afternoon. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Ghent to Bruges
This morning we cruise from Ghent to Bruges, with an afternoon visit into the town. You cannot pass through this part of the world without a visit to the beautiful little town of Bruges, known as the "Venice of the North". The chef will pack a picnic lunch, so there will be plenty of time to explore the many museums, buy some of the handmade lace or take a boat trip in the small canals that wander through the town. Farewell Gala Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Bruges
After breakfast, depart the barge and transfer to the **designated drop off point.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary is subject to change.

**The designated meeting point is Amsterdam and drop off point is Bruges. Other options are available for charter groups.

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CLASSIC ALSACE - LORRAINE CRUISE ITINERARY - Niderviler to Strasbourg

Sunday, Day 1 Niderviller
We meet you at the **designated meeting point and transfer to the hotel barge moored in Niderviller for a champagne welcome and introduction to your crew and barge. Time for a stroll into this charming Lorraine village, before dinner on board

Monday, Day 2 Niderviller to Lutzelbourg
This morning we enjoy one of the highlights of the week. We pass through two Arzviller tunnels and descend the Arzviller boat lift. This unique boat elevator carries Panache effortlessly 450 feet down the mountainside in minutes, thus avoiding 17 traditional locks and an additional day's navigation. We then visit the Fusion Libre artistic glass blower's workshop. After lunch we drive to the troglodyte houses in the Vosges National Park followed by a visit to the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre, with its medieval castle, fortified by the personal architect of Louis XIV, Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban. We then tour the outstanding Rene Lalique collection and see over 500 exceptional examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware. In nearby Wingen-sur-Moder is also the World War II battleground where in 1945 American infantry confronted some of Germany's most seasoned veterans. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Lutzelbourg to Saverne
After breakfast, we transfer to the fascinating town of Sarrebourg, where visits include the local market and the 13th century chapel containing the remarkable stained-glass window designed by Marc Chagall and an impressive museum with a collection of Roman and Medieval artefacts. We return to the hotel barge for lunch and enjoy our cruise to Saverne. We moor at the foot of the 18th century neoclassical Chateau de Rohan, also known as the Versailles of Alsace with its red sandstone facade. Dinner ashore at Restaurant Au Soldat de l'An 2.

Wednesday, Day 4 - Saverne to Hochfelden
After breakfast, we enjoy a walking tour of Saverne, and visit the 11th century hilltop Chateau de Haut Barr, a former residence of the bishops of Strasbourg with its Roman chapel. Before we return to Panache we drive through the scenic Vosges hills on the Route des Grands Crus and stop to admire the vineyards. This afternoon we cruise to Hochfelden followed by a Tarte Flambee and a local beer at a typical Hansel and Gretel Alsatian Inn. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Hochfelden to Brumath Forest
We enjoy a morning cruise to the stunning Brumath Forest. After lunch we enjoy a tour of the village of Wingersheim and visit the Alsace hops region situated between the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest. The climate is continental with hot summers that perfectly suit the hops plants. From a view point above the village, we hear about growing hops and the history of the hops culture, before enjoying a tour and tasting of locally brewed beer at the Holtzmann Brewery. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 - Brumath Forest to Strasbourg
Today we will finish the cruise at Parc de l'Etoile in the heart of Strasbourg. After lunch, enjoy a tour of this 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 impressive spire. We then visit Place Gutenberg and explore La Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops and cafes. Later we enjoy a private wine and kouglof tasting at the Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg, which dates from 1394 and still stores a barrel of wine from 1472 that was last tasted by De Gaulle’s liberating French army in 1944. Return to Panache for Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Strasbourg
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the **designated drop off point.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Strasbourg. Other options are available for charter groups.

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CLASSIC ALSACE - LORRAINE CRUISE ITINERARY - Strasbourg to Niderviller

Sunday, Day 1 Strasbourg
We meet you at the **designated meeting point and transfer you to Panache moored in the Parc d'Etoiles, for a champagne welcome and the first opportunity to meet your crew. Time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Strasbourg to Brumath Forest
This morning we cruise into the stunning Brumath Forest with walking and cycling opportunities. After Lunch we drive to Strasbourg and enjoy a tour of the city, including of course, a visit to the 12th century Gothic pink sandstone cathedral, home to an astronomical Renaissance clock and a soaring spire. We then visit Place Gutenberg and explore La Petite France, a pedestrian area brimming with half-timbered houses, boutique shops and cafes. Later we enjoy a tour with a private wine and kouglof tasting at the Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg, which dates from 1394 and still stores a barrel of wine from 1472 that was last tasted by De Gaulle's liberating French army in 1944. Dinner aboard.

Tuesday, Day 3 - Brumath Forest to Hochfelden
This morning we cruise to Hochfelden. After lunch we enjoy a tour of the village of Wingersheim and visit the Alsace hops region situated between the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest. The climate is continental with hot summers that perfectly suit the hops plants. From a view point above the village, we hear about growing hops and the history of the hops culture, before a tour and tasting of locally brewed beer at the Holtzmann Brewery. On the way back we stop for a Tarte Flambee and beer at a typical Hansel and Gretel style Alsatian inn Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 - Hochfelden to Saverne
After breakfast, we relax and enjoy our cruise to Saverne and moor at the foot of the 18th century neoclassical Chateau de Rohan, also known as the Versailles of Alsace with its red sandstone facade. After lunch we drive to the troglodyte houses in the Vosges National Park followed by a visit to the mountaintop village of La Petite Pierre, with its medieval castle, fortified by the personal architect of Louis XIV, Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban. We then tour the outstanding Rene Lalique collection and see over 500 exceptional examples of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware. In nearby Wingen-sur-Moder is also the World War II battleground where in 1945 American infantry confronted some of Germany's most seasoned veterans. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 - Saverne to Lutzelbourg
After breakfast, we enjoy a walking tour of Saverne, including a visit to its local market. We then visit the 11th century hilltop Château de Haut Barr, a former residence of the bishops of Strasbourg with its Roman chapel. Before we return to Panache, we drive through the scenic Vosges hills on the Route des Grands Crus and stop to admire the vineyards. Return to Panache for a cruise to Lutzelbourg followed by dinner ashore at the Restaurant Au Soldat de l'An 2.

Friday, Day 6 - Lutzelbourg to Niderviller
We start the day with a visit to a local bakery to watch skilled patissiers preparing their delicious creations. We then visit the Fusion Libre artistic glass blowers workshop before ascending the unique Arzviller boat elevator that carries Panache effortlessly 450 feet up the mountainside in minutes, thus avoiding 17 traditional locks and an additional day's navigation. We enjoy a candlelit lunch on board whilst passing through the two Arzviller tunnels. Once we arrive in Niderviller we tour the interesting town of Sarrebourg, including visits to the 13th century chapel containing the remarkable stained-glass window designed by Marc Chagall and the impressive museum of Roman and Medieval artefacts. Return to Panache for Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 - Niderviller
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the **designated drop off point.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Strasbourg. Other options are available for charter groups.

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CLASSIC CRUISE IN BELGIUM AND NORTHERN FRANCE - Courtrai to Paris

Sunday, Day 1 Courtrai
We meet you at the designated meeting point (Bruges) and transfer to the hotel barge moored in Courtrai for a Champagne welcome and introduction to your crew and barge. Time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board

Monday, Day 2 Courtrai to Lille
This morning we cruise to Lille along the beautiful Lys River Ypres, which the Australian troops called Wipers, was the centre of intense and sustained fighting between German and Allied forces in WW1. The medieval Cloth Hall now houses the "In Flanders Fields" museum in Ypres - a moving pictorial comment on the futility of the Great War. Here we will also visit some of the moving sites around Ypres, the Christmas Truce Cross, the Pool of Peace (Spanbroakmoelen) crater and the site where Lt. John McCrae wrote the moving poem In Flanders Fields, the Essex Farm dressing station. Early dinner ashore in a local restaurant then this evening at 8pm we will attend the sounding of the Last Post, at the Menin Gate Memorial.

Tuesday, Day 3 Lille to Arleux
This morning we drive to Fromelles, to visit the VC Corner cemetery at Australian memorial park, where 400 unidentified soldiers lie. The cemetery was situated in no-man's land between the Australian and German lines in 1916. This was the first scene of Australian involvement on the Western Front and you will learn just why it was so disastrous. We will also see the famous Cobbers statue and battlefield of Fromelles, and the Pheasant Wood New Cemetery Extension, opened in 2010 after 200 soldier's bodies were exhumed there. This afternoon we cruise to Arleux, enjoying the peace and tranquility of the Lys and Deule Rivers. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Arleaux to Peronne
This morning we cruise to Peronne on the Canal du Nord. The canal itself was the scene of the Battle of Canal du Nord in September 1918. Being located in the heart of the battlefields, it was substantially destroyed and no attempt was made to reinstate and complete it until the early 1960s. We enjoy lunch on board before visiting the site of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, where 23,000 men died in one day on July 1st, 1916. We visit the moving Thiepval Memorial: a monument to 75,000 missing from this battle, and the visitor centre has wonderful archival film footage and photographs from the era. We will walk beside the actual trenches along parts of the ridge with a local expert and then on to the Newfoundland Park where the regiment of 700 men was wiped out in 40 minutes that day. We will visit the famous little town of Pozieres and see the Gibralter Bunker, the ancient windmill monument and infamous Tommy Cafe. Pozieres is where the AIF (Australian Imperial Forces) suffered more than 23,000 casualties in little more than six weeks and is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth. Australia has never lost as many soldiers killed or wounded in any other battle we have fought in since Australia was founded. Dinner on board

Thursday, Day 5 Peronne to Noyon
The liberation of Villers-Bretonneux in 1918 claimed over 1,200 Australian soldier's lives. Every year, the ANZAC Day ceremony is held at the town's memorial where over 10,000 Australian servicemen are commemorated. Today we visit this incredible village, which remains a living tribute to the Australian soldiers who liberated it. The town's logo is a kangaroo and there are streets named after towns and cities in Australia. VB is now twin town to Robinvale in Victoria. There is a lovely story behind this - Lieutenant George Robin Cuttle was reported missing in May 1918. After a lengthy search, his family finally found the wreckage of his plane in a field in Caix, in 1923. In memory of their airman son, Lt. Cuttle's family renamed their new settlement on the Murray Robinvale (vale Robin).Highlights are Victoria School (this was built by money raised from children in Victoria after WW1 - a fascinating and moving visit and pictorial museum in the town centre. Australian National War Memorial and Le Hamel, memorial site of General Monashs astounding 93 minute victorious battle over the Germans. Comprehensive picnic lunch out today. This afternoon we cruise to Noyon, continuing on the Canal du Nord. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Noyon to Compiegne
This morning we cruise to Compiegne. Deep in the forest of Compiegne is the Armistice Clearing, venue of the signing of the November 11th armistice. The clearing and its museum tell a fascinating story that stretches far beyond November 1918, as on board this famous train was also where Hitler insisted that the French capitulate to Germany in 1940. Tonight we have a Captains Farewell Dinner to say goodbye to those leaving us tomorrow.

Saturday, Day 7 Compiegne to Verberie
After breakfast those leaving today will be transferred to Paris. Those on the 13 night cruise will cruise the River Oise to the town of Verberie. After lunch we take a short walk into town. During the WWI Verberie was the scene of fighting. The village has several war cemeteries including the Verberie French National Cemetery which contains the graves of 3,221 French soldiers, 52 servicemen from the United Kingdom, and one Canadian cavalryman. Time this afternoon for a walk or bicycle ride before dinner on board.

Sunday, Day 8 Verberie to Pont Sainte Maxence
Morning visit to Senlis old town, where narrow cobbled streets are lined with tall old houses and shops. The town is best known for the Cathedral of Notre Dame, dominating the town with its tower, ornate portal and richly decorated interior. Constructed between the 12th and 16th centuries the small cathedral is a fine testament to gothic architecture. The castle at Senlis dates from the 12th century and was for several centuries home to the Kings of France. Now largely in ruins (following the French revolution), the substantial remains are now set in attractive parkland and an evocative reminder of their past importance, with many of the original buildings clearly recognisable, including the chapel, tower and living quarters. We enjoy a pretty walk around the town on the original defensive ramparts before returning to the barge for lunch. Cruise this afternoon to Pont Sainte Maxence and the guests for the second week embark and we all enjoy a champagne welcome. Dinner on board.

 Monday, Day 9 Pont Sainte Maxence to Crail
After breakfast we cruise to Crail on the River Oise. After lunch we enjoy an unforgettable excursion to the elegant Renaissance Chateau of Chantilly. This superb example of 16th century architecture boats an array of art treasures, gardens lay out by Le Notre (of Versailles fame) and the great stables. More than 3000 horses are stabled in and around Chantilly making it the thoroughbred capital of France. Chantilly has also a very nice golf course, this is an optional Excursion.

Tuesday, Day 10 Crail to Auvers-sur-Oise Cruise to Auvers-sur-Oise
After lunch we visit the old village of Auvers sur l'Oise. It was here that Vincent van Gogh spent the last part of his life and was buried at the local cemetery. Here and there, panels indicate the scenes portrayed by the painter. It is the district around the church, however, that constitutes the favourite place of pilgrimage for art lovers. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 11 Auvers-sur-Oise to Conflans-St-Honorine
We drive to Giverny this morning to visit the Home and Gardens of the great impressionist, Claude Monet. The gardens should be at their best at this time of the year, and we can visit the water lily pond and the Japanese bridge that inspired so many of Monet's paintings. Cruise after breakfast to Conflans-St Honorine. Dinner ashore tonight at a local auberge.

Thursday, Day 12 Conflans-St-Honorine to Paris
After breakfast we visit the village of Bougival, you will find reproductions of Impressionist paintings in all the precise locations where these works are deemed to have been painted. This local initiative, launched in 1994 is known as the Impressionists Walk. Return to the barge for lunch and then we cruise to Paris and under the Eiffel tower before enjoying an evening night cruise with Champagne, through the city of lights and moor near the Bastille. Dinner on board

Friday, Day 13
We moor all day today in central Paris, your guide takes you to some of the Paris sights and also lots of free time for shopping. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 14 Paris
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the **designated drop off point.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

**The designated meeting point is Bruges and the designated drop off point is Paris

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CLASSIC CRUISE IN BELGIUM AND NORTHERN FRANCE -
Pont Sainte Maxence to Paris

Sunday, Day 1 Pont Sainte Maxence
We meet you at the **designated meeting point (Cambrai) and transfer to the hotel barge moored in Pont Sainte Maxence for a Champagne welcome and introduction to your crew and barge. Time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Pont Sainte Maxence to Crail
After breakfast we cruise to Crail on the River Oise. After lunch we enjoy an unforgettable excursion to the elegant Renaissance Chateau of Chantilly. This superb example of 16th century architecture boats an array of art treasures, gardens lay out by Le Notre (of Versailles fame) and the great stables. More than 3000 horses are stabled in and around Chantilly making it the thoroughbred capital of France. Chantilly has also a very nice golf course, this is an optional Excursion.

Tuesday, Day 3 Crail to Auvers-sur-Oise Cruise to Auvers-sur-Oise
After lunch we visit the old village of Auvers sur l'Oise. It was here that Vincent van Gogh spent the last part of his life and was buried at the local cemetery. Here and there, panels indicate the scenes portrayed by the painter. It is the district around the church, however, that constitutes the favourite place of pilgrimage for art lovers. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Auvers-sur-Oise to Conflans-St-Honorine
We drive to Giverny this morning to visit the Home and Gardens of the great impressionist, Claude Monet. The gardens should be at their best at this time of the year, and we can visit the water lily pond and the Japanese bridge that inspired so many of Monet's paintings. Cruise after breakfast to Conflans-St Honorine. Dinner ashore tonight at a local auberge.

Thursday, Day 5 Conflans-St-Honorine to Paris
After breakfast we visit the village of Bougival, you will find reproductions of Impressionist paintings in all the precise locations where these works are deemed to have been painted. This local initiative, launched in 1994 is known as the Impressionists Walk. Return to the barge for lunch and then we cruise to Paris and under the Eiffel tower before enjoying an evening night cruise with Champagne, through the city of lights and moor near the Bastille. Dinner on board. ;

Friday, Day 6 Paris
We moor all day today in central Paris, your guide takes you to some of the Paris sights and also free time for shopping. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 14 Paris
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the **designated drop off point.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

** The designated meeting point is Cambrai and the designated drop off point is Paris

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CLASSIC CRUISE IN BELGIUM AND NORTHERN FRANCE - Courtrai - Compiegne

Sunday, Day 1 Courtrai
We meet you at **the designated meeting point (Bruges) and transfer to the hotel barge moored in Courtrai for a Champagne welcome and introduction to your crew and barge. Time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board. Monday, Day 2 Courtrai to Lille This morning we cruise to Lille along the beautiful Lys River Ypres, which the Australian troops called Wipers, was the centre of intense and sustained fighting between German and Allied forces in WW1. The medieval Cloth Hall now houses the In Flanders Fields museum in Ypres a moving pictorial comment on the futility of the Great War. Here we will also visit some of the moving sites around Ypres the Christmas Truce Cross, the Pool of Peace (Spanbroakmoelen) crater and the site where Lt. John McCrae wrote the moving poem In Flanders Fields, the Essex Farm dressing station. Early dinner ashore in a local restaurant then this evening at 8pm we will attend the sounding of the Last Post, at the Menin Gate Memorial.

Tuesday, Day 3 Lille to Arleux
This morning we drive to Fromelles, to visit the VC Corner cemetery at Australian memorial park, where 400 unidentified soldiers lie. The cemetery was situated in no-man's land between the Australian and German lines in 1916. This was the first scene of Australian involvement on the Western Front and you will learn just why it was so disastrous. We will also see the famous Cobbers statue and battlefield of Fromelles, and the Pheasant Wood New Cemetery Extension, opened in 2010 after 200 soldier's bodies were exhumed there. This afternoon we cruise to Arleux, enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Lys and Deule Rivers. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Arleaux to Peronne
This morning we cruise to Peronne on the Canal du Nord. The canal itself was the scene of the Battle of Canal du Nord in September 1918. Being located in the heart of the battlefields, it was substantially destroyed and no attempt was made to reinstate and complete it until the early 1960s. We enjoy lunch on board before visiting the site of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, where 23,000 men died in one day on July 1st, 1916. We visit the moving Thiepval memorial: a monument to 75,000 missing from this battle, and the visitor centre has wonderful archival film footage and photographs from the era. We will walk beside the actual trenches along parts of this ridge with a local expert and then on to the Newfoundland park where the regiment of 700 men was wiped out in 40 minutes that day. We will visit the famous little town of Pozieres and see the Gibraltar bunker, the ancient Windmill monument and infamous Tommy Cafe. Pozieres is where the AIF (Australian Imperial Forces) suffered more than 23,000 casualties in little more than six weeks and is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth." Australia has never lost as many soldiers killed or wounded in any other battle we have fought in since Australia was founded. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Peronne to Noyon
The liberation of Villers-Bretonneux in 1918 claimed over 1,200 Australian soldier's lives. Every year, the ANZAC Day ceremony is held at the town's memorial where over 10,000 Australian servicemen are commemorated. Today we visit this incredible village, which remains a living tribute to the Australian soldiers who liberated it. The town's logo is a kangaroo and there are streets named after towns and cities in Australia. VB is now twin town to Robinvale in Victoria. There is a lovely story behind this - Lieutenant George Robin Cuttle was reported missing in May 1918. After a lengthy search, his family finally found the wreckage of his plane in a field in Caix, in 1923. In memory of their airman son, Lt. Cuttle's family renamed their new settlement on the Murray Robinvale (vale Robin).Highlights are Victoria School (this was built by money raised from children in Victoria after WW1 - a fascinating and moving visit and pictorial museum in the town centre. Australian National War Memorial and Le Hamel, memorial site of General Monash's astounding 93 minute victorious battle over the Germans. Comprehensive picnic lunch out today. This afternoon we cruise to Noyon, continuing on the Canal du Nord. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Noyon to Compiegne
This morning we cruise to Compiegne. Deep in the forest of Compiegne is the Armistice Clearing, venue of the signing of the November 11th armistice. The clearing and its museum tell a fascinating story that stretches far beyond November 1918, as on board this famous train was also where Hitler insisted that the French capitulate to Germany in 1940. On this final evening we enjoy the very special Captain's Farewell Dinner.

Saturday, Day 7 Compiegne
This morning after breakfast we say farewell to our wonderful crew and transfer to the designated drop off point. (Paris). Our post-cruise accommodation this evening will be at a beautiful centrally located 4 star hotel and we will enjoy a drink in the bar to farewell the group.

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

**The designated meeting point is Bruges and the designated drop off point is Paris

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A CLASSIC HOLLAND CRUISE - Alkmaar to Delft

Sunday, Day 1 Alkmaar
We meet you at the **designated meeting point and transfer you to Panache moored at Alkmaar. Once aboard enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Alkmaar to Zaandam
This morning we visit Alkmaar, a beautiful coastal town famous for its traditional cheese and clog making. A guided walk with your tour leader and free time to enjoy the quaint shops and town. After lunch we cruise to Wormerveer and then a bicycling opportunity or minibus to tour Zaanse Schans, an open air conservation area and museum, giving you a vivid impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. This historical area consists of authentic houses and windmills, an historic shipyard, pewter factory, a cheese and dairy farm and an age-old grocery store dating back to the 1900's. Return to the hotel barge by bicycle or minibus and cruise to Zaandam. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Zaandam to Haarlem
We enjoy an early morning cruise to the historical city of Haarlem, dating back to the 13th Century. Haarlem 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 free time visiting a fine selection of boutique shops. This afternoon marks a cruise highlight, with a walk through the world famous Keukenhof Gardens. Known as the garden of Europe, with more than 100 acres filled with over 7 million flowering bulbs, we stroll through breath-taking waves of colour on this unforgettable half day excursion. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Wednesday, Day 4 Haarlem to Oude Wetering
Optional very early morning tour is to Aalsmeer Flower auction, where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded here each day. Return to the hotel barge for a breakfast cruise to Oude Wetering, our mooring for tonight. Free time this afternoon to cycle along the many towpaths around the lake or visit a local cheese market, in the nearby medieval town of Gouda. The large Gothic church of Sint Janskerk in Gouda is known especially for its magnificent stain glass windows, for which it has been placed on the UNESCO list of Dutch monuments. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 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. Perfect for those who like to cycle, or simply stroll the banks of the pretty tree lined canals. This afternoon we take a tour of the city, with your tour leader explaining the history that dates back to Roman times and includes more recent sites such as the church, St. Pieterskerk, from which the pilgrims departed for America. Free time to explore the abundance of local cafes, boutique shops, markets, and antique dealers. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Leiden to Delft
Morning cruise arriving in Delft by lunchtime, our final mooring. Delft is well known for its pottery ceramic products, which were styled on the imported Chinese porcelain of the 17th century. This beautiful, unspoilt town is more than 750 years old, and began as the home port of the Dutch East India Company. Following lunch, we visit a Delft tableware factory, just 5 minutes walk from our hotel barge mooring to learn how this world-famous porcelain is made. You will have time during the afternoon to explore Delft further. Tonight enjoy the Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Delft
After breakfast depart Panache and transfer to the **designated drop off point.

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

**Designated meeting and drop off point is Amsterdam.

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A CLASSIC HOLLAND CRUISE - Delft to Alkmaar

Sunday, Day 1 Delft
We meet you at the **designated meeting point and transfer you to Panache moored at Delft. Once aboard enjoy a champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew and hotel barge. Dinner on board. Monday, Day 2 Delft to Leiden This morning, after breakfast, we enjoy a visit to a Delft tableware factory, a 5 minute stroll from the hotel barge mooring, to learn how this world-famous porcelain is made. Delft is well known for its pottery and ceramic products, which were styled on the imported Chinese porcelain of the 17th century. You will have time to explore Delft further, before lunch on board. After lunch we take a scenic cruise to the historical city of Leiden. There is an opportunity to take an early evening stroll or cycle before dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Leiden to Oude Wetering
Enjoy breakfast on board, before we take a guided tour of the beautiful city of Leiden. Your tour leader will explain the history that dates back to Roman times and includes more recent sites such as the church, St. Pieterskerk, from which the pilgrims departed for America. Free time to explore the abundance of local cafes, boutique shops and antique dealers, before lunch on board. This afternoon we cruise to Oude Wetering, our mooring for tonight. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Oude Wetering to Haarlem
This morning we visit a local cheese market, in the nearby medieval town of Gouda. The large Gothic church of Sint Janskerk in Gouda is known especially for its magnificent stain glass windows, for which it has been placed on the UNESCO list of Dutch monuments. Lunch on board followed by a scenic cruise to the historical city of Haarlem, home to the Frans Hals Museum founded in 1862 with its vast collection of Old Masters. This afternoon marks a cruise highlight, with a walk through the world famous Keukenhof Gardens. Known as the garden of Europe, with more than 100 acres filled with over 7 million flowering bulbs, we stroll through breath-taking waves of colour on this unforgettable half day excursion. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Thursday, Day 5 Haarlem to Zaandam
An optional very early morning tour to Aalsmeer Flower auction, where some 17 million cut flowers from all over the world are traded here each day. Other highlights in Haarlem include a visit to St. Bavo's Cathedral on the main square, where both Handel and Mozart played the magnificent Muller organ or free time visiting a fine selection of boutique shops. Lunch on board. This afternoon we cruise to Zaandam, our mooring for tonight. Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Zaandam to Alkmaar
This morning we enjoy a breakfast cruise to Alkmaar, a beautiful coastal town famous for its traditional cheese and clog making. A guided walk with your tour leader and then free time to enjoy the quaint shops and town. After lunch we cruise to Wormerveer and then a bicycling opportunity or minibus to tour Zaanse Schans, an open air conservation area and museum, giving you a vivid impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. This historical area consists of authentic houses and windmills, an historic shipyard, pewter factory, a cheese and dairy farm and an age-old grocery store dating back to the 1900's.Tonight enjoy the Captains Farewell Dinner on board .

Saturday, Day 7 Alkmaar
After breakfast depart Panache and transfer to the **designated drop off point.

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

**Designated meeting and drop off point is Amsterdam

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A CLASSIC CRUISE IN CHAMPAGNE Paris to Cumieres

Sunday, Day 1 Paris
You are met at the** designated meeting point and transfer to the barge mooring at the Port d ‘Arsenal, in the heart of Paris. Champagne welcome and your Captain introduces you to the crew. We enjoy short cruise through Paris past the monuments and romantic bridges. Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Paris to Meaux
After breakfast depart Paris onto the River Marne. After lunch, we visit the magnificent Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte and its gardens, location of the film "The Man in the Iron Mask". Rejoin the barge in Meaux in time for a stroll around town. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Meaux to La Ferte
After breakfast we cruise to La Ferte. After lunch we visit to a master cheese ripener for a tasting of their various Bries, followed by a visit the Merovingian Crypts of Jouarre - a unique heritage that takes you back to the 7th Century. Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 La Ferte to Charly-sur-Marne
Cruise upstream to Charly-sur-Marne. Visit one of the small family vineyards before lunch to taste their wonderful champagne and visit their cellars. Lunch is followed by an afternoon an idyllic cruise to Chateau Thierry, the scene of American battles in World War I. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 Charly-sur-Marne to Damery
The river Marne winds its way through vine-covered hills dotted with small wine villages to the delightful little town of Damery. After lunch we visit the vast cellars of Moet et Chandon for a private tasting, followed by a stroll around Epernay.

Friday, Day 6 Damery to Cumieres
After breakfast we cruise the last stretch of the River Marne before arriving at our mooring in Cumieres. Visit the outside of the Abbey of Hautvilliers where the monk Dom Perignon first made champagne. After lunch we drive to the Reims cathedral, where the Kings of France were crowned. Return to the barge for the Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Cumieres to Paris
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to** the designated drop off point.

**The designated meeting and drop off point is Paris. Other options are available for charter groups

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

 

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