Luxury All Inclusive Photographic Cruise, Alsace and Lorraine – New for 2019

Please note: We Are Now Planning our 2019 Cruises


 “A photographic holiday cruise, through the Alsace Lorraine…”

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Wonderful relaxing scenery with a mix of French and German architecture that provides plenty of glorious opportunities to hone your photographic skills on our Alsace and Lorraine cruise holiday aboard the floating boutique hotel Panache.

Your Tutors

Best selling author and photographer Doug Harman and professional photographer and renown Photoshop Artist Sue Chapman ARPS, CPAGB will guide you using pro photographic tips and techniques Sue and Doug have mastered over their combined 40-years experience, along with some essential image editing guidance on Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop.

Cruise Alsace Lorraine

For this, a photographic holiday cruise adventure through Alsace and Lorraine we will concentrate on the practical aspects of improving your photographic skills, not bog you down with too much techie stuff. The evenings we will download your images and see them come to life as we tweak them using Adobe’s image editing software.


This holiday is managed on our behalf by our Co-operative partner Cruise Holidays UK who are fully covered and protected by both ABTA & ATOL  – for full protections details see our Terms and Conditions.

Prices include

• One night pre-cruise hotel stay.

• Flights

• Six-nights on board.

• Price is based on two people sharing; prices are still TBC for 2019.

After submitting your reservation form (click below) you will receive a phone call stating availability. No payments will be required until we have confirmed availability accordingly.

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All board "Panache"

An amazing boutique-style floating hotel, astounding architecture, stunning scenery and first-class cuisine with expert photographic tuition

Dates: TBC FOR 2019

Please Note: Price is confirmed at time of booking.

Certified by Warnborough for £100 extra


Kraft to Niderviller

OVERVIEW: Cruise Alsace Lorraine.

Alsace and Lorraine is a unique corner of France. Discover a land of storybook castles, rolling vineyards of Alsatian wines as well as Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture making one of the most photogenic parts of Europe. For centuries, the great empires of Europe confronted one another at this strategic and military crossroads. The area’s unique blend of French and German influences are strongly evident in its customs, cuisine, wines, architecture and language.
Krafft to Strasbourg

Your vessel for this cruise is the 12-passenger Panache - Click here for details

About Panache

Panache is a stylish 12 passenger floating boutique hotel, with spacious public areas and six comfortable double or twin en-suite cabins. All bathrooms have twin hand basins and over-size showers. Panoramic windows in the saloon make watching the stunning vistas pass by and sheer joy because it offers ample photo opportunities without you having to move. Panache has been fitted out in traditional yacht style, with brass and mahogany fittings. A large sun deck and spa pool, plus 12 bicycles for guests’, which can be used to explore the towpath and complete the Panache picture.
Panache's highly professional crew of six is comprised of Master Chef, Deckhand/Steward, Tour guide and two Housekeepers plus your photography hosts, Sue and Doug. All 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 provide a way for you to explore and photograph the areas you cruise through in as much detail as you desire.

Course Timings: TBC FOR 2019.

Cruise Alsace Lorraine Highlights

  • Tour the beautiful city of Strasbourg and visit its Gothic cathedral
  • Explore the Route des Vins d'Alsace
  • Visit the Meteor Brewery, founded in 1640
  • Experience an ascent or descent of the unique Arzviller boat elevator
  • Visit the spectacular René Lalique Collection
  • Tour of Sarrebourg including a visit to the Chagall chapel
  • Enjoy a candlelit meal whilst cruising through the two Arzviller tunnels

Included in the Cruise

  • Return Flights
  • All Return Transfers on agreed scheduled dates, to and from scheduled airports or railway stations.
  • Guided Cruise and all Tuition
  • One Night Pre-Cruise Hotel
  • All Tours and Visits
  • All Food and Drinks

Fine dining aboard your vessel

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 

Proposed Itinerary** and Course Plan*

Arrival Day, Strasbourg

Guests arrive in Strasbourg for their one-night hotel stay. Exact hotels are subject to booking but all are 4-star or above.

Sunday, Day 2 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, Day 3 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 cafés. Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 4 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 Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling wines at a long-established winemaker, such as Domaine Pfister. Dinner ashore this evening at a traditional Alsatian restaurant.

Wednesday, Day 5 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 Château de Rohan, also known as the ‘Versailles of Alsace’. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 6 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 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. Dinner ashore at a local restaurant.

Friday, Day 7 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, Day 8 Niderviller

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

NB: * Itinerary is subject to change based on eventualities outside Capture and Create's control. **Depending on start point, the Cruise itinerary may run in reverse.

Pricing details:

Price:  £TBC per person (assumes two sharing a cabin). Single Cabin Occupancy Price: £TBC.

Deposit of 50% of total price required at time of booking.

Final Balance to be paid 14 weeks before departure date.

What you will need for your trip

  • Any camera with a reasonable capacity memory card, such as 8GB – or higher – compatible with your camera.
  • If you have a selection of lenses, then please feel free to bring them with you.
  • A tripod would be beneficial but not necessary.
  • We recommend you bring a laptop computer equipped with a minimum of 4GB RAM, ideally with either Photoshop CS6 (or Creative Cloud) and additionally Lightroom installed***.

***If you do not have this software installed, don't worry, we can help you download a free 30 day trial directly from Adobe, which will be fine for the duration of the course.

NB: A tablet device will probably not suffice for the more advanced image editing tasks we will be dealing with on the cruise.

Photography Tuition: You Will Learn

Main Elements:

Camera Controls

  • Metering methods
  • ISO settings
  • White Balance control
  • Why shoot RAW?
  • Aperture and Shutter control
  • Composition and framing
  • Focusing techniques
  • Landscape techniques
  • Architectural techniques
  • Rule of thirds
  • Using your camera in low light.
  • How to get the best from longer focal lengths (zoom lenses for wildlife etc., and avoid camera shake.

Image Editing

  • Importing/Uploading Images
  • Organising and cataloguing images using keywords
  • White balance adjustment.
  • Straightening images
  • Correcting  and adjusting colour
  • Recovering highlights and shadows
  • Cloning and healing
  • Sharpening and removing image noise
  • Black and white conversion
  • Plug-ins and filters for creative effects
  • Printing and/or exporting your images
  • Organising and cataloguing images using keywords
  • Using image editing software in more detail (see 2 above).

Tailored Learning

While most of the subjects above will be dealt with as we progress through your holiday, there may not be time to cover everything. Or you may wish to concentrate on certain elements of the subjects listed above, and we are happy to tailor the subjects covered to our guests, so just ask or let us know what you'd like to cover either on the cruise or at the time of booking and we'll always be on hand and happy to help.


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