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6
Cabins
3
Crew
4
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Print Boat Info

Le Papillon offers deluxe accommodations for six passengers with true french decor and flare. Exceptional organic regional cuisine, fine wines and the ultimate in personal pampering is what this amazing vessel is known for. This beautifully decorated luxury hotel barge has comfortable cabins, separate dining room, spacious salon, complete with library, music and well-furnished bar. There are ample opportunities for bicycling, walking and tennis. Let Le Papillon cater to your personal interests. 

Boat Details

Boat Size: 100 x 16.5 ft
Number of Cabins: 3
Crew: 4
Cruise Length: 4 | 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Cabin 1 - Starboard Double
  • Double
  • 107 sq ft
Cabin 2 - Port Twin
  • Twin
  • 93 sq ft
Cabin 3 - Starboard Twin
  • Twin
  • 180 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers
WIFI
Music System

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers
Heating
WIFI
Opening Portholes

Pickup Locations

1:00 PM, Central Location Paris

4:00 PM, Central Location Dijon

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Locations

12:00 PM, Central Location Paris

10:30 AM, Central Location Dijon

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

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Pont de Pany to Pont Royal 
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
You will be met by a Papillon crew member at your hotel in Paris at 1pm and driven to the Papillon moored near Dijon in the village of Pont de Pany. On the way, you’ll be able to visit the fabulous château and gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte -- a mini rival to Versailles. Alternatively, you can take the fast TGV train from Paris and a Papillon crew member will meet you at the railway station in Dijon. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed aboard Le Papillon with a Champagne reception and introduced to the crew of four -- time to settle in before dinner.
 
Monday
Route des Grandes Crus
During breakfast, we will start cruising along the canal de Bourgogne. Enjoy a morning coffee on the front deck and perhaps take a walk along the canal towpath. By early afternoon Papillon will be moored in the quiet village Gissey-sur-Ouche. After a delicious buffet lunch, we will drive along the "Route des Grandes Crus" and through the vineyards of the Côte du Nuits; we'll stop at the Château of Clos de Vougeot, the perfect setting to learn about the importance that wine played in Burgundy's history. And then we'll go on to one of our favourite vineyards for a private tasting before heading back to Papillon's dining room.
 
Tuesday
Visit Dijon
Food lovers can make an early start and accompany Papillon's chef to the busy morning food market in Dijon; this is an opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with our cheese, fish, meat and vegetable suppliers, of whom we are very proud. Perhaps you'll want to take a coffee with the chef and discuss some of your favourite dishes. A short walking tour and orientation of Dijon's centre and you'll soon be free to explore on your own - the Rue Verrerie with its famous antique shops is nearby, so too is the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Lunch will be served back aboard and then we’ll cruise to the village of Veuvey-sur-Ouche. You can recline on the front deck with a book and as the sun sets over the "yardarm" enjoy Dijon's world famous apéritif, Kir Royal.
 
Wednesday
Beaune and Cruise to Pont de Pany
This morning's journey will take us to the tiny port of Pont d'Ouche where we cruise over the Ouche river. Before midday, we will drive through the rolling Burgundian hills and descend into the Côte d'Or vineyards and visit Beaune, a thriving little town and proud capital of the wine trade. After lunch in town, we'll hit the sights; by far the most famous is the hospice with its multicoloured roof tiles, which was built in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to the dukes of Burgundy. Next door in the spectacular cellars of the Marché aux Vins we can taste some of Burgundy's finest wines. After the drive back to Papillon, there will be time to take a stroll before dinner.
 
Thursday
Magnifient Basilica of Vezelay
After a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a morning bike ride, we will take a ten-minute drive to the hilltop village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, rated as one of "les plus beaux villages de France." Restored and picturesque, the village offers a fine aerial view of the canal and surrounding countryside. Back on board, we will climb the remaining locks before reaching the summit level, the highest point on this waterway connecting the Mediterranean to the English Channel. After lunch, we can visit the château of Commarin with its fine tapestries or alternatively take a longer drive and visit the magnificent basilica of Vézelay. And then to Papillon for a cruise through one of the wonders of the canal system, a two-mile tunnel leading to the town of Pouilly-en-Auxois. Nearby the château of Chailly has a fine golf course.
 
Friday
Abbey of Fontenay
Today's cruise will take us through tranquil countryside to the sleepy village of Pont Royal. You'll be able to enjoy a relaxing lunch on deck accompanied by some carefully selected wines. During the afternoon, a circular trip in the minibus could include visits to Flavigny where "Chocolat" was filmed, the magnificent Cistercian abbey of Fontenay (a UNESCO world heritage site) and the undiscovered medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois. Be sure to return to Papillon in time for apéritifs with the crew and one last magnificent meal.
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After a continental breakfast of fruits, cereals and pastries, our private mini bus transfer will take you to either Dijon train station or your hotel in Paris.
Fleurey sur Ouche to Pont Royal - Cycling Itinerary 
About the biking itinerary: All of the bike rides will be in the department of the Côte d'Or of Burgundy, to the west of Dijon and north of Beaune. During the tour, your hotel-barge Papillon will cruise from Pont de Pany near Dijon to Marigny-le-Cahouet near Montbard. This really is a rare opportunity to combine a serious bike tour with an authentic barge cruise, making you feel like you're in the lap of luxury. Each day, when the pedaling is over, what better way to relax than with a book, on deck, sipping a glass of Burgundy wine as you cruise the waterways of France? We use very comfortable lightweight (25 lb) hybrid bikes with an aluminum frame and a 27-speed Shimano Deore LX equipped groupset - ideal for road riding while giving us the flexibility to cycle through vineyards and short sections off road on gravel paths. You are welcome to bring your own pedals and shoes if you are more comfortable with a clipless pedal system. We also offer an itinerary for specialist road riding enthusiasts using Cannondale carbon-frame road bikes equipped with Shimano 105 groupsets. The itinerary will be similar, but we'll keep to metal roads and will do on average an extra 10 miles per day. For these bikes, you will need to bring along your own pedals and shoes.
 
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
A member of the crew will meet you at your hotel in Paris at 1pm for the drive to Burgundy. On the way, we will visit the magnificent château of Vaux-le-Vicomte, a mini rival to Versailles. Le Papillon will be moored in the village of Pont-de-Pany to the west of Dijon and upon arrival your crew will welcome you aboard with a champagne reception. Time to take a stroll and settle into your cabin before dinner.
 
Monday
22 miles with one category 3 climb (2 1/2 miles)
After breakfast, Papillon will start cruising along the Canal de Bourgogne. Tim will join us this morning for a chat about our biking program. Lunch will be on the early side, so that we can be in Beaune when shops re-open to get fitted out with our bikes. Pedaling out of town, we will head straight into the vineyards of Savigny-les-Beaune before steadily climbing up the delightful valley of the river Rhoin with its dramatic limestone cliffs, and on to the quiet village of Bouilland. You might want to take a drink in the café prior to attacking our main climb of the day, the meandering "Combe de Nalt". Having conquered this hill, we can relax as the countryside opens out to some magnificent views. We will pass through St Jean de Boeuf and then head down into the Ouche valley before rejoining Papillon moored near the village of Gissey-sur-Ouche.
 
Tuesday
27 miles with one category 5 climb (1 mile) & one category 3 climb (2 1/2 miles)
We'll take an early morning breakfast cruise before we step ashore at one of the locks and bike along the canal towpath to the village of La Bussière. We'll now leave the canal and climb towards the village of Commarin, where we can refuel with the locals in the bar beside the château. Our next stop will be the lake at Panthier, one of several reservoirs completed in the early 1840s to supply the canal with sufficient water for the then heavy commercial barge traffic; today, it is an oasis for sailing and anglers. Then the time will come to pull out all the stops and tackle our most challenging climb of the day! We’ll head up to the imposing hilltop village of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, rated as one of the most beautiful villages in France. From here, the views of the Auxois are splendid, and there is the perfect spot to enjoy a gourmet picnic, delivered and served by Papillon's chef. After lunch we will descend to another château, St Sabine and continue through several villages before rejoining the barge for a stretch of cruising. Cocktails and dinner will be served on deck.
 
Wednesday
AM: 29 miles with three category 5 climbs (each about 1 mile); PM: 33 miles with one category 4 climb (3 miles) & two category 5 climbs (each 1 mile)
Today we'll offer "le Crunch", a 100-kilometer monster! It's your chance to cycle through virtually the entire wine cellar of the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits with all the famous names along the way. This morning's ride will start in the charming riverside village of Lusigny-sur-Ouche. We will follow the route taken by the 2007 tour de France (Wiggins break away) to Ivry-en-Montagne, then onto Nolay and the fabulous views from the "montagne des trois croix" before dropping down through the Maranges appellation vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. The rest of this ride reads like a wine list from one of the finest cellars in the world - Santenay, Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet, Auxey-Duresses, Monthélie, Volnay; and in case that's not enough to work up an appetite, we'll have a bistro lunch waiting for us in Pommard! After lunch, we'll circumvent Beaune by biking a scenic route through Bouze-lès-Beaune in the Haute Côte. There will be two significant hills to negotiate; after the first, we'll drop down through Ladoix-Serrigny and then to Pernand-Vergelesses before approaching the gentle four-mile category 5 climb up to Echevrone and Meuilly. The following descent to Nuits-St-Georges will put us en route for the very best of the Côtes de Nuits vineyards: Vosne-Romanée, Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-St Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin, Fixin and Marsannay. We'll complete our ride on the outskirts of Dijon and celebrate an achievement to be remembered! The minibus will transport us back to Papillon and civilized living. Note: There is the option of biking just in the morning, or in the afternoon, or not at all if you prefer to use this middle day as a rest day. Le Papillon will be covering some interesting ground, climbing to the summit level of the canal and then passing through a 2-mile tunnel!
 
Thursday
28 miles with one category 4 climb (2 miles)
This morning you can either take it easy and enjoy cruising along the canal, or head out in the minibus to visit the châteaux of Châteauneuf and Commarin. There is also the option of playing a round of golf at the 18-hole course at the château de Chailly. After lunch onboard and following the heroic exploits of yesterday, we'll embark on a gentle ride towards the Morvan National Park. We'll start with some delightful villages, Chailly-sur-Armançon, Mont St Jean and La Motte Ternant. The landscape then changes to the extensive conifer forests so typical of the Morvan; this is a slightly wild agricultural area, which during the last couple of centuries provided Paris with all of its firewood and a convenient supply of wet nurses! As we head back to Papillon, we'll pass through Thorey-sous-Charny where a small but vivid revival of traditional wine making is underway. There are currently only 3 vineyards in the Auxois, and while the one at Thorey is the smallest, it's also the best - and not many people know about it! We'll walk among the vines, help with the picking if it's harvest time and then enjoy a sample back in the village amongst the barrels. Papillon will be moored nearby and dinner will be in the oven.
 
Friday
35 miles with two category 5 climbs (each 11.4 miles), one category 4 climb (2 miles) and one category 3 climb (2 miles)
Soon after breakfast, Le Papillon will approach Pont Royal where we will begin our final ride. Our first hill will take us to the picturesque village of Saint Colombe before we descend to Marigny-le-Cahouet. It'll be time to skip valleys from the Armancon to the Brenne and then ride up to Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, another one of "les plus beaux villages de France". "Chocolat" was filmed here and the village still produces the little oval tins of "Anis de Flavigny" now found the world over. One shouldn't leave without visiting the 8th-century crypt. Outside and if we're lucky, we'll catch a glimpse of the current monks in their black cassocks playing football! We'll pedal on to our picnic spot below the statue of Vercingetorix, the leader of the Gauls who was defeated here in 52BC by Caesar. After lunch and another climb, there will be time to pause and visit the "potager"/vegetable garden at the château of Lantilly. And then we'll take a wonderful ride down to an undiscovered gem - the walled medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois - experience the cobbled streets as did the French road cycling championships in 2008. We'll leave town in style riding the same route that the horses take each year for the "Fête de la Bague", the second oldest horse race in Europe! The last few kilometres are along the canal towpath - just far enough to find Papillon and celebrate!
 
Saturday
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, you'll receive a transfer by minibus to your Paris hotel, train station or airport arriving during the traditional French lunch hour of 12 to 2pm.
Pont de Pany to Escommes - 4 Night Cruise
Sunday
Welcome Aboard!
We will be on the platform of Dijon train station to meet you as you step off your fast TGV from Paris -- 30 minutes later you will be enjoying a Champagne welcome on the Papillon and meeting her crew. After time to settle in, your chef, will serve a delicious four course dinner on board. 
 
Monday
Cheese, Wine and Divine Mustard
Who would not skip their croissant so as to get to the Gaugry fromagerie by 9:30am. This is when the building is at its busiest as the daily arrival of 9000 litres of raw milk starts the journey towards perfection in the form of one of France's greatest cheeses, namely Epoisses. For breakfast we will taste five Burgundy cheeses with a glass of red wine in the oak-panelled bar inside this former headquarters of Ricard, the building, an icon of sixties architecture houses an irresistible cheese shop. Back on the road, we will follow the Route des Grands Crus passing through world famous vineyards and villages such as Clos de Vougeot, Nuits-St-Georges and Aloxe-Corton before arriving in Beaune. First stop will be for a private tour of the family owned Fallot mustard mill, undoubtedly the finest mustard in France. After the tour, a 10-minute walk will find us inside Ma Cuisine in the heart of Beaune for a delicious lunch - the style here in Pierre and Fabienne Escoffier's bistro is light yet with intense flavours; many regional dishes are featured along with a wine list for the most discerning palette. An afternoon stroll through the cobbled streets of this elegant town will offer a showcase of magnificent tiled roofs, a Flemish influence introduced by the Dukes of Burgundy. Returning to Papillon we will then cruise to the picturesque village of La Bussière where dinner will be served on board.
 
Tuesday
Dijon and Chateau
Eiffel's fabulous iron building will be bustling in central Dijon this morning as its market day. We will wander around with the chef choosing the freshest ingredients. The array of fresh produce is extraordinary. Naturally this is your chance to help shape the meals that will come out of Papillon's galley - plus there will be time for that croissant walking circuit allows you to admire Rue Liberte, the facade of the Ducal Palace and touch the famous chouette for good luck! Lunch will be served on Papilllon as we cruise through the Ouche valley. Our afternoon will include a walk or bike ride along the towpath, or perhaps a relaxing nap on the deck as rural France glides by. Once moored, your captain will host an informal wine tasting, selecting prized bottles from Le Papillon's cellar. Then, as one of the nearby chateaux closes its doors to the public, we will be allowed in for a private tour of the stunning grounds - quite a privilege. A sumptuous culinary spread awaits you in the orangerie.
 
Wednesday
The magnificent Chateuneuf en Auxois - cruise to Escommes
Cruise this morning and tie up with a magnificent view of the castle of Chateauneuf, parts of which date back to the early 12th century. We will have time to explore the village (ranked as one of the most beautiful in the whole of France) and the chateau before heading into the small town of Pouilly-en-Auxois. Our destination here is a secret bakery which supplies a handful of organic shops - we will be able to squeeze in, chat with the baker before she takes her siesta and grab a few red hot loaves straight from the oven. Back on Papillon for lunch and a cruise to the summit of the canal - the final pretty locks will bring us to an altitude of 1,232 feet above sea level, the highest point by water between the Mediterranean and the English Channel. In this part of Burgundy, the Auxois, a small but vivid revival of wine making is underway. There are currently only 3 vineyards in the Auxois and the smallest and best one is close by. We will walk amongst the vines, help with the picking if it is harvest time and then enjoy a sample back in the village amongst the barrels. Two villages away we can make a stop at a foie gras farm and pick up the makings of an extra course for tonight's festive farewell dinner.
 
Thursday
Breakfast and Farewell
A continental breakfast of fruits, cereals and pastries will be served before a crew member accompanies you to the train station in Dijon. It is never goodbye but a la prochaine fois - until next time!
 

Organic Menu Served Aboard Le Papillon

 

Sample Menu

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Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on deck

Warm salad of scallops & carrots in a Sauternes sauce

 Roast fillet of lamb with asparagus and a warm vinaigrette of fresh tomato and basil

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Plateau of local cheeses and green salad

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Homemade peach ice cream with fresh fruits

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Coffee, chocolates and digestifs

2019 RATES
ACCOMMODATION REGULAR
Stateroom Per Person $5,350
Single Supplement $1,700
Charter 4 Passenger $27,000
Charter 5 Passenger $28,400
Charter 6 Passenger $31,500
Four Night 6 Passenger  $23,600
Cycling Charter 4 Passenger  $28,800
Cycling Charter 5 Passenger $31,900
Cycling Charter 6 Passenger $35,700
 
   

 

2020 RATES
ACCOMMODATION REGULAR
Stateroom Per Person $5,350
Single Supplement $1,700
Charter 4 Passenger $27,000
Charter 5 Passenger $28,400
Charter 6 Passenger $31,500
Four Night 6 Passenger  $23,600
Cycling Charter 4 Passenger  $28,800
Cycling Charter 5 Passenger $31,900
Cycling Charter 6 Passenger $35,700
 
   

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, chauffeured transfers from Paris (Dijon transfer for four night option) to the barge and return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

2019 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE ROUTE or Reverse
April 21, 28  Pont de Pany to Pont Royal
May 5, 12, 19, 26 Pont de Pany to Pont Royal
June 23, 30 Pont de Pany to Pont Royal
July 7, 14, 21, 28 Pont de Pany to Pont Royal
August 4, 11, 18, 25 Pont de Pany to Pont Royal
Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Pont de Pany to Pont Royal
Oct 6, 13 Pont de Pany to Pont Royal