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.
1:00 PM, Central Location Paris
4:00 PM, Central Location DijonNote: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
12:00 PM, Central Location Paris
10:30 AM, Central Location DijonNote: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Charter 2 Passenger||$18,500|
|Charter 3 Passenger||$20,250|
|Charter 4 Passenger||$25,000|
Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)