Sample Itinerary
Burgundy Canal cruise
between Pont de Pany and Pont Royal (or reverse)

Cruise route map
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Welcome aboard Le Papillon and join us for an unforgettable journey through the Burgundy countryside. Discover historical castles, traditional wine making villages and lively food markets. Stroll or cycle through the rolling hills that surrounding the canal de Bourgogne and become enchanted by one of the most beautiful regions of France.

Day 1, Sunday
Meet in Paris en route to Pont de Pany
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 we can 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.

Day 2, Monday
Visit the ‘Route des Grandes Crus’ cruise to Gissey-sur-Ouche
During breakfast we 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 on to one of our favourite vineyards for a private tasting before heading back to Papillon’s dining room.

Day 3, Tuesday
Visit Dijon cruise to Veuvey-sur-Ouche
Food lovers can make an early start and accompany Papillon’s chef to the busy morning food market in Dijon; this is an opportunity to meet our cheese, fish, meat and vegetable suppliers, of whom we are very proud, face to face. Maybe 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 back aboard and then cruise to the village of Veuvey-sur-Ouche. Recline on the front deck with a book and as the sun sets over the ‘yardarm’ enjoy Dijon’s world famous apéritif, Kir Royal.

Day 4, Wednesday
Visit Beaune cruise to Pont d’Ouche
This morning’s cruise 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.

The PAPILLON Barge - Chateauneuf-en-Auxois
Day 5, Thursday
Visit Chateauneuf-en-Auxois cruise to Pouilly-en-Auxois
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 sysyem – a two mile tunnel leading to the town of Pouilly-en-Auxois. Nearby the château of Chailly has a fine golf course.

Day 6, Friday
Visit Flavigny and the Abbey of Fontenay and cruise to Pont Royal
Today’s cruise will take us through tranquil countryside to the sleepy village of Pont Royal. 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. Return to Papillon in time for apéritifs with the crew and one last magnificent meal.

Day 7, Saturday
Return to Paris
After a continental breakfast of fruits, cereals and pastries our private minibus will take you to either Dijon train station or your hotel in Paris.

The above description of a week on Le Papillon, cruising from Pont de Pany to Pont Royal contains similar points of interest as a cruise in the opposite direction from Pont Royal to Pont de Pany, although times for excursions will clearly differ between the two routes. No two cruises on Le Papillon are ever exactly the same however, since we always mould each voyage to fit the interests of our passengers. Whatever your passion is – golf, tennis, biking, walking, side trips in the minibus, just relaxing on deck, or a little of everything – we'll make sure you do it.


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