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BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).NEW OWNERS FOR 2017! The 6-passenger Le Papillon began life in 1902 as a commercial barge that travelled the waters of the river Rhine. Discovered in 1980 by two of New York's top interior designers, she was rescued and lovingly converted into the luxury canal boat that she is today. Her living quarters are spacious and well appointed to include six passengers in three cabins: one double and two twins that are all situated forward of the main salon, each with its own full ensuite bathroom. There is air-conditioning and central heating throughout and the comfortable salon includes a library and a well-stocked open bar. The dining room is traditional and slightly more formal in style which is a perfect backdrop for the Chef's extravagant meals.

The crew members include three of the new owners, Leigh Wooton, the captain and original designer/builder of Le Papillon, William Altman, a professional tour guide and a previous captain of Le Papillon and Joanne Stones, the chef, who will share her culinary skills and love of fresh, local French cuisine on board. We stayed on the barge and met with the new owners in April 2017 and know they will maintain the high quality and cruise experience for which Le Papillon has been known.

Le Papillon is an historic canal boat, skillfully and imaginatively converted into a floating hotel, cruising the tranquil canals and rivers of France. Like a fine wine or a good meal, this is the type of vacation that is to be savored.There's plenty of time to remember what you did yesterday and the day before without having a whirlwind itinerary that is so typical of modern tourism. If you like, you can also try your hand at taking the wheel and pilot your floating home, under the watchful eye of the Captain. Jump ashore at one of the locks and practice your French whilst helping the lock-keeper pass us into the next stretch.

Le Papillon, cruising in Burgundy Le Papillon cruises in Southern Burgundy, where you step into the past. (See Rick Steves YouTube video for a "mini-cruise" aboard Papillon.) This is a country deeply rooted in history and legend, carrying us back to the dawn of Western civilization. It was here that Caesar came, saw and conquered. It was also here that Dukes of Burgundy held dominion in the golden Middle Ages. For the most part, our voyages remain on the Canal de Bourgogne, however we sometimes venture onto the Canal du Nivernais or the River Saône.

Wherever the barge is, you and the crew can choose the moorings together, whether in town, village or open countryside. Perhaps you would prefer to head out in the minibus to a private tasting with a local wine grower or ride a bicycle and explore the countryside. There’s no agenda other than the one you create for yourself. The crew will make sure, however, that you don't miss any sights that are really special - they want you to grow to love Burgundy as much as they do! There is something beautiful around every bend. The canals and rivers interchange throughout Burgundy and the barge cruises on both, through fields, woods, villages and towns. Along the water's edge, trees overhang, herons stand guard watching as fishermen sit patiently waiting for their next catch. There is nothing so easy on the eye, so gentle on the soul, or so inspiring for the spirit than a few days of losing yourself along these old highways that are now quaint and charming backwaters of France.

The Chef on Le Papillon holds one of the prized cooking jobs on the French waterways, and with an unlimited budget is able to accommodate your every need. To ensure the best tasting and the highest quality food possible, the chef buys nearly all of her ingredients from local farmers markets, fishmongers, cheese shops, butchers and green-grocers, choosing "fair trade" and organic whenever available. Naturally you are welcome to accompany the chef on any of these marketing trips and help choose from the wealth of fresh seasonal produce. There is an open bar on Le Papillon and the crew always endeavours to stock passengers’ favorite brands. The majority of the wines are real finds from the smaller vineyards of Burgundy. Many of these wines can be shipped directly to your front door. On board, the crew is proud to serve Delamott champagne.

Rick Steves YouTube video aboard Papillon in Burgundy



Rick Steves visits the luxury hotel barge Papillon
Click the "PLAY" button in the center of the video to start viewing Rick Steves commentary on his barge cruise aboard Papillon



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Papillon's Deck Plan
Le Papillon's Deck Plan



Dining Aboard The Papillon:
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A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Papillon. LUNCH


DINNER



Passenger Comments:


Outstanding! Unforgetable! Service was outstanding! Friendly, acommodating and complete. Meals were excellent as were the wines. Liked the barge route very much. Beautiful scenery and interesting towns. We'd like to have bottled it! A fantastic three generation trip. The bikes were great and well used.
B.C. NY USA August 2015

The barge was extraordinary in its comfort and use of space. The service was beyond excellent and the meals and the wine were extraordinary !! The high points would be first the crew, the barge itself, and the trip to Carcassonne and the Church with its beautiful Rosette windows.
C.P. CA, USA, September 2014

The barge cruise was spectacular - way better than I'd even imagined it would be. The service was over the top great with a friendly, fun crew who anticipated our every need/desire. Every time we were away from our cabins, towels and beds were refreshed. I have been raving to anyone who will listen about the wonderful food we ate courtesy of Chef Ollie on Le Papillon. She treated us to traditional French food but with a little tweak toward healthier preparations which we really appreciated. Ollie is a gem and we all wanted to take her home with us. The wine was great, too, but I'm more into the food. We enjoyed our guide Stephan who managed to inject some fun and humor along with teaching us something about the history and significance of the sites we saw. We especially appreciated Stephan getting us into a winery for a tour and tasting at a time when the usual winery would not take us.
R & J W., WA, USA, May 2013


PAPILLON'S ITINERARIES

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne
Pont de Pany to Pont Royal 2017

Sunday - Meet in Paris en route to Pont de Pany
A barge representative will meet you at your hotel in Paris or at Paris CDG airport and transfer you to the Gare de Lyon for your TGV train to the Dijon train station, where a Papillon crew member will transfer you to Le Papillon, moored in Pont de Pany. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed aboard Le Papillon with a Champagne reception and introduced to the crew with plenty of time to settle in before dinner.

Monday - Visit the Route des Grandes Crus  - cruise to Gissey sur Ouche
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 legendary 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  - 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 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, a mixture of Creme de Cassis and champagne.

Wednesday -  visit Beaune  - cruise to Pont d'Ouche
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. If the Hospice is one of the Medieval World's "must sees," next door spectacular cellars of the Marché aux Vins offer a "must taste" experience with some of Burgundy's finest wines to try. After the drive back to Papillon, there will be time to take a stroll before dinner.

Thursday - visit Chateauneuf-en-Auxois  - cruise to Pouilly en Auxois
After a leisurely breakfast (and perhaps a morning bike rid?)e, 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 and Atlantic Ocean. 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 - visit Flavigny and the Abbey of Fontenay - cruise to Pont Royal
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 12th century 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 - Return to Paris
After a continental breakfast of fruits, cereals and pastries, our private minibus transfer will take you to the Dijon train station for your TGV train to the Gare de Lyon in Paris, arriving about 12 noon.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It runs in reverse on alternate weeks.


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne
Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Pont Royal
Cycling Itinerary 2017

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 - meet in Paris en route to Pont de Pany
A barge representative will meet you at your hotel in Paris or at Paris CDG airport and transfer you to the Gare de Lyon for your TGV train to the Dijon train station, where a Papillon crew member will transfer you to Le Papillon, moored in Pont de Pany. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed aboard Le Papillon with a Champagne reception and introduced to the crew with plenty of time to settle in 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-kilometre 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 - transfer to Paris

After a continental breakfast of fruits, cereals and pastries, our private minibus transfer will take you to the Dijon train station for your TGV train to the Gare de Lyon in Paris, arriving about 12 noon.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It may run in reverse depending on the cruise direction.


SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Burgundy: Canal de Bourgogne
Pont de Pany to Escommes
4-night cruise 2017

Sunday - Meet in Paris en route to Pont de Pany
A barge representative will meet you at your hotel in Paris or at Paris CDG airport and transfer you to the Gare de Lyon for your TGV train to the Dijon train station, where a Papillon crew member will transfer you to Le Papillon, moored in Pont de Pany. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed aboard Le Papillon with a Champagne reception and introduced to the crew with plenty of time to settle in before dinner.

Monday - Cheese, wine and mustard

Who wouldn't 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'll 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'll 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'll then cruise to the picturesque village of La Bussière where dinner will be served on board.

Tuesday - From lively Dijon to a grande 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 and coffee with the locals! The streets around the market square contain a wealth of antique shops and a short walking circuit allows you to admire Rue Liberté the facade of the Ducal Palace and touch the famous 'chouetteʼ for good luck! Lunch will be served on Papillon 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 Papillion's cellar. Then, as one of the nearby châteaux 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 Châteuneuf en Auxois - cruise to Escommes
Cruise this morning and tie up with a magnificent view of the castle of Châteauneuf, parts of which date back to the early 12th century. We'll have time to explore the village (ranked as one of the most beautiful in the whole of France) and the château 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 and Atlantic Ocean. 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'll walk amongst the vines, help with the picking if it's 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 - Return to Dijon
A continental breakfast of fruits, cereals and pastries will be served before a crew member accompanies you to the train station in Dijon for your TGV train to the Gare de Lyon in Paris, arriving about 12 noon. It's never goodbye but " à la prochaine fois " - until next time!

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. It may run in reverse depending on the cruise direction.



Le Papillon
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 9 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 16 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Apr 23 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 30 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
May 7 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
May 14 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
May 21 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
May 28 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Jun 4 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 11 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Jun 18 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 25 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Jul 2 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jul 9 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Jul 16 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 23 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Jul 30 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 6 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Aug 13 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 20 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Aug 27 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 3 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Sep 10 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 17 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Sep 24 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Oct 1 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Oct 8 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Oct 15 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Oct 22 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Oct 29 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 9 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 16 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Apr 23 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 30 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
May 7 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
May 14 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
May 21 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
May 28 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Jun 4 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 11 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Jun 18 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 25 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Jul 2 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jul 9 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Jul 16 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 23 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Jul 30 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 6 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Aug 13 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 20 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Aug 27 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 3 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Sep 10 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 17 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Sep 24 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Oct 1 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Oct 8 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Oct 15 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular
Oct 22 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Oct 29 Pont Royal-Pont de Pany Regular

Le Papillon
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 1 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 8 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 15 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 22 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 29 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
May 6 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
May 13 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
May 20 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
May 27 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 3 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 10 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 17 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 24 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jul 1 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Jul 8 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Jul 22 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jul 29 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 5 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 12 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 19 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 26 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 2 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 9 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 16 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 23 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 30 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Oct 7 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Oct 14 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 1 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 8 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 15 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 22 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Apr 29 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
May 6 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
May 13 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
May 20 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
May 27 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 3 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 10 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 17 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Jun 24 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jul 1 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Jul 8 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 15 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Jul 22 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Jul 29 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 5 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 12 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 19 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Aug 26 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 2 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 9 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 16 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 23 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Sep 30 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular
Oct 7 Pont Royal-Pont Royal Regular
Oct 14 Pont de Pany-Pont Royal Regular


*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


The Le Papillon's route through Southern Burgundy, from Pont Royal to Fleurey-sur-Ouche.
The Le Papillon's route through Southern Burgundy, from Pont Royal to Fleurey-sur-Ouche. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal de Bourgogne.




LE PAPILLON
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE REGULAR
Apr 9 thru Nov 4
SHORT CRUISE
Apr 9 thru Nov 4
CYCLING CHARTER
Apr 9 thru Nov 4
Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
$5,350
NA
NA
Single Occupancy Supplement
$1,700
NA
NA
Charter for 4
$27,000
NA
NA
Charter for 5
$28,400
NA
NA
Charter for 6
$31,500
NA
NA
Four Night Charter for 6
NA
$23,600
NA
Cycling Charter for 4
NA
NA
$28,800
Cycling Charter for 5
NA
NA
$31,900
Cycling Charter for 6
NA
NA
$35,700


LE PAPILLON
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE REGULAR
Apr 1 thru Oct 20
SHORT CRUISE
Apr 1 thru Oct 20
CYCLING CHARTER
Apr 1 thru Oct 20
Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
$5,350
NA
NA
Single Occupancy Supplement
$1,700
NA
NA
Charter for 4
$27,000
NA
NA
Charter for 5
$28,400
NA
NA
Charter for 6
$31,500
NA
NA
Four Night Charter for up to 6
NA
$23,600
NA
Cycling Charter for 4
NA
NA
$28,800
Cycling Charter for 5
NA
NA
$31,900
Cycling Charter for 6
NA
NA
$35,700


What's Included:
- 7 days, 6 nights on the barge in cabins with private bath
- All meals beginning with Sunday dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast
- Wines with meals and open bar on board (one meal on shore included with wine selected by the captain but other alcoholic beverages on shore are at passenger's expense)
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All escorted side excursions
- Use of bicycles

4-night charter cruises in Burgundy:
- 5 days, 4 nights on the barge in cabins with private bath
- All meals beginning with Sunday dinner and ending with Thursday breakfast
- Wines with meals and open bar
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All escorted side excursions
- Use of bicycles

Biking charter itinerary in Burgundy:
- 7 days, 6 nights on the barge in cabins with private bath
- All meals beginning with Sunday dinner and ending with Saturday breakfast
- Wines with meals and open bar on board
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All escorted side excursions and most entry fees
- Five days of guided biking
- Use of hybrid bicycles with support vehicle

What's Not Included

- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros

4-night charter cruises in Burgundy:
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros
- Alcoholic beverages at restaurants on shore

Biking charter itinerary in Burgundy:
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Rental of specialist road bikes
- Wine and alcoholic beverages when dining in restaurants ashore
- Optional activities such as massages and golf green fees
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros




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