Six Night Classic Burgundy

Day 1, Sunday: Meet in Paris en route to Pont de Pany. One of our crew will meet you at your hotel in Paris at 1pm and drive you to the Papillon 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.

Day 2, Monday: 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, then by early afternoon Papillon will be moored in the quiet village of Gissey-sur-Ouche. After a delicious buffet lunch we drive along the ‘Route des Grandes Crus’ and through the vineyards of the legendary Côte du Nuits. We stop at the Château of Clos de Vougeot, the perfect setting to learn about the importance that wine played in Burgundy’s history, then we’ll go on to one of our favourite vineyards for a private tasting before heading back to Papillon’s dining room.

Day 3, Tuesday: Food lovers can make an early start and accompany Papillon’s chef to the busy morning food market in Dijon for a chance to meet 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 Crème de Cassis and champagne.

Day 4, Wednesday: This morning’s journey takes us to the tiny port of Pont d’Ouche, where we cruise over the Ouche River. Before midday we 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, including the world famous Hospice with its multi-coloured roof tiles built in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to the dukes of Burgundy. If the Hospiace is one of the Medieval World’s ‘must sees’, next door the 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.

Day 5, Thursday: After a leisurely breakfast (and perhaps a morning bike ride?) we make the ten-minute drive to the hilltop village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, rated as one of ‘les plus beaux (most beautiful) 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 grand basilica of Vézelay. Then back 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: Today’s cruise takes 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.

Day 7, Saturday: 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 or one of the Paris airports (Orly/ORY or Charles de Gaulle/CDG).

‘Six nights Classic Cruise’ 2017 Tariffs

Boat Charter with 6 passengers

  • $5,250 per person

Boat Charter with 5 passengers

  • $5,680 per person

Boat Charter with 4 passengers

  • $6,750 per person

One Cabin only

  • $5,350 per person Single supplement $1,700

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Price includes return door to door transfers with our private minibus from your hotel in Paris, six nights accommodation and five days of cruising, all food and wine with an open bar, land based excursions and entrance fees.

Not included are travel and cancellation insurance, airfares, green fees, jeep rides, hot air balloon flights and crew gratuities.

“Burgundy, like much of France, is laced with canals just made for spending lazy afternoons gliding by pastoral scenes”

 Rick Steves