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Cruise Destinations

-France, Southern Burgundy on Barge Papillon-

Cruise Details:

  • 4 to 6 guests
  • 100 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2013

Cruise Rate Includes:

For a 6 night cruise: 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

For a 4 night cruise: 4 nights/5 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Dijon to the barge & return all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

For a 6 night cruise: Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

For a 4 night cruise: Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Papillon

Barge Lady Ellen enjoyed a visit to Papillon in summer, 2013. She said: “Papillon is operated by barge industry veterans Bill and Jenny Higgs, whose ideas about quality touch every aspect of the operation. I was welcomed aboard by  Bill  and longtime Captain Cedric. It is always a pleasure to be reminded of the details that make Papillon stand out: Fluffy towels, gorgeous tiled baths, elegant accessories, flower bouquets everywhere. The ambiance is that of a refined and private French country inn. I hope to return soon for a longer visit to this delightful barge!”

The barge exudes charm and comfort. The three cozy cabins are dressed in lovely wallpapers and fabrics, while the Provencial-tiled baths are spacious and luxurious. The separate wood-paneled dining room reinforces a feeling of civility, and guests can truly relax in the separate salon and on deck. Recent upgrades have included a complete redecoration of the interior, new bicycles and a new Audi VW Minivan.

To speak with Bill Higgs is to meet someone obsessed with quality and with providing each and every guest with a distinct experience. He chooses the wines himself by going directly to local growers, and as he is part owner of a vineyard, has access to some remarkable discoveries. The chef is encouraged, also, to purchase direct from known local sources and to spend what is necessary to provide elegant menus. The Papillon “difference” begins on the chauffeured transfer from Paris to the barge with a bonus tour of Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte.

A top crew of four provides service to six guests. Papillon crew is hired for the long haul. For instance, chef Ollie Timberlake is one of the most experienced chefs to be found on the French canals and exemplifies the Papillon tradition of freshness and quality in cuisine. Captain Cedric has been piloting for several years. Guides have lived in the area and are known for knowledge of wine and history. Our guests have enjoyed guide Michael Pattison, among others. Sightseeing includes a visit with the chef to local markets; the Medieval hospice at Beaune; and winetasting at top venues. Anything and everything can be arranged, including golf on local courses and shopping.

To see more, please go to to the Barge Lady Blog for Kelly's blog as well as an incredible day-to-day itinerary written by Papillon guests and to Guestbook for Kelly’s writeup of her recent cruise.



Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Rates For a Four Night GOURMET cruise

Whole Boat Charter of up to 6: $23,600

2017 Rates For a Six Night cruise

Whole Boat Charter of 4: $27,000
Whole Boat Charter of 5: $28,400
Whole Boat Charter of 6: $31,500
Individual Cabin: $5,350 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,700

2017 dates
April 2 - 8 May 28 - June 3 July 16 - 22 September 3 - 9
April 9 - 15 June 4 - 10 July 23 - 29 September 10 - 16
April 16 - 22 June 11 - 17 July 30 - August 5 September 17 - 23
April 23 - 29 June 18 - 24 August 6 - 12 September 24 - 30
April 30 - 6 June 25 - July 1 August 13 - 19 October 1 - 7
May 7 - 13 July 2 - 8 August 20 - 26 October 8 - 14
May 14 - 20 July 9 - 15 August 27 - September 2 October 15 - 21
May 21 - 27  
Barge Cruise

Papillon Accommodations and Amenities

  • 100 Feet Long
  • Three cabins with ensuite tiled shower bath
  • Cabin 1 - 107 sq feet, double bed
  • Cabin 2 - 180 sq feet, twin beds
  • Cabin 3 - 93 sq feet, twin bed
  • In the Public Areas
  • Lovely salon & bar with separate dining room
  • French country ambiance
  • Redecorated for 2012 season
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 6 Gitane hybrid bicycles
  • 21 speed Shimano gears and Rim brakes
  • 3 men's bikes, 3 women's bikes









Papillon Barging in Burgundy Itinerary

pont de pany to Pont Royal On the Canal de Bourgogne

Sunday: Paris to Pont de Pany
Extra Excursion to Chateau-Vaux-le-Vicomte
You will be met by a Papillon crew member at your hotel in Paris at 1 pm and driven to the Papillon moored near Dijon in the village of Pond de Pany. On the way we can visit the fabulous château of Vaux-le-Vicomte, pictured below – 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: Pont de Pany to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Drive through glorious vineyard country
Onboard Le Papillon After breakfast, we will start cruising along the Canal de Bourgogne. There will be ample opportunities to take a bike or walk along the canal towing path. By mid afternoon we shall be moored in the delightful village of Gissey-sur-Ouche. A short drive in the minibus will take us to the medieval quarter of Dijon for a walking tour followed by a visit to the Musée des Beaux Arts in the ducal palace. Our drive back to Papillon will include the Route des Grands Crus through the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits, passing by Clos Vougeot.

Tuesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to Veuvey-sur-Ouche
Accompany our Chef to the Dijon food market

Food lovers can make an early start and accompany our chef to the busy morning food market in Dijon. This is an opportunity to meet our cheese, fish, and produce suppliers face to face. Maybe take a coffee with the chef and discuss some of your favorite dishes. There will be some free time for any shopping – the Rue Verrerie with its famous antique shops is nearby. Lunch back aboard and then cruise to the village of Veuvey-sur-Ouche.

Wednesday: Veuvey-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Beaune: Ancient hospice and winetasting
This morning’s cruise will take us to Pont d’Ouche where we cruise over the Ouche river. After lunch we will drive through the nearby hills and descend into the Cote d’Or vineyards and visit Beaune – a thriving little town and proud capital of the wine trade. By far the most famous sight 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 or alternatively stop at one of the vineyards on our way back to Papillon.

 

Thursday: Pont d'Ouche to Pouilly-en-Auxois
Fine tapestries at the Chateau of Comarin
A 5 minute drive from Papillon will take us up to the hilltop village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. Highly restored and very picturesque, the village also offers a fine aerial view of the canal. Back onboard, we will climb the remaining locks before reaching the summit level of the canal – the highest point on this water route from the Mediterranean to the English Channel. After lunch we can visit the little chateau of Commarin, pictured below, with its fine tapestries. And then on through one of the wonders of the canal system – a two mile tunnel leading to the town of Pouilly-en-Auxois. Nearby the chateau of Chailly has a fine golf course.

Friday: Pouilly-en-Auxois to Pont Royal
Choice of Excursions! What about the village where "Chocolat" was filmed?
Today’s cruise will take us through lovely rolling countryside to Pont Royal. From there, a pleasant circular trip in the minibus could include visits to the hilltop village of Flavigny, where the movie ‘Chocolat’ was filmed, the Cistercian abbey of Fontenay (UNESCO world heritage sight) and the virtually undiscovered walled Medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois, pictured at left. Here is the place to purchase jams, spices and other gourmet gifts to take home!

Saturday: Return to Paris
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, depart at 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer to the Dijon Train Station or Paris, either a hotel in central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport. Estimated arrival time in the Paris area is noon.

The above description of a week on Le Papillon, cruising from Fleurey to Pont Royal contains similar points of interest as a cruise in the opposite direction from Pont Royal to Fleurey, 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.


Planning a Petite Getaway in Burgundy: The Papillon 4-night Gourmet Cruise

Pont D'Panay to Escommes on the Canal de Bourgogne

Your cruises begins with superior dining aboard the barge. Papillon is different to most other barges - we are on a mission to bring you the very best and that is only possible by starting with the correct ingredients. We minimize our use of supermarkets and buy direct from butchers, fishmongers, green grocers, and cheese mongers. We go to as many markets as possible and always try to buy organic produce. In addition all of our wines are bought directly from the vineyards. You are always welcome to pop your head in the galley and see what Chef Ollie is preparing, partake in a cooking demonstration or glean a recipe! And when you leave we'll give you your own copy of  "At Home in Burgundy - The Papillon Recipes" written by one of our previous chefs.

Sunday: Paris to Pont d'Panay
Welcome Aboard!
We'll be on the platform of Dijon train station to meet you at 4:00 pm as you step off your fast TGV from Paris. (The cost of train or other transfers to and from the cruise route is not covered by the cruise price and must be booked separately.) 30 minutes later you'll be enjoying a Champagne welcome on the Papillon, moored at the canal side village of Pont d'Panay. After time to settle in, your chef will serve a delicious dinner on board.

Monday: Pont de Panay to La Busserie
Lunch at Celebrated 'Ma Cuisine' in Beaune
Who wouldn't skip their croissant so as to get to the Gaugry fromagerie by 9:30 am? 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 herein 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. After lunch, enjoy a stroll through the cobbled streets of Beaune and admire the gables and tiled roofs so typical of the Flemish influence from the era of the great Dukes of Burgundy back in the 15th century.

Cruise in the afternoon with dinner onboard moored in the charming canalside village of La Bussière.

Tuesday: La Busserie to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Shop for Fresh produce with Our Chef
Eiffel's fabulous iron market building, pictured below, will be bustling in central Dijon this morning. 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 chouette for good luck.

Lunch on Papillon whilst we continue our cruise along the Ouche valley. During the afternoon maybe take a walk or bike ride along the towing path or just nap on the sun deck as rural France gently glides by. Once moored, enjoy an informal wine tasting with Cédric your captain. You will be able to sample several of our favorite bottles from Papillon's cellar before heading off for a wonderful picnic. 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: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes
Grab Fresh Loaves Right from the Baker's Oven
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. Being only 5 minutes from Papillon 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 for 5 minutes with the baker before she has 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 only a15 minute drive away. 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: Escommes to Dijon
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast aboard Papillon, at 10 am you will be driven to Dijon train station, car rental or hotel.

Please note:
this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging in Burgundy on the canals and waterways of France Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

Papillon Sample Menus


The Barge Lady's Creative Director, Kelly and her mother enjoyed these delicious meals while aboard Papillon.


Dinner
Salad of
Warm Goat Cheese
with
Fresh Figs and
Proscuitto de Parma
* * *
Duck Breast
with a
Balsamic Sauce
served with
Sweet Potato Cakes
Roasted Beets

* * *

Fromage
Papillon Roquefort
Epoisses
***

Pear Sabayan
with
Pear Sorbet
* * *
~Wines~
Chassagne Montrachet 2009
Vieilles Vignes
Domaine Borgeot


Auxey Duresses 2007
Jaffelin

* * * * *





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lunch
(pictured above)
Caprese Salad
* * *
Tabouleh Salad
* * *
Selection of Charcuterie,
Terrines and Pates
served with
Cornichons
and a variety of
Dijon Mustards

* * *
Fresh Green Salad
Tossed in a Cider Vinegar Dressing

Fromage
Camembert
Selles sur Cher
* **
~Wines~
St Bris 2008
Goisot

Chitry 2009
Olivier Morin

* * * * *

Dinner
 

Mi-Cuit foie gras

served over a bed of

Young Salad

Fresh Raspberry and

Honey salad dressing

* * *

Poached Cod with

Lemon and

White wine sauce

* * *

Fresh herb Risotto

Podded Peas


Fromage

Epoisse

Delice de Bourgogne

* * *

Steamed stem ginger Puddings

with a home made

Honey ice cream

* * * * *






 


Pumpkin Soup
* * *
Poached Salmon
with a
Tarragon Sauce
Chard
Basmati Rice

Fromage
Morbier

Crottin de Chevre
* * *
Molten Chocolate Cake
with
Fresh Berries
Creme Anglais
(pictured above)
* * *
~Wines~
Sancerre 2009
Claude Riffault


Pommard 2002
Michel Arcelian

* * * * *



Dinner
Roasted Guinea Foul
with a Rocket Pesto
* * *
Avocado with a
Walnut dressing
* * *
Lambs Lettuce
Fresh Cucumber
marinated in
Natural Yogurt and Mint
* * *
Potato Salad with Crispy Pancetta,
Fresh Mint and Olive Oil
* * *

Beet-root tossed in
Dijon Grain Mustard,
Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil Dressing

Tossed in a Cider Vinegar Dressing

Fromage
Fresh Goats Cheese
Cantal

* * * * *


Lunch

Swiss Chard and

Fresh Goats Cheese Tart

* * *

Grated Carrots with

Sesame Oil and

Roast Sesame Seeds

* * *

Freshly grated Celeriac with a

Lemon Mayonnaise and Yogurt Dressing

* * *

Wild Rice Salad with a

Walnut Herb Dressing,

Lemon, Diced Red Pepper,

Cucumber, Tomatoes and Walnuts

* * *

Fresh Green Salad


Fromage
Brebis de Corse

* * * * *







 

 




Picture a Barge Cruise on Papillon

 barge cruises in Burgundy France on Papillon, bike and barge

Papillon Guest Book

“Incomparable! Our barge trip on the Papillon in Burgundy was so perfect. There were six of us -– two grandparents, daughter and husband, and twelve and fourteen year old granddaughters. The crew clearly made passenger accommodation its highest priority. The Captain, Cedric, was affable and always ready to make our time aboard his vessel shaped around satisfying our family’s desires. Tour Guide Stefan was the trip leader, always caring and helping, not to mention bright and witty. The Chef was Colleen, creating a wide variety of always superb food (in a small galley), while catering to our individual dietary considerations. And Hostess Sandrine was always there to assist, including providing in-depth descriptions of wines and cheeses. A highlight was celebrating the grandparents’ fiftieth anniversary with dinner in a chateau, and the crew providing a dessert with burning candles. This cruise couldn’t have been better!”

- Steve Holland, cruised June, 2016

"We had a great crew –- Captain Cedric and his first mate Jim were lots of fun. Hostess Abby was a delight, and Chef Finley was awesome. The food was beyond expectations!!!! The wines and the cheese were excellent, and the crew demonstrated superb knowledge about each wine and cheese presented. It was interesting to go on all of the excursions. Our guide did an outstanding job with the driving and interacting with us. Our week on Papillon was truly a memorable experience -- one I would do again, especially with the crew of the Papillion!"

- Pat Roselund, cruised July, 2014

"Our family of 25 people chartered the bargs Papillon and Caprice. The cruise surpassed our expectations! The boats very comfortable, the food/wine a gourmet experience, the tours fun and informative, and the overall trip very relaxing. The crew was excellent - very nice, knowledgeable, flexible. They always said 'yes' for every we requested. We all loved our Guide, Michael Pattison. He was incredible, and we really enjoyed his knowledge and personality. There was such a great selection of buildings/places to visit. The chefs were incredible! The dishes that the chefs prepared for the specialty diet needs for some of the guests were award winners…amazing. It was an incredible trip. A '10' on a scale of 1-10. I’d recommend it to everyone. The services of The Barge Lady were terrific. We loved the folders/packets of information we received one month prior to boarding. Also really appreciated the help with transfers (trains and busses) to and from Paris. It was a big complicated group and The Barge Lady staff did not miss a beat."

- Bitsey Kelley and Family, cruised July, 2013


"We boarded Papillon in the afternoon taking a minute to admire the beautifully flowered deck before heading inside. As we stepped into the salon we were enveloped by the French country charm that oozes throughout Papillon. The attention to detail in the décor is apparent and second only to the attention to detail provided by Papillon’s wonderful crew. Captain Cedric, Hostess Emma, and Chef Sarah truly went out of their way to pamper us! It is no wonder they are regarded as some of the top crew in barging.

We headed back to our cabins which were cozy, light and adorned with beautiful fabrics and wallpaper. The bathrooms are spacious and boast gorgeous tiling. I especially liked the convenience of having sink separate from the bathroom.

After getting settled, we sauntered up to the deck for an afternoon cruise to find afternoon tea and cookies awaiting us! I don’t think there is anything quite as relaxing as enjoying a cup of tea watching the beautiful Burgundy countryside float by. After tea we jumped off at a lock for a bicycle ride and a little exploring.

Chef Sarah wowed us at every meal. The duck breast with balsamic sauce she served as our main the first night melted in my mouth -- it was impeccable! Our second night Sarah prepared an amazing pumpkin soup using pumpkins she had purchased on our trip to the Montbard market that morning. I don't think there was ever a spot of food left on either of our plates.

After we visited the Montbard market, Emma took us to the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois, where she gave us a walking tour and an opportunity to shop in some of the cute stores. (I picked up some black truffle seasoning salt and a fantastic almond apricot jam which is sadly already gone) When we returned Sarah had a delicious lunch of fresh salads, charcuterie, terrines, and pates ready for us. After lunch Cedric took us to the Cistercian Abbey of Fontaney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the adorable village of Flavigny where the movie Chocolat was filmed. Even though we were only had two nights on Papillon, Sarah, Emma and Cedric made sure that we got the most out of those days. We felt like personal friends that had come to visit. We were very sad to leave come Saturday morning, but happy to have made new friends and wonderful memories aboard Papillon! "

- Barge Lady Creative Director Kelly Weiss and her mother Terri Snyder, August, 2011

"We had a wonderful time! The food, wine, and cheese were all superb. The excursions hit all the high spots while being flexible on schedule. The crew went out of their way to take care of our every need. We felt like we had made four new friends by the end of the trip!"

- Nelson and Jane Schwab, cruised June, 2011

 

Papillon Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

Intimate Burgundy + Ultimate Pampering aboard Papillon
Barge Lady's Kelly relives her extraordinary three night cruise - and fabulous cuisine aboard petite gem Papillon along the Burgundy Canal.

 

 

 

Barging in Burgundy – A Once in a Lifetime Travel Opportunity on the barge Papillon
Barge Lady guests had and amazing cruise aboard Papillon - so much that they sent us a journal of their fabulous trip to share!

 

 

+ - Overview

Cruise Details:

  • 4 to 6 guests
  • 100 Ft. Long
  • Rating: Deluxe
  • Charter & Cabin bookings
  • English Speaking Crew of 4
  • 6 Bicycles
  • Air Conditioned
  • Last Visited 2013

Cruise Rate Includes:

For a 6 night cruise: 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Paris to the barge & return, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

For a 4 night cruise: 4 nights/5 days in a cabin with a private bath, chauffeured transfers from Dijon to the barge & return all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch & dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.

Cruise Rate Does NOT Include

For a 6 night cruise: Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

For a 4 night cruise: Airfare to and from France, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)


Papillon

Barge Lady Ellen enjoyed a visit to Papillon in summer, 2013. She said: “Papillon is operated by barge industry veterans Bill and Jenny Higgs, whose ideas about quality touch every aspect of the operation. I was welcomed aboard by  Bill  and longtime Captain Cedric. It is always a pleasure to be reminded of the details that make Papillon stand out: Fluffy towels, gorgeous tiled baths, elegant accessories, flower bouquets everywhere. The ambiance is that of a refined and private French country inn. I hope to return soon for a longer visit to this delightful barge!”

The barge exudes charm and comfort. The three cozy cabins are dressed in lovely wallpapers and fabrics, while the Provencial-tiled baths are spacious and luxurious. The separate wood-paneled dining room reinforces a feeling of civility, and guests can truly relax in the separate salon and on deck. Recent upgrades have included a complete redecoration of the interior, new bicycles and a new Audi VW Minivan.

To speak with Bill Higgs is to meet someone obsessed with quality and with providing each and every guest with a distinct experience. He chooses the wines himself by going directly to local growers, and as he is part owner of a vineyard, has access to some remarkable discoveries. The chef is encouraged, also, to purchase direct from known local sources and to spend what is necessary to provide elegant menus. The Papillon “difference” begins on the chauffeured transfer from Paris to the barge with a bonus tour of Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte.

A top crew of four provides service to six guests. Papillon crew is hired for the long haul. For instance, chef Ollie Timberlake is one of the most experienced chefs to be found on the French canals and exemplifies the Papillon tradition of freshness and quality in cuisine. Captain Cedric has been piloting for several years. Guides have lived in the area and are known for knowledge of wine and history. Our guests have enjoyed guide Michael Pattison, among others. Sightseeing includes a visit with the chef to local markets; the Medieval hospice at Beaune; and winetasting at top venues. Anything and everything can be arranged, including golf on local courses and shopping.

To see more, please go to to the Barge Lady Blog for Kelly's blog as well as an incredible day-to-day itinerary written by Papillon guests and to Guestbook for Kelly’s writeup of her recent cruise.



Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise
2017 Rates For a Four Night GOURMET cruise

Whole Boat Charter of up to 6: $23,600

2017 Rates For a Six Night cruise

Whole Boat Charter of 4: $27,000
Whole Boat Charter of 5: $28,400
Whole Boat Charter of 6: $31,500
Individual Cabin: $5,350 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,700

2017 dates
April 2 - 8 May 28 - June 3 July 16 - 22 September 3 - 9
April 9 - 15 June 4 - 10 July 23 - 29 September 10 - 16
April 16 - 22 June 11 - 17 July 30 - August 5 September 17 - 23
April 23 - 29 June 18 - 24 August 6 - 12 September 24 - 30
April 30 - 6 June 25 - July 1 August 13 - 19 October 1 - 7
May 7 - 13 July 2 - 8 August 20 - 26 October 8 - 14
May 14 - 20 July 9 - 15 August 27 - September 2 October 15 - 21
May 21 - 27  

Floor Plan:

Barge Cruise

Papillon Accommodations and Amenities

  • 100 Feet Long
  • Three cabins with ensuite tiled shower bath
  • Cabin 1 - 107 sq feet, double bed
  • Cabin 2 - 180 sq feet, twin beds
  • Cabin 3 - 93 sq feet, twin bed
  • In the Public Areas
  • Lovely salon & bar with separate dining room
  • French country ambiance
  • Redecorated for 2012 season
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • 6 Gitane hybrid bicycles
  • 21 speed Shimano gears and Rim brakes
  • 3 men's bikes, 3 women's bikes









Papillon Barging in Burgundy Itinerary

pont de pany to Pont Royal On the Canal de Bourgogne

Sunday: Paris to Pont de Pany
Extra Excursion to Chateau-Vaux-le-Vicomte
You will be met by a Papillon crew member at your hotel in Paris at 1 pm and driven to the Papillon moored near Dijon in the village of Pond de Pany. On the way we can visit the fabulous château of Vaux-le-Vicomte, pictured below – 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: Pont de Pany to Gissey-sur-Ouche
Drive through glorious vineyard country
Onboard Le Papillon After breakfast, we will start cruising along the Canal de Bourgogne. There will be ample opportunities to take a bike or walk along the canal towing path. By mid afternoon we shall be moored in the delightful village of Gissey-sur-Ouche. A short drive in the minibus will take us to the medieval quarter of Dijon for a walking tour followed by a visit to the Musée des Beaux Arts in the ducal palace. Our drive back to Papillon will include the Route des Grands Crus through the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits, passing by Clos Vougeot.

Tuesday: Gissey-sur-Ouche to Veuvey-sur-Ouche
Accompany our Chef to the Dijon food market

Food lovers can make an early start and accompany our chef to the busy morning food market in Dijon. This is an opportunity to meet our cheese, fish, and produce suppliers face to face. Maybe take a coffee with the chef and discuss some of your favorite dishes. There will be some free time for any shopping – the Rue Verrerie with its famous antique shops is nearby. Lunch back aboard and then cruise to the village of Veuvey-sur-Ouche.

Wednesday: Veuvey-sur-Ouche to Pont d'Ouche
Beaune: Ancient hospice and winetasting
This morning’s cruise will take us to Pont d’Ouche where we cruise over the Ouche river. After lunch we will drive through the nearby hills and descend into the Cote d’Or vineyards and visit Beaune – a thriving little town and proud capital of the wine trade. By far the most famous sight 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 or alternatively stop at one of the vineyards on our way back to Papillon.

 

Thursday: Pont d'Ouche to Pouilly-en-Auxois
Fine tapestries at the Chateau of Comarin
A 5 minute drive from Papillon will take us up to the hilltop village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. Highly restored and very picturesque, the village also offers a fine aerial view of the canal. Back onboard, we will climb the remaining locks before reaching the summit level of the canal – the highest point on this water route from the Mediterranean to the English Channel. After lunch we can visit the little chateau of Commarin, pictured below, with its fine tapestries. And then on through one of the wonders of the canal system – a two mile tunnel leading to the town of Pouilly-en-Auxois. Nearby the chateau of Chailly has a fine golf course.

Friday: Pouilly-en-Auxois to Pont Royal
Choice of Excursions! What about the village where "Chocolat" was filmed?
Today’s cruise will take us through lovely rolling countryside to Pont Royal. From there, a pleasant circular trip in the minibus could include visits to the hilltop village of Flavigny, where the movie ‘Chocolat’ was filmed, the Cistercian abbey of Fontenay (UNESCO world heritage sight) and the virtually undiscovered walled Medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois, pictured at left. Here is the place to purchase jams, spices and other gourmet gifts to take home!

Saturday: Return to Paris
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast, depart at 9:00am for your chauffeured transfer to the Dijon Train Station or Paris, either a hotel in central Paris or Charles de Gaulle Airport. Estimated arrival time in the Paris area is noon.

The above description of a week on Le Papillon, cruising from Fleurey to Pont Royal contains similar points of interest as a cruise in the opposite direction from Pont Royal to Fleurey, 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.


Planning a Petite Getaway in Burgundy: The Papillon 4-night Gourmet Cruise

Pont D'Panay to Escommes on the Canal de Bourgogne

Your cruises begins with superior dining aboard the barge. Papillon is different to most other barges - we are on a mission to bring you the very best and that is only possible by starting with the correct ingredients. We minimize our use of supermarkets and buy direct from butchers, fishmongers, green grocers, and cheese mongers. We go to as many markets as possible and always try to buy organic produce. In addition all of our wines are bought directly from the vineyards. You are always welcome to pop your head in the galley and see what Chef Ollie is preparing, partake in a cooking demonstration or glean a recipe! And when you leave we'll give you your own copy of  "At Home in Burgundy - The Papillon Recipes" written by one of our previous chefs.

Sunday: Paris to Pont d'Panay
Welcome Aboard!
We'll be on the platform of Dijon train station to meet you at 4:00 pm as you step off your fast TGV from Paris. (The cost of train or other transfers to and from the cruise route is not covered by the cruise price and must be booked separately.) 30 minutes later you'll be enjoying a Champagne welcome on the Papillon, moored at the canal side village of Pont d'Panay. After time to settle in, your chef will serve a delicious dinner on board.

Monday: Pont de Panay to La Busserie
Lunch at Celebrated 'Ma Cuisine' in Beaune
Who wouldn't skip their croissant so as to get to the Gaugry fromagerie by 9:30 am? 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 herein 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. After lunch, enjoy a stroll through the cobbled streets of Beaune and admire the gables and tiled roofs so typical of the Flemish influence from the era of the great Dukes of Burgundy back in the 15th century.

Cruise in the afternoon with dinner onboard moored in the charming canalside village of La Bussière.

Tuesday: La Busserie to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Shop for Fresh produce with Our Chef
Eiffel's fabulous iron market building, pictured below, will be bustling in central Dijon this morning. 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 chouette for good luck.

Lunch on Papillon whilst we continue our cruise along the Ouche valley. During the afternoon maybe take a walk or bike ride along the towing path or just nap on the sun deck as rural France gently glides by. Once moored, enjoy an informal wine tasting with Cédric your captain. You will be able to sample several of our favorite bottles from Papillon's cellar before heading off for a wonderful picnic. 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: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Escommes
Grab Fresh Loaves Right from the Baker's Oven
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. Being only 5 minutes from Papillon 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 for 5 minutes with the baker before she has 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 only a15 minute drive away. 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: Escommes to Dijon
A Sad Farewell
After breakfast aboard Papillon, at 10 am you will be driven to Dijon train station, car rental or hotel.

Please note:
this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions. The route will run in reverse on alternate weeks. Contact The Barge Lady for reservations and more information about Barging in Burgundy on the canals and waterways of France Or call us toll free at (800) 880-0071.

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Papillon Sample Menus


The Barge Lady's Creative Director, Kelly and her mother enjoyed these delicious meals while aboard Papillon.


Dinner
Salad of
Warm Goat Cheese
with
Fresh Figs and
Proscuitto de Parma
* * *
Duck Breast
with a
Balsamic Sauce
served with
Sweet Potato Cakes
Roasted Beets

* * *

Fromage
Papillon Roquefort
Epoisses
***

Pear Sabayan
with
Pear Sorbet
* * *
~Wines~
Chassagne Montrachet 2009
Vieilles Vignes
Domaine Borgeot


Auxey Duresses 2007
Jaffelin

* * * * *





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lunch
(pictured above)
Caprese Salad
* * *
Tabouleh Salad
* * *
Selection of Charcuterie,
Terrines and Pates
served with
Cornichons
and a variety of
Dijon Mustards

* * *
Fresh Green Salad
Tossed in a Cider Vinegar Dressing

Fromage
Camembert
Selles sur Cher
* **
~Wines~
St Bris 2008
Goisot

Chitry 2009
Olivier Morin

* * * * *

Dinner
 

Mi-Cuit foie gras

served over a bed of

Young Salad

Fresh Raspberry and

Honey salad dressing

* * *

Poached Cod with

Lemon and

White wine sauce

* * *

Fresh herb Risotto

Podded Peas


Fromage

Epoisse

Delice de Bourgogne

* * *

Steamed stem ginger Puddings

with a home made

Honey ice cream

* * * * *






 


Pumpkin Soup
* * *
Poached Salmon
with a
Tarragon Sauce
Chard
Basmati Rice

Fromage
Morbier

Crottin de Chevre
* * *
Molten Chocolate Cake
with
Fresh Berries
Creme Anglais
(pictured above)
* * *
~Wines~
Sancerre 2009
Claude Riffault


Pommard 2002
Michel Arcelian

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Dinner
Roasted Guinea Foul
with a Rocket Pesto
* * *
Avocado with a
Walnut dressing
* * *
Lambs Lettuce
Fresh Cucumber
marinated in
Natural Yogurt and Mint
* * *
Potato Salad with Crispy Pancetta,
Fresh Mint and Olive Oil
* * *

Beet-root tossed in
Dijon Grain Mustard,
Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil Dressing

Tossed in a Cider Vinegar Dressing

Fromage
Fresh Goats Cheese
Cantal

* * * * *


Lunch

Swiss Chard and

Fresh Goats Cheese Tart

* * *

Grated Carrots with

Sesame Oil and

Roast Sesame Seeds

* * *

Freshly grated Celeriac with a

Lemon Mayonnaise and Yogurt Dressing

* * *

Wild Rice Salad with a

Walnut Herb Dressing,

Lemon, Diced Red Pepper,

Cucumber, Tomatoes and Walnuts

* * *

Fresh Green Salad


Fromage
Brebis de Corse

* * * * *







 

 




Picture a Barge Cruise on Papillon

 barge cruises in Burgundy France on Papillon, bike and barge

Papillon Guest Book

“Incomparable! Our barge trip on the Papillon in Burgundy was so perfect. There were six of us -– two grandparents, daughter and husband, and twelve and fourteen year old granddaughters. The crew clearly made passenger accommodation its highest priority. The Captain, Cedric, was affable and always ready to make our time aboard his vessel shaped around satisfying our family’s desires. Tour Guide Stefan was the trip leader, always caring and helping, not to mention bright and witty. The Chef was Colleen, creating a wide variety of always superb food (in a small galley), while catering to our individual dietary considerations. And Hostess Sandrine was always there to assist, including providing in-depth descriptions of wines and cheeses. A highlight was celebrating the grandparents’ fiftieth anniversary with dinner in a chateau, and the crew providing a dessert with burning candles. This cruise couldn’t have been better!”

- Steve Holland, cruised June, 2016

"We had a great crew –- Captain Cedric and his first mate Jim were lots of fun. Hostess Abby was a delight, and Chef Finley was awesome. The food was beyond expectations!!!! The wines and the cheese were excellent, and the crew demonstrated superb knowledge about each wine and cheese presented. It was interesting to go on all of the excursions. Our guide did an outstanding job with the driving and interacting with us. Our week on Papillon was truly a memorable experience -- one I would do again, especially with the crew of the Papillion!"

- Pat Roselund, cruised July, 2014

"Our family of 25 people chartered the bargs Papillon and Caprice. The cruise surpassed our expectations! The boats very comfortable, the food/wine a gourmet experience, the tours fun and informative, and the overall trip very relaxing. The crew was excellent - very nice, knowledgeable, flexible. They always said 'yes' for every we requested. We all loved our Guide, Michael Pattison. He was incredible, and we really enjoyed his knowledge and personality. There was such a great selection of buildings/places to visit. The chefs were incredible! The dishes that the chefs prepared for the specialty diet needs for some of the guests were award winners…amazing. It was an incredible trip. A '10' on a scale of 1-10. I’d recommend it to everyone. The services of The Barge Lady were terrific. We loved the folders/packets of information we received one month prior to boarding. Also really appreciated the help with transfers (trains and busses) to and from Paris. It was a big complicated group and The Barge Lady staff did not miss a beat."

- Bitsey Kelley and Family, cruised July, 2013


"We boarded Papillon in the afternoon taking a minute to admire the beautifully flowered deck before heading inside. As we stepped into the salon we were enveloped by the French country charm that oozes throughout Papillon. The attention to detail in the décor is apparent and second only to the attention to detail provided by Papillon’s wonderful crew. Captain Cedric, Hostess Emma, and Chef Sarah truly went out of their way to pamper us! It is no wonder they are regarded as some of the top crew in barging.

We headed back to our cabins which were cozy, light and adorned with beautiful fabrics and wallpaper. The bathrooms are spacious and boast gorgeous tiling. I especially liked the convenience of having sink separate from the bathroom.

After getting settled, we sauntered up to the deck for an afternoon cruise to find afternoon tea and cookies awaiting us! I don’t think there is anything quite as relaxing as enjoying a cup of tea watching the beautiful Burgundy countryside float by. After tea we jumped off at a lock for a bicycle ride and a little exploring.

Chef Sarah wowed us at every meal. The duck breast with balsamic sauce she served as our main the first night melted in my mouth -- it was impeccable! Our second night Sarah prepared an amazing pumpkin soup using pumpkins she had purchased on our trip to the Montbard market that morning. I don't think there was ever a spot of food left on either of our plates.

After we visited the Montbard market, Emma took us to the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois, where she gave us a walking tour and an opportunity to shop in some of the cute stores. (I picked up some black truffle seasoning salt and a fantastic almond apricot jam which is sadly already gone) When we returned Sarah had a delicious lunch of fresh salads, charcuterie, terrines, and pates ready for us. After lunch Cedric took us to the Cistercian Abbey of Fontaney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the adorable village of Flavigny where the movie Chocolat was filmed. Even though we were only had two nights on Papillon, Sarah, Emma and Cedric made sure that we got the most out of those days. We felt like personal friends that had come to visit. We were very sad to leave come Saturday morning, but happy to have made new friends and wonderful memories aboard Papillon! "

- Barge Lady Creative Director Kelly Weiss and her mother Terri Snyder, August, 2011

"We had a wonderful time! The food, wine, and cheese were all superb. The excursions hit all the high spots while being flexible on schedule. The crew went out of their way to take care of our every need. We felt like we had made four new friends by the end of the trip!"

- Nelson and Jane Schwab, cruised June, 2011

 

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Papillon Blog Posts, Recipes, Articles and Videos

Ask any Barge Lady, and she’ll tell you: when it comes to travel, more is better! Explore below for more of everything we love – videos, articles, blog posts, recipes and MORE!

Intimate Burgundy + Ultimate Pampering aboard Papillon
Barge Lady's Kelly relives her extraordinary three night cruise - and fabulous cuisine aboard petite gem Papillon along the Burgundy Canal.

 

 

 

Barging in Burgundy – A Once in a Lifetime Travel Opportunity on the barge Papillon
Barge Lady guests had and amazing cruise aboard Papillon - so much that they sent us a journal of their fabulous trip to share!

 

 


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