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(near Dijon) to Pont Royal
50 miles of beautiful canal scenary - sample itinerary for
also cruise in the Champagne and Alsace regions.
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
On the way we can visit the fabulous château 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.
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.
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, 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. 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.
This mornings cruise will take us to Pont dOuche where
we cruise over the Ouche river. After lunch we will drive through
the nearby hills and descend into the Cote dOr 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 Burgundys
finest wines or alternatively stop at one of the vineyards on our
way back to Papillon. During the afternoon Papillon will have cruised
on to La Repe where she will be moored for the night.
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 with its fine tapestries. And then on
through one of the wonders of the canal sysyem a two mile
tunnel leading to the town of Pouilly-en-Auxois.
Nearby the chateau of Chailly has a fine golf course.
Todays 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 Chocolat
was filmed, the Cistercian abbey of Fontenay (UNESCO world heritage
sight) and the virtually undiscovered medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois.
After breakfast, minibus transfer to Dijon train station or your
hotel or airport in Paris.
Onboard Le Papillon 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 well make sure you do it.