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One day barge in Burgundy

Looking for info on an one day or overnight trip. We don't have enough free time for anything longer.

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I have never been able to find a one day or overnight barge trip in Burgundy. I am posting this in hopes someone else will answer your question so we will both have the information!

Thanks!

Posted by
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I strongly suspect that they don't exist.

Posted by
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We couldn't find one either. I'd take Ed as the definitive source on this.

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Taking me as the source on anything is a huge mistake.

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JHK

How far did you get in exploring that Cap Canal link? Can you actually book individual tickets?

I'm working off a stupid tablet and couldn't get English to pop up, but I'm pretty good in German and French is almost as comfortable as English. I read everything I could find in both languages.

It looks like, but doesn't ever state, that it's a group-hire deal. Either that or maybe they go if enough people sign up for a given day and, if they don't, it just won't go and you'd get your money back. Speaking of which, paying the deposit isn't very simple either. The confusion is in the fare structure. And what would happen if they had a group scheduled and couldn't suddenly take individuals?

Pouilly-en- Auxois is a fair hike from Dijon and a long hike from anyplace else. A fifty-footer, full-displacement hull gobbles gas and would probably have a crew of at least three, maybe only two. It's going to take a fairly good-sized load to break even on a run.

It's certainly a pursuable option, however.

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Well the website says that the boat can hold 50 passengers so I thought it would be something like the Canal St Martin cruise in Paris. I have no idea where in Burgundy the OP in this thread is staying so I don't know if getting to this boat will make sense. I just offer it as a suggestion. We were spending a very extended trip through the Burgundy region and I was trying to find varied things to do. I got as far as exchanging e-mails (all in French) with the captain at the address included on the website before there was a "rebellion" by the family. It sounded like they do whatever will work out best for the boat and crew financially on any given day. Not enough passengers to break even means no cruise on any given day. It was very laid back and unstructured in terms of a schedule. I gave my name and contact information and the type of trip that I thought that my family wanted and our possible dates and the captain promised to get back to me with a date when the boat would be sailing. Before he did, we had the "no" vote and I contacted him to cancel. The reservation is free and I planned to pay cash on the day of the trip. I still wish that we had gone but a 3 to 1 no vote in a family of 4 sometimes leads to me, even though I am the planner, to do what the family wants, especially that summer when everyone else wanted to go to Italy in the first place.

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www.hotelbarge.com is the company that owns Le Papillon, the boat Rick filmed on in 2007 for his Burgundy TV program; their itineraries take 4 - 6 nights. I also clicked through a few other barge companies that we had on a list, but did not find a one-day or night option.

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We are booked on the one-day trip mentioned above in June. Yes, conversation was difficult and we were warned they don't "sail" every day, but the captain did get back to me weeks later and offered a date that worked well for us. We're looking forward to it!