120Le Papillon is celebrating her 120th anniversary cruising France this year!



The Quintessential French Experience

Imagine spending a week cruising the idyllic waterways of France on board a luxury barge. You’ll trade a week of the hustle of everyday life for the leisurely and gentle pace that barging provides. Cruising on these historic waterways allows for a deep exploration of the picturesque landscapes, historical gems, vineyards and more. You’ll be immersing yourself in French culture and history while savoring gourmet meals paired with exquisite wines and mouthwatering cheeses from each region.

We want you to be swept away by the tranquility of nature, become enthralled in the living history of the regions and indulge in the delicacies of the cuisine and wines of France. Our mission is to provide you with a week that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Papillion barge

Our historic barges have been lovingly restored to once again grace the waterways of France in style and comfort.

Man smiling on canal boat with house surrounded by greenery in the background

We’ve selected some of the most unique and beautiful waterways in France to share exclusively with our guests.

Come with us to discover the beauty of France and cruising the French waterways  from our unique view of the world.

Every meal is thoughtfully paired
with exquisite regional wines chosen
exclusively by your captain.

Our chefs are masters at incorporating seasonal ingredients into regional dishes that will delight the most discerning gourmets.

Papillion barge in canal

From packing suggestions to knowing what to expect on board, we want to help you to feel informed and prepared.

Thank you for the wonderful week! We will long remember the food, the wine, the cruising, the tours, the walks, the lounging on the deck, the conversation and just plain fun!

Jane & Nelson

A week of fabulous food, wonderful wines, terrific trips, comfy cabins, cheery company and most of all the super duper staff.


You made this a truly memorable week – great food, fabulous wine and such attention to detail.

Ursala & Garth

The beautiful French countryside, amazing French cuisine & fabulous Burgundy wines surpassed all we had imagined!

Mike & Carolyn

I have traveled all over the world and this is by far one of the finest experiences of my life.


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