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Discover the Magnolia hotel barge in Burgundy

6 passengers

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Magnolia highlights

Live the dream this year!
Cruise aboard an authentic French barge at a very special and affordable rate
5-star service for the perfect, relaxing holiday on the French canals

Optional fully-guided, excursions:

  • Dijon: Notre Dame, many historical buildings, a colourful market and great shopping
  • Visit the Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the Chevaliers of the Tastevin, to view the vineyards and enjoy a tasting
  • Discover the mysteries of a much-loved culinary delight on a local Truffle farm
  • Visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune, with its magnificent Hotel Dieu Hospice and lovely town centre
  • Spectacular view from Chateauneuf-en-Auxois: Visit the chateau and local craft shops in one of the prettiest villages of France

Magnolia also offers

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Magnolia cruise file


  • From 8000 €


  • Crew members : 2
  • Up to 6 guests
  • Suites : 1
  • Double cabins : 2

Boat size

  • Length 126′4″ ft (38.5 metres)
  • Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • Demonstration galley
  • CD, DVD library, iPod dock
  • Volkswagen minibus
  • Bicycles : 6

Guests have said...

The Magnolia cruise, with accommodations for 6 people is the perfect formula to relax with friends and family . The Burgundy Canal route is lovely and quiet . Nice experience. I... continue reading

Humberto Campos Rangel, Brazil; May 2017

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About the barge "Magnolia"

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Lovingly converted by your hosts, Nicolas and Magali, the Magnolia provides a unique and peaceful haven, where you will instantly feel at home.

Your adventure takes you through the stunning Valley d'Ouche at a relaxed pace.  Rest assured, the Captain and hostess look after the barge, while you relax as you wish.

As you step aboard the fully air-conditioned/centrally heated Magnolia, you will be pleasantly surprised by the exceptional presentation and the spaciousness of the barge.
Stairs lead down into the huge, light saloon.
At one end is the dining table, set close to the galley; at the other end, the large corner sofa invites you to relax over a drink from the guest-accessible bar, tea or coffee machines.
A writing desk is available, complete with a Wi-Fi connection.
You could enjoy a DVD, watch TV, listen to some music on the iPod deck or simply watch the world drift by.
A large luggage space has been built into the barge, and this is accessible from the saloon.  Your bags can be safely stored away for you.

Along the beautifully curved corridor, which ensures privacy by placing the cabins either side of the barge, you will find three tastefully decorated cabins with king-size beds convertible to twins, according to your preference.
Each bed has a 5-zone mattress and superior linens.
All cabins benefit from opening portholes, king-size beds with 5-zone memory-foam mattresses and superior linens.  There are separate, en-suite toilet and shower rooms with one-way glass for privacy.

The 17m2 suite has a writing desk/dressing table and ample storage, including a wardrobe, add to the home from home feeling.

The two, 12 m2 cabins have ample storage and one-way glass in the en-suite bathrooms.

The staircase adjacent to the cabins allows direct access to the spa pool deck, which is the perfect place to relax in the hot tub with a glass of wine after a day exploring this stunning region with your hosts.
If the sun is shining, you could also relax on the 40 m2 aft sun deck, complete with traditional furniture and an automated sunshade
This deck has an outdoor kitchen featuring a plancha barbecue and fridge.

During your self-catering stay, the fully-equipped galley and BBQ are at your disposal, and the crew will help with the shopping.  If you don't wish to cook, you will find restaurants nearby, and your hosts will be happy to make recommendations.
Continental breakfasts and fully-guided excursions are available as an optional extra, to be booked in advance.

Magali and Nicolas have many years of experience in hotel barging and as natives to Burgundy, make excellent companions for your adventure.

Magnolia deck and cabin plans

Magnolia cruise route & itinerary

Plombières-les-Dijon to Escommes map

This cruise type is available in 2021 only
We will meet you at Dijon TGV station at about 4 pm, and then transfer you to the barge moored in the nearby port.
Enjoy a welcome drink on the deck, and an introduction to the crew and Magnolia.

Plombières - Fleurey sur Ouche (8 locks)
Optional excursion: This morning we will visit a local truffle farm, l'Or des Valois, to discover this art and have a go.
The journey begins! We will cruise gently along the Canal to Fleurey-sur-Ouche, passing through 13 locks on the way.  There is plenty of time to cycle or walk alongside.

Fleurey sur Ouche - To Lock 34 (8 locks)
We will continue our cruise along the canal through the Ouche Valley to Lock 34, and original blockhouse which has been converted to the welcoming "guinguette", where you can experience the owner's cooking talents.
In the afternoon, there is an optional excursion to visit Vosne Romanée for a private wine tasting in the family Domaine Armelle Rion.

Lock 34 - La Bussiere  (8 locks)
We can begin our day with an optional visit to the wonderful town of Dijon, and the colourful market there. The market halls were designed by Gustave Eiffel, and there will be time to explore the surrounding historic quarters and myriad of quaint streets in this, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy.
In the afternoon, we will cruise through the peaceful countryside to La Bussière.

La Bussiere - Pont d'Ouche (6 locks)
The cruise today takes up to Pont d'Ouche, a beautiful village.
This afternoon, our optional excursion takes us to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. Discover the world-famous 15th-century Hospice, along with its fascinating history.  You will want your cameras at the ready both inside and outside this magnificent example of fine architecture!  There will be free-time for shopping before we return to Magnolia.

Pont d'Ouche - Escommes (19 locks)
Our morning cruise will enable us to take an optional visit to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, one of the most beautiful villages in France, built around a fine castle.
Perched high above the canal, enjoy the superb views of the valley and take a tour of the magnificent chateau.
Our afternoon cruise brings us to Escommes, our final mooring for the week.

Escommes to Dijon
After a hearty breakfast, depart to Dijon for your onward journey.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.  On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.

Magnolia rates

Plombières-les-Dijon to Escommes

2021 ONLY
Whole boat charter for 6 8000 €
Optional guided excursions, per person 250 €
Optional continental breakfasts for 6 guests 400 €

The price includes:

  • Transfers from and to Dijon train station to the barge
  • Accommodation for 6 guests in 3 air-conditioned double cabins (3 king-size beds which can be converted into 3 twins beds) & 3 spacious, private bathrooms
  • Bicycles
  • Use of laundry facilities
  • Drive 2 or 3 times a week for provisions
  • Bottles of water, milk, and store-cupboard essentials (oil, vinegar, mustard, salt,
    pepper, and dry food) 
  • Drive to restaurants within a reasonable distance
  •  Outdoor kitchen with plancha
  •  Free access to the hot tub

Gratuities for crew members are entirely discretionary;  5% - 10% of the cruise fare is suggested in the event of total satisfaction with the service on board

Magnolia availability

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Magnolia operates on a private charter basis only

Start date End date Comment
19 June 2021 25 June 2021 Available
26 June 2021 02 July 2021 Available
03 July 2021 09 July 2021 Available
10 July 2021 16 July 2021 Available
17 July 2021 23 July 2021 Available
24 July 2021 30 July 2021 Available
31 July 2021 06 August 2021 Available
07 August 2021 13 August 2021 Available
02 October 2021 08 October 2021 Available
09 October 2021 15 October 2021 Available
23 October 2021 29 October 2021 Available
30 October 2021 05 November 2021 Available



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