Magnolia hotel barge

Magnolia hotel barge
The barge Magnolia

Accommodating up to 6 passengers

View of the Magnolia

Magnolia is rated 4 star

  • 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

Cruise file for Magnolia

Charters from 14,230 €

Specifications

Crew members : 5

Boat size
Length 124′8″ ft (38 metres)
Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)

Number of bicycles : 6

Accommodation

Up to 6 guests

Suites : 1

Double cabins : 2

Also...

Central heating

Air-conditioning

Spa or pool

Wifi

Demonstration galley

Magnolia photos and videos

Click on any photo to begin the slide show, with photos of the barge and cruise program

Testimonials for Magnolia

Caroline Lehman, July 2017

The Magnolia went above and beyond our expectations!
The crew Magali & Nico (and beautiful little Mila) went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed every minute of the holiday.
We rate the barge 10/10
We appreciated the peace and quiet with amazing restaurants
Google lead us to Hotels Afloat, and we rate you a 10 for attention to details and help and would book again.

Nico mentioned they may move the barge one year, if they do we would love to know so we can come again!

Kai and Irmgard Borner, USA. July 2015

We really appreciated the small intimate personal environment and the excellent service
Boat rate: 10/10
Burgundy canal: Appreciated the surrounding nature and the visits to special historical sites and villages
We rated Hotels Afloat 10/10 and will book again.

We very much enjoyed the trip with Magali and Nicolas on their barge Magnolia. They were very personable, attentive, and accommodating in their service. We very much enjoyed our trip with them and would love to do it again!!!

About the barge "Magnolia"

Lovingly converted by your hosts, Nicolas and Magali, the Magnolia provides a unique and peaceful haven.

For the 2017 season, the barge will have a brand new Volkswagon minibus for transfers and excursions.
Your adventure takes you through the stunning Valley d'Ouche at a relaxed pace.
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 closely 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 very useful luggage space has been built into the barge, and this is accessible from the saloon.

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.

The 17m2 suite has a writing desk/dressing table and ample storage, including a wardrobe, add to the home from home feeling.
There are separate, en-suite toilet and shower rooms with one-way glass for privacy.

The two, 12 m2 cabins have king-size beds with 5 zone memory foam mattresses and superior linens.
Again, there 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 a huge parasol.
This deck has an outdoor kitchen featuring a plancha barbeque and fridge.

All meals served are made with fresh, locally sourced produce, the vast majority from Dijon market, to insure delicious, seasonal meals each day.  While at the market on Tuesday, guests will be invited to choose fish or meat, to be cooked once back on board by our chef, 'a la plancha'.
As well as fine wines and an open bar,  bottled water is available throughout the cruise.


During your cruise, you will be invited to join a French family for a traditional meal in their typically French home!
This is a unique opportunity to try out your French in a relaxed atmosphere with Magali or Nicolas nearby to translate if necessary.
This option is bookable in advance and replaces one of the on-board lunches or dinners.

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

There are 4 permanent crew on board to insure quality and a good ambiance throughout the season.
6 bikes on board
Hot tub

Mercedes minibus

Plan of Magnolia

Plan of the hotel barge Magnolia

Magnolia cruise routes & itineraries

Cruise in the Ouche Valley near Dijon

Cruise map for Magnolia

Dijon
Saturday
We will meet you at Dijon TGV station at about 4pm, and then transfer you to the barge moored in the nearby port.
Enjoy a welcome drink on the deck, before setting in.
This evening we will dine in a Dijon restaurant.

Dijon - Fleurey sur Ouche
Sunday
We begin our cruise crossing Lake Kir and then onward along the Burgundy canal.
Our excursion today is to the Clos du Vougeot, home of the wine headquarters where Cru are awarded.
Wine was first made here by Monks many hundreds of years ago. See the vineyards and enjoy some winetasting.
After returning to the barge to freshen up, we will dine at the Petit Repere du Gout at Fleurey.

Fleurey sur Ouche - St Marie sur Ouche
Monday
We will continue our cruise along the canal through the Ouche Valley.
Time to relax or cycle along with the barge if you wish!
Today we will visit a local Truffle farm.
Dining at Gissey sur Ouche

St Marie sur Ouche - La Bussiere
Tuesday
We will begin our day with a visit to the wonderful town of Dijon and it's colourful market.
Explore this historic city, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, and it's myriad of quaint streets in the old quarters.
After our afternoon cruise we will dine at the Abbaye de la Bussiere.

La Bussiere - Pont d'Ouche
Wednesday
The cruise today takes up to Pont d'Ouche, a very pretty village.
This afternoon we visit Beaune and it's world famous Hospice.
Cameras at the ready!
This is a beautiful town and the Hospice itself is stunning.
After a busy day there is a choice of dining between restaurants at nearby Sainte Sabine, Crugey and Bligny sur Ouche.

Pont d'Ouche - Escommes
Thursday
Our cruise today will enable us to visit Chateauneuf en Auxois, one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Perched high above the canal, enjoy the superb views of the valley and take a tour of the magnificent chateau.
Back on board, why not take a dip in the hot tub before preparing to dine on board.
This evening we will have ample time to look back on a wonderful week.

Escommes to Dijon /
Friday
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.

Cruise rates


Burgundy Canal dates and rates

2019
Charter for 6 people 22350
Charter for 5 people 20000
Charter for 4 people 17000
Charter for 2 people 14230

All prices are in Euros and include:
Transfer to and from Dijon train station to the barge, all meals from dinner on day one to breakfast on the last day, open bar, bicyles, guided tours with a minivan.

Not included: Airfare, transfers to the meeting point, crew gratuities

Enquiry & availability for Magnolia

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After you have submitted your enquiry form, if you do not receive a reply by email within the next 24 hours then please call Emma +33 614 250 200 or email emmas.cruises@gmail.com.