Magnolia  barge cruise


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Magnolia hotel barge

Magnolia highlights

  • 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 route & itinerary

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  • Charters from 14,230 €


  • Crew members : 5
  • Up to 6 guests
  • Suites : 1
  • Double cabins : 2

Boat size

  • Length 124′8″ ft (38 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 awarded

Guests have said...

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... continue reading

Kai and Irmgard Borner, USA. July 2015

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About Magnolia barge cruises

Hotel barge Magnolia

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

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 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 beneficial 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 an automated sunshade measuring 4m x 4m.
This deck has an outdoor kitchen featuring a plancha barbecue.

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 of experience in hotel barging and as natives to Burgundy, make excellent companions for your adventure.

There are five permanent crew onboard to ensure quality and a pleasant ambience throughout the season.
Six bikes on board
Hot tub

Volkswagen minibus

Magnolia deck and cabin plans

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Magnolia cruise route & itinerary

From Dijon to Escommes map

Cruise in the Ouche Valley near Dijon


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, before settling in and then enjoying our Cocktail cruise to Plombières.
Dinner aboard.

Plombières - Fleurey sur Ouche
This morning we will visit a local truffle farm, l'Or des Valois, to discover this art and have a go!
In the afternoon, we will cruise gently along the Canal to Fleurey sur Ouche.  There is plenty of time to cycle or walk alongside.
Dinner aboard.

Fleurey sur Ouche - To Lock 34
We will continue our cruise along the canal through the Ouche Valley before lunch on board.
Today's excursion takes us to Vosne Romanée for an excellent wine tasting at the Domaine Rion.
Dinner on board.

Lock 3 - La Bussiere
We will begin our day with a visit to the wonderful town of Dijon, and its colourful market. Our chef will come with us and choose an array of fresh produce ready to cook 'a la plancha' for lunch.
Explore this historic city, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, and its myriad of quaint streets in the old quarters.
After lunch, our afternoon cruise brings us to La Bussiere.

La Bussiere - Pont d'Ouche
The cruise today takes up to Pont d'Ouche, a beautiful village.
This afternoon we visit Beaune and its world-famous 15th-century Hospice.
Cameras at the ready!
This is a beautiful town, and the Hospice itself is stunning.
After a busy day, we enjoy a Home Hosted dinner in a Burgundian family house.

Pont d'Ouche - Escommes
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 glorious 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.

More information about the Burgundy Canal

Magnolia rates

From Dijon to Escommes

2023 EURO rates
Charter for 6 24, 800 €
Charter for 5 22, 300 €
Charter for 4 19, 300 €
Charter for 2 15, 600 €

All prices 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, bicycles, guided tours with a minivan.

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

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