magnolia - burgundy


canal cruising in france


magnolia - burgundy



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Specialized in luxury cruises, we both have years of experience in hôtel barges industry and
look forward to welcome you onboard Magnolia to share our passion of barging with you.
Charter Magnolia for 3 or 6 nights, half or full board, self catering. The choice is yours.




Magnolia - burgundy

Canal Barge in France





"From begining to end our cruise on the Magnolia exceeded all expectations.
Immediately we felt relaxed by the warm welcome from Magali and Nicolas. Bike riding, exploring the villages, cafes and local sights with a flexible schedule. Superb accommodation, facilities on board, wonderful experience. We will be recommending it to all our friends."
Karen,Peter, Annie & John.


magnolia is available self-catering

Completely reconverted into a comfortable and airy hotel barge in 2014, Magnolia offers a lot of flexibility with 3 or 6 day cruises, half board or full board and a unique "self-catering" option. This is a new concept where guests take care of their own meals, while the crew is in charge of the navigation. A fully equipped kitchen is available and the crew can assist for shopping. If you don’t feel like cooking, we can recommend local restaurants nearby. As an option, we propose excursions around the Ouche valley with a qualified tour guide, driving you around in a comfortable mini -van. Self catering cruise is available for a charter only .






THE 6 PASSENGER BARGE Magnolia

Magnolia provides luxurious accommodation for up to 6 guests in two double cabins and a twin or double-bedded suite, each with large private bathrooms. Two sundecks, one with deck furniture and outside demonstration kitchen, the second one, directly accessible from cabins corridor with a spa, allowing you to contemplate the scenery with the slow rhythm of cruising. To explore this beautiful region of France, bicycles are provided and our qualified tour guide will drive you smoothly with a mini-van to all the places of interest such as historical châteaux, famous vineyards or fascinating towns and villages of Burgundy.


on board


self-catering itinerary - Dijon to Escommes

(Accomodation only)

SATURDAY - day one: Dijon:

Guests are met in Dijon train station at 3.00 pm and transferred to the barge moored in Dijon Welcome drink on board, presentation of the boat and the crew.


SUNDAY - day two: Dijon to Fleurey sur Ouche: (13 locks)

All day cruise to Fleurey sur Ouche, cycling or walking opportunities Morning visit to l’Or des Valois truffle farm , where we will do a truffle hunting with dogs and a truffle tasting. ( optional)


MONDAY - day three: Fleurey sur Ouche to Lock 34: (8 locks)

Cruise to Lock 34, an original lock house converted into a welcoming “guinguette” where you can experience the owner’s cooking talents. Afternoon visit to Vosne Romanée for a private wine tasting in the family domaine Armelle Rion. (optional)


TUESDAY - day four : Lock 34 to La Bussière: (8 locks)

After breakfast, we drive to Dijon to explore the capital of the dukes and its rich and colored market. (optional) Afternoon cruise to La Bussière..


WEDNESDAY - day five: La Bussière to Pont d’Ouche: (6 locks)

Morning cruise to Pont d’Ouche Afternoon visit to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. We will discover the 15th century charity hospital also famous for its wine auction. Free time for shopping. (optional)


THURSDAY - day six: Pont d’Ouche to Escommes: (19 locks)

Morning cruise to Vandenesse en Auxois. Visit of the medieval castle and village of Chateauneuf, offering a fine overview of the lakes, canal and surrounding countryside. (optional) Afternoon cruise to Escommes.


FRIDAY - day seven: Escommes:
After breakfast, guests disembark and transfer to Dijon train station.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.



2018 itinerary - Dijon to Escommes

(1/2 board)

SATURDAY - day one - Escommes to Vandenesse:

Guests are met in Dijon train station at 3.00 pm and transferred to the barge moored in Escommes. Welcome drink on board, presentation of the boat and the crew. Cocktail cruise to Vandenesse (8 locks). Dinner on board. (included)


SUNDAY - day two - Vandenesse to Pont d’Ouche:

Morning visit to Chateauneuf en Auxois, visit of the 12th century castle and its medieval village. Lunch in Chateauneuf (at guest’s expense). Afternoon cruise to Pont d’Ouche, walking and cycling opportunities (11 locks). "Home hosted" dinner at a local family. (included)


MONDAY - day three - Pont d’Ouche to La Bussière:

Morning cruise to La Bussière ( 6 locks). Lunch on board.(included) Afternoon visit of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, guided tour of the charity hospital from the 15th century, free time for shopping. Dinner at a local restaurant at l’Abbaye de La Bussière or Barbirey sur Ouche (at guest’s expense).


TUESDAY - day four - La Bussière to Lock 34:

d After breakfast, we drive to Dijon to explore the capital of the dukes and its rich and colored market with our chef who will help guests choosing their lunch and prepare it on board “ à la plancha” on our outdoor kitchen. Lunch on board (included) and afternoon cruise to La Bussière ( 8 locks). Dinner at lock 34, an authentic lock house reconverted into a welcoming « guinguette » where you will try the owner original cuisine (at guest’s expense).


WEDNESDAY - day five - Lock 34 to Fleurey:

Morning cruise to Fleurey ( 8 locks ). Lunch at the petit repère du goût in Fleurey. (at guest’s expense). Afternoon wine tasting in Vosne-Romanée at Armelle Rion family domaine to taste prestigious wines and then drive to Clos de Vougeot chateau owned by the knights of the Tastevin. Dinner on board. (included)


THURSDAY - day six - Fleurey to Dijon:

Day cruise to Dijon ( 13 locks). Morning visit to l’Or des Valois , a truffle farm where we will experience truffle hunting with dogs . Lunch at the truffle farm. (included) End of cruise to Dijon. Farewell dinner on board.(included)


FRIDAY - day seven - Dijon:
After breakfast, guests disembark and transfer to Dijon train station

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


2018 itinerary - Dijon to Escommes

(full board)

SATURDAY - Escommes to Vandenesse:

Guests are met in Dijon train station at 3.00 pm and transferred to the barge moored in Escommes. Welcome drink on board, presentation of the boat and the crew. Cocktail cruise to Vandenesse (8 locks) Dinner on board.


SUNDAY - Vandenesse to Pont d’Ouche:

Morning visit to Chateauneuf en Auxois, visit of the 12th century castle and its medieval village. Lunch on board Afternoon cruise to Pont d’Ouche, walking and cycling opportunities (11 locks). « Home hosted « dinner at a local family.


MONDAY - Pont d’Ouche to La Bussière:

Morning cruise to La Bussière ( 6 locks). Lunch on board. Afternoon visit of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, guided tour of the charity hospital from the 15th century, free time for shopping. Dinner on board.


TUESDAY - La Bussière to Lock 34:

After breakfast, we drive to Dijon to explore the capital of the dukes and its rich and colored market with our chef who will help guests choosing their lunch and prepare it on board “ à la plancha” on our outdoor kitchen. Lunch on board and afternoon cruise to La Bussière ( 8 locks). Dinner on board.


WEDNESDAY - Lock 34 to Fleurey:

Morning cruise to Fleurey ( 8 locks ). Lunch on board. Afternoon wine tasting in Vosne-Romanée at Armelle Rion family domaine to taste prestigious wines and then drive to Clos de Vougeot chateau owned by the knights of the Tastevin. Dinner on board.


THURSDAY - Fleurey to Dijon:

Day cruise to Dijon ( 12 locks). Morning visit to l’Or des Valois, a truffle chateau where we will experience truffle hunting with dogs and then taste the product. Lunch on board. Farewell dinner on board.


FRIDAY - Dijon
After breakfast, guests disembark and transfer to Dijon train station

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.




  • cruise
    description


    individual or charter
    us$ price on request


    2 person private barge

    4 person private barge

    6 person private barge


    we pilot the boat
    you do the rest!



  • 2018 season
    6 nights 1/2 board


    Apr to Oct
    us$ price on request


    11200 Euros private charter

    14400 Euros private charter

    17800 Euros private charter




    6800 Euros / whole boat
    self-catering






  • 2018 season
    6 nights full board


    Apr to Oct
    us$ price on request


    14230 Euros private charter

    18250 Euros private charter

    14230 Euros private charter









Price for Magnolia includes:

7 days self-catering price includes: transfer from and to Dijon train station to the barge, accommodation for 6 guests in 3 double cabins with private bathrooms, bicycles.

7 days half-board price includes: transfer from and to Dijon train station to the barge, full continental breakfast on board, 4 lunches and 3 dinners, open bar, excursions, bicycles.(4 meals on shore at guest’s expense.)

7 days full board price includes: transfer from and to Dijon train station to the barge, full continental breakfast on board, lunches and dinners on board, open bar, excursions, bicycles.



These rates do not include:
• Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)



To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.



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