Accommodations & Amenities

  • Three cabins each with ensuite bathroom/shower
  • Cabin 1 – 90 sq ft, Double bed
  • Cabin 2 – 92 sq ft, Double bed
  • Cabin 3 – 113 sq ft, One Double or two twin beds
Also in Each Cabin
  • Individually controlled AC
  • Two bathrobes and hair dryer
  • Safe in the closet
  • Opening portholes
  • Light blocking covers for portholes
  • Original painting of regional scenes
Public Area
  • 131 Feet Long
  • Open Salon and Dining room
  • WIFI with select availability
  • PC with limited internet access
  • Writing desk
  • Dvd player
  • Ipod dock
  • 2 Sun Decks
  • Hot tub on front sun deck
  • Main sun deck with canopy
  • Chef’s herb garden
  • “La Plancha” Barbecue
  • 6 bicycles, 21-gears


Travel from Dijon to Escommes on the Canal de Bourgogne

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Cocktail Cruise
Travel: Dijon to Plombières
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a Magnolia crew member at the designated meeting point in Dijon. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the Magnolia, moored in Plombieres. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you during a short evening cruise. Enjoy your first gourmet dinner aboard.

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Vines and Wines
Travel: Plombières to Fleurey sur Ouche
Meals: Brunch onboard, dinner ashore

The journey continues with a morning cruise. Relax on deck, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. After brunch, your Tour Guide escorts you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. Explore the preserved presses from which these iconic Burgundian first came. Then it’s back to present day pleasures with a winetasting in Vosne-Romanée at the family domaine Armelle Rion. Tonight's dinner is at a local bistro, at your expense.

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A Gourmet Day
Travel: Fleurey sur Ouche to Lock 34
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

The day begins with a morning cruise. Upon mooring, your Tour Guide chauffeurs you to “l’Or des Valois”, a local truffle farm. Meet the locals -- and their adorable canine companions! -- for whom truffle hunting is their passion. A special truffle tasting follows. Return to the barge and freshen up, as tonight’s dinner ashore is at Lock 34, an authentic lock house converted into a dining venue. Indulge, at your expense, on classic French cuisine with a contemporary twist.

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Shop with the Chef at Market
Travel: Lock 34 to La Bussière
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

The town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. Mingle with the locals as you shop with Chef at "Les Halles”, the region's lively food market. Choose the ingredients for lunch, and then prepare it "à la plancha” in Magnolia’s outdoor kitchen! An afternoon cruise is the perfect time to explore the towpath by bicycle or on foot. Tonight's dinner is at Abbaye de la Bussière, at your expense. A former Cistercian monastery, the Abbaye is now a hotel offering classic cuisine at its esteemed bistro.

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Burgundy’s Best in Beaune and Beyond
Travel: La Bussière to Pont d’Ouche
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

Explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or a leisurely stroll during this morning's cruise. Upon mooring for the day, a visit to the charming town of Beaune reveals the Hospice de Beaune, preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the shops and galleries in the pedestrian area. Tonight’s dinner is one of the highlights of the dining portion of the cruise, as guests will be treated to a Burgundian feast in the charming French country home of Magali's parents, Alain and Joelle.

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Brunch-a-Bunch, then Chateau-a Go-Go
Travel: Pont d’Ouche to Escommes
Meals: Brunch onboard, dinner ashore

A morning cruise offers the perfect opportunity to laze on deck, or explore the towpath on bicycle or on foot. After lunch ashore, at your expense, visit Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, a village atop a hill overlooking the canal. Châteauneuf's imposing position refers to its history as a 15th century fortress. A tour of the chateau reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France’s history. Return to the barge for a celebratory cocktail hour and the Captain's Dinner.

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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer to Dijon
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured back to the designated drop off point in Dijon.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions.

Gourmet Dining

  • Mixed Green Salad with Carrot Shavings
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Cheeses: Valençay and Comte
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • 1 Lunch Ashore at the Guest’s Expense
  • Quail Eggs and Asparagus with Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette
  • Filet of Charolais with Gratin Dauphinois
  • Cheeses: Morbier, Délice de Bourgogne, and Bleu des Causses
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • Mousse au Chocolat with Amaretto
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
  • 3 Dinners Ashore at the Guest’s Expense
  • Auxey-Duresses
  • Savigny les Beaune
  • Haute Côtes de Nuits
  • Saint Veran
  • Saint-Romain

Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 2-$12,500
Private Cruise (for up to 4)-$16,000
Private Cruise (for up to 6)-$19,850

2018 Dates

Italic Dates = Value Season, Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season, Blue Bold Dates = High Season

April14-20, 21-27, 28-3
May5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-5
July7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-2
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-4
October6-12, 13-19, 20-26

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • chauffeured transfers from Dijon to the barge & return
  • all meals from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • except three dinners and one lunch which will be taken off the barge at your expense (restaurants for dinner will be arranged)
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • transportation to and from onshore restaurants
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this)
  • three dinners and one lunch which will be taken off the barge at your expense (restaurants for dinner will be arranged)
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

*All rates are quoted in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise noted.

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