Southern Burgundy barge Magnolia offers fresh concepts and contemporary aesthetics especially appealing to the casual traveler.
Plying the prestigious Canal de Bougongne in Southern Burgundy, the Magnolia is owned and operated by an experienced French barging couple, Tour Guide Magali and Captain Nicolas Rancelot. Having spent time on his uncle’s barge as a child, Nicolas showed an innate passion for boating, purchasing his first vessel at age 23. In 2001, he decided to crew full time on hotel barges in France.
Fate brought Nicolas and Magali together, crewing on the same barge in 2004. Magali, who had been a crew member on luxury barges since 1997, has an established reputation as a hospitality professional. Their backgrounds perfectly suited to the barging lifestyle, this young couple approaches canal cruising with itineraries, amenities, and accommodations appealing to those who enjoy a leisurely pace while on vacation.
Reflecting their passion for the region’s history, gastronomy, and wines, the barge itself was specifically designed for convivial cruises in congenial comfort. Light, airy, and spacious, the public areas includes a large deck complete with an outdoor “a la plancha” kitchen and hot tub, perfect for socializing and sunbathing. The three cabins are nicely appointed with ample storage, colorful contemporary décor, and fabulous bathrooms.
Guided sightseeing to area attractions, vineyards, and preserved landmarks, place emphasis on the “joie de vivre” of the Burgundian lifestyle. Walking and bicycling on the canal’s towpaths beckon to active passengers, while those who wish to relax onboard can enjoy lazy cruising along the most picturesque of France’s scenery.
Magali and Nicolas offer a uniquely local dining program with a focus on the region’s authentic cuisine, including dinner in a private French home, truffle hunting, and going to market with Chef. Meals on board highlight seasonally inspired French fare paired with selected Cote d’Or Burgundies from area wineries. Two dinners and two lunches ashore, at the guest’s expense, round out the Magnolia’s many gourmet experiences.
Last visited in 2018