Accommodations & Amenities View Deck Plan

  • 131 ft long, with 6’5” to 7’ ceiling height throughout
  • 3 cabins, 1 and 2 with 6’95” ceiling height, 3 with 7’21” ceiling height
  • Cabin 1 and 2, 130 sq ft, choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Cabin 3, 160 sq ft, choice of one queen or two twin beds
  • Ensuite bathrooms with shower
  • Limited storage space in cabins
  • Salon and dining room
  • Deck with canopy
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
  • “La Plancha” Barbecue on main deck
  • Outdoor dining space and seating
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Chauffeured Guided Sightseeing
Daily Housekeeping
Daily Housekeeping
WiFi (service fluctuates)
WiFi (service fluctuates)
Private Chef
Private Chef
Open Bar
Open Bar
Air Conditioning/Heating
Air Conditioning/Heating
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Hair Dryer and Toiletries
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Iron and Ironing Board (on request)
Hot Tub on Deck
Hot Tub on Deck
Sound System
Sound System
220 volt outlets
220 volt outlets


Travel from Plombières to Escommes on the Canal de Bourgogne

Bicycling Opportunities:
 (Bicycling is completely optional.)
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Plombières
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Magnolia at the designated meeting point in Dijon. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge moored in Plombières. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to owners Nicolas and Magali and the crew awaits you. Enjoy your first gourmet dinner onboard.

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Truffle Hunting + Truffle Lunch = Truffle Passion!
Travel: Plombières to Fleurey-sur-Ouche
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning your Tour Guide escorts you to l’Or des Valois, a local truffle farm. Meet the hunters -- and their adorable canine companions! -- for whom truffle hunting is their passion. Discover the secrets to finding this “black gold”, and then enjoy a gourmet luncheon featuring delectable recipes made with truffles. Return to Magnolia for a leisurely afternoon cruise. Unwind on deck, walk the towpath, or explore passing villages by bicycle on the manicured towpath. Enjoy cocktail hour before dinner onboard ends this delicious day!

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Vines and Wines
Travel: Fleurey-sur-Ouche to Lock 34
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

The journey continues with a morning cruise. Relax on deck in the hot tub, or explore the countryside via bicycle. This afternoon, your Tour Guide accompanies you to Clos de Vougeot, where Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century. Explore the preserved presses on which these iconic Burgundian vintages were made. Then it’s back to present day pleasures with a winetasting in Vosne-Romanée at the family domaine Armelle Rion. Tonight's dinner, at your expense, is at Lock 34, an authentic lock house transformed into welcoming auberge.

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Shop with Chef at Market
Travel: Lock 34 to La Bussiere-sur-Ouche
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

The town of Dijon offers a pleasurable assault of the senses. After a walking tour of the historical city core, you’ll mingle with the locals as you shop with Chef at "Les Halles”, a 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, at your expense, is at Château de Sainte Sabine, a Michelin-recommended bistro featuring traditional French dishes with contemporary flair.

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

Explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or a leisurely stroll during this morning's cruise deeper into the Ouche Valley. After lunch at a canal side bistro, at your expense, a visit to the charming town of Beaune reveals the Hospice de Beaune, preserved Medieval hospital built in the 15th century. Afterwards, browse the adorable shops in the pedestrian area. Tonight’s dinner is one of the highlights 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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Chateau Perched High over the Canal
Travel: Pont d'Ouche to Escommes
Meals: Breakfast & dinner onboard, lunch ashore

This morning, your Tour Guide takes you to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, an ancient hilltop village overlooking the canal. A tour of the chateau reveals architectural details and timeworn relics which speak to the deprivations and decadence so prevalent in France’s history. After lunch in the village, at your expense, return to the barge for an afternoon cruise. Take a bicycle ride along the towpath, or simply laze on deck to admire the scenery. Back onboard Magnolia, Chef is busy preparing the Captain’s Dinner, ending your cruise in style.

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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Transfer from Escommes
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured 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

  • Couscous Salad with Plancha-Roasted Market Vegetables
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Cheeses: Valençay and Comte
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • 2 Lunches 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, Bleu des Causses
  • White Chocolate Mousse Cake with Strawberry and Basil
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
  • 2 Dinners Ashore at the Guest’s Expense
  • Montagny Blanc 1er cru, 2019
  • St Veran Blanc, 2019
  • Gevrey Chambertin Rouge, 2018
  • Savigny les Beaune
  • Haute Côtes de Nuits
  • Saint-Romain

Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 6 guests-$26,400
Private Cruise for 5 guests-$23,000
Private Cruise for 4 guests-$19,600
Private Cruise for 2 guests-$15,000

2023 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

April1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
May6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
June3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30
July1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28
August12-18, 19-25, 26-1
September2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
October7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-3

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • Round trip chauffeured transfers to and from Dijon
  • A dedicated onboard crew consisting of a Captain, Chef, Tour Guide, and Hostess
  • All onboard meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast the final morning*
  • All wines with lunches and dinners served onboard
  • Open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily escorted excursions including admittance fees
  • Unlimited use of onboard amenities such as bicycles and a hot tub
Not included in the rate
  • International airfare
  • Cancellation insurance – A Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) policy is recommended
  • Transport to and from the cruise region
  • Suggested crew gratuity of 5-10% of the cruise price
  • 2 lunches and 2 dinners ashore at the guest’s expense*

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

Magnolia, 2023 (Half-Board) Route

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