Accommodations & Amenities

Cabins
  • Three cabins all with ensuite bathroom/shower
  • Cabin 1 – 130 sq ft,
    One Queen or two twin beds
  • Cabin 2 – 130 sq ft,
    One Queen or two twin beds
  • Cabin 3 – 160 sq ft,
    One Queen 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
Deck
  • 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

Itineraries

Travel from Dijon to Escommes on the Canal de Bourgogne

Saturday
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Welcome Aboard
Travel: Arrival to Plombieres-les-Dijon
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 Dijon Harbor. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to owners Nicolas and Magali and the crew awaits you, after which Magnolia cruises through the sunset to the port of Plombieres-les-Dijon. Enjoy your first gourmet dinner onboard.

Sunday
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Truffle Hunting + Truffle Lunch = Truffle Passion!
Travel: Plombieres-les-Dijon 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!

Monday
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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.

Tuesday
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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 Abbaye de la Bussière. A former Cistercian monastery, the Abbaye is now a hotel offering classic cuisine at its esteemed bistro.

Wednesday
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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.

Thursday
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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.

Friday
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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

Lunch
  • Mixed Green Salad with Carrot Shavings
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Cheeses: Valençay and Comte
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • 2 Lunches Ashore at the Guest’s Expense
Dinner
  • 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
  • 2 Dinners Ashore at the Guest’s Expense
Wine
  • Auxey-Duresses
  • Savigny les Beaune
  • Haute Côtes de Nuits
  • Saint Veran
  • Saint-Romain

Rates & Dates

Accommodation
Value Season
Regular Season
Private Cruise for 6 guests-$22,800
Private Cruise for 5 guests-$20,000
Private Cruise for 4 guests-$16,400

2019 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

Month
Days
April13-19, 20-26, 27-3
May4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
June1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
July6-12, 13-19, 20-26, 27-2
August3-9, 10-16, 17-23, 24-30, 31-6
September7-13, 14-20, 21-27, 28-4
October5-11, 12-18, 19-25

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 two dinners and two lunches which will be taken off the barge at your expense (restaurants for dinner will be arranged)
  • wines with included with lunches & dinners
  • onboard 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)
  • two dinners and two lunches 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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