Description of the barge
The Magnolia is a stunning barge with very spacious, light and modern accommodation.
Specifically designed to give maximum privacy for up to 3 couples, there is plenty of space both above and below decks.
As you step aboard, you’ll see two decks! The main one has an outside kitchen, comfortable dining furniture and loungers, while the smaller one boasts a gorgeous hot tub just waiting to soothe your stress away. Below decks, relax in the huge saloon and make the most of the facilities including TV/DVD, WiFi and the I-pod deck.
Three beautiful cabins with high-standing beds and exceptionally large ensuite bathrooms await you after a day cruising along the beautiful Burgundy canal.
Your friendly hosts have many years of experience in the hotel barge industry and will be delighted to introduce you to the beauty of the region, it’s history, monuments and of course, wonderful food and wines too.
Whether you select a Half-board or Full-board cruise, your skipper will look after the barge while you unwind and relax, and take you on a magical journey along the Burgundy canal, between Dijon and Escommes.
You will be met at Dijon TGV station at about 5pm, and then transferred to the barge moored in the nearby port. Enjoy a welcome drink on the deck, before setting in. This evening we will dine in a Dijon restaurant.
Dijon – Fleurey sur Ouche
The cruise begins crossing Lake Kir and then onward along the Burgundy canal. Today’s excursion is to the Clos du Vougeot, home of the wine headquarters where Cru are awarded. Wine was first made here by Monks many hundreds of years ago. See the vineyards and enjoy some wine tasting. After returning to the barge to freshen up, dine at the Petit Repere du Gout at Fleurey.
Fleurey sur Ouche – Sainte Marie sur Ouche
The cruise continues along the canal through the Ouche Valley. Time to relax or cycle along with the barge if you wish! Today’s visit is to the beautiful, authentic chateau at Lantenay. Dining at Gissey sur Ouche
Sainte Marie sur Ouche – La Bussiere
Today is the chance to visit the wonderful town of Dijon and it’s colourful market. Explore this historic city, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, and it’s myriad of quaint streets in the old quarters. After the afternoon cruise, dine at the Abbaye de la Bussiere.
La Bussiere – Pont d’Ouche
The cruise takes you to Pont d’Ouche, a very pretty village. In the afternoon, an excursion to Beaune and it’s world-famous Hospice. Cameras at the ready! This is a beautiful town and the Hospice itself is stunning. After a busy day, there is a choice of dining between restaurants at nearby Sainte Sabine, Crugey and Bligny sur Ouche.
Pont d’Ouche – Escommes
Today’s cruise culminates at Chateauneuf en Auxois, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Perched high above the canal, enjoy the superb views of the valley and take a tour of the magnificent chateau. Back on board, why not take a dip in the hot tub before preparing to dine on board. This evening there will be ample time to look back on a wonderful week.
After a hearty breakfast, depart to Dijon or Beaune for your onward journey.
The above is a sample itinerary for those opting for the full board cruise.
Those on the half board cruise will follow the same itinerary but with just breakfast and lunch included.
- Full-board charter for 6 people: 23,450€
- Half-board charter for 6 people: 20,250€
- Full-board charter for 5 people: 21,000€
- Half-board charter for 5 people: 17,850€
- Full-board charter for 4 people: 17,850€
- Half-board charter for 4 people: 14,700€
- Full-board charter for 2 people: 15,000€
- Half-board charter for 2 people: 11,750€
The above rates are for a 6-night cruise