Hotel Barge: Magnolia

Contemporary hotel barge luxury with full, half board and self-catering options

Discover the richness of Burgundy and its unique landscapes along the meandering canal of Burgundy and its picturesque Ouche valley. Choose from full-board and half-board cruises or charter the whole boat for a self-catering vacation.

Magnolia offers comfort with contemporary style, having been recently completely re-furbished for just six guests. She is spacious, light and airy with plenty of room in the salon and up on deck for relaxing and enjoying a special holiday afloat.

At a Glance

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Hotel Barge Magnolia :: Key Features

      • Premier class (3*)
      • Canal de Bourgogne, southern Burgundy
      • Full-board and half board options, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October
      • Self-catering option, charter only, April to August
      • 6 guests / 3 cabins with en-suite bathrooms
      • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating throughout
      • Sun deck with spa tub
      • 6 bicycles
      • Wifi (limited in some places)
      • Air-conditioned executive minibus for transfers and excursions

Hotel Barge Magnolia: Cruise Highlights

  • Visit Beaune, the wine capital of the region, and its famous 15th century charity hospital
  • Discover a truffle farm and stop for a delicious lunch
  • Wine tasting at Domaine Rion
  • Explore Dijon, its produce and the famous market beneath its Eiffel-designed roof
  • Dine at home with a local French family
  • Stroll and bike along the towpaths and country lanes in the beautiful Ouche Valley

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Magnolia is owner-operated by Magali and Nicolas Rancelot. They both have years of experience in the hotel barge sector and have worked for the most prestigious companies on French canals. Aboard Magnolia they truly express their passion for barging and France.

What’s included:
6 nights accommodation; transfer from and to Dijon train station to the barge, full continental breakfast, lunches and dinners on board (except for the half board cruise where restaurants are at clients’ expense); all excursions, fees, tour guide and associated transport; bicycles
Not included:
Air fares to and within France; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; crew gratuities (5-10% suggested)

Guest Comments:

” It was the most wonderful experience one which we will repeat in the future. There is nothing I can fault. The decor and comfort of the boat, the excellence of the food, the quality and expertise of the staff. Thank you all for the astounding week. Good luck and good health in the future”.
Maggie and Annie, Ireland

“From beginning to end our cruise on the Magnolia exceeded all expectations. Immediately we felt relaxed by the warm welcome from Magali and Nicolas. Bike riding, exploring the villages, cafes and local sights with a flexible schedule. Superb accommodation, facilities on board, wonderful experience. We will be recommending it to all our friends.”
Karen & Peter, Annie & John, Australia


Hotel Barge Magnolia cruises from Dijon to Escommes, Canal de Bourgogne, Burgundy

Day 1 Saturday – Arrival hotel barge burgundy magnolia
Pick-up from Dijon train station for transfer just a short distance to the boat moored in the Port of Dijon.  A welcome drinks reception, to meet the crew and settle in during your first cocktail cruise to Plombières to moor for the night. Dinner on board.

Day 2 Sunday – Plombières to Fleurey sur Ouche
An excursion this morning to a local farm to discover the famed Burgundy truffle, Gold Valois, with time to explore the fields and learn about this wonderful delicacy. Lunch at the farm, with truffles, of course. Cruise on in the afternoon to Fleurey sur Ouche, with the chance to cycle or walk alongside Magnolia as she cruises gently along the canal. Dinner on board.

Day 3 Monday – Fleurey sur Ouche to Lock 34
A morning cruise as far as lock 34 with plenty of time to appreciate the passing scenery and relax on deck.  Lunch on board and then a visit in the afternoon to Domaine Rion for an authentic and prestigious tasting of a selection of Burgundy wines. Return to Magnolia to freshen up in time for dinner at Lock 34, where a charming lock house has been converted into a cosy gourmet restaurant.

Day 4 Tuesday – Fleurey sur Ouche to La Bussiere
After breakfast, a visit to Dijon, the capital of the famed Dukes of Burgundy, famed for its gourmet produce as well as its wines.  See the covered market, built by Gustav Eiffel, and accompanied by chef, choose items to be cooked on the plancha for lunch on deck. Then, cruise on to Busssière to moor for the night and dine at the exquisite Abbey of La Busssière.

Day 5 Wednesday – La Bussiere sur Ouche to Pont d’Ouche
Cruise onwards alongside the sparkling river Ouche during the morning, through the gorgeous green hillsides and valleys, stop for lunch on board at Pont d’Ouche, the mooring for the night. In the afternoon, a guided excursion to visit to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy and its stunning 15th century hospice; plenty of free time to explore the architecture and historical features of the town as well as shop and savour the street cafe lifestyle. Dinner at the home of a Burgundy family, a real local treat.

Day 6 Thursday – Pont d’Ouche to Escommes
A morning cruise to Chateauneuf en Auxois with a guided visit to the Chateau and its medieval village overlooking the valley.  Lunch at a local restaurant and then and afternoon cruise, with a chance to walk or cycle along the towpath, to the mooring for the night at Escommes. Captain’s dinner on board

Day 7 Friday – Departure
After breakfast, guests are transferred to the train station in Dijon for onward journey.
Please note: This is a sample itinerary and subject to change and will run in reverse direction on alternate weeks


Hotel Barge Magnolia Dine Ashore Cruise (Half Board)

Day 1 Saturday – Escommes to Vandenesse
Guests are met in Dijon train station at 3.00 pm and transferred to the barge moored in Escommes. Welcome drinks on board, presentation of the boat and the crew.
Cocktail cruise to Vandenesse (8 locks) with dinner on board.(included).

Day 2 Sunday – Vandenesse to Pont d’Ouche:
Morning excursion to Chateauneuf en Auxois, visit to this beautiful 12th century castle and its medieval village and then lunch in Chateauneuf (at guests’ expense).
Afternoon cruise to Pont d’Ouche with walking and cycling opportunities (11 locks).
Authentic dinner at the home of a local family (included)

Day 3 Monday – Pont d’Ouche to La Bussière
Morning cruise to La Bussière (6 locks) and then lunch on board (included)
Afternoon excursion to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, with a guided tour of the charity hospital from the 15th century. Free time for shopping.
Dinner at a the famed local restaurant at l’Abbaye de La Bussière, or Barbirey sur Ouche (at guests’ expense)

Day 4 Tuesday – La Bussière to Lock 34
After breakfast, drive to Dijon to explore the capital of the Dukes and its rich and colourful market with Chef who will help guests choose their ingredients for lunch and prepare it on board ‘à la plancha’ – the outdoor kitchen. Lunch on board (included) and then an afternoon cruise to La Bussière (8 locks).
Dinner at lock 34, an authentic lock house converted into a welcoming ‘guinguette’ to try the owner’s delicious cuisine (at guests’ expense).

Day 5 Wednesday – Lock 34 to Fleurey sur Ouche
Morning cruise to Fleurey (8 locks) and lunch at the delightful canal-side restaurant, Au Petit Repère du Goût (at guests expense).
Afternoon, a wine tasting excursion to Vosne-Romanée at Armelle Rion family domaine and then a drive to Clos de Vougeot chateau, once owned by the Knights of Tastevin.
Dinner on board (included).

Day 6 – Fleurey sur Ouche to Dijon
Day cruise to Dijon (13 locks) with a morning visit to l’Or des Valois, a truffle farm, to search for truffles with the help of hunting dogs, and lunch there to (included).
Farewell dinner on board (included).

Day 7 Friday – Dijon
After breakfast, guests disembark and transfer to Dijon train station.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.


Hotel Barge Magnolia Self-catering Cruise

A real hotel barge cruise with all the comforts on board and an expert crew to navigate the whole way – but you have the freedom to fend for yourselves when it comes to dining and activities.

The fully equipped kitchen is at your disposal – to prepare your own meals when you want. Magnolia’s crew will help you shop and suggest a local restaurant if you prefer to eat out.

Although excursions are not included in the Self-Catering cruise, optional excursions can be purchased (see below), including transport and a guide.

The Self-Catering cruise is charter only.

Charter for 6 guests : 6,000 euros
Optional excursion: 220 euros per person.

Hotel Barge Magnolia cruises through Southern Burgundy


Barge Cruising – The Ouche Valley and Dijon

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Canal de Bourgogne (South-East)

The construction of the Canal de Bourgogne in eastern central France was completed in 1832 and follows the course of first the River Armancon and then the River Ouche. Located close to its summit, the pretty rural village of Vandenesse-en-Auxois marks the start of the southern reaches of one of France’s loveliest waterways, gliding through perhaps the most highly-regarded winemaking region in the country. The celebrated Burgundy Route des Vins offers arguably the best of French reds from the Cotes de Nuits to the Cote de Beaune and all stops in between.

The fairytale Chateau de Longecourt has a romantic moat and dreaming spires to enchant the eye, but it is the Ducal Palace in Dijon that provides the historical and architectural highlights of the area. Once the official residence of the Dukes of Burgundy, it now houses the Musee des Beaux Arts, one of the largest museums in France, which features masterpieces by the likes of Titian, Veronese, Brueghel, Rubens, the list goes on…In the 17th century Dijon was granted exclusive rights to produce mustard, a skill that locals have honed down the years and nowadays the famous Dijon mustard adds a piquant note to the cuisine for which the Burgundy region is so well known.
Look out for the distinctive glazed tiles that colour the roofscapes of so many of the region’s towns and villages: from the 12th century onwards these richly coloured tiles, arranged in intricate patterns, were intended to confer status on the owners of the houses that they graced.

Getting There
Hotel barges often collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris or Dijon hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and there is a European-flight airport at Dole. There are also TGV express train stations at Montbard, Dijon, near Dole and Le Cruesot (near Montchanin); and many other towns in the region have railway connections.

– [below] In the region: Vandenesse-en-Auxois, Canal de Bourgogne, Longecourt, Burgundy Route des Vins, Dijon –

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Hotel Barge Magnolia:  Details and facilities

  • Dimensions: 131 ft (40m) x 16ft 6″ (5m)
  • Three suites: 1 x 17m2 and 2 x 12m2 with double king-size or twin beds, with superior mattress and bedlinen, wardobe and opening portholes.
  • The larger cabin also has a writing desk.
  • Ensuite bathrooms have large walk-in shower, vanitory unit and toilet
  • Air conditioning and heating throughout
  • Crew of 4: Captain, chef, hostess, matelot/tour guide

Other items on board:

  • 40m sundeck with parasols
  • Spa pool
  • Outdoor ‘plancha’ bar-b-cue and fridge
  • Fully stocked bar
  • Selection of books, games, DVDs
  • DVD player and iPOD docking station
  • PC for guest use, with Wifi (subject to available signal)
  • 6 touring bicycles
  • Executive air-conditioned Volkswagon mini-bus

Hotel Barge Magnolia: Cuisine

Hotel Barge Magnolia Burgundy

Magnolia’s large kitchen is brand new, in which her chef prepares delicious dishes from fresh ingredients at every meal. For self-catering guests it’s a joy to work in and prepare the meals of your choice.

Newly installed is the outdoor kitchen, so meals can be both prepared and served up on deck – don’t miss a second of that sunshine!

Hotel Barge Magnolia Burgundy

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Hotel Barge Magnolia – 2017 Rates   ➤ 2018 Rates

Charter only bookings
Saturday to Friday

Full board rate weeks:

April 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28

2 guest charter: 13,500 EUR 15,150 USD
4 guest charter: 17,280 EUR 19,400 USD
6 guest charter: 21,100 EUR 23,650 USD

Dine-ashore* rate weeks:

* 4 dinners ashore (at recommended local restaurants) at guests’ own expense.
April 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28

2 guest charter: 10,200 EUR 11,450 USD
4 guest charter: 13,200 EUR 14,800 USD
6 guest charter: 16,400 EUR 18,400 USD

Self-catering rate weeks:

April 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28

6 guest charter: 6,000 EUR
Optional excursions: 220 EUR per person


Hotel Barge Magnolia – 2018 Rates

Full board rate weeks:

April 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27

2 guest charter: 13,500 EUR
4 guest charter: 17,280 EUR
6 guest charter: 21,100 EUR

Dine-ashore* rate weeks:

* 4 dinners ashore (at recommended local restaurants) at guests’ own expense.
April 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27

2 guest charter: 11,200 EUR 12,500 USD
4 guest charter: 14,400 EUR 16,000 USD
6 guest charter: 17,800 EUR 19,850 USD

Self-catering rate weeks:

April 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27

6 guest charter: 6,000 EUR
Optional excursions: 220 EUR per person


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