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Magnolia: Luxury Canal Cruises in France on the Canal de Bourgogne Cruise in France On The Canal de Bourgogne in Southern Burgundy Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge MAGNOLIA


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
Special Places Travel Logo.  EMAIL: info@specialplacestravel.com or PHONE: 1-877-642-2743 (001.443.321.3614 outside US/Canada).The 6-passenger Magnolia was originally built in 1956 and was completely reconverted in 2014 into a hotel barge. The barge cruises on the beautiful Burgundy Canal in southern Burgundy. It provides comfortable accommdations for up to 6 guests in two double-bedded cabins 130 sq ft each and a twin or queen-bedded suite at 160 sq ft, each, all with a large ensuite bathroom with shower.

The Magnolia is designed with contemporary furnishings throughout and features a large salon, dining area and bar, equipped with a TV, DVD player, library, Ipod dock and Wi-Fi. A large opening skylight and eight large portholes provide light throughout. The floating staircase provides access from the deck to the salon.

Outside you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Burgundy on the two sundecks, one with deck furniture, dining table, and outside demonstration kitchen, and the other, which is directly accessible from the cabin corridor, with a 4-person jacuzzi. You can also bicycle or walk along the canal towpath while the barge cruises if you like. Your experienced tour guide will take you to such famous nearby sites as:

- the castle of Châteauneuf en Auxois surrounded by its medieval village and its view of the Auxois valley.

- Beaune, the capital of Burgundy wines, which you will discover during private wine tastings at prestigious domaines, and at Hotel Dieu, the charity hospital founded in the 15th century.

- Dijon, the capital of the dukes of Burgundy, with its ducal palace, and picturesque covered market built by Eiffel.

We stayed on board with the owners and your hosts, Nicolas and Magali Rancelot, in August 2015 and again in May 2016 and found them charming and welcoming. Both have years of experience in the hotel barge industry and love to share their passion for barging with passengers. The owners offer either full board cruises, with all meals included or half board, with four lunches and two dinners included, which offers you the opportunity to sample the cuisine at some of their favorite places to eat on shore.


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Magnolia's Deck Plan
Magnolia's Deck Plan



Dining Aboard The Magnolia:
SAMPLE MENU

A taste of the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Magnolia. SATURDAY:
DINNER:
Asparagus & Quail eggs with sundried tomato vinaigrette
Cuisse de Canard & Blackcurrant sauce
Fromages: Morbier, Délice de Bourgogne & Bleu des Causses
Mousse au chocolat with Amaretto
Wines: White Saint-Véran & Red Savigny les Beaune

MONDAY:
LUNCH:
Quiche Lorraine
Carrot Salad & Mixed leaf Salad
Escargots de Bourgogne
Crêpe Suzette
Wines: White Saint-Romain & Red Monthélie

TUESDAY:
LUNCH:
Plancha (Grill) with Market's Delights on the outdoor kitchen
Poached Salmon with Hollandaise sauce
Tuna, prawns & White fish (Sole)
Fromages: Valençay and Comté
Apple tart
Wines: White Rully & Red Haute Côtes de Nuits

DINNER:
Warm goat cheese salad with crispy vegitables and red wine vinaigrette
Pork tenderloin stuffed with apricots baby potatoes tender stem brocoly and sage sauce
Meringue with hazelnut spread
Saint Veran white & Beaune red

WEDNESDAY:
LUNCH:
Stuffed courgettes and Toulouse Sausage
Mixed Salad
Poached figs & fresh strawberries with vanilla ice-cream
Wine: Red Auxey-Duresses

THURSDAY:
LUNCH:
Assiette Anglaise
Charcuterie
Jambon
Fromages: Brillat-Savarin, Fourme Montbrisson
Wine: Red Mâcon Pierreclos

DINNER:
Scallops & Noilly Prat Sauce
Fillet of Charolais with Gratin Dauphinois
Crème Brûlée
Wines: White Meursault & Red Chambolle Musigny



SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Canal de Bourgogne
Escommes to Dijon, 2017 (Full Board)

Saturday - Escommes to Vandenesse
Guests are met in Dijon train station at 3:00 pm and transferred to the barge moored in Escommes. Welcome drink on board, presentation of the barge and the crew. Cocktail cruise to Vandenesse (8 locks). Dinner on board.

Sunday - Vandenesse to Pont d'Ouche
Morning visit to Chateauneuf en Auxois, visit the 12th century castle and its medieval village. Lunch on board. Afternoon cruise to Pont d'Ouche, with walking and cycling opportunities (11 locks). "Home hosted" dinner at a local family.

Monday - Pont d'Ouche to La Bussiere
Morning cruise to La Bussière (6 locks). Lunch on board. Afternoon visit to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, guided tour of the charity hospital from the 15th century, free time for shopping. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - La Bussiere to Lock 34
After breakfast, we drive to Dijon to explore the capital of the dukes and its rich and colored market with our chef who will help guests choose their lunch and prepare it on board "à la plancha" in our outdoor kitchen. Lunch on board and afternoon cruise to La Bussière (8 locks). Dinner on board.

Wednesday - Lock 34 to Fleurey
Morning cruise to Fleurey (8 locks). Lunch on board. In the afternoon there will be a wine tasting at the family domaine Armelle Rion in Vosne Romanée, where we will have a private and prestigious tasting of Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot. Dinner on board.

Thursday - Fleurey to Dijon
Day cruise to Dijon (12 locks). Morning visit to l'Or des Valois, a truffle farm where we will experience truffle hunting with dogs and then taste the product. Lunch on board. Farewell dinner on board.

Friday - Dijon
After breakfast, guests disembark and transfer to Dijon train station.

Note:  This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.  On alternate weeks we cruise in the opposite direction.

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Canal de Bourgogne
Dijon to Escommes, 2017 (Half Board)

Saturday - Dijon to Plombières
Guests are met at Dijon train station at 3:00pm and transferred to the barge moored in Dijon. Once on board there will be a welcome drink on board, presentation of the barge and introduction of your crew. Enjoy a cocktail cruise to Plombières les Dijon (5 locks) followed by your first dinner on board (included).

Sunday - Plombières to Fleurey sur Ouche
In the morning go truffle hunting with dogs at l'Or des Valois, where we will have lunch at the truffle farm (included). In the afternoon cruise to Fleurey sur Ouche, where you will have an opportunity to walk or to cycle along the canal (8 locks). Dinner on board (included).

Monday - Fleurey sur Ouche to Lock 34
This morning cruise to Lock 34 (8 locks) with lunch on board (included). In the afternoon there will be a wine tasting at the family domaine Armelle Rion in Vosne Romanée, where we will have a private and prestigious tasting of Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot. Dinner will be at lock 34, an authentic lock house converted into a welcoming "guinguette" where you will taste the owner's original cuisine (at guest's expense).

Tuesday - Lock 34 to La Bussière
After breakfast, we will drive to Dijon to explore the capital of the dukes and its rich and coloreful market with our chef who will help guests choose their lunch and prepare it on board "a la plancha" in our outdoor kitchen. After lunch on board (included) cruise to La Bussière (8 locks). Dinner will be at l'Abbaye de La Bussiere or in Barbirey sur Ouche (at guest's expense).

Wednesday - La Bussière to Pont d’Ouche
This morning cruise to Pont d'Ouche (6 locks). Lunch will be in Pont d'Ouche or at the chateau de Sainte Sabine (at guest's expense). In the afternoon visit Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy. We will discover the 15th century charity hospital also famous for its wine auction. Free time for shopping. Experience a "home-hosted" dinner at a local French family's house (included).

Thursday - Pont d'Ouche to Escommes.
Day cruise to Escommes (19 locks). Lunch in Chateauneuf or at "Chez Lucotte," a traditional French restaurant in Vandenesse en Auxois (at guest's expense). In the afternoon visit Chateauneuf en Auxois, a 12th century castle and its medieval village. Farewell dinner on board (included).

Friday - Escommes
After breakfast, guests disembark and transfer to the Dijon train station.

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



Magnolia
2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 22 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Apr 29 Escommes-Dijon Regular
May 6 Dijon-Escommes Regular
May 13 Escommes-Dijon Regular
May 20 Dijon-Escommes Regular
May 27 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Jun 3 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Jun 10 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Jun 17 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Jun 24 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Jul 1 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Jul 8 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Jul 15 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Jul 22 Escommes-Dijon Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 29 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Aug 5 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Aug 12 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Aug 19 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Aug 26 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Sep 2 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Sep 9 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Sep 16 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Sep 23 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Sep 30 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Oct 7 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Oct 14 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Oct 21 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Oct 28 Escommes-Dijon Regular

2017 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 22 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Apr 29 Escommes-Dijon Regular
May 6 Dijon-Escommes Regular
May 13 Escommes-Dijon Regular
May 20 Dijon-Escommes Regular
May 27 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Jun 3 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Jun 10 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Jun 17 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Jun 24 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Jul 1 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Jul 8 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Jul 15 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Jul 22 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 29 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Aug 5 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Aug 12 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Aug 19 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Aug 26 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Sep 2 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Sep 9 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Sep 16 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Sep 23 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Sep 30 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Oct 7 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Oct 14 Escommes-Dijon Regular
Oct 21 Dijon-Escommes Regular
Oct 28 Escommes-Dijon Regular

*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.


Magnolia's route through Southern Burgundy, from Dijon to Escommes on the Canal de Bourgogne.
Magnolia's route through Southern Burgundy, from Dijon to Escommes on the Canal de Bourgogne. For a more detailed look at the cruise route, view our map of the Canal du Bourgogne.




MAGNOLIA
2017 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE REGULAR
Apr 22 thru Nov 3
Full Board Charter for 2
$15,150
Full Board Charter for 4
$19,400
Full Board Charter for 6
$23,650
Half Board Charter for 2
$11,450
Half Board Charter for 4
$14,800
Half Board Charter for 6
$18,400


What's Included

Full Board Cruise:
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in cabin with private bathroom
- Pickup and drop off at the Dijon TGV station.
- All meals beginning with dinner on Saturday through breakfast on Friday. 
- Wines and open bar on board
- Daily escorted side-excursions including entrance fees
- Use of 6 bicycles


 Half Board Cruise:
- 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in cabin with private bathroom
- Pickup and drop off at the Dijon TGV station.
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners on board for Escommes - Dijon cruises; 3 lunches and 4 dinners for Dijon - Escommes cruises. Transportation provided to and from selected restaurants.
- Wines and open bar on board
- Daily escorted side-excursions including entrance fees
- Use of 6 bicycles

What's Not Included

Full Board Cruise:
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Transportation from Paris to Dijon and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros
- Trip cancellation insurance


Half Board Cruise:
- 4 meals ashore at passenger's expense (transportation provided)
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Transportation from Paris to Dijon and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros
- Trip cancellation insurance






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