Boat & barge cruises

Emma James Aldridge

Hi, I’m Emma James, and my company is dedicated to organising barge and self-drive boat cruises in France and the rest of Europe, for clients from across the globe.

We provide expert and detailed advice and spare no effort in making and managing your booking to ensure the success of your boating holiday.

With 95% of our clients saying they would book with us again, and many returning each year, you can be confident that you’re in safe hands.

Definitive knowledge and expertise

I have worked in the boating holiday industry since 2000 and have organised thousands of cruises across Europe. My team and I boast extensive knowledge and are able to provide expert guidance for the best boating vacation for you.

Impartial Advice & Support

I am an accredited agent for the leading boating companies, which means that I can provide the best holiday to meet your needs. Once you begin your holiday, I remain available to assist in every possible way, including smoothing the way with any glitches that might occur.

Unparalleled Service

After discussing your requirements in detail, and providing all the information you need, I handle all of the arrangements for your booking. All of my team are fluent in both English and French.

Best Boat Companies

You can be assured that the boat suppliers we use, with whom we have long-standing professional relationships, have been selected for the quality of their product and reputation.

The Best Deals

We don’t charge for our services and through constant communication with our suppliers, we remain up-to-date with special offers and discounts. We guarantee that, when booking with Hotels Afloat, you will always receive the best deal available.

Boat Choices

Choose the adventure of taking the controls of your own self-drive boat, charter a luxury skippered and crewed barge with gourmet dining, or opt for something in between: the choice is yours.

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Our Destinations

We offer a range of destinations throughout Europe. Choose from every navigable inland waterway in France, or, if you would prefer to discover hidden treasures elsewhere, we propose a choice of a further eleven European countries. From one of the UK’s most beautiful wetland areas, the Norfolk Broads, to the romance of the palaces and lagoons in Italy with their history of ancient civilizations, we can source a boating holiday that is custom made for you.

Cruising in France Cruising elsewhere in Europe