Canal & river vacations

From luxury converted barges to modern style cruisers, choose the perfect boat to explore selected destinations on the inland waterways.

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Hotel barges

Top rated and selected barges, reviewed, tested and rated. We offer a large choice of converted barges and routes on the inland waterways.

Self-drive Rentals

Skipper your boat! A perfect vacation for families and friends, we have boats for couples and up to 12 people! Choose your boat and destination now.

Welcome to Hotels Afloat

Cruise with EmmaHi, I’m Emma James-Aldridge, and my company is dedicated to organising hotel barge and self-drive boat cruises in France, the rest of Europe and Canada, for clients from across the globe.
If you're a family, group of friends, couples or individuals, I have the perfect cruise for you.

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

With 97% of our clients saying they would book with us again, and many returning each year, you can be confident that you're in safe and expert hands.
Hotels Afloat looks forward to welcoming you aboard!

 

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Top cruise destinations

Discover the best cruise routes

Loire Valley

Friesland

River Saône

Bodrag River

Camargue

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Saraphina barge cruises

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Magnolia barge cruises

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

La Vie en Rose barge cruises

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

River Saône
Central Canal

Aurora barge cruises

Aurora

8 guests

Holland
France
Belgium
Belgium - France

Dutch Waterways
River Yonne
Flanders
Bruges to Haarlem
Bruges to Paris
Rotterdam to Paris

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Grand Victoria barge cruises

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Adagio

8 guests

Holland
Belgium
Belgium - France
France

Dutch Waterways
Flanders
Bruges to Paris

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Self-drive boat rentals

P1020 FB
Locaboat

P1020 FB

5 guests

Locaboat

Euro Classic 139
France Afloat
N QUATTRO FLY C
Nicols
Vision 4
Le Boat

Vision 4

9 guests

Le Boat

N SIXTO Green
Nicols
P1106 FB
Locaboat

P1106 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

Horizon 3
Le Boat

Horizon 3

7 guests

Le Boat

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

Just a note to thank you for your assistance and wise advice with our cruise week before last. Everything was wonderful. We came away convinced...

Jim and Betty Shivers, USA

The captain (Chris) and crew were wonderful - very friendly and helpful in all respects.
Accommodations were spacious and comfortably furnished.
The f...

J Carney. June 2013

We really enjoyed our trip....it was just a bit short!!

Susan M

There are memories through our lives that will remain forever, and we know this is one. It has been a dream of ours to come on a barge trip for...

Mr and Mrs Burke. October 2008

Emma made the whole process very easy, from payment schedules to helping us organize transportation to and from the staging area.. We asked many...

Mark Hall. Loire canal

The barge was better than expected: Great bathroom facilities, despite compact size. Very nice public space for meals.
I rate the boat a 10
The...

John Griffin, USA; October 2016

The boat was as expected: We appreciated the controls inside and outside, and rate the boat a 10.
The cruise route from Joigny out and back was...

John Beaumont; August 2017, Joigny, Burgundy

Deb************ Sar******, Canada 1/10/2019

5 stars for the Alegria barge, cruise destination and website.
We enjoyed our time immensely and would...

Debb and Gregg, Canada; Cruised September 2019