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

Friesland

Bodrag River

Loire Valley

Canal du Midi

River Saône

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

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Saraphina barge cruises

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

La Vie en Rose barge cruises

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

River Saône
Central Canal

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

Magnolia barge cruises

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy 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

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Self-drive boat rentals

N QUATTRO S
Nicols

N QUATTRO S

6 guests

Nicols

N OCTO FLY
Nicols

N OCTO FLY

10 guests

Nicols

Horizon 1
Le Boat

Horizon 1

5 guests

Le Boat

Royal Mystique B
Le Boat
N800
Nicols

N800

4 guests

Nicols

P1165 FB
Locaboat

P1165 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

Linssen 35 Aft Cabin
France Afloat
Gruno 1000
Saone Bateaux
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Testimonials

Guests have said...

We appreciated It's small size, fabulous crew, and the opportunity for our family to be together. I rate the boat 9/10
The Nivernais Canal was quiet...

Ann Hofmann; April 2017

We thank you for your kindness and warmth. You made us feel like family from the first day. Lots of laughter all week long. France will now hold a...

Paul, New York USA

Thank you! We have travelled often to many places - This week was the best vacation/adventure ever!  
You have a beautiful peniche, a great crew,...

Tony & Connie Price, USA; June 2017

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

Dear Emma
We've just returned from Burgundy.
Many thanks for arranging the booking with Heidi & Stefan. Everything went very well indeed. The boat...

James Rankin. Saone river.

The boat was bigger than I had expected. I rate it 8.5/10
We appreciated this very tranquil route.
Overall we enjoyed the experience, but on...

Christopher Lee. River Saône

Hello Emma, our 'captain' Mike Reynolds and his wife came up with some things to provide you that we concur with:
1) bowthruster (made navigating...

S Moffett. Canal du Midi

We rate the boat 9/10. The scenery in the forest was great.
We heard about Hotels Afloat by word of mouth and will book again.

Kin-Lun Tsang. Alsace