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 98% 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

Camargue

France

Île-de-France

France

Charente

France

Canal du Midi

France

Shannon

Ireland

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Elegance

6 guests

Grand Victoria barge cruises

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Magnolia barge cruises

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Saraphina barge cruises

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

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Aurora

8 guests

Holland
France
Belgium
Belgium - France

Dutch Waterways
River Yonne
Flanders
Bruges to Haarlem
Bruges to Paris
Rotterdam to Paris
Île-de-France

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

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Self-drive boat rentals

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N QUATTRO FLY C
Nicols
Royal Mystique B
Le Boat
Haines Rive 40
France Passion Plaisance
N QUATTRO
Nicols

N QUATTRO

6 guests

Nicols

Tarpon 37
France Passion Plaisance
Europa 500
Locaboat

Europa 500

8 guests

Locaboat

Penichette Evolution
Locaboat
Calypso
Le Boat

Calypso

8 guests

Le Boat

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

Much more than we expected
The rooms and baths were just lovely and fresh. Being able to be outside under an umbrella and out of the sun..
I give it...

Barbara Blahuta, USA. July 2014

After dealing with Emma pre and post Covid, I felt as though we had become good friends! Emma helped us plan a family barge experience to...

Mixie H; June 2022

The route (Furstenberg - Ketsin) was difficult to navigate in/out of the lakes: poor signage and marinas a challenge to locate, but the Germans and...

Donald Elliot. Germany

Hi Emma,

We had a most fabulous trip down the canal and absolutely loved the boat.

I will get organised when we get back home and do some reviews...

Dianne C... New Zealand: Burgundy September 2019

Tournus to Lyon with a short trip up La Seille canal.
Though I have never piloted a boat before this was an experience not to miss. The time of year...

G Gaudreau. River Saône

We had a lovely time, Emma. Thanks for all your help with making it so.

Sharon Ringwalt. River Yonne

The chef was fantastic, and the food was great. Loved the intimacy of travelling with a smaller group which is invaluable for pax travelling...

Joy Bangsund. August 2012

Emma,

I just wanted to thank you, again, for saving our vacation!
The barge cruise on the Clare Du Lune was fantastic!  We loved the family!
Thanks...
Shelly Reams, USA ; September 2018