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

Canal du Midi

France

Bodrag River

Hungary

Île-de-France

France

Charente

France

Camargue

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

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

Grand Victoria barge cruises

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Elegance

6 guests

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

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Self-drive boat rentals

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N PRIMO
Nicols

N PRIMO

4 guests

Nicols

P1260R
Locaboat

P1260R

10 guests

Locaboat

Linssen 40.9 Aft cabin
France Afloat
P1400 FB
Locaboat

P1400 FB

10 guests

Locaboat

N900 DP
Nicols

N900 DP

7 guests

Nicols

Cirrus B
Le Boat

Cirrus B

4 guests

Le Boat

Royal Mystique A
Le Boat
Mystique
Le Boat

Mystique

8 guests

Le Boat

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

We rate the barge 8/10: Liked the convenient layout - attention of crew - excellent food
We appreciated the interesting features on the canal,...

Mary Uglow; April 2017

5 stars for the barge, destination, Hotels Afloat booking service and the overall Hotels Afloat experience.

Our boat was beautifully kept and every...

G Duncan ; USA; September 2019

The 1500FB actually exceeded expectation for newness and outfitting of kitchen etc

Comfortable, roomy common area inside boat and on top deck.
Good...

Chris Berkley. Southern Burgundy

5* for the barge Magnolia, the Burgundy Canal, Hotels Afloat customer service and website.
We are very likely to book again and to recommend Hotels...

Charlotte B; USA; 2019

The Linssen was excellent. New boat and very suitable
We appreciated the newness and the bow thruster
Rating 10/10
The Midi canal worked well for us...

Jim Wilson, Midi Canal. June 2016

What an outstanding week. The experience, food and service amazing and our group could not have been happier with the time spent together. Thank...

Bob & Sandy; USA

I rate the boat an 8/10.
The route is beautiful, peaceful.
I was offered options, of route and boats, with enough info to be confident of a great...

Charles Field. Canal du Midi

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