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

River Saône

France

Île-de-France

France

Friesland

Holland

Loire Valley

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Grand Victoria barge cruises

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Save up to 10%

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

Saraphina barge cruises

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Magnolia barge cruises

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Check out the cruise deals

Self-drive boat rentals

Tango
Le Boat

Tango

6 guests

Le Boat

P1106 FB
Locaboat

P1106 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

N1000
Nicols

N1000

8 guests

Nicols

N QUATTRO B
Nicols

N QUATTRO B

4 guests

Nicols

N OCTO Fly 12
Nicols

N OCTO Fly 12

12 guests

Nicols

P1022FB
Locaboat

P1022FB

3 guests

Locaboat

Linssen Yacht 36
France Passion Plaisance
N1350 B
Nicols

N1350 B

10 guests

Nicols

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

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

We appreciated the barge's level of comfort, the bikes and peace
Enjoyed cycling into nearby villages, Châteauneuf and the locks!
Max and Bea were...

Bruce, Australia. June 2013

We loved the whole cruise and thought it was too short!
Our boat was perfect for two couples. The quarters were quite spacious and the galley was...

Kris Sullivan. Canal du Midi

Here goes
We LIKED
the superb weather we had
the beautiful countryside
the peace & tranquility slow boat travel brings
the overall layout of the boat
the...

C Priester. Nivernais Canal

We appreciated
Max and Bea, first and foremost.
The fantastic food and wine.
Oh so comfortable accommodations.

The sheer beauty of the area.
The...

Patti K. May 2013

Thank you for a memorable week of cruising on a barge. The experience was everything we had hoped for

Varga; Dakota, USA

All the crew were incredible, food was out of this world, the service the best and everyone spectacular

Tom & Mary; USA

Hello Emma,
We came back from the cruise and it was perfect.
So perfect that my mother in law and her husband are asking for more...
They want to...

Rebecca Biton