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

Shannon

Ireland

Canal du Midi

France

Bodrag River

Hungary

Charente

France

River Saône

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Aurora barge cruises

Aurora

8 guests

France
Holland
Holland - Belgium - France

The River Yonne
North and South Holland
Rotterdam to Paris

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Adagio

8 guests

France
Holland
Belgium
Belgium - France

Loire Valley
Champagne
Friesland
Bruges to Haarlem
Bruges to Paris

Saraphina barge cruises

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Magnolia barge cruises

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Grand Victoria barge cruises

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

La Vie en Rose barge cruises

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

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Self-drive boat rentals

Haines Rive 40
France Passion Plaisance
Nicols 900
France Passion Plaisance
N QUATTRO S
Nicols

N QUATTRO S

6 guests

Nicols

Euro Classic 149
France Afloat
Salsa B
Le Boat

Salsa B

12 guests

Le Boat

N PRIMO
Nicols

N PRIMO

4 guests

Nicols

P1500 R
Locaboat

P1500 R

12 guests

Locaboat

Crusader
Le Boat

Crusader

6 guests

Le Boat

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

To our wonderful Captain and crew. You are all awesome and it’s been one of the most wonderful trips of my life. Thank you so much for the great...

Vicki Little, USA

We enjoyed Alex's captaining of the barge and the great vineyards, castles that he took us to. We appreciated Nicole's care, her cups of tea and...

Adrian, Auckland NZ 2019

Emma, We arrived home a week ago from a most memorable vacation and cruise down the Yonne and the Nivernais. What a great time! Everything about...

Nic Rondell. River Yonne & Nivernais

The boat was generally as expected.  By chance, we had only 4 passengers not 8, and that gave an unexpected feeling of space and comfort. In...

Denis Ives; June 2017

All 7 of us thank you very much for arranging our houseboat holiday on the Bourgogne canal, especially the 1300 boat - it was real luxury and we...

Mary Buhler. Burgundy Canal

The Clipper was as we expected, I rate it an 8/10
It was easy to handle.
Cruising from Port Cassafieres on the Midi was a good beginner route
My...

Frederick A Slane, Midi canal. July 2016

Thank you to Alex, Nicole and Carls for an excellent trip. It exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves French...

Marcia; Kerikeri, New Zealand 2019

Good day Ms. Emma,
My friends and I just returned from our Hotels Afloat vacation. It met or exceeded every expectation.
Your guys on either end of...

Mike Thomas. Loire Canal
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