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!

 

Our clients have awarded us (4.5185185185185) stars

Top cruise destinations

Discover the best cruise routes

Canal du Midi

France

Bodrag River

Hungary

River Saône

France

Shannon

Ireland

Charente

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Elisabeth

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Save 10%
Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Low deposit!
La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

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Self-drive boat rentals

N QUATTRO S
Nicols

N QUATTRO S

6 guests

Nicols

P1400 FB
Locaboat

P1400 FB

12 guests

Locaboat

N SIXTO
Nicols

N SIXTO

8 guests

Nicols

Linssen 33.9 Aft cabin
France Afloat
N800
Nicols

N800

4 guests

Nicols

Royal Mystique B
Le Boat
Consul
Le Boat

Consul

4 guests

Le Boat

Continentale
Le Boat
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Testimonials

Guests have said...

Just arrived back from our fabulous holiday. We had a wonderful time and particularly wanted to extend our thanks and appreciation to you and the...

Sue Gibson, Canada

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

To call the voyage perfect is not enough. Perfection has to include the crew and our Captain Chris. Thanks for all the kindness

Mr Putman; USA

Hi Emma

We had a great trip. The arrival, boat familiarisation and boat hand-back service at the yard were excellent. The boat was fine. We went...

Chris Ecob. Nivernais Canal

We liked the sundeck on the N900DP: We did not know what to expect as it was our first time!
I'd rate the boat a 6/10
We expected to stop at villages...

Jackie Foster; August 2018

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

On behalf of our security team, I would like to express our gratitude to Captain Arsie of Hotel Barge La Vie en Rose and his Crew. On June 16...

Paul; USA 2019

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