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

Bodrag River

Hungary

Shannon

Ireland

Friesland

Holland

River Saône

France

Canal du Midi

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Grand Victoria barge cruises

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

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

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

La Vie en Rose barge cruises

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

Saraphina barge cruises

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Aurora barge cruises

Aurora

8 guests

France
Holland
Holland - Belgium - France

The River Yonne
North and South Holland
Rotterdam to Paris

Magnolia barge cruises

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

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Self-drive boat rentals

N1100
Nicols

N1100

9 guests

Nicols

Cirrus B
Le Boat

Cirrus B

4 guests

Le Boat

Vision 2
Le Boat

Vision 2

6 guests

Le Boat

N SIXTO
Nicols

N SIXTO

8 guests

Nicols

P1107W
Locaboat

P1107W

7 guests

Locaboat

Linssen 32 Aft Cabin
France Afloat
P1500 R
Locaboat

P1500 R

12 guests

Locaboat

P1165 FB
Locaboat

P1165 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

We thank you for your kindness and warmth. You made us feel like family from the first day. Lots of laughter all week long. France will now hold a...

Paul USA 2019

Thanks for all your help in organising our recent holiday.

I am sure we will holiday with you again at sometime in the future.

Elizabeth Davidson. Yonne

Thank you all so very much for an absolutely marvellous week! Your hospitality, flexibility, understanding and company were wonderful! You shared...

David, Washington DC 2019
Emma,
 
Our cruise in Savoir Faire was wonderful in all respects: the FOOD!, the service, the accommodations, the cities, the tours —...
Michael Higgins, USA; October 2017, charter

The cruise was so wonderful, got to see some places that have been on our “bucket list” for years! Emma was a dream to coordinate our trip,...

Cindy; Midi Canal; September 2021

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 boat was as expected, appreciated it's size & many bathrooms
We rate it a 9/10
The Nivernais route was better than we expected, and loved the...

Charlotte Reid. Nivernais Canal

The boat was bigger than I had expected. I rate it 8.5/10
We appreciated this very tranquil route.
Overall we enjoyed the experience, but on...

Christopher Lee. River Saône
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