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.

Boat rentals on canals and rivers

Definitive cruise knowledge and expertise

Self-drive Boats➔ Hotel Barges➔ Home & Away➔ Half-board➔

I have worked in the boating holiday industry since 2000 and have organised thousands of cruises across Europe. My team and I boast extensive knowledge and are able to provide expert guidance for the best boating vacation for you.

Impartial Advice & Support

I am an accredited agent for the leading boating companies, which means that I can provide the best holiday to meet your needs. Once you begin your holiday, I remain available to assist in every possible way, including smoothing the way with any glitches that might occur.

Unparalleled Service

After discussing your requirements in detail, and providing all the information you need, I handle all of the arrangements for your booking. All of my team are fluent in both English and French.

Best Boat Companies

You can be assured that the boat suppliers we use, with whom we have long-standing professional relationships, have been selected for the quality of their product and reputation.

The Best Deals

We don't charge for our services and through constant communication with our suppliers, we remain up-to-date with special offers and discounts. We guarantee that, when booking with Hotels Afloat, you will always receive the best deal available.

Canal  and river cruise boats in France

Boat Choices

Select your cruise style

Choose the adventure of taking the controls of your own self-drive boat, charter a luxury skippered and crewed barge with gourmet dining, or opt for something in between: the choice is yours.

Our Destinations

Cruising in France Cruising elsewhere in Europe

We offer a range of destinations throughout Europe. Choose from every navigable inland waterway in France, or, if you would prefer to discover hidden treasures elsewhere, we propose a choice of a further eleven European countries. From the lochs of Scotland, the lakes in Canada, the waterways of Hungary and to the romance of the palaces and lagoons in Italy with their history of ancient civilizations, we can source a boating holiday that is custom made for you.

Boating holiday destinations in France

Enquiry & availability

Please use the form below to check availability or ask any other questions.


After you've submitted your enquiry form, if you do not receive a reply within the next 24 hours
then please call Emma +33 614 250 200 or email