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 (4.5) stars

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Top cruise destinations

Discover the best cruise routes

Bodrag River

Hungary

Canal du Midi

France

Shannon

Ireland

Friesland

Holland

Charente

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

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Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

ZERO deposit!

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

500 USD deposit

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Save 10%!
Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

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Self-drive boat rentals

Corvette A
Le Boat

Corvette A

4 guests

Le Boat

Euro Classic 139
France Afloat
P935W
Locaboat

P935W

5 guests

Locaboat

N SIXTO
Nicols

N SIXTO

8 guests

Nicols

Euro Classic 129
France Afloat
P1107W
Locaboat

P1107W

7 guests

Locaboat

N1160N
Nicols

N1160N

10 guests

Nicols

P1180 FB
Locaboat

P1180 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

The boat was better than expected, with 2 steering positions. (Upgraded at the base to a superior boat than that booked)
I'd rate it a 6/10
The Loire...

Nick White, Loire canal. August 2016

I’m speechless. This was absolutely the best trip ever. Barging is the perfect way to enjoy our vacation with so much to see and all done at a...

Mosley, USA

Thank you all for a delightful experience. Your food and hospitality was excellent. Great fellow companions on board. It will be difficult to...

Marcus Moss, Australia

The EuroClassic 149 was as expected with plenty of space and good facilities
I'd rate it a 9/10.
We enjoyed the scenery, food and villages in...

Jenny Meader, Burgundy. September 2016

How would you rate your boat?  5 stars
How would you rate your cruise destination?  5 stars
How would you rate the Customer Service from Hotels...

George C; USA, 2019

We appreciated the Cabin sizes and furnishings
Please rate the boat: 9/10

Would you book with us again? Absolutely! This is our third cruise booked...

Richard Haslep, USA. September 2014

The boat was as expected but a bit old
Appreciated the size & sliding roof windows
Boat rate 7/10
Our cruise from Joigny was as we expected.

Before...

Jenny Cooper, Joigny, Burgundy; May 2017

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