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

Loire Valley

France

River Saône

France

Bodrag River

Hungary

Canal du Midi

France

Shannon

Ireland

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Save 10%!
Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

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

Check out the cruise deals

Self-drive boat rentals

N QUATTRO
Nicols

N QUATTRO

6 guests

Nicols

BWS Cruiser 1150
Saone Bateaux
Nicols 1160
France Passion Plaisance
N1350
Nicols

N1350

10 guests

Nicols

Nicols 1000
France Passion Plaisance
Haines Rive 34
France Passion Plaisance
Tarpon 37 Duo Prestige
France Passion Plaisance
La Peniche F
France Passion Plaisance
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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

We chose the Octo with a senior member of the party (87 years) in mind. Amongst other things, we liked the outdoor eating area which was all in a...

Leo Estal, River Baise; August 2016

"Hi Emma; Just to thank you again for yet another great cruise. EVERYTHING was fantastic as usual. " Italy: Anjodi, La Belle Epoque, Scottish...

David Gold

Our third time on the Savoir Faire. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful time. Good friends, delicious food and lots of fun. Outstanding boat and Captain....

Vidal; Barcelona, Spain

Hello Emma, Just want to Thank You for your assistance with our trip. Jackie, Graham, Brian and I had a great River Cruise. It was fun, delicious...

Heverin and Every, USA; August 2018

Aboard a Royal Mystique: Boat rating 9/10.
Beautiful scenery, quiet villages.. Branges and Santenday spurs off the river Saone
The staff at Le Boat...

Julian Ranger, Burgundy

We rate the boat 9/10. The scenery in the forest was great.
We heard about Hotels Afloat by word of mouth and will book again.

Kin-Lun Tsang. Alsace

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