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

Bodrag River

Hungary

River Saône

France

Camargue

France

Loire Valley

France

Charente

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Elisabeth

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Low deposit!
La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

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Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

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Self-drive boat rentals

N SIXTO FLY C
Nicols
Tip Top
France Passion Plaisance
Consul
Le Boat

Consul

4 guests

Le Boat

N1310
Nicols

N1310

12 guests

Nicols

Nicols 1310
France Passion Plaisance
N1350 B
Nicols

N1350 B

10 guests

Nicols

P1260R
Locaboat

P1260R

10 guests

Locaboat

Salsa B
Le Boat

Salsa B

12 guests

Le Boat

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

Hello Emma, our 'captain' Mike Reynolds and his wife came up with some things to provide you that we concur with:
1) bowthruster (made navigating...

S Moffett. Canal du Midi

Hi Emma

It was fun, would do it again.

Boat and destination: 4*
Hotels Afloat Customer service 5*
Website: 4*
We are likely to cruise again, via...

N Bednall, UK: Burgundy route 2019

We enjoyed Alex's captaining of the barge and the great vineyards, castles that he took us to. We appreciated Nicole's care, her cups of tea and...

Adrian, Auckland NZ 2019

The Linssen was excellent. New boat and very suitable
We appreciated the newness and the bow thruster
Rating 10/10
The Midi canal worked well for us...

Jim Wilson, Midi Canal. June 2016

Words cannot describe the experience we have had on this cruise from Bruges to Paris. The excellence of service was the best part and then the...

Warren; USA

Much more than we expected
The rooms and baths were just lovely and fresh. Being able to be outside under an umbrella and out of the sun..
I give it...

Barbara Blahuta, USA. July 2014

 We hired a Magnifique, and rate it 9/10-always room for improvement!
The boat was as expecte (altho' not entirely pleased with Le Boat staff at...

Janet Finan. August 2016
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