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

Camargue

Bodrag River

River Saône

Charente

Canal du Midi

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Grand Victoria barge cruises

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Aurora

8 guests

Holland
France
Belgium
Belgium - France

Dutch Waterways
River Yonne
Flanders
Bruges to Haarlem
Bruges to Paris
Rotterdam to Paris

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Adagio

8 guests

Holland
Belgium
Belgium - France
France

Dutch Waterways
Flanders
Bruges to Paris

La Vie en Rose barge cruises

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

River Saône
Central Canal

Saraphina barge cruises

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Magnolia barge cruises

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

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Self-drive boat rentals

Horizon 2S
Le Boat

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Le Boat

Euro Classic 149
France Afloat
N PRIMO
Nicols

N PRIMO

4 guests

Nicols

N900 DP
Nicols

N900 DP

7 guests

Nicols

Nicols 1000
France Passion Plaisance
P1180 FB
Locaboat

P1180 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

P1260R
Locaboat

P1260R

10 guests

Locaboat

BWS Cruiser 1250
Saone Bateaux
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Testimonials

Guests have said...

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

Hi there Emma ,

Just to let you know that we had a great time on our barge. We miss it and the life style. We are looking at other places such as...

Norman Price. Burgundy
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

We appreciated
Max and Bea, first and foremost.
The fantastic food and wine.
Oh so comfortable accommodations.

The sheer beauty of the area.
The...

Patti K. May 2013

The boat is excellent, sun protection missing on Panache ,hot-tub  blocking the view somewhat
Roomy cabin (Ravel Junior Suite), nice outside deck...

Yvonne & Randy Symons; Late May 2017

The boat was as expected, we rate it 8/10: Liked the sliding sunroof
Canal de Burgundy:The villages were a bit more deserted than expected and the...

Lex Van den H. September 2016

"Thank you. Thank you again for your wonderful attention to our every need or whim - you made our return trip even more enjoyable than the first...

Michael Higgins, September 2018 (2nd cruise)

We really enjoyed our trip....it was just a bit short!!

Susan M