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

France

Friesland

Holland

Bodrag River

Hungary

Charente

France

Shannon

Ireland

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Adagio

8 guests

France
Holland
Belgium
Belgium - France

Loire Valley
Champagne
Friesland
Bruges to Haarlem
Bruges to Paris

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal
Nivernais & River Yonne

Aurora barge cruises

Aurora

8 guests

France
Holland
Holland - Belgium - France

The River Yonne
North and South Holland
Rotterdam to Paris

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Grand Victoria barge cruises

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Magnolia barge cruises

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

La Vie en Rose barge cruises

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

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Self-drive boat rentals

Magnifique
Le Boat

Magnifique

10 guests

Le Boat

N QUATTRO S
Nicols

N QUATTRO S

6 guests

Nicols

Espade 1230 Handy
France Passion Plaisance
Consul
Le Boat

Consul

4 guests

Le Boat

Salsa B
Le Boat

Salsa B

12 guests

Le Boat

Europa 700
Locaboat

Europa 700

6 guests

Locaboat

Vision 2
Le Boat

Vision 2

6 guests

Le Boat

N1000
Nicols

N1000

8 guests

Nicols

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

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

This cruise was way beyond our wildest expectations. On the Savoir Vivre, the food, the wine, the excursions, the scenery, the relaxing cruising,...

Ri Regina, USA October 2016

A most enjoyable trip. Thanks for your help with the arrangements, Emma.

Friendly staff and top notch facilities on board
I rate the boat a 10

We...

Kevin Bell, Canada. September 2014

Emma, We arrived home a week ago from a most memorable vacation and cruise down the Yonne and the Nivernais. What a great time! Everything about...

Nic Rondell. River Yonne & Nivernais

Hi Emma

Here we are back home after a terrific trip to Europe, the highlight of which was our Locaboat cruise from Briare to Dompierre.
We cannot...

John Wells. Canal Loire

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

Thank you for all of your assistance with our cruise.

The 3 aspects of the boat we appreciated were:
1. Ease operation for beginner drivers ( never...

Ernette H. Aquitaine

We had a super time. All 3 weeks in France were terrific. Noel's America boat was first class, and the food was first rate wherever we dined

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