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

Camargue

France

Loire Valley

France

Charente

France

Shannon

Ireland

Friesland

Holland

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

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Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

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Self-drive boat rentals

Triton 860 Fly
France Passion Plaisance
Europa 400
Locaboat

Europa 400

4 guests

Locaboat

P1180 FB
Locaboat

P1180 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

Penichette 1020FB
France Passion Plaisance
Salsa A
Le Boat

Salsa A

10 guests

Le Boat

P1120R
Locaboat

P1120R

6 guests

Locaboat

Horizon 5
Le Boat

Horizon 5

12 guests

Le Boat

La Peniche S
France Passion Plaisance
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Testimonials

Guests have said...

The layout was very practical and well appointed with everything needed for a week aboard supplied and in very good condition. We were also given a...

Graham Jensen. Midi canal

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

The captain (Chris) and crew were wonderful - very friendly and helpful in all respects.
Accommodations were spacious and comfortably furnished.
The f...

J Carney. June 2013

Kudos to all of you and the memorable barging experience. What great fun, friendship and excellence. You have set the bar so high. I cannot...

Berry, USA

The crew were entertaining, knowledgeable and competent. The food and service was exceptional -  5 stars each meal. The Captain Chris was extremely...

Bray, USA

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 appreciated the size and authentic look of the boats, and rated them a, 8/10.
Auxerre was beautiful and the river and Canal du Nivernais beyond...

Tom Boycott. Canal du Nivernais

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