Hotels Afloat presents

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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Selected boats

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.

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Self-drive Rentals

A perfect vacation for families and friends, we have boats for couples and up to 12 people! Choose your boat and destination now.

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!

 

Top cruise destinations

Discover the best cruise routes

Camargue

France

Shannon

Ireland

Friesland

Holland

Canal du Midi

France

River Saône

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Magnolia
Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

La Vie en Rose
La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Save up to 10%
Saraphina
Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Elisabeth
Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

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Self-drive boat rentals

Calypso
Le Boat
Calypso

8 guests

Le Boat

Triton 1050
France Passion Plaisance
Salsa B
Le Boat
Salsa B

12 guests

Le Boat

P1107W
Locaboat
P1107W

7 guests

Locaboat

Haines Rive 34
France Passion Plaisance
P1180 FB
Locaboat
P1180 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

Nicols 1170
France Passion Plaisance
Nicols 900
France Passion Plaisance
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Testimonials

Guests have said...

Deb************ Sar******, Canada 1/10/2019

5 stars for the Alegria barge, cruise destination and website.
We enjoyed our time immensely and would...

Debb and Gregg, Canada; Cruised September 2019

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

The Caprice is Spacious; we liked the sliding back door
Boat rated 10/10
Was the route as you expected? yes
What did you most appreciate about the...

Heila Jacobs. Belgium

We appreciated the Cabin sizes and furnishings
Please rate the boat: 9/10

Would you book with us again? Absolutely! This is our third cruise booked...

Richard Haslep, USA. September 2014

Emma,

 
I just wanted to thank you, again, for saving our vacation!
The barge cruise on the Clare Du Lune was fantastic!  We loved the family!
Tha...
Shelly Ream, USA ; September 2018

The boat was as expected YES, BUT LARGER THAN WE THOUGHT
WELL EQUIPPED, we rate it 9/10
The cruise from VERMENTON TO TONNERE was MANAGEABLE FOR OUR...

Damon Kendrick, UK. July 2016

Hello Emma,
We came back from the cruise and it was perfect.
So perfect that my mother in law and her husband are asking for more...
They want to...

Rebecca Biton

Thank you all so very much for an absolutely marvellous week! Your hospitality, flexibility, understanding and company were wonderful! You shared...

David, Washington DC 2019