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

Shannon

Ireland

Loire Valley

France

Camargue

France

Bodrag River

Hungary

River Saône

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Saraphina
Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Elisabeth
Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

La Vie en Rose
La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

Magnolia
Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

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Self-drive boat rentals

BWS Cruiser 1250
Saone Bateaux
Tamaris
Le Boat
Tamaris

6 guests

Le Boat

Tarpon 37
France Passion Plaisance
Espade Concept Fly
France Passion Plaisance
Euro Classic 139
France Afloat
Countess
Le Boat
Countess

6 guests

Le Boat

N DUO
Nicols
N DUO

4 guests

Nicols

N QUATTRO S
Nicols
N QUATTRO S

6 guests

Nicols

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

We have very much enjoyed our week of canal and river cruising on "La Vie en Rose". We had some fabulous food, cheese and wine and learnt a lot...

Maryanne, Auckland NZ 2019

Dear Emma, The boat was very comfortable and in first class shape. The rental agency was very helpful.
All-in-all very satisfactory. Kind regards, Bob

R Eastman. River Saone

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 cleanliness and reliability of the boat overall: 9/10
The cruise in the Lot was generally as expected:  One or two of the locks were a little...

William Peters: Lot cruise; June 2017

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

Although one might wonder when we returned, inadvertently, a day early, but we had a wonderful time on the Midi.
The whole thing was a magnificent...

Jim Westaway. Canal du Midi

Overall the whole experience was just WONDERFUL and we had a fabulous time! THANKS!
The boat: It was a great boat!
Route: loved the scenery, the...

Lisa Bacon-Hall. Canal du Midi

"We all had such a lovely time on La Belle Epoque that we are now thinking of booking a cruise for next year. The Dolce Vita looks lovely: Which...

Alice Kelly, USA