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 (4.5185185185185) stars

Top cruise destinations

Discover the best cruise routes

Shannon

Ireland

River Saône

France

Charente

France

Camargue

France

Friesland

Holland

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

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Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Low deposit!
La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

Elisabeth

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

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Self-drive boat rentals

N OCTO Fly C
Nicols

N OCTO Fly C

10 guests

Nicols

Cirrus A
Le Boat

Cirrus A

4 guests

Le Boat

Nicols 1160
France Passion Plaisance
Corvette A
Le Boat

Corvette A

4 guests

Le Boat

N OCTO
Nicols

N OCTO

8 guests

Nicols

Linssen 33.9 Aft cabin
France Afloat
P1180 FB
Locaboat

P1180 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

Tarpon 32
France Passion Plaisance
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Testimonials

Guests have said...

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

Compact and easy to handle, I rate this boat a 9/10. The base staff were very helpful.
Appreciated the wide route and automated locks.
Would book...

Kym Dixon. River Saône

The boat was as expected, appreciated it's size & many bathrooms
We rate it a 9/10
The Nivernais route was better than we expected, and loved the...

Charlotte Reid. Nivernais Canal

Dear Emma
We've just returned from Burgundy.
Many thanks for arranging the booking with Heidi & Stefan. Everything went very well indeed. The boat...

James Rankin. Saone river.

All the crew were incredible, food was out of this world, the service the best and everyone spectacular

Tom & Mary; USA

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

Exquisite is an understatement - service, scenery, food … thank you. Wonderful adventure, great crew

Audrey & Georgie; USA

Dear Emma

We all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with Locaboat. Thank you so much for helping to organise it all.

The boat was great and we enjoyed...

Caroline Egleston. Loire Canal