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

Top cruise destinations

Discover the best cruise routes

Canal du Midi

France

Camargue

France

Bodrag River

Hungary

Shannon

Ireland

Friesland

Holland

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Low deposit!
La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Elisabeth

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Save 10%

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

30% off!
Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

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Self-drive boat rentals

N OCTO
Nicols

N OCTO

8 guests

Nicols

Royal Mystique A
Le Boat
Vision 3
Le Boat

Vision 3

10 guests

Le Boat

Continentale
Le Boat
N QUATTRO FLY
Nicols
P1107W
Locaboat

P1107W

7 guests

Locaboat

Gruno 1000
Saone Bateaux
N1000
Nicols

N1000

8 guests

Nicols

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

Very satisfied. Everything was perfect!

Leczynzki, Burgundy Saone, October 2016

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

5* for the barge, destination, service from Hotels Afloat and the website!

The on board service was personal, professional, super friendly and...

David C; September 2019 private charter for 4

Good day Ms. Emma,
My friends and I just returned from our Hotels Afloat vacation. It met or exceeded every expectation.
Your guys on either end of...

Mike Thomas. Loire Canal

The boat is well equipped but slow... I rate it 7/10.
We enjoyed being able to cruise one way.
We do not expect to do another canal cruise but would...

Susan Stephens. 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 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

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

Audrey & Georgie; USA