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

Loire Valley

France

Canal du Midi

France

Friesland

Holland

Bodrag River

Hungary

River Saône

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

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Saraphina
Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Alegria

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

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

P1165 FB
Locaboat
P1165 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

N1160
Nicols
N1160

10 guests

Nicols

Vision 3
Le Boat
Vision 3

10 guests

Le Boat

Gruno 1000
Saone Bateaux
Tamaris
Le Boat
Tamaris

6 guests

Le Boat

N1350 B
Nicols
N1350 B

10 guests

Nicols

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

I rate the Luciole 9/10: Liked the attention of the staff
The Nivernais is a small canal, lovely but weather not as good as hoped for and some of...

Elizabeth Opalenik, USA. April 2015

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

Hi Emma

We had a great trip. The arrival, boat familiarisation and boat hand-back service at the yard were excellent. The boat was fine. We went...

Chris Ecob. Nivernais Canal

Very satisfied. Everything was perfect!

Leczynzki, Burgundy Saone, October 2016

"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

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

We really appreciated the bow thruster, and rate the boat 7/10.
Enjoyed a side trip to Dompierre sur Besbre... the route was good
A friend...

David and Margot Horton. Nivernais Canal

Hello Emma, our 'captain' Mike Reynolds and his wife came up with some things to provide you that we concur with:
1) bowthruster (made navigating...

S Moffett. Canal du Midi