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

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Top cruise destinations

Discover the best cruise routes

River Saône

France

Canal du Midi

France

Shannon

Ireland

Charente

France

Bodrag River

Hungary

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

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Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

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Self-drive boat rentals

Grand Classique
Le Boat
Classique Star
Le Boat
Nicols 1160
France Passion Plaisance
Sheba
Le Boat

Sheba

5 guests

Le Boat

N1160
Nicols

N1160

10 guests

Nicols

N QUATTRO B
Nicols

N QUATTRO B

4 guests

Nicols

Calypso
Le Boat

Calypso

8 guests

Le Boat

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

Everything was perfect. From the information and service we received to the boat, boat owners and boat cruise itself We rate the Magnolia 10/10:...
Maryanne Milloy-Rakich, Australia

The chef was fantastic, and the food was great. Loved the intimacy of travelling with a smaller group which is invaluable for pax travelling...

Joy Bangsund. August 2012

How would you rate your boat?  5 stars
How would you rate your cruise destination?  5 stars
How would you rate the Customer Service from Hotels...

George C; USA, 2019

The boat was really roomy and comfortable for four couples - both in the cabins and up top.
I rate the boat 9/10.
We particularly enjoyed the river...

Bruce Weiland. Burgundy

This experience has been one I’ll never forget. You all have a special place in my heart. Thank you for treating the 10 of us so well. Your passion...

Georgia; USA

Hi there Emma ,

Just to let you know that we had a great time on our barge. We miss it and the life style. We are looking at other places such as...

Norman Price. Burgundy

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

Just a note to thank you for your assistance and wise advice with our cruise week before last. Everything was wonderful. We came away convinced...

Jim and Betty Shivers, USA