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

Friesland

Holland

River Saône

France

Charente

France

Camargue

France

Canal du Midi

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Elisabeth
Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

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

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

La Vie en Rose
La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

Magnolia
Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

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Self-drive boat rentals

Europa 400
Locaboat
Europa 400

4 guests

Locaboat

N1160N
Nicols
N1160N

10 guests

Nicols

P1500 R
Locaboat
P1500 R

12 guests

Locaboat

Consul
Le Boat
Consul

4 guests

Le Boat

Royal Mystique A
Le Boat
Caprice
Le Boat
Caprice

6 guests

Le Boat

Corvette A
Le Boat
Corvette A

4 guests

Le Boat

N800
Nicols
N800

4 guests

Nicols

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

These little Penichettes (P1107W) are a delightful and totally reliable. The ease of driving, a great kitchen at the same level as the table, lots...

Rachel and Garin Fenn. Loire Canal

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

The Magnolia went above and beyond our expectations!
The crew Magali & Nico (and beautiful little Mila) went out of their way to make sure we...

Caroline Lehman, July 2017

Appreciate all the efforts by the crew to give us a relaxing and enjoyable vacation

Saly & George, Florida, USA

We had a super time. All 3 weeks in France were terrific. Noel's America boat was first class, and the food was first rate wherever we dined

D.Potts

We had a GREAT trip... loved the beauty of the canal and the plane trees.
Most appreciated part of the boat: Electronic toilets.

Arthur Rogers. Canal du Midi

I'd rate the Magnifique 9/10
We cruised on the Midi canal and most appreciated the part without all the locks. Peaceful, really scenic countryside,...

Patricia Jones, USA. May 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