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 (4.48) stars

Top cruise destinations

Discover the best cruise routes

Bodrag River

Hungary

River Saône

France

Charente

France

Loire Valley

France

Camargue

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Save 10%

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

30% off!
Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

Elisabeth

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

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Self-drive boat rentals

Cirrus B
Le Boat

Cirrus B

4 guests

Le Boat

P1500 FB
Locaboat

P1500 FB

12 guests

Locaboat

Sheba
Le Boat

Sheba

5 guests

Le Boat

Linssen 33.9 Aft cabin
France Afloat
Horizon 5
Le Boat

Horizon 5

12 guests

Le Boat

Calypso
Le Boat

Calypso

8 guests

Le Boat

Caprice
Le Boat

Caprice

6 guests

Le Boat

Grand Classique
Le Boat
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Testimonials

Guests have said...

Tournus to Lyon with a short trip up La Seille canal.
Though I have never piloted a boat before this was an experience not to miss. The time of year...

G Gaudreau. River Saône

Hi Emma

Just to let you know we finished our week on board the Saraphina this morning - and what a wonderful week it was! The boat is lovely, very...
Kate K Summer 2020

The Clipper was as we expected, I rate it an 8/10
It was easy to handle.
Cruising from Port Cassafieres on the Midi was a good beginner route
My...

Frederick A Slane, Midi canal. July 2016

The EuroClassic 149 was as expected with plenty of space and good facilities
I'd rate it a 9/10.
We enjoyed the scenery, food and villages in...

Jenny Meader, Burgundy. September 2016

We appreciated the Cabin sizes and furnishings
Please rate the boat: 9/10

Would you book with us again? Absolutely! This is our third cruise booked...

Richard Haslep, USA. September 2014

The boat was quite spacious, nice Gin Deck
Rate it 9/10
The route from Tonnerre to Vermenton is beautiful...
The scenery, ease of finding supplies,...

Ray Carter, Burgundy. September 2016

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

The barge was better than expected: Great bathroom facilities, despite compact size. Very nice public space for meals.
I rate the boat a 10
The...

John Griffin, USA; October 2016