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

Shannon

Ireland

Canal du Midi

France

River Saône

France

Charente

France

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Elisabeth

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

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Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

30% off!
Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose

6 guests

France

Central Canal

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

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Self-drive boat rentals

Cirrus A
Le Boat

Cirrus A

4 guests

Le Boat

Sheba
Le Boat

Sheba

5 guests

Le Boat

BWS Cruiser 1150
Saone Bateaux
P1180 FB
Locaboat

P1180 FB

7 guests

Locaboat

N900
Nicols

N900

7 guests

Nicols

Vision 4 SL
Le Boat

Vision 4 SL

9 guests

Le Boat

Royal Classique
Le Boat
Clipper
Le Boat

Clipper

6 guests

Le Boat

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Testimonials

Guests have said...

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

Emma made the whole process very easy, from payment schedules to helping us organize transportation to and from the staging area.. We asked many...

Mark Hall. Loire canal

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

We chose the Octo with a senior member of the party (87 years) in mind. Amongst other things, we liked the outdoor eating area which was all in a...

Leo Estal, River Baise; August 2016

We appreciated the barge's level of comfort, the bikes and peace
Enjoyed cycling into nearby villages, Châteauneuf and the locks!
Max and Bea were...

Bruce, Australia. June 2013

This cruise was way beyond our wildest expectations. On the Savoir Vivre, the food, the wine, the excursions, the scenery, the relaxing cruising,...

Ri Regina, USA October 2016

What a magic and memorable time we had on Magnolia.  Never imagined the variety of things we would do in a short time! Magali's knowledge of the...

Jim & Suzy Donahue; June 2017

Dear Emma

We all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with Locaboat. Thank you so much for helping to organise it all.

The boat was great and we enjoyed...

Caroline Egleston. Loire Canal