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!

 

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Top cruise destinations

Discover the best cruise routes

Friesland

Holland

Charente

France

River Saône

France

Canal du Midi

France

Shannon

Ireland

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Bubble offer!

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

500 USD deposit

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Save 10%!
Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

ZERO deposit!

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

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Self-drive boat rentals

Vision 2
Le Boat

Vision 2

6 guests

Le Boat

Cirrus B
Le Boat

Cirrus B

4 guests

Le Boat

Europa 500
Locaboat

Europa 500

8 guests

Locaboat

Nicols 1310
France Passion Plaisance
Euro Classic 129
France Afloat
P1107W
Locaboat

P1107W

7 guests

Locaboat

N1000
Nicols

N1000

8 guests

Nicols

Tarpon 37 Duo Prestige
France Passion Plaisance
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Testimonials

Guests have said...

Hello Emma, Just want to Thank You for your assistance with our trip. Jackie, Graham, Brian and I had a great River Cruise. It was fun, delicious...

Heverin and Every, USA; August 2018

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

The facilities were exactly what we required for our trip. The top desks were a great focal point.
Please rate the boat: 9/10
The route was peaceful...

Matthew Poste. River Doubs
Emma,
 
Our cruise in Savoir Faire was wonderful in all respects: the FOOD!, the service, the accommodations, the cities, the tours —...
Michael Higgins, USA; October 2017, charter

Hi Emma

Here we are back home after a terrific trip to Europe, the highlight of which was our Locaboat cruise from Briare to Dompierre.
We cannot...

John Wells. Canal Loire

Thank you to Alex, Nicole and Carls for an excellent trip. It exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves French...

Marcia; Kerikeri, New Zealand 2019

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 It's small size, fabulous crew, and the opportunity for our family to be together. I rate the boat 9/10
The Nivernais Canal was quiet...

Ann Hofmann; April 2017