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

Loire Valley

France

Camargue

France

River Saône

France

Canal du Midi

France

Bodrag River

Hungary

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A selection of hotel barge cruises

Elisabeth

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

Grand Victoria

6 guests

France

River Saône

Adagio

8 guests

France

Loire Valley

Alegria

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Last 8 dates!

Luciole

12 guests

France

Nivernais & River Yonne

Special Offer
Saraphina

Saraphina

4 guests

France

Canal du Midi

Last 4 dates!
Magnolia

Magnolia

6 guests

France

Burgundy Canal

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Self-drive boat rentals

Horizon 4
Le Boat

Horizon 4

9 guests

Le Boat

N900 DP
Nicols

N900 DP

7 guests

Nicols

N1010
Nicols

N1010

8 guests

Nicols

N OCTO Fly C
Nicols

N OCTO Fly C

10 guests

Nicols

N1150
Nicols

N1150

10 guests

Nicols

P1500 R
Locaboat

P1500 R

12 guests

Locaboat

Grand Classique
Le Boat
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Testimonials

Guests have said...

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 boat was as expected YES, BUT LARGER THAN WE THOUGHT
WELL EQUIPPED, we rate it 9/10
The cruise from VERMENTON TO TONNERE was MANAGEABLE FOR OUR...

Damon Kendrick, UK. July 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

There are memories through our lives that will remain forever, and we know this is one. It has been a dream of ours to come on a barge trip for...

Mr and Mrs Burke. October 2008

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

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

Dear Emma, I just wanted to thank you for a delightful and wonderful trip on your Locoboat two weeks ago. We had a wonderful time. The boat was a...

Rebecca M Ridge. Nivernais Canal

The 1500FB actually exceeded expectation for newness and outfitting of kitchen etc

Comfortable, roomy common area inside boat and on top deck.
Good...

Chris Berkley. Southern Burgundy