100% IRRESISTIBLE Aurora… Goddess of the Dawn

We’ve been waiting for so long… and here she is!

Are you searching for a deluxe hotel barge for that perfect cruise vacation in France?
Well, search no further…  We have found it for you!
Brand new for 2017, the Aurora is the ideal choice.

Who can resist?

Stylish saloon
Welcome aboard the Aurora, a true haven of peace.  Just sit back and relax while we welcome you with Champagne and canapés.
Deck at night
Your first evening on board, the perfect place to relax!
A la carte dining and your very own sommelier too!
Night time spa
Perhaps a dip in the spa pool under the stars…
Spacious suites
And so to bed, in your sumptuous suite
Ensuite bathroom
With a fabulous, spacious ensuite bathroom
Top deck dining
What about this for a morning view? A stress-free horizon as you begin your cruise
Let’s cruise!

The Aurora will cruise in the uncrowded Alsace region, famous for it’s beauty and tranquility, and will offer a range of fabulous excursions to please everyone:

  • Strasbourg Cathedral: Absolutely stunning
  • Guided wine tastings in Obernai
  • The Fischer and Meteor Breweries
  • A Chocolatier: Discover the art of beautiful chocolates
  • Admire dream cars at the Schlumph Museum
  • Explore the beautiful Saverne Botanical Gardens
  • Visit trogladite villages
  • Enjoy the Lalique Crystal museum
  • Visit Chateau Haut Bar
  • Ride the world-famous Arzviller lift

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We’re delighted to be offer an incredible 8000 USD discount for private charters for 8 guests on the following dates:

  • June 4-10
  • August 6-12
  • August 13-19
  • August 20-26
  • August 27 – September 2
  • October 15-21
  • October 22-28

 Other dates may be available depending upon availability.
A 10% discount applies for charter groups of less than 8 guests. 

This is the perfect gift to yourself this year!

These discounts are only valid until 31/12 so please contact our experts today for a prompt reply.

Welcome to the Home & Away cruise, aboard the stunning Magnolia

Looking for a hotel barge charter at a truly affordable rate?

The Magnolia in her home mooring in idyllic Escommes
The Magnolia in her home mooring in idyllic Escommes

Congratulations! You need look no further.
We can offer you the perfect cruise, right here!

We know that some barges offer too much of everything:
Copious amounts of  rich food, tiring excursions,
and not enough time to unwind, relax and simply ‘be’.

Welcome to the Home & Away cruise, our unique product  designed to introduce you to a more relaxed way of exploring Burgundy.
It’s the perfect solution for groups of friends and families alike.

Cruising on the canal towards Dijon

How would you like to spend your time?
You can take a gentle stroll to explore one of the inviting quaint villages alongside the canal, or take a bicycle ride along the tow path.
A spot of fishing?  No problem… we’ll be happy to lend you our rods!

Cycling along the canal towpath
Cycling along the canal towpath

If you’d prefer, we can arrange 5 excursions for you, to include visits to the fascinating Hospice de Beaune, the breath-taking vineyards of the Cote d’Or and the historic town of Dijon, famous for it’s mustard and colourful markets.

Historical Hospices de Beaune
The magnificent Les Hospices de Beaune, dating from 1443

Time to relax?  Take a dip in the hot-tub with nothing but peace and quiet for company, or maybe that novel that you’ve been meaning to read, accompanied by a glass of wine or a chilled beer.

Onboard jacuzzi
Onboard jacuzzi

Fancy alfresco today?  The sun-deck kitchen is just perfect for lunch with an every changing view as the barge meanders on the historical canal.

Alfresco dining on the sun deck
Alfresco dining on the sun deck

In the evening, why not enjoy a meal in a local bistro or use the professional galley below decks to magic up a fine supper, before retiring for a good night’s in your comfortable cabin.

Large cabins
Comfortable cabins


Mordern ensuite bathroms
Mordern ensuite bathroms

Only the Magnolia offers the chance to feel truly at  Home while Away…

This welcoming barge is exclusively yours’ for 5 days of unforgettable cruising, for 6 whole peaceful nights, on a self-catering basis but with the option of a delicious, freshly prepared continental breakfast each morning if you wish.

We really have thought of everything so that you don’t have to!

But don’t just take our word for it…  Here’s what some of our guests have said:

Guest comments and remarks

With charters from just 5000€ for up to 6 guests, this really is too good to miss!

Contact us today to check availability for your ideal dates.
We look forward to welcoming you!

Emma’s invitation to think SAFETY when travelling in France! A must-read…

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Hidden in the stunning Burgundy countryside,  a warm welcome awaits you!
Just  6 hours from Calais, this is the perfect moment to take a rest, and a deep breath of fresh air…

Join the Magnolia for a night or two in a secluded, discrete spot sheltered from any wind, where the reflections on the water are second to none!
Enjoy a glass of wine on deck while the sun sets over the hills.
After an excellent night’s sleep, over Continentale breakfast you can admire the wildlife… birds, kingfishers, ducks and herons are your only neighbours!
Feeling sporty?.. hop on a bike for a bump-free ride along the tarmac towpath to see the famous Pouilly tunnel  just 1.2kms away.
Magnolia is ideally situated to explore the treasures of the region: The chateaux, the vineyards, the rich history and of course,  the gastronomy!

Why stay in a regular hotel  with numerous guests or a crowded, noisy campsite when you could break your journey with a stay here and enjoy excellent service?


Plus your personal invitation:

While you’re here, please pop in to share a glass of wine with the Hotels Afloat team.. We’re just up the road from the canal!

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For advice and bookings, please Email us at
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or call Hotels Afloat on +33 614 250 200

PS Magnolia will be available for cruising in 2015!  Book early for first choice of dates…






The Luciole charter barge…

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You are just one step away from watching our latest video, introducing the Luciole.

Remember, the 2014 season is fast approaching…
Don’t miss out on a great cruise.
Confirm your charter before October 1st at this season’s rates,
or save 200 USD per person, per cabin.

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and then email me at emmas.cruises@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you soon.