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

Discover the Aurora by clicking here

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!

Introducing TARA

Thank you for joining us.

We are sure that you’ll love Tara!

For full details of this fabulous barge for 2, simply click here.

Unlike other companies, here at Hotels Afloat we do not accept all hotel barges that request a listing,  but are 100% confident that Tara fits our exacting standards.

Your hosts, Bridget and David, have spent many years cruising in Europe and now delight in sharing their love of Brittany with their guests.

Bridget enjoying the sunshine
Captain David


Enjoy cruising each day followed by plenty of free-time to explore a village or small town at a specially chosen mooring.  Not far away, you’ll find fascinating half-timbered buildings, stunning scenery and of course, local boutiques, boulangeries and creperies.

Step back in time in beautiful Brittany
Step back in time in beautiful Brittany

Tara can be your home from home for a week.
In the spacious saloon you’ll find a TV with plenty of DVD’s, a music system, board games,  playing cards, petanque boules,  and plenty of books too.
Your master cabin boasts a double bed, ample storage and separate toilet and shower facilities.

Spacious, light and welcoming...
Spacious, light and welcoming…

We are delighted to be able to offer a number of dates for the 2015 season, and to accept bookings for 2016 at the 2015 rates too, when confirming by June 30th.

Free Gift: When confirming your cruise aboard Tara, we’ll send you a complimentary copy of the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Brittany, the ideal way to begin planning your visit to this magical region while you look forward to your cruise.

For full details of Tara, please click here

So hurry! Get on board and contact us today.

We’ll be delighted to help you plan the perfect cruise for you and your loved one.


Emma’s report from a perfect cruise!

Welcome to the wonderful world of the Luciole, a 14 passenger barge cruising in historic Burgundy.

Now in her 29th season and getting ready to celebrate her 30th birthday in 2015, we are delighted to announce the latest bespoke charter:

Girlfriend Getaways
Designed for women, but equally available to any charter parties, the unique itinerary will include relaxing, informative and fun activities such as:

  • Personalized Colour and Style consultations with a Parisian specialist
  •  A visit to a peaceful Spa for sauna and massage
  • Exploring a stunning, private garden for some expert tips from border planting to patio tubs, to creating your own stunning floral displays
  • Cookery demonstrations by the on-board master chef and a chance to help cook a delicious dessert with him 
  • Shopping in the fascinating Boutiques at Auxerre, and of course
  • Wine tasting in the local vineyards.

Are you tempted?

Check your cruise Bonuses:

  • Top quality food and wine
  • Very experienced & knowledgeable crew
  • Beautiful, varied scenery
  • Unique activities and excursions
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned accommodation
  • Tried and tested itinerary

Reserving with us you benefit from:

  • Our first-hand experience of the Luciole and the Girlfriend Getaways cruise
  • Our expert assistance throughout the booking procedure
  • Our willingness to help with any additional arrangements, whether before your cruise or once you are here, as we are based in Burgundy France

Whatever your reason to cruise, now is the time to begin planning a great celebration!
Check your dates today and let me help you…

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Emma’s Thanksgiving Offers

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Simply read on to discover the current promotions:

Exploring France aboard your own boat can be a lot of fun!
Quaint villages, medieval towns, dining out, meeting the locals, fishing, bird-spotting, cycling, and wine tasting!
Why not book an air-conditioned boat for your next holiday?  Discover the vineyards in southern Burgundy aboard an America modern cruiser.
Save 10% by booking now, and 20% if cruising as a family with children aboard in July and August…
Click here to discover  the America 43 Excellence,  just one of the range.


If you’d like a  real holiday away from the cooking, why not join a charter barge instead of taking a self-drive cruise?  Let the captain and first mate do all the work during the day, while you sit back and relax… and then take their advice on a local restaurant for your evening meal.  What an ideal gift for someone special…
Book a cruise aboard  Easyvie in the Aquitaine before November 30th for the best choice of dates and a 5% discount.
Explore all our Charter barges here: http://www.hotelsafloat.com/barges.php

For a full-board cruise complete with daily excursions, why not join a luxury hotel barge?
Save a massive 20% when cruising aboard the 21 passenger Caprice on the majestic river Saone in Burgundy on selected dates in the Spring.

Would you prefer a more intimate cruise aboard the 6 passenger Wine & Water? Informative excursions, private wine tastings and outstanding service.  Save 5% on any 2013 cruise when booking by November 30th.

Early spring sunshine-seeker?  Join the beautiful barge Anjodi on the historic, UNESCO listed Midi canal in March or April to save 10%.

These are just a variety of our current deals valid when confirming by November 30th, so hurry while availability lasts!

Remember I’m always happy to help you find the perfect cruise.

Simply call me on +33 614 250 200 or email me at emmas.cruises@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

PS Enjoy Thanksgiving!