Hotel Barges in France : The Complete Master List

Here is the complete french-waterways.com list of 70 hotel barges in France. Each linked barge page has descriptive information prepared from owners’ own words – plus some key facts. Links enable you to request more information, make a booking enquiry or telephone direct.

Guide prices (per person, per cruise week) correspond to Style/Quality levels and are within the very approximate ranges $5,500-$8,000 (Grande Luxe), $4,000-$5,500 (Excellence), $2,000-$5,000 (Premier) and below $2,000 (Simplicity).

Make an enquiry for a firm quotation for the boat and time of year that interests you. Some barges book ‘Hotel Sailings’ (by the cabin) and others ‘Charter Sailings’ (the entire boat).

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Style: Grande Luxe

Luxury Barge Napoleon

Napoleon Belmond (Orient-Express)

  • Style: Grande Luxe
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Route: Provence-Camargue

The Napoleon, a luxury barge from Belmond (formerly Orient-Express), is one of the finest cruising boats on the majestic river Rhône.  Her sleek... Read more

Luxury Barge Amaryllis

Amaryllis Belmond (Orient-Express)

  • Style: Grande Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Route: Cote d'Or

Amaryllis is luxury personified - a delightful combination of traditional decor and contemporary comfort to cosset you as you cruise the beautiful... Read more

river yacht charter south France

MattiaOwner Operated

  • Style: Grande Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Provence-Camargue

A hotel barge she is not! Mattia carries the marque of her prestige constructor, Codecasa, and is a five-star cruising motor yacht, carrying up to... Read more

Luxury river yacht hotel barge cruise canal du midi france

Roi SoleilOwner Operated

  • Style: Grande Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Provence-Camargue, Midi-Herault

Roi Soleil is arguably the most distinctively elegant hotel barge - 'river yacht' - cruising the French waterways. She is curvaceous on the outside... Read more

Luxury Barge Fleur de Lys

Fleur de Lys Belmond (Orient-Express)

  • Style: Grande Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Burgundy South

An elegant and graceful luxury barge, superbly appointed and super-spacious, the Fleur de Lys cruises the classic Burgundy route through France's... Read more

Hotel Barge Esperance - Canal du Midi

EsperanceOwner Operated

  • Style: Grande Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Provence-Camargue, Midi-Herault

Esperance offers a unique cruise for guests coming from all over the world and looking for a real French experience on board an authentically... Read more

Hotel Barge Golden Odyssey

Golden OdysseyOwner Operated

  • Style: Grande Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Bespoke

The Golden Odyssey was conceived, designed, and built to cater to the tastes of those who seek something different from the plethora of hotel barges... Read more

Luxury Barge Alouette

Alouette Belmond (Orient-Express)

  • Style: Grande Luxe
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Route: Midi-Herault

Just four privileged passengers can charter this luxurious barge to progress regally along the tree-shaded Canal du Midi between Carcassonne and... Read more

Style: Excellence

Hotel barge Luciole

LucioleOwner Operated

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Route: Nivernais

The Luciole accommodates 14 passengers, perfectly combining comfort, exceptional service and gastronomic delights during the 6 night cruise in... Read more

Hotel Barge le Phenicien

le PhenicienOwner Operated

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Route: Provence-Camargue

Le Phenicien is a luxury hotel barge, accommodating up to eighteen passengers on two spacious decks. The main deck contains the lounge and dining... Read more

Hotel barge MS Elisabeth

MS ElisabethOwner Operated

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Route: Paris-Champagne, Loire North

MS Elisabeth is one of the most stylish and spacious luxury barges on the French waterways. Based during the winter at Namur, Belgium, during the... Read more

Luxury Barge Hirondelle

Hirondelle Belmond (Orient-Express)

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Route: Burgundy South

The Hirondelle offers luxury whilst cruising the most beautiful parts of central France. Simply sit back and infuse the scents and gentle sounds as... Read more

Hotel Barge Wine and Water

Wine and WaterOwner Operated

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Cote d'Or

Hotel barge Wine and Water travels through the incomparably pretty Ouche Valley on the Burgundy Canal near Dijon. Charming, friendly, Beatrice and... Read more

Hotel Barge Meanderer

MeandererOwner Operated

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Loire North

Fully booked for 2014Book 2015 before 31st August for 2014 prices Meanderer truly represents floating luxury - cruising the charming waterways of... Read more

Hotel Barge Saint Louis

Saint LouisOwner Operated

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Garonne-Bordeaux

Hotel barge the Saint Louis provides a luxury cruise along the beautiful, calm waterways of the historic lands of Aquitaine and Gascony in... Read more

Hotel Barge Alegria - Canal du Midi

AlegriaOwner Operated

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Route: Midi-Herault

Alegria is one of only two barges that accommodate a maximum of four passengers along the Canal du Midi. She definitely has a very different style... Read more

Style: Premier

Hotel Barge Who Knows - Burgundy and Champagne

Who KnowsOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Paris-Champagne, Cote d'Or

Deservedly, one of the most well-regarded and sought-after boats in France. With a decade of experience, Dawn and Jason Ashcroft provide guests with... Read more

historic small ship hotel boat warrior France

WarriorOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Route: Provence-Camargue, Short Stay Option

No barge she - with her classic sea-going lines and sharp swept bows Warrior turns heads wherever she goes. On the inside, her similarly classic... Read more

Hotel Barge Aslaug

AslaugOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Route: Picardy-Somme

Aslaug is a handsome new, purpose-built, comprehensively equipped hotel barge that cruises the River Somme and the Canal de la Somme in Picardy. A... Read more

Hotel barge Bonheur Canal de Bourgogne

BonheurOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Route: Cote d'Or

Bonheur is one of the largest hotel barges to accommodate just four guests. She is a spacious, friendly and comfortable boat, owner-operated by Paul... Read more

River Boat Randle

RandleOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Route: Yonne, Nivernais

Varnished mahogany and sparkling glass and brass style cruising on the very pretty Randle. She's a hotel barge catering for couples or families in... Read more

Hotel Barge Nilaya

NilayaOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Route: Alsace-Ardennes, Paris-Champagne, Loire North

Listed by Rick Steves for five years, 1922 ‘Nilaya’ offers informal 6 night barge cruises through many of France’s most beautiful waterways.... Read more

Hotel Barge Libje

LibjeOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Route: Brittany, Bespoke

The Libje hotel barge offers unique cruising holidays in a fascinating, almost secret, corner of western France that still retains its Celtic... Read more

Style: Cruising

Hotel Barge Raymonde - Champagne

Anne-Marie CroisiEurope

  • Style: Cruising
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Route: Provence-Camargue

Guided by decades of river cruise ship experience, MS Anne-Marie is one of CroisiEurope's fleet of four newly-launched, up-to-the-minute hotel... Read more

Hotel Barge Raymonde - Champagne

Madeleine CroisiEurope

  • Style: Cruising
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Route: Alsace-Ardennes

Guided by decades of river cruise ship experience, MS Madeleine is one of CroisiEurope's fleet of four newly-launched, up-to-the-minute hotel... Read more

Hotel Barge Raymonde - Champagne

Raymonde CroisiEurope

  • Style: Cruising
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Route: Paris-Champagne

Guided by decades of river cruise ship experience, MS Raymonde is one of CroisiEurope's fleet of four newly-launched, up-to-the-minute hotel barges.... Read more

Hotel Barge Jeanine - Burgundy

Jeanine CroisiEurope

  • Style: Cruising
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Route: Paris-Champagne, Burgundy South

Guided by decades of river cruise ship experience, MS Jeanine is one of CroisiEurope's fleet of four newly-launched, up-to-the-minute hotel barges. ... Read more

Style: Simplicity

Hotel barge Haricot Noir - Canal du Midi

Haricot NoirOwner Operated

  • Style: Simplicity
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Route: Midi-Herault, Short Stay Option, (Non-Cruising)

Haricot Noir is one of the last remaining 'original' Canal du Midi peniches (barges), recently transformed by her French owner into a stylish, yet... Read more

Style: Short Stay

Peniche d'Hote Durandal - Beziers

DurandalOwner Operated

  • Style: Short Stay
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Route: Midi-Herault, (Non-Cruising)

Moored in the sunny Languedoc countryside just outside Beziers, Durandal offers smart and comfortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Hosts Alain... Read more

Hotel Barge Mirage - Carcassonne, Canal du Midi, France

MirageOwner Operated

  • Style: Short Stay
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Midi-Herault, (Non-Cruising)

Mirage is a large, smart and comfortable Bed and Breakfast barge ('peniche d'hote') moored on the Canal du Midi in the countryside just outside... Read more

Hotel Barge Saul Nomad

Saul NomadOwner Operated

  • Style: Short Stay
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Route: Provence-Camargue, (Non-Cruising)

The Saul Nomad offers a stunningly unusual stay aboard a fully-fitted static barge. Refurbished in the style of an 1890's gentleman's yacht, but... Read more