Hotel Barges and Luxury River Yachts in France

This listing is taken from the french-waterways.com comprehensive directory of hotel barges cruising 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, by email form or phone.

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). Some barges book ‘Hotel Sailings’ (by the cabin) and others ‘Charter Sailings’ (the entire boat).

Make an enquiry to get a firm quotation for the boat and time of year that interests you.

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Style: Grand Luxe

Luxury Barge Napoleon

Napoleon Belmond (Orient-Express)

  • Style: Grand 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

Nouvelle Etoile hotel barge France

La Nouvelle EtoileProfessional Fleet

  • Style: Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Route: Paris-Champagne

La Nouvelle Etoile is a superbly furnished and decorated hotel barge with very spacious accommodation for just eight passengers. She offers a... Read more

Luxury Barge Amaryllis

Amaryllis Belmond (Orient-Express)

  • Style: Grand 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

Hotel Barge Renaissance

RenaissanceProfessional Fleet

  • Style: Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Route: Loire North

The Renaissance accommodates just eight guests in elegant, country-house style where fine furniture and fabrics have been chosen with your comfort in... Read more

Hotel Barge Enchante

EnchantéProfessional Fleet

  • Style: Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Route: Midi-Herault

A simply enchanting barge offering exceptionally spacious accommodation for up to 8 passengers; Enchante is currently based in the south of France... Read more

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Roi SoleilOwner Operated

  • Style: Grand 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: Grand 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 Cote... Read more

Hotel Barge Esperance - Canal du Midi

EsperanceOwner Operated

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

Esperance offers a unique cruise for 6 guests looking for a real French experience on board an authentic but completely transformed barge. She cruises... Read more

Hotel Barge Golden Odyssey

Golden OdysseyOwner Operated

  • Style: Grand 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: Grand 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: Yonne, 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 Panache

PanacheProfessional Fleet

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Route: Alsace-Ardennes, Picardy-Somme, Paris-Champagne

Panache is a stylish 12 passenger hotel barge, with spacious public areas and six comfortable double or twin ensuite cabins. There are panoramic... Read more

Hotel Barge Belle Epoque

La Belle EpoqueProfessional Fleet

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Route: Burgundy South

La Belle Epoque is spacious and luxurious, the perfect vessel for cruising the Burgundy region. She has been designed with both elegance and passenger... Read more

hotel barge impressionniste

L’ImpressionnisteProfessional Fleet

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Route: Cote d'Or

A beautiful barge for up to 12 guests cruising in glorious southern Burgundy. She is richly decorated, with a wood-panelled saloon and comfy leather... 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 Hemingway, Burgundy, France

HemingwayOwner Operated

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

Hotel Barge Hemingway has been superbly refurbished to carry six guests on a luxuriously relaxing cruise through the Burgundy region. She offers a... Read more

Hotel Barge France Savannah

SavannahOwner Operated

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Midi-Herault

Savannah cruises along the world-famous Canal du Midi, between Bram and La Redorte, through the sunflower valley of the Lauragais and into the... 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

Meanderer truly represents floating luxury - cruising the charming waterways of the Upper Loire region. Flawlessly fitted-out for just six passengers... Read more

Hotel barge Saroche

SarocheOwner Operated

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

Saroche is a classic barge with those graceful lines that make hotel barge cruising superbly elegant and stylish. As the largest hotel barge in... 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 south-west... Read more

Hotel Barge Clair de Lune

Clair de LuneProfessional Fleet

  • Style: Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Midi-Herault

Clair de Lune offers superior cruising for four to six guests, with a choice of two routes. She is tastefully furnished with cherrywood and African... 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 three 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 Anjodi Canal du Midi France

AnjodiProfessional Fleet

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Route: Midi-Herault

The Anjodi creates a charming holiday cruise for 8 passengers on the delightful Canal du Midi. With wood panelling and shining brass she provides a... Read more

Hotel barge Caroline Canal du Midi

CarolineOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Midi-Herault

Hotel barge Caroline is a delightful family-friendly barge for a group of 6 guests, with children especially welcome. With homely interiors she offers... Read more

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JohannaOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Route: Picardy-Somme, Paris-Champagne, Loire North

Johanna is a beautifully converted hotel barge for six guests cruising in Belgium and France. Furnished in contemporary style she has three spacious... Read more

Hotel Barge Mirage - Carcassonne, Canal du Midi, France

MirageOwner Operated

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

Mirage is a beautifully renovated boutique barge cruising the Canal du Midi. Formerly a B&B barge, she is now offering full board luxury cruises... Read more

Hotel barge Emma

EmmaOwner Operated

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

A delightfully presented barge, with distinctive arched windows and top quality fitments and furnishings throughout, Emma offers six guests a superb... Read more

Hotel barge Saraphina, Canal du Mid, France

SaraphinaOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Route: Provence-Camargue, Midi-Herault

A traditional Dutch barge from the late 1920's Saraphina has been delightfully converted to convey four guests on a graceful and relaxing cruise in... Read more

Hotel Barge France Louisa

LouisaOwner Operated

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

Louisa is large, spacious and very comfortable for up to four lucky guests looking for a short, 3 or 4 night hotel barge cruising vacation in France. ... 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 in Picardy. A distinctive boat in a unique... 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 two... 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

Hotel barge Tara

TaraOwner Operated

  • Style: Premier
  • Capacity: 1 cabin / 2 guests
  • Route: Brittany

Tara is a delightful, small hotel barge in which just two guests can enjoy a special holiday in beautiful Brittany; a wonderful way to discover this... Read more

Style: Cruising

CroisiEurope Hotel Barge Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie CroisiEurope

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

Delicately decorated with smart, comfortable and modern furnishings MS Anne-Marie is comprehensively equipped to serve her cruise guests in every... Read more

CroisiEurope Hotel Barge Madeleine

Madeleine CroisiEurope

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

Smart, elegant and subtle decor make MS Madeleine one of CroisiEurope's most distinctive up-to-the-minute hotel barges. She has twelve double... Read more

CroisiEurope Hotel Barge Raymonde

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 up-to-the-minute hotel barges. Brightly and... Read more

Hotel Barge Jeanine

Jeanine CroisiEurope

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

Brightly and colourfully decorated throughout, MS Jeanine is one of CroisiEurope's fleet of four up-to-the-minute hotel barges. As well as being... 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 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