Hotel Barges in France : Hotel (Per Cabin) Sailings

Here are selected details of those hotel barges that normally operate on a Hotel Sailing or Hotel Booking basis as a ‘per cabin’ charter; a small group of guests will share the ‘small floating boutique hotel’ experience together. Such like-minded groups invariably become best friends, sharing common interests and taking shared pleasure in the barging experience, in very congenial good company. This is a great way for a couple, a single traveller, or a group of buddies – ‘Girls Together’ perhaps – to have fun and enjoy hotel barging in France. Of course, all ‘hotel sailing’ barges – they are almost invariably the larger boats – will also be available for a complete ‘entire boat’ charter, but finding a cruise week that does not already have one or two cabins booked may be difficult, even many months in advance.

Details have been taken from the french-waterways.com comprehensive list of 70 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.

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Style: 6* Supreme

La Nouvelle EtoileE W Fleet

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: 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

Style: 5* Grand Luxe

Napoleon Belmond

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Cruising: Provence‑Camargue

The Belmond Napoleon is one of the finest cruising barges in Provence on the majestic river Rhône and the largest of the Belmond fleet. She has... Read more

FinesseE W Fleet

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Saone‑South Burgundy

Finesse: the name says it all. She is the perfect vessel on which to meander through the lush undulating countryside of southern Burgundy. Enjoy... Read more

RenaissanceE W Fleet

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: West Burgundy‑Loire

Hotel Barge Renaissance accommodates just eight guests in elegant, country-house style where fine furniture and fabrics have been specially chosen... Read more

EnchantéE W Fleet

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

A simply enchanting hotel barge offering exceptionally spacious accommodation for up to 8 passengers. With luxury oozing from all quarters and... Read more

C’est la VieOwner Operated

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: West Burgundy‑Loire, North Burgundy

C'est la Vie offers a fabulous chance to float serenely through the French countryside and escape the demands of everyday life. Drift past infinite... Read more

Après ToutOwner Operated

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Saone‑South Burgundy

An exceptionally smart and elegant barge offering the very best of luxury cruising for the discerning traveller in central Burgundy. With two... Read more

SavannahOwner Operated

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault, Short Stay Option

Savannah cruises along the world-famous Canal du Midi and is a stunning hotel barge, her warm exterior colouring attracting envious looks all... Read more

Style: 4* Excellence

LucioleOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Cruising: Nivernais

The Luciole makes everyone happy. With over 50 years cruising under her belt, Luciole knows exactly how to please, combining comfort, exceptional... Read more

Le PhenicienOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Cruising: Provence‑Camargue

Le Phenicien combines luxury cruising with perhaps the most varied and fascinating route of all hotel barges; great towns and cities of the Rhone... Read more

PanacheE W Fleet

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Cruising: Alsace‑Ardennes, Paris‑Champagne

Panache is a stylish 12 passenger luxury hotel barge cruising all summer through Alsace and Lorraine, with some cruise in Champagne and Paris... Read more

La Belle EpoqueE W Fleet

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Cruising: North Burgundy

La Belle Epoque is spacious and luxurious, just the perfect barge for 12 guests to explore the delightful Burgundy region. She has been designed... Read more

L’ImpressionnisteE W Fleet

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 6 cabins / 12 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑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, comfy leather... Read more

La Reine PedauqueOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

La Reine Pedauque, newly refurbished and sailing once more in the heart of Burgundy, offers an exceptional barge cruise for just 8 guests. Take a... Read more

Hirondelle Belmond

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Saone‑South Burgundy

The Belmond Hirondelle offers elegance and luxury whilst cruising the most beautiful parts of central France. Simply sit back and infuse the... Read more

Wine & WaterOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

A superb cruise, especially if you are a wine enthusiast, in glorious southern Burgundy, the heart of the world renowned wine-making country. Wine... Read more

SarocheOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Paris‑Champagne, Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or, Saone‑South Burgundy

Saroche is a classic barge with those graceful lines that make hotel barge cruising superbly elegant and stylish. As one on the largest hotel... Read more

Style: 3* Premier

AthosE W Fleet

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 5 cabins / 10 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

A top-class hotel barge for up to ten guests, Athos is beautifully designed to combine luxury and cosy richness. With smart, contemporary decor... Read more

Savoir VivreOwner Operated

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

The clue is in the name - Savoir Vivre knows how to live; how to provide 8 guests with a wonderful vacation that's 'chic, relaxed, fun, authentic... Read more

L’Art de VivreE W Fleet

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: North Burgundy, Nivernais

L'Art de Vivre offers first-class cruising through the glorious countryside of northern Burgundy. Dotted with picturesque chateaux and pretty... Read more

AnjodiE W Fleet

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

Hotel Barge Anjodi creates a charming holiday cruise for 8 passengers in four air-conditioned staterooms on the delightful Canal du Midi. With... Read more

RosaE W Fleet

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Garonne‑Bordeaux

Rosa is a delightfully re-fitted Dutch Clipper barge with light and airy interiors and four staterooms for eight guests. Outside there is a... Read more

JohannaOwner Operated

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Somme‑Picardy, Paris‑Champagne, West Burgundy‑Loire

Johanna is a beautifully converted hotel barge for six guests cruising through the northern regions of Belgium and France. Available for charter or... Read more

MirageOwner Operated

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

Mirage is a beautifully renovated boutique barge cruising the Canal du Midi and offering luxury cruises for up to 6 guests. Spacious and distinctive... Read more

EmmaOwner Operated

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Provence‑Camargue, Midi‑Herault

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

Style: 3* Smart

Deborah CroisiEurope

  • Style: 3* Smart
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Cruising: West Burgundy‑Loire

Hotel barge Deborah is one of CroisiEurope's newest barges and offers smart and distinctive furnishings throughout her main deck and cabins. She... Read more

Anne-Marie CroisiEurope

  • Style: 3* Smart
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Cruising: Provence‑Camargue

Anne-Marie cruises in Provence, a sun-soaked seven-day, six-night route along the Rhone and Petit Rhone rivers and the Canal Rhone à Sete... Read more

Madeleine CroisiEurope

  • Style: 3* Smart
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Cruising: Alsace‑Ardennes

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

Raymonde CroisiEurope

  • Style: 3* Smart
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Cruising: Paris‑Champagne

Guided by decades of river cruise ship experience, Raymonde is one of CroisiEurope's fleet of five up-to-the-minute hotel barges. She has eleven... Read more

Jeanine CroisiEurope

  • Style: 3* Smart
  • Capacity: more than 6 cabins
  • Cruising: Paris‑Champagne, Saone‑South Burgundy

Brightly and colourfully decorated throughout, MS Jeanine is one of CroisiEurope's fleet of five up-to-the-minute hotel barges. She cruises in... Read more