Here are selected details from French Waterways’ comprehensive directory of hotel barges cruising in France. Each barge listed below has its own separate page of details with photographs. 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 $6,000-$8,500 (6* Supreme), $5,500-$7,500 (5* Grande Luxe), $4,750-$6,500 (4* Excellence), $4,000-$5,000 (3* Premier) and below $2,000 (3* Smart).

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

Boats are initially divided into Category groups, then listed in Capacity order.
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Style: 6* Supreme - average price per person from 6,150 USD

Grand CruOwner Operated

Although cruising deep within Burgundy’s lush landscapes and ancient canals, Grand Cru’s modern design provides the clean lines and open... Read more

ProspéritéOwner Operated

Timeless cruising on tree-lined in the Cote d' idyllically beautiful route aboard one of the finest hotel barges in... Read more

Lilas (Lilac)Belmond

Belmond Lilas offers a wonderful route in southern Burgundy. Her cruise carries you along the calm and dreamy waters of the Saône river, through... Read more

Pivoine (Peony)Belmond

Belmond Pivoine cruises the gorgeous Champagne region, through undulating striped hills of vines and pretty canal-side villages. Steeped in... Read more

La Nouvelle ÉtoileE W Fleet

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


Belmond Amaryllis is luxury personified - a delightful combination of traditional decor and contemporary comfort to cosset 8 lucky guests in true... Read more

Fleur de LysBelmond

Elegant, graceful, superbly appointed and super-spacious, the Belmond Fleur de Lys cruises the classic Burgundy route through France's Cote d'Or -... Read more

Style: 5* Grand Luxe - average price per person from 5,775 USD


The Belmond Napoléon is one of the finest cruising barges in Provence on and the largest of the Belmond fleet. Her three decks accommodate 12... Read more

La Reine PedauqueOwner Operated

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

FinesseE W Fleet

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

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

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

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

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

Grand VictoriaOwner Operated

Grand Victoria carries six fortunate guests on a luxuriously relaxing cruise through the Burgundy region. She offers a choice of itineraries,... Read more

SavannahOwner Operated

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

Roi SoleilOwner Operated

Roi Soleil is possibly the most distinctively elegant hotel barge - a true river yacht - cruising the French waterways. She is curvaceous on the... Read more

EsperanceOwner Operated

Luxury hotel barge Esperance offers delightful cruising for up to 6 guests looking for a real French experience on board an authentic but... Read more


Just four privileged passengers can charter this luxurious Belmond barge to progress regally along the reknowned 17th century Canal du Midi. The... Read more

Style: 4* Excellence - average price per person from 4,750 USD

LucioleOwner Operated

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

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

La Belle EpoqueE W Fleet

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

PanacheE W Fleet

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

L’ImpressionnisteE W Fleet

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


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

La Vie en RoseOwner Operated

La Vie en Rose, a classic cargo barge from the 1930's, previously operating as a hotel barge under the name of Who Knows, is re-born, completely... Read more

Rendez-VousOwner Operated

Hotel Barge Rendez-Vous offers high quality accommodation and cruising on the famous Burgundy canal. With fresh and tidy decor she provides 6 guests... Read more

Wine & WaterOwner Operated

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

MeandererOwner Operated

Meanderer truly represents floating luxury - cruising the charming waterways of the Upper Loire region where the itinerary takes in its rich... Read more

SarocheOwner Operated

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

Saint LouisOwner Operated

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

Clair de LuneOwner Operated

Clair de Lune offers relaxed superior cruising for four to six guests along the iconic Canal du Midi in southern France. She is tastefully... Read more

AlegriaOwner Operated

Alegria is a very striking, much photographed hotel barge - unique along the Canal du Midi with her large round port-hole style picture windows -... Read more

RandleOwner Operated

Varnished mahogany and sparkling glass and brass are the hallmarks of style aboard the very pretty Randle. She is classic River Boat style, more... Read more

Style: 3* Premier - average price per person from 4,050 USD

AthosE W Fleet

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

The clue is in the name - Savoir Vivre lives life to the full; she knows how to provide eight guests with a wonderful vacation that's 'chic,... Read more

L’Art de VivreE W Fleet

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

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

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

MagnoliaOwner Operated

Discover the richness of Burgundy and its unique landscapes along the meandering canal of Burgundy and its picturesque Ouche valley. Choose a ... Read more

CarolineOwner Operated

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

JohannaOwner Operated

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

EmmaOwner Operated

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

SaraphinaOwner Operated

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

AslaugOwner Operated

Aslaug is a handsome purpose-built and comprehensively equipped hotel barge that now offers cruises in two regions - along the river Marne in the... Read more

Style: 3* Smart - average price per person from 1,500 USD


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 cruises in Provence, a sun-soaked seven-day, six-night route along the Rhône and Petit Rhône rivers and the Canal Rhône à Sète... Read more


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


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


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