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).
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Style: 6* Supreme

Grand CruOwner Operated

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Saone‑South Burgundy

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

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

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

Lilas (Lilac)Belmond

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

Belmond Lilas cruises past forests abundant with pine trees and small ruined castles on isolated hilltops between Arzviller and Strasbourg, a... Read more

Pivoine (Peony)Belmond

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

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

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

Amaryllis Belmond

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 4 cabins / 8 guests
  • Cruising: Ouche Valley‑Cote d'Or

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 Lys Belmond

  • Style: 6* Supreme
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Saone‑South Burgundy

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

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

Roi SoleilOwner Operated

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Provence‑Camargue, Midi‑Herault

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

Alouette Belmond

  • Style: 5* Grand Luxe
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

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

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

Rendez-VousOwner Operated

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

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

Grand VictoriaOwner Operated

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

Grand Victoria (formerly Hemingway) has been superbly refurbished to carry six guests on a luxuriously relaxing cruise through the Burgundy... 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

MeandererOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: West Burgundy‑Loire

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

  • 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

Saint LouisOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Garonne‑Bordeaux

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

EsperanceOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

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

Clair de LuneOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

Clair de Lune offers relaxed superior cruising for four to six guests, and has a choice of two routes along the iconic Canal du Midi. She is... Read more

AlegriaOwner Operated

  • Style: 4* Excellence
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Cruising: Midi‑Herault

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

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

MagnoliaOwner Operated

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

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

CarolineOwner Operated

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 3 cabins / 6 guests
  • Cruising: 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... 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

SaraphinaOwner Operated

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Cruising: 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... Read more

AslaugOwner Operated

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Cruising: Somme‑Picardy

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

RandleOwner Operated

  • Style: 3* Premier
  • Capacity: 2 cabins / 4 guests
  • Cruising: North Burgundy, Nivernais

Varnished mahogany and sparkling glass and brass are the hallmarks of style aboard the very pretty Randle. She's a River Boat style hotel barge in... 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