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: Grand Luxe

Napoleon Belmond

  • Style: 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

ProspéritéOwner Operated

  • Style: Grand Luxe
  • 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: Grand Luxe
  • 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: Grand Luxe
  • 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

FinesseE W Fleet

  • Style: 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

La Nouvelle EtoileE W Fleet

  • Style: Grand Luxe
  • 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: Grand Luxe
  • 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

RenaissanceE W Fleet

  • Style: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

Fleur de Lys Belmond

  • Style: Grand Luxe
  • 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

EsperanceOwner Operated

  • Style: Grand Luxe
  • 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

Alouette Belmond

  • Style: 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: Excellence

LucioleOwner Operated

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

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

Le PhenicienOwner Operated

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

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

PanacheE W Fleet

  • Style: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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. Recently launched and freshly furnished she... Read more

Grand Victoria (formerly Hemingway)Owner Operated

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

Grand Victoria has been superbly refurbished to carry six guests on a luxuriously relaxing cruise through the Burgundy region. She offers a choice... Read more

Wine & WaterOwner Operated

  • Style: 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: 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: 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: 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

Clair de LuneE W Fleet

  • Style: 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: 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: Premier

AthosE W Fleet

  • Style: 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: 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: 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: 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

MagnoliaOwner Operated

  • Style: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

LouisaOwner Operated

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

Louisa is a large, spacious and very comfortable hotel barge for up to four lucky guests looking for a cruising vacation on the marvellous Canal... Read more

AslaugOwner Operated

  • Style: 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: 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: Cruising

Anne-Marie CroisiEurope

  • Style: Cruising
  • 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: Cruising
  • 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 twelve double... Read more

Raymonde CroisiEurope

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

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

Jeanine CroisiEurope

  • Style: Cruising
  • 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