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Escorted River Cruises - The Great Rail Way

2019 is a big year for Great Rail Journeys as it's launch season for our exclusive river cruise ships. Although many of these cruises are now sold out, we have come up with some brand new itineraries, as well as revisited some old favourites for 2020 to make sure everyone who wants to book a cruise, can.

Idyllic journeys through some of Europe's most famous and inspiring landscapes may be enough to tempt you, but there are many more reasons to let Great Rail Journeys take care of your cruise holiday. Our ships and barges have been hand-selected to offer the highest quality experience in a relaxing and exceptionally comfortable environment, accompanied by fine food and panoramic views.

Excursions are all included in the price to ensure you get the most out of your trip. Not only that, but you also get the kind of reassurance that only comes with selecting an experienced holiday operator who will make sure that every aspect of your cruise is a joy.

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Garonne & the Dordogne CruiseGaronne & the Dordogne Cruise

Beautiful Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

Experience a part of France renowned for its beautiful landscape and explore it in the most leisurely way possible, on a river cruise sailing through the picturesque Gironde Estuary.

Good food and great wine are in abundance on this hugely inclusive cruise exploring the Bordeaux region. Enjoy complimentary wine with each dinner and an exclusive wine tasting on board.

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2020MaySep

7 days from £1,295 pp

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Schonbrunn Palace Gardens, ViennaSchonbrunn Palace Gardens, Vienna

Delights of the Danube (Fly & Cruise)

On this marvellous cruise, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste the specialties of each region you sail through, creating a cruise that is a real treat for all the senses.

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2019Sep
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8 days from £1,495 pp

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Amadeus QueenAmadeus Queen

Delights of the Danube (Rail & Cruise)

Experience the magic of the Danube as we cruise comfortably through Imperial Vienna and Budapest. Step back in time as we explore the Ottoman and Habsburg empires, with plenty of opportunities to taste the regional specialties - a real treat for all the senses.

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2019Sep
2020MayJunJulAugSep

9 days from £1,895 pp

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Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein Castle

Fairytale Bavaria & Danube Cruise

Bavaria's magnificent castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains are the backdrop to this majestic tour, uncovering many hidden gems in the historic kingdom of Bavaria. Discover fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle and ride the Bavarian Zugspitz Mountain Railway, from our base in the charming village of Füssen.

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2019Sep
2020MayJunJulAugSep

12 days from £2,345 pp

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Glacier ExpressGlacier Express

Glacier Express & Rhine Cruise

Embark on one of the world's fi nest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Enjoy picture-postcard river gorges, iconic cities, cheerful riverside towns and much more.

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2019Sep
2020MayJunAugSep

11 days from £2,395 pp

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Veliko TurnovoVeliko Turnovo

Grand Cruise - Black Sea to the Danube (Fly & Cruise)

Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Silver II which comes replete cutting-edge facilities, follow the path of the Black Sea as it makes its journey towards the coast and soak up the very best of Eastern Europe; from the unusual nature of the Danube Delta and the unique cities of Serbia and Bulgaria to the vast expanses and traditions of the Great Hungarian Plains.

Then experience the magic of the blue Danube from the twin-cities of Buda and Pest to the elegance of Imperial Vienna

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2020Jul

16 days from £3,095 pp

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BerlinBerlin

Imperial Cities & Black Sea Cruise

Extend your cruise adventure and explore the two European giants of Prague and Berlin. From Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, to landmarks that have had much significance within our lifetimes, experience centuries in just a few days.

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2020Jul

12 days from £2,195 pp

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Budapest Parliament BuildingBudapest Parliament Building

Imperial Cities & Danube Cruise

Begin your Imperial adventure early and explore the multi-faceted histories of two European giants, Berlin and Prague. From Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, to landmarks that have had much significance within our lifetimes, experience centuries in just a few days.

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2019Sep
2020MayJunJulAugSep

12 days from £2,295 pp

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Jungfrau ExpressJungfrau Express

Jungfrau Express & Rhine Cruise

Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railway station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.

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2019Sep
2020JunAugSepOct

10 days from £1,995 pp

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Lake MaggioreLake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore, The Centovalli Railway & Rhine Cruise

Delight in two great European countries, Italy and Germany, on this 16-day holiday which blends fantastic rail excursions with relaxing river cruising. Unwind beside the Great Italian lakes of Maggiore and Orta, enjoying included wine tastings and garden tours, before an immersive Rhine cruise through some of Germany's most scenic towns and landscapes.

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2020MayJunOct

16 days from £3,095 pp

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LisbonLisbon

Lisbon & Douro Cruise

Travel to shimmering Lisbon and resplendent Sintra on a Portuguese voyage of discovery before continuing on a fantastic 7-night cruise along the golden Douro.

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2020Jun

11 days from £2,195 pp

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Premium Rhône CruisePremium Rhône Cruise

Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Fly & Cruise)

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhône on a memorable cruise which takes you to ancient monuments, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more.

Visit quaint Lyon, holy Avignon and charming Beaune, as well as the magnificent Ardèche Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river on a specially designed Five-Star ship. Enjoy excellent food and good company on this superb French adventure.

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2020JunAug

8 days from £1,645 pp

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Cruises and rail journeys share the sense of tranquil adventure. On both you travel to distant lands, explore strange customs and are granted the freedom to let your thoughts wander. Combining rail and cruises is a natural progression. Train travel provides more freedom to explore a wider region without being restricted by the waterways, whereas cruises offer a unique vantage point; the view as seen from the middle of the valley.

Although not a true train journey the "rail cruise" is perfect for first time adventurers and experienced globe trotters alike. The cruise aficionado will find the different pace of the rail adventure an exciting change and the train buff will savour the chance to float lazily along. Experience the luxury of combined rail cruises and train cruises with Great Rail Journeys, the rail cruise experts.

One of the biggest stars of any great cruise holiday is often the river itself. Charming banks lined by beautiful scenery, the gentle lull of calm waters and the wonderful variety of sights to see all make the simple act of sailing down the river an experience to remember.

Along with this, each Cruise Director on every ship is a mine of information about the river you'll be sailing. Many cruises feature commentary provided by the Cruise Director, who'll point out highlights and areas of interests around every river bend.

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