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Combining a great rail journey and cruising makes for a relaxing holiday. Enjoy fantastic dining and comfortable cabins and venture ashore for exciting excursions.

Escorted River Cruises - The Great Rail Way

2019/20 is a big year for Great Rail Journeys, as we have extended and upgraded our offering in the Rail & Cruise market. 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. With a number of state-of-the-art vessels at our disposal, we've created a selection of well-rounded sailings, different to any others you'll find on the market. Whether that's daylight sailing through some of the most scenic stretches of rivers, or the extra touches that make your experience that little bit more special.

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Avignon, the Rhône & Provence

Discover Avignon, the Rhône and Provence. Inspiration for artists including Vincent Van Gogh, this region of France oozes history, charm and atmosphere. Staying in the delightful city of Avignon, we explore Roman Provence and enjoy a lunch cruise along the Rhône.

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2019AprMayJunAugSepOct

7 days from £1,195 pp

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Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein Castle

Fairytale Bavaria & Five-Star 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 Fussen.

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2019MayJunSep
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12 days from £2,245 pp

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Glacier ExpressGlacier Express

Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Embark on one of the world's finest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Switzerland's incredible natural beauty is on full display on this panoramic rail journey through mountain passes and lush valleys.

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2019MayJunSep
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11 days from £2,295 pp

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Budapest Parliament BuildingBudapest Parliament Building

Imperial Cities & Five-Star 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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2019MayJunSep
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12 days from £2,195 pp

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Jungfrau ExpressJungfrau Express

Jungfrau Express & Five-Star 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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2019MayJunSep
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10 days from £1,895 pp

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Portugal & the Douro

Flowing from northern Spain to the ocean in Porto, the Douro River carves our route through a rolling landscape of vineyards towards historic Porto. Exploring not only the ever-changing scenery, but also the gastronomic delights along the way, we continue to vibrant Lisbon, with its Moorish influences and charming streets.

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2019MayJunAugSepOct

15 days from £2,995 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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