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Barge Cruising

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 Barge Cruises

While holidays by train may be what we are best known for, we at Great Rail Journeys believe that trains and ships have much in common; an interesting new perspective from which to view the world around you, the ability to get to places where roads cannot reach, and the easy camaraderie with your fellow passengers that go hand in hand with new experiences and shared adventures.

We’ve found 4 tours for you matching: Escorted Barge Cruises

Biarritz & Five-Star Bordeaux and Dordogne Cruise

Superb sandy beaches, a mild climate and a delightful ocean promenade have drawn visitors to Biarritz for years, then swap the sea for the Garonne and Dordogne, two of France's most scenic rivers, as you enjoy a relaxing cruise through one of Europe's most famous wine regions.

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Douro Cruise on the Spirit of Chartwell

Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a ship used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the exclusively chartered Spirit of Chartwell.

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Douro Cruise onboard the Spirit of Chartwell (Fly & Cruise)

Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a boat used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the excellent Spirit of Chartwell.

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France's Waterways from Paris to Champagne

Cruising down the famous Champagne route of France on the elegant Raymonde hotel barge, with excursions to the birthplace of Dom Pérignon and Meaux, this tour is a gastronomic delight. We also enjoy a grand tour of Paris during this all inclusive journey.

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Working closely with our specialist cruise partners, we have built up an impressive variety of river cruises that will take you all across the continent and beyond. Combining the majesty of river cruising, with the charm of travelling by smaller vessels, our barge cruises offer a different side to the wonder of cruise. Featuring a range of beautiful ships, with enchanting interiors and cabins, our barges can often access parts of rivers which are not available to larger craft, so our barge cruises are always something special.

Departures on these select barge cruises are limited to an intimate 24 passengers per sailing. Travel with an expert crew for a superb, personal on board experience, with a focus on relaxation, gastronomy and scenery. Gently cruise through French waterways, pausing to sip Champagne at a renowned Maison de Champagne, visit a traditional cheese maker to sample the authentic flavours, and visit a stunning historic châteaux, on a fabulous cruise that combines relaxation and culture.

So for those of you searching for the ideal intimate cruise option, take a look at the following tours and embark on your own barge cruise adventure.

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