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Escorted River Cruises - The Great Rail Way

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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Escorted Cruise 2022

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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
4.3 stars(17 reviews)
2022Dec
5 days from
£895 pp
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£895
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Premium Rhine Cruise
4.0 stars(23 reviews)
2022AugSep
2023MayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£2,095 pp
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£2,095
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Glacier Express
4.1 stars(14 reviews)
2022AugSep
2023MayJunJulAugSep
12 days from
£3,195 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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4.0 stars(6 reviews)
2022Sep
2023MaySep
15 days from
£4,595 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Cruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Cruise, Coach
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Amadeus Queen
4.4 stars(16 reviews)
2022AugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
9 days from
£2,195 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Portugal & the Douro
Small Group
4.1 stars(28 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
14 days from
£3,395 pp
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  • DestinationPortugal
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Honfleur
2022Sep
2023MaySep
7 days from
£1,895 pp
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£1,895
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Porto
2022Sep
2023JunSep
8 days from
£2,395 pp
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£2,395
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Honfleur
2022Sep
2023MaySep
7 days from
£1,895 pp
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£1,895
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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7 days from
£1,695
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick, LTN Luton
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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7 days from
£1,795
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick / St Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Garonne & the Dordogne Cruise
2022Aug
2023Sep
10 days from
£2,455 pp
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£2,455
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our River Cruises tours
France's Waterways from Paris to Champagne by Barge
17/Aug
Sue Ganley
5 stars
“Brilliant holiday. The barge staff were delightful and couldn’t do enough to make our journey comfortable. The food was delicious and interesting wines and cheeses to complement. Already booked for another barge cruise next year!
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The Majestic Rhine (Rail and Cruise)
16/Aug
Mr Stephen Beavon
5 stars
“Fantastic first river cruise. All the staff were fantastic and the chef produced the best food we have ever tasted. Cruise managers were very friendly and helpfull. The only down side was not starting in Basel due to low river levels but that was outside their control. I would definitely recommend this trip but upgrade to first class on Euro star it was worth it
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Glacier Express and Rhine Cruise
3/Aug
Helen222
5 stars
“The Glacier Express journey and Gornergrat railway trip in Zermatt both lived up to expectations. Hotel in Zermatt was superb with our balcony overlooking the Matterhorn. The river cruise was very enjoyable with superb food including four course lunches! Excellent, friendly service. The lighter your case the better as there was a lot of switching trains, we both took too much.. There were some unexpected glitches requiring additional coach travel but all was handled competently by our tour guide.
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Delights of the Danube (Rail and Cruise)
23/Jul
R Tweed
5 stars
“great journey
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Fairytale Bavaria and Danube Cruise
15/Jul
Richard Newton
5 stars
“Great guides and couriers, wonderful locations and first class accommodation on board the ship.
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French Riviera and Rhône Cruise
8/Jul
Ian Friend
5 stars
“A varied and enjoyable experience. Wonderful sights, a very comfortable boat. Not too crowded so didn't feel threatened by Covid. Organisation was good and staff very friendly.
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The Rocky Mountaineer and Alaska Cruise
28/Jun
Mrs Carol Wright
5 stars
“Perfect l would do it again
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
22 Dec 2021
B Vasudaven
5 stars
“Fantastic holiday filled with enjoyable activities, good food and fellowship. Well organised. Very helpful professional staff and crew. Only wish we had checked out a couple of hours later and had a 2 hrs city tour of Cologne on the last day . Very pleased.
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Loire Valley Waterways by Barge
16/Aug
S Bankes
4 stars
“The cruise was most enjoyable, even though it was not the itinerary we had chosen or hoped for. The barge was comfortable enough, the food was excellent and the crew all worked like Trojans. The canal offered a timeless view of the France I remember from the 1960s. That said, I felt that the way the change of itinerary was presented, at the last minute when it must have been known about for weeks, left much to be desired. The company expressed itself happy to offer the new itinerary, when surely what mattered was whether we were happy with it. There was no hint of an apology. The attitude seemed to be "They won't know where any of these places are anyway, so they won't know the difference." Perhaps the legal department doesn't allow apologies? Having got over the initial disappointment, however, this was a most welcome first trip abroad in three years.
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River cruising is a great holiday choice if you want to distil the real essence of each destination you visit from the comfort of your floating hotel. And with Great Rail Journeys, you can expect each of our cruises, as well as our fantastic team, to go above and beyond. We'll make sure you have a wonderfully relaxing cruise experience. But how exactly do we make this happen?

Take it easy, you'll be looked after from start to finish

From when you book until the journey home, we'll be right beside you making sure your cruise goes without a hitch. Be reassured by the expert knowledge of our Travel Specialists, enjoy the company and composed nature of your Tour Manager, and get inspired by your on board Cruise Director. We can even arrange luggage transfers directly to and from your home.

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.

Your holiday, your way

We know that one size fits all doesn't work for holidays. When you cruise with Great Rail Journeys, you can make the most of a whole host of personalised options. If it's easier to fly, no problem! Fancy extending your holiday with a pre-cruise tour? Just let us know. Or perhaps you don't want to decide all your plans until you're on board. Excursions are included in the price, but you can explore independently if you like or simply relax on board.

We've also included a choice of sightseeing tours so you can pick the pace best suited to you.