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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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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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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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Oberammergau & Rhine Cruise

The Oberammergau Passion Play is famous across the world for its marvellous retelling of the Passion of the Christ. Celebrate the play with top tier tickets before embarking on a wonderful 7-night cruise on the magnificent Rhine river.

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Oberammergau, Amsterdam & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

The Oberammergau Passion Play is famous across the world for its marvellous retelling of the Passion of the Christ. Celebrate the play with top tier tickets before embarking on a wonderful 7-night cruise on the magnificent Rhine river.

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Assam & The Mighty Brahmaputra

Discover a lesser-explored side to India as we trace the route of the mighty Brahmaputra river on the MV Mahabaahu. Discover the myriad cultures that line the river, and immerse yourself in the traditions of this unique corner of the world.

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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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Five-Star Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise

Enjoy this relaxing cruise through one of Europe's most famous wine regions. From the handsome city of Bordeaux, we navigate the Garonne and Dordogne, two of France's most scenic rivers, enjoying the unique landscapes lining their banks.

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Biarritz & Five-Star All Inclusive Bordeaux 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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A Portrait of the Impressionists' Seine

Cruising the scenic Seine, explore the world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. This is a tour that delivers the very best of Northern France.

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Chamonix, Mont Blanc & Five-Star Rhone Cruise

Be whisked away to the soaring mountains of the French Alps, as you journey on the spectacular Mont Blanc express and enjoy the colourful charms of Chamonix. After your time in France, cruise down the Rhône in style as you sample the culture and way of life on this elegant waterway.

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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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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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