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Escorted Boating Holidays

For discerning holidaymakers seeking something a little more varied and interesting - but no less relaxing and enjoyable - than reclining on a beach, a combined rail and boating holiday from Great Rail Journeys is the perfect solution.

Few holiday experiences can compare with gliding along some Europe's greatest waterways in the comfort of a modern, comfortable and fully-equipped ship, visiting historic destinations and travelling through stunning scenery. But as these are Great Rail Journeys' combined rail and boating holidays, you're also guaranteed some outstanding rail journeys.

From the exhilarating high-speed comfort of the international Eurostar to the enjoyable journey across northern Italy from Turin to Venice on our Venice Lagoon Cruise and Lake Garda holiday or the supremely scenic ride on Scotland's famous West Highland Line on our Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise, superb rail travel is part and parcel of our rail and boating holidays.

Great Rail Journeys' extensive choice of rail and boating holidays offers something to delight everyone. From the romance of cruising the SeineRhone or Danube rivers to the sight of Holland's gloriously multi-coloured fields on one of our bulbfields cruises, a rail and boating holiday offers an ever-changing feast of historically and culturally fascinating destinations, beautiful waterways and landscapes and enjoyable excursions and activities.

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  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Rhine Gorge
Rail & Cruise
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4.4 stars(146 reviews)
2024SepOct
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
Rail & Cruise
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4.5 stars(86 reviews)
2024NovDec
2025NovDec
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Premium Rhône Cruise
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2024Aug
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Salzburg
Rail & Cruise
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4.2 stars(76 reviews)
2024Aug
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
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Budapest
Fly & Cruise
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Glacier Express
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2024AugSep
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Charles Bridge, Prague
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2024Aug
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Danube Bend
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2025JunAug
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Our customers love our Boating Holidays tours
The Romantic Rhine
17/Jul
Pauline
5 stars
“Thank you for an amazing well organized River Cruise Holiday (The Romantic Rhine) which we have just come back from. This holiday was recommended by Bethany Grimes (our Granddaughter) one of your employees. From start to finish everything was 5 star Food, Cabin, Staff and trips out everyday included in...
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Delights of the Danube
16/Jul
Judith
5 stars
“A lovely cruise within a lovely clean and well kept ship with friendly staff and good food. Well organised and pleasant tour guides. Scenery great when we were cruising.
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Delights of the Danube
15/Jul
A York
5 stars
“Brilliant from start to finish. The only problem was cancelled trains but this was German Railways fault and our tour leader got us back on track!! Beautiful boat, amazing food and great city tours. Helped that our group really gelled and were great fun.
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Imperial Cities & Delights of the Danube
15/Jul
L Ogilvie
5 stars
“Great way to get a taster of a lot of European cities. Train travel makes you feel like you are travelling rather than just going on holiday.
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Glacier Express & The Romantic Rhine
4/Jul
Malcolm Townend
5 stars
“The journey started at St Pancras Railway Station meeting our excellent tour manager Rebecca White. She escorted us on our very comfortable and punctual Eurostar to Amsterdam. Rebecca left us in Amsterdam onboard our cruise ship Amadeus Star which looked after us as if we were royalty. The whole staff from Cruise...
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Provence and The Elegant Rhône
29/Jun
John Wheeler
5 stars
“Fascinating, historical and warm!
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Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine
27/Jun
Mrs P Graves
5 stars
“An excellent trip the food was particularly good .All staff helpful and friendly . Our tour managers were very good under at times difficult circumstances thank you to both.We look forward to our next GRJ hoiliday.
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Grand Alpine Explorer & Delights of the Danube
26/Jun
val horsfall
5 stars
“A very interesting scenic holiday with lots to see and explore ,enjoying good food and wine ,and entertainment .
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Top of Europe & The Majestic Rhine
24/Jun
Geoffrey
5 stars
“Just wonderful.
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A combined rail and boating holiday with Great Rail Journeys provides a relaxing and pleasurable break at any time of year. At Christmas, a Rhine Cruise aboard the 5-star MS Amadeus Elegant presents the perfect opportunity to visit Germany's legendary Christmas markets for some festive gift-shopping. Alternatively, a week later, the New Year can be welcomed in style as you sail through some of Europe's most picturesque scenery on this historic river. Autumn is the time to enjoy the warmth of Spain and Portugal on a cruise through the beautiful Douro Valley on our Along the Pilgrims Way to the Douro holiday which visits the best of the towns, cities and countryside along the historic route of the pilgrimage of St James.

Summer is the perfect season in which to enjoy the sun kissed beauty of Europe's many stunning waterways and destinations. From the magnificent Alhambra Palace in full bloom and the golden coast of Portugal's Algarve on our Rivers and Coasts of Andalucia rail and boating holiday to the sights and experiences that inspired one of the world's greatest composers as seen on our Mozart Danube Cruise, a summer rail and boating holiday with Great Rail Journeys is a fabulous way to combine sunshine and sightseeing.