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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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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Premium Rhine Cruise
2022MayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£1,995 pp
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Glacier Express
2022MayJunJulAugSep
12 days from
£2,895 pp
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£2,895
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Amadeus Queen
4.8 stars(6 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
9 days from
£2,395 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Budapest Parliament Building
2022JunJulAugSep
13 days from
£2,895 pp
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£2,895
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Premium Rhône Cruise
4.6 stars(12 reviews)
2022JunAug
8 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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7 days from
£1,895
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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7 days from
£1,895
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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7 days from
£1,795
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Garonne & the Dordogne Cruise
2022Aug
10 days from
£2,495 pp
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£2,495
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise, Coach
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
2021Dec
5 days from
£795 pp
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£795
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Our customers love our Boating Holidays tours
The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine by Barge
21 Sep 2019
Mr A Gander
5 stars
“An excellent holiday in terms of restfullness, good food and wine, plus some very interesting visits.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Loire Valley Waterways by Barge
14 Jul 2019
Mr M Taylor
5 stars
“The standard of accommodation, staff and food on the barge was outstanding. Nothing too much trouble and the team made the whole experience a first class holiday. However... the coach journey from Gard du Nord to meeting the barge took over 4.5 hrs. Just getting out of, and back into, Paris took over 2 hours. This was an extremely long and tiresome journey meaning that we didn't get to the barge until after 2030 hrs.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Scottish Highlands Cruise
03 Oct 2018
Dr T James
5 stars
“very good atmosphere created by the staff and crew of the Lord of the Glens
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Waterways of Burgundy by Barge
28 Sep 2018
Mrs M Rook
5 stars
“well run peacefull and the best GRJ holiday we have had withGRJ
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Secrets of Provence by Barge
22 Sep 2018
Mr P Savory
5 stars
“EXCELLENT BARGE STAFF AND EXCEPTIONAL FOOD
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Delights of the Danube (Rail and Cruise)
18 Jun 2018
Mr J Rowse
5 stars
“The holiday was very good, visiting Berlin and Prague before boarding the Amadeus Brilliant which was excellent. Accommodation and food on board also excellent, a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Rail and Cruise)
12 Oct 2019
Mr R Bryan
4 stars
“Very good journeys; very good tour manager; not impressed by the food; irritating cruise manager!
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
03 Nov 2018
Miss S Perry
4 stars
“Overall good cruise and food
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Grand Cruise - Black Sea to the Danube
30 Aug 2018
Mr J Mann
4 stars
“The ship and service not as good as AMA waterways ships
Collected by Great Rail Journeys

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.

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