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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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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
Rail & Cruise
Save £200pp
4.5 stars(86 reviews)
2024NovDec
5 days from
£1,595 pp
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Rhine Gorge
Rail & Cruise
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4.3 stars(121 reviews)
2024MayJunJulSepOct
2025MayJunJul
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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7 days from
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Salzburg
Rail & Cruise
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4.2 stars(65 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
2025JunJulAug
11 days from
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Budapest
Fly & Cruise
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4.5 stars(25 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
2025JunJulAug
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Glacier Express
Tour & Cruise
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4.6 stars(39 reviews)
2024MayJunAugSep
2025MayJunJul
12 days from
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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5 days from
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Charles Bridge, Prague
Tour & Cruise
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4.4 stars(27 reviews)
2024JunAug
2025JunJulAug
13 days from
£3,295 pp
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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
Rail & Cruise
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4.5 stars(58 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
2025JunJulAug
8 days from
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Danube Bend
Rail & Cruise
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4.6 stars(10 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
2025JunJulAug
11 days from
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Pfalzgrafenstein Castle
Rail & Cruise
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4.8 stars(28 reviews)
2024JunJulSep
2025MayJunJul
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Our customers love our Boating Holidays tours
Christmas Markets of the Rhine
25 Dec 2023
Melanie Gold
5 stars
“This 4-city cruise was a great introduction to the Rhine and the fabulous German Christmas markets. Food was excellent, the stateroom felt luxurious, the walking tours informative, and for travelers who speak only English, there are no language barriers. Most helpful was our Great Rail Journeys coordinator, who gave me such helpful advise when I opted to spend an additional day in Germany and return to the UK on my own.
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The Majestic Rhine
14 Oct 2023
Robert
5 stars
“Modern boat with competent staff and excellent cuisine. Good balance with excursions and free time to relax and excellent value for money. Helpful and customer focused on board tour manager..
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Top of Europe & The Majestic Rhine
13 Oct 2023
Melinda Roe
5 stars
“Was a fantastic trip in some of the most beautiful places Reps were really helpful food on cruise was amazing also met some lovely people
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The Classic Blue Danube
27 Sep 2023
J W Smail
5 stars
“Wonderful cruise from start to finish. Extremely comfortable ship (Amadeus Riva). Delightful crew who provided first class service throughout - nothing was too much trouble. Menu choice and all meals incredibly high standard for a relatively small ship. All excursions interesting and well organised by cruise directors. Would highly recommend to others.
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Imperial Cities & Delights of the Danube
27 Sep 2023
Gill Cox
5 stars
“Excellent from start to finish
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Delights of the Danube
26 Sep 2023
A Barton
5 stars
“It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The staff and crew were all excellent and very attentive. Everything was well organized and there was always something going on. The food was delicious with plenty of choice.
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The Classic Blue Danube
25 Sep 2023
stella lewis
5 stars
“The Amadeus crew looked after us extremely well and the ship was in pristine condition
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Lisbon & The Douro Valley Cruise
24 Sep 2023
Mr Adrian Howell
5 stars
“We had a great time in Lisbon and the cruising was very relaxing with some great excursions Highly recommend
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Discover the Douro
24 Sep 2023
Anne
5 stars
“Well organised. Pleasant accommodation; high standard of cleanliness throughout. Friendly helpful staff . Great service in restaurant. Food plentiful and varied;maybe not always as hot as expected. Most enjoyable cruise with right balance of excursions and free time.
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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.