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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, London Heathrow / St Pancras International, Amsterdam
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Premium Rhine Cruise
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4.2 stars(54 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
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Salzburg
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2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International, London Heathrow
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
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2023Dec
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Porto
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2023JunSep
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
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Glacier Express
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Budapest Parliament Building
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2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Lisbon
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2023JunSep
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
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Loire Valley
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2023MayJunAugSep
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  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Premium Rhône Cruise
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2023JunJulAug
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Our customers love our Boating Holidays tours
Fairytale Bavaria and Danube Cruise
17/Oct
N Packer
5 stars
“Wonderful holiday, lots of train travel mixed with beautiful villages and towns and excellent cuisine on the cruise ship.
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Delights of the Danube (Fly and Cruise)
15/Oct
Gillian Hollingsworth Morris
5 stars
“It was everything thay was advertised. Great staff, exquisite food, comfy beds, wonderful trips. Lovely evening entertainment. You couldn't do anymore to make this better. Thank you
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The Majestic Rhine (Rail and Cruise)
13/Oct
Mr Howells
5 stars
“An excellent rail/cruise. The Tour Guides were extremely helpful and supported the tour without a hitch, The Amadeus boat could not be faulted, and the on-board crew and staff were first rate. The tour was well thought out and it was well worth the trip.
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Imperial Cities and Danube Cruise
2/Oct
J Davies
5 stars
“It was a wonderful experience. The tour managers were excellent - very knowledgeable and organised. The Amadeus Star is a beautiful and comfortable cruise ship with extremely helpful and friendly crew. The food was excellent - and plenty of it. The train journeys were comfortable and the city tours were most informative. For improvement it would be nice to have some more time to discover the cities on our own and do some shopping. One criticism (which I am aware that GRJ probably can do nothing about) is the cramped Eurostar lounge at Brussels station.
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Secrets of Provence by Barge
28/Sep
Gillie
5 stars
“Wonderful holiday - staff on barge excellent. Food (except the meat) very French and delicious. Places interesting and unusual 'Course Camarguaise' (bulls in arena), olive oil making farm and Roman ruins (Arles) Transfer thro' Paris once again a shambles - Gt Rail need to sort this out - but ride in a Parisian taxi was much more exciting than a coach! More barge holidays will be booked!
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Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Rail and Cruise)
15/Sep
David
5 stars
“Excellent. Trips out were good & the meals & service were equally good.
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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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Delights of the Danube (Rail and Cruise)
15/Oct
Stuart Stanton
4 stars
“River vessel was good Food good Locations were good. Days ashore seem to be either too long or to short, no sort of happy medium Train travelling was made arduous due to bad time keeping on German Railways
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France's Waterways from Paris to Champagne by Barge
14/Oct
Sue Hill
4 stars
“Stress free journey to Paris and back thanks to Great Rail Journeys. Good atmosphere in canal boat thanks to fellow travellers and crew.
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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.

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