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Escorted Boating Holidays

The pleasures of boating and railway travel combine to create unforgettable 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 Seine, Rhone 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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Premium Rhine Cruise

Join us on the wonderful MS Amadeus Silver II as we cruise our way through Germany along the romantic River Rhine. From Amsterdam in Holland, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and then cross into France, exploring charming Strasbourg before ending in the Swiss city of Basel.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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8 days from £1,890per personView tour details
Classic Garonne & 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.

Departs in October 2016 and from May 2017 to October 2017.
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7 days from £1,095per personView tour details
Premium Rhone Cruise

Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard our fantastic river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses as we sail from Lyon, taking in the UNESCO-protected centre of Avignon during the cruise.

Departs from June 2017 to October 2017.
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8 days from £1,695per personView tour details
Classic Venice Lagoon & Lake Garda

Enjoy a leisurely, relaxed holiday to some of Italy's most beautiful sights. We join the MS Michelangelo for a magnificent cruise through the spectacular Venice Lagoon, admiring the tiny islands of this attractive archipelago, before exploring fashionable Milan and the many attractions of Lake Garda.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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13 days from £1,995per personView tour details
France's Waterways from Champagne to Paris

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.

Departs from June 2017 to September 2017.
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7 days from £1,945per personView tour details
Luxury Danube Cruise

What a civilised way to visit the magnificent cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We join our luxurious ship for a gentle cruise along the River Danube. Our journey passes the dynamic capitals of Vienna and Budapest and through the scenic Wachau Valley.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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10 days from £3,195per personView tour details
Luxury Rhine Cruise

Follow the winding Rhine on this fantastic tour through central Europe. Explore the canals of Amsterdam before charting a course through the charming vineyards of northern Germany, pass briefly through France and end your exploration in the Swiss city of Basel

Departs from June 2017 to September 2017.
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8 days from £2,695per personView tour details
Premium Tulips Cruise

Discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways from our elegant 4-star Superior cruise ship, visit the spectacular Keukenhof Gardens during their colourful tulip season, and medieval gems like Antwerp and Ghent.

Departs in April 2017.
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8 days from £1,495per personView tour details
Rhine Christmas Markets Cruise

Enjoy a fabulous rail-cruise tour along the Rhine, visiting fascinating riverside towns and exploring charming Christmas Markets from the comfort of the elegant 5-star MS Amadeus Princess.

Departs in November 2016.
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4 days from £625per personView tour details
Rhine Cruise at Christmas

Explore the fascinating towns and stunning scenery along the Rhine on a festive rail-cruise holiday. From the comfort and luxury of the 5-star MS Amadeus Silver, you can experience an indulgent Christmas holiday on one of Europe's most beautiful waterways.

Departs in December 2016.
7 days from £1,850per personView tour details
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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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