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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
4.3 stars(17 reviews)
2022Dec
5 days from
£895 pp
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£895
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Premium Rhine Cruise
4.1 stars(14 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
2023MayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£2,095 pp
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£2,095
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Glacier Express
4.2 stars(10 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
2023MayJunJulAugSep
12 days from
£3,195 pp
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£3,195
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Amadeus Queen
4.6 stars(8 reviews)
2022JulAugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
10 days from
£2,195 pp
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£2,195
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Honfleur
2022Sep
2023MaySep
7 days from
£1,895 pp
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£1,895
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Porto
2022Sep
2023JunSep
8 days from
£2,395 pp
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£2,395
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Honfleur
2022Sep
2023MaySep
7 days from
£1,895 pp
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£1,895
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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7 days from
£1,695
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick, LTN Luton
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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7 days from
£1,795
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick / St Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Garonne & the Dordogne Cruise
2022Aug
2023Sep
10 days from
£2,455 pp
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£2,455
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise, Coach
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Schonbrunn Palace Gardens, Vienna
2022JulAugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
8 days from
£1,695 pp
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£1,695
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Neuschwanstein Castle
2022JulAugSep
2023JunJulAugSep
13 days from
£2,695 pp
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£2,695
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Our customers love our Boating Holidays tours
Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Rail and Cruise)
3/Jul
SC
5 stars
“Faultless from start to finish.
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Loire Valley Waterways by Barge
3/Jul
Mr JEFFREY BOOTH
5 stars
“Despite the fact it was not the trip we booked and was expecting we had an enjoyable time, the crew and staff were incredibly helpful and welcoming. The food and wine were outstanding, not one meal duplicated or disappointing.
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Delights of the Danube (Rail and Cruise)
1/Jul
Mags
5 stars
“Great Food Great cabin helpful staff met lovely people
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Oberammergau and Rhine Cruise
29/Jun
Mr EDWARD LAWRENCE
5 stars
“Despite being thrown a few curveballs the Tour Manager, Bev Alesbrook, took everything in her stride.
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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine by Barge
28/Jun
Emma
5 stars
“Excellent relaxing 6 days
Collected by Trustpilot
Secrets of Provence by Barge
17/Jun
Gillian Thornhill
5 stars
“Great barge with first class crew.
Collected by Trustpilot
Christmas Markets of the Rhine
Dec 22 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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Waterways of Burgundy by Barge
Sep 28 2018
Mrs M Rook
5 stars
“well run peacefull and the best GRJ holiday we have had withGRJ
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Lisbon and Douro Cruise
5/Jul
T Lomer
4 stars
“Interesting and informative and very enjoyable.
Collected by Trustpilot

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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