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European River Cruises

River cruising is a great holiday choice if you want to experience the essence of each destination you visit from the comfort of your floating hotel. And you can expect each of our escorted cruises to be wonderfully relaxing, whilst also immersing you in different cultures.

From private concerts to city tours conducted by local guides, we breathe life into the cities, towns and surrounding countryside of Europe's most famous waterways.

But It's not all about excursions and activities. Leisure time to unwind is key to a really pleasurable river cruise and our fleet is specifically designed to make this possible.

Expertly-crafted menus, exceptional service and panoramic surroundings are the order of the day, with skilful staff serving up locally-inspired dishes cooked by some of the finest ship chefs in Europe.

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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
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International, London Heathrow / St Pancras International, Amsterdam
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Salzburg
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4.4 stars(30 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International, London Heathrow
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Porto
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4.6 stars(9 reviews)
2023JunSep
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise
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Glacier Express
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4.3 stars(21 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Lisbon
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4.5 stars(12 reviews)
2023JunSep
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£3,095 pp
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
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Schonbrunn Palace Gardens, Vienna
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4.9 stars(9 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Neuschwanstein Castle
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3.8 stars(16 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSep
12 days from
£2,995 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Vineyards In Lavaux
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2023JunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Budapest Parliament Building
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4.2 stars(12 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSep
13 days from
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Jungfrau Express
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3.8 stars(6 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our European River Cruises 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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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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The Majestic Rhine (Fly and Cruise)
13/Oct
James McNeil
4 stars
“We had a little bit of an issue with BA cancelling our outward flight at short notice but the GRJ managed to get things sorted out. From boarding the boat to us flying back from Amsterdam, the service was great from both the GRJ team and boat crew. God's balance of cruising and choices of excursions.
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The joy of cruising

One of the biggest stars of any great cruise holiday is often the river itself. Charming banks lined by beautiful scenery, the gentle lull of calm waters and the wonderful variety of sights to see all make the simple act of sailing down the river an experience to remember.

Our cruises are designed to bring the best out of each waterway. With little to no vibration from the engine below, our cruises gently drift down the river, allowing for sumptuous views from the sun deck, the restaurant and the cabins on board. Sailing the most scenic stretches in the daytime also means that our passengers can witness some spectacular sights such as the Rhine Gorge, the Wachau Valley and the Danube Bend by sunset.

Daytime cruising

On certain days, itineraries will feature segments of daytime cruising, revealing the true and often breathtaking beauty of some of Europe's finest waterways

Enjoy the sunlit scenery from all areas of the ship, in the cabins, the restaurant and the bar thanks to the specially designed panoramic windows

One-way cruising

Each Great Rail Journeys chartered cruise travels only one way up the river, meaning that none of our ships cover the same ground twice;

Every day brings new and exciting sights to see.

 

Luxury cruising

Our ships sail at a leisurely pace, allowing you to take in the best that Europe's waterways have to offer.

The gentle pace is perfect for kicking back and relaxing as you're lulled the peaceful sounds of lapping water

Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers are renowned within their fields, some have even appeared on television, while others have written books and academic articles.

 

Cruise commentary

Our engaging and informed Cruise Directors often provide their own commentary on important parts of the river, revealing hidden history and natural wonders.

Local guides

You are in safe hands with our carefully selected local guides, who speak excellent English and use personal headsets - no matter where you in the group, you will always be able to hear every word

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