There is nothing quite as relaxing as a European river cruise. Savour ever-changing scenery along the tranquil banks of the River Seine or travel effortlessly past the majestic castles and enticing vineyards of the Rhine. As rail cruise experts, Great Rail Journeys has carefully planned our cruises to offer the best of both worlds. Train and cruise holidays that combine the luxury of a cruise with the convenience of a train.
Whether you prefer a cruise through the countryside bordering the Rhone or a more adventurous tour on the 'Blue Danube', river cruises are one of the most enjoyable ways to experience a region.
Our no-fly cruises include all accommodation and transport as well as a selection of meals and excursions. All of our river cruises are aboard elegant 3 to 5-Star superior ships that have been specially designed to capture the breathtaking vistas that they pass. From the splendour of Scotland's Caledonian Canal to the epic route of the Volga-Baltic Waterway, our relaxing river cruises sail through some of the world's most spectacular scenery.
Sailing on the magnificent Seine and its lesser-known tributary, the Yonne, this wonderful river cruise takes us on a leisurely and relaxed journey towards Burgundy. On this 6-night holiday we explore the charming towns that we pass en route, visit the impressive Chateau of Fontainebleau and cruise through Paris.
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.
Join us on the wonderful MV A-Rosa Viva as we cruise our way through Germany along the romantic River Rhine. From Cologne, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and the majestic Lorelei Rock, and cross the border into Switzerland for a visit to the beautiful city of Basel.
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
Enjoy the passing scenery of the pretty River Seine from our floating hotel. On board we are treated to some gastronomic delights accompanied by fine French wines. The varied excursion programme includes highlights such as Monet's Giverny and a cruise through Paris at dusk.
Discover the historic riverside towns and villages which inspired the impressionist painters on our included shore excursions, which also includes a visit to the Armistice Carriage in Compiègne.
At every bend the spectacular Danube reveals new surprises - imposing fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and alluring forests. We explore four distinctive countries on MS Belvedere and experience each region's beauty whilst discovering their rich history and varied cultures on this no-fly, ten day river cruise.
Follow the mighty Elbe River as it winds its way through the dark green landscapes of Europe. From magisterial Prague to 'Saxon Switzerland', take in the incredible cityscape of restored Dresden and marvel at metropolitan Berlin. This exciting Elbe adventure brings you imperial cities and expansive, beautiful landscapes as we cruise serenely down one of Europe's grandest rivers.
Step aboard the wonderful MS Bellejour, and enjoy an enthralling and relaxing cruise. From Amsterdam to Basel, cruise the length of Germany along the romantic River Rhine, explore fine medieval towns, admire castles perched dramatically above the river and relax on board.
Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard the fantastic MS Bellefleur river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses.
Cruises and rail journeys share the sense of tranquil adventure. On both you travel to distant lands, explore strange customs and are granted the freedom to let your thoughts wander. Combining rail and cruises is a natural progression. Train travel provides more freedom to explore a wider region without being restricted by the waterways, whereas cruises offer a unique vantage point; the view as seen from the middle of the valley.
“It was our first time with Great Rail Journeys and the first river trip we have been on. It was absolutely fantastic. We had an unforgettable journey and a lasting memory."- Carol Salter, Danube Cruise
Although not a true train journey the "rail cruise" is perfect for first time adventurers and experienced globe trotters alike. The cruise aficionado will find the different pace of the rail adventure an exciting change and the train buff will savour the chance to float lazily along. Experience the luxury of combined rail cruises and train cruises with Great Rail Journeys, the rail cruise experts.