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Escorted River Cruises - The Great Rail Way

Idyllic journeys through some of Europe's most famous and inspiring landscapes may be enough to tempt you, but there are many more reasons to let Great Rail Journeys take care of your cruise holiday. Our ships and barges have been hand-selected to offer the highest quality experience in a relaxing and exceptionally comfortable environment, accompanied by fine food and panoramic views.

Excursions are all included in the price to ensure you get the most out of your trip. Not only that, but you also get the kind of reassurance that only comes with selecting an experienced holiday operator who will make sure that every aspect of your cruise is a joy.

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Escorted Cruise 2022

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8 days from
£1,495
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  • DestinationBelgium, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International, London Heathrow / St Pancras International, Amsterdam
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
4.3 stars(17 reviews)
2022Dec
2023Dec
5 days from
£1,195 pp
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£1,195
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Premium Rhine Cruise
4.2 stars(45 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£1,995 pp
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£1,995
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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7 days from
£1,895
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Lisbon
4.5 stars(11 reviews)
2023JunSep
11 days from
£3,095 pp
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£3,095
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  • DestinationPortugal, Spain
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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4.0 stars(6 reviews)
2023MaySep
16 days from
£4,395 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Cruise, Coach
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Escorted Cruise 2022

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Garonne & the Dordogne Cruise
2023Sep
10 days from
£2,595 pp
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£2,595
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise, Coach
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Salzburg
4.4 stars(23 reviews)
2023JunJulAugSep
9 days from
£2,395 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Glacier Express
4.3 stars(18 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
12 days from
£3,095 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Loire Valley
4.2 stars(24 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSep
7 days from
£2,395 pp
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Portugal & the Douro
Small Group
4.1 stars(31 reviews)
2023AprMayJunSepOct
14 days from
£3,295 pp
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£3,295
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  • DestinationPortugal
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Premium Rhône Cruise
4.6 stars(30 reviews)
2023JunJulAug
8 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our River Cruises tours
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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Delights of the Danube (Fly and Cruise)
28/Sep
Stuart Moss
5 stars
“Exceptional trip. Very big thank you to Tour Manager Rob, nothing was to much trouble. We’ll organised , professional and a lovely man. The boat was beautiful , the staff couldn’t have worked harder or been nicer. We throughly enjoyed all aspects of the holiday.
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Imperial Cities and Danube Cruise
27/Sep
David
5 stars
“Helpful friendly crew, excellent food and entertainment on board, and an interesting and exciting programme of city tours.
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Fairytale Bavaria and Danube Cruise
26/Sep
William Honeyford
5 stars
“First class trip.
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The Majestic Rhine (Rail and Cruise)
25/Sep
J Bird
5 stars
“Wonderful cruise Excellent service from the crew Dinner service was a little slow but the food was worth the wait
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Lisbon and Douro Cruise
22/Sep
L Ogilvie
5 stars
“This was the first experience of river cruising but we would definitely do it again. We liked the fact that it was small scale. On board the accommodation was excellent and the was food was delicious and generous. All staff were charming, attentive and professional. The excursions were well planned with knowledgeable local guides.
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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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France's Waterways from Paris to Champagne by Barge
17/Aug
Sue Ganley
5 stars
“Brilliant holiday. The barge staff were delightful and couldn’t do enough to make our journey comfortable. The food was delicious and interesting wines and cheeses to complement. Already booked for another barge cruise next year!
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The Adriatic by Yacht and Plitvice Lakes
7/Jul
John Worswick
5 stars
“Great company, great location, beautiful scenery, excellent catering. Superb relaxing holiday
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River cruising is a great holiday choice if you want to distil the real essence of each destination you visit from the comfort of your floating hotel. And with Great Rail Journeys, you can expect each of our cruises, as well as our fantastic team, to go above and beyond. We'll make sure you have a wonderfully relaxing cruise experience. But how exactly do we make this happen?

Take it easy, you'll be looked after from start to finish

From when you book until the journey home, we'll be right beside you making sure your cruise goes without a hitch. Be reassured by the expert knowledge of our Travel Specialists, enjoy the company and composed nature of your Tour Manager, and get inspired by your on board Cruise Director. We can even arrange luggage transfers directly to and from your home.

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.

Your holiday, your way

We know that one size fits all doesn't work for holidays. When you cruise with Great Rail Journeys, you can make the most of a whole host of personalised options. If it's easier to fly, no problem! Fancy extending your holiday with a pre-cruise tour? Just let us know. Or perhaps you don't want to decide all your plans until you're on board. Excursions are included in the price, but you can explore independently if you like or simply relax on board.

We've also included a choice of sightseeing tours so you can pick the pace best suited to you.