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Combining a great rail journey and cruising makes for a relaxing holiday. Enjoy fantastic dining and comfortable cabins and venture ashore for exciting excursions.

Escorted River Cruises - The Great Rail Way

2019/20 is a big year for Great Rail Journeys, as we have extended and upgraded our offering in the Rail & Cruise market. We have come up with some brand new itineraries, as well as revisited some old favourites for 2020 to make sure everyone who wants to book a cruise, can. With a number of state-of-the-art vessels at our disposal, we've created a selection of well-rounded sailings, different to any others you'll find on the market. Whether that's daylight sailing through some of the most scenic stretches of rivers, or the extra touches that make your experience that little bit more special.

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Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein Castle

Fairytale Bavaria & Five-Star Danube Cruise

Bavaria's magnificent castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains are the backdrop to this majestic tour, uncovering many hidden gems in the historic kingdom of Bavaria. Discover fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle and ride the Bavarian Zugspitz Mountain Railway, from our base in the charming village of Fussen.

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2019MayJunSep
2020MayJunJulAugSep

12 days from £2,245 pp

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Iron Gate GorgeIron Gate Gorge

Five-Star Black Sea Cruise

From the Bulgarian coast to the bustle of Budapest, follow the path of the Black Sea inland and soak up the very best of Eastern Europe on this incredible new cruise, from the unique natural environment of the Danube Delta and the engaging cities of Serbia and Bulgaria to the vast expanses and traditions of the Great Hungarian Plains.

Along the way you'll be able to spend time relaxing aboard your exclusive five-star cruise ship, enjoying extensive and delicious meals, made from local ingredients, and making the most of the panoramic windows and evening entertainment.

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2020Jul

10 days from £2,095 pp

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Iron Gate GorgeIron Gate Gorge

Five-Star Black Sea Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

From the Bulgarian coast to the bustle of Budapest, follow the path of the Black Sea inland and soak up the very best of Eastern Europe on this incredible new cruise, from the unique natural environment of the Danube Delta and the engaging cities of Serbia and Bulgaria to the vast expanses and traditions of the Great Hungarian Plains.

Along the way you'll be able to spend time relaxing aboard your exclusive five-star cruise ship, enjoying extensive and delicious meals, made from local ingredients, and making the most of the panoramic windows and evening entertainment.

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2020Jul

9 days from £1,795 pp

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Garonne & the Dordogne CruiseGaronne & the Dordogne Cruise

Five-Star Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

History, good food and great wine are in abundance on this hugely inclusive cruise as you make visits to Bordeaux and the Médoc wine region, learn the history of St Emilion and see the cave where he cloistered himself for so long, as well as uncover the buried secrets of Blaye.

Visit a part of France that gets missed by many visitors to the country but which is highly recommended by French nationals themselves and explore the most leisurely way possible, on a river cruise sailing through the picturesque Gironde Estuary.

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2020MaySep

7 days from £1,495 pp

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Amadeus QueenAmadeus Queen

Five-Star Danube Cruise (Fly & Cruise)

Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Queen, which comes replete with its own swimming pool amongst other cutting-edge facilities, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin-cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste specialties of each region you sail through, completing a cruise that is a real treat for the senses.

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2019MayJunSep
2020MayJunJulAugSep

8 days from £1,395 pp

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Amadeus QueenAmadeus Queen

Five-Star Danube Cruise (Rail & Cruise)

Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Queen, which comes replete with its own swimming pool amongst other cutting-edge facilities, experience the magic of the blue Danube from the elegance of Imperial Vienna, to the twin-cities of Buda and Pest.

Step back in time to the eras of the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of the Habsburgs, all whilst enjoying the surroundings of your ultra modern and comfortable cruise ship. There are also lots of included opportunities to taste specialties of each region you sail through, completing a cruise that is a real treat for the senses.

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2019MayJunSep
2020MayJunJulAugSep

9 days from £1,795 pp

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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.

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.

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.

Along with this, each Cruise Director on every ship is a mine of information about the river you'll be sailing. Many cruises feature commentary provided by the Cruise Director, who'll point out highlights and areas of interests around every river bend.

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