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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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Portugal & the Douro
Small Group
Flexible Booking
4.4 stars(16 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
14 days from
£2,995 pp
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14 days from
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  • DestinationPortugal
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Amadeus Queen
Flexible Booking
4.8 stars(6 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSep
2022JunJulAugSep
9 days from
£2,295 pp
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9 days from
£2,295
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Premium Rhône Cruise
Flexible Booking
4.6 stars(12 reviews)
2021JunAug
2022MayJunAug
8 days from
£2,095 pp
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8 days from
£2,095
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Veliko Turnovo
Flexible Booking
4.6 stars(7 reviews)
2021JulAug
2022Aug
17 days from
£3,295 pp
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17 days from
£3,295
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  • DestinationAustria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow / London Heathrow, St Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Cruise
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Loire Valley
Flexible Booking
4.1 stars(12 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSep
2022MayJunJulSepOct
7 days from
£2,195 pp
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7 days from
£2,195
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Scottish Islands & Lochs Cruise - Lord of the Glens
Flexible Booking
4.6 stars(5 reviews)
2021SepOct
7 days from
£1,945 pp
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7 days from
£1,945
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  • DestinationScotland
  • Starts / EndsEdinburgh / Oban
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Escorted Cruise 2022

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Secrets of Provence
Flexible Booking
4.3 stars(6 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSep
2022MayJunJulAugSep
7 days from
£2,495 pp
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7 days from
£2,495
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine
Flexible Booking
4.5 stars(8 reviews)
2021JunAugSepOct
2022MayJunJulAugSep
7 days from
£2,295 pp
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7 days from
£2,295
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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The Waterways of Burgundy
Flexible Booking
4.1 stars(10 reviews)
2021JunAug
2022JunJul
7 days from
£2,295 pp
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7 days from
£2,295
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Glacier Express
Flexible Booking
2021MayJunAugSep
2022MayJunJulAugSep
12 days from
£2,995 pp
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12 days from
£2,995
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Premium Rhine Cruise
Flexible Booking
2021JunAugSep
2022MayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£1,995 pp
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8 days from
£1,995
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Christmas Markets of the Rhine
2021Dec
5 days from
£825 pp
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5 days from
£825
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  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Our customers love our River Cruises tours
Portugal and the Douro
21 Oct 2019
Mr P Cooke
5 stars
“Excellent variety of stopovers and interesting places
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine by Barge
21 Sep 2019
Mr A Gander
5 stars
“An excellent holiday in terms of restfullness, good food and wine, plus some very interesting visits.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Loire Valley Waterways by Barge Cruise
14 Jul 2019
Mr M Taylor
5 stars
“The standard of accommodation, staff and food on the barge was outstanding. Nothing too much trouble and the team made the whole experience a first class holiday. However... the coach journey from Gard du Nord to meeting the barge took over 4.5 hrs. Just getting out of, and back into, Paris took over 2 hours. This was an extremely long and tiresome journey meaning that we didn't get to the barge until after 2030 hrs.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Scottish Highlands Cruise
03 Oct 2018
Dr T James
5 stars
“very good atmosphere created by the staff and crew of the Lord of the Glens
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Waterways of Burgundy by Barge
28 Sep 2018
Mrs M Rook
5 stars
“well run peacefull and the best GRJ holiday we have had withGRJ
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Secrets of Provence by Barge
22 Sep 2018
Mr P Savory
5 stars
“EXCELLENT BARGE STAFF AND EXCEPTIONAL FOOD
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Delights of the Danube (Rail and Cruise)
18 Jun 2018
Mr J Rowse
5 stars
“The holiday was very good, visiting Berlin and Prague before boarding the Amadeus Brilliant which was excellent. Accommodation and food on board also excellent, a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Rail and Cruise)
12 Oct 2019
Mr R Bryan
4 stars
“Very good journeys; very good tour manager; not impressed by the food; irritating cruise manager!
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
03 Nov 2018
Miss S Perry
4 stars
“Overall good cruise and food
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
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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.