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River Cruises

Combine rail travel and a river cruise for the ultimate in relaxation

There is nothing quite as relaxing as a 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 relaxing 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.

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Paris to Burgundy 2015

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Sailing on the magnificent Seine and its lesser-known tributary, the Yonne, this wonderful river cruise takes us on a leisurely and relaxed journey into Burgundy. We explore the charming towns that we pass en route, visit the impressive Château of Fontainebleau, cruise through Paris at night and sample famous local Burgundy wines.

Classic Rhine Cruise 2015

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Enjoy a fantastic cruise on the mighty Rhine, visiting its many iconic highlights. Sailing through four countries, we discover the famous cities, quaint villages and delightful scenery that have developed on its banks, with a guided tour and canal cruise in Amsterdam, a walking tour in Cologne and visit to Rudesheim's Music Museum.

Garonne & The Dordogne Cruise 2015

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Enjoy this relaxing cruise through one of Europe's most famous wine regions. From Bordeaux, we navigate the Garonne and Dordogne, two of France's most scenic rivers, enjoying the unique landscapes lining their banks.

Premium Rhone Cruise 2015

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Cruise in style along the River Rhône on MS Amadeus Symphony. When you are not discovering this scenic valley on visits to historic cities and charming towns, you can relax on board and make full use of the superb facilities, enjoy the weather on the spacious sun deck and indulge yourself with fine dining.

Romance of the Seine Cruise 2015

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Enjoy the passing scenery of the pretty River Seine from our floating hotel. On board we are treated to gastronomic delights accompanied by fine French wines. The varied excursion programme includes highlights such as Monet's Giverny, Château Vaux le Vicomte and a spectacular cruise through illuminated Paris at dusk.

The Enchanting Seine Cruise 2015

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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.

Classic Danube Cruise 2015

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At every bend our spectacular Danube cruise reveals new surprises - imposing fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and alluring forests. Explore four distinctive countries aboard our cruise ship and experience the Danube's harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty with tours of the great Imperial cities, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.

Enticing Douro 2015

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Flowing from northern Spain to the ocean in Porto, the Douro River carves our route through a rolling landscape of vineyards, gorges and villages. From vibrant Lisbon, we head up the coast to Porto where we board our five-star floating hotel for a spectacular cruise through the Douro Valley's incredible scenery and fascinating communities.

France's Waterways from Champagne to Paris 2015

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Cruising down the famous Champagne route of France on the elegant Raymonde hotel barge, we visit some of the region's most enchanting towns. With excursions to the birthplace of Dom Pérignon and Meaux, this tour is a gastronomic delight. We also enjoy a grand tour of the country's magical capital, Paris during this all inclusive journey.

Premium Danube Cruise 2015

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What a civilised way to visit the magnificent cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We join our luxurious ship for a gentle cruise along the queen of Europe's rivers, visiting the dynamic capitals of Vienna and Budapest and through the scenic Wachau Valley.

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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.

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