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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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Premium Rhine Cruise
2022MayJunJulAugSep
8 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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2022MayJunSep
2023MaySep
15 days from
£4,495 pp
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  • DestinationCanada
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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7 days from
£1,695
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  • DestinationFrance
  • AccommodationCruise
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Amadeus Queen
4.8 stars(6 reviews)
2022JunJulAugSep
9 days from
£2,495 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Glacier Express
2022MayJunJulAugSep
12 days from
£3,095 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Budapest Parliament Building
2022JunJulAugSep
13 days from
£2,995 pp
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  • DestinationAustria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise, Hotel
  • TransportRail, Cruise
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Escorted Cruise 2022

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10 days from
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  • DestinationCroatia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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Portugal & the Douro
Small Group
4.4 stars(16 reviews)
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
14 days from
£2,995 pp
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  • DestinationPortugal
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationRail, Hotel
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Premium Rhône Cruise
4.6 stars(12 reviews)
2022JunAug
8 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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7 days from
£1,695
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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7 days from
£1,795
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Cruise
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick
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Our customers love our River Cruises tours
Scottish Islands and Lochs Cruise
14/Oct
customer
5 stars
“Excellent relaxing holiday.
Collected by Trustpilot
Scottish Highlands Cruise
12/Oct
Judy
5 stars
“An excellent and rel;axinng holiday. It was a pity that poor weather did npot allow for the full itinerary to be followed. The scenery around the inner isles was obstructed by low cloud which was disapointing.
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Portugal and the Douro
21 Oct 2019
Mr P Cooke
5 stars
“Excellent variety of stopovers and interesting places
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
The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine by Barge
19/Oct
S White
4 stars
“Very picturesque on the Canal.
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Loire Valley Waterways by Barge
27/Sep
A Bainbridge
4 stars
“The food and drink onboard the barge, MS Deborah, was wonderful. The crew could not have been more helpful and our fellow passengers (13 total) were interesting and fun. The youngest was 66 and the oldest 91, which made the transfer in Paris interesting. The only down side was the Covid 19 testing and paperwork required to re-enter the UK which took up the whole of our last afternoon on the barge. What would have happened in the event of a positive PCR test on the penultimate day of the holiday, as required under the regulations at the time, nobody appeared to know.
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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!
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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.