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River cruising with Great Rail Journeys and AmaWaterways

Great Rail Journeys are proud to work with AmaWaterways to bring you a collection of river cruises and offer you the outstanding service and attention to detail our customers have come to expect.

Our inclusive rail-river cruises give you the wonderful experience of relaxed, pleasurable travel and the luxury of on-board living. There is something special about dining aboard ship with complimentary wine at dinner and four-course waiter service meals or sipping your drink on deck while the scenery glides past. In your leisure time you can make the most of the facilities, ranging from sun decks and lounge bars to jacuzzis and fitness suites, depending on your cruise choice.

Dining on board

Dining on board an AmaWaterways river cruise ship is a truly wonderful experience. The meals are in a single sitting, creating that more personal, intimate feel. A team of chefs prepare a range of mouth-watering dishes for all times of the day, using local produce wherever possible. Lavish gourmet breakfast buffets, are followed by mouthwatering lunches. In the evening, you will enjoy a four-course dinner with choices or a traditional theme night. All dinners include a range of complimentary regional specialities and wines. Dinner tends to be a more formal affair, being waiter served, and with smart casual dress generally appropriate (open-collared shirt for gentlemen and blouse/skirt combination for ladies). There are Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions where a jacket for men and ladies' equivalent is recommended. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day in the lounge, and after all that, if you are still peckish, late night snacks will be available.


Naturally the focus of every day is the programme of shore excursions. Included in the price of your tour, these specially-designed excursions bring you a fascinating mix of cultural, historical and social interest. With your local guide you will explore the local attractions and sights and bring back memories and experiences that will last. On one of our rail-cruise excursions you might find yourself visiting a Beaujolais vineyard, taking ghost walks through Viviers or touring the Kremlin. Check the individual tour information for excursion details.


On-board entertainment on AmaWaterways river cruises varies not only from ship to ship, but also between itineraries. There is usually a resident entertainer such as a pianist, and on evenings when the ship docks, local entertainers are often invited on board. There is often a lecture or a quiz taking place in the lounge, and as river cruises are more intimate experiences than their ocean-going counterparts, these make for a sociable, 'community' atmosphere.

Public Rooms & Facilities

AmaWaterways' individual ships have varying facilities, but they have all been custom-built for river cruising. Many of the ships have a salon offering hairdressing and beauty treatments, as well as a fitness room and a jacuzzi. Full length windows in the the main lounges allow you to enjoy the passing scenery from the comfortable sofas and chairs. The large Sun Decks have plenty of loungers upon which to relax, and sometimes an outdoor whirlpool and a jogging track. On many of the AmaWaterways ships there are bicycles available, so you can explore the destinations independently.


On these superb ships, the cabins don't disappoint and have all the amenities of a fine hotel, with exquisite decoration, plush white-on-white bedding, a sitting area, hairdryer, safe, terry bathrobes, individually controlled air conditioning and ample wardrobe space. The cabins are all en suite, have either twin or double beds and all include an inbuilt entertainment system which provides music, films, TV and internet access. Upgrades on all AmaWaterways' ships are available, contact us for further details.

Our Cruises

Click on the links below to find out more about the wonderful river cruises we offer in partnership with AmaWaterways:


Tulips Cruise

Premium Rhône Cruise

Premium Rhine Cruise

Premium Danube Cruise

Waterways of the Tsars



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