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Our fantastic and unique rail and cruise vacations are the perfect way to get up close and personal with your destination. 

Rail & Cruise Vacations

If you enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people - river cruising may be for you. On most itineraries, you'll visit a new destination each day allowing you to pack in a lot of sightseeing (without have to repack your suitcase). And most ships carry fewer than 200 passengers, making it easy to meet like-minded traveler and perhaps some new friends. With modern ships, gourmet dining, expanded amenities and the ability to navigate narrow waterways, its easy to see why river cruises is such a fast growing category of travel.

On our unique rail & river cruise itineraries, you'll have the opportunity to experience two fantastic modes of transport in one vacation!

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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 Railroad, from our base in the charming village of Fussen.

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2019JunSep
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12 days from $3,155 pp

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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 $3,085 pp

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Five-Star Danube 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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2019JunSep
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9 days from $2,525 pp

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Five-Star Grand Cruise - Black Sea to the Danube

Aboard the state of the art Amadeus Silver II which comes replete cutting-edge facilities, follow the path of the Black Sea as it makes its journey towards the coast and soak up the very best of Eastern Europe; from the unusual nature of the Danube Delta and the unique cities of Serbia and Bulgaria to the vast expanses and traditions of the Great Hungarian Plains.

Then experience the magic of the blue Danube from the twin-cities of Buda and Pest to the elegance of Imperial Vienna

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2020Jul

17 days from $4,905 pp

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Five-Star Rhine Cruise

From Switzerland to the Netherlands, this spectacular cruise reveals the majestic allure of the Rhine River, in all of its fairytale glory. We uncover beautiful valley gorges, splendid halftimbered towns and all the remarkable cities along the banks of this grand old river.

Over the course of four different countries, discover some of the finest experiences these nations have to offer including a German heritage rail journey, a French city tour and Dutch steam trains, along with daytime cruising on some of the finest stretches of the Rhine.

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2019Sep
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8 days from $1,825 pp

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Five-Star Rhone Cruise

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhône on a memorable cruise which takes you to ancient monuments, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more.

Visit quaint Lyon, holy Avignon and charming Beaune, as well as the magnificent Ardèche Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river on a specially designed Five-Star ship. Enjoy excellent food and good company on this superb French adventure.

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2019Sep
2020JunAug

8 days from $2,315 pp

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Five-Star Seine Cruise

Cruising the scenic Seine, explore the world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. And with flexible shore excursions available, you can pick and mix your favourite excursions whilst enjoying the romantic scenery of what is arguably France's best-loved waterway.

This is a tour that delivers the very best of Northern France, from the world-changing D-Day landings to traditional guinguette performances.

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2020MayJunSep

7 days from $1,965 pp

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Five-Star Tulips Cruise

Discover the magnificent floral displays of the Keukenhof Gardens and enjoy a talk onboard ship from television personality Charlie Dimmock on this wonderfully diverse cruise on the enchanting Belgian and Dutch waterways. 

On this tour we uncover the beautiful historic cities of Amsterdam, Ghent and Antwerp as well as the Battlefields of Ypres, the spectacular Keukenhof tulips and the Hoorn-Medemblik steam train. We also enjoy a talk from army veteran and battlefields expert Colonel Piers Storie-Pugh OBE on this memorable river cruise.

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2020Apr

8 days from $1,965 pp

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Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Embark on one of the world's finest rail adventures aboard the Glacier Express before descending down the valley for a cruise on the spectacular Rhine. Switzerland's incredible natural beauty is on full display on this panoramic rail journey through mountain passes and lush valleys.

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2019JunSep
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11 days from $3,225 pp

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Imperial Cities & Five-Star Black Sea Cruise

Extend your cruise adventure and explore the two European giants of Prague and Berlin. From Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, to landmarks that have had much significance within our lifetimes, experience centuries in just a few days.

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2020Jul

12 days from $3,365 pp

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Imperial Cities & Five-Star Danube Cruise

Begin your Imperial adventure early and explore the multi-faceted histories of two European giants, Berlin and Prague. From Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture, to landmarks that have had much significance within our lifetimes, experience centuries in just a few days.

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2019JunSep
2020MayJunJulAugSep

12 days from $3,085 pp

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Jungfrau Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise

Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railroad to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railroad station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.

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2019Sep
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10 days from $2,665 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 vacation 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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