River cruises



River cruisesThere are few more relaxing ways to see Europe's biggest cities and most scenic areas than by enjoying river cruises.

Great Rail Journeys specialises in organising escorted tours which combine train travel with lazy days spent cruising down some of Europe's major rivers.

Cruising by rail allows you to enjoy some of the continent's most famous train journeys, as well as staying in luxurious hotels and experiencing river voyages through stunning stretches of countryside.

Whether you want to see the magnificence of the Danube or just enjoy a relaxing few days in the UK, you will find something to suit you in Great Rail Journeys' selection of river cruises.

Rhine cruises with Great Rail Journeys

The Rhine is one of Europe's longest rivers and flows through some magnificent scenery in Switzerland, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

Booking Rhine cruises with Great Rail Journeys will enable you to enjoy the beauty of the local area in style.

We offer a range of river cruises on the Rhine which will take you to cities such as Amsterdam and Strasbourg and picturesque rural villages, as well as including excursions to important local landmarks.

The banks of the Rhine provide a beautiful backdrop to your break as the river travels through tulip fields, forests and gorges, as well as passing by some great examples of hill-top castles.

All the river cruise boats used on Rhine tours have been chosen for their top-class facilities and are specially designed to give passengers great views of the scenery.

The luxurious nature of the craft means Rhine river cruises make ideal holidays to mark special occasions.

Why not try a Christmas or New Year river cruise to experience German-style festivities in the beautiful city of Mainz?

Seine cruises with Great Rail Journeys

France is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and there are few better ways to experience it than on Seine cruises.

Booking a cruising by rail holiday in France with Great Rail Journeys will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the Seine valley and the historic buildings and bridges of Paris.

The French capital is a bustling metropolis, but you can view many of its main attractions in a relaxing fashion from the river.

You will also have plenty of time to see Paris at your leisure, giving you the opportunity to visit the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

Seine river cruises also take in some of the beautiful countryside of Normandy and stop in the historic city of Rouen, as well as giving you the opportunity to see Honfleur, the town famous for its role in the impressionist movement.

Great Rail Journeys will also ensure you eat in some of the best restaurants along the route, so you can enjoy the finest French cuisine.

River cruises in the United Kingdom with Great Rail Journeys

River cruises along the Danube, Elba, Volga or Rhone are available from Great Rail Journeys, but you may prefer to enjoy a holiday closer to home.

A cruise along the Thames will provide you with the opportunity to enjoy some of England's most interesting attractions.

The trip involves five nights aboard a luxury river cruise boat, together with stops at such historic sites as Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and Blenheim Palace, as well as excursions to Tate Modern and the National Maritime Museum, and a night-time voyage through London.

We also organise cruising by rail in Scotland, providing you with the opportunity to enjoy the UK's most rugged scenery from a unique perspective.

The Scottish Islands & Lochs cruise includes time in Edinburgh to explore the capital's historic Old Town and journeys on the picturesque West Highland Railway.

You will also stop in Oban and on the Isle of Mull, before travelling through the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness.

The seven-day break takes in all of Scotland's most beautiful natural attractions while staying in a luxurious floating hotel.

Why book river cruises from Great Rail Journeys?

Great Rail Journeys have been arranging holidays by rail for the past 25 years and have amassed significant expertise in this type of break.

Having spent many years organising excursions on cruise boats as part of escorted rail tours, we have now developed a range of cruising by rail holidays.

We have used our knowledge of the best river cruise boats and attractions in Europe to put these holidays together, meaning you can be sure your break will be luxurious, interesting and relaxing.

Great Rail Journeys will also provide you with the services of an experienced tour manager who will be able to answer your queries and provide all the advice you need to ensure you enjoy your holiday.