River Cruises 2019/2020
Cruising by Rail
While holidays by train may be what we are best known for, we believe that trains and ships have much in common; an interesting new perspective from which to view the world around you and the ability to get to places where roads cannot reach. This provides for an ideal combination and so, working closely with our specialist cruise partners, we have built up an impressive variety of river cruises that will take you all across the continent.
For those who love to see the scenery from both land and water, our cruising by rail selection is the ideal way to see Europe. Enjoy the beautiful Rhine, Germany's most famous river, where many of the countries beautiful city can be seen lining the banks. In France, the lovely Rhone offers a lazy and relaxed way of life, enjoying the magnificent array of history on offer along the way. The Danube combines history, beauty, and a myriad of countries, as you discover Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava on this magnificent whirlwind tour.
Cruises offer a spectacular way to explore the rivers and waterways of Europe, an exciting option available to you when choosing our cruises is the opportunity to add a brief tour onto the beginning or end of your cruise. This allows you to experience more of the countries you visit, enjoying some of the most iconic adventures and excursions available. Your cruise becomes more than just a cruise, allowing you to make the utmost of your time away with iconic rail journeys and classic visits to timeless cities.
On a Great Rail Journeys charter cruise, we want to make your time on board as fantastic as it possibly can be. That’s why certain departures on our timeless Douro and Danube cruises feature a talk from former royal correspondent, classical music expert and rail enthusiast Nicholas Owen, who will captivate you with stories and information from his time as a journalist and broadcaster. For more information and departure dates, take a look at the tours below.
5-Star Rhine Cruise
8 days from £1,695PP
From Amsterdam in Holland, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and then cross into France, exploring charming Strasbourg before ending in the Swiss city of Basel.
5-Star Rhone Cruise
8 days from £2,810PP
Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard our fantastic river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses.
Douro Cruise on the Spirit of Chartwell
Exclusive Charter on board the Spirit of Chartwell
11 Days from £3,195PP
Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a ship used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the exclusively chartered Spirit of Chartwell as you visit quintas, explore villas and sample Portuguese delicacies.
5-Star Danube to the Black Sea
18 days from £3,660PP
Embark on an exciting thousand-mile journey along the mighty Danube, cruising through eight countries before arriving at the Black Sea. Admire the river's full spectrum of vistas - from Austria's wine regions to the imperial cities of Budapest.
5-Star Garonne & Dordogne Cruise
7 days from £1,695PP
Enjoy this relaxing cruise through one of Europe's most famous wine regions. From the handsome city of Bordeaux, we navigate the Garonne and Dordogne, two of France's most scenic rivers, enjoying the unique landscapes lining their banks.
5-Star Danube Cruise & Imperial Cities
An enticing cruise from Austria to Hungary
12 Days from £2,970PP
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..
8 Days from £1,340PP
Enjoy an enthralling and relaxing cruise along the length of Germany via the romantic River Rhine, explore fine medieval towns and admire castles perched dramatically above the river.
8 Days from £2,040PP
Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses.
10 Days from £2,510PP
At every bend the spectacular Danube reveals new surprises - imposing fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and alluring forests. Explore four distinctive countries and experience each region's beauty and culture.
A Portrait of the Impressionists' Seine
7 Days from £1,695PP
Cruising the scenic Seine, explore the world of the Impressionist painters from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. This is a tour that delivers the very best of artistic Northern France.
Glacier Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise
11 days from £2,095PP
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.
Fairytale Bavaria & Five-Star Danube Cruise
12 days from £2,195PP
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 Railway, from our base in the charming village of Fussen.
Jungfrau Express & Five-Star Rhine Cruise
10 days from £1,995PP
Before you set sail on the magical waters of the Rhine, venture to the top of Europe on the Jungfrau Railway to Jungfraujoch, the continent's highest railway station. Experience the majesty of the Swiss Alps by rail, as the mountains serenade you with spectacular views across the peaks below.
Oberammergau & Five-Star Rhine Cruise
11 days from £3,295PP
The Oberammergau Passion Play is famous across the world for its marvellous retelling of the Passion of the Christ. Celebrate the play with top tier tickets before embarking on a wonderful 7-night cruise on the magnificent Rhine river.
Five-Star Danube Cruise
9 days from £1,795PP
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. Nicholas Owen joins us on the inaugural departure of this cruise to give an expert talk about classical music on the evening of Day 3, as well as a discussing his 50 plus years' experience within the media industry on Day 2.