Silver Travel Advisor Partner - Great Rail Journeys - River Cruises

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River cruising redefined

We’ve taken our years of escorted rail expertise and combined it with the best of European river cruising to create a rich and leisurely experience that puts the journey at the heart of the adventure. A holiday should be that perfect mix of relaxation and enjoying the sights and our rail and river cruises deliver just that, as your floating hotel takes you to new places every day.

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With unique itineraries and laid-back travel along Europe’s railways and rivers, you’ll get an authentic taste for different cultures and traditions, as well as a 5-star stay aboard your comfortable cruise ship. There’s first-class service both on and off board, and everything’s included in the price. From all your travel, transfers and excursions to each course of every meal, it’s all been taken care of.

Wonderful waterways

Europe’s rich tapestry of inter-connected waterways are the starting point for unforgettable journeys which take you to the heart of the continent’s unspoilt beauty and charm.

Passing through majestic cities and sleepy countryside alike, there’s nothing quite like exploring classic European destinations using the natural course of the river to guide you. Whether it’s the golden Douro, delightful Danube or the charming canals of France, soak up ever-changing scenery as you relax on board and experience unique traditions at each port of call, learning about the local way of life along the riverbank. From the grand architecture of Budapest to the sloping vineyards and fairytale castles which line the Rhine, rivers are your ticket to new adventures and gorgeous views.

Tour and cruise

If you want to get even more out of your cruise holiday, pair it with one of our exceptional rail tours. Available to add on at either the beginning or end of the majority of our river cruises, you could uncover Imperial capital cities, ride on the iconic Glacier or Jungfrau Express or explore the striking castles of German Bavaria.

By rail or air

Sit back, relax and watch the world go by as you travel to your ship by rail, avoiding the stresses of flying and airports. We might be a little biased when it comes to the benefits of travelling by rail, so, if you prefer to fly to your ship’s departure point, we can organise that too. You’ll find all the details about how you can join your chosen cruise on the itinerary’s web page, helping you pick the option that’s best for you.

Regional departures

Whichever you choose, we make things even easier by offering you the opportunity to start your journey from your closest station or airport. Regional rail travel or flights are available on nearly all our river cruises, and can easily be booked online or over the phone.

Types of cruise

River cruising – Our exclusively chartered ships offer the ultimate river cruising experience in relaxed luxury. With fewer than 200 passengers, enjoy spacious and elegant facilities, alongside some of the largest cabins on Europe’s waterways.

Barge cruising – With just 22 passengers, our barges are specially designed for smaller groups and are a must for lovers of French food and wine. Able to moor in places larger ships can’t, barge cruising gets you away from it all as you discover off-the-beaten-track destinations.

Yacht cruising – Cruising the Dalmatian Coast on a private yacht charter is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as you take in stunning islands and seafront cities. With only 18 cabins, you’ll be part of a select group of guests sailing the calm waters of the Adriatic.

Our ships

A floating hotel, a home-from-home, or simply somewhere to put your feet up after a day spent exploring, rest assured you’ll be well looked after on our fleet of elegant cruise ships. Exclusively chartered for our customers, you’ll enjoy contemporary style and laid-back luxury aboard some of the newest Amadeus vessels in Europe. From the privacy of your expertly-arranged cabin to relaxing communal areas, everything’s designed with space and comfort in mind. Featuring elegant fittings and 5-star facilities, our ships certainly stand-out from the crowd. And nothing’s too much trouble for your dedicated crew, with reception manned 24 hours just in case you need them.

There’s no better way to indulge your taste-buds than on a river cruise that serves up high-quality meals freshly prepared by a skilled team of chefs. With local produce brought on board at each port of call, you’ll enjoy an extensive variety of regional dishes. There’s always something new to taste as well as tried and tested classics, all served up alongside Europe’s much-loved landscapes. There are plenty of other facilities to get excited about too. Unwind on the top deck, soaking in the views from a sun lounger or take a refreshing dip in the open-air pool. You can even treat yourself to an indulgent massage or, if you’re feeling adventurous, go for an invigorating bike ride along the river bank.

Silver Travel Accessible and Assisted

Some of our tours may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers. Please call Customer Services on 01904 521900 for more information.

See also

Great Rail Journeys

    Goes to : Oceans & Rivers
  • Adriatic
  • Danube
  • Douro
  • Dutch Waterways
  • French Waterways
  • Garonne
  • Rhine
  • Rhone
  • Seine