River Cruise Holidays 2019/2020

Sail through the magnificent Rhine gorge. Explore a series of elegant capital cities on a Danube voyage. Sample rich ports produced on the sun-warmed banks of the Douro. Or perhaps jet further afield to cruise the temple-lined Nile or the winding Yangtze.

River Cruise Deals

The Danube's Great Cities

Admire the Danube’s magnificent scenery, as we visit some of this river’s most enchanting cities. Taking in through numerous countries, we will enjoy the unique opportunity of exploring these incredible destinations, while also enjoying included guided tours of vibrant Vienna and majestic Budapest. 
10 Days departing:
June - Sept
FROM ONLY £999PP

Highlights Of The Danube

There is plenty of justification as to the reason Europe's second-longest river is known as ‘The Beautiful Blue Danube’ – a combination of outstanding natural beauty and wonderful history. Some of Europe's most majestic cities are to be found along the Danube including the capital cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava.
12 Days departing:
June, July & Aug
FROM ONLY £1299PP

Rhine In Flames - MV Virginia

Come and enjoy the spectacle of the Rhine in Flames, an annual event when the countryside is illuminated with fireworks soaring into the dark nocturnal sky. Explore pretty riverside villages and historical towns, while absorbing the sights of the Rhine Valley.
10 Days departing:
July - Sept
FROM ONLY £1087PP


Rhine Inclusive Cruise

Sit back, relax and soak up the natural beauty of the Rhine Valley in autumn on this journey of discovery, with visits to some of the most scenic towns and villages along this stretch of the river. Join us for this great value cruise on the MV Virginia.
7 Days departing:
Sept & Oct
FROM ONLY £569PP

Splendours Of The Danube

Let us take you on a wonderful cruise through the valleys, vineyards and scenery that make the Danube so special. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of classical Vienna, with its many sights from the glorious Hapsburg era to Budapest, ‘The Pearl of the Danube’ and the sheer grandeur of Bratislava.
10 Days departing:
June & Aug
FROM ONLY £919P

Castles Of The Rhine & Moselle

Beyond the tranquillity of the Rhine and Moselle, and their breath-taking scenery these rivers hold a fascinating history, having been a frontier for the Roman Empire and strategic waterways.
10 Days departing:
June - Sept
FROM ONLY £979PP


Provencal Rhone & The Camargue

Join our enchanting cruise along the Rhone, the second longest river in France, which meets the River Saone at Lyon. Among the many bridges that cross the Rhone is the world-famous Pont d'Avignon. Take in the diverse scenery of southern France with mesmerising views, lush vineyards and ancient cities to explore.
8 Days departing:
July & Aug
FROM ONLY £1574PP

A Danube Symphony

Uncover the strong musical heritage of the Danube River on our enthralling cruise. Visit the beautiful Schonbrunn Palace, where a young Mozart discovered his great talent, and delve into the spirit of ‘The Sound of Music’ on a guided city tour of Salzburg.
12 Days departing:
July & Aug
FROM ONLY £907PP

Flavours Of The Rhine

Discover the many ingredients that make up a perfect cruise along the River Rhine. Relax on board the MV Virginia and take in mesmerising landscapes, colourful history and heritage, enchanting towns and villages, medieval castles, vine-clad slopes and culinary specialties.
8 Days departing:
July & Aug
FROM ONLY £899PP


Treasures Of The Danube

Enjoy a journey of discovery on the Grand Danube, visiting the many treasures of this mighty river. Explore spectacular Vienna, the hidden gem of Bratislava and the magnificent city of Budapest. This is sure to be a unique tour and cruise experience.
12 Days departing:
September
FROM ONLY £999PP

Spectacular Danube To The Black Sea

Stretching all the way from the German Black Forest to the Black Sea in Romania, the Danube is the second-longest river in Europe. We will explore this incredible river, beginning our cruise in Austria and travelling through magnificent scenery to explore Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. This spectacular fourteen-day river cruise will be filled with breathtaking sights!
17 Days departing:
September
FROM ONLY £1999PP

Great Cities Of The Danube

A majestic cruise through the valleys, vineyards and scenery that make the Danube so special. From the elegance of Vienna, with its many sights from the glorious Hapsburg era, to the ancient splendour of Bratislava and stunning Budapest. Immerse yourself in some of the heartland of Europe’s most magical capitals while enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the MV Esmeralda.
10 Days departing:
August
FROM ONLY £799PP


All Inclusive River Cruises

European river cruises from just £1,299 per person.

Tour medieval towns and hilltop castles along the Rhine, explore the grand capital cities lining the Danube, or sip a glass or two of rich port while gliding past Douro Valley vineyards. Scroll down to take a look at our latest offers (or browse our cruise collection online to see voyages along the Seine, Volga, Nile and more).

Each one offers fantastic value for money, with our VIP door-to-door travel service, all meals on board and a selection of shore excursions included in the price.

2019 river cruises

Save up to £600pp with our latest river cruise offers.
Looking for a late getaway? Our weekly river cruise offers have been handpicked by our team, with savings of up to £xxx per person on Rhine and Danube cruises. Each one includes our VIP door-to-door travel service (with options to fly from a range of UK airports), plus all meals on board, free-flowing wine* with lunch and dinner, and a selection of shore excursions.
Whether you’re travelling with a partner, family, friends or solo, there’s plenty to tempt you. Why not take a look and see if anything catches your eye?

Save up to £600pp on your next river cruise

There are so many sailings on offer
Welcome to our new selection of river cruises, specially chosen to tease you out onto Europe's wonderful waterways in the coming months.
If you can't see a sailing that ticks all the right boxes for you, click on the link below and explore our comprehensive river cruise portfolio online.

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Autumn and Christmas river cruises from just £749 per person.

Summer’s drawing to a close – which means it’s nearly time for our favourite season on the rivers. Autumn is a beautiful time to sail the Rhine or Danube. Leaves are turning golden, the grape harvest is in full swing, and the peak-season crowds have departed for the year.
We’ve still got a handful of cabins available for our exclusive autumn sailings on MS Serenade 1 and MS Bellejour. Prices start from as little as £1,429 per person, including excursions, all meals and unlimited wine or beer with lunch and dinner.

River Cruises

This selection of river cruises introduces you to a relaxed and convenient way to explore Europe. Enjoy ever-changing landscapes en route to a host of different destinations aboard your elegant ship, and unpack only once! Take trip to some of Venice’s hidden gems, experience a lively flamenco show in Andalucía, and visit Medoc, renowned for its fine red wines.

All aboard

Treat yourself to a last-minute cruise on the Rhine, Danube or Dutch Waterways

Looking for a late getaway?

A selection of our spring and summer 2019 river cruises still have some cabins available – and for fantastic prices. Each one includes our VIP door-to-door travel service (with options to fly from a range of UK airports), plus all meals on board, free-flowing wine* with lunch and dinner, and a selection of shore excursions.
Whether you’re travelling with a partner, family, friends or solo, there’s plenty to tempt you. Why not take a look and see if anything catches your eye?
*Beer and soft drinks are available if you prefer.

River cruises with Uniworld offer a real taste of luxury. Think boutique-hotel interiors, gourmet cuisine and relaxing ship spas, plus included experiences to help you immerse yourself in new cultures.
They’re ideal for solo travellers too, with small-group excursions and open-seating mealtimes so you can get to know your fellow guests. As always, we’ve included our VIP transfers from home (also with no single supplement), making these great options if you’re looking for a last-minute holiday.

Beauty of the Danube

Beauty of the Danube

Cobblestone streets and legends of Richard the Lionheart await on this cruise along the Danube. As do grand abbeys decorated with gold, and the great stucco façades of old towns with a plethora of stories to share.
From £999pp
8 days • MS Bellejour

Treasures of the Rhine

Treasures of the Rhine

Wind through three European countries via one of the continent’s most impressive waterways. Excursions take you from majestic natural landscapes to soaring man-made edifices.
From £2,329pp
8 days • MS Serenade 1

The Beautiful Blue Danube

The Beautiful Blue Danube

Known as ‘the river of kings’, the Danube has carried rulers since before the ancient Greeks and Romans patrolled these waters; and now it’s time for you to explore the eminent cities, sip the wine, and dance to the music cultivated from the banks of this great river.
From £1,399pp
8 days • MS Bellejour


Danube Highlights

Danube Highlights

The banks of the Danube have witnessed the creation of great masterpieces, from celebrated symphonies engineered by composers like Mozart, Brahms and Schubert in Vienna; to the medieval treasures of Regensburg and resplendent buildings designed by Baroque masters in Melk and Passau.
From £1,299pp
8 days • MS Bellejour

Voyage to the Black Sea

Voyage to the Black Sea

Discover Eastern Europe through the fascinating gateway of the Danube River, visiting five different countries aboard the stylish MS Bellejour.
From £1,599pp
13 days • MS Bellejour

Highlights of Burgundy

Highlights of Burgundy

Sitting prettily in France’s green heartland is the region of Burgundy. This lovely cruise aboard MS Jeanine takes you along the rivers and canals that flow through the region’s gently rolling hills and world-renowned vineyards.
From £2,379pp
7 days • MS Jeanine


Beauty of the Dutch Waterways with Bruges

Beauty of the Dutch Waterways with Bruges

Enjoy a late summer cruise, exploring the pretty Dutch Waterways and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bruges, the capital of West Flanders. You’ll visit the largest, most luxurious castle in the Netherlands, De Haar Castle. A full day in Antwerp allows plenty of time to explore the sights of this fine city, including the former home of the Flemish baroque painter Rubens. And a visit to Arnhem recalls the 1944 Battle of Arnhem, visiting the ‘bridge too far’.
From £1,999
10 days • Serenade 1

Grand Splendours of the Rhine

Grand Splendours of the Rhine

Sail along the Rhine to some of Europe’s oldest towns and cities, each with delightfully quirky lanes and alleys. Starting and finishing in Cologne, we take in Bonn, the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the former Roman capital of Mainz. The Romans founded many of the destinations on this cruise, leaving fortresses, amphitheatres and vineyards which decorate the valleys through which we sail.
From £3,349
10 days • Serenade 1

Classical Music Along the Danube

Classical Music Along the Danube

Many of the world’s most famous, most loved melodies originated from the shores of the Danube. Bratislava, Passau, Linz and Vienna were on the itinerary of the Mozart family, when young Wolfgang was introduced to the courts in 1762.
From £1,499pp
8 days • MS Bellejour


A Danube Waltz

A Danube Waltz

This exciting cruise brings together some of the most treasured riverside towns and cities of the Danube. From the comfort of MS Bellejour, travel along Europe’s second-longest river, through beautiful riverscapes including Austria’s stunning UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley, known for its rolling hills, vineyards and fortresses. Our cruise culminates with an overnight stay in the beautiful city of Vienna, where you have the opportunity to enjoy a concert in one of the city’s impressive palaces.
From £1,349pp
8 days • Bellejour

Danube Delights

Danube Delights

Join MS Bellejour on a lovely journey along the Danube, docking in some of the river’s most celebrated ports. From Vienna, discover the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, and vibrant Budapest. See the sights of Esztergom before returning to Austria and sailing through the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley - a river cruise highlight. Calls in Melk and Linz conclude our cruise.
From £1,749pp
8 days • MS Bellejour

A Royal Voyage on the Douro

A Royal Voyage on the Douro

Feel like royalty as you sail along the beautiful Douro Valley aboard the Spirit of Chartwell, the ship that carried Her Majesty the Queen during the Diamond Jubilee. Sail between coastal Porto and the Spanish border, with visits to picturesque towns, monasteries and palaces. Your experience aboard this intimate ship is enhanced with wine tastings, folk shows, cooking demonstrations and informative talks. And on selected autumn departures, we celebrate the famed grape harvest together.
From £2,599pp
8 days • Spirit of Chartwell


A Voyage of World Heritage

A Voyage of World Heritage

When rivers were the trade arteries of Europe, great towns grew along their banks and great forts were built to protect them. Although many sites have crumbled through time, many have stood strong and grown into magnificent heritage sites. This cruise takes you on a journey to many of these UNESCO-listed gems, including the canals of Amsterdam, colossal Cologne cathedral, the impressive Würzburg Residence Palace and the beautiful towns of Bamberg and Regensburg. We complete our list with sublime Vienna and Budapest.
Ms Serenade 1
16 days from £2799pp

In the Footsteps of Turner

In the Footsteps of Turner

Celebrate Turner’s fascination with the Middle Rhine, which he visited ten times between 1817 and 1844. On his first sketching trip he passed medieval fortresses devastated by the wars that followed the Reformation and blackened by the sieges of Napoleon’s troops. He saw fairytale castles, picturesque villages and magnificent cities founded by the Romans and enjoyed breathtaking scenery along the Rhine Gorge, where travellers saluted the legendary sirens with pistol shots and hunting horns. Relive his experiences with our expert guest speaker, Gerald Deslandes.
Ms Serenade 1
8 days from £1399pp

Discover the Heart of France

Discover the Heart of France

The longest river in France, the Loire is lined with traditional farms, perfectly preserved dwellings built centuries ago, and valleys of vines from which world-renowned wines are created. This cruise takes you right into France’s rural heartland. You’ll discover medieval treasures in riverside towns and stroll through sleepy streets in quiet villages. You’ll taste fresh goat’s cheese and Sancerre wine on a farm deep in the countryside. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the scenery as we glide through unspoilt landscapes.
MS Déborah
7 days from £2379pp


Bucharest and a Black Sea Voyage

Bucharest and a Black Sea Voyage

Discover Eastern Europe from the beautiful River Danube, visiting the medieval villages and captivating cities of five countries. Sail from monumental Budapest, through the dramatic natural wonder of the Iron Gates gorge towards the Black Sea; and spend two nights in Bucharest, where unbridled communism gave rise to the gargantuan Palace of Parliament, but the capital’s ever-changing story has brought modern touches to streets of 17th century Orthodox churches and art-nouveau villas.
MS Bellejour
15 days from £2199pp

Castles of the Rhine and Moselle

Castles of the Rhine and Moselle

Experience the serene beauty of Germany’s rivers. Passing through the Lorelei Passage in the UNESCO-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley is a highlight, with terraced vineyards, picturesque towns with half-timbered houses, and countless castles dotting the hillsides. You have the chance to visit fairytale castles and explore the enchanting Black Forest, renowned for its spas and cuckoo clocks and often associated with the Brothers Grimm tales.
Serenade 1
11 days from £999pp

Romantic Europe river cruise

Romantic Europe river cruise

Enjoy a festive night of Bavarian food, music and folk dancing, and explore the World Heritage-listed Augustusburg Castle.
14 NIGHTS | RIVER CRUISE from £3095pp


South-East Asia river cruise

South-East Asia river cruise

Explore Vietnam's floating markets and the Cu Chi Tunnels, and catch the sunset at Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.
14 NIGHTS | CRUISE from £3179pp

Castles along the Rhine

Castles along the Rhine

Cruise an iconic European waterway and choose which of its stunning neighbouring castles, towns and vineyards to explore. Discover the pretty settlements of the Alsace wine route. Tour Strasbourg by canal or on foot, admiring the fairytale half-timbered houses. Go on a tour tasting the delicious local Riesling, or enjoy a scenic hike. Cycle along the river, catching views of the imposing Marksburg Castle - or tour the castle itself. And marvel at the incredible Gothic cathedral in the Rhineland jewel, Cologne.
8 days from £2,999

Russia’s Royal Riverways

Russia’s Royal Riverways

Tours of Moscow, St Petersburg, Uglich, Yaroslavl & Mandrogi • Visits to the Hermitage, Kremlin & Armoury Museum • Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
Includes 9 excursions
11 days from £1,699 per person

 

River cruising is a truly relaxing way to travel - sit back and enjoy breath-taking landscapes from a different perspective. Journey through beautiful rivers and waterways in Europe such as Italy, France and Portugal where you’ll call in at a host of fabulous towns and cities.

Our collection of river cruise holidays combine carefully planned itineraries and excellent excursions, with the comfort of state-of-the-art cruise ships. Full of contrast, culture, flavours and impressions, river cruising offers a unique and relaxing way to experience the very best of Europe. From the Rivers Rhine and Moselle to the romantic River Rhône and the waterways of Holland, join us as we sail into the heart of the continent, passing many iconic treasures, onboard some of the most impressive ships. 

The popularity of River Cruise holidays continues to grow and it's easy to see why. Combining excellent excursions with the comfort of state-of-the-art cruise ships, you'll discover a relaxing way of visiting a multitude of places, whilst only unpacking once, and enjoy the ever-changing scenery as you meander your way through the heart of Europe.

Choose from some of the most spectacular rivers in Europe and enjoy fantastic facilities while aboard to really make the most of your holiday as you sail through some of the most amazing towns and cities on the continent.

Sailing down the rivers of Europe has fast become one of the most popular ways to experience some of its biggest and best attractions. With a long list of jaw-dropping scenery, historic cities and idyllic villages along their shores, it's easy to see why! When you step on board a river cruise, you can be sure that your perfect holiday is just around the river bend.

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.

Introducing TUI River Cruises, when it comes to seeing Europe's tucked-away towns and bustling cities, river cruising's the way to do it. Cruise the Rhine and tick off the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland on our eight-day Rhine Explorer Itinerary. Discover the Danube, cover everything from Vienna's palaces to Budapest's baths.

Europe's rivers were once the lifeblood of our historic continent, nowadays they take things a little easier and so can you on a river cruise. Experience the delights of the Rhine, Rhône, Seine, Douro, Danube, or Garonne as you journey through idyllic landscapes aboard your first-rate cruise ship, enjoying high-end cuisine and unique onboard events.

Choose to River Cruise

If you want to explore but still spend time relaxing when you are on holiday, a river cruise is for you. You’ll find yourself in a different place almost every day but only have to unpack once, and you never have to worry about finding a restaurant or working out the best way to see the sights, everything is taken care of!

Sailing gives you such a different perspective to exploring by land. The journey itself becomes part of the experience, as you sit in the sun, glass in hand, admiring the scenery gliding past. If you want to, you can even relax on your bed and just look at the ever-changing landscape through the window – bliss! There’s no noisy traffic to distract you, just fairytale castles, vineyards and wonderful scenery to enjoy. Half of each day is usually spent sailing, so you might find yourself exploring in the morning, and then relaxing over lunch in the ship’s restaurant as you head to your next destination. And with the crew providing a commentary, you won’t miss any of the scenic highlights.

Naturally, food is an important part of every cruise. You’ll be served local cuisine, accompanied by hand-picked complimentary wines. After dinner on board, there might be an opportunity to dance the night away or watch some local performers – in Spain you might enjoy a flamenco show, or some fado music in Portugal. You never know, the crew may even surprise you by putting on a show of their own!

A river cruise is a wonderful holiday, an amazing experience that many people find addictive. Try it once and there’s a good chance you’ll never look back!

Exclusive River Cruising

Experience the unique waterways of Europe & the UK

An exclusive cruising experience awaits across the rivers and open waters of Europe and the Great British Isles. Idyllic landscapes, plenty of time for relaxation, delicious meals that make the most of local ingredients, and expertly planned itineraries filled with excursions and special events all come together to create some truly unique cruise holidays.

Ways to Cruise with us

Rail & Cruise
For relaxation from start to finish choose to rail and cruise, and you’ll arrive ready to embark refreshed and ready to explore after your comfortable rail journey across Europe.

Fly & Cruise
Sometimes flying is just easier, so if you just can’t wait to begin your cruise holiday, you can join your ship following a direct flight from London or perhaps travel from your closest regional airport.

Tour & Cruise
Want to extend your holiday experience? No problem! With our tour and cruise, you can enjoy some of our most popular escorted rail holidays before setting sail.

The Cruise Experience

Hand-crafted itineraries
All our river cruises are unique to Great Rail Journeys and include one-off experiences and events, as well as classic sightseeing tours.

Exciting Excursions
From famous European landmarks and excursions that immerse you in the culture of each port of call, all excursions are included in the cost of your cruise and are paired perfectly with free time.

The ships and dining
Our fleet of exclusively chartered ships provides a haven for exploring the waterways of the UK and Europe, with state-of-the-art public spaces and incomparable cuisine.

Rhine or Danube?

Cabins are starting to fill up on our 2020 Titan river cruises.
If you’re thinking about a Rhine or Danube sailing for next year, we’ve got two week-long itineraries available for less than £1,000 per person. Each one includes a trio of excursions – Budapest, Vienna and Melk Abbey on the Danube, and Koblenz, Speyer and Strasbourg on the Rhine.

New experiences | River cruising

When we asked our customers what they value most when it comes to river cruises, food and cabins topped the list.
If you’ve not taken a river cruise holiday before, it’s hard to know what to expect. Will your cabin compare to a hotel room or a cabin on a large ocean cruise ship? Will there be enough storage? What are you actually getting for your money on the food front?
So those were the questions we put to our first-time river cruisers. Scroll down to watch the videos and hear their honest opinions of the food and cabins on board Bellejour.

Onboard cuisine

Find out what our guests thought of the variety, presentation and quality of the food (and, of course, the unlimited wine and beer).

Cabin fever?

From storage space to river views, our travellers review MS Bellejour's middle-deck cabins

Service on Board

One of the things we really pride ourselves on is our exceptional customer service, from the bartenders remembering your favourite drink, to your tour manager helping you to decide where to visit in the next port of call.

Travelling Solo

Travelling on your own can be daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before. We try to make it as easy as possible for solo travellers to enjoy our river cruises, with spacious twin cabins, onboard activities and sociable dining set-ups.