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Exclusive Charter River Cruise

Welcome to a new kind of 5-Star river cruising experience.  For 2019 we have chartered our own state of the art ships to bring you the best possible river cruise experience.

Exclusive Chartered River Cruises

A new approach to River Cruising

This is an exclusive new concept, and by chartering our own vessels we have been able to craft itineraries and service specifically to our customer's.

You will find one-way itineraries (so you don't see the same part of the river twice), a range of specially crafted excursions and innovative on board entertainment.

Each cruise is accompanied by a Great Cruise Journeys Tour Manager as well as a dedicated Cruise Director and, because we've chartered the entire ship, you will be travelling exclusively with other Great Cruise Journeys' customers.

There are a range of cruises along the Rhine and Danube rivers to choose from, each including accommodation on board an award-winning Amadeus Silver Class of ship, which are amongst the finest 5-Star vessels sailing Europe's waterways. They have been specifically designed to provide you with the highest level of comfort and convenience throughout your river cruise and as such, each vessel boasts top-of-the-range, well-maintained facilities, including some of the largest and most comfortable equipped cabins available.

A range of special touches are included, such as on board entertainment each night, Yorkshire tea in each cabin, flexible excursions allowing you to pick and choose your days out and more.

Our innovative booking system allows you to pick your own cabin, and the entire cruise.

Alongside all that our cruises are hassle-free, convenient and fairly priced. All your transfers to the ship are included, as is the travel to excursions and destinations, and our price promise means that those who book early will always enjoy the best price.

So take a look at our collection, and embark on your own charter cruise adventure today!

Why Cruise with Great Cruise Journeys

From your first call until your journey home, we'll be right there to make sure your cruise goes without a hitch from start to finish. And with included excursions, meals and travel you don't have to worry about a holiday budget, just enjoy everything that's been planned exclusively for you.

Because we've chartered the whole ship, the only other travellers on board will be Great Rail Journeys customers, so you know you'll be in great company for the duration of your cruise.

Not only will you be accompanied by one of our experienced Tour Managers, but the ship also has its own Cruise Director, someone who knows the stretch of river you'll be sailing along like the back of their hand.

With over 40 years' experience helping customers book escorted rail holidays, we are one of the most trusted names in the business and have the awards to prove it - most recently winning 'Best Rail Holiday Company' at the British Travel Awards 2017.



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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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8 days from £1,395 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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8 days from £1,495 pp

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Adriatic by Yacht & Plitvice Lakes

Be dazzled by the islands and cities of the sparkling Dalmatian Coast on this relaxing yacht cruise. Swim in pristine, secluded coves, discover the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park and experience the splendor of magnificent Dubrovnik.

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8 days from £1,595 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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The joy of cruising

One of the biggest stars of any great cruise holiday 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.

Our cruises are designed to bring the best out of each waterway. With little to no vibration from the engine below, our cruises gently drift down the river, allowing for sumptuous views from the sun deck, the restaurant and the cabins on board. Sailing the most scenic stretches in the daytime also means that our passengers can witness some spectacular sights such as the Rhine Gorge, the Wachau Valley and the Danube Bend by sunset.


Vienna Opera House

Daytime cruising

On certain days, itineraries will feature segments of daytime cruising, revealing the true and often breathtaking beauty of some of Europe's finest waterways

Enjoy the sunlit scenery from all areas of the ship, in the cabins, the restaurant and the bar thanks to the specially designed panoramic windows

One-way cruising

Each Great Rail Journeys chartered cruise travels only one way up the river, meaning that none of our ships cover the same ground twice;

Every day brings new and exciting sights to see.


Luxury cruising

Our ships sail at a leisurely pace, allowing you to take in the best that Europe's waterways have to offer.

The gentle pace is perfect for kicking back and relaxing as you're lulled the peaceful sounds of lapping water

On-board Experience

On board every Great Cruise Journeys charter vessel, the level and dedication to professional service is second to none.

From your first moment on board, you'll be greeted by a designated porter who will take your luggage from reception straight to your cabin. From this point on, your every care and need will be taken care of by a team of hard-working, friendly and professional crew, all under the leadership of a designated Hotel Manager.

Each staff member speaks superb English, and is always happy to answer any questions, whether that be a query about the river or about the ship. Above, on the top deck, the Captain himself is a fountain of knowledge, as is your Cruise Director, and both are readily available to provide information about the waterways, countries and cities you pass through on your holiday.

Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers are renowned within their fields, some have even appeared on television, while others have written books and academic articles.


Budapest Parliament Building

Cruise commentary

Our engaging and informed Cruise Directors often provide their own commentary on important parts of the river, revealing hidden history and natural wonders.

St Bavos Cathedral, Ghent

Local guides

You are in safe hands with our carefully selected local guides, who speak excellent English and use personal headsets - no matter where you in the group, you will always be able to hear every word

Our Ships

At Great Cruise Journey, we know that the itinerary and destination make up only part of the excellent cruise experience we strive for. On a cruise, your accommodation becomes part of the holiday, and your ship should be as comfortable, as luxurious and as elegant as possible. With that in mind, our vessels are some of the finest ships cruising the rivers of Europe today, featuring some of the largest cabins in the industry.

Our fleet of chartered Amadeus ships are designed specifically to provide you with the highest level of comfort and convenience throughout the duration of your river cruise. As such, each ship has a range of excellent and well-maintained amenities and facilities at your disposal, all run by a friendly, professional and multilingual crew. Take a look at our floating hotels below, and enjoy browsing all that they offer.

Honest River Cruising

At Great Cruise Journeys we are committed to providing you with an unrivalled holiday experience, ensuring that every aspect of your cruise has been designed to maximise your enjoyment while representing outstanding value for money. And as part of the Great Rail Journeys group of companies, we have over 40 years' experience organising holidays for our customers. We know that one of the aspects they appreciate most is the exclusive promise we make to each and every person who books with us, guaranteeing the best possible value whichever cruise you choose.

We are proud to assure you that booking in advance will never mean paying a higher price, and we will never sell your river cruise cheaper to someone else. Though if we do reduce the cost at any point, for any reason, we will also apply that saving to you, refunding you the difference with minimal fuss. When it comes to cost we also guarantee that once your booking has been confirmed we will not increase the price, even to account for factors beyond our control. We will never artificially inflate the cost of a river cruise and then discount it at a later date to make you think you're getting a better deal, unlike many other cruise companies.

And with so much included in our prices - air or rail travel, transfers, the services of a Cruise Director, a full itinerary of shore excursions as well as all meals during your cruise, you can be sure you're getting the most from your money.

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