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All River Cruises

There is nothing quite as relaxing as a European river cruise. Savour ever-changing scenery along the tranquil banks of the 'Blue Danube' or travel effortlessly past the majestic castles and enticing vineyards of the Rhine. Exploring via the timeless magic of the continent's waterways can give you the peace, calm and relaxation that everyone craves in a holiday. And once you add in delicious wines, indulgent three course dinners and immersive discoveries, both on board and off, you will find yourself seeing the world through completely new eyes.

With Great Cruise Journeys on hand to organise everything for you, and offer any advice you might like about the different destinations available; from start to finish you'll be able to just go with the flow, immersing yourself in the all the experiences to come.

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Beautiful Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise

History, good food and great wine are in abundance on this hugely inclusive cruise as you make visits to Bordeaux and the Médoc wine region, learn the history of St Emilion and see the cave where he cloistered himself for so long, as well as uncover the buried secrets of Blaye.

Visit a part of France that gets missed by many visitors to the country but which is highly recommended by French nationals themselves and explore the most leisurely way possible, on a river cruise sailing through the picturesque Gironde Estuary.

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7 days from £1,495 pp

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Delights of the Danube

On this marvellous cruise, 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 the specialties of each region you sail through, creating a cruise that is a real treat for all the senses.

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8 days from £1,495 pp

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Springtime Tulips and Keukenhof Gardens

Spectacular floral displays, poignant battlefield tours and fairytale cities await on this scenic cruise along the waterways of Belgium and the Netherlands.

From the decks of a luxurious river cruise ship, get to the heart of what makes these two charming countries so special as you are joined for on board talks from gardening television celebrity Charlie Dimmock, and World War I specialist Col. Piers Storie-Pugh

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8 days from £1,395 pp

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The Majestic Rhine

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 £1,295 pp

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Wonders of the Danube & The Black Sea Delta

From the Bulgarian coast to the bustle of Budapest, follow the path of the Black Sea inland and soak up the very best of Eastern Europe on this incredible cruise. From the unique natural environment of the Danube Delta, discover the vibrant cities of Serbia and Bulgaria as well as the vast expanses and traditions of the Great Hungarian Plains.

Along the way you'll be able to spend time relaxing aboard your exclusive 5-star cruise ship, enjoying extensive and delicious meals, made from local ingredients, and making the most of the panoramic windows and evening entertainment.

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9 days from £1,795 pp

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An Impression of the Seine

Cruising the scenic Seine on board the MS Renoir, explore the world of the Impressionist artists, from Monet's famous garden at Giverny to the city galleries of Paris and Rouen. With fl exible shore excursions available, you can choose what you want to do whilst enjoying the romantic scenery of what is arguably France's best- loved waterway. Experience the very best of Northern France, from the world-changing D-Day landings to the enchanting cities and towns which inspired the artists of the Impressionist movement.

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7 days from £1,395 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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Douro Cruise onboard The Spirit of Chartwell

Iconic port wine, enigmatic cities and Portuguese charm, all on a boat used by Her Majesty the Queen, makes this cruise one to remember. Discover the unique culture of the golden Douro river on board the excellent Spirit of Chartwell as you visit quintas, explore villas and sample Portuguese delicacies.

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Provence and The Elegant Rhône

Discover the timeless elegance of France's beautiful Rhône on a memorable cruise which takes you to ancient monuments, enchanting cities, natural wonders and more.

Visit quaint Lyon, holy Avignon and charming Beaune, as well as the magnificent Ardèche Gorge as you drift down this peaceful river on a specially designed Five-Star ship. Enjoy excellent food and good company on this superb French adventure.

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Discover the Douro

The magnificent Douro is Iberia's most famous waterway, winding through golden valleys alongside enchanting towns and past regal wine estates. This cruise reveals the innate and timeless beauty of this fantastic river, stopping at hand picked ports of call along the way.

Discover sublime wines, resplendent villas and ancient cities from the decks of our Five-Star ship, while enjoying high-quality accommodation and superb cuisine as you drift along the elegant Douro.

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The beauty of River Cruising

One of the best ways to get to the heart of any destination is by sailing through its wonderfully scenic countryside, riverside towns and timeless cities, each allowing you to soak up the culture that runs through its often historic network of aqueous boulevards. And that's far from the only benefit!

  • Taste the authentic flavours of the country you travel through
  • Enjoy the expertise of your Cruise Director and local tour guides
  • See the sights you never would if you were driving
  • Make the most of a slower pace of life
  • Spend your evenings being entertained by the crew and local performers

Offering a more intimate cruising experience than their ocean counterparts, on a river cruise you'll feel the convivial atmosphere begin to grow as you get to know your fellow passengers, all of whom will be English speaking. From the first moment you cast off, sail away and admire the subtle changes in the passing, tranquil backdrops from the comfort of your plush river cruise ship, specially designed for voyages along some the most famous rivers in the world.

And with amenities such as panoramic lounges and large sun decks, you will never have to miss a moment of sightseeing along any stretch of the Danube, Rhône, Rhine or Douro. From the medieval castles that punctuate the sloping vineyards of Germany, to stories of Portugal's New World Pioneers as you navigate the Douro's tempting bends and curves, miss nothing from your sun-soaked perch gliding above the water.

And after a day of exploration, perhaps spent unearthing the secrets of the Hapsburgs or taking a leisurely bike ride through the Wachau Valley, retreat to the serenity of your private yet spacious stateroom. Here you can freshen up in preparation for the night ahead, one that holds an array of delightful dishes, drinks with new friends and a feast of fun as you settle down to revel in the on board celebrations, which range from extravagant gala dinners to live music and dancing.

Then it's time for bed, as you're lulled into a peaceful sleep by the soft lapping of gentle waves, excited to wake up and begin a new day of indulgence and discovery.

With a choice of independent yet inclusive cruises along these, the main arteries that crisscross continental Europe, you'll never have to leave the scenery behind as your floating hotel takes you ever further into fantastic adventures.


Food is one of the most important aspects of a holiday for many travellers, tantalising taste buds with new flavour combinations, spoiling yourself as you sit down to multiple courses, and washing it all down with excellent local wine, beer, or even both!

And that's not to mention the sumptuous spreads laid out for breakfast, allowing you to help yourself before setting out on excursions or settling in for a morning of watching the world glide effortlessly by.



Chefs Table

Your on board chefs have truly mastered the art of creating gourmet food while afloat, and with menus featuring culinary creations such as grilled beef tenderloin served up along a side of marinated tiger prawns, locally caught butterfish encased in a pesto and olive crust and tender crab meat adorning freshly sliced avocado, you won't be surprised to hear that many of the cruise ships included in this brochure have won numerous awards for their food.

Every day food and drinks are readily available:

  • Start the day properly with a breakfast selection that includes an array of hot and cold favourites
  • Sit down to relaxed lunches that will keep you sustained through an afternoon of explorations
  • Top up before dinner with a visit to the complimentary tea & coffee making station, available 24/7, and perhaps accompanied by a sandwich or pastry
  • Enjoy a waiter-served dinner that can stretch from three courses to four, and sometimes even five!
  • Sip your welcome cocktail your first night on board, this is also when you'll get to experience the slightly more formal, Captain's gala dinner
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