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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.

There are 10 cruises matching All River Cruises

Danube Cruise - Nuremberg to Budapest

At every bend, your spectacular Danube cruise reveals new surprises - imposing fortresses, vine-laden hillsides and alluring forests. Explore three distinctive countries aboard your cruise ship and experience the Danube's harmonious blend of natural and cultural beauty with tours of elegant European cities on the way.

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9 days from £1,945 pp

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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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8 days from £2,395 pp

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Luxury Danube Cruise

What a civilised way to visit the magnificent cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Join your luxurious ship for a gentle cruise along the River Danube for a journey that passes the dynamic capitals of Vienna and Budapest, and transports you through the scenic Wachau Valley.

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8 days from £1,895 pp

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Luxury Douro Cruise

Flowing from northern Spain to the ocean in Porto, the Douro River carves a route through a rolling landscape of vineyards, gorges and villages. From vibrant Porto, you embark on a magnificent 8-day cruise enjoying Port wine tastings at renowned plantations, visits to historic Portuguese cities and excursions into Spain as well as an on board Flamenco performance.

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8 days from £2,295 pp

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Luxury Rhine Cruise

Follow the winding Rhine on this fantastic tour through central Europe. Explore the Swiss city of Basel before charting a course through the charming vineyards of northern Germany, pass briefly through France and end your exploration along the waterways of Amsterdam.

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8 days from £2,195 pp

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Luxury Rhône Cruise

Let the gentle currents of the Rhône transport you through Burgundy and Provence aboard your fantastic river cruise ship. Discover the region's verdant vineyards and absorb the atmosphere of its historic towns, soaring cathedrals and half-timbered houses as you sail from Lyon, taking in the UNESCO-protected centre of Avignon.

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8 days from £2,245 pp

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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, served with free- flowing wine, beer and soft drinks
  • 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! And don't forget those free-flowing drinks that will make another welcome appearance
  • 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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