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Amadeus and Great Rail Journeys have teamed up together to create a truly unique holiday that makes the most of two equally fantastic and romantic forms of travel. Perfect for couples, this Rail and Sail river cruise sees you pass through some of Europe’s most scenic landscapes by train before boarding one of Amadeus’ luxurious river cruise ships for a truly enriching journey.

Great Rail Journeys' Travel Safe Policy

Thanks to enhanced health and safety measures onboard Great Rail Journeys' river cruise partners' ships, including frequent cleaning and sanitation, virus tests for crew, masks where necessary and changes in restaurants to facilitate social distancing, guests can get back on Europe's waterways and enjoy cruising once again. However, should you have to cancel your holiday because you've caught Covid-19, or you need medical treatment during your cruise, Great Rail Journeys' travel insurance policy covers this.

Rail and Sail

The fantastic service and care taken in making sure you have a once in a lifetime travel experience is second to none on this Rail and Sail adventure. You will be fully escorted throughout you travels, from arriving at the meeting point at St Pancras to returning home again. This has two brilliant benefits. Firstly, you are able to totally relax as everything flows smoothly around you. Your tour guides and cruise managers are always on hand to help you, while your luggage, transfers and tickets are all handled by experienced professionals. This allows you to sit back, relax and truly unwind as you take in the breathtakingly views or Europe by river and rail. Secondly, the guides will give you fascinating facts and insights into the local destinations’ histories, cultures and unique aspects like no other as you tour each amazing city and location. The cherry on the gateaux cake here are delightful talks and cultural performances to go hand in hand with your journey, from Hungarian folk dances to Viennese orchestras and fairytales performances to match your idyllic settings.

The Danube

On the Danube river cruise, you get the chance to stop off in some of Central and Eastern Europe’s most popular cities. Only the Danube can give you the cultural and architectural diversity of Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Prague in such a relatively short period of time. This variety sailing down the Danube will make you feel like you’re sailing back and forth in time and over different time zones, despite each unique city being so close to the next. The other side of this enriching and truly eye-opening itinerary is the train journey you will embark on to reach your sailing destination. Taking the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels before continuing on your journey, this is a fantastic opportunity to not only experience the event of traveling the famous Eurostar but then sit back and relax as Europe slides by your window.

The Rhine

If you’re looking at river cruising down the Rhine, a Rail and Sail adventure is definitely the perfect way to see all the delights of the Swiss Alps, German valleys and Dutch Lowlands have to offer. Starting your journeys with a charming train odyssey through the Alpine peaks and valleys will truly take your breath away. Forget about the pictures you’ve seen on the Sound of Music and souvenir chocolate boxes, the views you’ll encounter from the Glacier and Jungfrau Expresses will make you speechless as you take in the rolling, chalet dotted, green pastures and snow-capped mountain bridges. After that, a river cruise via Germany’s most picturesque and interesting cities awaits. Wander down the quaint ‘Drosselgasse’ street in Rüdesheim for a glass of local wine while gazing up at the sheer vineyards lining the serpentine bends of the river. See the streets of Cologne and learn of its fascinating perfume history before taking in the vast cathedral. Finish your journey on a high in iconic Amsterdam for a real climax on the best of European adventures.

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