If you’d like to enjoy exceptional scenery from the comfort of your seat with a drink in your hand, a rail and cruise holiday is most certainly for you. To help you plan, we have compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions about rail cruises.
1. What is a rail and cruise holiday?
A rail and cruise holiday combines train travel with cruise boats, so holidaymakers can leave their cars at home and enjoy being passengers on a spectacular journey.
Many of the world’s best journeys can only be made by rail or boat; the serene River Seine, the magnificent Rhine and the Norwegian fjords, for example, can only be properly experienced by sailing on them, while the trains rocket through unspoilt scenery to reach the embarkation points.
2. Where does my holiday start?
The departure point for many European rail cruises is London St Pancras International, from which point passengers can board the Eurostar for Paris. Most intercontinental rail cruises, meanwhile, depart from Gatwick or Heathrow airports. Details are provided in each individual itinerary.
3. How flexible are the itineraries?
Great Rail Journeys provide lots of flexibility within their itineraries, so passengers can choose whether to opt in or out of each activity, excursion or meal. Customers are free to wander independently at each destination or stay at the hotel if they do not wish to take part in an organised activity
A tour manager is available to help with any questions, ensuring that customers do and see the things that interest them on their holiday.
4. What is the accommodation usually like?
The accommodation onboard the cruise boats and trains of a rail and cruise holiday is invariably of a high standard.
Hotels are typically graded as four-star, with full facilities, and a short distance to the centre of attractions.
The cruises are usually aboard four- and five-star vessels, with spacious en-suite cabins.
5. What is included in the price?
The advertised price of a Great Rail Journeys holiday usually includes First Class return travel from the meeting point, internal transfers, hotel accommodation, cruise ship accommodation, a number of meals and the services of a tour manager. Check individual itineraries for full details.
6. Can special requirements be accommodated?
Special requirements can usually be accommodated, but it is best to ask before booking.
7. Can I travel alone?
Rail cruises are sociable holidays and most passengers make many friends during their holiday, making them ideal for single passengers.
8. What should I pack?
A dress code may be in place aboard cruise ships for gala dinner evenings; for the most part, however, passengers are free to dress as they feel comfortable.
If you have any other questions about cruising by rail, advice is available from Great Rail Journeys.