The best cruise and stay holidays

South Pacific cruise and stay holiday
South Pacific cruise and stay holiday

A cruise and stay holiday offers the best of both worlds - plenty of time spent on the water combined with nights in hotels to really explore a destination.

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Ideal for fly-cruisers, culture vultures and those who are new to cruising or just fancy a different type of cruise holiday, cruise and stay holidays offer variety, flexibility and the chance to spend more time on the beach or exploring a city.

You can even add unforgettable rail journeys and celebrations at world-famous events to your cruise and stay holiday. On a holiday with Mundy Cruising, for example, travellers can combine a cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town with a six-night rail journey on the luxurious Rovos Rail. Meanwhile, ROL Cruise offers an action-packed cruise and stay holiday that takes in Alaska, the Rocky Mountaineer and the Calgary Stampede.

Europe offers some amazing cruise and stay holidays, such as Thomson Cruises' Iberian Treasures itinerary, which ends with a seven-night beach break on the Costa del Sol, and an ultimate tour of Italy's highlights by river cruise and first-class rail, exploring the likes of Venice, the Vatican and Capri with Insight Vacations and Uniworld River Cruises.

It's also a superb way to experience a cruise of a lifetime, with Antarctica, China and the South Pacific offering the best of cruise holidays that combine land and sea.

Discover some of the best cruise and holidays that offer the best of both worlds.