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Main River

Germany's peaceful Main River winds through the heart of the country, passing forests and vineyards as well as cosmopolitan cities and medieval towns. The river is a tributary of the Rhine and also connects with the Danube via the Main-Danube Canal. Many Main itineraries also sail the Rhine and Danube, some traveling from the North Sea all the way to the Black Sea.

Guests might visit the "The Pearl of the Romantic Road," Wurzburg, and its Residenz, an immaculate Baroque palace, or enjoy local Franconian wines. Then, walk among the 14th- and 15th-century half-timbered houses of Miltenberg, relax in the Mediterranean gardens of Aschaffenburg and visit the fishermen's village known as "Little Venice" in Bamberg.

In November and December, the towns along the Main celebrate the holiday season with festive Christmas markets. Visitors can shop for souvenirs or presents and taste holiday favorites like mulled wine and local specialties such as Rothenberg's Schneeball.

Our cruises are hassle-free because all the day-to-day details are handled for you by experienced cruise directors. And in each stop along the way, expert guides show you the top attractions and share their intimate knowledge of the locale. These trips are also easy to budget, as so much is included in the upfront price.

Limited-Time Offers on Main River Cruises!
  • Emerald: Save up to 67% on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Expires June 2. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save up to 62% on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discounts. Expires June 2. Click here.
  • Viking: Memorial Day Sale! Fly for free from select gateways, plus get reduced cruise fares on select sailings. Prices shown reflect the cruise discounts. Also receive a free Silver Spirits beverage package. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Sail-abrate Flash Sale! Receive free prepaid gratuities on select cruises. Expires May 27. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $1,000 per couple on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Limited-Time Sale! Save 50% on select sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $2,400 per couple off the cruise price of Europe sailings, plus fly from $599 per person from select gateways. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 28. Click here.
  • Avalon: Save up to $1,500 per couple off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive reduced airfare on cruises! Fly from $899 per person from select gateways on Europe cruises. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save up to 50% off cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 24. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save 15% off 2025 cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly for free from select gateways, plus get reduced cruise fares. Prices shown reflect the cruise discounts. Also pay a reduced deposit of only $25 per person. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Riviera: Save up to $1,150 per couple on cruises when you book certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Viking: Enjoy discounted cruise fares on river cruises. Prices shown reflect the cruise discounts. Plus, enjoy greatly reduced airfare from select gateways and pay a reduced deposit of only $25 per person. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save 10% off 2025 river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save up to $4,000 per couple on a wide selection of 2024 sailings. Prices shown reflect discount. Expires May 31. Click here.
  • Viking: Bon Voyage Offer! Book an additional Viking river or ocean cruise within the 14 days prior to departure of an existing booking and receive extra savings of up to $2,000 per couple and a bonus onboard credit of $200 per couple on the new booking. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save $2,000 per couple off summer sailings. Plus, receive a FREE one-category stateroom upgrade in certain cabin categories and a $50 per stateroom onboard credit. Click here.
  • Avalon: Travel with Avalon Waterways and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $100 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent trip with Avalon or its sister brands Globus and Cosmos. Click here.
  • Emerald: Travel with Emerald and receive a Welcome Home credit of $200 to $300 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent Emerald cruise . Click here.
  • Scenic: Travel with Scenic and receive a Thank You credit of $200 to $300 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent Scenic cruise . Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.