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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 an additional $250 per couple off this cruise. Expires August 15. Click here.
  • Scenic: Save an additional $300 per couple on Scenic river cruises. Expires August 15. Click here.
  • Gate 1: Save $1,200 per couple off Europe river cruises. Expires August 15. Click here.
  • Riviera: Save up to 15% on vacations. Prices shown reflect discount. Plus, receive a free drinks package . Expires August 15. Click here.
  • Emerald: Save up to $2,000 per couple off 2021 river cruises. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $3,000 per couple off select 2021 river cruises. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save $400 per couple off 2021 sailings. Expires August 15. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Companion cruises for 50% off on select trips. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly for free from select gateways plus save up to $1,000 per couple off select river cruises. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • Viking: Fly from $399 to $1,199 per person from select gateways, plus save up to $1,000 per couple off Viking river cruises. Expires August 31. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways on Europe river cruises. Expires August 23. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways , plus save up to $1,000 per couple off 2022 Europe cruises. Expires August 23. Click here.
  • Crystal: 2 for 1! Companion cruises for free on Europe river cruises. Click here.
  • CroisiEurope: Save 15% off 2022 cruises. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Save 10% off 2022 vacations . Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $3,000 per couple off 2022 river cruises. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Receive a free $300 per couple onboard credit on select cruises. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save 5% off 2023 cruises when you book a balcony or suite. Click here.
  • Avalon: Fly for free from select gateways , plus save up to $1,000 per couple off 2021 Europe cruises. Expires August 23. Click here.
  • Crystal: Receive up to a $400 per couple onboard credit on sailings. This offer is combinable with select promotions. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Past guests of Uniworld, Trafalgar, CostSaver, Insight, Luxury Gold, African Travel, Brendan and Contiki save an additional $100 to $600 per person off trips. Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Save 25% off the single supplement on cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Tauck: Single travelers receive $1,000 per person off the single supplement of select river cruises in certain cabin categories. Click here.
  • Uniworld: Special savings on family cruises! Travelers ages four to 17 save 25% off the cruise price of select family sailings when accompanied by an adult. Click here.
  • Emerald: Fly for $195 per person from select gateways or save $2,000 per couple off select 2022 Europe cruises. Plus, receive an additional 10% discount in select cabin categories. Click here.
  • Tauck: Receive a free onboard credit of up to 300 euros on river cruises in select cabin categories . Click here.
  • AmaWaterways: Active and retired U.S. military personnel receive an additional $100 per person (up to $200 per stateroom) off any sailing. 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 Waterways . Click here.
  • Emerald: Past guests who refer a new traveler to Emerald Cruises earn a $100 per person travel credit. Each new guest also receives a $100 per person travel credit to use toward their cruise. Click here.
  • Emerald: Travel with Emerald Cruises and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $200 to $250 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent cruise with Emerald. Click here.
  • Scenic: Refer a new traveler to Scenic and earn a $200 to $300 per person travel credit. Each new guest also receives a $100 to $150 per person travel credit to use toward their cruise. Click here.
  • Scenic: Travel with Scenic and receive a Welcome Back Credit of $200 to $300 per person after your trip. The credit can be applied toward a subsequent cruise with Scenic. Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.