Main river cruises

Experience the best of Europe on one of our deluxe and charming Main river cruises.

On our Main river cruises, you'll cut a course through the pastoral landscapes of Bavaria, revealing a region laden with Germanic splendour and fascinating heritage. This 237-mile long river connects the Danube to the Rhine, and its banks reveal much about the history of the continent. 

From ancient towns like Miltenberg, Würzburg and Bamberg to fascinating historic sites like Wertheim Castle and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Residenz; the Main ebbs through some of the most enriching destinations of Bavaria, allowing you to uncover Germany’s historic wonders in one seamless journey.

Join us for a luxury river cruise on the Main, and you’ll travel in style and comfort on-board an elegant Emerald Waterways Star-Ship. From our knowledgeable staff to our carefully-crafted shore excursions, you’ll feel the benefit of our award-winning service as you cruise the majestic waters of the Main.

Whether you choose to embark on our Majestic Rhine and journey from Frankfurt to Basel, or whether you’d prefer to see everywhere from Berlin to Zurich on our wonderful Berlin & the Majestic Rhine river cruise, the charming, serene and magical environment of the Main is yours to explore on our Main river cruises.

You’ll see a distinct combination of natural beauty and quaint architecture on your Main river cruise, and you’ll be surrounded in the luxurious, spacious interior of our award-winning Star-Ships. With everything from an indoor heated pool to our sumptuous Horizon Bar, you’ll have just as much to do on board and you will have exploring the beautiful destinations on land.

Experience the beauty and history of the Main

River cruises on the Main River are combined with a longer journey on the Rhine or the Danube, giving you the chance to experience more of the historic wonders which make Europe such an exciting river cruise destination. 

The Rhine-Main Discovery itinerary transports you on two of Germany’s most enigmatic waterways, allowing you to savour the beauty of the Rhine Gorge as well as fascinating Main destinations like Miltenberg and Bamberg. And, with EmeraldACTIVE excursions, you can stretch those legs and explore some of the most famous historic sites on these two great waterways. 

Alternatively, for a longer European exploration, the 15-Day Splendours of Europe river cruise features a stint on the charming Main River, so you can get to grips with the beauty of Bavaria’s towns and cities before travelling to such destinations as Vienna and Budapest along the mighty Danube. 

Explore beautiful Bavaria in innovative luxury

Emerald Waterways’ Star-Ships are among the most innovative river cruise ships in Europe, offering stylish and luxurious passage on the majestic waters of the Main. Throughout your journey, you’ll enjoy the intimate surrounds and unique features which make our award-winning Star-Ships truly special. 

Tear yourself away from the Main’s beautiful Bavarian scenery and indulge in a relaxing swim in the indoor heated pool, before settling in the Horizon Bar and Lounge to catch up with new friends or unwind with a complimentary hot beverage. With Emerald Waterways, the journey is always part of the experience. 

Every Star-Ship in the Emerald Waterways fleet benefits from some of the most spacious and stylish suites on the continent, and you can choose from a collection of five different cabin types to suit your budget. Each suite is tastefully furnished and generously appointed, guaranteeing a relaxing stay on the waters of the Main.

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