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Experience the beauty of the Main with Scenic river cruise
The Main River weaves through lands of enriching charm and character, with quaint villages and historic wonders far removed from the ordinary tourist trail. Linking the Rhine to the Danube, the river introduces the very best in Germanic heritage - from the medieval splendour of Bavaria to the primordial beauty of the mystical Black Forest.
A river cruise on the Main is combined with a longer journey on the Rhine or the Danube, giving you the opportunity to travel from the majestic Upper Franconia region of Germany to the very heart of Europe. Even for its length, the riches of the River Main are so vast that cruising its waters promises to be one of the great highlights of your journey. Travel the Main between Bamberg and Mainz, and experience a region scattered with architectural treasures and historic sites. Traditional German character is easy to come by on these waters, and this is apparent in Würzburg, the 'Pearl of the Romantic Road', whose lavish baroque architecture remains as striking as it was three centuries ago. Your Main river cruise journey is complemented perfectly by our elegant 5-star Space-Ships, as well as our signature all-inclusive service. Discover more of the joys of a Main river cruise with Scenic below.

Perfect for:

  • Beer-lovers: Freudenberg, Germany
  • Culture vultures: Bamberg, Germany
  • Architecture enthusiasts: Würzburg, Germany


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An Exceptional Region of Germany

Connecting two of Europe’s great rivers, the Rhine and the Danube; the Main boasts its own unique cultural highlights, giving you an authentic slice of local life in this exceptional region of Germany.

Over the course of the Main’s navigable route between Bamberg and Mainz, our journey designers have sought unique cultural encounters that expose the unique traditions and customs of the region. 

In Freudenberg, you’ll savour a unique version of Germany’s iconic Oktoberfest, one of the country’s best-loved annual festivals. Look forward to traditional oom-pah-pah music, festive flags and an abundance of local beers, before joining the locals for a traditional Bavarian meal. Then it’s on to Würzburg, where you can choose to visit the Bishop’s Residenz Palace or explore the famous Romantic Road. 

In Bamberg, the city’s World Heritage-listed centre is yours to explore at your leisure. If you’d prefer to gain greater insight, join a knowledgeable local guide on a fascinating guided tour of the city. 

The Riches of the River

Bookended by Mainz to the west and Bamberg to the east, the Main River cuts a meandering swathe through the breadth of southern Germany, hosting a series of captivating heritage cities and towns on its green and fertile banks. From the towering infrastructure of Frankfurt am Main to the exquisite half-timbered houses of medieval Miltenberg; here is a passage of inspiring contrast and beauty.

Scenic Tailormade transcribes the spectacle of the riverbank as you cruise the Main from Rüdesheim to Würzburg, offering fascinating insight into the history of the river. In World Heritage-listed Würzburg, sample Riesling in the local vineyards before exploring the walled enclave of Rottenburg, one of several medieval settlements which overlook the Tauber River.

Continuing eastward, you’ll reach Bamberg, another town recognised with World Heritage status. From the 14th-century landmark of Altes Rathaus to the Franconian Brewery Museum, which documents Bavaria’s rich brewing heritage, Bamberg is a feast of cultural riches, perfectly showcased as part of a guided tour or Scenic e-bike exploration. From Bamberg, the Main flows into the Rhine-Main Danube Canal, and on to such destinations as Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and the inimitable beauty of Austria.



Our Main River Cruises

2019 Main River Cruises

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Christmas Markets

15 days
Budapest > Amsterdam
Discover the magic of Christmas on a 15 day river cruise starting in Budapest. Visit the charming Christmas markets at Thurn und Taxis Palace in Regensburg.
from £3,895 £2,895
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Jewels of Europe

15 days
Amsterdam > Budapest
Discover grand palaces & castles on Europe’s most tempting waterways, the Rhine, Main & Danube on a luxurious 15 day river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.
from £3,995 £3,395
Save up to £1,000 per person

Christmas Markets with Prague

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
Soak up the Christmas atmosphere of Europe on an 18 day river cruise from Prague to Amsterdam. Discover the cities of Europe and delight in their charm.
from £4,495 £3,495
Save up to £1,000 per person

Jewels of Europe with Prague

18 days
Amsterdam > Prague
On this 18 day luxury cruise from Amsterdam to Prague, be enchanted by Europe's most beautiful cities including Nuremburg, Vienna, Salzburg and Dürnstein.
from £5,295 £4,295
Save up to £1,000 per person

Jewels of Europe with Prague

18 days
Prague > Amsterdam
Enjoy a 3 night stay in Prague before starting your luxury river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Cruise the Main Danube Canal and visit Cologne.
from £5,695 £5,095

Jewels of Europe with Grand Alpine

26 days
Zurich > Amsterdam
Experience the beauty of Swiss Alps with a 26 day journey from Zurich to Amsterdam. Let the landscapes inspire you before enjoying a luxurious river cruise.
from £8,590

Our Main River Cruises

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