Main River Cruising

Main River

Explore the beauty of the Main River

Discover the delights of Germany's Main River with Scenic. Our all-inclusive luxury river cruise will change your opinion about the longest rivers being the best. While Germany’s Main River is certainly not the longest, the magnificent scenery, castles, World Heritage-listed cities and exquisite vineyards ensure this European river cruise will be memorable. 

The Main River has linked the Rhine River and Danube River since 1992 and has opened up European river cruising delights in this region. From the thriving city of Nuremberg and Frankfurt to the venerable architecture of Mainz. You'll step back in time visiting medieval towns along Germany's renowned Romantic Road before taking in the sights of Würzburg's 100 historic churches.

Visit Rüdesheim, a town in the Rhine Valley, Germany renowned for making wine, particularly Riesling wines. 

Learn more about the delights of European river cruising. View our 2021 and 2022 departure dates and special deals.


Main River Cruise Destinations

As you enter the Main from the Rhine, you will leave behind the charms of Mainz’s thousand-year-old cathedral (St. Martin’s Cathedral) and sail towards the quaint town Miltenberg.

Entering the Main River from the Rhine River, you'll sail by Mainz, famous for its Roman heritage and its 1,000-year-old St. Martin's Cathedral. Mainz is also home to the Gutenberg printing press. Your Main River cruise then heads to Miltenberg (also known as the 'Pearl of the Main River') with a rich history of trading wine, fish, wood and stone along the river. Situated at the apex of Nuremberg and Frankfurt, the Miltenberg economy flourished from river trading.

With a stopover in Miltenberg your onshore excursions include visiting the old square market, the museum and taking in the delights of the classic half-timber German homes.

The next stops on your luxury, all-inclusive Main River Cruise is at the captivating cities of Bamberg and Würzburg. The World-Heritage listed city of Bamberg has a plethora of exquisite architectural delights to marvel at. From the 11th century Romanesque cathedral constructed by Emperor Henry II to the 16th and 17th-century bishops former residences. Top off your day in Bamberg with delicious food to match with its famous smoky beer called Rauchbier.

While your Scenic Space-Ship travels further down the Rhine-Main-Danube canal, you'll cruise by exquisite rural villages and enchanting bridges on the way to Nuremberg. As the second-largest city in Bavaria, you'll delight in the energy and culture of this city. After a visit to World War II sites, relax and taste Nuremberg's gingerbread, dark coloured beer and world-renowned bratwurst.


Main River Cruises with Scenic

Your Europe river cruise on board Scenic's 5-star Space-Ships gives you all-inclusive, luxury every moment of the day. Scenic's Europe river cruise ships have been specifically designed for luxurious European river cruising. 

More like an exquisite floating hotel, your all-inclusive European river cruise includes local guides, all tips and gratuities, butler service, complimentary beverages, airport transfers and first-class transport.

Your luxurious Scenic Space-Ship suite has a queen-size Scenic Slumber Bed, Wi-Fi Internet and an all-weather private balcony. 

Explore more of magnificent Europe with Scenic European River Cruises

After your Main River Cruise with Scenic, you may be inspired to make more memories and explore the Rhine River, the Danube River and the Moselle River. Scenic’s luxury European River cruises give you the opportunity to discover and take sightseeing tours of European cities, old towns and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Scenic’s all-inclusive 8-day luxury romantic Rhine river cruising journey meanders along the romantic Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam. Visit Koblenz, delight in the charm of Cochem, take in Strasbourg, explore Baden-Baden and the port city of Amsterdam.

Take your European river cruising to the next level and explore the Romantic Rhine River through central Germany and the Moselle River with our 15-day river cruise. Travelling from Basel to Amsterdam you'll visit Strasbourg, Mannheim, Cochem, Bernkastel and Antwerp. Discover the allure of the romantic Moselle Valley during a day cruise. 

If you love the magic of Christmas, Scenic’s 8 day Rhine Christmas Markets river cruise journeys from Basel to Amsterdam and takes in the medieval gem of Cochem and the iconic markets in Strasbourg. Take a romantic stroll in one of Germany’s oldest cities Koblenz as it's turned into a Christmas paradise for the advent season. In Amsterdam, you may wish to visit one of the many Christmas markets in the Dutch capital. Sample delicious Dutch treats such as Olibol and Poffertjes, or peruse the stalls for some last-minute traditional gifts. 

Visit Oberammergau, a town in the Bavarian Alps that's renowned for the once in a decade Passion Play performed in the Passion Play Theatre. Join us on our Scenic 2022 Oberammergau tour as the Passion Play is performed for the 42nd time. 

Travel from Bucharest to Budapest and discover the wonders of the Danube River onboard the Black Sea Explorer. Travelling from Budapest to Prague, your European river cruise along the Danube River gives you the opportunity to explore the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague with your local Tour Director.

Cruise the canals of Amsterdam and take in the ever-changing sights and sounds of a truly charming city. Join the locals by riding a bike through town, or perhaps take a bike tour over dykes and past quaint windmills conjuring up a simpler time.

Discover the gems of the Danube River on our 8-day luxury cruise during the Danube River Cruise. Visit the majestic capital city of Austria, Vienna and enjoy an enchanting private Viennese evening concert at Palais Liechtenstein as part of our exclusive Scenic Enrich experience.

Experience the luxury European River Cruise of a lifetime from the North Sea to the Black Sea. Starting at the port of Amsterdam, your 23-day luxury river cruise on board our spacious Scenic Space-Ship visits historical cities including Cologne, Nuremberg, Regensberg, Vienna, Belgrade, Budapest and Bucharest.