The Main river cruises available from The River Cruise Line provide travellers with the opportunity to cruise in style and comfort along the serene waters of the Main, taking you through the heart of Germany.
The Main is approximately 327 miles in length and begins near Kulmbach in Franconia at the joining of its two headstreams, the Red Main and the White Main. It then continues through the valleys of the German Highlands before crossing the Lower Main Lowlands to Wiesbaden, where it flows into the Rhine river. If you’re also interested in the Rhine, The River Cruise Line offers a substantial selection of Rhine river cruises. And if you’d like to get out of Germany, we offer cruises along Russian waterways and the Baltic Sea.
The Main river is considered the most significant right tributary of the Rhine and bridges western and eastern Europe together by connecting to the Danube via the Main-Danube canal. (Note: We also offer several stunning Danube river cruises.)
Main River Cruises
9 days from £899
15 days from £1799
Measuring at almost 330 miles long and traversing through south-east Germany, the Main river is the most significant right tributary of the Rhine and flows into the Danube via the Main-Danube canal.
It is a primary transportation route for the industrial region around Frankfurt but it also has lots to offer tourists wishing to discover the area the Main flows along. The river runs through modern, densely populated cities, such as Mainz and Frankfurt, as well as more traditional, medieval Bavarian towns where wine and leather goods are manufactured. In Frankfurt, look out for architectural masterpieces, such as modern skyscrapers and historical castles.
While cruising from place to place, the banks of the river provide beautiful scenery for travellers to sit back and enjoy. The Main river is fantastic for those looking for a truly varied, memorable journey and this is exactly what The River Cruise Line offer.
• Cruise past charming German scenery, which includes idyllic castles and medieval architecture.
• The area stretching along the Main is famed for its wine production.
• See the Main’s high-rise ‘Mainhattan’ skyline of Frankfurt — fondly named after New York’s Manhattan for having some of the highest, most avant-garde skyscrapers of Europe.
• Frankfurt also has a more traditional side, including Römerberg, the old centre of the city. History lovers can see a number of historic buildings dating to the 14th and 15th centuries.
• The vibrant town of Mainz sits at the confluence of the Main and Rhine rivers, and has a rich history spanning over 2,000 years.
The ‘pearl of the main’ is well-known for its sandstone quarries and half-timbered houses, and also claims to be home to the oldest gasthaus, or inn, in Germany.