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Rhine to Danube via the Main-Danube Canal

Journey across Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest, on the Rhine and through the Main-Danube Canal to the Danube

Follow the River Main and the Main-Danube Canal which connects the Rhine to the Danube, with our comprehensive collection of 2-week voyages from Holland, through Germany and Austria to Hungary. Shorter routes explore sections of the Main and Main-Danube Canal, from the Rhine or Danube.

  • Bamberg
  • Wurzburg Prince-Bishop's residenz

About Rhine to River Danube Cruises

The Main River flows from the Rhine at Mainz, twisting and turning through vineyards, wine villages and ancient towns rich in medieval architecture. From Miltenberg with its ancient market place the Main reaches Wurzburg. Here the Prince-Bishop’s Residenz, a UNESCO World Monument, features the largest ceiling fresco in the world.

Bamberg on the Main is an architectural gem, its Old Town Hall decorated with lavish frescos. This marks the start of the Main-Danube Canal, winding 106 miles through rural Bavaria linking the Main with the River Danube at Kelheim. Only completed in 1992, the Canal includes 16 locks that rise to a height of 1330 feet near Nuremberg, the highest point of any commercial waterway in Europe.

Explore Nuremberg’s 13th century city walls, complete with moats, watchtowers and gateways. From Nuremberg the Canal continues to meet the River Danube, which flows on to Passau, Vienna and Budapest, and eventually the Black Sea.

Elevations of the Main-Danube Canal

Cruise Collection

All of our cruises from the Rhine to the Danube are shown below. Tick the boxes to filter by date, company, duration and type.

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  • Reflections of the Rhine and Main

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Nuremburg

    Travelmarvel by APT Ship - Travelmarvel Jewel and Diamond Choice of Ships

    A superb full-board Travelmarvel cruise along the beautiful Rhine River from Amsterdam to Nuremburg, travelling through Rüdesheim, Wertheim and Würzburg. Includes flights from the UK, excursions and unique Insider Experiences 2017 - Aug, Sep, Oct
    2018 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    Save up to 50% on 2018 departures!

    Reflections of the Rhine and Main Fly Cruise Package
    From £995pp
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  • Medieval Germany

    7 Nights - Mainz to Regensburg

    Riviera Travel Ship - Swiss Tiara Choice of Ships

    Explore the charming medieval towns of Wertheim and Miltenberg and charming Bamberg on this cruise along the Main and Danube rivers through the heart of Germany, with included excursions and return flights from the UK 2017 - Sep, Oct
    2018 - May, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct

    Medieval Germany Fly Cruise Package
    From £1199pp
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  • Legends of the Rhine and Main

    7 Nights - Nuremberg to Bernkastel

    Emerald Waterways Ship - Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky Choice of Ships

    View magnificent architecture, breathtaking scenery and medieval ruins as you travel along the Moselle, Rhine and Main from Nuremberg to Bernkastel. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2017 - Aug
    2018 - Jul
    Save £1250 per couple PLUS unlimited free drinks on 2018 departures!

    Legends of the Rhine and Main Fly Cruise Package
    From £1345pp
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  • Heart of Europe

    14 Nights - Cologne to Budapest

    Riviera Travel Ship - Lord Byron and Jane Austen Choice of Ships

    Tour through the heart of Europe along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Cologne to Budapest visiting well-preserved historic towns in Germany and the impressive city of Vienna in Austria. Include excursions and Eurostar from London St Pancras or return flights 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    2018 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    Heart of Europe from Cologne to Budapest No Fly Cruise
    From £1499pp
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  • Rhine Main Discovery

    7 Nights - Amsterdam to Nuremberg

    Emerald Waterways Ship - Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky Choice of Ships

    Step back in time as you journey along the beautiful Rhine and Main rivers through the heart of Old Europe on this superb voyage. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2017 - Aug, Oct
    Save up to £650pp!

    Rhine-Main Discovery Fly Cruise Package
    From £1545pp
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  • Magnificent Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Choice of APT Ships Choice of Ships

    An all-inclusive, luxury cruise through five magnificent countries along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, with exclusive signature experiences, guided excursions, home pick-up service and travel from the UK 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    2018 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    Save up to £4600 per couple on 2018 departures!

    Royal Magnificent Europe Fly Cruise Package
    From £1845pp
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  • European Rivers and Castles

    7 Nights - Luxembourg to Nuremberg

    Choice of AMA Waterways Ships Choice of Ships

    Journey along the Moselle, Rhine and Main rivers through Germany's beautiful wine-producing areas and past historic castles. Includes shore excursions 2017 - Aug, Sep, Oct
    2018 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    FREE flights plus exclusive £50pp discount on 2018 departures!

    European Rivers and Castles Blue Water Package
    From £1861pp Cruise Only From £1761pp
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  • European Gems

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Travelmarvel by APT Ship - Travelmarvel Jewel and Diamond Choice of Ships

    Explore the heart of Germany and Austria on this superb-value APT Travelmarvel itinerary. Includes flights from the UK and shore excursions 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
    2018 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
    Save up to 50% on 2018 departures!

    European Gems - River Rhine, Main and Danube River Cruise Fly Cruise Package
    From £1995pp
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  • Jewels of Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Scenic Ship - Scenic Ruby and Pearl Choice of Ships

    Discover the cultural and historical highlights of Europe along the legendary Rhine and Danube rivers on this 14-night all-inclusive luxury river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, with return flights from the UK, butler service, all gratuities and a choice of superb included shore excursions 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    2018 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    Save up to 54% on 2017 departures!

    Jewels of Europe River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest Fly Cruise Package
    From £2090pp
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  • Splendours of Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Emerald Waterways Ship - Emerald Sun, Emerald Star, Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky Choice of Ships

    Visit the imperial capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest and the quaint towns of Bamberg, Passau and Melk as you journey along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers past story-book castles perched high above terraced vineyards. Includes return flights from the UK, shore excursions and complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    2018 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
    Save up to £1400pp on 2017 departures!

    Splendours of Europe River Cruise Fly Cruise Package
    From £2295pp
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  • Grand European River Cruise

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Viking River Cruises Ship - Viking Longships Viking Longships

    Travel from historic Amsterdam along the Rhine, through the Main-Danube Canal and onto the Danube to Budapest, exploring the waterside towns and impressive cities. Includes excursions and travel package from the UK 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    2018 - Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    Save up to £1000pp on 2018 departures!

    Grand European River Cruise Fly Cruise Package
    From £2495pp
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  • Across Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Amadeus River Cruises Ship - Amadeus Princess Choice of Ships

    Journey from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, passing stunning castles, picturesque vineyards and lively cities 2017 - Aug, Oct
    2018 - May
    Save 15% on 2018 departures!

    Across Europe Blue Water Package
    From £2739pp Cruise Only From £2442pp
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  • Magnificent Rivers of Europe

    14 Nights - Amsterdam to Budapest

    Choice of AMA Waterways Ships Choice of Ships

    Cruise through the heart of Europe along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest following the route of emperors and kings through five magnificent countries. Includes guided excursions and drinks with meals 2017 - Aug, Sep, Dec
    2018 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec
    Exclusive savings of up to £1050pp on 2017 departures!

    Magnificent Europe - Rhine, Main and Danube Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest Blue Water Package
    From £3207pp Cruise Only From £2907pp
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  • European Jewels

    14 Nights - Budapest to Amsterdam

    Uniworld Ship - SS Maria Theresa Choice of Ships

    This fantastic itinerary takes you through four magnificent countries to Europe's most scenic destinations, uncovering European art, history and culture. Includes guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    2018 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
    Best available cabin for just £3199pp cruise only!

    European Jewels Danube and Rhine River Cruise from Budapest Blue Water Package
    From £3289pp Cruise Only From £3039pp
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  • Ultimate Europe

    14 Nights - Budapest to Luxembourg

    Choice of AMA Waterways Ships Choice of Ships

    Visit the historic capitals of Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna, and explore picturesque wine-growing areas of Germany on this journey through central Europe. Includes excursions and drinks with meals 2017 - Aug, Sep, Oct

    Ultimate Europe River Cruise from Budapest Blue Water Package
    From £4523pp Cruise Only From £4223pp
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  • European Discovery

    14 Nights - Cologne to Vienna

    Uniworld Ship - River Ambassador River Ambassador

    Learn about Germany's strong heritage, sample regional specialties and explore the fascinating cities of Cologne, Nuremberg and Vienna on this unique, luxury cruise on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, with guided excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks and gratuities 2017 - Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

    European Discovery Blue Water Package
    From £4829pp Cruise Only From £4579pp
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Rhine to River Danube Highlights

Bamberg (Germany)

The wonderfully-preserved city of Bamberg has a four-steepled cathedral and half-timbered houses edge the winding lanes, contrasting with the vast 'New Residence' which was the seat of the prince-bishops and has a delightful Rose Garden. The old Town Hall can be found on the Island City in the River Regnitz, along with Little Venice - an area of brightly-painted fishermen's houses. A visit to a traditional Bamberg Beer Haus is an opportunity to taste the locally brewed smoky-tasting beer, Rauchbier.

Bamberg

Frankfurt

The skyscrapers on Frankfurt's skyline reflect the city's importance as a centre of finance in Europe. The Romer is an old patrician residence which now houses the Town Hall, and there are several public gardens including the baroque Bolongarogarden and the Nizza.

Frankfurt (Germany)

Heidelberg (Germany)

Heidelberg is a beautiful city where visits usually include Germany's oldest university and the picturesque ruins of Heidelberg Castle, from where there are wonderful views of the Neckar River valley. The Altstadt is the charming old town, district, and a funicular can be taken to the top of the Konigstuhl Mountain.

Heidelberg

Mainz (Germany)

Leafy Mainz offers two fascinating highlights. Mainz was the birthplace of Johann Gutenberg, and the city's Printing Museum exhibits the first two copies made of his famous Bible. In St Stephans' church there are wonderful, vivid blue stained-glass windows created by the great 20th century artist, Marc Chagall.

Mainz

Miltenberg (Germany)

Miltenberg has rows of richly-timbered houses huddled together on the town's narrow streets and squares. It is well-known for the Crooked House, Main Castle and the Royal Inn, which has been in continuous use as an hotel since the 15th century. The area around Miltenburg is renowned for glass-blowing. Close by is 18th-century Schloss Kleinheubach, a magnificent castle with lovely grounds.

Miltenberg

Nuremberg (Germany)

The medieval city of Nuremberg was the site of the War Crimes Tribunal at the Justice Palace. Other World War II sites include the Court House and the Nazi rally grounds at the Zeppelin Fields. The old city is surrounded by 900-year old ramparts which enclose Albrecht Durer's house, the Hesperides Gardens and the Market Square with its fountain. Rulers of the Holy Roman Empire resided at Nuremburg Castle, which includes the Kaiserburg Fortress.

Nuremberg

Wertheim (Germany)

Wertheim is a quaint village located on the confluence at the Tauber and Main rivers, near Frankfurt in South West Germany. It has maintained its character of an old, small Franconian town with its medieval alleways, half-timbered houses and imposing castle ruins.

Wertheim

Wurzburg (Germany)

The magnificent Bishop's Residenz in Wurzberg is one of Germany's largest and most ornate Baroque palaces. It houses paintings by Tiepelo and the famed Residenz Wine Cellar, sometimes open for tastings of Franconian wine and is said to have the most beautiful staircase in existence. Tours along the 'Romantic Road' through the Bavarian Alps to Rothenburg are often available. This medieval walled town has a glorious rural setting, gothic churches and gabled buildings, and the Puppen and Spielzeug Museum of dolls, dollhouses and miniature trains.

Wurzburg

Customer Reviews

Brilliant holiday. Viking worked hard to mitigate effect of lock-keepers' strike. Cabin smaller than ocean cruises but had all that we needed. Highly recommended, we have already booked again!

"Highlights of Germany" by vbuckley0 star

We had a most enjoyable Highlights of Germany river cruise arranged through Bluewater Travel in September on the Avalon Waterways ship Luminere. The ship was lovely, very clean and well equipped cabins, beautiful meals in the delightful dining room and lovely communal bar areas. Everything was extremely well organised with every detail seen to. Excursions were delightful being so organised with expert guides taking charge so no danger of missing anything, or getting lost ourselves!! The first three days were spent in the beautiful hotel Sofitel in Munich, which was really fabulous with tours arranged but plenty of free time to explore the great beer gardens and get the feel the German way of life. The Cruise Director Bart was so helpful, amusing and went above and beyond to make sure everyone's needs and expectations were met! All staff were polite and helpful to the extreme. All entrance fees were and excursion expenses were included so no unexpected extras! So all in all it was a marvellous holiday! Would certainly recommend both Bluewater and Avalon to anyone wishing to experience river cruising! Thanks to all concerned!

"thank you" by STEVE0 star

 

 THIS IS NOT A CRUISE REVIEW BUT TO TELL EVERYONE HOW WELL I HAVE BEEN TREATED BY REBECCA AND HER SUPERVISOR AT BLUE WATER HOLIDAYS. WE HAD SOME PROBLEMS WITH MY BOOKING AND THE FINAL OUTCOME COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER, THEY DEALT WITH IT SUPERBLY. I CAN TELL YOU THAT IF YOU THINK OF BOOKING A HOLIDAY WITH THEM YOU WILL GET 100% SERVICE AND A POSITIVE OUTCOME. THANKS TO YOU BOTH. STEVE. 

 

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