Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500
Rhine to Danube River Cruises

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.

Cruise Collection 2020 / 2021

  • Reflections of the Rhine and Main

    APT Essential Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Cologne 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1395pp Save up to £900pp on 2020 departures!

    A superb full-board essential 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

  • A Tale of Three Rivers

    Viking River Cruises
    Viking Longships
    Cochem 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2045pp Save up to £650pp!

    A unique 7-night cruise through the most scenic part of the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine through the breathtaking Rhine Gorge and along the Moselle and Main rivers between Trier and Bamberg, with included guided excursions and return flights from the UK

  • Magnificent Europe

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Cologne 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2345pp Save up to £3000pp on 2020 departures PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water Discount!

    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

  • Heart of Europe

    Riviera Travel
    Choice of Ships
    Nuremberg 14 Nights No Fly Cruise from £2499pp Receive €400 onboard credit per cabin on 2020 departures!

    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. Includes excursions and Eurostar from London St Pancras or return flights

  • Across Europe

    Amadeus River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Bamberg 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £3059pp Save 15% on 2021 departures!

    Journey from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, passing stunning castles, picturesque vineyards and lively cities

  • Jewels of Central Europe

    Avalon Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Bamberg 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £4005pp

    On this remarkable Europe river cruise, you’ll sail along the Moselle, Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers

  • Medieval Germany

    Riviera Travel
    George Eliot
    St Martin's Cathedral, Mainz 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1299pp Receive €200 onboard credit per cabin on 2020 departures!
  • Legends of the Rhine and Main

    Emerald Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Nuremberg 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1345pp Save up to £1100pp on 2020 departures PLUS free Premium Drinks Package!
  • German Riverscapes

    Amadeus River Cruises
    Amadeus Brilliant
    Bamberg 8 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1379pp Low single supplement!
  • The Heart of Germany

    Avalon Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Bamberg 5 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1418pp
  • Rhine and Danube Symphony

    Amadeus River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Rhine Valley 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1659pp Save 15% on 2021 departures!
  • Along the Blue Danube

    Amadeus River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Durnstein 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1709pp Save 15% on 2021 departures!
  • Three Rivers

    Amadeus River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Cologne 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1739pp Save 15% on 2021 departures!
  • Highlights of the Rhine and Main

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Bamberg 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1795pp Save up to £750pp!
  • European Gems

    APT Essential Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Chain Bridge, Budapest 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £1995pp Save up to £2000pp on 2020 departures!
  • Central European Experience

    Avalon Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Bamberg 7 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2014pp
  • German Grandeur

    Avalon Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Breisach 8 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2197pp
  • Medieval Treasures

    AmaWaterways
    Choice of Ships
    Basel 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2232pp Save up to £500pp PLUS free flights and overseas transfers!
  • European Rivers and Castles

    AmaWaterways
    Choice of Ships
    Cochem 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2306pp Save up to £500pp PLUS Free flights and overseas transfers!
  • Splendours of Europe

    Emerald Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    River Danube 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2495pp Save up to £1100pp on 2020 departures PLUS free Premium Drinks Package!
  • Grand German Sojourn

    Avalon Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Bamberg 9 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2667pp
  • Grand European River Cruise

    Viking River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Cruise the canals of Amsterdam 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2795pp Save £1000pp on 2021 departures!
  • Jewels of Europe

    Scenic
    Choice of Ships
    Amsterdam 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £3945pp 2021 at 2020 Prices PLUS Save £250pp and FREE home-to-airport transfers!
  • Magnificent Rivers of Europe

    AmaWaterways
    Choice of Ships
    Vienna 14 Nights Cruise Only from £4914pp Save up to £550pp PLUS Free flights and overseas transfers!
  • Magnificent European Rivers

    Avalon Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Amsterdam 16 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £4916pp
  • European Jewels

    Uniworld
    River Duchess
    Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £5599pp Save up to 20%!
  • European Masterpiece

    Avalon Waterways
    Avalon Artistry II
    Bamberg 20 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £6672pp
  • From the Black Sea to the North Sea

    Avalon Waterways
    Avalon Artistry II
    Bucharest 26 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £8628pp
  • Iconic Rivers of Europe

    Avalon Waterways
    Avalon Artistry II
    Cologne 23 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £9876pp

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

Rhine Danube River Highlights

Here are a few highlights of a cruise along the Rhine and Danube rivers:

  • Cologne’s striking Gothic Cathedral
  • The imposing Heidelberg Castle with views of the Neckar River Valley
  • Bamberg’s half-timbered houses and brightly-coloured Little Venice area
  • See the first printed Bible in the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
  • Medieval Nuremberg and its WWII sites
  • Wertheim’s 12th-century castle
  • The ornate Bishop’s Residenz palace in Wurzburg
  • Frankfurt’s towering skyscrapers and quaint medieval Old Town
  • Travel along the Romantic Road to the medieval town of Rothenburg
  • Miltenberg’s richly-timbered houses and narrow cobblestone streets

Rhine Danube River Ports

Bamberg

Frankfurt

Heidelberg

Mainz

Miltenberg

Nuremberg

Wurzburg

Cruise Reviews

We can highly recommend this cruise the organisation was superb with every detail dealt with .The places we visited had so much to see but the guides managed to help us see the major sights and give us information as we walked .For those with walking problems there was a small bus to help their transport needs .We particularly liked the open dining with no fixed seating ,so we were able to meet many interesting people,and make new friends. The staff on the boat were efficient and friendly and the cleanliness was outstanding .The food was excellent and they dealt with dietary needs well..I will send a photo separately

I am still in overload after being away for 6 weeks including the Splendours of Europe cruise. However, the combination of blue Water Holidays and the Emerald Dawn was faultless. Possibly the best holiday experience of my life. Everyone went beyond what I would have expected. The service and friendliness of the Emerald Dawn was so genuine. A perfect holiday made so be an awesome ship and wonderful people.

It was the first River Cruise we had booked after many ocean cruises and our opinion is that it was a most enjoyable, if not exhausting, experience.

We were met at the airport and coached to the ship in Amsterdam with the evening to explore the local area. Throughout our voyage we were kept well informed of anything by the very skilled Cruise Director, Roland, who also assisted so many passengers with a myriad of problems and questions. The passengers thought very highly of him with just cause.

The journey went smoothly from beginning to end and we enjoyed seeing all the varied scenery and exploring the towns and cities along the way. It was good to have included excursions in the price even if they were early morning starts. We were not disappointed with the venues.

Our Owners Suite was well appointed and looked after extremely well by the ever cheerful Hemli. We appreciated the welcome champagne and basket of fruit on arrival and the necessary bottles of water throughout the voyage.

The food and service throughout was second to none and the dining room staff were very generous with the beer and wine.

Departure procedures went smoothly and efficiently.

Overall we would recommend Blue Water Holidays.

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