Blue Water Holidays
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Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
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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/ 2022

Finding Cruises
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  • Highlights of the Rhine and Main

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Bamberg 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £1895pp Save up to £750pp! UK - Amsterdam (Holland), Andernach (Germany) - Koblenz, Koblenz - Rudesheim, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg - Munich - UK
  • Along the Blue Danube

    Amadeus River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Durnstein 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £1909pp Save 15% on 2021 departures! UK - Nuremberg (Germany), Regensburg, Passau, Melk/Emmersdorf (Austria) - Durnstein - Vienna, Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Budapest - UK
  • European Gems

    APT Essential Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Chain Bridge, Budapest 14 Nights Fly Cruise from £1995pp Save up to £1800pp! Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Durnstein – Melk, Passau (Germany), Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Miltenberg, Rudesheim, Cologne - Bruhl, Amsterdam (Holland)
  • Central European Experience

    Avalon Waterways
    Avalon Imagery II
    Bamberg 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2121pp Remich (Luxembourg), Bernkastel (Germany), Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim, Main river village, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg
  • German Grandeur

    Avalon Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    Breisach 8 Nights Cruise Only from £2224pp Basel (Switzerland), Breisach (Germany), Strasbourg (France), Rüdesheim (Germany) - Boppard, Frankfurt, Main river village, Würzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg
  • Medieval Treasures

    Choice of Ships
    Basel 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2793pp Exclusive savings of up to £250pp PLUS Free Flights or Rail and Overseas Transfers! Basel (Switzerland), Strasbourg (France), Ludwigshafen - Rudesheim (Germany), Miltenberg - Wertheim, Kitzingen - Volkach, Bamberg, Nuremberg
  • Grand European River Cruise

    Viking River Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Cruise the canals of Amsterdam 14 Nights Fly Cruise from £2845pp Risk-Free Guarantee on New Bookings! UK - Amsterdam (Netherlands), Kinderdijk, Cologne (Germany), Koblenz, Miltenberg or Wertheim, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk (Austria) - Krems, Vienna, Budapest (Hungary), Budapest - UK
  • European Rivers and Castles

    Choice of Ships
    Cochem 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2880pp Exclusive savings of up to £250pp PLUS Free Flights or Rail and Overseas Transfers! Nuremberg (Germany), Bamberg - Volkach, Wurzburg, Wertheim, Rudesheim - Lahnstein, Cochem - Zell, Zell - Trier, Luxembourg
  • Splendours of Europe

    Emerald Waterways
    Choice of Ships
    River Danube 14 Nights Fly Cruise from £3395pp Save £1000 per couple Plus €150 OBC per cabin and Deposit Protection Plan! UK – Amsterdam (Netherlands), Cologne (Germany), Rhine Gorge – Rudesheim, Miltenberg - Wertheim, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk (Austria) – Durnstein, Vienna, Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Budapest – UK
  • Jewels of Europe

    Choice of Ships
    Amsterdam 14 Nights Fly Cruise from £3795pp Save up to £1200 per couple plus FREE private door-to-door transfers and Deposit Payment Protection Cover! UK - Amsterdam (Holland), Cologne - Marksburg, Rudesheim, Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau (Austria) - Salzburg, Melk - Durnstein, Vienna, Budapest (Hungary), Budapest - UK

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








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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