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Rhine-Main Discovery

Discover the medieval treasures of the Rhine and Main River Valleys on a luxury cruise that focuses on the finer things in life. Explore Amsterdam, Nuremberg, Cologne, and the picturesque towns of Bamberg, Miltenberg, and Rüdesheim.

Enjoy port excursions with a range of options depending on your interests and pace of life. Stroll, hike, or bike on informative guided tours that bring to life the history and culture of each location, with plenty of time for independent exploring.

Accommodation is on board an iconic Star-Ship, which provides a boutique hotel experience on the water, with every modern convenience and features unique to Emerald. Enjoy five-star international and regional cuisines, plus hand-picked wines.

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  • Cruise Line: Emerald Cruises
  • Ship: Star-Ship
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Departure: June 2024
£1,733pp
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Rhine-Main Discovery Cruise Itinerary

Take a voyage of discovery on the Rhine and the Main Rivers on this 7-night cruise featuring hand-picked destinations that offer a different perspective on two of Europe’s greatest rivers. Visit the iconic canals of Amsterdam, famous German cities, and picturesque medieval towns, plus sail the legendary Rhine Gorge aboard one of Emerald’s renowned Star-Ships. Enjoy a five-star boutique hotel experience on board a ship perfectly designed to maximise luxury and comfort. Choose from elegantly appointed cabins and staterooms and savour delicious regional and international cuisine.

Day 1

Amsterdam

Transfer from the airport to your luxury river cruiser moored in the heart of Amsterdam. Take time to explore this vibrant and cosmopolitan city before meeting up with your fellow passengers to dine on board in the evening.

Day 2

Amsterdam

Tour the waterways of this famous city and witness the history and architecture that reflect a time when Amsterdam was one of the world’s leading ports. Or, choose a guided bike to ride to Waterland, with classic Dutch scenery and iconic windmills.

Day 3

Cologne

Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities and the historic capital of Rhineland. Despite the destruction of WWII, much of the ancient architecture remains, and your guided tour includes the famous cathedral as well as the picturesque Old Town.

Day 4

Rüdesheim

Take to the Sun Deck to view the spectacular Rhine Gorge, a fairytale landscape, on the way to Rüdesheim. Choose a trip on the Winzerexpress to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum or enjoy an active hike to Niederwalddenkmal.

Day 5

Miltenberg – Wertheim

Miltenberg is a picture postcard medieval village on the River Main with pretty half-timbered houses. Enjoy a walking tour or take an active hike through the forest to the castle. Later, visit Wertheim for a glassblowing demonstration at a local museum.

Day 6

Würzburg

Würzburg is at the heart of this wine-growing region. Enjoy a walking tour, including a visit to the Bishop’s Residence, beautifully restored after WWII, with an informative guide who explains just how experts recreated the original, unique design.

Day 7

Bamberg

Bamberg has one of the largest medieval centres in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. A walking tour includes the New Residence, home to a spectacular collection of artwork and paintings, plus a serene Rose Garden.

Day 8

Nuremberg

Disembark in Nuremberg and transfer to the airport to start your journey back to the UK.

Day 1

Nuremberg

Transfer from the airport to your luxury river cruiser moored in the heart of Nuremberg.

Day 2

Bamberg

Bamberg has one of the largest medieval centres in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. A walking tour includes the New Residence, home to a spectacular collection of artwork and paintings, plus a serene Rose Garden.

Day 3

Würzburg

Würzburg is at the heart of this wine-growing region. Enjoy a walking tour, including a visit to the Bishop’s Residence, beautifully restored after WWII, with an informative guide who explains just how experts recreated the original, unique design.

Day 4

Miltenberg – Wertheim

Miltenberg is a picture postcard medieval village on the River Main with pretty half-timbered houses. Enjoy a walking tour or take an active hike through the forest to the castle. Later, visit Wertheim for a glassblowing demonstration at a local museum.

Day 5

Rüdesheim

Take to the Sun Deck to view the spectacular Rhine Gorge, a fairytale landscape, on the way to Rüdesheim. Choose a trip on the Winzerexpress to visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum or enjoy an active hike to Niederwalddenkmal.

Day 6

Cologne

Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities and the historic capital of Rhineland. Despite the destruction of WWII, much of the ancient architecture remains, and your guided tour includes the famous cathedral as well as the picturesque Old Town.

Day 7

Amsterdam

Tour the waterways of this famous city and witness the history and architecture that reflect a time when Amsterdam was one of the world’s leading ports. Or, choose a guided bike to ride to Waterland, with classic Dutch scenery and iconic windmills.

Day 8

Amsterdam

Disembark in Amsterdam and transfer to the airport to start your journey back to the UK.

Rhine-Main Discovery Cruise Ships

Emerald Star

From the activities on the Sun Deck to the comfort and peace of a luxury suite or stateroom, no detail is overlooked on the Emerald Star. Enjoy a blend of home-from-home comfort, elegant interiors with modern amenities, and five-star service.

Wellness Suite
Outdoor Covered Terrace
Crew of 52

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European Rivers Cruise Deals

Discover two of Europe’s most famous rivers, the Rhine and the Main, with Crui.se

7 Nights
June 2024

Rhine-Main Discovery

  • Amsterdam
  • Cologne
  • Rüdesheim
  • Miltenberg – Wertheim
  • Würzburg
  • Bamberg
  • Nuremberg
£1,733pp Est. Price per person
  • Star-Ship  

Rhine-Main Discovery Cruise Review

“We’ve sailed the Rhine before but never the Main, so this was a fresh take on a trip we thought we knew well – it just shows that there is always more to discover. This voyage stopped at ports we hadn’t visited before, and Emerald’s unique layered excursions mean there is always a variety of things to do in each location. The Star-Ship was beautiful, with fabulous luxury accommodation and great cuisine. This cruise was perfect in every detail and definitely one we will book again.”

Patrick and Jenny, Newhaven

Rhine-Main Discovery FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What is EmeraldEXPLORER?

EmeraldEXPLORER is our loyalty club, which entitles members to exclusive benefits, including discounts on future cruise bookings, advance notice of new routes and itineraries, and lots more. There are different loyalty tiers depending on how often you cruise with us. When you are a member of EmeraldEXPLORER, you can also benefit if you refer a friend. If your friend books an Emerald cruise, you will both receive a booking discount worth £100.

Is Emerald Cruises a member of ATOL or ABTA?

Emerald Cruises is a member of both ATOL (Number 9294) and ABTA (Number Y6328), so you can enjoy complete peace of mind during your cruise.

Do the shore excursions require passengers to be fully mobile?

Some of our port stops involve coach trips, so you will need to be able to board and leave the coach via stairs. Most of our inclusive tours are walking tours, which are at a gentle pace, but it is possible that the footing will be uneven due to the location – rough terrain or cobblestones; this is sometimes not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Talk to one of our friendly booking team who can chat through the excursions on your cruise with you. Often, an able-bodied companion who can help is all that is required.

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