Main River Cruises

River Main, Wurzburg, Germany

Much more than just a tributary of the River Rhine, the magnificent Main is among the most beautiful and interesting rivers in Europe. A picturebook of glorious lush-green forests, rolling vineyard-smothered valleys, dramatic mountain peaks and landmark-laden medieval towns and impressive cities unfold along this peaceful and picturesque, 330-mile long route through the heartlands of Germany. Unforgettable sights seem to appear at every twist and turn of the Main.

A number of Fred. Olsen river cruises feature memorable journeys along the Main, offering you the chance to experience Germany at its quintessential best. You can take in the historic gems and scenic beauty of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse during hours of daytime scenic cruising along the river aboard Brabant. Highlights include the stunning landscapes of the meandering Main Valley and the Middle Main Quadrangle, where forested hills and pretty vineyards are intertwined with some of Germany’s oldest towns, such as Aschaffenburg, Seligenstadt and Kilingenberg; the noble palaces, formidable fortresses and imposing mountain scenery of the Haßberge Mountains; and the remarkable Main-Danube Canal.

The time spent sailing the Main on a Fred. Olsen river cruise is perfectly complemented by time ashore in charming destinations too. There are chances to visit romantic Miltenberg, nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the River Main’; marvel at the architectural wonders of Würzburg, including the 18th century Baroque-style Residenz Palace and imposing Festung Marienberg fortress; and explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Bavaria’s ‘Franconian Rome’, Bamberg.

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