Rhine-Main Discovery

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Small Ship Cruise
Step back in time and journey along the beautiful Rhine and Main Rivers on a magical voyage through a Europe of centuries past. From Nuremberg, “unofficial capital” of the Holy Roman Empire and one-time staging ground for the infamous Nuremberg Rallies, to Amsterdam, beautiful port city and cultural heart of the Netherlands, your cruise will be filled with an...
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Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Enjoy the Cruise of luxury Emerald Star-Ship
    • Discover Cologne which is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral
    • Enjoy cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge
    • Visit the Bishops’ Residenz
    • Explore this UNESCO World Heritage city Bamberg

What's this trip about?

    Step back in time and journey along the beautiful Rhine and Main Rivers on a magical voyage through a Europe of centuries past. From Nuremberg, “unofficial capital” of the Holy Roman Empire and one-time staging ground for the infamous Nuremberg Rallies, to Amsterdam, beautiful port city and cultural heart of the Netherlands, your cruise will be filled with an abundance of enchanting architecture, majestic landscapes, fascinating histories, and captivating legends. Witness the slightly-tilted merchant houses lining Amsterdam’s labyrinth of canals. Gaze up at the magnificent Kölner Dom, Cologne’s World-Heritage-listed Gothic cathedral. Sail past Lorelei Rock, and hope that you escape the same unfortunate fate as the sailors of ancient legend. On this once-in-a-lifetime cruise through the Rhineland, you’ll dive headfirst into the region’s fascinating history and culture. More importantly, you’ll get the opportunity to appreciate the splendor of the countryside you’re visiting in a way that can only be experienced by sailing its rivers.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range12 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityNuremberg
End CityAmsterdam

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Netherlands


  • Amsterdam
  • Nuremberg


  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Sailing

Trip includes

    • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
    • Port taxes and charges included
    • All tipping and gratuities included
    • Free airport transfers
    • 7 nights in a stateroom or suite of your choice
    • 5 shore excursions, either on foot or by First Class coach
    • 20 on board meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners including a Welcome Buffet Dinner
    • Captain's Welcome Reception
    • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner whilst cruising

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Travel Map

Day 1: Amsterdam

Meals: Dinner

Welcome to Amsterdam, a fascinating 700 year old city of picturesque canals, world class museums, theatres and cafés. You will be met and transferred from the airport to the dock. A warm welcome awaits you from your Captain and crew as you board y...

Day 2: Amsterdam - Cruising

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning the choice is yours; board a glass top canal boat and explore Amsterdam’s maze of canals, cruising past 16th century merchant houses and charming churches, dating back to Holland’s Golden Age. Alternatively, join ...

Day 3: Cologne

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoy free time on board your ship before arriving into Cologne. Founded by the Romans, and one of Germany’s oldest cities, Cologne is famous for its magnificent World–Heritage listed Gothic Cathedral. Join your guide and expl...

Day 4: Rhine Gorge - Rüdesheim

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today’s cruising will be a highlight of your trip, as we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Keep your camera at the ready as around every bend there are stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine–covered slop...

Day 5: Miltenberg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Welcome to Miltenberg, a picturesque village on the Main River, which creates an imitable feeling of Bavarian life in medieval times due to the Old Town being lined with well-preserved half-timbered buildings. Take a guided tour of Miltenberg or join Emerald Active for a guided hike to Wertheim Castle (active fitness level).

Day 6: Würzburg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”, Würzburg is surrounded by sloping hills covered with vineyards. After breakfast, visit the Bishops’ Residenz, one of Germany’s largest and most ornate baroque palaces and a UNESCO Wor...

Day 7: Bamberg

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Relax on board this morning as we cruise through the Main–Danube Canal, to Bamberg. Feel the magic of the past as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage city with your guide. Boasting one of Europe’s largest intact medieval to...

Day 8: Nuremberg

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, it’s time to say your goodbyes before you’re transferred to Munich or Nuremberg Airport. Please book flights to depart after 12.00noon in Nuremberg and 2.00pm in Munich.

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Dates & Availability

Price From $1,295
Price per day$162
Last Updated: 5/15/2023

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The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

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Aug 2020

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We booked an Emerald Waterways river cruise a year ago and paid in full to get a discount. A river cruise was on our bucket list and our travel agent raved on and on...



Jun 2019


All the staff were excellent, polite, helpful and cheerful.



Jun 2019

It's such a great way

I loved going into the pool in the mornings - it's such a great way to start the day off!

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For the first time in six years, a new river cruise company is taking to Europe’s rivers. In 2014, Emerald Waterways made its debut and you’re invited to be among the very first guests to experience the next generation of European river cruising.

When it comes to exploring Europe, there’s nothing average about our itineraries. Our carefully crafted cruises range from 8 to 15 days, and take you to many of the most fantastic villages, towns and cities lining Europe’s Danube and Rhine rivers. And because we want you to fully appreciate the places you visit, we also include special experiences that uncover more than just the usual tourist attractions.

Launching a new fleet of custom-built Star Ships gave us a blank canvas to create a completely new design, and introduce an array of spectacular innovations you wouldn’t expect on a river cruise ship. To begin with, our ships boast an onboard heated swimming pool with retractable roof, which in the evening, transforms into a cinema.

And as an alternative to our main restaurant, Reflections, we offer alfresco dining on The Terrace at breakfast and lunch. Each of our ships offer a great range of cabins for you to choose from, including the Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite – a completely new type of cabin, designed by us. To replace the run-of-the-mill French Balcony that is commonplace on river cruise ships, we created a new kind of indoor balcony, complete with a decked area and our ingenious open-air system. With the touch of a button, the upper half of the cabin’s floor-to-ceiling window drops down to let in fresh air and provide full panoramic views of the landscape.


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What's excluded

    • International Flights
    • Passport and Visa Charges
    • Personal Expenses
Ship & cabin information
Emerald Star-Ships
Emerald Star-Ships Emerald Dawn, Emerald Sky, Emerald Star, Emerald Sun.  On an Emerald Waterways river cruise, you can expect stylish and spacious ships, designed to ensure the most comfortable journey. What you wouldn’t have expected is a brand new fleet, custom-built to offer more space per guest than most other operators and to incorporate many spectacular ship innovations, unique to river cruising.
Sun Deck Horizon Deck Vista Deck Riviera Deck
Cancellation policy

Cancellation Notice. Cancellation notices must be issued to Emerald in writing during its regular office hours. Any changes to your tour departure date or name changes will be deemed a cancellation and the applicable cancellation fees will apply.

Cancellation Fees. In the event of cancellation, you will be liable to pay Emerald cancellation fees calculated in accordance with the following table. Please note that in the event of cancellation you may also be obligated to pay cancellation fees to third parties including, without limitation, airlines.


90 days and greater Loss of Tour Deposit

89-60 days 35% of Tour Price

59-30 days 50% of Tour Price

Less than 30 days 100% of Tour Price

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance alongside your travel package to safeguard against unforeseen circumstances such as medical expenses, trip cancellations, and other contingencies. It offers you peace of mind and ensures you are prepared for unexpected events that may occur before or during your journey
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Meals Included

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners

Age Requirements
12 years and up
Optional Activities


The second largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg is filled with traditional half-timbered houses and Gothic churches. Once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Nuremberg evokes its exalted past with imposing medieval Imperial Castle. Nuremberg was well known historically for its role in World War II, as both the site of Zeppelin Field's Nazi rallies and as the site of the war crimes trials at the Palace of Justice. Pricing is per person

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