Viking’s new Rhine, Main river cruise confirmed

11-day, three-country voyage on two widely popular rivers to launch in 2025

Strausbourg (supplied)

Viking has confirmed the launch of a new European river journey — the 11-day Rhine & Main Explorer – flagged exclusively by LATTE last week.

The new itinerary will commence in April 2025 and combines two of Europe’s most historic rivers, sailing between Basel, Switzerland and Nuremberg, Germany, exploring storybook castles and UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way.

The voyage visits three countries, allowing guests the opportunity to experience the rich cultures of southern Germany and neighbouring Switzerland and France. It boasts nine included tours offering guests a deep discovery of two of Europe’s most storied rivers with charming old towns, medieval castles and one of Europe’s high-powered business hubs.

Frankfurt is also known as “Mainhattan” for its skyline that resembles Manhattan | Credit: Pixabay

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“The Rhine and Main rivers offer guests a constantly changing view of hilltop castles, historic towns and steep terraced vineyards. It is a region that will always be best explored by the river,” said Michelle Black, ANZ Managing Director, Viking.

“The Rhine River is a popular region with travellers, with many of our guests having already sailed it, so we are pleased to offer this exciting new itinerary combining the best the Rhine and Main rivers have to offer.”

The Rhine & Main Explorer itinerary allows clients to visit Basel to immerse in the Swiss capital of culture with its charming old town steeped in tradition. Guests can savour the culinary traditions of the Alsace region while admiring the terraced vineyards dating back to Roman times and taste the region’s renowned red and white wines. Travellers can visit Frankfurt, one of Europe’s high-powered business hubs, and the lesser-known historic towns in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, filled with turreted castles and a fascinating history that exudes a rich tapestry of medieval charm.

Hangman's bridge, Nuremberg | Credit: Pixabay

Viking’s Rhine & Main Explorer Itinerary Highlights:

  • rich Bavarian heritage of Marktheidenfeld.
  • Frankfurt, a rich hub of culture, history and architecture, straddling the Main River and nicknamed “Mainhattan” for its skyline that resembles Manhattan.
  • Germany’s fabled Black Forest region and verdant hills amid stunning scenery.
  • various culinary traditions of Alsace.
  • Strasbourg’s convivial mix of cultural influences on the border of France and Germany.
  • Bishops’ Residenz in Wurzburg, a large, ornate baroque palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Sampling medieval Bamburg’s distinctive Rauchbier and visiting its Town Hall.
  • Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice, Old Town and Market Square in this history-filled city.

Rhine & Main Explorer has 45 scheduled departure dates, beginning in mid-April 2025 and running through 19 November 2025 with included economy flights if booked before 28 March 2024*.

View the itinerary and departures here.

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