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About Mainz

Germany's Mainz -- a 2,000-year-old city of leafy squares, timbered medieval buildings, intriguing cobbled alleys, charming restaurants and offbeat shops -- is a highlight of any cruise along the Rhine River, not least because it's so easily explored.

Just a short stroll from the riverside, you'll find two of the city's highlights: the Gutenberg Museum (which celebrates Mainz's role as home of the world's first printing press and its first product, the world-famous Gutenberg Bible), and the wonderfully atmospheric St. Martin's Cathedral, also known as The Dom.

There are also Roman ruins, magnificent Baroque churches and Rococo houses to discover, as well as spectacular stained-glass windows designed by the famous artist Marc Chagall.

But if you've had your fill of sightseeing and museums, just take a stroll around Mainz's charming Old Town, where you can browse antique and art shops, and tuck into delicious German coffee and cake at one of its many street cafes. No doubt you'll consider your day there well spent.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mainz

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    Cruise Itinerary

    7 Night Cruise to Mainz Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Mainz
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
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    Avalon Expression - Avalon Waterways

    Sightseeing excursions led by local guides

    Features 64 200-square-foot panoramic suites

    Fare includes wine with dinner, tours and Wi-Fi

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    Avalon Expression Reviews

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    djwoodman
    Sail Date Nov 2019
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    Sail Date Aug 2019
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Mainz

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    14 Night Cruise to Mainz Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 4
      Rhine Gorge
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Mainz
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Lyon
    • Day 11
      Lyon
    • Day 12
      Tournon-sur-Rhone
    • Day 13
      Avignon
    • Day 14
      Arles
    • Day 15
      Marseille
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    Avalon Expression - Avalon Waterways

    Sightseeing excursions led by local guides

    Features 64 200-square-foot panoramic suites

    Fare includes wine with dinner, tours and Wi-Fi

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    Europeantraveler1
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    First-time river cruisers/long-time ocean cruisers
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    lhearog
    Sail Date Apr 2019
    Fun on the Rhine
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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Mainz

    Leaving:
    Strasbourg
    Visiting:
    Rudesheim, Mainz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    CroisiEurope
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    5 Night Cruise to Mainz Route (CroisiEurope)
    • Day 1
      Strasbourg
    • Day 2
      Rudesheim
    • Day 3
      Rudesheim
    • Day 4
      Mainz
    • Day 5
      Mannheim
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
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    Lafayette - CroisiEurope

    Sophisticated decor

    Most wine and drinks included

    Interesting itinerary along the Rhine

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    Lafayette Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

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    smart_travel
    Sail Date May 2017
    Ship, Staff, Excursions and food all excellent!
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    Sail Date Jun 2017
    Just Perfect
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mainz

    Leaving:
    Cologne
    Visiting:
    Cologne, Koblenz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
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    7 Night Cruise to Mainz Route (Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)
    • Day 1
      Cologne
    • Day 2
      Cologne
    • Day 3
      Koblenz
    • Day 4
      Mainz
    • Day 5
      Mannheim
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 7
      Basel
    • Day 8
      Basel
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    S.S. Antoinette - Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

    Uniworld first-ever new-build launched in March 2011

    Whimsical interior design evokes Antoinette's France

    Cabin wow: Cover your balcony with flip of a switch

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    Small Pebbles
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Noisy and disappointing dinners
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    melton1870
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Another great Uniworld cruise - Castles along the Rhine
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mainz

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
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    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Mainz Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Mainz
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
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    Avalon Vista - Avalon Waterways

    Features top-deck whirlpool

    Features "open-air" balcony cabins

    Dine al fresco at the boat's bistro

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    Callyfrog
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Bucket List
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mainz

    Leaving:
    Cologne
    Visiting:
    Koblenz, Mainz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Riviera Travel
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    7 Night Cruise to Mainz Route (Riviera Travel)
    • Day 1
      Cologne
    • Day 2
      Koblenz
    • Day 3
      Mainz
    • Day 4
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Strasbourg
    • Day 6
      Rudesheim
    • Day 7
      Cologne
    • Day 8
      Cologne
    Ship Details

    Charles Dickens - Riviera Travel

    Caters to the U.K. market

    Value for money with discretionary tipping

    Personal service from a small, independent operator

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    A sister vessel to the William Shakespeare that was launched in 2014, Charles Dickens marks the...

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    Sail Date Jun 2018
    A Totally Underwhelming Experience!!
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    Sail Date Jun 2018
    Not what it says on the tin
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mainz

    Leaving:
    Cologne
    Visiting:
    Koblenz, Mainz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Riviera Travel
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    7 Night Cruise to Mainz Route (Riviera Travel)
    • Day 1
      Cologne
    • Day 2
      Koblenz
    • Day 3
      Mainz
    • Day 4
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Strasbourg
    • Day 6
      Rudesheim
    • Day 7
      Cologne
    • Day 8
      Cologne
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    Emily Bronte - Riviera Travel

    Pros

    Stylish ship, kettles in all cabins, Wi-Fi included

    Cons

    Limited facilities onboard, drinks and gratuities not included

    Bottom Line

    Pared back luxury on an elegant vessel with some inclusions

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    Emily Bronte Reviews

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    0.0/5

    Emily Bronte is one of three brand-new identical ships to join Riviera Travel's fleet -- along ...

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    Thirsk1
    Sail Date Sep 2018
    Riviera cruise nightmare - our first and last river cruise
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    Sail Date Jul 2018
    Beautiful cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mainz

    Leaving:
    Cologne
    Visiting:
    Koblenz, Mainz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Riviera Travel
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    7 Night Cruise to Mainz Route (Riviera Travel)
    • Day 1
      Cologne
    • Day 2
      Koblenz
    • Day 3
      Mainz
    • Day 4
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Strasbourg
    • Day 6
      Rudesheim
    • Day 7
      Cologne
    • Day 8
      Cologne
    Ship Details

    Oscar Wilde - Riviera Travel

    Pros

    High-standard of cuisine, stylish cabins and smart public spaces

    Cons

    Lack of onboard enrichment and entertainment

    Bottom Line

    An elegant vessel with a refined ambiance, targeting the British market

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    Oscar Wilde Reviews

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    0.0/5

    Riviera Travel welcomed the 169-passenger Oscar Wilde -- identical to Emily Bronte and Thomas H...

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    pollyshill
    Sail Date Jun 2018
    Crew were wonderful.
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    Sail Date Sep 2017
    Wonderful experience
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Mainz

    Leaving:
    Frankfurt
    Visiting:
    Mainz, Rudesheim ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Mainz Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Frankfurt
    • Day 1
      Mainz
    • Day 2
      Rudesheim
    • Day 3
      Koblenz
    • Day 4
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Baden-Baden
    • Day 5
      Black Forest
    • Day 5
      Rastatt
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 6
      Riquewihr
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 7
      Colmar
    • Day 8
      Basel
    Ship Details

    Emerald Sun - Emerald Waterways

    Pros

    Modern design in public areas and cabins, enclosed indoor pool, included gratuities

    Cons

    Perfunctory service; lackluster dining

    Bottom Line

    A good value with a contemporary feel, moderate inclusions and a casual, friendly atmosphere

    Reviews

    Emerald Sun Reviews

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    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    Since its launch in 2013, Emerald Waterways has built a reputation for value river cruising on ...

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    Cruiser Gil
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Expensive but food lacking
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