An exquisite dining experience awaits on board for guests of AmaWaterways, where delectable multi-course dinners are paired with hand-picked regional wines. Expert chefs have carefully crafted dishes to incorporate a selection of locally inspired cuisine and classic Western favourites, and breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included throughout the duration of your cruise. All Europe routes have kitchens led by Executive Chef, Primus Perchtold, who has won three gold medals at the European Championship of Culinary Art, while the entire fleet of AmaWaterways carries the prestige of being the only river cruise line inducted into the Confrière de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the largest international gastronomic societies in the world.
Breakfast and lunch arrive in the form of an elegant buffet, where you may choose from fresh pastries, featuring complimentary sparkling wine and juices on all European routes, or select a made-to-order option from the menu. Tapas, snacks and sandwiches are also served daily, and wine, beer and soft drinks are offered complimentary with lunch and dinner.
After a day of exploring, AmaWaterways offers pampering on-board amenities along your travels, ensuring you will feel rejuvenated and refreshed throughout your journey. All ships feature a fitness room, equipped with treadmills and weights, and a sun deck walking track, ideal for a stroll through the river breeze. For winding down and looking your best, massages are offered at the spa treatment rooms, and hair and beauty treatments are available throughout your cruise, while saunas may also available be on selected ships.
Settling in to life on board your river cruise will be a breeze, and there is an array of comforts that will ensure you will never want to leave. After unpacking, you may wish to enjoy the features of in-room ‘infotainment’, which includes a number of on-demand films, as well as English language news and satellite television programmes. The friendly atmosphere will more than likely draw you out of your stateroom, though, to one of the comfortable lounges and lively bar areas, boasting panoramic windows for beautiful views of your stunning surroundings. Cosy libraries are stocked with plenty of books and games for a quiet moment, though a dip in the sun deck pool is a fabulous spot from which to enjoy the scenery.
Nightly evening entertainment is provided on board each ship, showcasing traditional musicians and performers from destinations across your route, as well as classic pianists or contemporary favourites, ensuring every night is one to remember.
AmaWaterways are committed to providing itineraries that will ensure all guests receive the most out of every destination. Daily small group excursions are led by experienced English-speaking local guides, who provide a personalised service and extensive assistance to introduce guests to the culture and heritage of every region. Headsets are provided for audio transmission with your guide, providing fascinating insights as you explore famous landmarks and lesser known treasures.
In addition, AmaWaterways also offers a ‘Gentle Walkers’ group, ideally suited for those who wish to explore at a leisurely pace, and a ‘Late Starter’ group for those who wish to sleep in. Guests cruising on Europe routes may also make use of the ships fleet of bicycles, fantastic for those looking for the freedom to explore the riverside banks, or joining a guided bike tour. Whether riding through picturesque Dutch countryside, medieval village in France or the scenic shores of Passau, this is a fantastic way to experience Europe’s enchanting scenery.
A number of theme cruises are offered across European rivers, allowing guests to be immersed in their particular passions. Wine Cruises allow guests to visit renowned vineyards, hosted by an expert, and feature plenty of diverse tasting opportunities, while Art Cruises embark on a journey into France’s artistic heritage, inspired by Monet, Renoir and Gaugin. Christmas markets and New Year Cruises are also offered around Europe, a wonderful opportunity to see the magnificent Yuletide celebrations.
AmaWaterways offers an extensive portfolio of itineraries covering much sought after spots along Europe’s most renowned waterways.
Dutch Waterways Take an idyllic journey through the tulip-lace countryside, taste world-famous cheese and gaze upon paintings from Dutch masters before diving into Amsterdam, where the house of Anne Frank and legendary canals ensure you will see the Netherlands at its best.
The Rhone Combined with three nights in Paris, travel down to Lyon to begin you voyage through France’s legendary wine region and into the delights of Provence, where you may enjoy chocolate and red wine tasting in Tournon, visit a truffle farm in Viviers and visit the Papal Palace in Avignon.
Seine Paris is a beautiful sight to behold by river, and is the starting point to your cruise through the gardens of Monet at Vernon, the charming harbour town of Honfleur and out to the beaches of Normandy, before returning to Paris via Rouen, Les Andelys and Conflans.
Tour the legendary canals of Amsterdam and delve into the cultural treasures of this capital city before beginning a scenic journey to Cologne, Koblenz and through the striking Rhine Gorge. Stop in Rüdesheim for some wine tasting and a visit to Siegfried’s Museum, before heading on to the picturesque French town of Strasbourg and the medieval Swiss town of Basel to disembark.
A picturesque wine valley often combined with cruises along the Rhine and Danube, take a tour of the charming Reichsburg Castle or walk the vineyards of Bernkastel and Roman ruins of Trier on this quaint waterway.
Danube Flowing through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary and into the Balkans, the Danube is Europe’s most legendary river. From the romance of crumbling ruins, sweeping vineyards and ancient castles to the cultural gems of the cities of Vienna and Budapest, these cruises guarantee Europe will be seen at its finest. Whether you wish to savour the wines of Wachau Valley and discover the 900 year old Benedictine Abbey in Melk, or witness the staggering display of Rhine Gorge and sample Germany's selection of smoked beer, there is bound to be a route to cover all interests.
Douro With options to stop at the Mediterranean capitals of Madrid and Lisbon beforehand, discover the ancient harbour towns and rich vineyards of Portugal along the Douro River, along with fantastic wine-tasting opportunities and dazzling Falmenco shows.
Find yourself in the midst of the wonders of Asia with excursions dedicated to connecting you with the heart of this rich and colourful culture. In Vietnam and Cambodia, discover the flavours of local food markets, take an exhilarating trishaw ride, visit rice paper workshops and receive the honour of a blessing by Buddhist monks, while in Myanmar, you will be offered the opportunity to add your own leaf of shimmer to the gilded Mahamuni Buddha.
Mekong With the option of beginning your adventure with a stay in Hanoi before flying to Siem Reap to embark on your river cruise, you will take a motor boat excursion into lakeside wetlands, visit local silversmiths, see the sobering Killing Fields and take an ox cart ride into the beguiling scenery. See tranquil villages, floating markets and sacred temple ruins before disembarking in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City.
Myanmar Bookended by stays in Yangon, your river cruise will commence along the Irrawady River in Pyay with a city tour. On your journey, you will visit the historic fort and local market at Minhla before taking tours of MaGwe and Salay, and embark on a mountain excursion at Tant Kyi Taung. Watch the sunrise over the stunning temples of Bagan, experience a pottery making demonstration and a horse drawn carriage ride before heading to the ‘Golden City’ of Mandalay and returning to Yangon.
Rest of the World
Experience the many beautiful vistas of the southern African continent with a river cruise along the River Chobe in Botswana. Beginning in Capetown for an exploration of the city, you will fly down to embark the Zambezi Queen, a luxury safari boat where you will spot African wildlife at its finest. Next, you will move on to witness the staggering beauty of Victoria Falls, where you will be indulged in a private Sundowner Cruise with drinks and Tapas, after visiting local villages and interacting with the magnificent elephants.
Take a safari at Hwange Game Reserve and travel through the farmlands of Marico Valley before returning to Johannesburg.