When you hear the word “adventure,” what do you envision? Are you trekking through lush terrain alongside rare wildlife species and dense foliage? Perhaps you’re standing on a ledge, overlooking an underground cave, strapped into a harness and counting down “3, 2, 1” before jumping into the unknown. Or maybe you’re navigating backroads in route to discover the origins of your favorite food – a slightly less dangerous pursuit but exhilarating, nonetheless.
Surrounded by mountain peaks rising from the clouds and stunning aerial views of the Andes combined with its many agricultural terraces and mystical stone constructions – it’s easy to see why Machu Picchu reigns the penultimate destination for many travelers headed to South America. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu attracts millions of visitors each year curious to experience history far beyond a textbook.
But despite all Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail have to offer, your South American adventure doesn’t have to end there. With the culture of Cusco, the growing gastronomy scene of Lima, the folkloric traditions of Puno, and the diverse geographical features, Peru offers endless experiences waiting to be discovered.
For the adventurous at heart, it’s the perfect destination. And no matter how long your vacation may be, there are ways to experience Peru beyond Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Arrive in Cusco
Day 2: Climatize to the altitude while sight-seeing Cusco
Day 3: Train to Aguas Calientes; hike or bus to Machu Picchu; stay overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 4: Train back to Cusco for additional sight-seeing
Day 5: Depart Cusco
Note: If you want a bit more adventure and don't mind traveling at a slightly quicker pace, there’s an alternate Day 3 / Day 4 option. On Day 3, take the earliest train to Aguas Calientes, hike or bus to Machu Picchu, and take the latest train back to Cusco. On Day 4, spend a full day touring Rainbow Mountain. This option allows you to explore beyond Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Arrive in Cusco
Day 2: Climatize to the altitude while sight-seeing Cusco
Day 3-6: Go on a 4-day/3-night Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu from Cusco
Day 6: Tour Machu Picchu, then take the bus down to Aguas Calientes; stay overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 7: Train back to Cusco for additional sight-seeing
Day 8: Depart Cusco
Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Day 2: Sight-see Lima; take a Peruvian cooking class by day, and go on a Lima food tour by night
Day 3: Fly from Lima to Cusco
Day 4: Climatize to the altitude while sight-seeing Cusco
Day 5: Train to Aguas Calientes; hike or bus to Machu Picchu; stay overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 6: Train back to Cusco for additional sight-seeing
Day 7: Go on a full-day Rainbow Mountain tour from Cusco
Day 8: Depart Cusco
Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Day 2: Sight-see Lima; take a Peruvian cooking class by day, and go on a Lima food tour by night
Day 3: Fly from Lima to Puno; climatize to the altitude while sight-seeing Puno
Day 4: Go on a full-day Lake Titicaca / Uros Floating Islands tour from Puno
Day 5: Fly from Puno to Cusco
Day 6: Sight-see Cusco
Day 7: Train to Aguas Calientes; hike or bus to Machu Picchu; stay overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 8: Train back to Cusco for additional sight-seeing
Day 9: Go on a full-day Rainbow Mountain tour from Cusco
Day 10: Depart Cusco
Note: If your trip is 12 days long, consider sandboarding in Huacachina or visiting the Nazca Lines which can both be done with a day trip from Lima.
Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Day 2: Sightsee Lima; take a Peruvian cooking class by day, and go on a Lima food tour by night
Day 3: Go on a full-day Huacachina or Nazca Lines tour from Lima
Day 4: Fly from Lima to Iquitos
Day 5: Sight-see Iquitos
Day 6: Explore the Amazon Rainforest
Day 7: Fly from Iquitos to Puno; climatize to the altitude while sight-seeing Puno
Day 8: Go on a full-day Lake Titicaca / Uros Floating Islands tour from Puno
Day 9: Fly from Puno to Cusco
Day 10: Sight-see Cusco
Day 11: Train to Aguas Calientes; hike or bus to Machu Picchu; stay overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 12: Train back to Cusco for additional sight-seeing
Day 13: Go on a full-day Rainbow Mountain tour from Cusco
Day 14: Depart Cusco
Note: If you’d like to tweak the 10-day or 14-day itineraries to include an overnight hike to Machu Picchu but aren’t sure if you want to use up four full days, consider choosing a shorter overnight hike option. Many tour companies provide various hike durations ranging from 2-day/1-night hikes to 7-day/6-night hikes. We recommend hiking Machu Picchu at the end of your trip in case you endure any elevation or fitness-related complications.
Any of the above itineraries can be altered based on preference, but this day-by-day plan is a good place to start. Truth be told, unless you have a month-long vacation, you probably won’t “see it all,” but that’s okay. Whether you have five days or two weeks, Peru is a country you’ll want to visit time and time again. Contact your Ensemble travel agent to start planning – your Peruvian adventure awaits.
Metropolitan Touring takes you beyond the expected, showcasing the breadth of experiences Ecuador and Peru have to offer. From a four-day vacation to fourteen, there’s an awaiting adventure for every type of traveler.
Ready for your South American adventure? Contact your Ensemble travel agent to start planning.
Tango, fútbol, wine, Patagonia, beef, gauchos – the classics alone make you want to pack your bags. From the red sierras in the north to the jagged peaks of the south, Argentina is as diverse as it gets, with each region offering something unique.
As the world capital of tango and realm of the best steak on the planet, you’ll be easily won over by this fútbol-crazed city. While wandering the streets, you can find murals painted by artists involved in the city’s vibrant street art scene, and you won’t be left feeling hungry, with parrillas (steakhouses) on every corner offering up their best cut of the day. Make sure you catch the ferry over to Colonia, Uruguay (one of the most colonial cities in Latin America).
With a blend of Latin passion and European grandeur, there’s no better place to start your South American adventure.
With its wide boulevards, atmospheric plazas and lively night scene, the city of Mendoza is the heart of Argentina’s wine country. Located close to the Chilean border and under the shadow of the Andes, travelers flock here for its laid-back lifestyle and world-class Malbec. It’s tempting to see Mendoza through the bottom of a wine glass, but there’s also outdoor adventure to be had in the form of whitewater rafting, horseback riding, fly fishing, and cycling from vineyard to vineyard.
From jagged peaks and unspoiled rivers to deep forests and desert, Patagonia impresses with its scale and wilderness. Situated at the southern end of South America, the region is shared by Argentina and Chile, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes. Argentina’s El Chaltén is a mecca for hikers from all over the world – a tiny town dominated by the silhouettes of the iconic Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy. In Northern Patagonia, Bariloche is an adventure-lover’s paradise with multi-day hikes, horse riding, rafting, and kayaking on offer.
As one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iguazú Falls amazes with its size and power. Visiting is a jaw-dropping experience, and the sound of the falls – a series of hundreds of cascades almost 2 miles in extension – will live forever in your memory. Lying split between Brazil and Argentina, its rainforest teems with unique fauna and flora. The multiple walkways allow you to get up close to the falls, but jet boat tours will take adrenaline-junkies right underneath.
Argentina is such a diverse land that every region seems to be a different country. The colorful northwest, with its landscapes, traditions, music and local food, is well worth a visit. Small, picturesque towns dot the area, framed by the Quebrada de Humahuaca – a 96-mile mountain range, old Inca trading route, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss the Serranía de Hornocal (Fourteen Colored Mountain) located near the town of Humahuaca.
Towering above the turquoise glacial water of Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno, unlike most of Earth’s glaciers, is still growing. You can get a view from wooden platforms or boat tours. With its constant advance (up to two meters per day), large calvings occur frequently. For the more adventurous, there’s also mini treks across the glacier alongside expert guides, concluded with scotch on the rocks made with thousands-of-years-old ice.
‘Mardel’ is the classic Argentine beach destination. With its long string of beaches and cosmopolitan urban center, it’s no wonder holidaymakers flock here during the summer. For the outdoorsy types, you can run, walk or rollerblade along the oceanfront promenade and surf or sail the waters of the Atlantic. In Mar del Plata, it’s all about the seafood, and fishermen provide local restaurants with their catches, fresh from the boats.
Land of myths and ancient home of the Yamana and the Onas, this windswept archipelago combines forest, sea, and mountains at the ends of the earth.
For lovers of the outdoors, you can hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park, sail the Beagle Channel, fly over the mighty Andes mountains, and discover off-the-beaten-path trails. One of my favorite hikes is up to Laguna Esmeralda (a short drive from Ushuaia.) If you’re here during the austral summer, this is also the primary gateway to Antarctica with ships departing south regularly.
Located in the heart of the Pampas, Argentina’s second largest city boasts a historic center filled with colonial-era monasteries, theaters and churches. You can go fly-fishing in the clear rivers, mountain bike through the woodlands or paraglide over the mountains. Cordoba is also home to Argentina’s grandest estancias, and its sierras make for some of the best horse riding on the continent.
The whole of Península Valdés is a natural reserve, and you can spot many wildlife species, such as guanacos, birds, elephant seals and sea lions. Penguin fans will find one of the largest Magellanic penguin colonies in the world, with more than one million penguins. But the main attraction is the southern right whales – easily seen from viewpoints around the Peninsula if you come in austral spring.
In past times, the term “adventure” may have brought images of Indiana Jones-style travel to mind, exploring and discovering relatively unchartered territory full of picturesque views and notable pursuits. But with a rising number of tourists flocking to such places to take part in the selfie-revolution, it’s become harder to find destinations that maintain the thrill and provide the true adventure that “adventure travel” was meant to provide.
The reality can be disheartening, but if you’re willing to go slightly “off the grid,” there are still plenty of under-the-radar experiences waiting to be found. Whether your ultimate vacation includes navigating cliff-side dirt roads by bike or hiking through lush, untouched terrain, discovering the origin of your go-to comfort food or maneuvering waters unexplored by most tourists, Central and South America offer a variety of “Insta-worthy” adventures without the “Insta-fame.”
Salta, known as the birthplace of Argentinian empanadas, is often overlooked by the fame of Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Argentina’s wine region. Although not exactly “off the grid,” Salta is lesser-known among most tourists and offers a wide array of indigenous experiences. However, the true Argentina pilgrimage for any food connoisseur is discovering the flavors of empanadas salteñas which are baked in a clay oven and served with a spicy tomato and pepper dipping sauce. Choose from carne, chicken, or cheese and onion (or try one of each).
Simply google Belize, and you’ll find gorgeous beach views awaiting your beach-bum body. But if lying in the sun for hours on end isn’t your ideal retreat, consider exploring Belize’s waters beyond the beach instead. The Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve offers a semi-secluded retreat in the Maya Mountains where you can kayak the Barton Creek Caves, shower under Big Rock Falls and soak in the Rio On Pools.
Death Road (also known as Yungas Road) was once considered the most dangerous road in the world, and it’s not recommended for the faint of heart. However, adrenaline-seeking bikers wishing to navigate winding, cliff-side dirt roads sans guardrails set out to conquer Death Road year after year. You won’t be joined by many, but if you can look past (literally) the many thousand feet drops beside you, you’ll be rewarded with scenic vistas and an accomplished quest only few can write home about. But if you proceed, do so with extreme caution and book with a tour guide.
Chapada Diamantina National Park is nicknamed the “Taj Mahal of adventure tourism.” It’s too large to see its entirety in one trip, but that also means there’s an exhilarating activity for any type of thrill-seeker in your group. The Enchanted Pool and Blue Pool Cave offer stunning, postcard-worthy reflections and isolated swims, and the Cachoeira do Sossêgo waterfall offers a rewarding refresh at the end of a challenging five-mile hike. Keep in mind, it’s highly recommended to hire a guide.
Chiloé, a 40-island archipelago off the Patagonian coast, is home to lush landscapes, emerald waters, 16 UNESCO-protected churches, and colorful palafitos (homes on stilts). But due to rough coastal waters, visiting the islands has been relatively impossible for travelers. However, locals are now preparing for an increase in visitors after the government announced its 2020 opening of the Chacao Bridge, connecting Isla Grande de Chiloé with the mainland. Chiloé is the perfect under-the-radar destination as it’s nearly untouched by tourists (for now).
Who said relaxation can’t be adventurous? Churin, a small mountain town nestled in a valley of the central Peruvian Andes, is home to a multitude of hot springs. Located near the southern tip of the Huayhuash Circuit, Churin’s the perfect finale for hikers who’ve endured the high altitude to catch glimpse of the spectacular turquoise lakes. The catch? Most travelers don’t know about Churin, leaving the post-hike reprieve for only the well-informed to enjoy. Don’t expect 5-star lodging, but do expect an escape from the crowds and a much-needed, post-hike soak.
That’s right; simply take a trip. One Google search of Uruguay, and you’ll discover how little the country is covered in the travel sphere, despite being stable and safe in comparison to some of its neighbors. The country is progressive and culturally sophisticated but doesn’t host a “mega attraction,” meaning it’s easily overlooked, free of touristy crowds, and full of authentic South American experiences.
Craving an adventure that actually feels like one? Contact your Ensemble travel agent to start planning.
Tempting dishes from our featured destinations give you a taste of local culture. From succulent roasts to exotic spicy fare and some divine desserts, you’re sure to find plenty of delicious recipes to try at home.
A journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer is a feast for the senses with gourmet cuisine accompanied by stunning scenery and award-winning service. While nature’s wonders unfold out the windows, you are given the opportunity to truly unwind. Whether with a glass of sauvignon blanc in your spacious glass-dome coach, or on the outdoor viewing platform inhaling the fresh mountain air, Rocky Mountaineer will leave tracks across your soul.
Lightly Roasted Wild BC Sockeye Salmon with shaved fennel slaw, warm vegetable salad and drizzled mustard seed vinaigrette.
Shaved Fennel Slaw
Mustard Seed Vinaigrette
Warm Vegetable & Roasted Potato Salad
Preheat oven to 190°C / 375°F. Portion four equal pieces of salmon. Heat up the oil in an oven-safe skillet, season each piece of salmon with salt and pepper and pan fry on both sides until browned (on a high heat). Finish off the cooking process in the oven until cooked medium at the centre (approximately 5 minutes).
Shaved Fennel Slaw
Cut fennel greens from bulb, rough-chop 6 g / 1½ tsp and set aside. Using a sharp mandoline or vegetable peeler, shave the fennel bulb very thinly (paper thin). Place shavings in a bowl, add lime juice, salt, pepper, olive oil and chopped fennel greens. Set aside in the refrigerator until needed.
Mustard Seed Vinaigrette
In a bowl, mix together the mustard and vinegar. Whisk in the olive oil gradually until smooth. Check the seasoning (salt and pepper) and set aside.
Warm Vegetable & Roasted Potato Salad
Preheat oven to 190°C / 375°F. Wash, deseed and remove the ribs from the red pepper and cut into 1½ cm / ½ inch pieces. Wash, peel and cube the butternut squash. Set aside the red pepper and squash. Wash and cut the potatoes (skin on) into 1½ cm / ½ inch cubes and place in a bowl. Season, drizzle the potatoes with olive oil, and transfer to a roasting pan. Place in a hot oven and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and add in the red peppers and butternut squash. Roast for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until cooked and browned. Wash and blanch the snap peas separately (dip into boiling water, then quickly remove and dip into ice water). Chop into 3 cm / 1 inch pieces, add in to the rest of the ingredients, toss in the vinaigrette and coat evenly using a stainless steel bowl. Serve immediately.
Place the vegetable and potato salad in the centre of the plate. Place the roasted salmon on top of the salad, garnish with shaved fennel (on top of salmon). Drizzle the vinaigrette around the salmon.
Each month we’re showcasing our cruise partners to bring you the latest on the cruise line and their ships. With different cruising styles and a variety of ships to choose from, you’ll find these profiles helpful for selecting the cruise that’s right for you.
Each morning, you’ll draw back your curtains to unveil a postcard-perfect work of art—a grand castle perched high on a hilltop; a quaint chapel sneaking its spire beyond the village rooftops; rows upon verdant rows of terraced vineyards waiting to ripen. And from your private balcony, you’ll do more than just admire the views.
A gentle breeze will rustle your hair; a loon will sound its lonesome call; the aroma of sweet grapes will waft in from ashore. This is when you’ll truly understand that travel is about so much more than the destinations you visit—it’s about the journey. Each day with AmaWaterways, you’ll discover exciting cultures, be treated to authentic experiences, savor exquisite cuisine accompanied by perfectly paired wine and find thrilling adventures.
It all starts the moment you board your luxury floating hotel, where a friendly crew member is ready and waiting to greet you with a flute of sparkling Champagne and a genuine smile. This is just the beginning of a remarkable vacation in which every member of our warm and welcoming staff goes above and beyond to ensure that your experience on board is nothing short of extraordinary. It might be a waiter who knows exactly how you like your morning omelet or it could be your Cruise Manager who surprises you with a special birthday cake made by our talented pastry chef. And wherever you decide to indulge your wanderlust, you can always be assured you are traveling on the most innovative and highest-rated river cruise ships as evaluated by the premier travel authority, Berlitz.
Family-owned and operated, AmaWaterways was founded in 2002; however, our river cruise story began well before that. President Rudi Schreiner was born in Vienna, at the heart of the Danube. His love of design drew him to architecture, but his even greater love of travel drew him to places far and wide. Combining both of his passions, and coinciding with the completion of the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal in 1992, Rudi became a driving force for river cruise travel— and for these efforts has been recognized as the “Most Innovative Cruise Executive” and was presented with the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Executive Vice President Kristin Karst brings extensive experience in luxury travel, river cruising and customer service to AmaWaterways. Rudi and Kristin partnered with Jimmy Murphy, a brilliant travel entrepreneur who built Brendan Vacations. His son, Gary, now carries on his father’s legacy in his role as Vice President of Sales.
From the beginning, our goal was to create a river cruise company that we ourselves would enjoy. To us, that meant excellent food and wine, comfortable and tasteful décor, ample space in which to relax, and staterooms with maximum views to enjoy the ever-changing countryside. With that in mind, we have been building one-of-a-kind ships with features such as our revolutionary twin balconies, with both a French balcony and an outside balcony. In 2019, we will continue to innovate with three new ships, including the extraordinary AmaMagna—a distinctive evolution of our exceptional European river cruise fleet, offering the ultimate in luxury with even more space and more choices while sailing the legendary Danube.
Your vessel—a long, sleek ship designed to navigate these shallow waters and drift unhindered beneath historic bridges and through river-shaping canals. Your destination—a parade of majestic cities and medieval towns you’ve always dreamed to visit. Welcome to river cruising with AmaWaterways.
AmaWaterways’ ships are inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize the enjoyment and comfort of every guest. Thoughtfully conceived and inviting public areas, including stylish restaurants and lounges, are never crowded, making it easier for you to chat about the day’s discoveries or enjoy a well-deserved cocktail while listening to a local quartet or live pianist.
In 2017, we celebrated our 15th anniversary. Throughout these past 15 years, we’ve had an unprecedented commitment to innovation and an unwavering dedication to delivering the highest standards of excellence in river cruising. In 2019, AmaWaterways will continue to transform river cruising with three state-of-the-art ships.
At nearly twice the width of traditional European river cruise ships yet carrying only 196 guests, the extraordinary AmaMagna, debuting in May 2019, will offer the luxury of even more—more personal space in elegantly appointed staterooms and suites; more tempting dining venues, including the Al Fresco Restaurant, Jimmy’s Restaurant and The Chef’s Table; and more enticing onboard activities, like the expansive Zen Wellness Studio. The AmaMora, sister ship to the AmaLea (2018) and AmaKristina (2017), will carry just 156 guests, providing them with generous personal space, the freedom of multiple dining choices and exceptional stateroom comfort. The AmaDouro will be our second ship in Portugal due to the continued popularity of this destination and will carry 102 guests.
When you close the door on a day filled with enriching experiences, your stateroom should offer you more than just a good night’s sleep. That’s why AmaWaterways has thoughtfully transformed your room into a floating sanctuary—and the ultimate home away from home. Hints of vibrant color from the seat cushions to the duvet call to mind brilliant blooms, artistic masterpieces or sunsets seen ashore—ensuring an elegantly appointed stateroom that is anything but ordinary. Space to “move about the stateroom” allows you the luxury to stretch your legs and navigate your room unhindered, even when unwinding with fellow cruisers. Luxurious multi-jet showers and soothing bath and body products elevate rejuvenation within your marble-clad bathroom. Want to curl up under plush, freshly dressed linens and watch a new release? AmaWaterways’ state-of-the-art Entertainment-On-Demand system has it all: new movies, television shows, news and music to set the tone for your evening of repose. You can even stay connected with friends and family—or invite them along on your next AmaWaterways cruise—with the convenience of complimentary Wi-Fi.
OUR SIGNATURE TWIN BALCONIES When you embark on a river cruise, the views are everything. And while you’re sure to love the sights on shore, there is infinitely more to cherish while sailing along the river. Be mesmerized by medieval castles, historic ruins and charming villages, and see it all in sheer comfort—because we’ve maximized your views with not one, but two private balconies (a French balcony and a full outside balcony) to enjoy the views however you wish.
OUTSIDE BALCONY Feel the morning breeze against your skin as you savor a cup of coffee while taking in the scenery, all from the comfort and privacy of your own full-sized balcony.
FRENCH BALCONY You can still enjoy sunlight and a gentle breeze if you prefer to relax inside. Your floor-to-ceiling French balcony features a sliding door and was designed for just these moments.
Always leading the way in innovation, AmaWaterways provides guests with one-of-a-kind dining in which food is not merely sustenance—it’s an unforgettable experience.
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” said Virginia Wolfe. This phrase epitomizes AmaWaterways’ dining philosophy. While sailing legendary rivers, you’ll be tempted by a veritable feast of exquisite cuisine. With a balance of regional dishes and time-honored favorites served with fine local wines, you can enjoy Austrian Grüner Veltliner with Wiener schnitzel as you cruise the Danube and drink full-bodied reds with hearty pot-au-feu while in Bordeaux.
Robert Kellerhals, Executive Chef, along with his talented team of expert chefs, crafts menus using the finest and freshest local ingredients. Bountiful breakfasts include omelets made-toorder using cage-free eggs, freshly baked pastries, waffles topped with whipped cream and maple syrup, bacon and sausage, cereals, yogurt and fruit. Lunch tempts with an array of fresh salads, soups and sandwiches. Evenings offer casual elegance with a range of delicious entrees, including filets of salmon, beef tenderloin, and peppers and eggplant expertly sautéed and grilled. Appetizers and handmade desserts are artfully presented—and paired with distinctive wines—while delicious vegetarian and gluten-free options are equally enticing.
A VARIETY OF DINING OPTIONS AmaWaterways offers a variety of dining options, including early-riser breakfasts, light lunches in the main lounge and on the sun deck, and a selection of complimentary tapas, refreshments and snacks throughout the day.
THE CHEF'S TABLE The only venue of its kind on the rivers, The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant offers a truly unique culinary experience at no extra charge. Watch as the chef chops, sears, drizzles and meticulously plates a multi-course tasting menu with professional finesse. The crux of this thrilling evening occurs as you raise your fork to your lips, delighting in the perfect balance of distinctive flavors.
LA CHAÎNE DES RÔTISSEURS AmaWaterways and President and Co-owner, Rudi Schreiner, were inducted into La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, a prestigious international society for the culinary elite. Extensions of membership are by invitation only and are offered only to those possessing world-class culinary acumen. All of our ships in Europe are members. Our team of chefs is united by their desire to share their expert knowledge with you, a delectable tribute to our river cruise line being recognized for its award-winning dining.
No two travelers are alike—that’s why we’ve developed a menu of enticing complimentary shore excursions in every port of call, often with several choices
Imagine yourself within a Monet masterpiece as you step into his lovely gardens at Giverny; or walking down the long aisle with Maria at St. Michael’s Church in Mondsee where the wedding scene in The Sound of Music was captured on film. What about the thrill of visiting Brașov’s multi-towered Bran Castle, former home of Vlad the Impaler—the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as well as Dracula's birthplace, Sighișoara? When traveling with AmaWaterways, you don’t just pass through a destination—you experience it with all of your senses. Follow the routes of emperors and other legendary figures on creative and adventurous itineraries along timeless rivers, through inspiring countryside, historic capitals, fairytale towns and even out-of-the-way hotspots that locals favor. Carefully curated excursions showcase the rich diversity of each place you visit and all are hosted by the most experienced and knowledgeable English-speaking local guides.
GET UP CLOSE AmaWaterways makes it a point to place our guests in small excursion groups. By doing this, you can connect more with your guide and your surroundings in an intimate setting with front-row views. And, because the size of the group is limited, you never have to wait in long lines.
SET YOUR OWN PACE If you find relaxing excursions most appealing, join a more leisurely paced group, giving you ample time to linger in your favorite spots. And, for those who like to sleep longer in the morning, join the “Late Starter” group—because, after all, it is your vacation.
PERSONALIZED OPTIONS Perhaps you want a leisurely overview of the city—so you know what to explore more deeply on a future visit. Or maybe you’re intrigued by hidden treasures like the catacombs at Bratislava’s cathedral, or prefer a more exhilarating excursion from the seat of a bike. From unhurried walks to guided hiking and biking adventures, AmaWaterways offers plenty of ways for every traveler to enjoy the journey.
EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS Go beyond a city’s must-see landmarks and immerse yourself in culture on AmaWaterways’ exclusive Special Interest Tours. Get to know local artisans like a Belgian chocolatier in Ghent or Sample Dürnstein’s apricot delicacies from jam to dried fruit and brandy. These more intimate, authentic excursions are what keep past guests returning each year for more.
Family-owned and operated, AmaWaterways places a huge emphasis on family – both in the warm, familial atmosphere of our shoreside offices and onboard teams, and by offering itineraries and innovations that help families pass their passion for travel through generations. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone anniversary or retirement, reuniting with long-distance relatives or simply making memories with your kin, here are some ways we ensure your family will always feel welcome on board.
Share an iconic experience with family and friends, there’s nothing better than our 7-night itineraries on the Danube and Rhine rivers. While visiting Europe in magnificent cities like Cologne, Strasbourg, Nuremberg and Vienna, they can shop for handcrafted souvenirs and taste local specialties, like sausages with mustard and hot spiced wines.
They’re great for groups because AmaWaterways often offers up to five different activities in each port. Guests can choose their own excursions and reunite at meals to share their experiences. This year, our Thanksgiving cruises offer visits to the Christmas markets as well. The holiday spirit is brought to life on board and ashore, and the stress that sometimes comes with planning multigenerational gatherings melts away.
Traveling aboard a river cruise isn’t just about the wonderful places you’ll go; it’s very much about the people you will meet. From fellow guests who are sure to become lifelong friends, to a genuinely warm and welcoming staff who go above and beyond to ensure your journey with us is as memorable as possible, it is the people who truly make your experience worthwhile. With a high staff to guest ratio, you’ll be well taken care of by our professionally trained, all English-speaking staff. AmaWaterways hires the very best team of professionals in the industry and continuously trains them to ensure they always exceed expectations, so you have the ultimate luxury travel experience. That means getting to know you, so they can anticipate your individual preferences and offer you those extra special touches that will make you feel at home. Cruise after cruise, our guests continue to tell us what a wonderful experience they had, and some of their most cherished and memorable moments come from the exceptional efforts of our amazing AmaWaterways family. These are the gestures that truly stand out long after you’ve returned home and give you the feeling of being surrounded by family.