Count down with us and discover the moments you won’t want to miss on your next sailing

As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, we asked our AmaWaterways family about the included experiences that have inspired them the most on our river cruises through Europe, Asia and Africa. Below are some of our favorites, which we encourage you to add to your travel “must-see” list.

20. Witnessing the lifecycle of a tulip at a family-run farm boasting more than one million of the colorful flowers while on your small group excursion in Hoorn, Netherlands

Book It: Tulip Time

19. Taking a spectacular photo as you sail the Seine River towards the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris and sharing a digital postcard with your family back home using our innovative myAmaCruise app

Book It: Paris & Normandy

18. Spinning with a view in the open air exclusively aboard AmaWaterways’ award-winning AmaMagna while sailing past Budapest’s glorious Hungarian Parliament Building

Book It: Magna on the Danube

17. Marveling at the fairytale castles of the Rhine Gorge while sipping Rüdesheimer coffee on the Sun Deck as one of our extraordinary Cruise Managers regales you with tales of the fortresses’ history

Book It: Captivating Rhine

16. Biking through the French countryside from Blaye, meeting your ship in Bourg and being welcomed back on board with a refreshing chilled face towel and cold water

Book It: Taste of Bordeaux

15. Toasting a wonderful journey with Bavarian beer, fresh pretzels and a live performance of traditional music at an exclusive Oktoberfest celebration in Vilshofen – just for AmaWaterways’ guests

Book It: Romantic Danube

14. Indulging in a complimentary multi-course tasting menu at The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant – only available on AmaWaterways’ ships – while watching your chef prepare each mouthwatering, regionally-inspired dish

Book It: The Chef’s Table included dining experience – reserve on board in Europe and Asia

13. Gazing in awe at a herd of elephants as they drink at the banks of the Chobe River

Book It: Africa Safaris & Wildlife Cruises

12. Relaxing out on your balcony in a cozy AmaWaterways bathrobe while cruising past the striking rock formations of the Iron Gates Gorge, widely considered the most picturesque area on the Lower Danube River

Book It: Gems of Southeast Europe

11. Delighting in the wondrously lit windows of Gengenbach’s Town Hall Advent Calendar and returning to the most elegantly decorated ship on the river where you’re greeted with a mug of hot glühwein and a tree trimming party

Book It: Christmas Markets on the Rhine

10. Exploring the unique rooms and spectacular pebble mosaic grotto at Greinberg’s Grein Castle before being treated to an exclusive folklore show and wine reception reserved for AmaWaterways guests

Book It: Melodies of the Danube

9. Dining on authentic Portuguese cuisine at a local quinta while sipping Port wine – an experience that is complimentary for our guests on every Douro River cruise

Book It: Enticing Douro

8. Practicing Tai Chi on the Sun Deck of the beautiful AmaDara alongside your Wellness Host while crossing the border from Cambodia to Vietnam and reflecting on the Buddhist Blessing Ceremony you experienced in Oudong two days prior

Book it: Charms of the Mekong

7. Sipping hand-selected local wines at historic European vineyards and cellars located in iconic wine regions alongside a dedicated Wine Host

Book It: Celebration of Wine River Cruises

6. Pedaling through Northern France’s wine regions and fascinating cities on up to nine included bike tours in just seven nights, each led by a local guide

Book It: Essence of Burgundy & Provence

5. Entering the Tomb of Queen Nefertari on a private tour just for AmaWaterways guests in Egypt’s ancient Valley of the Queens

Book It: Secrets of Egypt & the Nile

4. Paying your respects on the historic D-Day landing beaches of Normandy and participating in a moving wreath-laying ceremony honoring the lives of fallen soldiers

Book It: Impressions of the Seine & Paris

The top three experiences in our list were mentioned by guests just like you on our AmaInsiders Facebook Group. Thank you for sharing what most fills your heart with joy!

3. Renewing your vows on the Sun Deck while surrounded by postcard-perfect views on either side – following a morning of pampering that included massages and a nail or hair salon service

Book It: On any Europe itinerary – contact your travel advisor for details

2. Sailing through charming villages in Austria’s vineyard-rich Wachau Valley, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site – and having the opportunity to taste the apricot wines and products for which this region is renowned

Book It: On several Danube River itineraries

1. Making memories with kind-hearted people you meet along the way – especially your wonderful Cruise Manager who accompanies you throughout your journey, including on optional pre- and post-cruise land packages

Book It: On any AmaWaterways river cruise!

Contact your travel advisor to plan your journey of a lifetime – including one or more of our favorite river cruise experiences – today!

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