Top 4 AmaWaterways River Cruises for Special Occasions – and Why You Should Reserve Now

Posted on 10/25/2023

Leading the way in innovation, AmaWaterways is an award-winning river cruise line sailing through Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. With enriching excursions, exquisite locally sourced food and wine, a daily cocktail hour, and nightly entertainment included in the fare, a large percentage of guests return to the line each year. Plus, the extraordinary crew always goes above and beyond to help you celebrate any special occasion. With limited-time savings available through the end of the year, here are four river cruise itineraries in Europe you should consider.

1.Best for Couples: Magna on the Danube

7-night cruise betweenBudapest and Vilshofen

  • What Makes it Special: This exceptional Danube River itinerary was specially curated by AmaWaterways’ Vienna-born Co-Founder and President, Rudi Schreiner, ensuring each excursion remains authentic to the history and culture of the region. AmaMagna is AmaWaterways’ largest and most innovative cruise ship, accommodating just 196 guests, offering ultra-spacious balcony suites, four complimentary restaurants, a cozy-chic onboard cinema, and a full-sized pickleball court. This itinerary also offers two exclusive experiences: an Oktoberfest celebration and a festive evening wine tasting, reserved just for AmaWaterways guests. 
  • When to Cruise: February is the perfect time for couples, when children are in school, and crowds have dissipated in major cities including Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna. Romantic ice-skating dates and visits to Budapest’s thermal spas are a must. Enhance your couple’s getaway or anniversary celebration by adding AmaWaterways’ Renewal of Vows package to your reservation.
  • Available Offers: 20% Cruise Savings, combinable with AirPlus fixed rates and Upgrade Rewards Program on select sailings reserved December 31, 2023

2.Best for Reuniting with Old Friends: Flavors of Burgundy

7-night cruise between the Port of Dijon and Lyon

  • What Makes it Special: France offers the ultimate girlfriend getaway with idyllic châteaux nestled in lush vineyards, cityscapes straight out of storybooks, and indulgent French food and wine. Cruising on board the lovely AmaCello means most staterooms include a French balcony offering stunning views. Two specially priced staterooms are also available for individual travelers who prefer their own space. Biking excursions, abbey visits, and a tasting tour through Lyon’s Les Halles Market provide plenty of fodder for shared memories.
  • When to Cruise: In springtime, Burgundy’s parks come to life with colorful flowers and pink cherry blossoms – a time of rebirth and for renewing your bond with dear friends. Mild temperatures set the scene for pleasant bike rides along the Saône River and through beautiful towns like Tournus and Lyon. Pamper yourself with extremely attractive prices in the onboard spa.
  • Available Offers: 20% Cruise Savings, combinable with AirPlus fixed rates and Upgrade Rewards Program on select sailings reserved December 31, 2023.

3.Best for Family Reunions: Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps

7-night cruise between Amsterdam and Basel

  • What Makes it Special: There is something for everyone with your choice from up to six excursions each day. In the village of Rüdesheim, for example, go wine tasting, ride a gondola, or explore an antique mechanical instrument collection. Plus, enjoy a full day of excursions in Switzerland: explore Lucerne and its cerulean lake; tour Basel, the “City of Art”; or pedal through three countries on a guided bike ride.
  • When to Cruise: In 2024, AmaWaterways offers two Thanksgiving departures treating you to an unforgettable holiday feast – no turkey basting or cleanup required. Earlier November travel typically offers reduced airfares, and in the pre-Advent season, you will feel like you have each beautiful city to yourself, from enchanting Strasbourg to Cologne.
  • Available Offers: 20% Cruise Savings, combinable with AirPlus fixed rates and Upgrade Rewards Program on select sailings reserved December 31, 2023.

4.Best for Celebrating Retirement: Grand Rhine & Dutch Canals

14-night cruise between Amsterdam and Basel

  • What Makes it Special: Debuting in 2025, this is AmaWaterways’ first continuous 14-night cruise that combines the Rhine River with the Dutch & Belgian Waterways – a dream come true! Explore up to three castles in the Netherlands and Belgium and glide past more than 40 castles in Germany’s Rhine Gorge. Also, enjoy a brand-new included excursion to Amsterdam’s world-famous Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” and Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid.”
  • When to Cruise: Consider autumn on the Rhine for milder weather and fall foliage drifting by your twin-balcony stateroom. With city tours offered at three activity levels, you can personalize your experience (“Gentle Walkers” tours for a slower pace; “Active Walkers” to cover more ground) and enjoy many invigorating bike tours and delicious wine tasting excursions.
  • Available Offers: Attractive cruise pricing is already applied to this 2025 itinerary, combinable with AmaWaterways’ Early Booking Reward of up to 20% savings on all staterooms and suites through December 31, 2023.

Contact your preferred travel advisor to reserve your stateroom today.

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