Beyond Borders: Discovering Europe’s Hidden Gems with AmaWaterways River Cruises

AmaWaterways is a river cruise company

offering itineraries along the major rivers of Europe. The Rhine River is one of the major waterways in Europe, flowing through several countries including Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. AmaWaterways provides river cruises experiences letting travelers to explore the scenic beauty, historical sites, and cultural attractions along the Rhine. These itineraries may start in cities like Amsterdam or Basel and include stops in cities and towns along the Rhine, such as Cologne, Strasbourg, and Basel.

Massive walls and towers on the Danube River, Golubac Fortress, Serbia
Massive walls and towers on the Danube River, Golubac Fortress, Serbia

AmaWaterways has expanded from Europe to offer cruises in Africa, Egypt, Southeast Asia and, most recently, Colombia.

AMAwaterways has suspended single supplements for solo travelers in 2024

 Other AMA waterways special deals, including a 20% discount on selected cruises

Some of my experiences:

Sooneck Castle, 11th century, Niederheimbach on the Rhine River, Germany

Gems of Southeast Europe Danube River Cruise
Medieval Marvels: Rhine Castles
Cruising through Christmas Magic
Europe’s Rivers & Castles wine cruise
Medieval Treasures
Best of Holland & Belgium
Tales of Terroir: The Unique Rieslings of Moselle and Rhine River


  • takes pride in its culinary offerings. Guests can expect high-quality, locally-inspired cuisine prepared by skilled chefs. Meals often include a mix of international and regional dishes, paired with carefully selected wines.  Guests have the option of open-seating dining, allowing them to choose when and with whom they dine. This fosters a more relaxed and flexible dining experience.
  • provides guided tours at each port of call, allowing guests to explore the local culture, history, and attractions. These tours are typically led by knowledgeable local guides.
  • ships are known for their comfortable and well-appointed staterooms and suites. Many rooms feature amenities like French balconies or full balconies, allowing guests to enjoy scenic views from the comfort of their rooms. The ships are equipped with amenities like lounges, bars, fitness centers, spas, and sometimes even pools or hot tubs. There may also be entertainment options such as live music, lectures, and themed nights.
  • aims to provide guests with enriching experiences. This may include cultural activities like language lessons, cooking demonstrations, and performances by local artists and occasionally offers special theme cruises focused on specific interests like wine, art, or wellness. These cruises may include additional activities and special guests related to the theme.  Other special cruises include a range of Christmas Market cruises
  • in addition to guided tours, offers more active excursions for guests who prefer a more adventurous experience including hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.
Massive walls and towers on the Danube River, Baba Vida Fortress,Vidin, Bulgaria
Massive walls and towers on the Danube River, Baba Vida Fortress,Vidin, Bulgaria

By Cascoly

I've been exploring and leading trips for over 40 years. climbing & trekkng in the Alps, Andes, North American mountain ranges and the Himalaya. I'm retired from mountaineering now but world travels in Europe, Africa & Asia continue to expand my portfolio. Besides private travel, I now focus on escorting trips to India & Turkey. Other interests include wide reading in history and vegetable gardening / cooking. You can download digital images here, or find images at We have many thousands of images we haven't displayed yet; so, if you have a special need or request please contact us