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Today we’ll take a look at AmaWaterways and their popular Rhine River & Swiss Alps program, which is a 7-night voyage that will depart October 26-23, 2023. AmaWaterways is a US-based company known for outstanding accommodations, food, and service, and it’s a favorite with SkyMed’s VP of Travel, John Latimer.
Want to learn more? Here are five good reasons why you need a European river cruise in your life:
1 You get a lot of bang for your buck.
River cruises are a great value, but different cruise lines have different inclusions. AmaWaterways, for example, includes every breakfast, lunch and dinner during your river cruise, plus the Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, all-day tapas, afternoon tea delights and more, with unlimited hand-picked fine wines, beer and soft drinks to go with. Every evening there’s a complimentary Sip & Sail cocktail hour with wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks, plus you won’t have to pay separately for WiFi or the live local entertainment at your ports of call.
2 Shore excursions are included.
Your ticket also includes small group shore excursions with a variety of choices at each port. For example, at the stop in Rüdesheimyou can choose wine tasting, a hike through the vineyards, or a guided bike tour of the Rheingau, among others. At Basel, you can choose to take a “City of Art” tour or a three-countries bike tour. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. An added plus? These tours come with Bluetooth headsets, so every passenger can hear the guide clear as day, no matter where they are in the group.
3 There’s no time for boredom.
Between the excursions, the dining, the stunning views, the special interest tours, the ship’s amenities (more on that below), and the always-fun opportunities for new friendships onboard, there’s truly no room for boredom on a Rhine River cruise.
4 The ships are next level.
If you board in Amsterdam, you will sail to Basel aboard the AmaMora, a 156-passenger beauty that was inspired by luxury yachts. The spacious staterooms range anywhere from 155 to 235 sq. ft. in size, or you could upgrade to a 350 sq.-ft. suite. If you’re traveling with family, you can even request adjoining staterooms! Most staterooms have twin balconies where you can sit and drink in the scenery, plus every amenity and creature comfort you could hope for in a five-star floating resort.
Onboard you’ll find a massage and hair salon, gift shop, a specialty coffee shop, a heated pool with a swim-up bar, a gorgeous main lounge with nightly entertainment (think a local quartet or modern piano faves, not Vegas-style shows), and an extraordinary menu at the restaurant—AmaWaterways is a member of La Chaîne des Rôtiseurs, an exclusive culinary society, so you can be sure the locally-inspired cuisine will be incredible.
5 You’ll only have to unpack once…
But, by the end of this trip, you will have visited four countries— France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland—all without renting a car, boarding a train or a plane or dealing with a suitcase.
Have we convinced you yet that you need a European River Cruise in your life?
Would it help to add you can add on a 2-night pre-cruise in Amsterdam and/or a 3-night post-cruise to Lake Como, Italy? They’re an amazing way to extend your getaway from 7-nights to 12 to make the most of your trans-Atlantic flight!
Have questions? We have answers! Just call our SkyMed Travel office at 800-568-8994 and we’ll be happy to fill you in on how you can explore Europe in comfort and style, making unforgettable memories along the way!