Plant your roots along Europe’s rivers on excursions highlighting gardens and colorful blooms

AmaWaterways offers a wealth of included experiences that allow you to connect with nature, from its most vibrant springtime flora to its classic palatial garden spaces.  

Tulip Mania in the Netherlands  

As part of our 7-night Tulip Time river cruise, you’ll wander through rows of colorful tulips at a farm dedicated to these delightful bulbs in Hoorn. On select sailings, admire impressive works of art created out of vibrant petals at Amsterdam’s famous Keukenhof Gardens, open each year for a limited number of weeks. And smell the fragrant blossoms at Floralia, an incredible annual flower show near Brussels offered on select departures. 

Rivers: Scheldt and Maas (Dutch & Belgian Waterways) 

Best time to sail: Late March through late April 

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Floriade Horticultural Expo – Only in 2023 

Just outside Amsterdam, the flourishing city of Almere will host the country’s largest event, featuring stunning gardens, innovative sustainable gardening exhibits, live entertainment, talk shows, souvenirs and food stalls. As the flowers bloom and the plants grow, join us for this rare once-in-a-decade opportunity from April 14 to October 19, 2023 on select itineraries. 

Rivers: Rhine; Scheldt and Maas (Dutch & Belgian Waterways) 

Best time to sail: April 14 to October 19, 2023 

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Aalsmer Flower Auction 

Exclusive to our first-ever Seven River Journey – Spring Edition debuting in 2023, you will have the opportunity to choose an included excursion to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction during your extended stay in Amsterdam. The largest flower auction in the world, Aalsmeer is an immense global marketplace where you will see millions of blooms as they are transported through. 

River: Rhine River as part of our Seven River Journey – Spring Edition 

Best time to sail: Sailing departs April 20, 2023; Aalsmer Flower Auction visit is on May 9, 2023 

Fragrant Lavender and Sunflowers in Provence 

Follow your nose to the South of France in summer, where wispy fields of calming lavender near Grignan offer a stunning backdrop to your idyllic surroundings. On our 7-night Essence of Burgundy & Provence and Colors of Provence river cruises, you may also spot the golden sunflowers once painted by Vincent van Gogh. Plus, savor the beauty of the Beaujolais vineyards. 

River: Rhône 

Best time to sail: June – July 

Famous Gardens of Northern France 

Allow your inspiration to guide you into northern France where you can admire the picturesque Normandy countryside. On our newest 7-night Impressions of the Seine & Paris river cruise, admire the variety of trees within Harcourt Arboretum, stroll through stunning scenery from Monet’s famously painted gardens in Giverny or perhaps meander within the flourishing Gardens d’Acquigny.  

River: Seine 

Best time to sail: May – August

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Austrian Symmetry at its Finest  

Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace and its harmonious Great Parterre and Privy Gardens can be visited on an included excursion exclusively as part our Magna on the Danube itinerary.From the 200-foot-high hill where the colonnaded Gloriette sits, you’ll have the perfect view. Choose our Salzburg excursion while your Danube River ship is in Linz and you can also wander through lovely Mirabell Gardens. If sailing in spring, you may have the good fortune of seeing Austria’s cherry blossom trees “pretty in pink” during their annual bloom.  

River: Danube 

Best time to sail: April – August for gardens; mid-March to mid-April for cherry blossoms  

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Germination in Germany 

No matter how green your thumb, you’ll enjoy exploring Ludwigshafen’s Schwetzingen Palace and Gardens in Germany, with more than 100 sculptures and an assortment of whimsical buildings. Plus, you may be able to glimpse some wildflowers while hiking through Germany’s Black Forest on an included excursions during many of our Rhine River sailings. 

River: Rhine 

Best time to sail: March – May  

Local Markets for Vegetable Growers 

If your green thumb is focused on your vegetable patch, join us on our included excursions to some of Europe’s most famous markets. The Les Halles de Lyon – Paul Bocuse Market, named after the late chef Paul Bocuse, is an indoor space we visit on our Colors of Provence and Essence of Burgundy & Provence itineraries encompassing 13,000 square meters of fruit, vegetable, spice and flower vendors. Along the Danube River, Budapest’s Great Market Hall contains three floors of fresh produce, paprika and other items. Sample the fruits of farmers’ and gardeners’ labor and perhaps get some tips you can take back to your own garden! 

Rivers: Rhône, Danube 

Best time to sail: Year-round 

Have you identified your ideal river cruise experience? Visit our Cruise Finder for sailing dates and contact your travel advisor to reserve today!  

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