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Ancestry® and AmaWaterways Once-In-A-Lifetime Heritage River Journeys

Have you ever wondered what your ancestors' lives were like in Europe at the turn of the century? Or imagined how it would feel to follow in their footsteps, walking the same paths they did in your ancestral village? Now you can experience a deeply meaningful connection with your personal heritage while enjoying the enriching and exclusive experiences only a river cruise with AmaWaterways provides. As part of a history-making partnership, Ancestry® and AmaWaterways are combining our shared passions for family, heritage and travel to offer guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to uncover their family history while cruising along Europe's legendary rivers.

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Discover Your Family Story on a European River Cruise

Learn more about your family history and explore the sights, cuisine and culture of your ancestral homeland on a one-of-a-kind heritage river cruise. Join Ancestry® and AmaWaterways as we travel on one of three enriching Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience journeys together. Sail along Europe's fairytale Rhine River through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland July 30, 2022 or November 2, 2023. Or discover grand capitals and history-rich villages from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary on the Legendary Danube, departing June 17, 2023.

Enjoy a Personalized Experience

Your journey begins with expert family history research that meets you wherever you are in your individual ancestry exploration, whether you are just starting out or you've already traced your family tree back multiple generations. Your discoveries continue with a professional genealogist who accompanies you throughout your river cruise. Uncover the most authentic and enriching experiences ashore with specially curated included excursions led by knowledgeable local guides. Together, your genealogist and guides will help you more fully understand your personal links to the beautiful regions you're traveling through as you follow in your ancestors' footsteps.

AN UNPARALLELED RIVER JOURNEY

HERITAGE ON THE RIVER: YOUR PERSONALIZED ANCESTRY EXPERIENCE
Riverview Stateroom packages are available from $5,399 per person
Balcony Stateroom packages are available from $6,198 per person

PACKAGES INCLUDE

What's Included with AncestryProGenealogists®

  • Complimentary AncestryDNA® Kit sent prior to your river cruise
  • Pre-journey welcome call, plus a 5-hour consultation and introductory research with your expert genealogist as well as a summary of their findings
  • The services of an expert genealogist throughout your entire river cruise experience
  • Two historical and genealogical presentations on board
  • One private consultation to review your family tree on board
  • Exclusive Ancestry excursion with your genealogist to the historic Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium for Captivating Rhine sailings; exclusive Ancestry enhancements to Budapest and Vienna city tours on Legendary Danube sailing
  • One hosted lunch or dinner with the genealogist
  • The opportunity to accompany your genealogist on select AmaWaterways excursions

Optional add-ons including an Ancestral Home Visit and additional genealogical research are also available (fees apply).

Enhance Any AmaWaterways Sailing with AncestryProGenealogists®

Are your ancestors from another country along the European rivers we visit? Or would you simply like to learn about your family history - from any country - while vacationing along European rivers? Reserve any AmaWaterways river cruise through Europe and customize your personalized heritage experience with Ancestry, from a pre-journey consultation with your expert genealogist to an Ancestral Home Visit, if applicable, for an additional fee. Simply reach out to progentravel@ancestry.com to set up a research session.

You can also learn how Ancestry genealogists helped our own Director of Operations, Jon Burrows, gain answers about his family tree and connect with DNA relatives he never knew he had.

Read Jon's Story

Jon's Grandfather Harold

Ancestral Home Visit


Angie and her Daughter

Travel back in time and envision your ancestors' daily lives before telephones and automobiles. Examples of Ancestral Home Visits may include the opportunity to see the school or house of worship your family attended, stand in front of a house where one of your ancestors lived or venture to the cemetery where they are buried. Get a glimpse at the real-life Ancestral Home Visit experienced by Ancestry's DNA Expert, Angie Bush, in Oberstedten, Germany during her Rhine River sailing.

Read Angie's Story

Meet the Genealogists

Laura House

Captivating Rhine - July 30, 2022

Based in Ancestry's London office where she specializes in genetic genealogy and UK and Dutch research, Laura House has a Master of Science Degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic, and Heraldic studies from the University of Strathclyde, and her dissertation focuses on the application of DNA data to the investigation of surname changes. Before working at AncestryProGenealogists she ran her own business, taught genealogy courses at two colleges, and worked on television documentaries Who Do You Think You Are? and Coronation Street's DNA Secrets. She recently appeared on ITV documentary The Queen and her Cousins with Alexander Armstrong. Laura loves writing articles and giving talks on the subject of genetic genealogy and believes in the importance of enabling people with recent unknown parentage to connect with their heritage.

Captivating Rhine Itinerary

CRUISE YEAR

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through your family history with AmaWaterways and Ancestry® as we cruise through four countries along the fairytale Rhine River. Alongside your AncestryProGenealogist®, you'll revel at the historic train station in Antwerp where many European emigrants arrived before they boarded Red Star Line ocean liners to North America and follow in the footsteps of your ancestors at the Red Star Line Museum. During your journey, you'll have the opportunity to sample Kölsch beer and Rüdesheimer coffee, experience the allure of France's Alsace region and discover Germany's Black Forest. Plus, discover more about your own personal heritage while on board and perhaps even venture to your ancestral village in Europe. This is sure to be a journey you and your loved ones will never forget!

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Legendary DanubeItinerary

CRUISE YEAR

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through your family history with AmaWaterways and Ancestry® as we cruise through four countries along the legendary Danube River. Alongside your AncestryProGenealogist®, you'll delve into Old-World Europe, starting in the perfectly preserved medieval city of Nuremberg and concluding in Budapest. In between, cruise through the manmade marvel, the Main-Danube Canal, across the Continental Divide and through Austria's UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley. Bike along scenic paths, hike to storied castles, and sample the delicate wines and hearty beers of the region. Explore medieval Regensburg and visit Vienna where imperial dynasties built a harmonious blend of architectural wonders. While there, learn about the Jewish migration experience in Austria. Conclude your journey in Budapest as your genealogist regales you with the tales of Hungarian migration through history. Plus, discover more about your own personal heritage while on board and perhaps even venture to your ancestral village in Europe. This is sure to be a journey you and your loved ones will never forget!

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Captivating RhineIncluded Features

In addition to the Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience Package, the cruise includes:

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef's Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Ancestry specific excursion exclusive to this sailing (this is the Red Star Line Museum visit in Antwerp)

Legendary DanubeIncluded Features

In addition to the Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience Package, the cruise includes:

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Entertainment-On-Demand in all staterooms featuring free high-speed internet access, movies, a music library and English language TV stations
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
  • Wellness Activities with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances
AWARD-WINNING DINING
  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef's Table specialty restaurant
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Special Interest Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
  • Ancestry specific excursion exclusive to this sailing (this is the Red Star Line Museum visit in Antwerp)

Captivating RhineDates & Prices

CRUISE YEAR
EMBARK July 30
7-NIGHT CRUISE Amsterdam Basel Ancestry® and Amawaterways Experience
PRICES ARE PER PERSON
Join Ancestry® and AmaWaterways as we travel on our inaugural journey together, Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience. Sail along Europe's fairytale Rhine River through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands and connect with your heritage.

Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience Package (Pricing includes Cruise + Ancestry Experience)
ADD 2-NIGHTS AMSTERDAM PRE-CRUISE AND 2 NIGHTS LUCERNE, 2 NIGHTS ZURICH POST-CRUISE
EMBARK November 2
7-NIGHT CRUISE Amsterdam Basel Ancestry® and Amawaterways Experience
PRICES ARE PER PERSON
Join Ancestry® and AmaWaterways as we travel on our inaugural journey together, Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience. Sail along Europe's fairytale Rhine River through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands and connect with your heritage.

Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience Package (Pricing includes Cruise + Ancestry Experience)
ADD 2-NIGHTS AMSTERDAM PRE-CRUISE AND 2 NIGHTS LUCERNE, 2 NIGHTS ZURICH POST-CRUISE
Category E
Fixed Window
Piano Deck
160 sq. ft.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
LOCATED ON DECK:
Piano Deck
Category D
Fixed Window
Piano Deck
160 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $299 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Piano Deck
Category CB
French Balcony
Violin Deck
155 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $799 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Category CA
French Balcony
Violin & Cello Deck
170 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $1,099 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin & Cello Deck
Category BB
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Cello Deck
210 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $1,699 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Cello Deck
Category BA
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Violin Deck
210 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $1,899 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Category AB
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Cello Deck
235 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $2,099 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Cello Deck
Category AA
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Violin Deck
235 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $2,299 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Suite
French Balcony & Outside Balcony
Violin Deck
350 sq. ft.
ADDITIONAL $3,599 PER PERSON
LOCATED ON DECK:
Violin Deck
Notes:
ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges not included in cruise price$210 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for LandA single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

Terms & Conditions:

Terms & Conditions: All prices listed are per person, in USD and based on double occupancy for the Captivating Rhine July 30, 2022 sailing on the AmaStella only. Prices are inclusive of $1,500 per person Ancestry Experience package. Riverview stateroom rates are based off category E and Balcony stateroom rates are based off category CB. Land package pricing is per person, based on double occupancy and are our standard land packages hosted by our Cruise Manager. This portion of the journey will not be accompanied by a genealogist unless custom services/experiences are purchased. Deposit required for this sailing and inclusive of the Ancestry Experience is $1,150 per person, of which $950 per person is immediately non-refundable. Once reservation has been made with AmaWaterways, you will receive a Welcome Call from Ancestry Genealogist. Optional Ancestral Home Visits and Additional Genealogy Research must be booked through Ancestry and they will determine the final pricing. Must request code ANCESTRY in order to receive Ancestry Experience. Port charges, optional land programs, visas, airfares and gratuities are additional. Offer has limited availability, is capacity controlled and is subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-20.

Legendary DanubeDates & Prices

CRUISE YEAR
EMBARK June 17
7-NIGHT CRUISENurembergBudapest Ancestry® and Amawaterways Experience
PRICES ARE PER PERSON
Join Ancestry® and AmaWaterways as we travel on our inaugural journey together, Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience. Sail along Europe's fairytale Rhine River through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands and connect with your heritage.

Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience Package (Pricing includes Cruise + Ancestry Experience)
ADD 3 NIGHTS PRAGUE PRE-CRUISE
Notes:
ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Port Charges not included in cruise price$210 per person.

Single Supplement for Cruise50% of twin price; AA+ and Suite 100% of twin price.

Single Supplement for LandA single supplement charge will be applied to pre- and post-cruise hotel extensions. Please call for pricing details.

BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

Terms & Conditions:

All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare are not included in cruise price. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-20.

Captivating RhineShip

This 156-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.Learn more
This 156-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.Learn more

Legendary DanubeShip

This 156-passenger vessel boasts spacious staterooms with our exclusive Twin Balconies, a choice of dining venues, a heated pool with swim-up bar, complimentary Wi-Fi on board and more.Learn more

Frequently Asked Questions

We are here to support you as you plan for your future river cruise. Below are answers to our guests’ most frequently asked questions regarding our Heritage on the River experiences. Should you have any additional questions, please contact your preferred travel advisor or call us at 800.626.0126 and we will be happy to assist you.


When you reserve a personalized Ancestry river cruise experience, you are given exclusive access to a team of expert genealogists who are leaders in their field. They have many years of experience and education in finding out the family history and stories of their clients. Their specialized knowledge in the records of countries around the world helps them locate and research historical documents that provide you with answers about your family history. Translation services are typically included so you can fully understand any copies of original documents you receive, with your genealogist providing historical context and answering questions for you.