More Included Tours

We realize that our guests have different tastes, so we’ve developed a menu of shore excursions in every port of call. In many destinations, you’ll be free to choose from one of several options — all of which are included in your cruise fare. There’s always a city tour designed to show you all the renowned highlights and landmarks in grand capitals and charming villages alike. Is it your first time in Vienna? Opt for an unforgettable exploration of the major sights led by a local, English-speaking guide that is well versed in history and culture. Have you already been to Nuremberg? Instead of taking the city tour, indulge in a bratwurst and beer tasting on one of our Special Interest Tours, which are specially designed to place you in the midst of local life. Are you looking for something more active? See the beautiful scenery of Austria’s Wachau Valley with a guided bike tour along the Danube. The choice is yours.

Extraordinary

Experiences

On an AmaWaterways river cruise, you don’t just pass through a destination — you experience it. Each one of our itineraries is crafted with a paramount goal in mind: connecting you to the essence of life in each place you visit. We always make it a point to place our guests in small groups. This helps facilitate access to sights and landmarks, a more intimate setting, and more encounters with the locals. It’s a great way to take your time as you explore, get to know your fellow travelers better and find opportunities for up-close experiences. Every tour is led by a local, English-speaking guide who is very knowledgeable in the culture and history of the place you are visiting.

Choose your pace: In many cases, you’ll have a choice of gentle, regular and active tour paces. There are even some options for late risers.

Special

Interest Tours

Every year, we seek out new opportunities for our guests to experience local culture in a unique way. These tours are specially designed to give small groups the chance to be even more immersed in a destination. Here are just a few examples:

  • Indulge in authentic Belgian waffles and chocolate in Antwerp
  • Try your hand at knotting a bretzel (German for “pretzel”) in Wertheim
  • Go to a bratwurst and beer tasting at the oldest brewery in Nuremberg
  • Discover hidden treasures on a tour of Vienna’s secret spots and sights
  • Sample Bavarian specialties like pralines in Regensburg
Guided

Bike Tours

With AmaWaterways, you have the option of exploring Europe’s amazing sights like the locals do. We were the first river cruise line to carry an entire fleet of complimentary bicycles on board, so you can experience biking alongside enchanting riverside pathways and in city centers. Whether you feel like joining one of our exclusive guided bike tours, or want to go discover on your own, there are many ways for you to explore on two wheels during your cruise. Here are a few examples:

  • Bike along the beautiful Danube River between Dürnstein and Melk in Austria’s Wachau Valley
  • Tour Cologne’s Old Town and Cathedral along the Rhine River
  • See the medieval city of Rouen in France’s historic Normandy region, near the Seine River
  • Take in wooded hills and beaches of poplars along the scenic shores of the Inn River in Passau
  • Go on a guided bike ride in Vienna, where you’ll visit Klosterneuberg Abbey and enjoy cake and coffee
Guided

Hiking Tours

The beauty of Europe doesn’t just lie in its architecture and landmarks – there are also breathtaking things to be seen when you venture out into nature. That’s why we’ve designed special hikes that will take you a bit off the beaten path in some very beautiful destinations. Here are some examples of hiking opportunities.

  • Trek up to the Veste Oberhaus in Passau, Germany for incredible views over Old Passau
  • Make your way up to Dürnstein Fortress, where it is said that Richard the Lionheart was once held captive
  • Hike up the Philosopher’s Path to a panoramic view of Heidelberg and the Necker River
  • Journey from the ship to the Old Town in Strasbourg, France

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