River cruise line AmaWaterways has announced plans for a record-breaking 46-night sailing taking in 14 European countries.
A first in the history of river cruising, the journey will take passengers along seven rivers on four of the line’s ships – AmaLyra, AmaKristina, AmaPrima and AmaVerde. The majority of cruises on inland waterways are seven to 14 nights and the unprecedented sailing is the river equivalent of an oceangoing world cruise.
Setting sail on June 1, 2023 and ending on July 17, the cruise will begin with a week-long round-trip Paris sailing on the Seine before passengers transfer to Lyon by train to sail on the Saône and Rhône from Lyon to Tarascon. Following another transfer, the itinerary continues along the Rhine, Moselle and Main rivers travelling through Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The final leg of the journey is on the Danube with a cruise through Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.
Fares for the longest-ever river cruise itinerary start from £21,061 per person, based on two sharing a cabin, and bookings open on March 15, 2021.
The itinerary has been curated by Rudi Schreiner, President of AmaWaterways, who said:
“At AmaWaterways, we continually anticipate the needs of our guests and always strive to provide innovative experiences that push industry standards. With the pent-up demand for travel we are seeing and the increase in requests for our longer cruises, we feel this is the perfect time to introduce our incredible, all-new Seven River Journey. The initial response has been remarkable since we first teased the news of this experience, and I am confident that we will exceed expectations when we set sail in June 2023, creating unforgettable memories for all of the 144 adventurous guests on board.”
The cruise will be accompanied by a dedicated cruise manager who will personally guide guests for the duration of the trip, which will feature a total of 130 complimentary excursions including visits to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Fares also cover wine with lunch and dinner, fitness and yoga classes with the on board wellness host, transfers between ships, complimentary laundry and porterage service and all tips, both on board and during shore excursions.
A family-owned company founded 18 years ago by Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, AmaWaterways offers river cruises in Europe, Asia and Africa. Fleet innovations include the 196-passenger AmaMagna, built in 2019, which is twice the width of traditional ships sailing in Europe. This year will see the launch of two new ships in Europe, AmaLucia and AmaSiena, plus the line’s first-ever vessel on the Nile, AmaDahlia, bringing the fleet to a total of 25 ships.
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
Photographs courtesy of AmaWaterways