New 7-Week River Cruises Sail Through 15 European Countries

If you like the idea of ​​floating around Europe’s inland waterways for weeks and exploring cities like Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna and Budapest from the comfort of a small ship, the AmaWaterways river cruise line is for you. If you want to combine weeks of sailing the rivers of Europe with an epic Nile adventure, that’s also an option courtesy of luxury river cruise line Uniworld.

AmaWaterways recently unveiled a new 49-night ‘Seven River Journeys’ itinerary that will navigate the entire length of the Rhine and Danube rivers, including the less-visited Danube Delta region in Romania, leading to the Black Sea. The cruise will visit 15 countries between the North Sea and the Black Sea – the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova.

The seven-week voyage, which will set sail in 2024, will be the longest in the company’s history, beating the previous record of 46 nights set in 2023. And for the first time, the full-length Blockbuster route will be held on a single ship, which will carry 156 passengers AmaMora; Multi-river cruises offered by AmaWaterways usually involve sailing on more than one river cruise ship.

AmaMora features staterooms and suites with balconies, a top deck pool with swim-up bar and dining options including the Chef’s Table, an intimate chef-led dining experience.

Rhine, spring

Sail along the Rhine past terraced vineyards.

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There are two departure options, in spring and summer 2024; They cost from $25,650 per person in the spring and $26,600 per person in the summer. The Spring Cruise departs from Amsterdam on April 22, 2024 and ends in Giurgiu, Romania on June 10, 2024. Bonus feature: On the Rhine, Scheldt, Maas, Waal, Main, Moselle and Danube (also along the Main-Danube Canal) flowers are said to be in full bloom during the spring sailing season. The summer cruise is the reverse journey and departs on June 10, 2024.

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AmaWaterways is also offering slightly shorter versions of the week-long cruises in 2023, which will sail on a combination of three of its ships. The 45-night Springtime Edition Seven River Journeys cruise takes in 14 European countries and 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the Danube, Rhône, Rhine, Main, Moselle, Schelde and Maas rivers. Passengers have the opportunity to explore the cities of Lyon in France, Vienna, Budapest and Amsterdam, among others.

The three ships will be the 156 passengers AmaKristina (a sister ship of AmaMora) that passengers will board on April 20, 2023 in Avignon, France. After that, they will board the 162 passenger AmaCerto in Basel, Switzerland, before the transfer to 196 passenger, extra wide AmaMagna for 14 nights. That AmaMagna is the flagship of the AmaWaterways fleet with five bars, four restaurants and a Zen Wellness Studio. The cruise ends on June 4, 2023 in Giurgiu, Romania.

A 46-night summer river cruise extravaganza will begin June 1, 2023 in Paris, thereafter sailing the Seine, Saône, Rhône, Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube, ending in Giurgiu, Romania – a journey through 14 countries on four river cruise ships. These two cruises have proved so popular that the company is adding a third 46-night Fall Foliage cruise, embarking on August 24, 2023 from Paris and visiting 14 countries along the Seine, Scheldt, Mass, Rhine, Main , the Moselle and the Danube approaches Giurgiu, on three ships.

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Uniworld’s Rivers of the World itineraries combine river cruises across continents

Not to be outdone, luxury river cruise line Uniworld is upping the ante on its seven-week river cruises after recently announcing the details of its first-ever 46-night Rivers of the World cruise. Passengers on the itinerary travel from Cairo to Lisbon, touching on two continents and nine countries while exploring Egypt, the Mediterranean, the Swiss Alps, central Europe and northern France. Flights between countries and some luxury hotel stays, such as in Cairo, are included. The epic journey begins May 20, 2023 with prices starting at $39,000 per person.

Nile, Uniworld, SS Sphinx

Sail the Nile in style on the SS sphinx.

The journey takes place on five different river cruise ships, starting with the 84-passenger SS sphinx at the Nile. Guests will also sail on the 126-passenger SS La Venice, a ship traversing the Po River from Venice, complete with extravagant Italian decor, Fortuny fabrics and Murano glass. Through Austria, Hungary and Germany on the Danube, the ship will be the SS with 150 passengers Maria Theresawith opulent, Baroque-inspired interiors in honor of its namesake, the Archduchess of Austria, who ruled the House of Habsburg from 1740 to 1780.

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Guests will also sail the SS enjoyment of life through France, a ship inspired by 20th-century Parisian design, for a week on the Seine before heading to Portugal to sail along the Douro River aboard the 100-passenger SS Sao Gabrielwhich debuted in 2021.

Cross-country flights and hotel accommodation are included in the cruise fare. Trip highlights include welcome and farewell events; a detour to the Nubian monuments at Abu Simbel, Egypt; a lakeside stay in Lugano, Switzerland; a tour of Milan; VIP access to Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna; a show at the Moulin Rouge in Paris; and visit Sintra with its palaces and charming seaside Cascais from Lisbon.

Amazon, Uniworld

Sail through the Amazon rainforest before embarking on Uniworld’s 2024 Rivers of the World journey to Europe and Southeast Asia.

Uniworld will then surpass itself in 2024 – claiming the title of offering the world’s longest river cruise – with one Itinerary with 54 nights. The line opened a waiting list for the nearly eight-week itinerary, which begins in Lima, Peru and ends in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The voyage is limited to 68 passengers and begins October 3, 2024. It will explore 10 countries in South America, Europe and Southeast Asia. The cruises will take place on four river cruise ships that will navigate the Amazon, Rhine, Danube, Rhône, Saône and Mekong. The trip includes hotel accommodations in Lima, in the Sacred Valley of Peru (as a base for visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu), near Argentina’s Iguazu Falls and in Rio de Janeiro, as well as in Hanoi, Siem Reap, Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City . Flights between destinations are also included. The price has not yet been announced.


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