Cruising Press Releases River Cruising

Amawaterways Launches New Free Land Package Offer on Europe, Egypt, and Mekong River Cruises

Amawaterways Launches New Free Land Package Offer on Europe, Egypt, and Mekong River Cruises

Complimentary Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Packages Available on Select 2023 Sailings with Exclusive Offer Extended to Travel Advisors for 2024 Group Bookings


CALABASAS, CA – (October 18, 2022) – Responding to the current demand for longer more immersive vacations, the award-winning luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways unveiled complimentary pre- or post-cruise land packages as add-ons to select Europe, Egypt and Mekong River cruises for groups and FIT travelers in 2023* and exclusively for groups in 2024**. Now available for new reservations made until December 31, 2022, this exceptional offer provides guests a variety of complimentary two-, three- or four-night land packages as an extension to their river cruise vacation, allowing further exploration of the surrounding destinations where their river cruise begins or ends. AmaWaterways is also offering travel advisors the ability to extend this offer as an exclusive incentive for group bookings of five or more staterooms for select 2024 Europe, Egypt and Mekong River cruises.


“This new Free Land Package offer was designed to further enhance our guests’ vacation experience with an extra few days to recover from jetlag before their river cruise or explore a new city before returning home,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. “Drawing on our European heritage, our river cruise itineraries and excursions have been created to offer our guests unparalleled experiences and the same is true for our land packages that have just the right balance of immersive included tours and free time.”


Time is the most precious commodity and these complimentary land packages pamper travelers with a little extra time before or after their river cruise to explore incredible countries while staying in world-class hotels and enjoying the concierge-level services provided by their Cruise Manager who will accompany them throughout their whole journey. Each land package includes daily breakfast, convenient transfers and portage services between the hotel and ship plus enriching city tours and experiences, such as the opportunity to visit the world-famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, or taste Czech Pilsners in Prague.


With 15 different pre- and post-cruise land packages offered complimentary on select sailings, guests can discover fascinating cities like Prague, Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam, Lucerne, Barcelona, Nice, Geneva, Lake Como, Lisbon, St. Malo, Bilbao, Bucharest or further afield with Bangkok and Dubai.


A sample of free land packages include:

  • Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland: Travelers can enjoy two nights in Zurich with a guided tour through the “Little Big City” before spending two nights in Lucerne. In Lucerne, guests can enjoy a scenic cruise across beautiful Lake Lucerne and visit the historic Lion Monument to learn more about the city’s magical medieval walls and towers.
    • Add two-night, pre- or post-cruise land package in Zurich plus two-night package in Lucerne (valued at $1,680 per person) to select 7-night Captivating Rhine and Enchanting Rhine river cruises


  • Prague, Czech Republic: Guests venture to Regensburg, Germany, where they can explore the country’s best-preserved medieval cities before traveling to Prague for three nights. Excursions include exploring the UNESCO-designated city center, visiting Prague’s infamous Astronomical Clock, and enjoying authentic Czech beer.


  • Lake Como, Italy: Travelers will enjoy gazing at clear blue waters and impressive villas on a scenic ride along Lake Como to see its stunning peak, Bellagio, while soaking in the lakeside views and iconic cobbled-stone streets.



Guests looking to extend their river cruise experience can enjoy additional 10% savings on a second cruise and add a complimentary pre-cruise land package.


Travel Advisors are invited to visit AmaWaterways’ Travel Advisor Portal or contact Group Sales or their BDM for more details on applying the Free Land Package offer for new group bookings in 2023 and 2024.


​​To book an AmaWaterways river cruise for your clients, call 1.800.626.0126 or visit Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at, Instagram @AmaWaterways, Twitter@AmaWaterways, and YouTube at



About AmaWaterways

Family-owned and operated for 20 years, AmaWaterways offers unparalleled river cruise experiences with 26 custom-designed ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Douro, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Saône, Seine, Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, and Dutch and Belgian Waterways; Southeast Asia’s Mekong River; Africa’s Chobe River; Egypt’s Nile River and Colombia’s Magdalena River (2024).Co-founded and led by pioneering river cruise executives Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its extraordinarily warm and welcoming crew; innovative and sustainable  ship design; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included small group shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options; and its award-winning, locally sourced cuisine with complimentary fine wine. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, most ships welcome an average of just 150 guests and feature onboard amenities such as a stunning Main Lounge, specialty Chef’s Table restaurant, hair and massage salons, a Sun Deck walking track with heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of the revolutionary AmaMagna, and the introduction of the history-making Seven River Journeyitineraries. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options.


With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Travel + Leisure’s 2020 World’s Best Award for “Best River Cruise Line” andDepartures’ 2020 Legend Award for “Best Luxury Cruising Experiences This Year.” In addition, 20 ships in AmaWaterways’ European fleet have received the prestigious Green Award certification for industry-leading safety, quality and environmental performance.