Free Land Offer Also on Select 2024 Sailings for Groups Only
CALABASAS, Calif. – (January 11, 2023) – Award-winning luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways today announced the extension of its complimentary pre- or post-cruise land package offer as add-ons to select Europe and Egypt cruises for 2023 groups and FIT travelers. The offer is also available exclusively for 2024 groups. In response to positive feedback received from the travel advisor community, the offer has been extended for new reservations made through March 31, 2023, on select 2023 departures*. Travel advisors can also offer this exclusive free land offer to groups reserving five or more staterooms on select 2024 sailings**. Continuing the trend for longer stays, the offer allows guests to add a complimentary two-, three- or four-night land package to their river cruise vacation, enjoying further exploration of the surrounding destinations where their river cruise begins or ends.
“When we first announced the complimentary pre- or post-cruise land packages in October 2022, we received amazing feedback from our travel advisor partners as the offer was easy to communicate to their clients and offered added value of up to $3,800 per couple,” Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways, said. “Due to its popularity and the continued demand for longer, more immersive travel experiences, we have extended the Complimentary Land Package offer on select sailings so more guests can enjoy time exploring the world.”
Time is a precious commodity and these complimentary land packages pamper travelers with exactly what they desire, a little extra time before or after their river cruise. With AmaWaterways land packages, guests have the opportunity to explore incredible countries while staying in world-class hotels and enjoying concierge-level services provided by the Cruise Managers who accompany guests throughout their entire 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, Czech Republic.
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, Lake Lucerne, Barcelona, Nice, Geneva, Lake Como, Lisbon, St. Malo, Bilbao and Bucharest or farther afield with Dubai.
A sampling of AmaWaterways free land packages include:
- Zurich and Lake Lucerne, Switzerland: Travelers can enjoy two nights in Zurich with a guided tour through the “Little Big City” before spending two nights in Lake Lucerne. Guests can admire panoramic views while sailing across beautiful Lake Lucerne and enrich themselves in history as they learn more about the city’s magical medieval walls and towers and the historic Lion Monument.
- Prague, Czech Republic: Guests will travel to Regensburg, Germany, where they will find 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: While enjoying a beautiful ride along Lake Como, passengers will be delighted by the crystal-clear blue waters, impressive villas and the stunning peak, Bellagio, where they can take in the beauty of the lakeside views and iconic cobbled-stone streets.
- Budapest, Hungary: Travelers can explore Budapest’s “hidden” side, exploring the picturesque city for two nights and marveling at fascinating sites, such as the Margaret Bridge, Nyugati Railway Station and the Great Synagogue.
Guests looking to extend their river cruise experience even further can combine the complimentary pre-cruise land package with an additional 10% savings when adding a second cruise.
Travel Advisors are invited to visit the 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 AmaWaterways.com. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways, Twitter @AmaWaterways, and YouTube at YouTube.com/AmaWaterways.
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Family-owned and operated for 20 years, AmaWaterways offers unparalleled river cruise experiences with 27 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 by pioneering river cruise executives Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy, the company is renowned for its warm and welcoming crew; innovative and sustainable ship design; wellness activities (including a wide choice of included small group shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options); and award-winning, locally sourced cuisine paired with complimentary fine wine. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, most AmaWaterways 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, Sun Deck walking track, and heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation, highlighted by the launch of the revolutionary AmaMagna, and the introduction of the history-making Seven River Journey itineraries. 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 Insight Guide: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Virtuoso’s 2022 Luminaries, Legends and Leaders Award for “Best River Cruise Line” and the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) 2022 “River Cruise Line Partner of the Year” (seven years running). In addition, 20 ships in AmaWaterways’ European fleet have received the prestigious Green Award certification for industry-leading safety, quality and environmental performance.
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