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Combine your passion for golf with a luxurious AmaWaterways European River Cruise

For those on a quest to play a round of golf in some of Europe’s leading golf courses while on a luxurious river cruise, your dream is about to become a reality!

AmaWaterways is sharing in your passion for the game by unveiling a golf program, the Golf Concierge Program.  You’ll be able to combine a luxury river cruise on the Danube or the Rhine with up to 5 rounds of golf at some of Europe’s leading championship golf courses.

Take a 7 night cruise with AmaWaterways and their award winning cuisine, stellar service, and first rate land tours on their luxurious river ships.  Each stop will feature choice of excursions in every port in addition to the Golf Program.

When you’re ready to tee it up, you’ll be picked up in a private luxury mercedes and driven to the golf course.   Arrive at the golf course and have everything set and ready for you. After your round of golf, have lunch at the club house while your gear is cleaned by the staff.  

Here are the top Golf courses in Europe that are part of the Amawaterways Golf Program:

  • Albatross Golf Club, Albatross Course, Prague, Host of the Czech Open
  • Hartl Resorts Beckenbauer Course, Bad Griesbach, Germany, Host of the Porsche European Open
  • Diamond Country Club, Diamond Course, Atzenbrugg, Austria, Host of the Lyoness Austrian Open
  • Penati Country Club, Legends Course, Senica, Slovakia, Host of the Slovakian Open
  • Pannonia Country Club, Budapest, Hungary, Host of the Hungarian Open
  • The Royal Haagsche Golf Club, Wassenaar, Netherlands
  • The Hilversumche Golf Club, Hilversum, Netherlands
  • Golf Club Hanau-Wilhelmsbad, Hanau, Germany
  • Golf Club International Soufflenheim, Soufflenheim, France
  • Golf Club Le Kempferhof, Plobsheim, France

Included in your AmaWaterways cruise:

  • Full board luxury accommodation
  • Choice of guided shore excursions in every port
  • Fine dining including the Chefs Table and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dining experience
  • Free flowing wine, beer and soft drinks with all meals onboard
  • Bicycles onboard for independent and guided exploring
  • Wi-Fi access throughout the ship
  • Entertainment on demand in all staterooms and suites
  • Services of a highly trained Cruise Manager and much more…

Included with your Luxury Concierge Golf Programme:

  • 3-night pre hotel stay in Prague
  • Transportation between the ship and the golf course
  • 1 Round per golfer at each of the listed golf courses* (or alternative courses) for a total of 5 rounds.
  • 1 Pull trolley per golfer per round
  • 1 Range token per round
  • Automatic entry to the Tour Order of Merit
  • 1 Welcome Packet, including a dozen Titleist Pro V1 golf balls per golfer, 1 Pitch Repair Tool, 5 course guides, and a leather shoe bag
  • Club cleaning after each round

This is a brand new program and itineraries are not yet released.  If you’re interested in keeping updated with the AmaWaterways Golf Program, sign up for our newsletter.

And sign up to get updates on the AmaWaterways Concierge Golf Program by clicking here.

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Introducing the AmaMagna, AmaWaterways new ship for 2019

There’s a new revolutionary ship that will be sailing the Danube river in 2019.  AmaWaterways is debuting the extraordinary AmaMagna.  AmaWaterways recently released some new pictures of the river ship that will be sailing the European rivers and they look magnificent!

The new river ship is almost twice as wide as a traditional ship.  With a ship almost two times the size you’d expect twice the number of guests, but that is not the case on the AmaMagna.  There will be only about 20% more guests.  The extra space will go towards larger staterooms and more space in public areas of the ship.

The rooms will be super spacious measuring between 355 to 710 sq. ft. and have full sized balconies.  AmaMagna also has larger bathroom, many with double sinks and deluxe walk-in showers.

The AmaMagna will include multiple dining venues.  Along with the Main Restaurant, there will be 3 others to choose from:

  • The Chef’s Table Restaurant
  • Al Fresco Restaurant
  • Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant – named after Jimmy Murphy, one of the original founders of AmaWaterways.

AmaWaterways will introduce a new Concierge Golf Program, this program will allow guests to book tee times at four top golf courses in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany.

There will be a variety of activities on board:

  • Swimming pool on the sun deck
  • A whirlpool to relax in
  • A fitness center and Wellness Studio
  • A water sports platform at the back of the ship.
  • Fleet of complimentary bikes on board
  • Of course, you’ll have a hair salon and 2 spas on board.

The AmaMagna will sail on the Danube river throughout the year on the following itineraries:

  • Melodies of the Danube
  • Romantic Danube
  • Christmas Markets on the Danube
  • And wine themed cruises

Since this is a new ship and one that is extraordinary, sailings on the AmaMagna in 2019 are selling out fast.

If you have any questions about the ship or the itineraries, please feel free to call us or send a question here.

Interested in keeping up with AmaMagna and other River Cruise updates?

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Wine River Cruise in the U.S. on the Columbia and Snake River

When you hear the words “wine river cruise”, you automatically think France’s Bordeaux region, Burgundy and Provence in the south of France, a Rhine or Danube river cruise with their hillside vineyards.

These certainly are great experiences and I am a huge fan of a European river cruise.  If you have not yet done one, put it on your bucket list as they are an unforgettable vacation.

Columbia River, Mount Hood

BUT, you don’t have to go that far to enjoy a wine themed river cruise.  There’s a spectacular one right in our backyard!  Uncruise has a wine cruise that sails the Columbia River and the Snake River.  Cruise in the footsteps of two legendary explorers, Lewis and Clark.

The areas along the Columbia and Snake rivers are like California’s Sonoma Valley winemaking region.  It is a blossoming wine region and the quality of wine is astounding!  There are new award-winning wineries opening all the time.

Fields of Grapes

Uncruise has a wine themed river cruise called Rivers of Wine and it’s a 7-night cruise aboard the S.S. Legacy that starts and ends in Portland, Oregon.  Portland is a vibrant city in the Pacific Northwest with magnificent coffee shops, brunch spots, food trucks, microbreweries, book stores and some amazing natural scenery of the Willamette River and Mount Hood.  Worth a visit!

Grapes before wine

Highlights of the “Rivers of Wine” cruise:

  • Sommelier and guest wine expert join you on board for the week
  • Winery tours and tastings
  • 5 Washington and Oregon AVAs: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Willamette Valley (An AVA basically requires that 85% or more of the wine is derived from grapes grown within the boundaries of the area)
  • Lunch at Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
  • Maryhill Museum and Winery tour and tasting
  • Explore Palouse Falls canyon and Multnomah Falls
  • Discover Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Watch for Wildlife along the way
Palouse Falls, WA

The S.S. Legacy is a beautiful ship that’s a replica of a turn of the century coastal gold rush steamer.  Featuring elegant carved wooden cabinetry, a well-stocked whiskey saloon, and spacious Owner’s Suite.

Ship – S.S. Legacy

Visits to:

  • Hood River Springhouse Cellar Winery, Columbia River Gorge (show pics)
  • Hood Winery, Columbia River Gorge
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Basel Cellars Estate Winery, Walla, Walla Washington
  • Dunham Cellars, Walla Walla – Small unique winery
  • The town of Walla Walla is wonderful!  You’ll want to do a walking tour.
  • Palouse Falls
  • Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center – a great place to taste wines from the region
  • Terra Blanca Winery & Vineyard, Red Mountain.  One of the largest wineries in the area.  You’ll get to go down to the barrel caves.
  • The Dalles & Willamette Valley
  • Hawks View Cellars
  • Ponzi Vineyards
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate

Uncruise is an adventure cruise line that’s been in the adventure travel business since 1996.  They specialize in soft adventure travel…  With activities like kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, hiking and more.  Nothing too extreme, but active adventure is the name of the game.

The Rivers of Wine itinerary, is an exception.  It’s more about the wine than the activities.  You will still be able to do some hiking, but mostly hiking through vineyards and wineries.  If you want to sail the Columbia and Snake rivers but prefer a bit more adventure and activity, Uncruise does have itinerary options for that as well.

If you’ve sailed or toured this region before, please let us know what your experiences were below.  We’d love to hear about it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or submit a question to us here.