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AmaWaterways newest river ship debuts on the Rhine River – AmaMora

The AmaMora launched this week on the Rhine River and will sail between Amsterdam and Basel.

AmaMora

It will sail on the “Enchanting Rhine” and “Captivating Rhine” itineraries which are 7 nights cruises that go between Amsterdam and Basel.  And starting on Nov. 25, it will offer “Christmas Markets on the Rhine” sailings.

On board, you’ll find an all-day tapas menu and afternoon tea, as well as a 24-hour coffee station.

In addition to AmaWaterways’ signature exquisite, regionally inspired cuisine in the Main Restaurant and at The Chef’s Table.

 

Active leisure amenities include a Sun Deck walking track, pool with swim-up bar, fitness room and bicycles for in-port exploration.

Staterooms are equipped with everything you need for a relaxing vacation, including Entertainment-On-Demand with free high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi.

AmaWaterways has been busy building ships as there are 3 joining the fleet in 2019.  Along with the AmaMora, the AmaMagna which recently launched on the Danube River, and AmaDouro which will sail on Portugal’s Douro River.  This brings the total up to 23 river ships.

If you’ve got any questions, I’d love to be able to help.  Please feel free to send us a message here or call 305-814-8184.

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Experience land tours on this new ALL ELECTRIC vessel!

Hurtigruten will introduce a new all electric vessel for excursions for next spring, 2020.  The MS Bard is a battery powered catamarans custom-built for Polar water exploration.

The catamaran will operate daily excursions on batteries for up to 10 hours from her home-port Longyearbyen – on the Arctic island of Svalbard.  The MS Bard is just about 80 feet long and can accommodate up to 140 guests traveling along the Norwegian coast.

This is great news for the cruising industry!  Hurtigruten is taking the lead in sustainable travel and they are huge advocates of stricter rules and regulations on the entire cruise industry.  Go Hurtigruten!

Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Europe, Africa, South America, Central America, Arctic Canada, and Antarctica.

If you have any questions about Hurtigruten or would like to discuss itineraries, please feel free to call 305-814-8184 or send us an email here!


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AmaWaterways Christens newest ship sailing on the Douro River

AmaWaterways recently christened one of it’s newest ships for 2019.  The AmaDouro will sail on the Douro River – featured on Portugal and Spain river cruise itineraries.

Often overshadowed by the Rhine and the Danube, Douro river cruises are growing in popularity.

The ship will sail on the Enticing Douro 7 night cruise from Porto back to Porto with an extension in Lisbon.

Rambling vineyards and charming native farms cling to the steep sides of the Douro River Valley, creating an incomparable backdrop to one of Europe’s most unspoiled regions and to Port country— the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. Sail roundtrip from Porto, the beautiful “City of Bridges”; visit Barca d’Alva, the last Portuguese village along the Douro; and marvel at Salamanca, the UNESCO-designated “Golden City.” Taste wines from historic wineries and soak up the genuine beauty of one of Europe’s most unadulterated landscapes.

The spectacular AmaDouro, in 2019.  Like Ama’s other ships, the AmaDouro will feature spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, most of which will include balconies to take in views of the breathtaking hills and terraced vineyards along the river.

Staterooms will also include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe.

The Panoramic Lounge will be a stylish and inviting space for a drink and nightly entertainment. The ship also features a massage room, fitness room, Sun Deck swimming pool and a gift shop, as well as the culinary delights of the Main Restaurant, where you’ll be able to sample the region’s famous Port wine.

To learn more, call us at 305-814-8184 or send us a note here!


 

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Destination – Switzerland! Journey by high class rail

Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries with it’s shimmering lakes, scenic mountains, medieval villages, and high peaks of the Alps.  With bordering neighbors like France, Germany, Austria, and Italy, Switzerland can often be overlooked.  But it shouldn’t be!

There’s a new itinerary offered by Cox & King, Switzerland & Snow-Capped Alps.  The full itinerary is below.

Highlights of this wonderful itinerary include:

  • High Class rail trip through Switzerland
  • Horse drawn carriage ride in the Val Fex valley
  • Exploring Chillon Castle
  • A medieval fortress on an island in Lake Geneva
  • A private sledding ride crosses alpine meadows and frozen waterfalls ending at a small local restaurant for dinner
  • A chocolate making workshop and tasting traditional fondue
  • Much more!

Switzerland & Snow – Capped Alps

12 DAYS & 11 NIGHTS, PRIVATE JOURNEY 

PRICING FROM: $9,599

Zurich, Sils Maria, Zermatt, Vevey, Interlaken & Lucerne

Enjoy sublime views of mountains and glaciers and take in the local culture as you travel by train through Switzerland on this journey. Begin your journey with a tour of life in Zermatt. Ride into the idyllic Fex Valley on horse-drawn carriage. Rise above 29 peaks on the Gornergrat Railway and revel in the breathtaking views. Learn to make chocolate in the Swiss Alps. In Lucerne, discover hidden valley and town squares. Travel through the country at ease with high class rail.

  • Day 1

    Arrive Zurich

    Welcome to Zurich! This afternoon, meet your private guide and embark on a highlights walking tour of Zurich. During your exploration of old town, you will uncover the secrets of Bahnhofstrasse, find out what a “procession axis” is, and visit a church with a clock that has a minute-hand that jumps a record-breaking half meter every minute.

    Unique Hotel Post

  • Day 2

    Sils-Maria

    Enjoy a scenic first class train ride to St. Moritz. Upon arrival, you will be assisted to your elegant hotel.
    This afternoon, you can choose to book an optional scenic helicopter flight with a culinary stopover, or explore on your own. Spend the night in Sils-Maria.

    Hotel Waldhaus – 2 Nights (B)

  • Day 3

    Sils-Maria

    A trip by horse-drawn carriage into the Val Fex is one of the most romantic experiences far and wide. Enjoy your ride, and then try fondue in the area around the beautiful Fex Valley. Later on relax by taking advantage of the hotel’s spa facilities.

    Hotel Waldhaus (B)

  • Day 4

    Sils-Maria to Zermatt

    After breakfast, meet with your driver who will take you to St. Moritz train station. There, you will board the famous Glacier Express. Enjoy a 3-course meal while taking in the breath-taking sights. Spend the night in your elegant hotel in Zermatt.

    Grand Hotel Zermatterhof – 2 Nights (B, L)

  • Day 5

    Zermatt

    Enjoy a stroll through Zermatt before taking the Gornergrat Railway to an altitude of 10135 above sea level, with a breath-taking mountain panorama overlooking 29 peaks over 4,000m high. This afternoon, take some time to explore Zermatt or relax in the hotel spa.

    Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (B)

  • Day 6

    Zermatt to Vevey

    Take the train from Zermatt to Vevey. Upon arrival, we suggest to either enjoy a private tour of the world famous Charlie Chaplin Museum. Another option is to explore the wine region Laveaux which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Grand Hotel Du Lac – 2 Nights (B)

  • Day 7

    Vevey

    Explore Chillon Castle, a medieval fortress on an island in Lake Geneva. Listed as “Switzerland’s most visited historic monument,” this is a stop you cannot miss on your journey through this beautiful and mountainous country.

    Grand Hotel Du Lac (B)

  • Day 8

    Vevey to Interlaken

    Take the train to Interlaken and enjoy the beautiful snow covered mountain resort which is presided over by the three mighty mountains of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Upon arrival, participate in a Chocolate Workshop, in which you will produce your own masterpiece of 400 g chocolate. After the chocolate workshop, you have the option to book a private sledding night in the Swiss Alps.

    Along the way the trail winds through the woods, crosses alpine meadows and passes majestic frozen waterfalls. The sled run finishes at a small local restaurant where you can enjoy a traditional Swiss cheese fondue dinner.

    Victoria Jungfrau – 2 Nights (B)

  • Day 9

    Interlaken

    Visit Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe, on a self-guided tour. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Aletsch Glacier as you travel.

    Victoria Jungfrau (B)

  • Day 10

    Interlaken to Lucerne

    Travel by train over the Brunigpass, towards picturesque Lucerne, on the famous Golden Pass Line. The afternoon is at your leisure, spend it exploring the city, or else enjoying your hotel spa.

    Grand Hotel National – 2 Nights (B)

  • Day 11

    Lucerne

    Lucerne is the gateway of central Switzerland. Situated on Lake Lucerne, it is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Today, enjoy a private walking city tour as well as an excursion to Mount Pilatus. On the tour you will learn important and humorous facts about the history of Lucerne and the everyday life of its residents. You will discover hidden alleys, visit town squares teeming with activity and even catch a glimpse of the city’s “crown,” the Musegg Wall.

    Grand Hotel National (B)

  • Day 12

    Depart

    Travel by train back to Zurich or Geneva for your onward journey or your return flight home.

    (B)

    Interested in more information?  Please feel free to call me at 305-814-8184 or send me a note here!


     

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The Travel Event of the Decade – Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Preparations are underway for the travel event of the decade. 

Every 10 years, in the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau, the residents perform The Passion Play. 

The tradition dates back to the 17th century and it’s one of the world’s grandest religious spectacles.   

It started in 1633, when the villagers made a vow that they would perform the Passion Play if they were spared an epidemic of the plague.  After the vow, not a single person fell victim to the plague.  The Passion Play has been continued every 10 years as the community all come together to perform this ritual. 

Visitors from around the world descend onto Oberammergau to witness the performance.  The Passion Play will run from May to October 2020. 

The play is performed 5 days per week in an open-air theater which seats about 4,700 people.  The setting, with the mountains in the background, make this an unforgettable scene.   

There are several ways you can experience the Oberammergau Passion Play.  Several river cruise lines have itineraries that include this great spectacle.  Or if you prefer a land tour, most tour companies have itineraries that will include the Passion Play. 

We’d love to help plan your trip!  If you have any questions, please call us at 305-814-8184 or send us a note here!

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