All About AmaWaterways

Europeanbarging represents one of the best river cruise lines in the world – Amawaterways river cruises.

AmaWaterways ship on the Rhine

Ama waterways introduces 2 new river cruise ships in Cologne Germany

These cruises allow you to discover the most scenic waterways in the world. Amawaterways Europe river cruise also allows you to explore the most historic cities in the world including, Prague, Paris, Normandy, Bordeaux, Amsterdam, Budapest, Munich, Zurich, Lisbon, and more.

Here are some of the Amawaterways river cruises that you should try:

1. The Enchanting Rhine
This is a seven-night cruise along the Rhine River. The cruise starts in Amsterdam and ends in Zurich. But, it has a number of stopovers including Cologne, Rhine Gorge, Rudesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Breisach, Basel and Lucerne. During this tour, you’ll get to enjoy the different attractions around Europe, including the Basel Old Town, the Rathaus and Marktplatz, the Basel Minster, Spalentor, Lake Luzern, Old Town Lucerne, and many more. You’ll also cruise along the beautiful castles along Rhine and go wine tasting in Rudesheim. You can also bike around Strasbourg. This is a cruise that you should not miss.

2. Blue Danube Discovery
If you have a lot of time to spare, you can spend a couple of nights in Budapest, explore Prague for three nights, and go on a 7-day cycling cruise along Danube via the Blue Danube discovery cruise. You’ll get to visit many cities when you take this cruise, including Bratislava, Budapest, Durnstein, Linz, Melk, Nuremberg, Passau, Pilzen, Prague, Regensburg and Vienna. You’ll enjoy the scenic and panoramic view of Linz, Melk, and Passau. You’ll also get to visit the different tourist spots in Budapest and Prague including, the Prague castle, the Clementinum, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Municipal House, Josefov, The Petrin Lookout Tower, Budapest Castle Hill, Magnificent Margaret Island, and the Inner Ring.

3. Gems of the Southwest Cruise
If you’re planning for a grand vacation, the Amawaterways Gems of the Southwest Cruise is perfect for you. The Gems of the Southwest Cruise is a 12-day cruise and land tour that starts in Vienna and ends in Bucharest. When you take this cruise, you’ll get to explore a number of beautiful cities including Vienna, Budapest, Mohac’s, Pecs, Vilany, Vukovar, Novi Sad, Belgrade, cruising through the Iron Gates, Vidin, Giurgiu, Bucharest Rousse, Brasov. You can even tour around these cities using a bicycle, free of charge.

4. The Enticing Douro Cruise
The Enticing Douro Cruise is an 11-day cruise from Lisbon to Porto. This is a wine cruise so there are a number of wine tasting courses along the way. You’ll get to enjoy the beautiful cities of Lisbon, Porto, Regua, Barca d’Alva, Vega Terron, Pinhao, and Entre-os Rios.

There are a lot of Amawaterways River Cruises that you can try including the Ultimate River Cruise, the Magnificent Europe Cruise, Holland Tulip River Cruise, Christmas Market Cruises, Wine Themed Cruises and the Melodies of the Danube. Each cruise provides a unique experience. Plus, Amawaterways is the only river cruise that carries a number of safety helmets and bicycles. You can join a bike tour or you can explore the cities on a bicycle on your own. You can cycle along the Danube and Wachau Valley. You can also join the cycling tour in Antwerp if you choose to go on Holland Tulip River Cruise or along the Seine River.

Europeanbarging can assist with finding the perfect river cruise for you. Contact them for promotional offers and details on payment plans. Europeanbarging are barge and river cruise specialist since 1998. For more information: jan@europeanbarging.com 888-869-7907

 

Top 3 Reasons Why you should Experience a Europe River Cruise with AmaWaterways Today

Imagine this; you and your loved ones sitting on the deck of a luxurious river cruising ship, taking some time off and simply enjoying the moment. Warm and friendly staff offering you exquisite wine and foods, and you are provided with top-notch services like no other. This is something that you can get if you decided to avail of the Europe River Cruise offered by AmaWaterways.

AmaLyra Ship

3 major reasons why you should try to get these wonderful things from AmaWaterways.

You deserve it

An exciting array of amenities awaits the lucky passenger who will be on board an AmaWaterways River Cruises as they will be welcomed by a group of warm, friendly, and hospitable people who will take care of their needs while on vacation. On top of the warm and friendly service is an exhilarating experience as the cruise takes you to famous landmarks, and allows you to take pleasure in city-hopping while docking at the heart of these cities, and taste their sumptuous gourmet dishes. Several daily shore excursions and adventures also await you.

With AmaWaterways, you no longer have to wait in line just to get to the famous landmarks in Europe. You do not need to worry about getting lost because you are not familiar with the place. You do not also need to think about language barriers since you will be guided with tour guides and crew who speak English.

It gives you enough reasons to celebrate.

On board a Europe river cruise is a brand new experience that will make you believe that every day is a day to celebrate life and all its glory. You will be treated like royalty as you get to experience Europe in the comfort of your own magnificent room. AmaWaterways newest ships feature twin balconies, which is only exclusive to AmaWaterways. It features an innovative design, which you can find in almost all staterooms. It has a French Balcony and an Outside Balcony where you can enjoy your moments in private. You can also enjoy a relaxing morning with a drink or coffee in your full-size outdoor balcony. There are also a few connecting cabins, Chef’s Table, heated swimming pools and many more innovative features.

It allows you to have fun

The stress and challenges associated to daily living are not reasons to stop having fun. You only live once, so you might as well make the most out of it. The once in a lifetime Europe river cruise experience from AmaWaterways will surely be a memorable one. Aside from town and city-hopping, this cruise will treat you with exquisite and fine-tasting wines that will make you forget all troubles behind. So think about it – you have fine wine on the table, gourmet foods on the menu, exhilarating scenery on the side, and warm and friendly service to top all these. What more can you ask for?

So if you are still thinking twice whether or not you will take advantage of what this priceless getaway will offer, stop! You deserve this. You want this. You have to get on that Europe river cruise today.

AmaWaterways is rated one of the top river cruise lines in the world.  In addition to offering many different itineraries, they have many themed cruise itineraries such as wine, art, food and music.  The rates include 7 night cruise with multi choice excursions, use of bicycles to cycle the area, free Wi-Fi,  all meals including wine with lunch and dinner as well as a one hour happy hour each evening before dinner.  A wide variety of food choices available onboard.  Rates start at $2999 per person in low season, often with discounts up to $750 off.

Give us a call to find the perfect cruise or you.  Europeanbarging.com  888-869-7907  Barge and River Cruise Specialist since 1998.

Gourmet France: Famous Cheeses from the Best French Cheese Regions

Aside from French sweets, Gourmet France is known for its cheeses. So crazy are the French about their cheeses that there are around 400 distinct types of French cheeses grouped into 8 categories. Since it would take forever to go through every single type of cheese, here are the 10 tastiest cheeses from different French cheese regions that every aspiring French cheese connoisseur needs to know.

 

Cheese tasting

Cheese tasting on the Apres Tout barge in Burgundy France

Brie
Considered as one of the best-known cheeses in the world, brie is a type of soft cheese that becomes softer as it ages. Named after the historic region in Northern France where it’s mainly produced, brie has a rich milk and buttery flavor that makes it perfect to eat with bread and paired with either red or white wine.

Camembert
Named after its birthplace in Camembert, Normandy, Camembert is another type of soft creamy cheese that the French absolutely love. Made with raw cow’s milk, Camembert has an earthy flavor that is similar to brie, only a bit stronger.

Reblochon
This creamy cheese is made in the Haute Savoie Alps region and is one of the more popular grand mountain cheeses readily available in markets today. Made from raw cow’s milk, Reblochon has a strong aroma with a nutty aftertaste.

Edel de Cleron
Made in the village of Cleron in the Franche-Comte region, Edel de Cleron is a traditional cheese made from pasteurized cow’s milk. This soft cheese, known for its woody aftertaste, is best eaten ripe when it’s runny and gooey on the inside.

Delice
The Delice is a type of cheese that is made in Burgundy. Since cream is added in twice with the milk during the cheese-making process, this cheese is rich and exceptionally creamy that you’ll feel it melting in your mouth.

Morbier
Produced in the Eastern region of France, the Morbier is a type of semi-soft cheese that can be made from either raw or pasteurized cow’s milk. The Morbier has a tangy flavor with a hint of citrus and is also fairly elastic.

Pont-L’Eveque
Known as one of the oldest cheeses from Normandy, the Pont-L’Eveque is the only semi-soft cheese with a cross-hatched pale orange rind. Made from raw cow’s milk, it has a creamy smooth texture and a fairly strong pungent aroma.

Mimolette
Traditionally produced in the city of Lille, the Mimolette is a type of hard cheese with a bright orange color and comes in the shape of a cantaloupe. When properly aged, this cheese has a nutty flavor and makes a great addition to any cheese platter.

Comte
Also known as the Gruyere de Comte, the Comte is a delightful hard French cheese with a smoky yet fruity taste. Made from unpasteurized cow’s milk and produced in Eastern France, this versatile cheese is usually melted to make fondue, eaten as a sandwich, or grated over savory dishes.

Roquefort
Known as one of the most popular blue cheeses around, the Roquefort is made from sheep’s milk in the south of France. Similar to the Bleu d’Auvergne, the Roquefort is a rich, creamy, sharp cheese with a pungent aroma.

Taking a barge cruise through the canals of France will give you a chance to taste many different cheeses. The cheeses will be accompanied by complementary wines of the regions as well as great food. Barge cruises range in price from low $3,000’s to over $7.000 per person for 6 nights. Rate includes the cruise, all meals, most non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages and excursions. All barges include bicycles for cycling the towpaths along the canals and exploring the nearby towns and villages. Check out our site to learn about the different barges we offer. For more information contact: jan@europeanbarging.com or 888-869-7907  Barge and River cruise specialist since 1998.

Visit One of the Most Beautiful Hidden Gems in the World – Bamberg

Germany is known for its numerous tourist spots and beautiful medieval towns. Some of the commonly visited places are Nuremberg, Heidelberg, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Since these three are heavily promoted and recommended by travel books and other resources, people miss the opportunity on finding this incredible, hidden gem, called Bamburg Germany.

Bamberg is pure eye candy. It is known for its many Catholic churches, authentic medieval setting preserved by very minimal damages from World War II, home to a wide variety of locally brewed beers, the imperial couple’s tomb, and the only place where a pope is buried north of the alps. This article will feature reasons why Bamberg has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

According to many travel bloggers and enthusiasts, strolling around Bamberg is best done during the day. The peaceful silence and vibe can be most enjoyed during the morning, around 8 to 9am. The picturesque sights and architecture of the town will allow you to enjoy lengthy and relaxing walks throughout the town.

Bamberg Church (locally known as Bamberger Dom) is one of the most artistically crafted churches ever. It is one of the world’s few imperial cathedrals, where the tomb of imperial couple King Henry II and Cunigunde of Luxembourg reside. They are known for their godly acts as they received sainthood. Another grave located in the church is Pope Clemence II. Formerly named bishop Suidger of Bamberg, he was elected as pope in 1046. The cathedral encountered a few mishaps, having been destroyed by fire twice on two occasions. Damaged areas were repaired in 1237 and the building is still standing tall today.

The Old Court, just nearby the Bamberg Church, was originally a fort. Alte Hofhaltung, as it was locally known, was later converted to a home for bishops, then eventually became Bamberg’s largest museum.

The Altes Rathaus or the Old Town Hall, is easily the most attractive building in Bamberg. One side of the wall is painted with gorgeous artwork. Its location where it was built is also interesting, as it rests in the middle of the Regnitz River, connected by bridges on each side – truly an interesting piece of architecture.

The Klein Venedig is a small area where people could eat and socialize. Its name translates to “Little Venice”. The best part of his place is it provides a lovely view of the town as you sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee. Last but definitely not the least, Bamberg is famed for its uniquely brewed smoked beer. This can be found in The Schlenkerla, one of the town’s famous breweries.

Bamberg can be easily visited by taking a German river cruise through the Main-Danube Canal. For the best experience, the AmaWaterways line is recommended. Their Europe’s Rivers and Castles cruises between Nuremberg and Luxembourg on the AmaDante ship. It offers trips for as low as $2,999 and guarantees a luxurious experience while cruising 3 rivers of Germany.

For more information or to book a cabin, please contact: jan@europeanbarging.com or 888-869-7907.  Barge and River Cruise Specialist.

2 for 1 Cruise Offer on a AmaWaterways Medieval Treasures

AmaWaterways introduced a new itinerary package in 2018  for tourists wanting to explore the sights of France, Germany and Switzerland via romantic river of Rhine and the serene water of Main River. For the Nov 15, 2018 departure, aboard the AmaDante, they are now offering 2 for 1 cruise pricing on the cruise only rates.  With discounted pricing starting at $1949 + $168 port tax for a cabin on the middle deck with a French Balcony, this is a great opportunity to experience this great cruise line.

This new AmaWaterways Itineraries package is called the Medieval Treasures. It is a 7-night cruise from Basel to Nuremberg. It promises a plethora of medieval treasures that you will remember for the rest of your life. So, bring your family with you and take a journey of a lifetime.

Day 1 – Basel
Prepare for your cruise and meet your co-passengers.

Day 2- Strasbourg
There are two ways to explore the city – walk or take a bike tour. Explore the iconic structures of Parc de l’Orangerie, the Place de la République, the European Parliament and the famous, fairy-tale like district called “La Petite France”.

Day 3- Ludwigshafen
A guided walking tour will take you to Germany’s old city. Explore Europe’s biggest Romanesque cathedral which is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy Altpörtel, Speyer Technical Museum and Mannheim Baroque Palace. As the day ends, cruise will take to Rüdesheim for special wine tasting in Riesling.

Day 4- Rüdesheim
There are many choices to explore the place. Ride a gondola to reach Niedelwald Monument and enjoy the sights vineyards along the riverbanks. If you love music, visit the famous Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum which houses the grandest collection of self-playing instruments. A whole-day excursion to the medieval city of Heidelberg situated in Neckar River Valley in the Castle Road is another option.

Afterwards, end your day tour by visiting the panoramic city views of Frankfurt, the capital of Germany. Have a taste of authentic flavors of Römerberg beer.

Day 5- Miltenberg
Miltenberg is known as the “Pearl of the Main River”. It will bring you to a fairytale world as you roam around its 14th and 15th century gabled, semi-timbered houses. Find the famous Crooked House and explore the Royal Inn which is operational since 17th century. Never miss the chance to take photos. These fabled structures are treasures to be remembered. Other options included guided bike tour along the riverbanks of Main River or have a gastronomic trip to Franconia specialties.

Day 6- Würzburg
It is located along Germany’s “Romantic Road” amidst vineyards of the region. It is a beautiful place with Baroque structures and architectural designs. Its crown jewel is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Baroque Residenz Palace. The structure boasts of gran fresco by Tiepolo and lavish interiors which is truly breathtaking. Hike and explore the prominent landmark of the area, the Marienberg Fortress along the left Main River bank.

Your afternoon delight can include visiting the famed wine cellars underneath Würzburg and participating in Franconian wine-tasting activity.

Day 7 – Bamberg
Bamberg is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be enchanted by its numbers of elegant mansions, Old Town Hall and the Cathedral. While roaming, taste their smoked beer and Hornla (a pastry dating back 1427) and the licorice rot.

Day 8- Nuremberg
Your new AmaWaterways itineraries journey ends here.

But remember, every journey has an end but the memories of experiencing the treasured journey will be forever etched in your heart.

The 2 for 1 offer expires Sept 30, 2018, so call or email now to book your cabin.  888-869-7907  jan@europeanbarging.com

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