1/10/2024     by Justin Gibson

Immerse Yourself in Local Culture with AmaWaterways

When it comes to a wonderous vacation abroad, nothing elevates an already life-changing trip like more. More days abroad is just what the doctor ordered — except how can you extend your trip while on a cruise? Have no fear; thanks to land packages from AmaWaterways, you can make the most of your vacation by staying for a few days before or after your cruise. Here’s a primer on what that entails, and two of our favorite options.


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Wine tasting on the Rhine is just a taste of the good life that land packages can provide.

Land Packages — the Proverbial Cherry on Top

Picture it: You’ve just explored Europe via its enchanting rivers, spending each day discovering a new village, town or port. But your wanderlust isn’t satiated — you’re still looking to experience a locale authentically! With a land package, AmaWaterways delivers the convenience of a cruise, but on land: They’ll whisk you away between the ship and your world-class hotel, provide specially curated guided tours and the perfect amount of free time for your own guided discovery.


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People-watch while you savor tapas at the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.

Join the Madrileños in the Spirited City of Madrid

Madrid thrums with life — with the flourishing plazas, beautiful green parks, rich collections of art, diverse architecture and bustling city streets, you’ll be swept off your feet at the romance baked into everyday life. Tour the Plaza Mayor and its many shops, cafes and restaurants. Stroll the Mercado de San Miguel, an indoor market bursting with sights, smells and flavors. Savor a selection of tapas, such as patatas bravas and gambas al ajillo, people-watch in the Paseo del Prado, browse the countless masterpieces on display in the “Golden Triangle of Art” and finish the day off with a live performance of flamenco dancing at the Corral de la Morería. This vibrant city is simply overflowing with memorable experiences; extra days here are put to good use.


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Bretzels and beer are a tasty rite of passage for anyone visiting Munich.

Raise a Glass and Toast to Munich

Bordering the Bavarian Alps and nestled along the River Isar, the city of Munich boasts plenty of jaw-dropping scenic views and exciting experiences. Besides the baroque churches, scores of historic breweries dot the city and line the streets; the spirit of Oktoberfest lives here year-round. Multiple meals might consist of weisswurst (white veal sausage), schnitzel (breaded and fried meat cutlets) and bretzel (German pretzel) — all of which pair perfectly with a refreshing pint of beer. When it comes time to burn off such a hearty meal, plenty of sites warrant a walk to discover them for yourself: The Rathaus-Glockenspiel is near the top of the list. This century-old mechanical marvel consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized wooden figures and comes to life in a charming show several times a day. Another marvel to discover? The Devil’s Footprint. Legend has it that the devil himself visited the Cathedral of Our Dear Lady, and upon discovering the windows, stomped on the ground, leaving a black mark in the entryway. Devil, pretzel or other — this charming city is full of good cheer and good food; what you make of it is up to you.

An ideal way to make the most of your land package with AmaWaterways is by booking through our travel agents. On top of the benefits of vacationing with AmaWaterways — their philosophy of attention to detail, constant innovation and guest-first culture — you’ll also enjoy the benefits of a trusted professional planning your travel. Years of hard-earned wisdom and recommendations informing your choices, exclusive amenities secured from the leading names in travel and the peace of mind knowing that you’re covered with a pro on call, should life throw you a curveball … it’s perks, compounded. Our agents know AmaWaterways well, so we can help you choose, plan and book your cruise vacation to perfection.


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