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HOSTED ADVENTURES

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IRELAND SEPTEMBER 2022
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RIVERS & CASTLES
OCTOBER 2022
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EXPLORE ANTARCTICA
JANUARY 2023
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TULIP TIME
AMA WATERWAYS
APRIL 2023
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EXPLORE AFRICA

SEPTEMBER 2023
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WINE CRUISE
PACIFIC NORTHWEST
OCTOBER 2023
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CHRISTMAS MARKETS ON THE RHINE

DECEMBER 2023
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CRUISE THE NILE - EGYPT

MARCH 2024

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

IRELAND ADVENTURE
SEPTEMBER 2022

Overview…

 

"Cead Mile Failte," a hundred thousand welcomes!

 

A 10-day, 9-night stay touring some of the best experiences Ireland has to offer. Your Driver/Guide is a highly trained professional and will enrich your travel experience with a wealth of expert knowledge.

Must-Dos - Unique Experiences

Let's face it, everyone's must-dos look a little different. Here are just a few of our personal favorites.

  • Winterfell CastleTour & Archery Experience

  • The Dark Hedges

  • Belfast City Tour

  • Giants Causeway 

  • EPIC Immigration Museum

  • King John's Castle

 

Itinerary…

 

You'll be met outside of the arrivals hall by your chauffeur, who will take you to your upscale Dublin hotel.

Day 1 – Arrival and afternoon to tour Dublin
 

Day 2 – Depart for Belfast 

On your way to Belfast, you'll stop at the Slane Distillery; this is just one of the nine distilleries on this tour. You'll then visit the Game of Thrones set and see where this hit TV show was filmed. Enjoy exclusive access to the set, a chance to dress up in authentic Game of Thrones "Stark Family" costumes, and try your hand at archery.

Day 3 – Belfast continues.

Meet a Local Specialist for a living history tour that takes you through the landmarks that have played their part in the city's colorful development. You will see many prominent city features during the tour, including City Hall, Queens University, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, and Albert Clock.

Then it's on to the Dark Hedges, and The Stuart family planted this beautiful avenue of beech trees in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. The iconic trees have been used to film HBO's epic series Game of Thrones, representing the King's Road.

Day 4  – Travel to Hudson Bay Hotel for your next night's stay.

Day 5 - Bunratty Castle Hotel

A visit to King John's Castle, also commonly known as Limerick Castle. Then on to your afternoon premium tasting with the Jameson Experience in Midleton. Experience Ireland's true 'spirit' in the Jameson Distillery, a whiskey museum and visitor centre located in the historic Old Midleton Distillery in County Cork.

 

Day 6 – Arrive at Blarney Castle

Yes, you'll have time to kiss the blarney stone, if you like. Then it's off to the House of Waterford Crystal. Visit the House of Waterford Crystal, whose wares are coveted by connoisseurs and collectors alike. Browse through the extensive showrooms with a chance to purchase a souvenir in the Gallery Store. And stop at Ballykeefe Distillery, Located just outside Kilkenny city, the Ballykeefe Distillery produces a super-premium Whiskey, gin, vodka, and a traditional Poitín. On your tour today, you will learn firsthand about every step in the brewing and distilling process. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a tasting in their visitors centre.

This is just a quick overview of our itinerary and not every day is listed nor are all of the tours. If you're interested in joining us, please click the more information box on the left side.

 

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Sailing the Main to see Europe's Rivers & Castles

October 2022

Overview…

 

From the meandering Main to the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley with its multitude of castles dotting its shores to the vineyard-clad hills of the Moselle, enjoy Europe at its most picturesque. Let the storybook villages—Bernkastel, Cochem, and Wertheim—captivate you, and Rothenburg, located on the Romantic Road, enchant you.

 

This seven-day journey has a pre-stay in Paris and a post-stay in Prague as add-ons. 

Below are just some of the options you have to choose from while aboard an AMA Waterways river cruise.

A peek at this incredible itinerary...

 

Day 1  EMBARKATION – LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG

Day 2 

SCHWEICH, GERMANY – TRIER – BERNKASTEL, GERMANY

Trier is Germany's oldest city, renowned for its rich ancient Roman past and referred to as the "Rome of the North" or "Second Rome" as it has impressive Roman relics and nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Join a guided tour of the city, including the old Roman amphitheater, Roman Baths, and Basilica of Constantine. Alternatively, go in search of the secrets of the Porta Nigra Gate, dating back to 180 A.D., on a tour that takes you back to a time when Rome ruled the world from the Emperor's seat in Trier.

Day 3  

ALKEN, GERMANY – COCHEM – RÜDESHEIM, GERMANY

Day 4 

RÜDESHEIM

Drink up the stunning views by soaring high above the vineyards with a gondola ride to the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, or allow yourself to be treated to a wine tasting.

Day 5  

WERTHEIM, GERMANY

Wertheim's old town center still features half-timbered houses and the Gothic architecture of the Stiftskirche, its oldest Protestant church. Seeking a more active adventure, take a scenic bike ride through the Main River Valley or hike high above the town to visit the castle, one of the most picturesque ruins in Germany.

Day 6  WÜRZBURG, GERMANY

Enjoy a city tour of Würzburg, bursting with Baroque splendor. Or visit Würzburg's Baroque Residenz Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features an opulent interior, including a grand fresco by Tiepolo. Or stretch your legs while hiking to Würzburg Castle. Alternately, go on a full-day excursion to Rothenburg, Germany's best-preserved walled town located on the Romantic Road.

Day 7 

ELTMANN, GERMANY

 

Day 8  

NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION

Bid farewell to the ship in Nuremberg as you prepare for your return flight home or venture on to Prague for your post-stay adventure.

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST SUSTAINABLE WINE CRUISE

OCTOBER 2023

Overview…

 

Enjoy the best of the Pacific Northwest aboard our Columbia and Snake river cruises. Choose to cruise from Portland to Spokane, or the reverse for the trip of a lifetime. Embark on a river cruise to see that the natural world is alive here – unlike anywhere else on earth – and through historic sites and locks and dams, it flows. Sea lions sunbathe on buoys as the distant horizon unblankets the sky to reveal its snow-capped mountains between Portland and Spokane. 

Must Do’s - Unique Experiences

  • Vineyard tour to one of the most untamed vineyards in the world - Hiyu Wine Farm

  • Mindful Wine Tasting with private group sommelier

  • Yoga session

  • Included excursions in each port.

Glass of Red Wine

Take a look at our exclusive itinerary...

 

Day 1 VANCOUVER, WA PRE-STAY EVENING

Day 2  VANCOUVER, WA - ALL ABOARD

Special welcome reception for our group.

Day 3  ASTORIA, OR

Astoria is known to be the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. There is no doubting the richness of the history grounded in this Columbia River town. For thousands of years, the Clatsop Tribe inhabited the lands. Today, you can climb to the top of the Astoria Column – wrapped in depictions of history – look out over the landscape toward the Pacific Ocean, and watch your model wooden airplane glide through the air to its rest below.

Day 4  CRUISING THE COLUMBIA RIVER

Mindful wine tasting with our group host - Chiara Shannon

Day 5  STEVENSON, WA

Stevenson embraces the adventurist – with hiking trails, hot springs, and local wineries, a visitor is sure to find plenty to do. Opportunities for educational enlightenment abound within the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center and at Bonneville Dam. Consider a stop downtown to visit restaurants, cafés, and small locally owned shops in which reside treasures of the Pacific Northwest.

Day 6  THE DALLES, OR

Private group tour to Hiyu Wine Farm led by our sustainable sommolier.

Day 7 RICHLAND, WA

Day 8  CLARKSTON, WA

Nestled at the union of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in southeast Washington, Clarkston is the gateway to North America’s deepest gorge – Hells Canyon – on the Snake River. Picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates, and a deep history make this scenic inland port a desirable stop. Spend the day enjoying Clarkston, Washington, and neighboring Lewiston, Idaho while tracing the legacy of the journey of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – for whom the cities are named.

Day 9  CLARKSTON, WA DISEMBARK

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ATLAS OCEAN VOYAGE 

ANTARCTICA JANUARY 2023

Overview…

Crossing the Drake Passage from Ushuaia, Argentina into Antarctica, you can accomplish this feat very few have achieved, and on this ocean voyage, you do it twice. The Shetlands Islands, almost completely ice-covered and teeming with penguin rookeries and seals, beckons you to explore. Our Zodiac safaris get you close to the action as you watch for whales and other sea life breach the Antarctic seas. Within the Antarctic Peninsula, it’s captain’s choice, where the master of World Navigator will take you to the best areas for wildlife viewing that include up to 8 landings on the continent.

A few highlights of this itinerary:

Day 1  EMBARKATION DAY - Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 2 - 3  DRAKE PASSAGE NAVIGATION

Navigating the intrepid Drake Passage is made for the boldest of explorers. Petrels and albatrosses that glide across the skies guide the way. To witness its tremendous power makes the journey to Antarctica all the more triumphant. The Drake Passage leads you from the southernmost region of the Americas to the Antarctic Peninsula, the northern point of The White Continent.

Day 4  SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS, ANTARCTICA

The South Shetland Islands are entirely silent and serene. Natural wonders like the black and white effect of Deception Island and the tops of massive glaciers sitting atop the water’s surface inspire awe and admiration even from the most veteran explorers. The stillness of the Shetland Islands evokes a sense of wilderness left to be discovered. Along the rugged cliffs of Brown Bluff, the exposed portion of a glacial volcano, you can hike to a backdrop of expanses of ice and ocean. Dotted with Adélie penguins and leopard seals, the rocky shoreline provides a challenging path to trek the environment and explore among the wildlife. The whimsical birds waddle about, inviting you to give in to your inner child and play along.

 

Day 5 , 6 & 7 CAPTAIN'S CHOICE

Captain’s Choice ports of call add to the sense of adventure and an element of surprise. Your ship’s master will sail around changing weather conditions as needed and take you to the best areas for wildlife viewing. Captain’s Choice ports include Deception Island, Paulet Island, Brown Bluff, Neko Harbor, Paradise Bay, Cuverville Island, and Goudier Island.

Day 8  DRAKE PASSAGE RETURN

Day 9 NAVIGATING CAPE HORNE, CHILE

Day 10  USHUAIA, ARGENTINA-DISEMBARKATION

Don’t let the nickname the “End of the World” fool you. Although it lies on the southernmost tip of South America among the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia is far from the end of any adventure. Where the Andes meet the Beagle Channel lies a lively town ready and waiting to take you on the thrill ride of a lifetime.

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TULIP TIME

Overview…

​Celebrate spring in the Netherlands and Belgium when the Keukenhof Gardens and Floralia come alive.

 

Experience Amsterdam’s colorful canals, the whimsical Kinderdijk windmills, and the art of Rubens and Michelangelo.

 

Discover the timeless traditions of Delft porcelain and revel in the medieval architectural treasures of Bruges, Middelburg, and Ghent.

 

Throughout your journey, indulge in Belgian chocolates, warm waffles, and delicious cheeses—all while savoring the storybook atmosphere of the region.

Tulip Fields

Cruise Itinerary…

Day 1  ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION

Day 2  AMSTERDAM – HOORN
Enjoy a scenic cruise through the IJsselmeer to Hoorn, where you have a choice of four excursions. Visit a family-run tulip farm with over one million tulips, each in different growth phases and in many species and colors.

Day 3 MIDDELBURG

Day 4  GHENT, BELGIUM
There are several choices of excursions, depending on your interests. For those wishing to discover two medieval cities, Ghent and Bruges, you’ll want to go on a highlights tour. Admire Ghent’s canal-side architecture and some of its famous sights, including the Castle of the Counts and Ghent Cathedral, and then visit Bruges, one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. Alternatively, you may go on a full-day excursion to Bruges, which includes a visit to the Church of Our Lady, home to Michelangelo’s beautiful Carrara marble Madonna and Child sculpture. Those more inclined to learn about the art of Belgian chocolate making can join a master chocolatier as he shares his insights. And for those who wish to enjoy more free time, join a walking tour of Ghent, followed by leisure time.

Day 5  ANTWERP

Day 6  ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – KINDERDIJK - SCHOONHOVEN
During the morning, you can go on a walking tour of Rotterdam, nicknamed the "Gateway to Europe,” and taste local specialties. Or visit Delfshaven, where, on August 1, 1620, the Pilgrim fathers departed on their epic journey aboard the Speedwell. Stopping in Southampton, many then boarded the Mayflower and concluded their journey at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. Alternatively, go on an excursion to Delft, known as the home of the painter Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware, and the Royal House. While here, you’ll visit the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory and Museum. If you prefer a more active adventure, go on a bike ride through Rotterdam and past some of its famous landmarks and architecture. In the afternoon, venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, a lovely village renowned for having the country’s greatest concentration of windmills, all dating from the 18th century. You may also pedal past the windmills from the seat of a bike.

Day 7 AMSTERDAM
One of the most impressive public gardens globally, Keukenhof, presents a spectacular display of millions of flowering tulips spread out over 70 acres. Spend time ambling through this legendary garden, open only nine weeks a year and sometimes referred to as the "Garden of Europe." Later in the day, admire Amsterdam’s historic harbor and canals, where you’ll see beautiful homes lining the water and the fabled Skinny Bridge.

Day 8  DISEMBARKATION – DEPART AMSTERDAM

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AFRICAN SAFARI

Overview…

  • 12- day bucket list Great Migration African Adventure 

  • Experience VIP Assistance through customs and private air-conditioned transfers throughout your trip.

  • Professional Expert Guides the entire stay

  • First-class accommodations 

  • BIG-FIVE

  • Luxury tented camps

  • Native Maasai Visit

Some highlights

Day 1  ARRIVAL TANZANIA

VIP assistance through immigration and private transfer 

Day 2 PRIVATE GUIDE ADVENTURE

Your guide is private and specialized and will go out of the way to customize your trip to your desires. If you love elephants he will make sure it happens, if you desire to see traditional and authentic Masai Villages, he will help you to visit and talk with the Chief without the maddening tourist crowds. This is your chance to have a unique trip, totally customized to you.

Day 3 TANZANIA - LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

 The Park is home to three distinct habitats including lush groundwater forest, open floodplains, and acacia woodlands. In just a two-hour round-trip foray into the Park, it is possible to see all the main highlights, offering the ideal quick safari for travelers who are short on time.

 

Day 4  LEMALA NGORONGORO TENTED CAMP

Day 5 - 7  NGORONGORO CRATER

Spend the day exploring this world-famous wildlife area.

Unmatched for its natural variety, there are few places on earth where such a tremendous diversity of landscapes exists inside a region of this size. Apart from its wildlife riches, the NCA is also of great archaeological importance, with the remains of some of mankind's earliest ancestors discovered in the area.

Day 8  NGORONGORO MAASAI VILLAGE VISIT

Day 9  TRANSFER TO THE EASTERN SERENGETI

Day 10 - 12  EXPERIENCE SERENGETI

The Eastern Serengeti is one of the most beautiful regions of the park: mountains, valleys and sweeping grassy plains - which are lush in the green season - dotted with granite outcrops and sliced through by meandering rivers. It’s one of the more remote regions of the park, which makes it perfect for adventurous travelers who prefer their safaris off the beaten track.

Day 13 - CHARTER FLIGHT TO ARUSHA AIRPORT

Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport

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EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

DECEMBER 2023

Overview…

​Experience the deep-rooted holiday traditions of Europe at its most festive time of year and get caught up in the magic of the holidays with visits to some of the world's most timeless Christmas Markets.

 

Pre-stays in Amsterdam and Post-Stays in Zurich are available!

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A "Sip" of the Cruise Itinerary…

Day 1 BOARD IN AMSTERDAM

Day 2  AMSTERDAM

Day 3 COLOGNE

Enjoy cruising to Cologne, home to one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces, the Cologne Cathedral. Join a guided tour through the enchanting Old Town. Explore the UNESCO-designated cathedral and then visit one of Europe’s largest and most renowned Christmas Markets located in front of the cathedral. Alternatively, ride a bike along the Rhine or visit a local tavern to taste Cologne’s traditional Kölsch beer and reibekuchen mit apfelmus—potato pancakes served with applesauce.

Day 4  RHINE GORGE

Cruising this UNESCO heritage site while viewing historical fortresses and castles along the way.

Day 5  LUDWIGSHAFEN

Heidelberg Tour and Christmas Markets

Day 6  STRASBOURG

 

Strasbourg is even more alluring during the season of Advent. The Christkindelsmärik dates back to 1570, making it the oldest Christmas Market in France. Enjoy a panoramic bus tour that takes you past the Parc de l’Orangerie, the European Parliament and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, walk through the historic town center on the Grande Île, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and through the lovely “La Petite France” district, where you will see the Cathédrale de Nôtre Dame with its famous astronomical clock and then visit the town’s famous Christmas Market. You can also choose to explore Strasbourg’s different districts by bicycle. Later in the day, opt to visit Gengenbach’s Christmas Markets and the town’s famous illuminated town hall Advent calendar.

Day 7  BREISACH

Riquewihr Excursion or Freiburg Excursion and Christmas Markets

Day 8  DISEMBARK BASEL

European Christmas market in a cathedral's square
 

CRUISE THE NILE
MARCH 2024 

Overview…

 

Experiencing the Nile like no other.  You'll drive, fly, and cruise on this incredible journey with AMA Waterways.

Highlights:

  • UNESCO Heritage sites include the ancient capital of Memphis, the Temple of Karnak, and more.

  • The Valley of the Kings

  • City of Luxor (aka City of Thebes)

  • City of Edfu

  • The Great Pyramids

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A glimpse at a few days of this itinerary…

Day 1

Arrival in Cairo - you'll be met by an AMA Waterways representative who will guide you through customs and immigration.

 

Day 2

A full day of captivating attractions awaits, beginning with the exquisite Egyptian Museum, with its 120,000 artifacts on display, including priceless treasures of King Tut.  Then visit the Mosque of Muhammad – also known as the Alabaster Mosque – which majestically sits on the summit of the Citadel of Saladin's courtyard.  Afterward, head to Al-Azhar Park in the heart of Old Cairo for a welcome lunch at the Studio Msr Restaurant, known for its tranquil atmosphere and beautiful views – especially of the majestic Citadel.  Breakfast and Lunch are included on these tours.

 

Day 3

 

More UNESCO monuments and an included lunch at the famous Mena House nestled in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza.

 

Day 4

Flight to Luxor and welcome aboard AMA Waterways AmaDahlia.

 

Day 5

LUXOR - EDFU

Visit the tombs of ancient Egypt in the Valley of the Kings— one of the most famous archeological sites in the world.

 

Afterward, go to Deir el-Bahri to see the Temple of Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs and its first female ruler.

 

Next, you’ll visit the Valley of Queens, home to the mummified remains of more than 30 queens and princesses, including Nefertari’s Tomb, where you’ll enjoy exclusive access.

 

Your day’s adventure concludes with an up-close view of the Colossi of Memnon—two gigantic statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Once back on board the AmaDahlia, cap the day off with a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail.

 

Day 6 

EDFU - ASWAN

The city of Edfu is best known for one of Egypt’s most remarkably preserved temples, dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god.

 

After visiting Edfu, relax onboard and take in the Nile River’s timeless landscapes as the ship continues onward to Aswan.

Day 7

ASWAN

Board a motorboat and cruise to the colorful Nubian Village of Hessa.

 

Meet the warm and friendly Nubian people who will welcome you to their village. Savor a local lunch here and explore the UNESCO-designated Philae Temple complex, with one of the most stunningly restored and preserved hieroglyphs in Egypt, built between 380 BC and 362 BC and dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus.

 

Later in the day, take a peaceful ride in a felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat, around the beautiful Elephantine Island which locals say is the home to the legendary Egyptian god Khnum.

 

Cap the day off with an optional late afternoon tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, a 19th-century Victorian Palace crafted in rose granite. Delight in an authentic “high tea” experience and revel in the stunning views of your oasis – Aswan and Elephantine Island. Tonight, there is an optional outing to a sound and light show at Philae Temple.

 

Day 8 

ASWAN - ESNA

Enjoy free time in Aswan or pre-book optional tours to Abu Simbel.

Day 9

ESNA - LUXOR

Morning sailing along the Nile as you cruise back to Luxor.  You'll have more to explore here including the Temple of Karnak and more.

Day 10

LUXOR - QENA - LUXOR

Set sail to Qena to explore its ancient Egyptian heritage. You’ll go to Dendara to visit the best-preserved temple in Egypt, the Temple of Hathor – the Goddess of Love, to whom the powers of joy, feminine love, and motherhood were attributed.  Following your visit here, sail back to Luxor.

Day 11

LUXOR - CAIRO

Disembark the ship in Luxor and fly back to Cairo where you will be taken to the Abdeen Presidential Palace, considered one of the most luxurious palaces in the world. 

 

Afterward, be treated to a very special lunch at the palace. Finally, you’ll explore the old part of the city, which includes Coptic Cairo, where the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue are located. 

Day 12

Bid farewell to Egypt as you depart for home.