Best river cruise
Price starts at: $2,499
Where it goes: Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia, including Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland (2019), Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Rwanda, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
What makes it awesome? When a cruise company is actually managed by the founders, you are sure to see a different level of service. Guests are treated better than family with AmaWaterways. The chef sources food and wine locally along the journey (yes, you can go to the market with him), and AmaWaterways was the first river cruise line inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organizations. While most people are familiar with the river cruises of Europe, AmaWaterways takes you on incredible adventures in Africa and Asia with the same level of service on their European tours, and in-depth experiences using local guides. Oh, and if you need any further encouragement, try this: some of these cruises come with a free airfare. That’s one more excuse checked off your list.