Founded in 2002 and based in California, AmaWaterways aims to create a ‘floating boutique hotel’ feel, through luxury amenities, impeccable service and attention to detail, as well as gourmet dining, for which it is perhaps best known. Not forgetting a well thought out programme of expertly guided excursions for every itinerary.

AmaWaterways River Cruise Highlights

  • Modern, stylish, spacious staterooms (most with balconies)
  • Award-winning dining
  • Unlimited fine wines, beers and soft drinks (lunch & dinner)
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Immersive excursions led by experts
  • Gentle, regular, active and late riser excursion options
  • Daily programme of entertainment
  • Complimentary use of bicycles

AmaWaterways River cruise France booking

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AmaWaterways river cruise in France


AmaWaterwaysRiver Cruise Routes

AmaWaterways offers river cruises through France’s most exceptional wine regions, which also happen to contain some of the country’s most interesting historic sites and stunning countryside. You can explore Bordeaux on the Garonne River, discover Paris and the Champagne region, and Normandy on a Seine river cruise, follow the Rhône south and taste wine from some of France’s most revered vineyards, or cruise the Rhine and explore the fascinating medieval history and superb wines of Alsace and Moselle.


Each boat in the fleet of 15 has been custom built to offer a premium cruise experience, whichever vessel you choose. Staterooms are modern, spacious and well appointed, most with French balconies. There’s an average of one crew member per three passengers, so service levels are very good.

Ambience & Cuisine

Embarking on an AmaWaterways river cruise is like stepping onto a floating boutique hotel, with a classically elegant feel and plenty of contemporary touches.
As the only river cruise line to be a member of the illustrious gastronomic society, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, AmaWaterways offers exceptional dining. You’ll enjoy regionally inspired dishes made with local ingredients and unlimited fine wine, beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.


Excursions are included in the cruise price, and there is something for everyone to enjoy, with different small group excursions led by experts for gentle, regular or active walkers and also late starters (for those who like to lie in). AmaWaterways was also one of the first to introduce a fleet of bicycles for passengers to explore their surroundings at their own pace.

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