Ancestry on a European River Cruise

AMA Waterways River cruises are offering ancestry focused river cruises through Europe.

Have you ever wondered what your ancestors’ lives were like in Europe at the turn of the century? Or imagined how it would feel to follow in their footsteps, walking the same paths they did in your ancestral village? Ancestry® and AmaWaterways are delighted to offer you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to uncover your family history while sailing along European rivers.


Learn more about your family history and explore the sights, cuisine and culture of up to five countries on a one-of-a-kind heritage river cruise. Choose from one of our enriching Heritage on the River: Your Personalized Ancestry Experience journeys on the Rhine or Danube River. Accompanied by a knowledgeable Cruise Manager and AncestryProGenealogist®, you’ll experience a deeply meaningful connection with your personal heritage while enjoying the enriching and exclusive experiences only a river cruise with AmaWaterways provides.


  • Complimentary AncestryDNA® Kit sent prior to your river cruise
  • Pre-journey welcome call, plus a 5-hour consultation and introductory research with your expert genealogist as well as a summary of their findings
  • The services of an expert genealogist throughout your entire river cruise experience
  • Two historical and genealogical presentations on board
  • One private consultation to review your family tree on board
  • Exclusive Ancestry excursion with your genealogist to the historic Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium for Captivating Rhine sailing; exclusive Ancestry enhancements to Budapest and Vienna city tours on Legendary Danube sailing
  • One hosted lunch or dinner with the genealogist
  • The opportunity to accompany your genealogist on select AmaWaterways excursions

This is all in addition to what is included on every AmaWaterways river cruise: fine dining in multiple venues, complimentary local wines, daily Sip & Sail cocktail hour, a variety of included excursions each day, high-quality Wi-Fi and so much more


Captivating Rhine

Journey through five countries and marvel at more than 40 fairytale castles along the Rhine River’s banks alongside your AncestryProGenealogist®. Sample Kölsch beer and Rüdesheimer coffee; experience the allure of France’s Alsace region in its welcoming capital, Strasbourg; and hike through Germany’s fabled Black Forest. Plus, as part of your special excursion with Ancestry®, explore the historic train station in Antwerp, Belgium and follow in the footsteps of your ancestors at the Red Star Line Museum, gaining a deep understanding of the challenging journey they made in search of a better life
COUNTRIES: France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland