Heritage on the River:

Your Personalized Ancestry Experience

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.

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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.

What's Included

  • 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.

Two 2023 Sailing Dates One Unforgettable Experience

Legendary Danube Jun 17

CRUISE FROM : Nuremberg to Budapest
Sail through the heart of Germany, Austria and Hungary alongside your AncestryProGenealogist®. Begin your journey in the medieval city of Nuremberg, cruise through the fascinating Main-Danube Canal, and venture through Austria’s vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. You can also bike along Passau’s scenic Inn River, explore the UNESCO-designated Old Town of Regensburg and visit Vienna on an enhanced excursion highlighting the Jewish migration experience. Conclude your cruise in Budapest as your genealogist regales you with the history of Hungarian migration from the Habsburg Empire to today.
COUNTRIES: Germany, Netherlands
RIVERS: Rhine, Main

Your AncestryProGenealogists


Brittany Begay

Brittany began researching her own family after the 2007 death of her grandfather, Jack Bradshaw, who was an Osage Indian. He had passed down oral history to Brittany and following up on that in the early days of her interest in family history led her to research the Osage Indian Tribute of Oklahoma as well as Quakers in Indiana. Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Law and Diplomacy from Brigham Young University, with a minor in German. Since she speaks fluent German, she does a great deal of German research for AncestryProGenealogists. She has also had the opportunity to do research for episodes featuring Lea Michele and Liv Tyler for the popular TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?”


Featuring Special Guest: Crista Cowan

Crista has been a professional genealogist since 2002 and has been a part of the Ancestry team since 2004. Her involvement in family history, however, reaches all the way back to childhood when she was parked under a microfilm reader at the Family History Library in her baby carrier. Since then, she has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories. As the Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry, she teaches at genealogy conferences and events around the world. She has produced and starred in more than 400 episodes of “The Barefoot Genealogist” since 2012.

Legendary Danube
7-nt Nuremberg - Budapest cruise
Jun 17 AmaViola from €4,877
OR from €6,354
2-nt Prague (additional charge)
4-nt Poland (additional charge)

Pricing above includes the Ancestry package and is per person. View details here.

Captivating Rhine Nov 2

CRUISE FROM : Amsterdam to Basel
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
Captivating Rhine
7-nt Amsterdam - Basel cruise
Nov 2 AmaLucia from €4,617
OR from €6,094
2-nt Amsterdam (additional charge)
4-nt Switzerland (additional charge)

Pricing above includes the Ancestry package and is per person. View details here.

Optional Add-Ons Enhance Your Journey

Ancestral Home Visits

Should your DNA results indicate your ancestral hometown is in the region we will be sailing through, allow an expert AncestryProGenealogist® to guide you as you visit such sites as the school or house of worship your ancestors attended, the home in which they lived or the cemetery where they were laid to rest.

Available during your river cruise or as part of an optional land package before or after your sailing.

Please note: Ancestry customizable experiences vary by country and complexity.

Prices start from $2,500

Additional Genealogy Research

Dive even deeper into your personal family history with additional genealogy research that goes beyond your included five-hour consultation and introductory research.

Prices start from $135 per hour

Optional Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Packages Join Us, Stay Awhile

Extend your Heritage on the River journey by adding one of our optional pre- and post-cruise land packages. Each land package includes overnight stays at trusted 4- or 5-star hotels, daily breakfast, guided tours, convenient transfers between your hotel and ship, luggage services and accompaniment by one of our wonderful Cruise Managers – unique in the industry.

Captivating Rhine

Zaanse Schans, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

(2 nights pre-cruise)

Enjoy a walking tour through this charming capital, plus the opportunity to visit Zaanse Schans, observing life as it used to be in the Netherlands, filled with well-preserved wooden houses, windmills, barns and workshops.

Lucerne, Switzerland


(2 nights Lucerne and 2 nights Zurich post-cruise)

Learn more about the “Little Big City,” Zurich, and Lucerne, with its iconic Lion Monument commemorating the lives of Swiss Guards during the French Revolution, on your walking tours in both cities. Plus, take a scenic cruise around Lake Lucerne.

Legendary Danube

Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

(3 nights pre-cruise)

Discover fairytale Prague on a city tour or hike, taking in all the key highlights, including the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and Old Market Square, known for its astronomical clock. Plus, join a Czech beer tasting.

Kraków, Poland

Kraków, Poland

(3 nights post-cruise)

Hear the hourly call of the trumpet at St. Mary’s Church and visit the UNESCO-designated Wawel Royal Castle where a frightening dragon is said to have once wreaked havoc on the town. You will also see Oskar Schindler’s factory and take a moving visit to Auschwitz.

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