Dave's City Breaks & Add Ons

Don't have time to do all the research, but still want to do your own thing?  Complement your AmaWaterways cruise with one of Dave's customized city break escapes! 

 

These specially designed get-aways utilize personally chosen accommodations, VIP transport, plug and play tours with personal guides, restaurant reservations and Dave's specially created tours to take all the guess work out of your pre or post cruise land package wishes.  

Simply let Dave know how many days you want to stay and he'll do the rest. Just pack your bags and go!

THE PERFECT AMA ADD-ON

Gran Canaria Golf Villa Get Away

Explore the Beauty of Gran Canaria from Exclusive Tauro

Gran Canaria is the "Miniature Continent" due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found on one small island, with long beaches and great dunes of white sand, contrasting with green ravines, soaring mountains, and picturesque villages with a third of the island under protection as a UNESCO BioReserve. Dave's 5, 7 or14 Night packages are the perfect add-on to any Ama European, Asian or African cruise, as Gran Canaria is temperate and warm all year long. Dave's amazing array of tours and activities offer a choice from historical and nature tours to connecting you to his contacts for golfing, hiking, scuba, sailing and nature excursions.  

This is a perfect trip for 2-4 couples, families, or couples that want the luxury of privacy and space at our very private villas.

Amsterdam Canal House City Break

Live Amsterdam and the Netherlands from your Own Manor Home

Ever wondered what it was like inside the great manor homes along Amsterdam's famous canals?  This city break combines an array of personally designed tour choices and the chance to live like a local in a fabulous home over looking Brouwersgracht.  Private airport pick up, special tours, and your chance to feel the Golden Age await.

Basel, Lucerne & Zurich

Dave's Swiss Delight

Basel & Lucerne are Dave's favourite Swiss cities to combine with a Rhine cruise.  Art, design, and elegance surrounded by the simplicity of nature's bounty combine to create a very special Swiss tour.  Utilizing two incredible properties, Dave's tips and tours allow you to relax in luxury after an exciting day of incredible views.  

Fairy Tale Castle Adventure

Immerse Yourself in a Fairy Tale Village

What better way to get the most out of your Rivers & Castles itinerary than to spend some time in a fairy tale village?  Braunfels is the seat of one of Germany's oldest regal families and is a vital part of the history of the House of Orange.  Dave's Fairy Tale Castle adventure utilizes one of the area's hottest boutique hotels and has a full array of historical and nature tours included.  Along with a personal tour of the castle, you will delight your gourmet palate with a special dinner at Geranio's.

Frankfurt

Take a Bite Out of Dave's Mainhatten Apple

Dave's insightful City Break in Frankfurt combines perfectly with the Braunfels Fairy Tale Adventure or is a great layover tour for guests flying in/out of Frankfurt's Rhine/Main International.  Personal tours, fantastic food with local flair, stylish accommodations in the heart of the city and an intimate look at the new old town.

London

Take London by Storm

Live London like a local and treat yourself to an exciting interlude in the UK's pulsing heart.  Personal tours, theater visits, incredible dining experiences and Dave's customized London Heartbeat tours give you all the best that London has to offer and gives you the chance to have historical, cultural or culinary focused options.

Berlin

Dave's Hometown on Offer

Berlin is one of the most exciting European cities and a great add-on for guests sailing the Danube Just a short flight from Prague, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Munich or Amsterdam, it's easy to add 3-4 nights on to your European vacation.  Stay in an old Berlin flat or one of Dave's favourite hip hotels and get a very special combination of tour choices and flavours in which to discover the city of Cabaret, history, art and culture.  

Barcelona

Get to Know the Real Barcelona

Dave's Barcelona City Break is one of his most personal and intimate.  The centre point of this tour is the fabulous neighbourhood of Gracia and features some of his favourite bars and restaurants anywhere in the world! The tour choices and included cultural events for this tour range from concerts, private food tours, historical walks and beach breaks along the coast.

Madrid

Sophisticated Deliciousness in Madrid

Tapas and Flamenco, sophisticated shopping, art beyond measure, and a deep, rich history combine to make Dave's Madrid city break a delicious foray into Spanish culture and cuisine. Choose between a boutique hotel experience or stylish private residence, your customized time in Madrid can combine with Bordeaux, Provence or Douro itineraries

Porto

Port Wine and Potter... Dave's Porto City Break

Harry Potter got his start in Porto and everyone should spend a few days relaxing in this bustling harbour town, overflowing with port wine, sunshine, and delicious food.  A culinary dream and a Bohemian's delight, Porto has something for everyone and Dave's insider City Break is tapas and shopping focused.

Rome

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Rome is not an obvious pairing for most Ama cruises, but it does combine well with Provence.  Dave's Rome and Amalfi Get Away is currently in production, and once the villa is ready our guests will experience a wine laden adventure through Italian cuisine and more obscure Roman history as they spend 2 days in the Eternal City before heading to a pearl of the Amalfi for 3 nights of bliss.

Bordeaux

I Can't Believe it's Not Paris

You'll be glad it's not, too.  Bordeaux has all of Paris' greatest aspects in terns of architecture, food & wine, culture and arts, and fantastic cafes, but very little of its ills. Bordeaux is calmer, more laid back, not nearly as crowded and Dave's special city break here highlights all that's best about Bordeaux and allows you time to taste it.

Hanoi

Good Moring, Good Afternoon and Good Evening Vietnam

Dave's special City break in Hanoi is for those who want to arrive early before the Riches of the Mekong trip, stay longer after the Charms trip, or who wish to do Hanoi completely on their own. Wake up with the city and greet the morning on one of Hanoi's largest private balconies (yours) and then go watch the locals start their day.  Raise the flag, do Tai Chi, visit the flower market or go for the best local Pho and Vietnamese pancakes around.  Dave's Hanoi city break includes your own private street food tour and VIP transport.

Cape Town & Stellenbosch, South Africa

Camps Bay and the Western Cape

Be treated like royalty with VIP escort and driver from the moment you arrive until you get to Cape Grace Hotel to start your Ama package.  Dave's Cape Town City tour lets you get the most out of your Ama trip and prolong your time in the famed wine region.  Overnighting in both Camps Bay and Stellenbosch, you will have the time to savour incredible food while enjoying stunning views. Private pool, private beauty team, private dining and exclusive service are the perfect way to start your adventure through this beautiful continent.

Zanzibar Luxury Beach Escape

Get Your Freddie Mercury On at the Spice Island

The perfect post safari tour brings you to a fabulous all inclusive beach resort and alternates between VIP tours to explore old Stone Town, walk the sultan’s palace,  thru the merchants’ houses and to the Turkish baths.  Freddie Mercury's birth house is among those we pass.

Your VIP guides will create snorkel and sun down experiences for you, as well as take you to discover the spice plantations. Each evening you will enjoy 5 star cuisine as the you gaze out to sea.

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Sit Back and Let Dave Do It! 

Dave's City Breaks are like having your own personal shopper for special experiences.  Simply choose the city you want to visit, give Dave your dates and special wishes, and he arranges the rest thru his personal contacts and provides you with a customized local experience. 

 

There's no need to loose your precious time researching what to do, where to eat or shop.  Dave's City Breaks utilize his personal favourites to give you an array of choice, but not so rigid that you have to follow anyone's plan but your own.

KNOWLEDGE

There are not many places Dave has not been and he considers the great cities like Amsterdam, London, & Barcelona as second homes. Favourite haunts, personal contacts, & insider knowledge are all at your disposal as you plan your adventure together.

 

Dave is also well versed in all the Ama programs, the details of each ship and the wisdom of extensive personal experience to shape your vacation and make sure you get the VERY BEST PRICE!

RELATIONSHIPS

Just as Dave prizes his relationships at AmaWaterways, he uses his personal contacts all over the world to create very personalized tour experiences with partners that he has known for years.

 

Whether its exploring the Canary Islands, the street food of Hanoi, the great Tapas of Madrid, or the tasting the wines of South Africa, you will be touring with Dave's friends on agendas he has personally written for you, staying in their homes or businesses with VIP attention.
 

EXPERIENCE

With 75 sea cruises, 45 river cruises and countless land tours under his belt, every single place that Dave sends you is somewhere he had been personally, knows the owners, and the guides he sends you. 

 

His personally written planners and guides will save you headaches and keep you from mistakes. 

 

You've seen it all on Dave's Facebook and Instagram... now let him send you!

 

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Ama serves their guests seasonal culinary delights of locally purchased and traditionally prepared dishes.Your tastebuds will delight & Dave's TIPS will ensure that you eat well when you are on your own, too!

MEMORABLE TOURS

Ama offers you several ways to discover each place on your journey by including tours.  Whether it's walking tours with options for gentle or speedy walkers, bike tours, hikes, tasting or gourmet excursions, you will be delighted!

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You don't need to sail 31+ times with Ama to be treated like one of the family, but Ama is the Number 1 Repeat Passenger cruise line for a simple reason: they make your home away from home feel like a palace.

 

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