AmaWaterways and Metropolitan Touring launch a new river cruise experience on Colombia



BOGOTÁ, Colombia, July 12, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Luxury river cruise innovator AmaWaterways today announced a groundbreaking partnership with Metropolitan Touring, South America leading tour operator, to introduce a new river cruise experience in Colombia. This is the first luxury river cruise company to sail the Magdalena River, an alliance brings together the remarkable and in-depth expertise of Metropolitan Touring destinations and the industry’s leading team of river cruise experts at AmaWaterways .

From December 2023, guests will be immersed in unique experiences on land as well as aboard a new eco-friendly, fully custom-built river cruise ship. New Ship and Cruise Program will incorporate years of design experience from President and Co-Founder of AmaWaterways Rudi schreiner – affectionately known as the “Godfather of the River Cruise” – as well as Metropolitan Touring’s decades of expertise in expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands.

Guests will be able to choose from two seven-night itineraries with land-based programs before and after the cruise exploring the beautiful Magdalena River and immersing themselves in that of Colombia living cultural and natural heritage. Accompanied by a qualified team, which will include an on-board wellness manager, travelers on a river cruise on the Magdalena River will enjoy in-depth connections with nature, wildlife, culture, flavors and local people, as well as activities such as kayaking, hiking and bird watching.

“Drawing on the expertise of each company, AmaWaterways and Metropolitan Touring have together created a unique program of river and land cruises that will immerse travelers in the beauty of the ‘river of a thousand rhythms’,” said Camilo Calderon, Managing Director of Metropolitan Touring Colombia. “Our customers will appreciate the modern comforts of a high-end river cruise ship, with exclusive experiences and unparalleled service, hallmarks of both companies, in the very heart of that of Colombia soul.”

This project will help promote Colombia as the ideal destination for international travelers as the country has strived to adapt to new global travel trends. This is why today the South American country is showing its best attributes through its new narrative, “Colombia, the friendliest place on earth “, a manifesto created to strengthen its global positioning and recognition as an ideal destination for business and tourism.

Colombia is taking big steps to help reactivate tourism through projects like this one on the Magdalena River. It is one of the most important developments in the Colombian tourism industry in recent years. Thanks to the work of the public and private sectors, travelers around the world will soon be able to explore that of Colombia most important river, living truly unique experiences “, explained Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia, the government entity responsible for promoting international tourism, foreign direct investment, non-mining exports and the country’s brand.

Specific itineraries are currently being worked out with more details planned in the coming weeks.

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About Metropolitan Touring
Founded in 1953 by a group of young visionary entrepreneurs, Metropolitan Touring became Ecuador and South America leading tour operator. The company creates lasting and authentic experiences for explorers through Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, with three ships and a hotel in the Galapagos Islands, and two hotels on Ecuador continent. Metropolitan Touring is constantly on the lookout for new and exciting experiences for curious travelers in Latin America iconic destinations, focusing in particular on Colombia with its amazing natural and cultural diversity. In 2017, Metropolitan Touring became a carbon neutral company, offsetting all of its emissions by protecting the biodiversity and threatened forests of the Andean Chocó Bioregion, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2018.

About AmaWaterways
Family business celebrating 19 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 25 ships sailing in Europe, South East Asia, Africa and Egypt. Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi schreiner and Kristin karst, the company is renowned for its innovative cabin design with unique “twin balconies”; its wellness activities, including a wide choice of included shore excursions offering biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning restaurants, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, as well as free fine wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner.

SOURCE Commercial office of the Colombian government

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