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Europe Travel Tips

We are very excited to have you join us in Europe very soon. Below are a few key bits of information you will want to know before departing on your European adventure.

For a more extensive guide to your trip to Europe, you can read our Europe Tour Hints, Croatia Coastal Cruising Tour Hints and Small Ships Mediterranean Tour Hints, which covers everything from onboard amenities to climate and currency.

Preparing For Your Trip

You are required to complete an online check-in via the AMA Waterways website prior to departure.

This online check-in opens at approximately 90 days prior to departure and we advise you to please complete your check-in and select your touring options as early as possible. Note: Online check-in for AMA Waterways cruises close 7 days prior to departure so it is important that you complete this prior to then.

Please go to to complete your online check-in and select your touring options. (Please note the Booking Number required to login is different to your ATG Booking Number. If you do not have this, please either contact us or your booking agent who will be able to assist.)

Please note: The information is only relevant for Australian and New Zealand citizens/passport holders. For the most up to date visa and travel advice please make sure to check the relevant travel advice website.


An electronic visa is required, to be obtained prior to departure.


From mid-2025, all visitors entering 30 countries within Europe for stays of up to 90 days will be required to complete an electronic travel authorisation (ETIAS) before entry. Please note that some European countries outside the European Schengen Area are also included in this scheme.
It is important that you login to APT’s Tour Personaliser and complete the details required. We need this information to be able to supply your travel documentation.
Tour Personaliser
We highly recommend that you obtain comprehensive medical and travel insurance to cover your entire time away from home. Be sure to pack your policy in case you need to make a claim while travelling. It is also worth adding your insurance policy details and flight numbers to your Tour Personaliser, so all your important travel information is in one place.

Official embarkation of the ship will be confirmed in your documents closer to your departure date, however if you do arrive early, you are welcome to check your luggage early and head off to explore your port city. Unless you have booked flights or pre-departure accommodation with APT, you will need to make your own way to the port. Please refer to this website the week of your departure date and check the day of travel to confirm your port location.

Port Details
While APT tours are not physically demanding, because of the nature of the sites you will be visiting, some tours required a good level of fitness and health to participate. You should be prepared that there will be some uneven ground, steep stair or inclines and times that you will be on your feet for extended periods of time.
Passengers dining on board, Ama Prima
Guests doing yoga on the top deck during their Europe River cruise
Couple walking along a Bamberg street, Germany

While You Are Travelling With APT

World-class restaurants, market tours and wine tastings. Cooking classes in local homes and presentations by renowned chefs. There's nothing better than eating and drinking your way through a destination. You'll never go hungry - we're certain of that. Dietary requirements can be catered for –please inform any special meal requirements prior to your departure. 

Dress Code
The dress code is relaxed. Light, comfortable clothing is ideal for during the day, and smart casual clothing for evenings and to wear at the Welcome and Farewell Dinners. There are no black tie or formal evenings, smart casual clothing is acceptable while touring.

The recommended currency varies with which countries you are travelling to in Europe, we recommend carrying a small amount of local currency for markets, and a credit or debit card.

For a more extensive guide to your trip to you can read our Essential Information Guides: Europe River Cruising / Croatia Coastal Cruising / Small Ship Mediterranean Cruising