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Danube River Cruise Family Bike Tour New!

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Trip Highlights
  • The best of river cruising, featuring Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and our expert leaders, bike routes and support
  • One of our most flexible itineraries, ideal for a range of cycling abilities 
  • Join local families as you pedal on the scenic Donauradweg (Danube bike path)
  • Spin through the vineyards, orchards and villages of the Wachau valley, beloved for its exceptional beauty
  • Soak up the ever-changing views from your stateroom, knowing that you only have to unpack once

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An Odyssey through Five Countries from Budapest to Prague

Ahoy families! Ready to sail through history? Let the Danube River be your guide on this special Backroads family getaway - our first-ever European bike trip with a river ship as our home base. Aboard your luxurious floating hotel, journey from Budapest to Bratislava, Vienna to Passau and on to Prague, experiencing splendid cityscapes as they were historically designed to impress: from the water! Head ashore for beautiful biking routes for all abilities or expertly guided tours on foot. Then cruise onward to the next adventure. Your ship awaits... all aboard!

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations, Group Size & Meals

The AmaWaterways ship is your floating luxury hotel, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to pack up your bag! We’ve limited our Backroads group size to 30, but just like any hotel, we’ll be sharing the ship with other guests. These 164-passenger ships are custom-designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you’ll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.
 
All dinners are prepared by the ship’s classically trained chefs and are served onboard in the ship’s dining room.

Activity Options

Each day you’ll have your own exclusive Backroads Trip Leaders, shuttles and fantastic biking routes, in addition to the Ama staff and activities. This trip is designed to be flexible, so if you prefer to take a day off from riding, you’re always welcome to relax on the ship, explore on your own or check in with your Backroads leaders regarding one of the many Ama shore excursions.
 
Sailing and port arrival times on the Danube are fairly consistent, but due to some variability, itinerary changes are possible.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations, Group Size & Meals

The AmaWaterways ship is your floating luxury hotel, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to pack up your bag! We’ve limited our Backroads group size to 30, but just like any hotel, we’ll be sharing the ship with other guests. These 164-passenger ships are custom-designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you’ll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.
 
All dinners are prepared by the ship’s classically trained chefs and are served onboard in the ship’s dining room.

Activity Options

Each day you’ll have your own exclusive Backroads Trip Leaders, shuttles and fantastic biking routes, in addition to the Ama staff and activities. This trip is designed to be flexible, so if you prefer to take a day off from riding, you’re always welcome to relax on the ship, explore on your own or check in with your Backroads leaders regarding one of the many Ama shore excursions.
 
Sailing and port arrival times on the Danube are fairly consistent, but due to some variability, itinerary changes are possible.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Enjoy a guided bike tour of breathtaking Budapest  Soak in thermal springs, visit one of 140 museums or browse in Budapest's vibrant shopping district An evening cruise through the illuminated cityscape is sure to be a highlight! (Overnight in Budapest; sail to Bratislava)

Day 3 Be charmed by Bratislava's medieval center  Take a morning spin through the lush farmlands around Bratislava and cross the former Iron Curtain  Or, for the most avid cyclists, ride between the capital cities of Bratislava and Vienna. (Overnight in Vienna)

Day 4 From St. Stephen's Cathedral to the opera house, Vienna's historic center is magnificent  Explore this bike-friendly city on two wheels before an optional evening concert. (Sail overnight to Dürnstein)

Day 5 Bike or cruise the most stunning stretch of the Danube through Wachau Valley vineyards Visit majestic Melk Abbey, quaint towns and heurigen (wine taverns). (Sail from Dürnstein to Melk; overnight sail to Linz)

Day 6 What's your pleasure - a ride in the Austrian countryside or a guided walk in Linz?  Later, choose an excursion to Salzburg, Český Krumlov or the Austrian Lakes District. (Sail overnight to Passau)

Days 7-8 Fall in love with Bavaria's quiet biking routes and stunning views  Walk amid Italian baroque architecture in Passau, where three rivers meet  Imagine you've entered a fairytale as you stroll the cobblestone lanes of wonderful Vilshofen  Nothing like a bit of oompah music to finish off the trip: enjoy an Oktoberfest as a perfect finale Shuttle by coach to magical Prague, where we say goodbye.

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AMA Waterways
AMA Waterways

Various ports of call through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary (7 nights) A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, expansive outdoor decks, an onboard team of classically trained chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (pool) View the deck plans and stateroom details: AA, AB, BA, BB.

Guest Reviews About This Trip

If you're up for a completely unique Backroads experience, this could be your perfect trip. Sailing aboard one of the Danube River's best and newest ships, you'll journey through the heart of Europe for eight unforgettable days, enjoying gorgeous scenery and spectacular cities - and you'll only unpack once! This is a great trip if you're looking for moderate riding (on bike paths, quiet country roads and two city tours) ideally balanced with historic walks and other culture-focused activities in some of the world's great ports of call: Prague, Passau, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
Mark Selcon- Regional Manager, Europe

This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 17* 800 26 1500
Illuminations Cruise (1 Hour)
2 16* 0
3 21* 200 32* 300 45 500
Bratislava Backroads Private Walking Tour (1 Hour)
4 14 100 32* 300
5 16 700 37 1000 44 2300
6 13* 300 21* 400
Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lakes District Tour (4 Hours)
7 19* 1000 26 1100 34 1400
Passau Backroads Private Walking Tour (1 Hour)
8 Conclusion of the Trip
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

All Private River Cruise trips require a minimum of 24 guests.

Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

8 - 9 guests from $7,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $6,298 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $6,598 pp dbl. occ.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Danube River: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary & Slovakia tour experts. See our award-winning Europe At Large biking tours, Europe At Large walking and hiking tours and Europe At Large multisport tours.

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Budapest, Hungary/Prague, Czech Republic
This trip visits 5 countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany & the Czech Republic

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Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via e-mail.

Lowest Price of $5,398 applies to Category BB - Cello Deck stateroom only.

All meals included

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