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Danube Cycling Sensation River Cruise Bike Tour New!

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Trip Highlights
  • An ideal trip for a range of cycling abilities, featuring one of our most flexible itineraries
  • Join local bicyclists as you pedal on the scenic Donauradweg (Danube bike path)
  • Spin through the vineyards, orchards and villages of the Wachau valley, as beloved for its beauty as for its Grüner Veltliner and Rieslings
  • Choose between more miles on the bike or expertly guided tours on foot
  • Soak up the ever-changing views from your stateroom, knowing that you only have to unpack once

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Prague to Budapest—Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary

On this voyage, let the Danube be your guide. Sail from Prague to Passau, Vienna to Bratislava and on to Budapest. Pedal through the Bavarian Forest. Stroll among baroque architecture. Sample local beers. And discover tucked-away hamlets. Then luxuriate on board the ship as it carries you to your next adventure.

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 new cities or countries without having to pack up your bags! 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 with other guests. All dinners are prepared by the ship’s classically trained chefs and are served on board in the ship’s dining rooms.

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. High water levels may mean the ship cannot pass under a bridge, low water levels result in slower sailing, and a disabled lock can also lead to some extra cruising time. Should any unforeseen change happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with AmaWaterways’ captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow.

Activity Options

Each day you’ll have your own exclusive Backroads Trip Leaders, shuttles and fantastic biking routes, in addition to the AmaWaterways 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 shift gears and relax on the ship, explore on your own or check in with your Backroads leaders regarding one of the many AmaWaterways shore excursions.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the AmaWaterways ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

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 new cities or countries without having to pack up your bags! 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 with other guests. All dinners are prepared by the ship’s classically trained chefs and are served on board in the ship’s dining rooms.

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. Every river has its own unique temperament and for centuries water levels have shifted due to rain, temperature and agriculture. High water levels may mean the ship cannot pass under a bridge, low water levels result in slower sailing, and a disabled lock can also lead to some extra cruising time. Should any unforeseen change happen during your river cruise, we will work closely with AmaWaterways’ captain and staff, who are very experienced in going with the flow.

Activity Options

Each day you’ll have your own exclusive Backroads Trip Leaders, shuttles and fantastic biking routes, in addition to the AmaWaterways 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 shift gears and relax on the ship, explore on your own or check in with your Backroads leaders regarding one of the many AmaWaterways shore excursions.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the AmaWaterways ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Itinerary

Day 1 Take an easygoing ride through the Bavarian Forest to the Danube River  Nothing like a bit of oompah music to get things started—enjoy an Oktoberfest celebration before we set sail. (Overnight Vilshofen)

Day 2 Sample local specialties at Hoftaferne Neuburg Castle  Fall in love with Bavaria's quiet biking routes and stunning views into Austria Stroll amid Italian baroque architecture in Passau, where three rivers meet. (Cruise overnight Passau to Linz)

Day 3 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. (Cruise overnight Linz to Melk)

Day 4 Bike or cruise the most stunning stretch of the Danube through Wachau Valley vineyards Visit majestic Melk Abbey, quaint towns and Heurigen (wine taverns). (Cruise overnight Melk to Vienna)

Day 5 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. (Overnight Vienna)

Day 6 Follow bike paths in serene Donau-Auen National Park  Ride between two capital cities—Vienna and Bratislava  Picnic at Schloss Hof, a castle and working farm On a walking tour, be charmed by Bratislava's medieval center. (Cruise overnight Bratislava to Budapest)

Days 7-8 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 the perfect finale. (Overnight Budapest)

Premiere River Ship*

AmaWaterways Ship
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* Premiere Inn

AmaPrima, AmaSerena, AmaSonata or AmaViola (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)

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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

Trip Dates & Prices

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

2015 CLASSIC DATES
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
2016 CLASSIC DATES
May 2016
June 2016
July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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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 16* 600 26 1200
2 19* 1300 35 2000
26 1500
Passau Walking Tour (1 Hour)
3 14* 600
19* 800
Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lakes District Tour (4 Hours)
4 15 500 37 1200
40 2600
5 10 300 28 700 37 1000
6 21* 300 34* 600 45 900
Bratislava Walking Tour (1 Hour)
7 11* 400
Illuminations Cruise (1 Hour)
8 Disembarkation in Budapest
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

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.

Biking

Premiere River Ship*
  • 8 days, 7 nights
  • $5,398 to $8,198 pp dbl. occ.
  • (+$2,700 to $4,100 for sgl. occ.)
  • Plus $0.00 to $168 pp port fees starting with 2016 departures.
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Route Rating

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Meet/Depart

Prague, Czech Republic/Budapest, Hungary

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Trip Notes

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.

All meals included

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