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Danube Wheels & Waterways Family Breakaway River Cruise Bike Tour New!

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Trip Highlights
  • With graceful bridges, spires and towers along its banks, the Danube River guides you and your family through history
  • Pedal back in time, amid castles, stately avenues and verdant parks, on a fascinating bike tour in Budapest
  • Delight in the idyllic scenery of the Wachau Valley, a World Heritage landscape
  • Enjoy a full day in Vienna, where options, such as a city bike ride, museum exploring and café hopping, are sure to make you smile
  • Behold Passau—the city’s incredible Italian baroque architecture is a feast for your eyes

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

Cruise on the Danube and sail through history. Bike through medieval towns. Cross the former Iron Curtain. Then have a world-class meal on board. History, art, culture and architecture mixed with superb rides. Make the most of every day and relive your adventures at night in the luxury of your river cruise ship.

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

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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 Ride through sleepy Hungarian villages along the Danube’s dramatic horseshoe curve, the “Big Bend”  Take a ferry to the lively artists village of Szentendre  Shuttle to Budapest, where our ship awaits. (Overnight Budapest)

Day 2 With a local expert, experience Budapest’s beauty by bike, including the castle complex atop Castle Hill, the impressive parliament, Heroes Square and a lush park with the ruins of a medieval monastery  Later, explore the city at your leisure. (Cruise overnight Budapest to Bratislava)

Day 3 Baroque palaces, a Gothic cathedral and a UFO-topped bridge— such are the contrasts we find on foot in Bratislava  Spin across the former Iron Curtain in the Slovakian and Austrian countryside  Welcome to Vienna, an extraordinary city that's to captivate everyone in your family. (Overnight Vienna)

Day 4 Vienna’s architecturally rich historic center— from soaring St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the Opera House—is a joy to explore  Take a bike ride through the city before an optional evening Mozart and Strauss concert. (Overnight Vienna)

Day 5 Arrive in Dürnstein, with its hallmark blue baroque church tower Enjoy a mellow ride along the celebrated Donauradweg (Danube bike path) Bike or sail through the vineyard-laced Wachau Valley and visit majestic Melk Abbey. (Cruise overnight Melk to Linz)

Day 6 The choice is yours: after a ride in the Austrian countryside, take an excursion to Salzburg, tour the Czech cultural gem of Český Krumlov or head to the Austrian Lakes District for views of alpine meadows, lakes and mountains. (Cruise overnight Linz to Passau)

Days 7-8 Partake in a guided walk amid Italian baroque splendor in Passau Pedal through undulating pastures, quaint villages and lush forests to Vilshofen Cap off your unforgettable family journey in true German spirit with an Oktoberfest-style celebration. (Overnight Vilshofen; shuttle to Prague)

Premiere River Ship*

AmaWaterways Ship
AmaWaterways Ship
* Premiere Inn

AmaPrima, AmaSerena, AmaSonata, 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.

2016 Family Breakaway DATES
June 2016

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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 18* 1200
28 1400
Illuminations Cruise (1 Hour)
2 11* 400
3 19 300
Bratislava Walking Tour (1 Hour)
4 10 300 28 700 37 1000
5 14* 500 25 900
30 1600
6 13* 300 21* 700
Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lakes District Tour (4 Hours)
7 15* 1000 26 1400 35 1700
Passau Walking Tour (1 Hour)
8 Disembarkation in Vilshofen
 
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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
  • $5,998 to $7,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • (+$3,000 to $3,900 for sgl. occ.)
  • Plus $168 pp port fees starting with 2016 departures.
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Route Rating

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Meet/Depart

Budapest, Hungary/Prague, Czech Republic

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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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