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Danube Cycling Sensation Family River Cruise Bike Tour New!

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Trip Highlights
  • Join local families as you pedal on the scenic Donauradweg (Danube bike path)
  • Ride through orchards, villages and vineyards, marveling at the Wachau Valley's fairy-tale beauty
  • Activities just for the younger set include a tasty chocolate-making lesson!
  • Grown-ups will enjoy excellent Austrian wines and some of the world's best beers
  • Prague and Budapest—glorious gateway cities that may tempt you to extend your family vacation

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

Ahoy families! Ready to sail and spin through history? Cast away on a momentous journey from Prague to Passau, Vienna to Bratislava and on to Budapest. Cruise past medieval castles. Bike to old-world villages. Taste time-honored flavors. Even become a part of history. 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 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 Warm up with an easygoing ride through the Bavarian Forest to the Danube River Check out an open-air museum showcasing over 150 historic Bavarian buildings How about a bit of oompah music and Schuhplattler dance to get the evening started? Join in an Oktoberfest celebration before we set sail. (Overnight Vilshofen)

Day 2 Bike through the picturesque town of Vilshofen Our lunch spot at Hoftaferne Neuburg Castle offers breathtaking views Pedal alongside the Inn River to Passau, a city beloved for its beautiful setting along three rivers and for its splendid Italian baroque architecture. (Cruise overnight Passau to Linz)

Day 3 Welcome to Austria! Hop on your bike and delight in views of the Alps as you navigate the rolling route toward the Donauradweg, Europe's most celebrated bike path Options about this afternoon: choose an excursion to sensational Salzburg, Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic or the postcard-perfect Austrian Lakes District. (Cruise overnight Linz to Melk)

Day 4 Spin along the Donauradweg, passing tidy vineyards, stretches of pristine forest and sleepy hamlets en route to Melk Abbey Cycle or cruise the most stunning stretch of the Danube from Melk to Krems, amid quaint towns and the gorgeous vineyards of Wachau Valley. (Cruise overnight Krems to Vienna)

Day 5 While grown-ups enjoy a bike ride and a guided walking tour in Vienna, youngsters delight in a hands-on chocolate making lesson Later, head to the Danube Island, a recreational oasis with beaches and a climbing park, before an optional spin to Klosterneuburg Monastery, Austria's oldest wine estate. (Overnight Vienna)

Day 6 Follow bike paths in peaceful Donau-Auen National Park Picnic at Schloss Hof, a castle and working farm Bike to Bratislava for a guided walking tour highlighting a Gothic cathedral and baroque palaces, as well as modern additions like a communist-era bridge topped with a flying saucer! (Cruise overnight Bratislava to Budapest)

Days 7-8 Adults get to know Budapest on a guided ride, while the younger set explores with the Kid Coordinator  Tonight you're treated to a Hungarian folklore show before evening cruise through Budapest's sparkling cityscape. (Overnight Budapest)

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

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2016 FAMILY DATES
2016 June
2016 July
2016 August

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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)
Kids: Oberhaus Castle Visit (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
Kids: Chocolate-Making Class (1 Hour)
6 21* 300 34* 600 45 900
Bratislava Walking Tour (1 Hour)
7 11* 400
Kids: Budapest Exploration (3 Hours)
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 36 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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Route Rating

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Prague, Czech Republic/Budapest, Hungary

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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.

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