Prague to Passau, Vienna to Bratislava and on to Budapest. Each stop is a unique treasure. Pedaling silently through the Bavarian Forest. Sampling local beers. Strolling among baroque architecture. The Danube is your gateway to truly experience it all. Castles and bratwurst and vineyards and hidden Austrian villages. Fill up on sights and sounds and scents. And then float on to Budapest—the perfect finale to this sensory adventure on the Danube.
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 & MealsThe 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 OptionsEach 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.
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 in 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. (Sail 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. (Sail 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). (Sail 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 in 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. (Sail 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 in Budapest)
- NEW ITINERARY ADDED! see details
- 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 veltliners 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
Premiere River Ship
AMA Waterways (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.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
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|Passau Walking Tour (1 Hour)|
|Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lakes District Tour (4 Hours)|
|Bratislava Backroads Private Walking Tour (1 Hour)|
|Illuminations Cruise (1 Hour)|
|8||Conclusion of the Trip|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/24-7/1 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/29-7/6 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/8-15 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/20-27 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/27-8/3 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/29-8/5 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/5-12 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/12-19 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/17-24 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/24-31 Price: $5998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/9-16 Price: $6098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/21-28 Price: $6098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $3500 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees starting with 2016 departures.
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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)
|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.|
Guest Trip Reviews
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.- Regional Manager, Europe