Active River Cruises

River Cruise Walking & River Cruise Biking

Our active river cruises span the globe, featuring luxurious small ships and incredible biking and hiking in some of the world’s most beautiful places. Whether your interests lead you to castles along the Danube or colorful markets along the Mekong, you’re sure to love these river cruises, which give you the comfort, flexibility and convenience you need to enjoy an epic active adventure on and off the boat.

With classic Backroads-style biking, walking and hiking, along with superlative support for every pace, these excursions are a different kind of river cruise. Discover the magic of active river cruises with Backroads on these unique adventures, the best way to explore the world. Only unpack once and enjoy the unmistakable magic of discovering your destination actively. Choose from River Cruise Biking or River Cruise Walking.

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Guest/leader cycling down tree-covered road, smiling.

Bordeaux River Cruise Bike Tour

Vineyards & Châteaux of Garonne, Dordogne & Gironde

Small Luxury Ships
Cruise ships on the Danube River in Budapest.

Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour

Prague to Budapest with 100+ Backroads Friends

Small Luxury Ships
Panoramic autumn view of Amsterdam city.

Dutch & Belgian Waterways River Cruise Bike Tour

Iconic Canals, Windmills & Bike Paths from Amsterdam to Bruges

Small Luxury Ships
Ariel view of town, river, and bridge
Dolce tempo

Rhine River Cruise Easygoing E-bike Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey from Basel to Amsterdam

Small Luxury Ships
Eiffel Tower and Pont Alexandre III at Night

Seine River Cruise Bike Tour

Paris Lights, the Land of Monet, & Normandy's D-Day Sites

Small Luxury Ships
novice monks beating a new dry with palm reeds and splashing water

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Mekong River Cruise Bike Tour

Cycle & Sail along the Mighty Mekong