• Backroads Danube River Cruise Bike Tour
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  • Cycling on Backroads Danube River Cruise Bike Tour
  • Danube River Cruise Bike Tour
  • Cycling by the Danube River with Backroads

Danube River Cruise Bike Tour

The Blue Danube—Budapest to Prague

  • Delight in graceful bridges, spires and towers as the Danube River guides you through history
  • Savor the extraordinary wines of Austria's idyllic Wachau Valley
  • Pedal back in time, amid castles, stately avenues and verdant parks, on a fascinating bike tour in Budapest
  • Behold Passau—the city's incredible Italian baroque architecture is a feast for the eyes

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.

Danube River Cruise Bike Tour


Day 1 Join a local expert to experience Budapest’s beauty by bike, including the royal complex atop Castle Hill, impressive parliament, legendary Chain Bridge and the ruins of a medieval monastery | Later, explore the city at your leisure. (Overnight Budapest)

Day 2 Ride through sleepy Hungarian villages along the Danube’s dramatic horseshoe curve, the “Big Bend” | Ferry to the lively artists’ village of Szentendre. (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! Enjoy live music at a Heuriger (wine tavern). (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 | Bike along tranquil Danube Island and explore the city on foot during a private walking tour 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 Discover the Italian baroque splendor of Passau on a guided walk | Pedal through undulating pastures, quaint villages and lush forests to Vilshofen | Cap off your unforgettable journey in true German spirit with an Oktoberfest-style celebration. (Overnight Vilshofen; shuttle to Prague)

Please note: 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 email.

I can't say enough about this trip. It far exceeded my expectations. I had heard good things about the company before hand as I have a friend that started taking trips with backroads many years ago. Everything was so perfectly coordinated, nothing was left to be desired. Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience!!!
Liza - Reseda, CA

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

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 50- to 150-passenger ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.Due to the unique nature of our active River Cruise trips, we welcome more guests on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders. With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

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.

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.
$6,498 - $8,298
pp dbl. occ.
(+$3,200 to $4,100 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees.


8 days, 7 nights
Activity Level

Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
Budapest, Hungary/Prague, Czech Republic

All breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches included



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AmaWaterways Ship

AmaWaterways Ship

AmaLea, AmaSerena 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)

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details.

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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The best trip ever! Far exceeded my expectations.


from Reseda, CA

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Comments about Danube Wheels & Waterways River Cruise Bike Tour:

I can't say enough about this trip. It far exceeded my expectations. I had heard good things about the company before hand as I have a friend that started taking trips with backroads many years ago. Everything was so perfectly coordinated, nothing was left to be desired. Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience!!!


Thanks for exceeding my expectations...BACKROADS IS AMAZING!


from Ventura, Ca

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The amount of effort, thought, and energy that the trip leaders put into this trip was outstanding. They thought of every little detail and bent over backwards to accommodate our every desire and comfort. They kept us safe, engaged, on time, comfortable, and were endless in their patience and desire to please us and ensure we had the best trip possible! I am in awe of their skills and talents, and incredible energy and enthusiasm...thanks for the most amazing trip and lifetime of memories!!! Because of the staff, I will absolutely return for future Backroad's trips, thanks for exceeding my expectations!!! And an extra special thanks to Gonzalo and Erin...YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!!

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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

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Interested in a Private Trip? Check out the Make It Private tab for private dates available, or call us at 800-462-2848.

C 2017 Classic Trips

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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.

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Daily Route Options
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 11* 400
Illuminations Cruise (1 Hour)
2 20* 400 28* 800
3 18 500 23 1100
Bratislava Walking Tour (1 Hour)
4 17 400 28 700
5 14 500 25 900 30 1600
6 14* 300 27* 1000 43* 1300
Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lakes District Tour (4 Hours)
7 15* 1000 35 1700 37 2300
26 1400
Passau Walking Tour (1 Hour)
8 Disembarkation in Vilshofen


* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Danube River

The Water Is More Than Fine

Backroads is the only active travel company to forge a partnership with AmaWaterways, the leader in luxury river cruising. Beyond the unique perspective and amazing access of river-based travel, equally important to us is ensuring that our guests enjoy a fantastic onboard experience. This is where AmaWaterways shines, with spacious staterooms featuring outside or French balconies, plus amenities that include a spa, a gym and a pool with swim-up bar.

We Reinvented the River Cruise

Backroads pioneered the active river trip, partnering with AmaWaterways, the leader in river cruising, to create a new kind of travel experience featuring biking and walking explorations from an elegant floating hotel. Read more about this ideal way to discover the heart of a region.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Danube River trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

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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. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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