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Danube Wheels & Waterways Family Breakaway River Cruise Bike Tour

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

  • 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 leisurely 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

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

Itinerary

Day 1 Join a local expert to experience Budapest's beauty by bike, including the royal complex atop Castle Hill, the impressive parliament, legendary Chain Bridge and the ruins of a medieval monastery  Later, explore the city at your leisure. (Overnight in 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, an extraordinary city that's sure 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  Bike the tranquil Danube Island and explore the city on 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 family 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 e-mail.

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 - Berkeley, 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 & 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.

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.
$5,898 - $7,698
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Plus $168 pp port fees.

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8 days, 7 nights
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Budapest, Hungary/* Prague, Czech Republic   * Please contact your Backroads Trip Consultant if you prefer to book a transfer to Munich

Meals
All breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches included

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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)

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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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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.

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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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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
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 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
 

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* 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

More Leaders to Support You

On our Danube River trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Danube River designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

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.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Danube River—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Danube River, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

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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. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 30 or more. Call us for date availability and pricing. If your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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