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The Blue Danube—Prague to Budapest

From $5,998 - $8,398 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$0.00 to $7,900 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees.

On this river cruise voyage, let the Danube River be your guide from Prague to Passau, Vienna to Bratislava and on to Budapest. Pedal through the Bavarian Forest. Stroll among baroque architecture. Sample local beers. And discover tucked-away hamlets. Then luxuriate on board the ship as it carries you to your next adventure.

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Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary

Start Prague / End Budapest

Danube River Cruise Bike Tour

Highlights

  • Cycle with locals 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
  • Experience the ever-changing views from your stateroom, knowing that you only have to unpack once
  • Engage in rich culture and stunning sights in Prague and Budapest, our fascinating gateway cities
Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary

Start Prague / End Budapest

Danube River Cruise Bike Tour

Itinerary

Day 1 Ride through the Bavarian Forest to the Danube River | Enjoy an Oktoberfest-style celebration before we set sail.

Day 2 Taste local specialties at Hoftaferne Neuburg Castle | Fall in love with stunning views into Austria | Stroll in Passau, the City of Three Rivers.

Day 3 Ride in the Austrian countryside or take a guided walk in Linz | Choose an excursion to Salzburg, Český Krumlov or the Austrian Lakes District | Or opt for a spin to Austria's oldest town.

Day 4 Bike or cruise the most stunning stretch of the Danube through Wachau Valley vineyards | Visit majestic Melk Abbey.

Day 5 From St. Stephen's Cathedral to the Opera House, Vienna's historic center is magnificent | Bike along tranquil Danube Island and explore the city on foot.

Day 6 Pedal in Donau-Auen National Park, keeping an eye out for kingfishers and herons | Ride between two capital cities—Vienna and Bratislava—passing remnants of the former Iron Curtain | Picnic at Schloss Hof, a castle and working farm | Join a walking tour of Bratislava's charming medieval center.

Days 7-8 Enjoy a guided bike tour of breathtaking Budapest | Browse in the city's vibrant shopping district | An evening cruise through the illuminated cityscape is the perfect finale to our trip.

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.

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From $5,998 - $8,398 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$0.00 to $7,900 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees.

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Premiere Ship

AmaWaterways Ship
AmaWaterways Ship

AmaCerto, AmaLea, AmaSerena, AmaStella or AmaViola (7 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Danube River

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5.0

Best mix of biking, luxury cruising and culture

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from Vicksburg, Mississippi

Comments about Danube River Cruise Bike Tour:

The Danube trip is fabulous. The AmaWaterways ship accommodations were new, clean and very nice, and the quality of food and drink on board was high. Riders can choose from several beautifully scenic routes of varying challenge levels and time commitment each day in a new setting. Also, both AmaWaterways and Backroads offer many structured on-shore cultural opportunities in the many interesting ports that can be taken in addition to or instead of riding on any needed lazy days. The best part of the trip, however, was the quality of the Backroads biking guides and support team, who were superb in every way at making this a truly
unforgettable experience. Kudos to those who found and hired these wonderful folks!

 
5.0

Backroads Danube cruise is amazing!

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from San Antonio, Texas

Comments about Danube River Cruise Bike Tour:

Fabulous combination of river cruising, biking and touring!

 
4.0

Leave the suitcase behind and explore...

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from Washington State

Comments about Danube River Cruise Bike Tour:

Pluses: travel leaders, bikes, lunches, walking tours (for backroads); amicable group
Minuses: timing was sometimes off but I understand that things had to be coordinated with the ship/ sailing but perhaps a white board in the lobby of the ship for BACKROADS could be added to make sure people are clear on times; route on the final day(s) could have been better but I understand the challenges of riding in Budapest (perhaps could have road from outside of town into town at the outskirts and then bused in); also the fast riders pushed the pace of the entire group and while challenging for guides they should remind everyone that riding too fast presents challenges for planning lunches etc

 
5.0

Backroads does it again!

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from Charlotte NC

Comments about Danube River Cruise Bike Tour:

This was our fourth trip with Backroads and it's tough to say we've had a better one -- or a worse one! The guides were outstanding; enthusiastic, informative, encouraging, and fun. The routes were well planned and accessible to all, if from time to time a bit challenging. We especially enjoyed staying in one room for the entire trip, although we did miss the fun of seeing what wonderful location Backroads had lined up for each new night.

 
5.0

Another great trip--for active travel Backroads is the best!

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from Kalamazoo, MI

Comments about Danube River Cruise Bike Tour:

Another excellent trip with Backroads. First time doing a boat based trip. Obvious pros and cons with it. . .it was wonderful having our room go with us, so no packing and unpacking during the week, but it feels like it (understandably) probably limits the biking options a little. Everything's a trade-off.

All in all, though, we had a great time!

 
5.0

Great trip! Very well planned,

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from Lexington, MA

Comments about Danube River Cruise Bike Tour:

I loved the trip. The routes were beautiful and challenging. Meals were local fare, ample, and efficient. You could linger, or get back on the road. The backroads support staff were excellent and exceptionally friendly.

 
5.0

Our trip down the Danube well exceeded our expectations!

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from Seattle, WA

Comments about Danube River Cruise Bike Tour:

Very well done. The trip leaders (Kevin and Stephanie) were amazing as well as the support staff -- Malcolm and Eduardo)!!

 
5.0

Great biking trip!

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from Minneapolis

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Comments about Danube River Cruise Bike Tour:

Great trip! Great food, biking, accommodations, trip leaders, crew. 100% would go again.

 
5.0

This was the best trip! Better than we hoped.

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from Minneapolis, MN

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Comments about Danube River Cruise Bike Tour:

Everything was perfect -- the riding, the scenery, the guides, the food, and the accommodations. It was a phenomenal trip.

 
5.0

My New Favorite!

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from El Cerrito

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Comments about Danube River Cruise Bike Tour:

Seriously, what's not to love about this trip?! You get the amazing Backroads trip leaders, bikes and scenic routes while river cruising through FIVE countries! Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest -- each cities unknown to me before the trip and now places that I have explored and look forward to returning to again some day. One of my favorite memories of the trip was waking up in the early morning hours while the ship was sailing, opening the curtains of my cabin and realizing we were on a stretch of the Danube with no buildings, no other ships, not a person in sight! Just the quiet hush of the wake from the ship, and lush forested river banks draped in fog.

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Premiere Ship

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

AmaWaterways Ship

AmaWaterways Ship

AmaCerto, AmaLea, AmaSerena, AmaStella or AmaViola (7 nights)

A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, French balconies, 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.

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

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 36 2700
Passau Guided City Walk (1 Hour)
3 14* 600 27* 1000 43* 1300
Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lakes District Tour (4 Hours)
4 15 500 30 1000 37 1200 42 2600
5 17* 400 28* 700
Vienna Guided City Walk (1.5 Hours)
6 21* 300 34* 600 46 900
Bratislava Guided City Walk (1 Hour)
7 8* 300
Illuminations Cruise (1 Hour)
8 Disembarkation in Budapest
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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 (up to 60) 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.

Double-Docking

Some port conditions require that ships tie up alongside each other, in which case you may need to walk through another ship to access our ship. This is a perfectly normal part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may occasionally experience obstructed views from your stateroom when the ship is double-docked, but rest assured that as soon as we set sail again your beautiful views will be restored.

Why Travel with Backroads in Danube River

Your Spacious Home on the Water

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—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 more about our bike fleet.

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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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

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 (up to 60) 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.

Double-Docking

Some port conditions require that ships tie up alongside each other, in which case you may need to walk through another ship to access our ship. This is a perfectly normal part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may occasionally experience obstructed views from your stateroom when the ship is double-docked, but rest assured that as soon as we set sail again your beautiful views will be restored.
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