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Danube Cycling Sensation River Cruise Bike Tour

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

  • 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 veltliner and rieslings
  • Soak up the ever-changing views from your stateroom, knowing that you only have to unpack once
  • Rich culture and stunning sights await in Prague and Budapest, our fascinating gateway cities

On this voyage, let the Danube River be your guide. Go river cruising 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.

Danube River Cruise Bike Tour

Itinerary

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-style celebration before we set sail. (Overnight 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, the City of Three Rivers. (Cruise 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  Or opt for a pleasant afternoon spin to Austria's oldest town. (Cruise 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). (Cruise overnight Melk to Vienna)

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 during a private walking tour. (Overnight Vienna)

Day 6 Follow bike paths in serene 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 On a walking tour, be charmed by Bratislava's medieval center. (Cruise 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 to our trip. (Overnight Budapest)

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.

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

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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 unpack and 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.

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.
$5,698 - $8,398
pp dbl. occ.
(+$0.00 to $4,200 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees.

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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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Our trip down the Danube well exceeded our expectations!

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from Seattle, WA

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

 
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Great biking trip!

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from Minneapolis

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

 
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This was the best trip! Better than we hoped.

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from Minneapolis, MN

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

 
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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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A trip we will always remember!

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from Atlanta, GA

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You all do such a wonderful job. We feel so taken care of each moment of the trip and know we can depend on your staff for any of our needs and to simply have a great time. What we find noteworthy is how you secure such exceptional people to work on your staff. We can't wait for our next Backroads trip and are already considering options for our next trip.

 
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The Danube Cycling/River Cruise tour was our 4th Backroads trip. All of our Backroads vacations have exceeded every expectation and this one was no different. Cycling the Danube is a magical experience. The Backroads guides are helpful, fun, and make sure your every need is met.

 
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Our 25th Backroads Trip Exceeded Our Expectatins

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Thanks to all for planning and executing such a wonderful, different experience. Our 25th with Backroads. We were a little unsure how the "group dynamic" would go with the river cruise but it was excellent and far exceeded our expectations. Great trip!

 
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Couldn't believe how much we saw and did - stress free!

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I had never been to Eastern Europe and was a bit daunted by the logistics of traveling through 5 countries. Turned out I had nothing to worry about. Everything was so seamless and stress free!

I loved the biking on this trip, especially biking in the hills in Austria (I did most of the long option rides) and biking from Vienna to Bratislava (what a hidden gem of a city!). The boat was super luxe as advertised and I loved how much flexibility there was - you are free to go on any of the rides or activities, but you can always opt to stay on the boat to lounge by the pool or watch the scenery go by. It was a Backroads trip, so you know the leaders will be fabulous, and Carlos and Christian were amazing!

There was plenty of van support along the way as usual, so my mom had peace of mind that she could always hop in the van (turns out she did all the long options too, even more than me! She is hooked on these trips now!)

All in all I loved this trip and the Backroads experience let us get off the beaten track and really explore all the places we went through. I would go back in a heartbeat and would definitely recommend this trip to a friend.

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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.

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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 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
 

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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

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—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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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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