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Danube River Cruise Family Bike Tour - Teens & Kids

Prague to Budapest through Five Countries

It's full steam ahead on this family cruise along the Danube. Pedal past fairy-tale castles. Soak up splendid cityscapes. Venture to charming villages. Coast through the countryside. And only unpack once as you voyage from Prague to Passau, Vienna to Bratislava and on to Budapest. Anchors aweigh! 

THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Ship

FROM: $6,399 - $8,599 pp dbl occ
($3,500 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices

Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary

Start Prague, Czech Republic / End Budapest, Hungary

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Cycle with locals as you pedal on the Donauradweg, the scenic bike path that meanders along the Danube 
  • Spin amid vineyards and fairy-tale castles in the Wachau Valley, as beloved for its beauty as for its Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings 
  • Relish the ever-changing views from your stateroom, knowing that you only have to unpack once 
  • Experience rich culture and stunning sights in Prague and Budapest, our fascinating gateway cities 
Ports of call
Vilshofen
Passau
Linz
Melk
Weissenkirchen
Vienna
Bratislava
Budapest
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Warm up with a ride through the Bavarian Forest | Check out an open-air museum showcasing over 150 historic Bavarian buildings | Join in an Oktoberfest-style celebration before we set sail. 

Bike through picturesque Vilshofen | Have lunch near medieval Neuburg Castle | Pedal to Passau, a city of splendid baroque architecture | Kids set off for an adventure at Oberhaus Castle, perched high atop Passau, while adults marvel at the baroque architecture on a walking tour. 

Welcome to Austria! | Hop on your bike and delight in views of the Alps | Kids discover the ship's fascinating wheelhouse with the captain—ahoy! | Choose an excursion to Salzburg, Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic or the Austrian Lakes District | Or explore the bustling city of Linz.

Visit Melk, whose magnificent baroque abbey is perched high on a rocky promontory | Spin along the Donauradweg bike path, passing vineyards, forests and hamlets | The younger set explores Aggstein Castle's 12th-century ruins | Cycle or cruise the most stunning stretch of the Danube from Melk to Krems, amid quaint storybook towns and the vineyards of Wachau Valley. 

In Vienna, enjoy a bike ride on tranquil and car-free Danube Island | Youngsters delight in a visit to a hands-on chocolate-making museum | Explore this World Heritage city on a private walking tour. 

Bike 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 | Lunch at Schloss Hof, a castle and working farm with a wonderful petting zoo | An exciting scavenger hunt awaits for kids | Join a walking tour of Bratislava's charming medieval center.

Adults get to know Budapest on a guided walk, while the kids experience a thrilling escape room activity | Families enjoy an evening folklore show.

AMA Waterways AMA Magna river cruise ship
AmaSonata
AmaLea, AmaSonata

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)

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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. View cancellation policy

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants on 800-462-2848 or via email.

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Note: The minimum age required for kids to ride their own bike on this trip is 7+

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 16 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 26 miles | 1200 ft. gain
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Embarkation in Vilshofen
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 19 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 26 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 36 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Other
Passau Guided City Walk (1 hour)
Kids: Oberhaus Fortress Scavenger Hunt (3 hours) | min. age: 7+
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 14 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 27 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles* | 1300 ft. gain
Other
Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lakes District Tour (4 hours)
Kids: Captain's Wheelhouse Visit (2 hours)
Day 4
Biking
Level 1 | 21 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Other
Kids: Aggstein Castle Exploration (1 hour)
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 17 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 28 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Other
Vienna Guided City Walk (1.5 hours)
Kids: Chocolate Workshop (3 hours) | min. age: 6+
Day 6
Biking
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 34 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 46 miles | 900 ft. gain
Other
Bratislava Guided City Walk (1 hour)
Kids: Schloss Hof Scavenger Hunt (1 hour)
Day 7
Other
Budapest Guided City Walk (3 hours)
Kids: Budapest Escape Room (3 hours)
Day 8
Other
Disembarkation in Budapest
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

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.

Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package—it’s built for hard-core riders.
$400 rental fee

Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

All breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches

  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Exclusive biking routes with multiple options at varied paces
  • Custom Titanium bike
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Dedicated support vans
  • Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
  • Private walking tours with expert guides
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions
  • Wine included with all onboard meals
  • Private cocktail/wine receptions
  • Off-ship lunches in genuine settings

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.

Ships

The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.

Backroads Support on Board and on Shore

We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

Meals

On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

Itinerary Flexibility: Going with the Flow

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

Most 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 part of river cruising due to its popularity. You may 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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