• Biking on Danube River Cruise Family Bike Tour
  • Danube River Cruise Family Bike Tour
  • Backroads Danube River Cruise Family Bike Tour
  • Cycling on Backroads Danube River Cruise Family Bike Tour
  • Backroads Danube River Cruise Family Bike Tours

Danube River Cruise Family Bike Tour – Teens & Younger Siblings

The Blue Danube—Prague to Budapest

  • Join local bicyclists 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 veltliner and rieslings
  • Soak up 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

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!

Danube River Cruise Bike Tour


Day 1  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.

Day 2 Bike through picturesque Vilshofen  |  Have lunch at medieval Neuburg Castle  |  Pedal to Passau, a city of splendid baroque architecture.

Day 3 Welcome to Austria!  |  Hop on your bike and delight in views of the Alps  |  Choose an excursion to Salzburg, Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic or the Austrian Lakes District.

Day 4 Spin along the Donauradweg bike path, passing vineyards, forest and hamlets  |  Cycle or cruise the most stunning stretch of the Danube from Melk to Krems, amid quaint storybook towns and the vineyards of Wachau Valley.

Day 5 In Vienna, adults enjoy a bike ride on tranquil Danube Island, youngsters delight in a hands-on chocolate-making lesson  |  Explore this World Heritage city by foot on a private walking tour.

Day 6 Bike through peaceful Donau-Auen National Park  |  Picnic at Schloss Hof, a castle and working farm  |  Spin to Bratislava for a guided walking tour. 

Days 7-8 Adults get to know Budapest on a guided ride, while the kids explore  |  Enjoy a folklore show and an evening cruise through 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.

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

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 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.


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.
$5,998 - $7,998
pp dbl. occ.
(+$0.00 to $4,000 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees.

Traveling with Kids


8 days, 7 nights
Activity Level

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

Start / End
Prague, Czech Republic/Budapest, Hungary

All breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches included


F Family Dates - Teens & Younger Siblings


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AmaWaterways Ship

AmaWaterways Ship

AmaCerto, AmaLea, AmaSerena, AmaStella 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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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.

F 2018 Family Trips - Teens & Younger Siblings

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 16* 600 26 1200
2 19* 1300 35 2000
26 1500 36 2700
Passau Guided City Walk (1 Hour)
Kids: Oberhaus Fortress Scavenger Hunt (3 Hours)
3 14* 600 27* 1000 43* 1300
Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lakes District Tour (4 Hours)
Kids: Park Games and Captain's Wheelhouse Visit (2 Hours)
4 15 500 30 1000 37 1200 42 2600
Kids: Falconry Demonstration (30 Minutes)
5 17* 400 28* 700
Vienna Guided City Walk (1.5 Hours)
Kids: Chocolate Workshop (3 Hours)
6 21* 300 34* 600 46 900
Bratislava Guided City Walk (1 Hour)
7 8* 300
Kids: Budapest Exploration (3 Hours)
Illuminations Cruise (1 Hour)
8 Disembarkation in Budapest


* 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

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Danube River have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

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. All Private River Cruise trips require a minimum of 30 guests. Call us to reserve your date.

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