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Danube Full Ship Celebration River Cruise Bike Tour

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

  • Pedal on the world-famous Donauradweg (Danube bike path), with views of the region's diverse landscapes
  • Savor hearty regional specialities like delicious German bratwurst and beer—you'll eat and drink like a local!
  • Experience rich culture and stunning sights in Prague and Budapest, our fascinating gateway cities
  • Celebrate your passion for cycling in the splendid Wachau Valley, passing vineyards of acclaimed rieslings and grüner veltliners

Five incredible countries. Eight epic days. One luxurious river ship exclusively for us—all enhanced by the camaraderie of 150 or so Backroads travelers! Sail and ride along the Danube, past castles, onion-domed churches and legendary vineyards. Local beer, bratwurst and welcoming wine taverns await. Let the fun begin!

Danube River Cruise Bike Tour


Day 1 Ride in the Bavarian Forest to the Danube | Enjoy German cuisine in vibrant towns | Join an Oktoberfest-style celebration before we set sail.

Day 2 Learn about Pilsner beer in picturesque Vilshofen | Visit Hoftaferne Neuburg Castle for a taste of regional specialties | Pedal through Bavaria, savoring superb views into Austria | Stroll amid Italian baroque architecture in Passau.

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

Day 4 Ride or cruise along the Danube past castles and vineyards in the Wachau Valley | Visit majestic Melk Abbey and learn about its fascinating history | Taste grüner veltliner at a local wine tavern.

Day 5 Explore Vienna's magnificent historic center | Bike along tranquil Danube Island | Discover rococo-style Schönbrunn Palace.

Day 6 Pedal in Donau-Auen National Park, keeping an eye out for kingfishers and herons | Ride between Vienna and Bratislava | Tour Bratislava's medieval center on foot.

Days 7-8 Ride along the Danube's “Big Bend” | Enjoy a walking tour of historic Budapest | Raise a toast during an evening city cruise.

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.

I loved sharing the ship with other active folks! The food was great and the biking was fun. Really nice not to have to unpack each night, but still see 5 countries.
Allison - Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

Group Size

Backroads has booked the entire ship for this special sailing. This trip is a unique celebration of cycling and it's a much different Backroads experience with up to 150 guests (compared to an average of 16 guests on a typical Backroads trip). We anticipate couples, solo travelers, multigenerational adult families and perhaps some small groups traveling together. You can look forward to a very social atmosphere with active travelers who share a common interest in seeing the world in the most interesting way possible.

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.

Activity Options

Each day you'll have your own exclusive Backroads Trip Leaders, shuttles and fantastic biking routes, in addition to the AmaWaterways staff and activities. This trip is designed to be flexible, so if you prefer to take a day off from riding, you're always welcome to shift gears and relax on the ship, explore on your own or check in with your Backroads leaders regarding one of the many AmaWaterways shore excursions.

About the Ship

The AmaWaterways ship is your floating luxury hotel, letting you visit new cities or countries without having to pack up your bags! This 158-passenger ship is custom-designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. All dinners are prepared by the ship's classically trained chefs and are served on board in the ship's dining rooms.


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.

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.
$4,498 - $8,398
pp dbl. occ.
(+$2,200 to $4,200 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees.


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


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AmaWaterways Ship

AmaSerena or AmaViola (7 nights)

Reserved exclusively for us, this luxurious custom-designed ship features stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, expansive outdoor decks, an onboard team of classically trained chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow Backroads travelers. (pool)

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A full ship of Backroads guests! AMAZING!


from Salt Lake City, Utah

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I loved sharing the ship with other active folks! The food was great and the biking was fun. Really nice not to have to unpack each night, but still see 5 countries.


Incredible experience!


from Sebastopol, CA

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Comments about Danube Full Ship Celebration River Cruise Bike Tour:

I've been on several Backroads trips, but never a ship trip, and never a trip with this many guests, so I really didn't know what to expect. it turned out to be my favorite Backroads trip to date! The ship was spectacular, the leaders amazing (as always!), and it was a wonderful experience to be able to visit 5 countries on this trip, something that would not be possible without the ship. I would sign-up for another ship trip in a heartbeat, and another full ship trip in half a heartbeat. A truly great experience travelling with so many like minded folks.


Trip of a Lifetime!


from Austin,Texas

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Comments about Danube Full Ship Celebration River Cruise Bike Tour:

The full ship cruise was a once in a lifetime experience! My daughter (27) and I traveled together and met four other mother/daughter groups and shared the amazing experience together. We created friendships that will last a lifetime through our amazing trip. This trip provided the best overall experience of sightseeing, biking through historical sites and cruising on a majestic ship. Loved that the entire ship was 100% Backroads as this provided everyone with one thing in common! You had an instant connection with everyone on the ship so meeting new friends was easy. Everyone was in biking clothes for breakfast so you felt very comfortable. I had been on a previous Backroads trip and was curious as to how we were going to connect with 100 people and the team did a great job breaking us into color-coded groups. While we met the small group of the yellow team we also met most everyone on the ship! By the end of the trip everyone had shared One incredible experience together! Looking for active travel, relaxation, entertainment, new friends, exploring, cruising, and creating lifelong memories for yourself or your family this is the trip for you! Cheers!


AMAZING! Far exceeded my expecations. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!


from Berkeley California

Comments about Danube Full Ship Celebration River Cruise Bike Tour:

To be honest I chose this trip simply because it fit the window of time I had to travel and I wanted to see Prague. In the end, it totally blew me away. Everything was exceptional in every regard. The ship was AMAZING, that was probably the biggest surprise, I didn't expect it to be as nice and luxurious as it was. The staff was over-the-top helpful and friendly, the food was great (and there was a LOT of it) and the room was spotless.

After doing this trip we are spoiled for life. It's such a unique and cool way to travel. We biked each day, saw really cool stuff, covered a lot of ground and then suddenly here was our ship again, waiting for us in a new town. We handed our bikes to the trip leaders, walked onboard, took a hot shower and then went off to explore the town. Amazing.

I'm also really glad we ended up on this "Full Ship" trip. We didn't necessarily care about that but it happened to be the week that fit our schedule best. It ended up being a whole lot of fun. I was afraid it would be too crowded or unmanageable but we felt it really enhanced the trip. It felt like we had friends everywhere we went but it was always super easy to get away on our own if we wanted. If we could do it over again, we'd definitely choose the full ship trip.

I really can't say enough about this trip. Backroads did a really fantastic job in every way. The leaders were always great, the biking routes were scenic and fun, we really felt we got to see the countries we visited, everything was well organized and we always felt like we had plenty of support but yet were free to do our own thing, which we often did.

Spoiled for life, can't wait to do it again on another river trip.


We are SOLD on River Cruises!!


from Berkeley

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We signed up for the "Full Ship Celebration". Initially we were curious, maybe even a little skeptical, but we ended up loving our trip! We travelled with our mothers (79 and 80) who were perfectly happy on the ebikes and bike trails, while we got to ride the long options. We loved unpacking for the whole week too, and taking an night off in our cabin. Meals were surprisingly good, and wine better than what I expected. The sense of journey on this trips is unrivaled too - 5 countries?! LOVED the backroads staff and the cruise manager from Ama. Just a lifetime memory for sure. Thank you Backroads!

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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
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 36 2700
26 1500
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 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 20* 600 25* 800 34 1100
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

Miss the Turn for the Autobahn

Created and managed by a Trip Expert who grew up in bike-friendly Germany and still lives in the region, this trip is beautifully designed to let you explore scenic countryside and historic valley towns while avoiding car traffic as much as possible. It's all about quiet roads, picturesque castles and well-timed stops to sample the local beer. And, of course, following the twists and turns of one of Europe's great rivers.

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.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in the Danube region, 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.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders on Danube River trips live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

On our Danube River trips you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Navigate Your Way along the Danube River

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike on Danube River trips. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

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 Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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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. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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