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Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour

Prague to Budapest with 100+ Backroads Friends

Couples, Friends & Solos

8 days 7 nights

Activity Level: 1-4

Small Luxury Ship

From: $5,699 - $11,399 pp dbl occ

($2,900 - $11,399 for sgl occ)

Five incredible countries. Eight epic days. One luxurious river ship exclusively for us—all enhanced by the camaraderie of up to 150 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 Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour map
Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour map

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.


  • Pedal on the world-famous Donauradweg (Danube bike path), with views of the region's diverse landscapes 
  • Visit an authentic Austrian brauhaus (brewhouse) and savor hearty regional specialties like delicious schnitzel—you'll eat and drink like a local! 
  • Connect with stunning sights and rich culture in Prague and Budapest, our fascinating gateway cities, and explore historical wonders in Vienna 
  • Celebrate your passion for cycling in the splendid Wachau Valley, passing vineyards of acclaimed Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners 

See our Active Cruise Terms & Conditions.

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Backroads Trip Leader
Meet Our Leaders
The Backroads Experience
The Backroads Experience
Biking Tours
Biking Tours


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
8 Days Small Luxury Ship
Accommodations may vary based on departure.

DAYS 1-2 Meet your bike and head out for our first ride along a former train route | Nothing like a bit of oompah music to get things started—enjoy an Oktoberfest-style celebration before we set sail | Cross over from Germany to Austria on two wheels | Stroll amid Italian baroque architecture in Passau, the City of Three Rivers. 

DAY 3 Join hundreds of local cyclists on Austria's famed Donauradweg (Danube bike path) | Visit Linz, home to baroque buildings and a vibrant main square | Choose an excursion to Salzburg or Český Krumlov—both spectacular World Heritage sites. 

DAYS 4-5 Bike or cruise the stunning Wachau Valley, where the Danube snakes between steep bluffs green with vineyards and apricot orchards | Behold stately Melk Abbey, commanding its hilltop since the 10th century | Stop for a taste of the local Grüner Veltliner | Discover Vienna, imperial city of the Hapsburgs and a hub of Central European culture and tradition.

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 | Dine at a castle which once belonged to Hapsburg empress Maria Theresa | A local guide unlocks the myriad stories behind quirky Bratislava's sights. 

DAYS 7-8 Orient yourself on foot to the landmarks of historic Budapest | Take the afternoon to explore this remarkable city with its posh coffee shops, hip ruin pubs, thermal bathhouses and countless museums | Soak in the views of the Budapest skyline | Join a shipful of fellow Backroads guests and leaders in a toast to this week's Full Ship Celebration!

AmaWaterways Danube Ship

A luxurious custom-designed ship featuring stylish private staterooms, panoramic windows, full balconies, an onboard team of passionate chefs and inviting areas to socialize with fellow passengers. (pool)

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.

Note: You may only reserve one Stateroom Category at this time. Your stateroom will be assigned based on availability. Please contact us if you are interested in booking multiple Stateroom Categories for your party, selecting a specific stateroom, or Single Supplement pricing.

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Activity Level: 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip varies from relatively level to some rolling hills with a few steeper climbs. While we avoid car traffic by traveling along quiet country roads and bike paths during many of our routes, these paths are popular with other cyclists. The road quality is variable in each country, so some sections may be bumpy. We also ride through urban areas, using both city streets and dedicated biking lanes. Know that these European cities are well-suited for cyclists.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 1 | 16 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 26 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 19 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 26 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 36 miles | 2700 ft. gain
Passau Guided City Walk (1 hour)
Day 3
Level 1 | 14 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 27 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lakes District Tour (4 hours)
Day 4
Level 1 | 15 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 30 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 37 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 42 miles | 2600 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 17 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 28 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 36 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Vienna Guided City Walk (1.5 hours)
Day 6
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 34 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 46 miles | 800 ft. gain
Bratislava Guided City Walk (1 hour)
Day 7
Budapest Walking Tour (4 hours)
Day 8
Disembarkation in Budapest

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! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

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. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this 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.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
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.
$650 rental fee; subject to availability

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
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, 7 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
  • Off-ship lunches and dinners in genuine settings
  • Private tastings to partake in the region's best
  • Private cocktail/wine receptions

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.


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.

Group Size

Backroads has booked the entire ship for this special sailing. This trip is a unique celebration of cycling and offers 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, 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. You'll also be supported by a team of 20 Backroads leaders—8 on board and 12 land-based—plus 11 vans ready when you need them. Note: If a minimum group size is not met nine months prior to departure, this trip will proceed with non-Backroads guests sharing our ship.

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. 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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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