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Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond

Prague to Budapest with 100+ Backroads Friends

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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 with your family along the Danube, past castles, onion-domed churches and legendary vineyards. Local beer, bratwurst and welcoming wine taverns await. Let the fun begin! 

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Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary

Start Prague, Czech Republic / End Budapest, Hungary

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Highlights

  • Ride on the world-famous Donauradweg (Danube bike path), with views of the region's diverse landscapes along the way
  • Celebrate your passion for cycling in the splendid Wachau Valley, passing vineyards of acclaimed Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners 
  • Relish hearty regional specialties like delicious schnitzel at an authentic Austrian bräuhaus (brewhouse)—you'll eat and drink like a local! 
  • Discover historical wonders in Vienna and see stunning sights and rich culture in Prague and Budapest, our fascinating gateway cities
Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary

Start Prague, Czech Republic / End Budapest, Hungary

Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Bike through the Bavarian Forest to the Danube | Enjoy German cuisine in vibrant towns | Join an Oktoberfest-style celebration before we set sail | Learn about Pilsner beer in picturesque Vilshofen | Visit Hoftaferne Neuburg Castle for a taste of regional specialties | Spin through Bavaria, savoring superb views into Austria | Stroll amid Italian baroque architecture in Passau. 

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

Day 4 In the Wachau Valley, pedal or cruise along the Danube past castles and vineyards | Visit majestic Melk Abbey and learn about its fascinating history | Sip on Grüner Veltliner at a local wine tavern. 

Days 5-6 On a guided walking tour, discover Vienna's magnificent historic center | Pedal along tranquil Danube Island | Discover rococo-style Schönbrunn Palace | Bike 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 | Set out on a walking tour of historic Budapest | Raise a toast to a memorable voyage down the Danube.

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.

PORTS OF CALL Vilshofen | Passau | Linz | Melk | Krems | Vienna | Bratislava | Visegrad | Esztergom | Budapest

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.

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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. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 30 or more. Call us for date availability and pricing. If your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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    The sky’s the limit! Tell us what your dream trip would be and we'll make it happen! Whether you're looking for a honeymoon trip for 2, a 30-person family reunion or a 100-person corporate trip, we can do it all. A dedicated Custom Trip Consultant will work closely with you to bring your dreams to reality. Call us at 800-462-2848 to speak with your Custom Trip Consultant or click on the button below.

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    Premiere Ship

    AmaWaterways Ship, Danube River Cruise
    AmaWaterways Ship

    AmaSerena, AmaViola or AmaLea (7 nights)

    Activity Level

    This trip is rated Levels 1-4

    What's Included

    Services and equipment are included.

    Why Backroads

    Why Travel with Backroads in Danube River

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    Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

    AmaWaterways Ship, Danube River Cruise

    AmaWaterways Ship

    AmaSerena, AmaViola or AmaLea (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) 
     
    View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details.

    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.

    Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

    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* 900 26 1200
    2 19* 1200 35 2000 36 2700
    26 1400
    Passau Guided City Walk (1 Hour)
    3 14* 600 27* 1000 43* 1200
    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)
     

    Note:

    * Includes shuttle.

    Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

    Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

    Meals

    All breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches

    Also Included

    • 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

    Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

    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.

    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.

    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, 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Why Travel with Backroads in Danube River

    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

    Our custom-designed titanium bikes are best in class. From avid cyclists to easygoing riders, we believe that everyone deserves a seriously great bike to match their riding style. Learn more about our bike fleet.

    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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    Backroads Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
    Backroads Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond

    Guest Photo Gallery

    Videos

    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.

    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.

    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, 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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