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Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
Prague to Budapest with 100+ Backroads Friends
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!
THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Small Luxury Ship
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.
- 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
8 Days Small Luxury Ship
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.
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)
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.
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.
Daily Route Options
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.
All breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches
Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.