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Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Family Bike Tour - Younger Kids

Prague to Budapest with 100+ Backroads Friends

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It's anchors aweigh on a family biking trip like no other! Set sail on the Danube for a week of family fun with 150 soon-to-be Backroads friends. Spin past fairy-tale castles. Explore wonderful riverside villages. Soak up beautiful cityscapes. And at day's end return to our elegant river ship to kick back and watch the world float by. Five amazing countries. Eight days full of adventure and camaraderie. Countless family memories.

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Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary

Start Prague, Czech Republic / End Budapest, Hungary

Danube River Cruise Family Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour Map

Highlights

  • Journey with your family from Prague to Passau, Vienna to Bratislava and on to Budapest, unpacking only once! 
  • Explore the rich culture, history, architecture and food of this fascinating area with family and newfound friends
  • Marvel at the region's diverse landscapes as you ride on the world-famous Donauradweg (Danube bike path)
  • Pedal, explore, learn and play—there's never a dull moment on a ship full of fun-loving Backroads kids of all ages
Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia & Hungary

Start Prague, Czech Republic / End Budapest, Hungary

Danube River Cruise Family Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Start your trip with an easygoing ride through the Bavarian Forest | Join in an Oktoberfest-style celebration before we set sail | Bike through picturesque Vilshofen and Passau, a city of splendid baroque architecture | Kids set off on an adventure at Oberhaus Castle, set high above Passau.

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

Day 4 Pedal along the Donauradweg bike path, passing vineyards, forest and hamlets | Visit Melk, whose magnificent baroque abbey is perched high on a rocky promontory | Cycle or cruise the most stunning stretch of the Danube from Melk to Krems, amid quaint storybook towns and the vineyards of Wachau Valley | The Middle Ages come alive for kids partaking in adventure games at 12th-century Aggstein Castle.

Day 5 In Vienna, ride on car-free Danube Island | Youngsters delight in a hands-on chocolate-making lesson, then explore the city's famed Prater Park | Get to know this World Heritage city by foot on a private walking tour.

Day 6 Families spin in Donau-Auen National Park | Ride between two capital cities—Vienna and Bratislava—passing remnants of the former Iron Curtain | Visit Schloss Hof, a castle with a wonderful petting zoo | The estate's expansive gardens are the perfect setting for a scavenger hunt! | Join a walking tour of Bratislava's charming medieval center.

Days 7-8 Adults get to know Budapest on a guided walk, while the kids explore the castle district | 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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2021 June

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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    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

    More On This Trip

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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)
    Kids: Oberhaus Castle Adventure (1.5 Hours)
    3 14* 1600 27* 1000 43* 1200
    World Heritage Site Family Excursion (4 Hours)
    4 15 500 30 1000 37 1200 42 2600
    Kids: Aggstein Castle Adventure Games (1.5 Hours)
    5 17* 400 28* 700
    Vienna Guided City Walk (1.5 Hours)
    Kids: Chocolate-Making Lesson & Prater Park Exploration (3 Hours)
    6 21* 300 34* 600 46 900
    Bratislava Guided City Walk (1 Hour)
    Kids: Scavenger Hunt (1.5 Hours)
     

    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 lunches, 6 dinners

    Also Included

    • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
    • Snacks and beverages between meals
    • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
    • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
    • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
    • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
    • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
    • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
    • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
    • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
    • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
    • Park and other entry fees
    • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
    • Select coach transfers
    • Baggage transfers and porterage

    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. You'll also be supported by a team of 20 Backroads leaders—eight on board and 12 land-based—plus 11 vans ready when you need them.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Like You, We're Family Experts

    At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

    A Variety of Routes Each Day

    In Danube River 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.

    Custom-Designed Bikes for Kids

    Only Backroads provides bikes specifically designed for younger riders. Find out more information on all of our kids' bikes and optional accessories. And check out Tom Hale's blog post about biking with your kids.

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    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. You'll also be supported by a team of 20 Backroads leaders—eight on board and 12 land-based—plus 11 vans ready when you need them.

    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.

    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.

    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.
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