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

Regal Waterways from Basel to Amsterdam

From $5,699 - $7,599 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$2,900 to $3,800 for sgl. occ.)

Bike with your family into a fairy-tale scene in Germany's Black Forest. Spin and sip your way along the French Route des Vins. Explore the picturesque World Heritage cities of Strasbourg and Speyer. Discover geological wonders, vibrant cultures and magnificent cuisine from Switzerland to the Netherlands in the company of 150 like-minded guests on our Backroads-only luxury ship. An unforgettable family adventure.

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Switzerland, France, Germany & the Netherlands

Start Basel, Switzerland / End Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour Map

Highlights

  • Revel in your passion for cycling with new friends on an exclusive Backroads voyage along the spectacular Rhine River
  • Bike through a rich tableau of picture-perfect landscapes, from Alsace’s lush vineyards to Amsterdam’s meandering canals
  • Gaze upon glorious fortress ruins and castles as you sail through the Rhine Gorge, a stunning World Heritage site
  • Discover Strasbourg’s vivacious Brauhaus culture and sip world-class vintages along Germany's famed Weinstrasse
Switzerland, France, Germany & the Netherlands

Start Basel, Switzerland / End Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Pedal amid the pines and firs of the storied Black Forest toward the vineyard-clad Rhine Valley | Along Alsace's famous Route des Vins (Wine Route), savor superb riding and wine tasting | Bike a quiet bike path between the fairy-tale towns of Riquewihr and Eguisheim.

Day 3 Explore the World Heritage city of Strasbourg, home to a magnificent Gothic cathedral, on a guided city walk | Stunning views of France and Germany await on a spin through meadows and forests.

Day 4 Marvel at picturesque Speyer, one of Germany's oldest towns | Ride to Heidelberg, a German city dominated by impressive castle ruins | Stroll its cobblestone streets, strewn with gorgeous buildings made with red limestone from the former fortress | At a local biergarten, join a few new friends for a refreshing beer or Radler | Sip and spin along the famed Weinstrasse (wine route), where Riesling and Dornfelder abound.

Day 5 Spin through the Rhine Gorge, a spectacular World Heritage site teeming with medieval towns, impressive castles and ordered vineyards | Amble in postcard-perfect Koblenz, a 2,000-year-old town famously set where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers converge.

Day 6 Sail to Bonn, the former capital of West Germany and the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven | Learn about the local Brauhaus (brewery) culture and visit Cologne's renowned cathedral on a guided walk through the city's vibrant Altstadt (old town) | Shop for delicious Cologne chocolate to bring home.

Days 7-8 Shimmering waterways, crooked canal houses and arched bridges set the scene in Amsterdam | Experience the Netherlands in a nutshell on a spin through the peaceful Dutch countryside | Explore the city's intricate channels on a traditional canal boat 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.

PORTS OF CALL Basel | Breisach | Strasbourg | Speyer | Rüdesheim | Lahnstein | Cologne | Bonn | Utrecht | Amsterdam

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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Dates

F Family Tours - 20s and Beyond

Prices

From $5,699 - $7,599 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$2,900 to $3,800 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Ship

AmaWaterways Ship, Rhine River Cruise
AmaWaterways Ship

AmaKristina, AmaMora, AmaPrima or AmaStella (7 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

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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, Rhine River Cruise

AmaWaterways Ship

AmaKristina, AmaMora, AmaPrima or AmaStella (7 nights)

Luxuriate aboard this distinctive ship, savoring the culinary creations of expert chefs and enjoying the fitness center, Sun Deck with whirlpool, swimming pool with swim-up bar and elegant staterooms featuring exclusive twin balconies. (pool)

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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 25 800 30 1400
2 20 2200 28 2600
3 12* 200 21 200
27 500
Strasbourg Guided City Walk (1.5 Hours)
4 12* 300 27 500
5 20* 0 29* 0 43 0 46 0
6 22 0
Cologne Guided City Walk (2 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, 7 dinners

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.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price– Available until 4/1/20)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

NEW! Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price – Available beginning 4/1/20)

Our newly redesigned Titanium Electric-Assist Bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of eBikes. It provides plenty of power (and then some!) to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance. Other outstanding features include the same comfort as our Touring Bikes and lower top tubes for easier mounting and dismounting.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Cannondale Pro Carbon Upgrade ($400 rental fee)

Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package, the Cannondale 2020 Synapse Hi-MOD pro carbon upgrade is built for experienced cyclists, men and women alike, who are looking for a high-performance bike that doesn’t sacrifice comfort.

Cannondale 2020 Synapse Hi-MOD

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

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
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Dedicated support vans
  • Custom Titanium bike
  • 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
  • Private cocktail/wine receptions
  • Off-ship lunches in genuine settings

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.

Ships

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 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 engaging 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, picnics 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.

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

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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.

Ships

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 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 engaging 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, picnics 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.

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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