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Backroads guest on the Rhine River, aboard an AmaWaterways ship
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Rhine River Cruise Easygoing E-bike Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey from Basel to Amsterdam

Couples, Friends & Solos

8 days 7 nights

Activity Level: 1-2

Small Luxury Ship

From: $5,899 - $10,399 pp dbl occ

($1,500 - $10,399 for sgl occ)

One journey. Four countries. Sail along the majestic Rhine River. Explore its valley, where history comes alive in medieval villages and superb wine and beer tastings await. Cruise on your e-bike and on our luxurious ship from Switzerland to the Netherlands.

Rhine River Cruise Easygoing E-biking
Rhine River Cruise Easygoing E-biking

Switzerland, France, Germany & the Netherlands

Start Basel, Switzerland / End Amsterdam, Netherlands

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.


Refreshingly Active Adventures
Cycle on romantic streets, through quaint villages and past castles and vineyards. Traveling from the Black Forest to the Rhine Gorge to Amsterdam's scenic waterways, find ever-changing vistas of hilltop cathedrals, imposing mountains and lush valleys.

Immersive Travel
Discover the World Heritage sites of Strasbourg, Upper Middle Rhine Valley and Cologne Cathedral. Meander through world-class cities including Heidelberg and its castle ruins and the cyclist haven of Amsterdam.

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Enjoy the ever-changing view from your well-appointed stateroom as we cruise in comfort, stopping to enjoy the best of the countryside and traveling at night for maximum convenience.  Along the way, sample French cuisine along Alsace's Route des Vins and taste Gewürztraminers and Rieslings direct from the cellars of German riverside vineyards.

See our Active Cruise Terms & Conditions.

Ports of call
Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour
Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour
The Backroads Experience
The Backroads Experience
Introducing Dolce Tempo From Backroads
Dolce Tempo
Backroads Trip Leader
Meet Our Leaders


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

DAYS 1-2 The vineyards of the Rhine Valley await as we kick off with our e-bikes from a quaint Black Forest village | Enjoy superb wine tasting along Alsace's famous Route des Vins | Discover the beautiful medieval villages of Riquewihr and Eguisheim. 

DAY 3 The sights of dreamlike Strasbourg unfold on a guided walk, including the impressive Gothic cathedral | Catch views of both France and Germany on a mellow e-bike spin through meadows and forests.

DAY 4 Wilkommen in Deutschland! E-bike to Heidelberg, built of red limestone and dominated by the impressive ruins of its famous castle | Follow in the footsteps of Romans along the famed Weinstrasse (wine route) | Freshen up with a cool beer or Radler at a local biergarten with a few new friends.

DAY 5 The spectacular World Heritage site of the Rhine Gorge offers up e-bike-ready routes that link fairy-tale towns | Take part in a wine tasting and enjoy a picnic lunch at a local family-owned winery.

DAY 6 Sail to Bonn, the former capital of West Germany and the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven | In cosmopolitan Cologne, check out a local Brauhaus (brewery), shop for a taste of the famous local chocolates or catch a glimpse of the city’s massive cathedral.

DAYS 7-8 It’s a grand finale for both waterways and wheels: arrive in Amsterdam to marvel at its arched bridges, crooked canal houses and sea of bike commuters | Take your e-bike on a last spin through the serene Dutch countryside | A traditional boat cruise gives us a canal’s-eye view of the city's intricate maze of channels.

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

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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.

August 2023
Aug 31 - Sep 7
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September 2023
Sep 14 - Sep 21
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Activity Level: 1-2

Our Dolce Tempo e-biking activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, route options typically include 2-4 hours of e-biking per day. Our custom electric-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.

Daily Activity Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 1 | 15 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 25 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 20 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 1 | 17 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 28 miles | 800 ft. gain
Strasbourg Guided City Walk (1.5 hours)
Day 4
Level 1 | 17 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 27 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 5
Level 1 | 20 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 27 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 6
Level 1 | 25 miles | 700 ft. gain
Cologne Guided City Walk (1.5 hours)
Day 7
Level 1 | 20 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 2 | 25 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 2 | 35 miles | minimal elevation gain
Day 8
Disembarkation in Amsterdam

What's Included

Available Bike Options

On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e-bikes. If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you can select another bike. See all options below. (click the arrow to see all available options)

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+

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 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. 

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 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 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

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.

Backroads Support on Board and on Shore

We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders.

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, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. 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 creative 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

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more sailing time. 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. Depending on the situation, we may use a bus or our bikes to get to the next destination and use a land-based hotel if needed, in which case our leaders will adjust the rides and activities as necessary.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our 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.


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.

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