Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour
Rhine River Cruise Bike Tours
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Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour

Regal Waterways from Basel to Amsterdam

A four-country journey has never been this relaxed. And when you're this content, you'll want to say yes to everything. Pedal the lush Black Forest? Yep. Stroll through medieval Cologne? Ja. Sip brews at a biergarten, see Strasbourg's soaring Gothic cathedral and cruise through Amsterdam's canals like a local? Of course! 

THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Small Luxury Ship

FROM: $6,299 - $9,099 pp dbl occ
($3,600 - $3,800 for sgl occ)

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.

Highlights
  • Savor a rich and ever-changing tableau as you cruise the Rhine's mighty waters and pedal some of its most scenic stretches 
  • Explore the the romantic streets of baroque Heidelberg, medieval Strasbourg and impeccably preserved Riquewihr 
  • Bike the evocative Route des Vins in Alsace, and stop to taste world-class Gewürztraminers and Rieslings 
  • Cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its multitude of fortress ruins and castles  
Ports of call
Basel
Breisach
Strasbourg
Ludwigshafen
Rüdesheim
Bingen
Lahnstein
Bonn
Cologne
Utrecht
Amsterdam
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
8 Days Small Luxury Ship
Accommodations may vary based on departure.

DAYS 1-2 Cycle from a quaint village in the Black Forest toward the vineyards of the Rhine Valley | Enjoy superb riding and wine tasting along Alsace's famous Route des Vins | Pedal to the beautiful medieval villages of Riquewihr and Eguisheim. 

DAY 3 Soak up magical views in Strasbourg and admire the Gothic cathedral on a guided city walk | Spin along meadows and forests with views of France and Germany. 

DAYS 4 Bike to Heidelberg, a stunning German city dominated by impressive castle ruins | Meander its cobblestone streets, strewn with gorgeous buildings made with red limestone from the former fortress | Follow in the footsteps of Romans along the famed Weinstrasse (wine route) | Unwind at a local biergarten with a few new friends and a refreshing beer or Radler.

DAY 5 Pedal past fairy-tale towns, castles and vineyards through the Rhine Gorge, a spectacular World Heritage site | Linger 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 | Feel dwarfed by Cologne's Gothic cathedral, shop for famed Cologne chocolate and learn about the local Brauhaus (brewery) culture. 

DAYS 7-8 Amsterdam's lovely waterways, arched bridges and crooked canal houses are delightful | Two-wheel it through the serene Dutch countryside | Embark on a traditional canal boat cruise along the city's intricate channels.

AmaWaterways Ship
AmaWaterways Ship
AmaLucia, AmaMora, AmaPrima, AmaSerena, AmaSiena
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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)

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Dates & Prices

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

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants on 800-462-2848 or via email.

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Biking
Level 2 | 25 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 20 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 28 miles | 2600 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 12 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 27 miles | 500 ft. gain
Other
Strasbourg Guided City Walk (1.5 hours)
Day 4
Biking
Level 1 | 12 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 27 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 20 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 2 | 29 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 43 miles | minimal elevation gain
Level 4 | 46 miles | minimal elevation gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 2 | 22 miles | minimal elevation gain
Other
Cologne Guided City Walk (2 hours)
Day 7
Biking
Level 2 | 22 miles* | minimal elevation gain
Level 3 | 32 miles | minimal elevation gain
Day 8
Other
Disembarkation in Amsterdam
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

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.

Performance Road Bike

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. 

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular 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.

NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package—it’s built for hard-core riders.
$400 rental fee

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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

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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