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Rhine River Cruise Family Bike Tour – Older Teens & 20s

The Regal Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam

From $6,098 - $8,399 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

See Dates & Prices Tab for single supplement pricing.
Plus $182 to $189 pp port fees.

A four-country journey has never been this relaxed. And when your family is 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!

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Switzerland, France, Germany & the Netherlands

Start Basel, Switzerland / End Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour Map

Highlights

  • Savor a rich and ever-changing tableau as you cruise the Rhine's mighty waters and pedal some of its most scenic stretches
  • Visit the German imperial town of Speyer, medieval Strasbourg and impeccably preserved Riquewihr
  • Bike the 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
Switzerland, France, Germany & the Netherlands

Start Basel, Switzerland / End Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour Map

Itinerary

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 | Pedal along meadows and forests with views of France and Germany.

Day 4 Bike into Speyer, one of Germany's oldest cities | 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 | Opt for an excursion to Heidelberg, a stunning German city dominated by impressive castle ruins.

Day 5 Pedal past fairy-tale towns, castles and vineyards through the Rhine Gorge | Linger in postcard-perfect Koblenz, a 2,000-year-old town famously set where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers converge.

Day 6 Ride from Bonn to Cologne and explore the city on a guided walking tour | 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 will delight you | Two-wheel it through the serene Dutch countryside.

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 - Older Teens & 20s

Prices

From $6,098 - $8,399 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

See Dates & Prices Tab for single supplement pricing.
Plus $182 to $189 pp port fees.

Traveling with Kids

Premiere Ship

AmaWaterways Ship
AmaWaterways Ship

AmaKristina, Ama Mora, AmaPrima, AmaSerena, AmaStella or AmaViola (7 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Rhine River

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Premiere Ship

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

AmaWaterways Ship

AmaKristina, Ama Mora, AmaPrima, AmaSerena, AmaStella or AmaViola (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)
7 22* 0 32 0
8 Disembarkation in Amsterdam
 

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)

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)

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.

Accommodations & Group Size

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 50- to 150-passenger ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.

Due to the unique nature of our active River Cruise trips, we welcome more guests (up to 60) on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders.

With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

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

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 Rhine 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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Rhine River designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Rhine 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.

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.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Rhine River trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Rhine River Cruise Family Bike Tour
Rhine River Cruise Family Bike Tour
Rhine River Cruise Family Bike Tour
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Cycling by Windmills - Rhine River Cruise Family Bike Tour
Rhine River Cruise Family Bike Tour
Cruising on the Rhine River with Backroads
Rhine River Cruise Family Bike Tour
Rhine River Cruise Family Bike Tour
Cycling - Rhine River Cruise Family Bike Tour

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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.

Accommodations & Group Size

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 50- to 150-passenger ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.

Due to the unique nature of our active River Cruise trips, we welcome more guests (up to 60) on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders.

With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

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

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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