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Danube River Cruise Walking & Hiking Tour

The Blue Danube—Prague to Budapest

  • Connect with the rich cultures, unique traditions and varied landscapes of five distinct and fascinating countries
  • Celebrate the beauty of the winding Danube, one of Europe's most fabled and romantic rivers
  • Join captivating walking tours in Vienna and Budapest, with optional excursions to Český Krumlov and Salzburg
  • Venture beyond the mighty Danube and savor old-world culture and alpine views in Austria

A patchwork quilt of countries. Each unique. Each sublime. Germany's castles and quaint villages woven with views of Austria's dramatic Alps. Slovakia's medieval history and cobblestone knit with Hungary's remarkable architecture. So many countries to explore. Sewn together by the deep blue thread of the Danube.

Danube River Cruise Walking and Hiking Tour

Itinerary

Day 1 Walk amid farmhouses and lush forests in Bavarian Forest National Park | Follow an ancient pilgrimage route along the Via Nova | Board your luxury hotel for the week.

Day 2 Soak up views of the Ilz River Valley from the rolling hillsides of the German-Austrian border region | At Oberhaus Castle, enjoy a bird's-eye view of Passau, positioned between three rivers | An exclusive walking tour in Passau highlights the city's Italian baroque architecture.

Day 3 Ascend by cable car from Traunsee, one of the deepest lakes in Austria, to the Feuerkogel Plateau, for a hike with heavenly alpine views | Or opt for an excursion to Český Krumlov or Salzburg.

Day 4 Walk to majestic Melk Abbey, high on a bluff above the Danube River | Hike among vineyards in the glorious Wachau Valley.

Day 5 Take a guided tour of Vienna, from the Opera House to St. Stephen's Cathedral | Hike above Vienna for blissful views of the city.

Day 6 Ramble in the Carpathians | On a guided walking tour, be charmed by dynamic Bratislava and its pretty medieval center.

Days 7-8 Taste local specialties, soak in thermal springs or hit the shopping district | An evening cruise amid Budapest's city lights completes the trip.

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.

...but cruising on a luxury river ship exceeded my expectations. I loved that being on the ship eliminated the need for van time, and not having to unpack and re-pack a day or two later was a major plus! What a cool way to experience four different countries in just over a week. The hiking was diverse but beautiful - I loved it all!
Amanda - San Francisco, CA

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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 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.

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.
$5,198 - $8,398
pp dbl. occ.
(+$0.00 to $4,200 for sgl. occ.)
Plus $168 pp port fees.

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8 days, 7 nights
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Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

Start / End
Prague, Czech Republic/Budapest, Hungary

Meals
All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners included


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AmaWaterways Ship

AmaWaterways Ship

AmaLea, AmaSerena, AmaViola (7 nights)

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

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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...but cruising on a luxury river ship exceeded my expectations. I loved that being on the ship eliminated the need for van time, and not having to unpack and re-pack a day or two later was a major plus! What a cool way to experience four different countries in just over a week. The hiking was diverse but beautiful - I loved it all!

 
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This was my first Backroads trip, but it definitely won't be my last! The leaders were professional and always encouraging and knowledgeable. I loved being on a ship and not having to pack and unpack each day, but I want to do more "land" trips in the future. The depth of choices for your trips and hikes will make my decision a little difficult, but that is very good!!

 
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Enjoyed seeing sites along the river! Fun to experience five different countries! Really enjoyed not moving hotel rooms!

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This trip was exceptional. The hikes were challenging (if you wanted them to be) and beautiful. I caught myself staring at the views saying "wowwww" more times than I can count. Even if the hikes had been boring and the views unappealing, however, the leaders would have made up for it. Alina and Tyler were attentive to guests' needs, answered every single question and held our interest with great conversation and interesting history lessons. They turned a group of 20-something strangers into a group of friends and ensured that conversation flowed easily between everyone with finesse; no easy task! Everyone also looked forward to the times when our support leader, Karem would pop up with a snack and something warm to drink, or surprised us with a beautiful picnic-style lunch. Overall, this trip was a joy in every sense and I cannot wait for my next excursion with Backroads!

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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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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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.

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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 3 700 8 900
2 6 600 7 900 8 900
Passau Guided City Tour (1 Hour)
3 3 300 5 700 7 1300
Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov or Austrian Lakes District Tour (4 Hours)
4 4* 500 7* 1500 9* 2000
5 5 500
Vienna Guided City Walk (1.5 Hours)
6 5* 1100 7 1500
Bratislava Guided City Walk (1 Hour)
7 Budapest Guided City Hike (3.5 Hours)
8 Disembarkation in Budapest
 

Note: The terrain on this trip varies from level city sidewalks to rugged mountain trails with some more strenuous climbs and steep descents on alpine routes.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Danube River

The Habsburgs Would Love It

Here's your chance to walk and hike in five countries – the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary – while following one of the world's great rivers from Prague to Budapest. Combining the comforts of luxury cruising with the total immersion of active travel, this unique trips reflects the combined insights of various Backroads managers and leaders who know the regions along our route intimately.

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.

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.

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.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Danube River trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—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.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

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.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

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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Private Trips Options & Pricing

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. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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