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Active options onboard popular Europe river cruises. On-your-own or escorted bike tours combine fitness with leisure.
AmaWaterways' guided biking and hiking tours are included in the cruise fare.
River Cruise Biking & Hiking Trips
Experience incredibly active river cruises. Bike, or hike, while cruising Europe's iconic rivers.
Stay active all day, then enjoy the riverside views, and the relaxing shipboard and dining experiences of a luxury river cruise.
If you are committed to
healthy and active travel, we introduce new biking and
hiking tours that specifically appeal to those seeking
an even more active, adventurous experience. The perfect
combination of a luxury river cruise and a biking
adventure. All designed to help travelers keep them
active, while enjoying exciting vacations. Bike, hike &
sail with an elegant river ship as your home base.
AmaWaterways' guided biking and hiking tours are included in the cruise fare in addition to standard tours that are often offered at a variety of paces, including gentle, regular and active. In partnership with Backroads, on offer are even more adventurous bicycling excursions.( extra cost )
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 spin along Dutch canals like a local? Of course!
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AmaWaterways© has received Cruise Critic Editors' Award for "Best River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers," furthering their position as a leader in offering higher-energy excursions for all categories of active travelers. With a fleet of bicycles on board, guests have the opportunity to explore Europe on guided bike tours, or go discover on their own.
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AmaWaterways' new escorted bike tours will combine
fitness with leisure, with itineraries including:
:: A tour of the historic waterfront town of Willemstad
:: Cycling along the river Sava and through Kalemegdan Park in Belgrade
:: A ride through Antwerp visiting a fortress, museums and hidden quarters
:: Tours of the Wachau Valley along the Danube
:: A ride through the historic town of Bamberg (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), seeing its famous breweries and market gardens
:: A picturesque tour through wooded hills and beaches of poplars along the scenic shores of the Inn River in Passau
:: 12 port cities will be home to AmaWaterways' new hiking tours. This includes two wine tasting options during the Fortress Hike in Durnstein.
:: Fourviere Hill in Lyon
:: Passau Castle Hike in Passau
:: Mount Pipet in Vienne
:: Chateau Gaillard in Les Andelys
:: Dom Luis Bridge, Old Harbor Quarter, Cathedral in Porto
:: At Biking River Cruises© we are pleased to offer a dynamic line-up of biking and hiking excursions. Learn More.
AmaWaterways' guided biking and hiking tours are included in the cruise fare in addition to standard tours that are often offered at a variety of paces, including gentle, regular and active. Guests can also participate in Limited Edition Tours, which give smaller groups unique opportunities to experience local culture. Backroads biking tours, are on offer for are even more adventurous bicycling excursions. ( extra cost )
GUIDED BIKE TOURS
With AmaWaterways, you have the option of exploring Europe's amazing sights like the locals do. The first river cruise line to carry an entire fleet of complimentary bicycles on board, you can experience biking alongside enchanting riverside pathways and in city centers. Whether you feel like joining one of the exclusive guided bike tours, or want to go discover on your own, there are many ways for you to explore on two wheels during your cruise.
Here are a
:: Bike along the beautiful Danube River between Durnstein and Melk in Austria's Wachau Valley
:: Tour Cologne's Old Town and Cathedral along the Rhine River
:: See the medieval city of Rouen in France's historic Normandy region, near the Seine River
:: Take in wooded hills and beaches of poplars along the scenic shores of the Inn River in Passau
:: Go on a guided bike ride in Vienna, where you'll visit Klosterneuberg Abbey and enjoy cake and coffee
GUIDED HIKING TOURS
The beauty of Europe doesn't just lie in its architecture and landmarks, there are also breathtaking things to be seen when you venture out into nature. That's why there are special hikes that will take you a bit off the beaten path in some very beautiful destinations. Here are some examples of hiking opportunities. Adventurous guided bicycle and hiking tours (Nordic walking sticks available)
:: Trek up to the Veste Oberhaus in Passau, Germany for incredible views over Old Passau
:: Make your way up to Durnstein Fortress, where it is said that Richard the Lionheart was once held captive
:: Hike up the Philosopher's Path to a panoramic view of Heidelberg and the Necker River
:: Journey from the ship to the Old Town in Strasbourg, France
EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES. YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR WAY
Each morning, you'll draw back your curtains to unveil a postcard perfect work of art, a grand castle perched high on a hilltop; a quaint chapel sneaking its spire beyond the village rooftops; rows upon verdant rows of terraced vineyards waiting to ripen. And from your private balcony, you'll do more than just admire the views. A gentle breeze will rustle your hair; a loon will sound its lonesome call; the aroma of sweet grapes will waft in from ashore. This is when you'll truly understand that travel is about so much more than the destinations you visit, it's about the journey. Each day with AmaWaterways, you'll discover exciting cultures, be treated to authentic experiences, savor exquisite cuisine accompanied by perfectly paired wine and find thrilling adventures. It all starts the moment you board your luxury floating hotel, where a friendly crew member is ready and waiting to greet you with a flute of sparkling Champagne and a genuine smile. This is just the beginning of a remarkable vacation in which every member of the warm and welcoming staff go above and beyond to ensure that your experience on board is nothing short of extraordinary. It might be a waiter who knows exactly how you like your morning omelet or it could be your Cruise Manager who surprises you with a special birthday cake made by our talented pastry chef. And wherever you decide to indulge your wanderlust, you can always be assured you are traveling on the most innovative and highest-rated river cruise ships as evaluated by the premier travel authority, Berlitz.
Luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
Computer for internet access
Entertainment-on-Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
Bottled water replenished daily
AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES
Wellness Program with a dedicated Wellness Host leading various exercise classes as well as discussions on healthy eating and relaxation techniques, both on board and on shore.
Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
Daily entertainment including cultural performances
All onboard dining in a variety of venues
Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
The Chef's Table specialty restaurant
Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner, La Chaine des Rotisseurs Dinner, Captain's Cocktail and Gala Dinner
La Chaine des Rotisseurs exclusive dining experience
Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge
A WORLD OF EXPLORATION
Immersive tours in every destination
Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
Bike tours and hikes
Special Interest Tours
Personal headset for easy exploration
Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways
On an AmaWaterways river cruise, you don't just pass through a destination, you experience it.
Each one of the itineraries is crafted with a paramount goal in mind: connecting you to the essence of life in each place you visit.
They always make it a point to place their guests in small groups.
This helps facilitate access to sights and landmarks, a more intimate setting, and more encounters with the locals.
It's a great way to take your time as you explore, get to know your fellow travelers better and find opportunities for up-close experiences.
Every tour is led by a local, English-speaking guide who is very knowledgeable in the culture and history of the place you are visiting.
AmaWaterways is also mindful of your activities on shore. Dozen's of active hiking and biking excursions help ensure you'll get in your 10,000 daily steps, or pedals, while you leave your tracks behind in timeless cities, experiencing them from an exhilarating new perspective. And Special Interest Tours offer epicurean adventures accommodating even the most health conscious travelers. You can search for highly prized cholesterol-free truffles from Provence; taste delicate, antioxidant- and fiber-rich Wachau Valley apricots; and sip heart-healthy wines along the Rhine River, including aromatic, low-calorie Pinot Noirs.
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Here are Dozen's of active hiking and biking excursion ideas you cad do while on a river cruise vacation.
BIKING AND HIKING ADVENTURES ALONG THE RHINE & MOSELLE
From the complex network of canals crisscrossing the Netherlands and Belgium to the castle-laden Rhine and its famous tributary, the Moselle, with its steeply terraced vineyards, ride into your own fairytale adventure as you explore these delightful regions on two wheels or with an invigorating hike. Cycling and hiking allow you to forge a deeper connection to historic places and the land itself, touching the same soil as philosophers, counts, kings and queens. Pedal along the swan pond in Strasbourg's romantic Parc de l'Orangerie, reveling in the sunlight as it flickers through the shady arches of the pergola. Or cycle past Rudesheim's sun-kissed vineyards, catching the sweet aroma of grapes as you coast downhill. Leave your footprints behind on the storied path as you trek to Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, where people accused of witchcraft were once tried, or hike up to the former military camp of Petrisberg for sweeping views of the Moselle above Trier.
Get locked into Cologne's timeless beauty as you cycle through the historic Stadtgarten, marveling at the iconic Cologne Cathedral, Town Hall and sights along the Rhine.
Ascend to the top of the hill above Bernkastel to explore the ruins of the vineyard-clad Landshut Castle, dating back to the 9th century and offering a breathtaking panorama of the Moselle below.
While in Heidelberg, enjoy a tranquil hike along the legendary Philosophenweg (Philosopher's Walk) on the banks of the Neckar River, once inspiration to famed artists and poets.
Imagine standing in the very spot where Roman gladiators once held epic contests. A hike to Trier's Roman Amphitheater is nothing short of a journey back in time.
Pedal past rolling hills along the lush banks of the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg, a centuries - old castle and winery known for its distinctive Rieslings and stop in for a taste.
Cycle to beautiful Walhalla and climb to the top of the hill and up the steps for a closer look at this impressive Roman-inspired hall of fame constructed in the 19th century.
Stride uphill to Veste Oberhaus, Passau's storied 13th-century fortress, and stop to marvel at breathtaking views of the cityscape and rivers below or climb even further to the top of the observation tower for a bird's-eye view.
Pedal your way from charming Weissenkirchen to Melk, gliding past verdant slopes and vineyards before watching jawdropping Melk Abbey, founded in 1089, slowly come into view.
Ride along the Danube from regal Vienna to the magnificent Klosterneuburg Abbey. Over 900 years old, the abbey holds sacred works of art, including the "Verdun Alter," the best preserved artwork from the Middle Ages.
Hike up to the historic Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, completed in the late 18th century, and take in views of the city across the Danube from your perch on the rocky hilltop.
BIKING AND HIKING ADVENTURES ALONG THE DANUBE AND MAIN
Johann Strauss's famous "Blue Danube Waltz," recognizable across the globe, was inspired by the legendary Danube River, as have been countless compositions and stories throughout the centuries. Along the Danube's bike path, one of Europe's most beautiful and well-tread cycling trails, it's easy to see why. Feel the wind on your cheeks as you pedal amid green pastures, terraced vineyards, and captivating sites such as Belgrade's Ada Bridge and the Culture Mile in Linz. Of course, beautiful scenery can be found along the meandering Main River and in places such as Bamberg, Wurzburg and Wertheim. Sometimes, however, you want a different point of view and that's what the Danube's hilly terrain is for. Discover Bulgaria's surreal natural wonder, Belogradchik, and its storied rocks. Climb to the castles and abbeys that dominate cities, like Durnstein Fortress, where Richard the Lionheart was once held, and the sprawling grounds of opulent Melk Abbey, each offering miles upon miles of spectacular views. With your heart beating, you may fall deeply in love with the incredible destinations and memorable experiences your sense of adventure has granted you.
COVER MORE GROUND ALONG THE SEINE, RHÔNE, GARONNE & DORDOGNE
Delicately carved by Mother Nature, the awe-inspiring white cliffs of Etretat burst forth from the crystalline waters of the English Channel north of Le Havre. How could you truly appreciate the beauty of this magnificent site without climbing to the very top? Or what about the charms of medieval Rouen, with its cobbled streets and fascinating cathedral, nearly impossible to experience in full by foot wouldn't you love to see even more of this sprawling city from the seat of your bike? From the dramatic and historic Normandy Coast to the vast vineyards scattered throughout Provence and Bordeaux, France offers cyclists and hikers some of the most varied and breathtaking scenery. Travel to the south to bike or trek through Provence, imagining Van Gogh's sunflowers or Cezanne's immortal landscapes as you become entranced by culturally-rich towns such as Arles, Vienne and Avignon. Chateaux, historic vineyards, fields of flowers, medieval towns and melodious rivers are just waiting for you to discover on AmaWaterways' biking and hiking tours.
Cycle through the French countryside and into Giverny, where the breathtaking natural scenery inspired such legendary Impressionist painters as Claude Monet, who lived and worked in this beautiful region.
Ascend from the banks of the Seine River, admiring scenic views along the way to the imposing and fascinating ruins of Chateau Gaillard, the former stronghold of Richard the Lionheart.
Hike the hill in the center of town, Mount Pipet, and admire its 19th - century Chapel of the Virgin Mary. Enjoy panoramic views of Vienne's rooftops and surrounding hills as well as the acclaimed Beaujolais and Cotes du Rhone wine regions in the distance.
Watch the idyllic countryside whirl by as you pedal from the walled town of Blaye to the winemaking village of Bourg along a portion of El Camino de Santiago, a famous pilgrimage route to St. James' tomb.
Glide through the vineyard rich landscape to the UNESCO - designated French commune of Saint Emilion, boasting centuries-old churches and ruins, then head to picturesque Chateau Soutard for a Grand Cru Classe wine tasting and tapas.
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A European River Cruise transports you to the best of all worlds - fascinating history, art and culture, stunning landscapes, and fine cuisine and wines. Sail the blue Danube, romantic Rhine River, or another storied European river and come away with a new perspective on this incomparable land.
River cruising through Europe with AmaWaterways is an excellent way to explore a destination. Discover local culture and sights on included tours, and then hop back on your luxurious river cruise ship and sail to the next stunning city or charming town. Included in the fares of our river cruises are shore excursions in every port of call; all dining on board (including The Chef's Table specialty restaurant); fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; internet access and Wi-Fi; and bicycles that you can use to explore on your own or join our guided bike tours.
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Viking offers some active touring options, including guided hiking, cycling and canoeing excursions, on some select river cruise itineraries. Viking River Cruises don't carry bikes onboard for guests, however the Viking Concierge service will arrange for a rental to go out on your own, or if available, a locally hosted guided cycling excursion, if you want to cycle while in certain ports. Learn more about Viking River Cruises
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