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AmaWaterways, Backroads unveil 140+ departures with enhanced biking tours

  • Cruises
  •   04-12-2023  10:39 am
  •   Pax Global Media

AmaWaterways, Backroads unveil 140+ departures with enhanced biking tours
Backroads offers enhanced biking tours during river cruises. (Brenda Ernst)
Pax Global Media

AmaWaterways and Backroads have revealed a 2023 and 2024 lineup of more than 140 European river cruise departures featuring Backroads enhanced biking tours.

During this eighth-year collaboration, guests can join designated departures that bring Backroads bike tours to the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde Rivers of Bordeaux; the Danube, Douro, Rhine and Seine Rivers; and the Dutch & Belgian Waterways.

River cruising takes guests into the heart of a region, and with Backroads tour design and unique biking routes, guests can explore the best biking in a region.

Every Backroads departure with AmaWaterways provides expert Trip Leaders and individualized support with multiple vans, which allow for optimum flexibility and a variety of biking route options each day.

River cruising takes guests into the heart of a region, says AmaWaterways. (Andrew Opila)

“Being active by day while living aboard a luxurious ship and unpacking just one time makes our active river cruises a perfect way to experience up to five different countries during an eight-day vacation,” said Backroads Founder and President, Tom Hale. “We were the first company to offer guests this unique way to enjoy an adventure vacation along with the luxury of an AmaWaterways ship. Since our very first collaboration with AmaWaterways in 2015, our offerings have continued to grow to include trips for families, full ship celebrations, leisurely e-bike only departures and now our new Bordeaux Active River Cruise, which is a perfect combination of beautiful biking, gourmet cuisine and superb wines from one of the best regions in France.”

2023-2024 voyages with AmaWaterways and Backroads include:

Recommended for Couples, Friends & Solos

  • Bordeaux River Cruise Bike Tour 
  • Danube River Cruise Bike Tour 
  • Dutch & Belgian Waterways – Tulip Time from Amsterdam to Bruges – River Cruise Bike Tour
  • Portugal's Douro River Cruise Bike Tour
  • Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour
  • Seine River Cruise Bike Tour

Recommended for Families

Backroads runs unique family-focused itineraries for three distinct age groups: Teens & Kids; Older Teens & 20s; Adult Kids 20s & Beyond

  • Danube River Cruise Bike Tour
  • Rhine River Cruise Bike Tour

Dolce Tempo Easygoing Active River Cruises

Backroads Dolce Tempo tours are perfect for travellers new to active travel, or those who want to explore the world actively at a more leisurely pace.

  • Danube River Easygoing E-bike Tour
  • Rhine River Cruise Easygoing E-bike Tour

Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour River Cruises

These are exclusive sailings where the complete ship is reserved to host 100+ Backroads guests.

  • Danube River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour
  • Portugal’s Douro River Cruise Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour

“Our collaboration with Backroads is one of our most valued partnerships, as it is a natural extension of our commitment to health and wellness on all our sailings, and it allows us to further cater to the growing active traveller market,” noted Kristin Karst, co-founder and executive vice president of AmaWaterways.

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