AmaWaterways and Backroads announced a lineup of more than 120 Danube, Douro, Rhine and Seine departures in 2019 and 2020, including nine full-ship charters and select sailings on AmaWaterways’ new ship, AmaMagna. Marking their fourth year of partnership, the companies are also introducing select “expanded capacity” sailings, which will bring together more than 60 fellow Backroads cycling enthusiasts on board a single ship.
“We’re excited to introduce new options with Backroads, and to welcome even more active travelers on board our ships, including the beautifulAmaMagna,” said Gary Murphy, vice president of sales and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “2019 is going to be a banner year for AmaWaterways, and we’re excited to continue our valued partnership with Backroads during this very exciting time.”
In 2019, Backroads will offer a total of 68 departures – some tailored specifically for couples, families, and solo travelers – including bike tours along Europe’s Danube, Douro, Rhine, and Seine Rivers, and walking tours along the Douro River. Backroads has announced 73 total departures for 2020 with six full-ship charters and additional group sailings on the AmaMagna. Backroads groups make up a subset of AmaWaterways guests on board, with the typical group size averaging around 26 guests.
The full-ship charter – otherwise known as the Full Ship Celebration River Cruise – will now offer two departures on the Danube and one on the Douro in 2019 (including departures for Families with Older Teens & 20s), and three on the Danube and Douro in 2020. During these cruises, 100 to 150 fellow biking enthusiasts will come together on one of the largest active group tours in the world.
Every Backroads river cruise trip features the same experience as traditional Backroads adventures and includes four or more Trip Leaders on ship and ashore. Backroads bike tours also feature custom-designed titanium bikes for all rider types and include fully loaded GPS routes.
“For almost 40 years Backroads has been taking guests on expertly supported, highly flexible and individualized active vacations across the globe,” said Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale. “Our active river cruises offer a one-of-a-kind experience where we take guests not only along the rivers but beyond, creating opportunities for a deeper dive into the region’s culture and history with authentic local connections and the freedom to explore at your own pace.”
See Ralph Grizzle’s live report: Boats & Bikes With Backroads & AmaWaterways