Active river cruises may
include activities such as
kayaking on the Danube.
Slovakia; and Vienna. (See this page’s sidebar for
information on other river cruise line offerings.)
Debbie Netto Jonker, a cruiser on my sailing
from Melbourne, booked her active itinerary as
part of a charter group sailing alongside passen-
gers experiencing Scenic’s traditional itinerary.
“I think it’s magical,” she said. “You only un-
pack once, and if I want a break from the riding,
I’ll join the boaties on their tours.”
Trek Travel guides took good care of us
throughout the trip by providing high-tech
bikes, giving daily route talks and organizing
group meals at restaurants both onboard and
Additionally, daily riding options offered
choices for those who wanted more challenging
hills or longer mileage, or for those who preferred
a more moderate day of cycling. Trek Travel also
offered electric bikes that gave a motorized boost
on the hills. One guide rode with the group, and
another drove a support van that carried bikes
in addition to fresh fruit, cookies, trail mix and a
cooler full of beer, water and sports drinks.
Scenic and Trek Travel offer these biking cruises
on the Danube and Rhine rivers; 2018 departures
are set for May, July and August.
The Details: Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours (www.
scenicusa.com), Trek Travel ( www.trektravel.com)
Other active river cruise partnerships have come
together in the past few years and been met with
extreme popularity. Here are three that are perfect
for adventure-loving passengers.
AMAWATERWAYS and BACKROADS began their
partnership in 2015; in 2018, they began offering
biking and walking/hiking journeys on the Danube,
Rhine, Seine and Douro rivers. I have been on a
hiking-themed sailing and a biking cruise with
Backroads, and people in my groups have ranged in
age from 50 to 79. The partnership has grown from
20 sailings in 2015 to 68 hiking and biking trips
scheduled for 2018, including the annual full-ship
charter (150 cyclists) in September.
AVALON WATERWAYS started its Active Discovery
program on the Danube River last year. The company
added Rhine River itineraries for 2018, and these
trips include excursions focused on cultural immersion. Avalon also has culinary walking tours, running
tours, hiking and biking outings, cave tours and more.
UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISE COLLECTION
has partnered with active cycling tour operator
BUTTERFIELD & ROBINSON — a leader in luxury biking
and walking tours — to offer biking cruises on the
Danube, Rhine and Rhone rivers. This partnership
promises cultural immersion and top-tier luxury
mixed with ample time to cycle at various paces.
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