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This is river cruising with a very fun twist: AmaWaterways and Backroads are continuing their long-held collab on a list of nearly 140 2023/24 departures with active adventures that will take your clients out of their luxurious staterooms on cycling tours through some of Europe’s finest destinations. It’s a match made in travel heaven and one that has been ongoing for nearly a decade.

“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, in a press statement. “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.”

Backroads Tours Create Unique Experiences for Cruisers

Backroads’ Trip Leaders create itineraries through routes that bring Europe to life in a unique way, where your clients can immerse themselves in local life, enjoying the sights and the cuisine while interacting with locals. These are adventures ideal for everyone on your client list, including families—Backroads divides the latter into three age groups: Teens & Kids, Older Teens & 20s and Adult Kids 20s and Beyond, ensuring age-appropriate activities to avoid the dreaded “I’m bored!” comments. Family-friendly adventures include the Danube River Cruise Bike and Rhine River Cruise Bike toursCouples, friends and solo travelers on your list will enjoy itineraries such as the Bordeaux River Cruise Bike Tour, the Seine River Cruise Bike Tour and the Dutch & Belgian Waterways (Tulip Time from Amsterdam to Bruges) River Cruise Bike Tour, among others.

And if your clients are new to biking or prefer less exertion, Backroads has them covered: their Dolce Tempo tours will pair them up with E-Bikes during Danube River or Rhine River cruises so they can tool along the bike paths with minimum effort and maximum enjoyment. And because of AmaWaterways’ smaller ship size, it’s also possible for you to reserve the entire ship for Full Ship Celebration Bike Tour River Cruises on the Danube or along Portugal’s Douro River.

Of course, after every outing, your clients return to the lap of luxury aboard one of AmaWaterways’ ships, purpose-built for sailing Europe’s rivers.

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