Experience Europe outdoors by bike or on a guided hike, and explore the enchanting scenery along the majestic Danube River.

Imagine a gentle breeze rustling the leaves above you as you walk uphill through the charming town of Dürnstein, Austria, and past the cobblestone onto a dirt trail. You traverse the winding roads among lush vineyards and rolling hills, each turn producing another stunning view of the red-roofed village and Danube River below.

As you stop to capture a photo, your knowledgeable local guide urges you forward, regaling you with tales of the once prominent medieval fortress at the top of the hill. He gently reminds you that the scenery only gets more spectacular the higher you climb. Suddenly, the rocky ruins come into view. You spot the storied structure where Richard the Lionheart was once held captive. You peer through the remains of windows looking down upon rows of green grapevines in the Wachau Valley beneath you. A postcard-perfect view of Dürnstein’s brilliant blue church tower takes your breath away.

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Travel aboard any of our European river ships to enjoy a wealth of unforgettable hiking and biking excursions. Take advantage of these special opportunities to delve deeper into local cultures and experience the majesty of Europe outdoors along the legendary Danube River.

Romantic Danube: Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary

Enjoy a leisurely ride along the famed “Culture Mile” in Linz, Austria, on one of the optional guided bike tours available to you during this itinerary. You'll bike along the beautiful Danube River and through the city's vibrant arts and music scene. Or, choose to bike through Austria's Wachau Valley past stately castles, charming villages and the iconic Melk Abbey. You can also hike up to Bratislava Castle, perched above its Old Town. This castle was home to the Hungarian crown jewels for nearly 200 years and offers magnificent views of the city below.

Melodies of the Danube: Budapest, Hungary to Vilshofen, Germany

Enjoy a leisurely ride in the Old City Center of Linz, Austria, on one of the optional guided bike tours available to you on our Romantic Danube itinerary. You'll bike along the beautiful Danube and through the city's vibrant arts and music scene. Or, choose to bike through Austria's Wachau Valley past stately castles, charming villages and the iconic Melk Abbey.

Get inspired by learning more about our Romantic Danube and Melodies of the Danube itineraries.

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