Q – I suppose you could say we are the representative of the new breed of river boat cruiser. We’re active Gen X’s who love the idea of a river cruise, food events, and the opportunity to do some longer bike rides. We realize that most of the folks we’d be traveling with would have more sedate sightseeing orientations, but we’d love for you to find us a program that includes an international clientele with a scattering of folks like us. Thanks so much and Awesome site!
A – Look carefully at Scenic’s new “Bordeaux Cycling Endeavor”. This excellent program includes biking in the Bordeaux region along Arcachon Bay, travel in the Medoc and Sauterne regions with market stops and tastings along the route, and a full day of cycling in the St. Emilion wine region, stopping for a lunch with locals.
You should also investigate the expanded partnership between Backroads Tours and AMA waterways. There are now over 100 departures on AMA for active travelers with themes that include adventure biking, walking, and hiking tours available in conjunction with your river cruise. AMA has also partnered with Backroads on full-ship charters of the new AmaViola. The best new program is called “Danube Full Ship Celebration River Cruise Bike Tour.” It is a lot to say but the entire guest list is made up of bicycle enthusiasts who will ride the Wachau Valley, join local bicyclists on the famed Donauradweg, and stop for local specialties along with 150 fellow riders from the boat. If you want bike immersion – this is the one to choose.