Make the most of your free time with a free deluxe bike and helmet on a Vantage river cruise ship. Our trips are curated with just the right balance of enriching activities, exciting adventure features, and enough leisure time to enhance your discoveries—including by bike.
Our deluxe bikes are sturdy, easy-to-use, and available anytime, and offer the opportunity to discover some of Europe’s most historic and dynamic cities on two wheels. Each three-gear bike is designed for exploring paved city trails common in Europe and gives travelers another way to see city highlights as well as off-the-beaten-path destinations.
So how can you take a spin on one of these top-quality bicycles on our river cruises? It’s easy—simply reserve a bike with your Concierge for up to four hours. You can request this in advance through MyPortfolio or when you get onboard (but keep in mind, it’s first-come, first-served). We’ll provide you a lock and helmet, so all you need to do is bring firm-soled shoes, lightweight layers like moisture-wicking fabrics, a windbreaker, and pants made of breathable fabric (or padded cycling pants if you're an enthusiast!). If you're traveling in spring or fall, you may also want to bring gloves and a hat.
If our bikes are being reserved first by other travelers, it’s easy to rent them on shore, and paths near rental stations are clearly marked. There are generally self-serve rental stations that are simple to use, and our Cruise Directors and Adventure Leaders can provide information on how to rent them and where to ride.
Find a route using one of our handy maps, which are also available upon arrival. Here are some of the ways you can enhance your trip:
In 2017, enjoy 10 or more complimentary bikes and helmets on the ships below.
: 10 deluxe unisex, three-gear bicycles, available on:
Grand European Sojourn
Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals & Fairytales
Passage to Eastern Europe
Essential Holland: Tulips in Spring
Rhine Culinary Discovery
: 16 deluxe unisex, three-gear bicycles, available on:
Paris & Highlights of Normandy
In addition, on 2018 departures aboard the M/S River Discovery, you’ll enjoy 30 bikes just right for exploring on:
Blue Danube: An Adventure for Family & Friends
The adjustable-height unisex bicycles onboard and suggested route maps are appropriate for most activity levels, though travelers should keep in mind that any cycling excursion will be an active experience designed for generally fit people.
To reserve a bicycle for your entire cruise (at a cost of only $150), book bicycling as an optional tour. As always, you can tailor your trip to your liking, amount of free time, and interests via Concierge or Cruise Director. Set off on two wheels for innumerable discoveries!