Two Thumbs up for Two Wheels

Vantage Travel Team March 4, 2018

The Danube River is at the heart of the history and cultural diversity in Europe. Ideas and empires have floated down this storied waterway for centuries, and you’ll gain a unique perspective on this region when you travel on our fascinating Blue Danube : An Adventure for Family & Friends. Cruising on this river is relaxing and memorable, yet some of the most enriching and energizing moments on your journey can be spent alongside this river — as you explore its cities by bicycle.

Vantage has a wealth of top-notch complimentary bikes on board your deluxe river ship and ready for use. It’s easy to reserve one through MyPortfolio or when you get on board with our handy-dandy Concierge, and we’ll provide you a lock, helmet, and all the maps and information you’ll need. All you need to do is bring comfortable clothing and shoes and an appetite for adventure!

Feel the wind through your hair as you soak in breathtaking vistas, marvel at historic landmarks, and visit seldom-seen corners of town. Your leisurely pace allows you to exchange friendly smiles with locals as you ride by a riverside café and, perhaps, stop in for a coffee or a refreshing drink.  Biking opens up a world beyond walking or driving — it’s as if you’ve found an open door to a part of the destination you hadn’t realized was there.

In Vienna, for example, you’ll have the chance to explore spots where local Viennese go to relax as well as spying some of the city’s most regal buildings. You can cross the Danube on Friedrich’s Bridge, and enjoy panoramic sights of skyscrapers as well as some stunning baroque architecture (and even the United Nations building).

Want to hop on the bike in Budapest? You can set off on a route that will show you the most magnificent sites of Budapest, including Freedom Bridge and Chain Bridge. You’ll be able to spot Market Hall — an excellent example of late 19th-century Functionalist architecture — as well as enjoying superb photo opportunities outside the iconic Hungarian Parliament Building (designed by Gustave Eiffel studios) and Buda Castle.

When you get back to the ship, you’ll have seen some of the city’s best sights, perhaps discovered some gems that are off the beaten track, and enjoyed an invigorating workout!

Experience some of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities by joining a bike tour on new for 2019 cruisetour, Blue Danube: An Adventure for Family & Friends.