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More river cruises are offering biking excursions

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It has been a popular activity for cruise itineraries for a few years now, but even more cruise lines are offering the chance to take a biking excursion while on your cruise, with a series of cycling programmes suitable for all skill levels.

enjoy cycling excursions on a European river cruises in 2017

Last year, AmaWaterways partnered with Backroads to create itineraries that include both cycling and hiking daytrips, Uniworld River Cruises teamed up with Butterfield & Robinson to add biking for this year and their European river cruises in 2017, and Scenic joined with Trek Travel to develop bike and river cruise tours for 2017.

The reason these cruise companies are jumping on board with the biking excursions is that river cruising is a perfect starting point for exploring on two wheels. Beautiful trails run parallel to the rivers and many European cities, towns and villages are very bike-friendly. Cycling is a fun, fast and healthy way to get around when off the ships.

The rivers that the cruise companies have collaborated on creating biking excursions include the Danube, Rhine, Seine and Douro, and European river cruises in 2017 will have upward of 100 cycle excursions available on those waterways.

Travellers looking to enjoy the cycling journeys will receive bikes to ride and will often have support vans following their outings, as well as an allocated trip leader and guides. The itineraries can be catered to those of different cycling abilitiesas these enhances trips often cover up to 60 miles, as well as 3,000 feet of climbing.

Many cruise companies already offer standard biking excursions, and upper level cruises like AmaWaterways, Uniworld and Scenic all have bikes on board for customers to use free of charge even if they have not booked a cycling tour.

You can book ahead for your European river cruises in 2017 with Global River Cruising, with so many different and exciting cruises to take throughout Europe.

About Alex Leete

Who is Alex Leete? A passion for travel and over 15 years' experience in the industry encouraged me to set up Global River Cruising, our own family run company. Over the last few years we have been on as many river cruises, ships and seen as many destinations as we possibly can so we can rightfully call ourselves "experts". As independent specialists we work hard to find the perfect river cruise for our clients - at the very best prices too!

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