European Cycling River Cruise with Phil Anderson

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European Cycling River Cruise with Phil Anderson

Budapest to Amsterdam

Friday 17 June, 2016 to Friday 01 July, 2016

Phil Anderson AllTrails

AllTrails Bicycle Tours are proud to announce that in June 2016 we will be working in conjunction with Reis & James Travel Associates in promoting their unique European Cycling River Cruise with Phil Anderson, with guest appearance by Phil Liggett.

Be a part of this unique 15 day private cycling charter led by Phil Anderson who is personally mapping 7 optional rides for you.

This enchanting cruise between Budapest and Amsterdam is a unique opportunity to experience the heart of Europe – cruising the magnificent Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers aboard an award winning, luxury river cruise ship,  finishing the day before the Tour de France begins. You could also combine this tour with our Rome to Turin ride.

Phil & Susan will also be guests on the trip for a few days and look forward to seeing you in Europe!

Cycling River Cruise with Phil Anderson
Dates: Fri 17 Jun – Fri 1 July 2016
15 days, 14 nights. 7 ride days
50-85km, cycling enthusiasts
15-20km, recreational riders
Bike Type:
Road Bike or hybrid (BYO)
Good bitumen roads – undulating
All included while cruising incl wine, beer, soft drinks with dinner
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  • Ride with Phil Anderson and Phil Liggett
  • Chartered River Cruise Ship for cyclists and friends
  • Enjoy social interactions, question times and story telling with Phil & Phil
  • 7 separate rides over 15 days for both enthusiasts and recreational riders
  • Great itineraries for non-cyclists
  • Sightseeing with Local Guides
  • Wine tasting in Austria
  • Special welcome reception, Captain’s reception, farewell dinner
  • Special guest appearance by the voice of cycling Phil Liggett
  • Inside visit to Benedictine Abbey & Fishermans Bastion
  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam

Cycling Overview

There will be 7 rides planned over the 15 day duration of the cruise with something for everyone.
For cycling enthusiasts, there are 50-85 km rides personally mapped and led by Phil Anderson, joined by Phil Liggett on one or two occasions. For rides led by Phil Anderson, all riders will be accompanied by support riders from Pedal Power plus SAG wagon with driver/mechanic.
If guests don’t want to ride on an official riding day, they can instead do the touring or just stay on board.
Enthusiast cyclists will need to bring their own bike (all hire bikes are now allocated). For recreational riders, there are 15-20km rides that will be led by local tour operators. Bikes will be provided for recreational riders (no need to bring your own).
Non riders can enjoy normal touring off the ship on ride days as the ship will operate a host of day trips and excursions as per their regular itinerary. If non riders decide to do a recreational ride on a riding day, provided they advise 2 days before, a bike will be available.
If guests wish to ride on a non riding day, they can take their bike (or assigned hire bike) on a private ride. 10 mountain bikes will be also onboard for anyone to use at any port to do their own riding on a first come first served basis.

About Phil Anderson

Phil Anderson Cycling with AllTrails

Phil Anderson OAM is one of Australia’s cycling heroes. Having worn the prestigious Tour de France yellow jersey an impressive 11 times, Phil continues to be at the forefront of the sport and is a patron of the Amy Gillett Foundation.

He won gold in the 1978 Commonwealth Games, turned pro and joined the intensely competitive professional Europeanroad circuit with a career spanning 16 years and culminating with another Commonwealth gold in 1994, the year of his retirement. Phil is recognised as a cycling pioneer, well known for being the first Australian (and first non-European) to win the prestigious yellow jersey in the Tour de France. His daring challenge of the French favourite, Bernard Hinault created history, his exploits on the road, are stories full of pain, fierce determination and excitement. Ultimately, Phil Anderson wore the yellow jersey 11 times and rose to number one in the world in an era when Australia was not considered part of the cycling landscape.

Since his retirement in 1994, Phil Anderson has worked as a consultant to the cycling fraternity in addition to media commitments, sports commentary and sports development.

About Phil Liggett

Phil Liggett MBE, the famous English commentator, journalist and renowned “voice of cycling” will be our special guest on this journey.  Together with Phil Anderson, join in the revelry as they recount tales of past races, stories of racing individuals and personalities and share their views on modern topics impacting the cycling scene.

Phil is excited to be joining us on his first ever river cruise and particularly the lighter pace it will bring to his usual frenetic European summers calling races. Share a beverage with Phil (did you know that he also has a game farm in South Africa where he also works to save Rhinoceros from poachers?) or enjoy his company cycling on selected rides that Phil Anderson is hosting.

Phil Liggett with AllTrails-sm

AllTrails Bicycle Tours are proud to announce that we will be working in conjunction with Reis & James Travel Associates in promoting their unique European Cycling River Cruise with Phil Anderson, with guest appearance by Phil Liggett. Be a part of this unique 15 day private European River Cruise charter from Budapest to Amsterdam led by Phil Anderson who is personally mapping 7 rides for you to experience on this once in a lifetime journey. You’ll also be joined for a portion of the ride by Phil & Susan from AllTrails.

Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)

Budapest, Hungary -- NA -- Fri 17 June 2016 -- - - D A
Day 1 – Welcome to Hungary’s exciting capital city! This afternoon, board your river cruise vessel and meet your crew at an evening welcome reception. There is no ride scheduled for today however all riders will have the opportunity to meet their ride host and guide Phil Anderson, Aussie cycling icon. Our staff will assist with bike set up, gear check and general discussion about all cycling related matters and the rides to come. Please note that all guests must be onboard the ship before 5pm.
Budapest -- 50 km -- Sat 18 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 2 –Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain, or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Cafe, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable. On your GUIDED TOUR of the city, see Heroes’ Square as well as the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion-for spectacular views of the city-and 11th-century Matthias Church. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges-many famous sights in and of themselves-which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. In your free time this afternoon you may want to walk across Chain Bridge, built in 1849 and a symbol of Budapest; visit St. Stephen’s Basilica with marvellous views of the city from its viewing platform; or stroll along Vaci utca, the main shopping street.
Today’s ride: Welcome Ride
Join Phil Anderson for his traditional welcome ride, this time not on the slopes of the Pyrenees or Alpes but through exciting Budapest. Starting on the bike trails we will head into the foothills on the outskirts of the city.  Designed to introduce you to riding in Europe the pace on this 50km ride will be easy, grupetto style giving you an opportunity to get to know your fellow cycling enthusiast while our staff get to know you.
Bratislava, Slovakia -- NA -- Sun 19 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 3 – Today, arrive in Bratislava, situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and the dynamic capital of Slovakia. Join a Local Guide for a tour of the city, including a guided walk of its fascinating Old Town, where winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways twist and turn to reveal the Town Hall, one of the oldest stone buildings in the city. Also visit gothic St Martin’s Cathedral, a coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries. Later, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Tonight, depart for Vienna.
There is no ride scheduled for today
Join Phil and staff on the guided walk through fascinating Bratislava. The cobble streets and narrow laneways hold in their grasp the history of the old town and bear the hallmarks of a future potential bike course should time permit!
Vienna, Austria -- 75 km -- Mon 20 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 4 – Once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boys’ Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions; the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House; and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral- plus, countless other sights you’ll see on your included guided sightseeing tour. Stroll through the delightful pedestrian Karntnerstrasse, and be sure to take a break and enjoy a piece of decadent Sachertorte or Apfelstrudel in one of the classic Viennese coffee houses, historic institutions that helped shape Viennese culture! An optional concert is available tonight.
Today’s ride
Phil Anderson presents a 75km ride that incorporates the famous Danube bike path and the additional indulgence of an opportunity to ride with a special cycling guest.  After a gentle warm up we will have a chance for a good hit out through the narrow roads of the Keirlinger Forest before returning back to Vienna along the banks of the Danube.
Excursion to Gottweig Abbey and Durnstein, Austria -- 70 km -- Tue 21 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 5 – This morning, a short drive takes you to the Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, a UNESCO world heritage site, perched high on a hill overlooking the Danube. A visit with a Local Guide shows you this magnificent monastery whose fresco-decorated imperial staircase is considered a masterpiece of baroque architecture. Re-join your ship in Dürnstein in time for lunch. Dürnstein, situated in the heart of the Wachau wine region, is known for the magnificent baroque, blue Stiftskirche built in the 1700s. The main street of this small town-with a population of less than 1,000 people-is lined with 16th century residences and charming cobblestone streets. A Local Guide will take you on a walking tour and tell you the tale of England’s King Richard the Lion heart, who was imprisoned in the castle whose ruins still stand above the town. This evening, you’ll be able to sample some of the famous wines of this region.
Today’s ride
A traditional cyclists early roll out with Phil (and special guest) at the helm will see us leave the port of Durnstein on a 70km ride.  Rolling hills will challenge you, the 11th Century Gotteig Benedictine Monastery will delight en-route before we return to the Danube via a ferry crossing at Spitz and back to port.
Passau, Germany -- 85km -- Wed 22 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 6 – Today, choose from a variety of optional excursions: to Salzburg, taking in some of The Sound of Music sights; the popular “Romantic Austria” tour; or to Eesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rejoin your ship in Passau in the early evening. Alternatively, you may choose to stay on the ship and relax as you cruise to Passau, uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge. Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk.
Today’s ride
Backing up for our third and perhaps longest ride of the trip we follow the Danube port to port.  Phil presents an exciting boat chase with full commentary from the voice of cycling along 85kms of narrow country roads and bike paths on the borders of Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany as our ship cruises from Litz to Passau.
Regensburg, Germany -- NA -- Thu 23 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 7 – Dating back to the time of the Celts around 500 BC, Regensburg is one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities. Architectural highlights of your guided walk include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), built in the 13th century, and Porta Pretoria, gates to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD. Walk across the 12th-century Steinerne Brucke (Stone Bridge), the oldest of its kind in Germany. Grab a beer and enjoy an included snack at the Historische Wurstkuche (Old Sausage Kitchen), one of Germany’s oldest restaurants. Bask in the vibrant atmosphere and take in the remarkable views along the river. Before dinner, we’ll introduce you to some of Germany’s famous beers. (B,L,D)
Today is a scheduled rest day
Every grand tour is fought out on courses replete with challenges and like most great races we present forced rest days. Every great cyclist knows the routine, a gentle roll out, massage media engagements and family time is allowed.  All on your own time of course.
Nuremberg, Germany -- NA -- Fri 24 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 8 – This morning, relax on board, then before lunch, attend a fascinating lecture about the engineering marvel that is the Main Danube Canal. The afternoon is dedicated to Nuremberg. Although 90% of Nuremberg’s Old Town suffered extensive damage during WWII, much of it has been restored to the glory it once knew as the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This morning, choose a guided sightseeing  and marvel at this thousand-year-old city’s medieval fortifications, extraordinary gothic churches, and the Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle), or join a more specialized Nurember Rally Grounds tour. During free time, be sure to try some tasty Lebkuchen and make a wish at the beautiful fountain in the Hauptmarkt (main square). Legend says your wish will come true if you turn its gold ring three times.
Today is another scheduled rest day
There are no secrets about today.  The captain will set sail for distant ports and our legs will be elevated as we listen to the dulcet tones of Phil Anderson who with our special guest Phil Ligget will engage us with tales of days past and present before our guest disembarks.
Bamberg, Germany -- NA -- Sat 25 Jun 2016 -- B L D A
Day 9 – This morning, arrive in medieval Bamberg, former residence of one of Germany’s most powerful imperial dynasties and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided walking tour takes in its historic center, including the great 13th-century Romanesque cathedral and the fascinating Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)-built on an island in the middle of the Regnitz River when the bishop refused to give the townspeople land for a town hall! Rejoin your ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, cruise gently along the Main River as you head for Wurzburg, and attend an interesting onboard lecture to learn more about the European Union.
There are no scheduled rides today
Our rest day routine will continue, the routine of the avid cyclist though not strictly adhered on our passage down the Danube able to be implemented should opportunity arise.
Wurberg, Northern Bavaria, Germany -- 75km -- Sun 26 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 10 – Surrounded by verdant hillside vineyards, Wurzburg, the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” makes an immediate impression with imposing Fortress Marienberg perched above town and the 15th-century Alte Mainbrucke (Old Main Bridge). On your included guided sightseeing tour, visit the magnificent baroque Bishop’s Residenz, home to the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. This afternoon you are free to explore on your own, or perhaps join an optional excursion to medieval Rothenburg.
Today’s Ride
Rested, we roll off the boat for an early hit out through the hillside vineyards of Wurzburg on a ride down the first steps of the Romantic Road.  We will ride 75km on a route that connects some of the historic villages traversed by the Romans in day’s past.  With our legs fresh, the tough little pinches on today’s ride should not be a problem.  Opportunity for inevitable espresso stops are highly likely on this popular route.
Miltenberg, Bavaria, Germany -- NA -- Mon 27 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 11 – Tucked away behind medieval defensive walls and towered gates, the picturesque Bavarian village of Miltenberg is a cultural gem on the banks of the Main River. This afternoon’s guided walk will acquaint you with the town’s delightful Marktplatz (market square), which centres around a Renaissance-era fountain and features striking half-timbered buildings, cobblestone lanes, one of the oldest inns in Germany, Haus zum Riesen (the giant’s house), and the gothic splendour of the Merchant Hall.
Today is a well needed rest day
Wary now of Phil’s ride descriptions the challenge of a small mountain tomorrow would suggest a rest day is required.
Rudesheim and Rhine Gorge, Germany -- 65km -- Tue 28 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 12 – At lunchtime today, arrive in Rudesheim, a quintessential Rhine Valley wine town. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum where you’ll see and hear a large collection of self-playing calliopes and music boxes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Enjoy a special treat, then head downstream from Rudesheim, through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, the most beautiful stretch of river. Here, ancient castles stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 122 metres (400 feet) above the waters. Cruise past the legendary rock of the Lorelei, where echoes of enchanted siren song lured unwitting sailors to their doom.
Today’s Ride.
Today’s ride at 65km is shorter than most but one that will leave a sting in your legs.  Our circuit takes us north of the Rhein and we have only a small mountain, 525m to conquer but with gradients of 5 -10% this 5km climb will have the field strung out on our ascent.  Majestic views wait as we catch our breath and re-group before the descent to the valley below.

Cologne, Germany -- NA -- Wed 29 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 13 – Arrive in Cologne in the early morning hours. One of Germany’s largest cities and capital of the Rhineland, Cologne straddles both sides of the Rhine and is known for its soaring, twinsteepled gothic cathedral. Choose between an included guided city walk or jewish heritage walk. Later, during free time, perhaps look in on the Romano-Germanic Museum, home to a large collection of artifacts from the Roman settlement on which modern Cologne is built – a must for history buffs! The Old Town abounds with cafes, shops, and taverns. Be sure to try a Kolsch pale lager, locally brewed in Cologne for over a hundred years!
There is no official ride scheduled for today
We check into Cologne and while there is much to see, a cyclist may of his own accord ride the streets on a faster exploration of this beautiful city!
Amsterdam, Holland -- 55km -- Thu 30 June 2016 -- B L D A
Day 14 – Holland’s sophisticated, modern capital has a rich and fascinating history. This delightful 700-year-old city with its elegant and classic architecture, cafes and restaurants, and lively marketplace has a distinct ambiance. With over 60 museums, Amsterdam has the highest museum density in the world. Get a unique perspective of the city on an included canal cruise, floating along the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” There’s free time this afternoon to enjoy the city or perhaps join a biking optional excursion (weather permitting) or to Zaanse Schans, with its traditional houses and workshops of Dutch crafts.
Today’s ride
Having cruised from Hungary to Holland our last formal cycling challenge will be the echelon formations that are requisite when riding in the windy flat lands.  From windmills to tulip farms the canal rides of Holland and Belgium are standard fare for a cyclist as we navigate around Amsterdam on a 55km farewell loop.
Amsterdam, Holland -- NA -- Fri 1 July 2016 -- B - - -
Day 15 – Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.


  • 14 nights of great accom onboard world class Avalon Panorama
  • All meals while cruising including complimentary wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner
  • 7 separate rides over 15 days for both enthusiasts and recreational riders
  • Enthusiast rides led by Phil Anderson
  • Special guest appearance by the voice of cycling Phil Liggett
  • Full sightseeing opportunities available for non-cyclists
  • Cycling jersey or polo shirt
  • Port charges & on board gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Guides
  • Wine tasting in Austria
  • Inside visit to Benedictine Abbey & Fishermans Bastion
  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam
  • Special events including the welcome reception, Captain’s reception, farewell dinner and more

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