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Totally jealous! But the Viking river cruises do have their charms. Lots of things best seen from the water, and I love boats as much as bikes.I have done the Danube "Cycle Path" - Passau - Vienna - Budapest = I prefer B&B's over the tiny cabins of a river cruise:
We did Budapest-Passau Danube and Rotterdam-Basel Rhine cruises with side-trips to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Gottingen, Prague, and Luzerne. While Kathy did the bus tours, I toured on my own on rented bikes. Budapest, Vienna, Cologne, Prague, Luzerne, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam were the cycling standouts.
As I recall, bike infrastructure varied, with Amsterdam and Copenhagen at the top. But compared to the US, cars and pedestrians were much more respectful of bike traffic everywhere — esp in Amsterdam, where bikes ruled! As they should.
The ubiquitous cobblestone streets were brain-rattling, but small price to pay for urban cycling at its best! In my list of dream places to live, Tahiti first, then Amsterdam.