Prague to Dresden Elbe River Bike Tour
Six nights; six days. A moderate ride along the Elbe River with varying terrain of hills and valleys.
Start: Prague, Hotel Constans, 17:00, day one.
Finish: Dresden, 09:00 day seven.
Arrival in Prague
Meet at your hotel at 17:00 for introductions. Enjoy Prague’s superb architecture during a brief walking tour of the historic city before dinner. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only).
Hotel Constans, Prague
Prague to Melnik 59 km
Start your day with a short vehicle transfer to Troja Chateau, a palace on the outskirts of Prague. As you cycle northward along the Vltava River you will notice a vast landscape of vineyards begin to emerge and understand why Melnik is the center of Bohemia’s wine growing region. The confluence of the Vltava and Elbe rivers as you reach Melnik is breathtaking. BLD
Hotel U Rytiru, Melnik
Melnik to Litomerice 47 km
Cycle through Roudnice nad Labem and Libechov, two small towns on the bank of the Elbe River known for their opulent palaces and gardens. Further along you will visit the poignant war memorial of Terezin, a fortress that once served as a ghetto for over 150,000 Jews on their way to extermination camps during WWII. Finish the day with a short ride to picturesque Litomerice. BD
Hotel Apollon, Litomerice
Litomerice to Decin 51 km
Travel along the magnificent valley of the Elbe River. High above the river, near the town of Usti nad Labem, you will glimpse the ruins of Strekov Castle. The castle has served as inspiration for Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser and the literary musings of Goethe. The day finishes in Decin, an important river port on both banks of the Elbe. BL
Hotel Ceska Koruna, Decin
Decin to Bad Schandau 25 km
Today’s shorter cycling distance takes you through the richly forested river valley to the spectacular Bohemian/Saxon Switzerland landscape. Millions of years’ carving by the Elbe River has produced fascinating sandstone formations which are a must-see. Hiking enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to climb the romantic Hrensko gorges along the Czech border. View the spectacular Pravcika brana, the largest natural stone bridge in Europe, and the driving force behind Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” before continuing to Bad Schandau, a spa town on the German border. Take advantage of the town’s relaxing spa facilities, or stroll the extensive Botanical Garden. BL
Elbhotel, Bad Schandau
Bad Schandau to Dresden 45 km
Your journey through the intricate sandstone structures of Saxon Switzerland will take you above the spa town of Rathen to the world-famous Bastei cliffs. Daring adventurers may cross the impressive rock formations to reach Neurathen Castle and visit the open air museum dedicated to Slavic settlement. Cycle past the massive hilltop fortress of Königstein before enjoying the swath of peaceful meadows leading to Dresden. BLD
Hotel Rothenburger, Dresden
Dresden & Farewell
Your tour concludes this morning after a leisurely breakfast. We recommend taking time to see the sights in Dresden. The former UNESCO World Heritage Site is teeming with royal buildings, museums and art collections begging to be explored. B
Note about the route:
Easy cycling on quiet paved roads and riverside bicycle trails.
Steeped in culture, this tour is as much an exploration of history as a journey through lush landscapes. Starting at the heart of Bohemia, Prague boasts rich gothic and baroque architectural works which have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will encounter a plethora of vineyards on the way to Melnik, overlooking the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe rivers. Impressive palaces and gardens along the Elbe lead to the massive strongholds at Terezin, a transit camp for Nazi prisoners which is now home to a moving war memorial. Following the consolation of picturesque Litomerice, you can spy the ruins of Strekov Castle, which has inspired numerous famous artists, writers, and composers throughout time. Wander through Northern Bohemia’s bizarre and fantastic sandstone formations and Bastei cliffs, millions of years in the making, before cycling through lush forests and tranquil meadows to reach Dresden. An easy to moderate level bicycle tour, covering varying terrain of hills and valleys, there is ample opportunity for hiking and climbing world-renowned rock formations.
Maps & Elevations
Prague, Hotel Constans, 17:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location.
Dresden, 09:00, day seven.
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Custom or Private Tours
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Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
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We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.