Czech Republic & Germany: Cycling Tour from Prague to Dresden (6 Nights)
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Czech Republic & Germany: Cycling Tour From Prague to Dresden

Guided or Self-Guided

7 Days / 6 Nights (5 Days Cycling)

Category A: 4* & Superior 3* Hotels

Category B: 4*, 3* & Specially-Selected 2* Hotels & Guest Houses

Distance: 145 miles / 240 km

Level: Easy

Luggage Transfers Included

Bikes, Electric Bikes, Tandems, Kids Bikes, Trailers & Tag-Alongs Available

Guided Tours

 Scheduled Departures: 2 & 30 May, 27 June, 25 July, 15 August, 12 & 26 September 2020

 Half Board from €944

Self-Guided Tours

Daily Departures from April to October 2020

Bed & Breakfast from €559

Cycling Tour from Prague to Dresden along the Vltava and Elbe Rivers

This holiday in the Czech Republic and Germany is a picturesque cycling tour from Prague to Dresden along the Vltava and Elbe Rivers, which link these two important European centres of culture.

Since ancient times, Prague has been a “melting-pot” of Czech, German and Jewish ethnicities, whilst Dresden, “Florence on the Elbe”, is famed as the capital and royal residence of the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendour.

You will follow the Vltava and the Elbe through beautiful countryside full of picturesque towns such as Melnik, Litomerice and Bad Schandau. The tour will lead you through through the romantic volcanic region of the Czech Middle Mountains as well as through the natural beauty of the Saxon Switzerland National Park, where there is time to take a trek or a boat trip through the fabulous and bizarre scenery.

This cycling holiday from Prague to Dresden is rated as “Easy”. The route is generally flat with just two short climbs. The roads and cycle paths are nearly all paved and the route is designed to ensure that you spend most of the time away from traffic. This is a great tour for cyclists of all levels, including beginners and families with small children.

Both the guided and the self-guided tours include accommodation and all breakfasts in a selection of hand-picked hotels. Half-board is also included on the guided tour and is an option on the unguided tour. On the self-guided tour we offer 2 levels of accommodation.

On both tours, daily luggage transfers, a comprehensive information pack, route information and emergency support are also included. We can provide hire bikes, including electric bikes, tandems, and bikes and trailers for kids.

Cycling Tour from Prague to Dresden: Itinerary

Cycling Tour from Prague to Dresden - Map of Route

Map of Route – Click to Enlarge

Day 1: Arrive Prague.

The starting point of your cycling holiday in the Czech Republic and Germany is Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Come early! Prague is one of the largest cities of Central Europe and has served as the capital of the historic region of Bohemia for centuries. The city is famous for its unique medieval architecture and its historical centre is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

This magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries. Prague’s medieval centre is a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires, all in the shadow of the majestic 9th century castle. Prague is also a modern and vibrant city full of energy, music, culture, art, fine dining and special events catering to the traveller’s thirst for adventure.

Prague is considered to be one of Europe’s most charming and beautiful cities. We can arrange a guided tour of the city or you can take it in at your own pace. If you arrive in time and can’t wait to get on a bike, we can arrange a cycle tour to Karlštejn, where the large Gothic castle was founded in 1348 by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor-elect and King of Bohemia. It is one of the most famous and most frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic.

If you are doing the self-guided tour, your bikes, GPS and travel documents will usually be delivered to the hotel during the afternoon.

Day 2: Prague - Melnik, Approx. 35-42 miles / 58-70 km.

Today, if you are doing a self-guided tour and we haven’t yet been able to deliver your bikes, we will meet you at your hotel at 9.00 am. If you are doing a guided tour, we will pick you up from your hotel for the welcome briefing.

After a small ascent, today’s stage follows a nice trail to the town of Melnik, at the heart of the Czech wine region. Just before we leave Prague, we pass the Baroque Castle of Troja (now an art gallery) then continue north, following the Vltava River. At this point, the course of the river has carved deep valleys and left behind unique rock formations.

For lovers of architecture and fine art, visits to the castles of Nelahozeves and Veltrusy will be on the list of things to do today. The ride ends in the old wine town of Melnik, which sits at the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers.

Day 3: Melnik - Litomerice, Approx. 30 miles / 50 km.

Today’s stage will take you through the lowlands of the river Elbe, one of the most fertile regions in the Czech Republic. Due to the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers, the river gradually becomes a major European waterway.

After passing the Castle of Libechov and cycling through Roudnice nad Labem, with its impressive church and castle, you will arrive at the massive Terezin Fortress. Terezin is now a poignant memorial to the jews who were held there before being transported to extermination camps during WWII.

Today’s route finishes in the The “Royal City” of Litoměřice, which stands at the confluence of the the Elbe and Ohře rivers and which is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic.

Day 4: Litomerice - Decin, Approx. 31 miles / 52 km.

Today your route will lead you through the romantic countryside of the Czech Middle Mountains. This region is very hilly, but you will cycle through the valleys along the banks of the Elbe River, with fabulous views of the surrounding green hills and historic ruins.

This former volcanic region is dotted with ruined castles and fortresses, including Strekov Castle, which was built on top of a steep rock cliff and is considered one of the most romantic castles in the Czech Republic. A strenuous climb will be rewarded with magnificent views from its walls.

The final point of this stage will be the historic town of Decin. An important port that straddles the River Elbe and which sits at the lowest altitude in the Czech Republic.

Day 5: Decin - Czech Saxon Switzerland - Bad Schandau, Approx. 15 miles / 25 km.

Today’s short cycling route is designed to allow you time to take in the unique, scenic beauty of the Czech-Saxon Switzerland National Park. If you wish, there is time for a boat trip along the Kamenice River, or a hike along one of the tourist trails leading through the incredible passes and deep gorges. Don’t miss the wonderful Pravcicka Gate, the biggest natural rock bridge in Europe!

After saying goodbye to the Czech Republic, you will cross the border into Germany and cycle to the historic spa town of Bad Schandau.

Day 6: Bad Schandau - Dresden, Approx. 29 miles / 48 km.

The final day of cycling on this tour from Prague to Dresden is packed with historic sights!

Shortly after you leave Bad Schandau you will cycle past the imposing Königstein Fortress. A little further on you will arrive at the Bastei, an incredible rock formation towering 194 metres above the River Elbe. The climb up to enjoy the views and to walk the Bastei Bridge is well worth the effort.

Near the town of Pirna, you will enter the Dresden Elbe Valley region, home of a number of beautiful castles and museums dedicated to masters of classical music, such as Karl Maria Weber and Richard Wagner, who used to compose in this area. Shortly afterwards, you will arrive at the final destination of the tour, the historic city of Dresden.

There is probably no other city in Germany which better symbolises the turbulent history of the country, than Dresden. Many centuries of cultural and architectural progress, combined with religious freedom and economic prosperity, earned the city the nickname of “Florence on the Elbe”.

Dresden suffered the biggest Allied bombing raid of World War II. Overnight, almost the entire city was destroyed. However, thanks to extensive renovation, the capital of the eastern German state of Saxony, is now distinguished by the celebrated art museums and classic architecture of its reconstructed old town.

For those guests on the guided group tours, the tour leader and the support vehicle will leave Dresden with the hire bikes this afternoon.

Day 7: Depart Dresden.

Your cycling holiday from Prague to Dresden finishes after breakfast today. However, if you would like to spend more time in Dresden or anywhere else in Saxony or the surrounding area, we would be delighted to help. We can arrange guided tours, extra nights and other services. Please ask for details.

Prague to Dresden: Dates & Prices

Self-Guided Tour. This cycling holiday in Germany and the Cheque Republic is available as a self-guided tour with departures every day, from 1 April to 31 October 2020.

Guided Tour. In 2020, guided group tours are scheduled as follows:

2 & 30 May

27 June

25 July

15 August

12 & 26 September

Prices, Discounts & Services Included

Prices

Tour or Category
Self-Guided Tour
Guided Tour
Category B
Category A
Price per Person (pp) in Twin or Double Room
€559
€830
€944
Single Supplement*
€224
€310
€224
Half Board
€90
5 Dinners
Breakfast only
in Prague
€115
5 Dinners
Breakfast only
in Prague
4 Dinners Included
Breakfast only
in Prague & Dresden
Extra Nights
Prague
Double (pp)
€49
€79
€49
Single
€80
€120
€80
Dresden
Double (pp)
€52
€80
€52
Single
€82
€120
€82
Bike Hire & Other Services
Hybrid Bike (5 Days)
€65
(Extra Days €14 per day)
Electric Bike (5 Days)
€140
Tandem Bike (5 Days)
€120
Kids Bike
On Request
Tag-Along or Child Seat (5 Days)
€25
Waterproof Pannier (5 Days)
€10
Helmet (Sale)
€25
Car Parking
On Request
Transfers
On Request
Travel Insurance
On Request

*A solo traveller can do this tour for a small supplement. Please ask for details.

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Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by transfer to our UK or Spanish bank.

We do not charge a handling fee if you pay by credit card. 

Discounts

There are a number of great discounts available on this cycling holiday:
  • Child aged less than 4 years sharing a room with 2 adults: FREE!
  • Child aged from 4 to 11 years sharing a room with 2 adults: 30%.
  • No luggage transfers: Please enquire.

Services Included

The SELF-GUIDED cycling tour includes:
  • 6 nights accommodation in specially-selected hotels. Double, twin or family rooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms.
  • 6 buffet breakfasts.
  • Luggage transfers – No limit on number of items, but maximum weight 20 kg per person.
  • GPS tracks.
  • Information pack, including cycle map with detailed English tour description (1 per room).
  • Service hotline, 7 days a week.
The GUIDED cycling tour includes:
  • 6 nights accommodation in specially-selected hotels. Double, twin or family rooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms.
  • 6 buffet breakfasts & 4 dinners, with drinks (only breakfast in Prague and Dresden).
  • Luggage transfers – No limit on number of items, but maximum weight 20 kg per person.
  • Information pack, including cycle map with detailed English tour description (1 per room).
  • GPS tracks.
  • Specialist tour leader.
  • Support minibus.
  • Refreshments in the supporting vehicle.
  • Water for bike-flasks.

Extra Services

The following services are not included in the price of this cycling tour, but we would be delighted to help you to organise them:
  • Travel to Prague and from Dresden, including flights and airport transfers.
  • Dinners, lunches drinks and snacks, except as detailed above.
  • Bike & Helmet hire.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Extra nights in Prague, Dresden or any point along the route.
  • Tickets for attractions along the route.

Prague to Dresden: Accommodation

This cycling holiday from Prague to Dresden offers accommodation in specially selected hotels. At category A, all of the hotels are 4* or superior 3*. At category B and on the guided tour, the hotels are 4*, 3* or specially-selected 2* hotels or guest houses.

All of the hotels we use are specially chosen for their standards of service, warmth of welcome and character. Some of the hotels have pools, spas and wellness facilities. Most offer free WIFI internet access.

Your reserved accommodation will usually be confirmed shortly after confirming your reservation.

Hotel Examples

Night 1: Prague

Night 2: Melnik

Night 3: Litmorice

 Category A: Hotel Apollon***
Category B: Pension U Borovicku

Night 5: Bad Schandau

Cycling Tour from Prague to Dresden: Travel

Getting to Prague & from Dresden

By Air. This cycling holiday in the Czech Republic and Germany starts in Prague and ends in Dresden. There are direct flights to both Prague and Dresden from many international airports. Please check www.skyscanner.net for flights.

By Rail. Both Prague and Dresden are well connected by train. Please check www.bahn.de for trains.

We can arrange private transfers from the airport and train station to your hotel in Prague. To check public transport options, please visit www.dpp.cz

By Car. There are good road connections to Prague from throughout western Europe,. However, the city lies approximately 1000 km from the Channel ports. If you drive to Prague, covered parking is available. Please ask for details.

We would be very happy to make your travel arrangements.  Please ask for details.

Prague to Dresden: Bike Hire

We can supply 27-speed ladies and gents touring bikes, as well as unisex electric bikes, tandems, kids bikes, trailers and “tag-alongs” (which convert a kid’s bike into a trailer-bike).

All adult rental bikes are equipped with a handlebar bag and lock. In addition, bikes supplied for self-guided tours are equipped with a pump and repair kit.  

Standard 20-litre side panniers and 12-litre top panniers are available on request. 20-litre Ortlieb waterproof panniers are available to hire. (They must be booked in advance.)

If you wish to fit your own pedals, please let us know in advance.

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In the Czech Republic, helmets are compulsory for all cyclists up to 18 years old and we recommend that all riders wear one. They are provided free of charge with all hire bikes. Helmets can also be purchased locally, but they must be reserved in advance.

Please note that you are solely responsible for all damage to the bike or for its loss, howsoever caused. (However, please be assured that we have not yet lost a bike on any tour!)

Please see “Dates & Prices” for hire charges.

Prague to Dresden: More Info

Difficulty Level

This cycling tour from Prague to Dresden is graded as “Easy” and is suitable for cyclists of all levels of fitness and experience, including families with children. The daily distances are moderate and the terrain is generally flat, with the exception of two short climbs.

The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes.

Luggage Transfers

Daily luggage transfers are included in the price of this cycling tour from Prague to Dresden. There is no limit on the number of pieces of luggage per person, but the combined total weight must not exceed 20 kg.

There is a discount if luggage transfers are not required.

Weather

The weather in the Czech Republic and Germany between April and October can be very changeable. Please check the weather forecasts and be prepared.

It will almost always be necessary to carry a waterproof jacket. Waterproof trousers may also be required at times. All items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking. In summer, a sun hat and sunscreen are often essential.