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Follow the Elbe Cycle Path from Prague to Dresden
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Highlights

  • Exploring historic Prague with its famous castle, museums, art galleries and bridges
  • Enjoy easy, mostly flat riverside cycling from the Czech Republic to Germany
  • Staying in charming towns, filled with wine cellars, cobbled streets and cliff-top castles
  • The superb view from Melnik Castle over the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe rivers
  • Sipping a cold beer as you admire the golden sandstone cliffs of the Saxon Switzerland National Park
  • Discovering the delights of Dresden; the Zwinger Palace and Frauenkirche Cathedral

Pedal from historic Prague in the Czech Republic to the beautiful city of Dresden in Germany, the Germany Cyclists’ Federation have crowned this route Germany’s Top Cycle Path for 12 years in a row — and with good reason! Cycle beneath green mountains, through lush meadows and vineyards, and in the shadow of impressive sandstone massifs. Stay in riverside towns filled with cliff-top castles, vineyards and charming architecture.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Prague, discover its Romanesque chapels and cellars, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque palaces and gardens, and delightful Art Nouveau architecture, plus a myriad of museums and art galleries. Discover Dresden, the ‘Florence of the Elbe’, you’ll have plenty of time to soak in the spectacular nature of German Bohemia and the Saxon Switzerland National Park.

Owing to the Ascension and Pentecost holidays, the following departures dates are no longer available: 25 May to 28 May 2017 and 02 June to 06 June 2017. If you have any further questions about cycling the Elbe, please do contact the office.

DAY 1: Arrive in Prague

Arrive in the 'Golden City' of Prague. You'll be spoilt for choice of things to see, with Prague's incredible architecture, museums and galleries, and of course the castle itself. Relax with a beer, soak up the lively atmosphere, or wander around the pretty cobbled streets and enjoy the sights lit up by night.


Overnight: Hotel Expo***, Prague


The 106-room Hotel Expo is conveniently located next to the historic quarter. You’ll stay just steps away from the Krizik’s Fountain and the Royal Park-Stromovka. Rooms are comfortably furnished and the hotel offers free WiFi.


DAY 2: Explore Prague

After a hearty breakfast, set out to explore the city independently. A must-see is Prague's impressive castle and Gothic cathedral of St Vitus. Wander alongside and over the Vltava river, crossing Prague's iconic bridges, including the Charles Bridge.


Make time for a coffee or cool glass of Staropramen and the chance to people-watch in the main square, with its distinct Baroque architecture. By night, Prague comes to life with a lively crowd enjoying the bars and restaurants.


Overnight: Hotel Expo***, Prague


DAY 3: Cycle to Melnik

After a hearty breakfast set out on two wheels from your hotel. After a short uphill section you’ll find yourself taking in the river views as you pedal along the Vltava and into the old wine town of Melnik, the centre of the Czech Republic’s Bohemian wine route.


Pay a visit to Melnik castle, with its Renaissance style and fantastic views over the confluence of the Elbe and Vlatava rivers. Why not celebrate your first day’s cycling with a glass of local wine.


Cycle: approx. 55km


Overnight: Hotel Paganini****, Melnik


The friendly 29-room Hotel Paganini is located in the heart of the old town, with an elevated position overlooking the Elbe river and just 0.5km from the cycle path and Melnik castle.


DAY 4: Cycle to Litomerice

Cycle along the river valley to Terezin, the former Jewish ghetto which is a poignant and humbling place. Continue pedalling to historic Litomerice, established in the 10th century on the site of a Slavic fort and regarded by many to be the most beautiful in the Czech Republic. Admire its colourful buildings in the Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance style.


Litomerice also boasts an extensive underground tunnel network linking the numerous wine cellars, of which 366m are open for visitors to explore.


Cycle: approx. 44km


Overnight: Penzion ‘U Svateho Vaclava/At Saint Wenceslas’, Litomerice


This charming guesthouse is found on a cobbled street close to the Baroque St Wenceslas Church, just 200m from the town square.


DAY 5: Cycle to Decin

Enjoy a relaxed ride beneath the mountains to picturesque Decin, which spans both sides of the Elbe. Cycle past the 14th century Strekov Castle, looming high above the river on a basalt rock, which in spring-time is covered in golden aubretia flowers.


Today you’ll have the chance to visit another clifftop castle—Děčín Castle. With its delightful rose garden, it is one of the oldest and largest landmarks in northern Bohemia. Climb up to the castle for wonderful river views.


Cycle: approx. 51km


Overnight: Ceska Koruna Hotel, Decin


This 43-room hotel offers simply furnished rooms with hairdryer, satellite TV and internet. There is a café and both an indoor and outdoor restaurant, which boasts a good vintage wine list.


DAY 6: Cycle to Bad Schandau

Today you will cycle beneath the beautiful Elbe sandstone massif. Cross the German border and reach the spa town of Bad Schandau. As you’ve a shorter day’s cycling, why not indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, ready for your final day in the saddle tomorrow.


Cycle: approx. 21km


Overnight: Hotel Erbgericht***+, Bad Schandau/Krippen


Hotel Erbgericht offers elegantly furnished rooms, and guests can relax in the complimentary sauna which features soothing Kneipp herbal bath essences.


DAY 7: Cycle to Dresden

Admire the towering Elbe sandstone cliffs as you cycle through the Saxon Switzerland National Park and past delightful riverbank meadows to Dresden.


Dresden is known as the ‘Florence of the Elbe’ and is a friendly and picturesque city. Take time to relax and explore the museums and galleries of Saxony’s capital city, including the Frauenkirche Cathedral, majestic Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera House.


Cycle: 40km


Overnight: Park Inn by Radisson***+, Dresden


This modern, 3-star property is ideally located between the Elbe and the trendy district of Neustadt. Situated in a quiet side street, it is within walking distance of the famous Dresden attractions.


DAY 8: Depart Dresden

After breakfast check out of your accommodation and make your way home. We also offer a private transfer (supplement payable) or shared transfer service (Only on Fridays at 13:00, supplement payable) back to Prague at the end of your trip.


Additional Nights and Extensions

You can add additional nights at any point along the route, and we would particularly suggest that you might like to extend your stay in Prague, Bad Schandau or Dresden. Please contact us if you would like to do so.

Accommodation

The accommodation on this cycling trip consists of 3-star and some 3-star superior hotels. All offer a warm welcome to cyclists, and comfortable en suite rooms.



Accommodation Alternatives

All accommodations are on a request basis, subject to availability. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable.


This trip is available to solo cyclists and is perfect as the route is popular so there are plenty of people to chat with every day.

Availability

This tour is available to start on any day of the week between the beginning of April to the end of October.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable.
This trip is available to solo cyclists and is perfect as the route is popular so there are plenty of people to chat with every day.


Grade & Fitness

This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate. The first day has a small ascent, otherwise the route is flat. Daily cycling distances are between approx. 21-55km, which is easily manageable if you are a regular cyclist. The cycle path in the Czech Republic frequently follows unpaved field roads or tracks (some of which have a gravel surface), especially along the Vltava River, or along country roads with light to moderate traffic.  Well developed paths can be found between Litomerice and the German border. Once in Saxony the route follows quiet country roads, but mostly runs along even, paved bicycle paths.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to 2 x bags (each of up to 20kg) per person.


Rental Bikes

We can arrange bike hire as an optional extra. You can rent comfortable bicycles for your tour along the Elbe Cycle Path. Choose between men’s and women’s bikes in different heights and between 7-gears (with backpedal-brake) and 24-gears (without backpedal-brake). We will need to know your height if you are hiring a bike through us.



General Information

All bike tours are unescorted. The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes. Travel to and from the start/end of your cycle is not included in the tour price and must be arranged on your own.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Getting to Prague

By Air - There are plenty of flights from across Europe with scheduled and low-cost carriers into Prague Airport. Then take the Metro (18-24 mins) or Airport Express bus (35 mins) to the main train station.


By Train—Prague is also well-connected for train travel throughout Europe. See www.bahn.co.uk for train timetables and services.


Getting from Dresden

By Air - There are direct flights from Dresden Airport to London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Frankfut, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Munich. Take an S-Bahn train from the city centre to the airport; the journey is just 12-20 mins.


By Train—Dresden is also well-connected for train travel throughout Germany and Europe. Direct train services to Berlin are available; duration approx. 2h10. See www.bahn.co.uk for train timetables and fares.

Getting to Prague

By Air - There are plenty of flights from across Europe with scheduled and low-cost carriers into Prague Airport. Then take the Metro (18-24 mins) or Airport Express bus (35 mins) to the main train station.


Getting from Dresden

By Air - There are direct flights from Dresden Airport to London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Frankfut, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Munich. Take an S-Bahn train from the city centre to the airport; the journey is just 12-20 mins. Direct train services to Berlin are also available; duration approx. 2h10.


Both Prague and Dresden are well-connected by rail within Europe; see Deutsche Bahn for train timetables and fares.


 

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation.
  • 7 Breakfasts.
  • Door to door baggage transfer.
  • A detailed information pack and guide book with maps.
  • Emergency telephone support from our office and local partners in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Travel to Prague and from Dresden.
  • Dinners and lunches.
  • Drinks and snacks.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Travel insurance.

Extras

  • Additional nights before and after the holiday.
  • Single room supplement if single room required.
  • Solo traveller supplement (if applicable).
  • Bike hire.
  • Transfer (available on both a shared and private basis) from Dresden to Prague.

Options

Type Name Price From
Tour extra (general) Single Room Supplement US$205
Accommodation Extra Night Bad Schandau (BB) US$70
Accommodation Extra Night Dresden (BB) US$70
Accommodation Extra Night Prague (BB) US$65
Transport Shared Transfer Dresden-Prague (Fridays at 1pm only) US$70
Transport Transfer Dresden-Prague or vice-versa (1-4 persons) US$300
Transport Transfer Dresden-Prague or vice-versa (5-7 persons) US$340

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate, so you will need to have some basic fitness and we recommend that you undertake some training before your adventure! The first day has a small ascent, otherwise the route is flat. Daily cycling distances are between approx. 21-55km, which is easily manageable if you are a regular cyclist. The cycle path in the Czech Republic frequently follows unpaved field roads or tracks (some of which have a gravel surface), especially along the Vltava River, or along country roads with light to moderate traffic. Well developed paths can be found between Litomerice and the German border. Once in Saxony the route follows quiet country roads, but mostly runs along even, paved bicycle paths.

Which is the best airport to fly to/from?

There are plenty of flights from across Europe with scheduled and low-cost carriers into Prague Airport. Then take the Metro (18-24 mins) or Airport Express bus (35 mins) to the main train station.

There are direct flights from Dresden Airport to London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Frankfut, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Munich. Take an S-Bahn train from the city centre to the airport; the journey is just 12-20 mins. Dresden is also well-connected for train travel throughout Germany and Europe. Direct train services to Berlin are available; duration approx. 2h10. 

Prague and Dresden are well-connected for train travel throughout Europe. See Deutsche Bahn for train timetables and services.

How far in advance do I need to book?

You can start the Moselle Cycle Path on any day of the week between early April and  end of October. As this is a popular cycle path, early booking is strongly recommended.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

What bike hire do you offer?

We can arrange bike hire as an optional extra. You can rent comfortable bicycles for your tour along the Elbe Cycle Path. Choose between men’s and women’s bikes in different heights and between 7-gears (with backpedal-brake) and 24-gears (without backpedal-brake). We will need to know your height if you are hiring a bike through us.

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