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Germany – Prague to Dresden Bike Tour
On this riverside bicycle tour, connecting the Czech Republic and Germany, you cycle between two European centers of cultural importance, following the Vltava and Elbe Rivers. Marked cycling paths and paved back roads make this route easy. Start by cycling to Melnik, the center of wine making in Bohemia. Continue by biking through fertile countryside, through Litomerice with its Gothic houses. The most impressive part of the tour is the region called Czech and Saxon Switzerland where you bike along a steep-sided river valley with fantastic sandstone formations towering above. In Germany, the bicycle trails are a joy to follow and lead you to Dresden.

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Day 1 | Arrival Day

Day 1 | Arrival Day

Arrival in Prague, a magical city of culture and history, and certainly a town worth exploring if you can arrive a day earlier to allow enough time. Just ask and we can arrange extra nights. On the night before you cycle out, at 6pm you will meet one of our representatives to go over the tour program and route books/maps, adjust bikes, and answer questions. Overnight in Prague; dinner on your own, but we include suggestions for you.  

Hotel Constans

Prague

Hotel ConstansHotel Constans is located in the historical center of Prague - directly under Prague Castle. There are 31 spacious luxuriously furnished rooms. Due to its location and larger than standard rooms, it is the ideal place not only for business clientele, who especially appreciate the quiet environment in the centre, but also for those, who wish to spend unforgettable moments in historic Prague's romantic environment.

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Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 2 | Ride from Prague to Melnik

Day 2 | Ride from Prague to Melnik

The start of the tour sees Prague left behind as you cycle along the river Vltava - the biggest river in the Czech Republic. After passing the castles of Troja and Nelahozeves, the landscape changes with more and more vineyards appearing. The destination, Melnik is the center of Bohemian wine growing and it is worth trying some wine in one of the many cellars. Melnik's renaissance palace looks out over the confluence of the Vltava with the Labe and the view goes down well with the wine. Overnight in Melnik. Dinner on your own. (B). Prague - Melnik (59 km / 37 miles) 

Hotel U Rytiru

Melnik

Hotel U RytiruFormally a humble hotel and pub endewed with an old-world charm, the building has been meticulously transformed into a complex of unique restaurants, to renew its formerappeal. The original structure dates back to the Middle ages. Within it, an elegant, hospitable restaurant seating 35 guests effers fine cuisines. Would you wish to relax with a glass of wine or a cup of aromatic coffee? A cozy cafe with 25 seats will immerse you in a nostalgic atmosphere of days gone by and the savor of your your mother's baking.

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Horseback Riding Internet Access Fishing Cable TV Mini-Bar Restaurant

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Day 3 | Ride from Melnik to Litomerice

Day 3 | Ride from Melnik to Litomerice

Today's stage takes you from Melnik through Roudnice nad Labem and Libechov, with its incredible palace and gardens. The next stop is the transit camp and ghetto for Jews and other Nazi prisoners en route to extermination camps during WWII - Terezin. In this fortress town a memorial is maintained as a monument to the memory of the people who passed through this town. From here it is a short ride to Litomerice, which contains superb architecture and is the main town of the region. Overnight in Litomerice. Melnik - Litomerice (47 km / 29 miles)

 

Hotel Salva Guarda

Litomerice

Hotel Salva GuardaRemarkable family type hotel located in the beautiful Renaissance-style building which decorates the main square of Litomerice town. Stylish restaurant with two lounge bars and café is a part of the hotel. There is Renaissance-style hall on the first floor of this building. Hotel offers 43 beds in originally furnished rooms and studios including one room with non-barrier access. Parking place in the front of the hotel.

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Open Parking Closed Parking Horseback Riding Cable TV Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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Day 4 | Ride from Litomerice to Decin

Day 4 | Ride from Litomerice to Decin

As you cycle along the river valley, be sure to look out for the ruins of Strekov Castle high above the river and on to the town of Usti nad Labem. Today's route finishes in Decin at the frontier with the sandstone rock outcrops of the Bohemian Switzerland area. Overnight in Decin. Total distance Litomerice - Decin (51 km / 32 miles)

 

Hotel Ceska Koruna

Decin

Hotel Ceska KorunaHotel Ceska Koruna is situated in downtown Decin at the Masaryk square, near Decin castle. It is a perfect spot for a large variety of activities and excursions to the Czech Saxon Switzerland and the Elbe sandstones area. The town Decin itself provides its visitors with an exciting and amazing offer of cultural and sport activities and events, such as museum, theater, indoor thermal swimming pool, water slides, tennis courts, golf course, ZOO, horseback riding hall, etc.

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Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Restaurant

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Day 5 | Ride from Decin to Bad Schandau

Day 5 | Ride from Decin to Bad Schandau

Today is easy day in terms of length and you will cycle to the German border and on to Bad Schandau. Today's ride goes through the incredible landscape of the Bohemian / Saxon Switzerland area, following the forested river valley through the incredible sandstone formations of the Bohemian Switzerland area. Over millions of years the river Elbe has carved intricate formations in the sandstone of the area. The area is known as Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic and Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Overnight in Bad Schandau. Decin - Bad Schandau (25 km / 16 miles) 

Elbhotel

Bad Schandau

Elbhotel The hotel is located in the city center of Bad Schandau, directly on the Elbe promenade and shows its changing history, which dates back to 1876. The eastern part of the Elbhotel (eastern part) was built by the brewery owner Schönfeld and later sold to the owner Stephan. In 1901, the western wing was added. By 1920, Bad Schandau became a popular tourist destination of the wealthy bourgeoisie and the Elbhotel was a prestigious address. When you enter the Elbhotel, you find an atmosphere inspired by an illustrious past and a dynamic modernity.

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Open Parking Pets Allowed Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Tennis Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Restaurant

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Day 6 | Ride from Bad Schandau to Dresden

Day 6 | Ride from Bad Schandau to Dresden

Continue on through the sandstone formations of Saxon Switzerland. As you journey along the Elbe river valley you will pass the impressive Bastei fortification high above the town of Rathen. Cycling through peaceful meadows and precious wetlands to Dresden rounds off this tour perfectly. Overnight in Dresden. Bad Schandau - Dresden (45 km / 28 miles) 

Hotel Rothenburger Hof

Dresden

Hotel Rothenburger HofThe traditional and family dresden hotel "Rothenburger Hof" is located in Dresden Germany government district called the "Neustadt". It is about a kilometre from the pedestrian shopping-trip Hauptstr., within walking distance of the historical "Altstadt" with the Semper Opera House, Hofkirche (Catholic Court Chapel) and the Zwinger with it´s exhibition of dresden procelain and meissen procelain.. Our recently renovated house has 26 double rooms (Bed and breakfast in Dresden Germany), which can also be used as single rooms. All rooms are very comfortable and furnished with a bathroom en suite, color television, radio and mini-bar. Certain rooms also have a balcony. For long-term guests and business-travellers, we offer 13 hotel-apartments, which have various sizes and are equipped with a kitchen.

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Swimming Pool Cable TV Restaurant

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Day 7 | Departure day

Sightseeing is recommended in Dresden this day. No visitor to Dresden should miss - the Zwinger Pavilion, The Frauenkirche Church, the Semper Opera House as well as the Royal Palace. This is departure day and you can depart at your leisure; extra nights at the same hotel as last night are possible. For Prague return info, please inquire with your booking representative.
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Prices

Germany - Prague to Dresden self-guided

Double Occupancy:

1085 €/person

Single Supplement:

350 €/person

Solo Supplement:

588 €/person

Germany - Prague to Dresden guided

Private group of 4 to 7 participants:

1785 €/person

Private group of 8 or more

1585 €/person



Note: if you are looking to join an existing guided group, dates available in 2017 are June 4-10 and September 14-20 (Melnik Wine Festival).


Hybrid Bike Rentals are are available for a supplement of 105 euros, please see the bike information below for details.


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+ What's Included?

- All lodging in superior quality inns and small hotels
- Breakfast daily (usually a hot/cold buffet)
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Local emergency support throughout the trip
- Cell phone rental (for local calls only - to our support)
- Transportation as in program
- Orientation on day 1
- Transfer to the first hotel from the train station on day 1
- Riding routes with maps and cue sheets
- Suggestions for visitation and dining
- Bike delivery, pickup, and fitting
- GPS (1/group or couple).


Lodging

Accommodation: charming 3/4 star guest houses and small hotels. A number of dining options exist in or within short walk of each property. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels included:
- Hotel Constans
- Hotel U Rytiru
- Hotel Salva Guarda
- Hotel Ceska Koruna
- Hotel Elb
- Hotel Rothenburger Hof
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

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Tour Details

General Tour Information

7-day / 6-night bicycle tour.
Self-guided or guided biking trip.
Length : 227 km / 141 miles

Daily distances are between 25 and 59 kms. A somewhat easy to moderate level tour, it is available upon request in a self guided format - any dates!

Guided Tours - below are dates to book into; or request a custom tour for groups of 4 or more
June 4-10
Sept 14-20 (incl Melnik wine festival)

Level 2-3 rated Trip:
Moderate; terrain is flat to rolling; itineraries can be adapted for longer ride options

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    Local Coordinator

    Tomas is our man on the ground in the Czech Republic; we have worked with him for more than 10 years now and he knows his country and these routes by heart! A native of the Czech Republic, Tomas is fluent in English. 

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    Bikes Available on This Tour:

    Trek or Scott hybrids:

    TREK 7300 FX hybrid bicycle are a suitable choice for all our routes in Central Europe. They combine aspects of road and mountain bikes, being fast and capable of both paved and unpaved ride surfaces. Trek 7300fx Spec Sheet | We have men's and women's frames in your size; and either a Trek or Scott Sportster 40 Hybrid may be assigned to meet your needs. Rental Rate for this tour: 105 Euros

    Included are:

  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer (odometer)
  • Mudguards, rear light, bell
  • Pannier for hybrids - 1 per bike standard.
  • Handlebar bag with map reader, GPS, Cell Phone for local use
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your own wrench to remove them from the bike at the end of the tour.

    TREK 900 Tandem are also available : Our TREK 900 tandem bicycles are sturdy, strong and comfortable. The Alpha aluminum frame makes it light. Bontrager Comfort K tires provide smooth rolling and easy braking, while the comfortable, upright riding position allows you to enjoy the view. The tandem bicycle comes with larger, 50- liter capacity panniers.

     
     
     
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    Germany – Prague to Dresden Bike Tour

    Tour Type: Self-guided hybrid cycling Level 2/5
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    Distance: 45km/day
    Duration: Hybrid Cycling 7 days self-guided
    Availability: April to October
    Cost: Starting at €1085 Euros





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