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Elbe River bike tour from Prague to Dresden follows the river on a relatively moderate course between 2 countries; the Czech Republic and Germany. History and cycling mix on this seven-day, self-guided tour of the Czech Republic and Dresden, Germany. Pure Adventures Tours combines local knowledge and customs, architecture, and culture to bring cycling enthusiasts an all-inclusive cycling adventure through a culturally-significant region. Marked cycling paths and paved backroads make this route easy to follow. Start by cycling to Melnik, the center of winemaking 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.While experiencing excellent food, beer, and cultural tours, the cycling tour ends in Dresden — a city for its mainly baroque, historical part of the city, Dresden is called the Elbe Florence.
Tour starts in Prague and finishes in Dresden. We recommend flying in and out of Prague.
Not Included: Choice of Hybrid, Road or E-bike Rental
About: This tour includes charming 3 & 4 star guesthouses 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. Upgraded options may be possible; please inquire at time of booking.
Local Expert: 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 and looks forward to welcoming you!
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! At 6pm on the night before you begin cycling, you will meet one of our representatives to go over the tour program, route books/maps, adjust bikes, and answer of your questions. We will include dining suggestions for you.
The start of the tour leaves Prague 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. Your 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. The view pairs quite nicely with the wine for the region!
Distance: 59 km / 37 mi
Highlights: Vltava River cycling, castles and palaces
Today’s ride 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, when they were 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.
Distance: 47 km / 29 mi
Highlights: preserved fortress town, palaces, memorial & other historical sites
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.
Distance: 51 km / 32 mi
Highlights: river riding & ruins
Today is an 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.
Distance: 25 km / 16 mi
Highlights: Bohemian / Saxon Switzerland landscape, valley riding
Overnight: Bad Schandau
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.
Distance: 45 km / 28 mi
Highlights: Bastei fortification, cycle through meadows & wetland areas
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 at time of booking.
Self Guided Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
Superior Three & Four Star Hotels:
Hybrid Bike Rental: 105 euros
Road Bike Rental: 195 euros
E-bike Rental: 195 euros
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Guided Trips: This tour offers departures that are guided that individuals, such as solo travelers, can join and ride with others with the assistance of a guide.
Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!
This was our second trip with Pure Adventures. We love the self guided trip. Thomas did our orientation, as he did with our first trip. The orientation is done carefully to be sure we understand the provided support, maps, etc. Also Thomas checks to be sure the bikes are adjusted and functioning properly. But this has always been easy to understand, and I have not had any troubles. We enjoy the provided hotels as they have been in good locations either near the center of town or in interesting areas. Also, Pure Adventures was wonderful in adjusting our schedule to allow a lay over day in order to allow us to explore further the National Parks along the Czech and German border. For my daughter, she later expressed that this was her favorite part of the visit.
Easy to follow the route guide, and if I made a mistake, the GPS set me straight. We added a day at each end of the trip, and the staff easily accommodated our request. Thanks again for another great trip!
Petra was great and gave us such a positive impression and a great welcome. I was so impressed with the quality of the breakfasts. All were so much better than you get in the US. Most were just out of this world wonderful! The quality of the hotels varied. Most were excellent but a few were only adequate.
After touring Belgium a couple of years ago, this was our second bike trip organized by Pure Adventures. This time, the bikes were even better equipped, the route guides clearly written and the GPS programmed to get us each day to our destination even if we’d closed our eyes. (Almost) With one exception, in Litomerice, the hotels were quiet, comfortable and clean, and it was always a welcome sight at the end of the day to find our luggage waiting for us. Each hotel served breakfast that sustained us through the morning ride. The route was interesting, not too demanding and easy to follow, even in the two or three places where construction activities required a detour. We can’t recommend Pure Adventure tours highly enough. We’re already looking forward to our next one.