Difficulty Rating : 4 Start: Prague Finish: Dresden Terrain: Easy cycle, mainly flat, dedicated cycle paths Daily Average: 46km Weekly Average: 234km Tour Type: Family,Self Guided,Group Teaser: A fascinating cycle linking two great cities of Europe.  The tour connects two of the most important cultural and historical centres in Europe.
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A fascinating cycle linking two great cities of Europe.  The tour connects two of the most important cultural and historical centres in Europe. Prague, since ancient times a melting pot of Czech, German and Jewish ethnic groups and Dresden, seat of the Saxon duke and the Florence of the North.

The route will take you through beautiful countryside full of picturesque towns. You head north towards the Czech Middle Mountain region, following the banks of river Elbe, mostly in the shadow of fortresses and castles perched high above.

You visit the beautiful area of 'Czech-Saxon Switzerland', one of the original tourist destinations of Central Europe dating back to Romanticism, when Swiss and German romantic painters 'discovered' this area. In 2000, the area became the fourth national park to be established in the Czech Republic and you can enjoy a boat trip or half day hiking here as part of our tour. The park's stark topography creates a mix of diverse natural habitats in close proximity to each other: plateau mountaintops, steep ravines, wildflower filled meadows, moors and extensive forests. Rugged, rocky terrain provides a refuge, free from human intrusion, for many species no longer found in most of Europe. In the skies above you may even spot black storks, peregrine falcons or horned owls.

This tour is not physically demanding and should be manageable for those wanting an easier cycle.

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Day 1

Arrive to Prague

You will be met at the Airport and transferred to your hotel in the beautiful city of Prague. On arrival in the city, you can check into your hotel and then explore the city at your leisure.

Day 2

Prague ~ Melnik (48 km)

As you leave Prague, you pass the Troja Baroque Castle and continue following the bank of the Vltava River into the heart of the Czech wine region. The river has created very interesting rock formations and deep valleys, highlights include the castles in Nelahozeves or Veltrusy. You end the day in an old wine town at the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers with a glass of good wine.

Day 3

Melnik ~ Litomerice (44 km)

The cycle heads through a calm Elbe region one of the most fertile areas in the Czech Republic. After passing the Libechov Castle, the most impressive stop on today's stage is the massive Terezin Fortress from the turn of the 18th century, which illustrates the military architecture of that time. You will conclude the day in an old town and spiritual center of this region - in the town of Litomerice.

Day 4

Litomerice ~ Decin (44 km)

Today you cycle into romantic countryside of the Czech Middle Mountains. Even though this region is very hilly, you follow the banks of the Elbe River. The Strekov Castle, which was built on top of a steep rock cliff, is one of the most romantic castles in the Czech Republic. After a more strenuous climb, you are rewarded with a magnificent view from its walls.

Day 5

Decin ~ Bad Schandau (25 kms)

In the morning you can decide, whether you prefer cycling or sailing to the border town of Henske, situated in the heart of the Czech-Saxon Switzerland National Park before you continue your bike trip on one of many marked bike trails through this wonderful country. You can combine a boat trip with a cycle through a romantic valley on a historical tram in Bad Schandau! Although it´s the lowest place in the Czech Republic, you will feel like being in the mountains all the time!

Day 6

Bad Schandau ~ Dresden (40 kms)

After crossing the border, the day is packed with historical sights! You see a scary looking Königstein Fortress en route to the Dresden Valley. There are several beautiful castles and museums of music masters, such as Karl Maria Weber or Richard Wagner, which used to compose in this area. The final destination of today's stage, as well as of this tour, is the city of Dresden.

  •  6 nights accommodation with breakfast
  •  3 dinners (guided tour only)
  • A guide cycling with the group & guide in support van (guided tour)
  • All route details and maps (1 per room)
  •  Collection from Prague airport and transfer to hotel in Prague
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • 24 hour hotline assistance service 
  • 1 x GPS with pre-recorded routes,  (1 per self guided group )

Bike rental is not included in our tour price. This is an additional:
€75 Hybrid / Touring Bike
€150 Electric Bike
€100 Road Bike


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Day 1: Hotel Mucha 3* ( image on left )
Premium option is 
Hotel Seifert 4* ( image on right )

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Day 2: Hotel U Zamku is the option for both standard and premium. 
However premium bookings will have an upgraded room.

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Day 3: Hotel U Borovicku is the standard option ( image on the left ) 
Premium option is the Hotel Salva Guarda ( image on the right ) 



Day 4: Hotel Ceska koruna-  is the option for both standard and premium. 
However premium bookings will have an upgraded room.

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Day 5: Hotel Sigls  is the standard option ( image on the left ) 
Premium option is the Hotel Albergo Toscana ( image on the right ) 



Day 6  Hotel Leonardo  is the standard option ( image on the left ) 
Premium option is the Hotel Am Terrassenufer ( image on the right ) 

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How to get to the start point in Prague: 

The largest and main Czech airport is Prague-Ruzyn?. Or Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague. European flights and most international flights.

We arrange an airport pickup transfer for you. 

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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€1140 per person sharing
€1345 single room occupancy

€670 per person sharing - Standard 3* hotel accommodation
€885 single room occupancy (if travelling with others)
€980 solo traveller (if travelling alone)

€955 per person sharing - Premium 4* hotel accommodation
€1135 single room occupancy (if travelling with others)
€1240 solo traveller (if travelling alone)

Self Guided Tour Information

Daily departures from April to end of October.

Overall a great trip. Airports and/or trains to hotel transport was just right. Vlasta (the guide) did a great job with the support of the trip. He was always where we needed him and had great information on the local sites and restaurants. The scenery was beautiful and the side hikes were fun. Of course, I really enjoyed the Czech beer, and have a new appreciation for the German Purity Law!
Teresa and I were both very happy with this trip. Would definitely do it again.

Jerry Logan (Prague to Dresden Group Tour, 2017)

The route was very good, and our guides were excellent. Accommodations were good, as was the food.  Bikes were fine, and guides were knowledgeable. 
We would highly recommend this trip for anyone looking for a relatively easy ride (some steep but short hills), though lovely countryside in a very interesting part of central Europe.

Peter & Karen (Prague to Dresden group 2015)

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If you have been on a previous tour, there is a €50.00 discount on our week long tours in Ireland (unfortunately this discount does not apply to other European trips)

A €250.00 deposit is required for each person booking on a holiday. The Balance payment is required two month prior to the starting date. The deposit is forfeited in the event of a cancellation of your booking. The balancing payment is also non-refundable in the event of the cancellation occuring within 14 days of the tour starting date. All transactions are taken in Euro.

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Irish Cycling Safaris Ltd (“the Company”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions:

  • The contract is between the Company and the client, being any person travelling or intending to travel on a tour operated by the company. The contract, including all matters arising from it, is subject to Irish law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the company sends a confirmation. It is at this point that a contract between the company and the client comes into existence. Before your booking is confirmed and comes into existence the company reserves the right to increase or decrease brochure prices. The company or their agents reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion.
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  • An administration fee of €25 per booking plus any additional costs incurred will be charged if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred to a different departure date or tour, up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the relevant charges. Changes are subject to availability. For an administration fee of €25 you may request a credit voucher. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue and must be used against a new booking. The voucher is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. In certain circumstances, which the Company considers reasonable, the booking may be transferred to another suitable person; however the tour arrangements must remain the same and will only be allowed if all suppliers agree to accept the name change. If a transfer is allowed an administration charge of €25 per person will be charged plus any extra charges levied by suppliers.
  • Should the client wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by the company or their agent as a percentage of the total tour price, including surcharges as follows:

    > 60 days before departure – retention of deposit

    60-14 days before departure – 50%

    < 14 days before departure – 100%

  • Clients are responsible for arranging, and must be in possession of, a valid passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for the whole of their journey. Information about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal items etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
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    Provided that the major change is not as a result of situations outside the company’s control or consolidation, compensation will be paid as follows:

    Notification Period Given / Compensation Per Person

    More than 30 days: Nil

    14-30 days: €40

    Less than 14 days: €50

  • Force Majeure. We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reasons of circumstance amounting to “force majeure”. In these conditions “force majeure” means any event which we the supplier of services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, epidemics or health risks and all similar events outside our control.
  • The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances but will not cancel a tour less than 4 weeks before departure except for “force majeure”, consolidation, or the client’s failure to pay the final balance. Unless the client fails to pay the final balance, the company, upon cancellation will return all monies paid to it, or offer the client an alternative holiday of comparable standard if available (if less expensive than original we will refund the difference, if more expensive, the client will have to pay the difference). Compensation will not be payable (1) where the company is forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) where an insufficient number of people book the clients chosen holiday and we notify we are cancelling for this reason not less than 28 days before departure. In all cases our liability is limited to offering the above choices and the compensation payments (where applicable) set out in clause 11. No compensation is payable if we notify you of cancellation more than 8 weeks before departure. We cannot be held responsible for any costs or expenses you may have as a result of cancellation.
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    The Client undertakes not to misuse the equipment and to return it with all accessories in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear accepted). The company shall be entitled to charge the client for any damages caused to equipment during the period of hire. In event of a breakdown, other than a result of the Clients misuse, the company will use its best endeavours to repair or procure repair of the equipment.

    The company will not be liable for any damage or loss whatsoever, through breakdown or other defect in the equipment or other circumstances beyond the company’s control. The Client shall indemnify the company with respect to all costs, claims, expenses and demands suffered or incurred which arise directly or indirectly out of the use of the equipment during the period of hire. The company reserves the right to charge the client for partial or full settlement of any claim. In the event of the equipment being stolen or lost, the company reserves the right to call upon the client to indemnify the company the replacement of the equipment. However, should the equipment subsequently be returned in a satisfactory condition, the company undertakes to refund the clients indemnity within 14 days.

    The Client will ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use, will not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and will immediately notify the company in the event of breakdown or loss of equipment.

  • Clients bringing their own bikes do so on the proviso that their equipment is in a suitable condition for participation in a tour. Responsibility for maintenance of bicycles brought by clients rests with the client. The company will endeavour to accommodate such clients, but cannot guarantee that correct tools and spares will be available, given the wide range of possibilities that exist.