Prague to Dresden
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 )
Day 2: Hotel U Zamku is the option for both standard and premium.
However premium bookings will have an upgraded room.
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.
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 )
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).--------------------------------End Travel Inf
2023 GUIDED TOUR PRICE
€1140 per person sharing
€1345 single room occupancy
2023 SELF GUIDED TOUR PRICE
€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.
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.