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Prague to Dresden

Prague to Dresden

Degree of difficulty - A

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 us through beautiful countryside full of picturesque towns We 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 us.
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.

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 to Melnik approx 48 km / 30 miles
In the morning you will meet by our representative who will inform you about the tour, provide you with your bikes, maps and route details. Despite the first small ascent, today's stage follows a nice trail to the heart of the Czech wine region - the town of Melnik. It is a good warm-up for our further bike stages. Just before we leave Prague, we pass the Troja Baroque Castle and we continue to the North following the bank of the Vltava River. The river cuts into the ground here, which creates very interesting rock formations and deep valleys. Visits of castles in Nelahozeves or Veltrusy are the biggest highlights of this day. We will end this stage in an old wine town at the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers with a glass of a good wine.

DAY 3 Melnik to Litomerice approx. 44 km / 27 miles
Today's stage leads us through a calm Elbe region and is without significant altitude changes. This region is one of the most fertile regions in the Czech Republic. Due to the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers, the river gains on its mightiness and strength and slowly becomes a European major waterway. After passing the Libechov Castle, we will get to the town of Roudnice nad Labem and we will have a chance to admire an old church and a 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. The seamy side of its history is the World War II period. This era was filled with hatred and cruelty and dramatically spotted the history of Terezin. A place which the Nazis used as a Jewish concentration camp. We will conclude the day in an old town and spiritual center of this region - in the town of Litomerice, which is an antipole to the horrific Terezin Fortress.

DAY 4 Litomerice to Decin approx. 44 km / 27 miles
This day is designed for exploration of the romantic countryside of the Czech Middle Mountains. Even though this region is very hilly, we will follow the banks of the Elbe River most of the time and hills with several old-time ruins will surround us. This former volcanic region had always been an ideal terrain for building castles and fortresses, many of which have unfortunately not been preserved up to date. 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, we will be rewarded by a magnificent view from its walls. The final point of this stage will be the Northern Gate of the Czech Republic and the town of Decin - town with the lowest altitude in the Czech Republic.

DAY 5 Decin to Czech Saxon Switzerland – Bad Schandau app. 25 km / 15 miles
In the morning you can decide, whether you prefer biking or sailing to last point in Czech Republic, Hrensko. This border town is situated in the heart of the Czech-Saxon Switzerland National Park and offers many attractive activities. It is very good especially for hiking lovers. It offers many touristic trails leading through the scenery of the rocky towns, the mesas, the passes, deep gorges and hillsides. Special bonus to admire is the wonder of the Pravcicka Gate, the biggest natural rock bridge in Europe.
You can also try sailing on the boats through the passes of Kamenice river, continue your bike trip on one of many marked bike trails through this wonderful country, or combine a boat trip with ride 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 to Dresden approx. 40 km / 24 miles
This day is packed with historical sights! After crossing the border and passing Bad Schandau, we will see a scary looking Königstein Fortress and just past the curve a beautiful rock formation with a romantic rock bridge and Bastei Ruin. Optional is a sightseeing tour of the town with magnificent views and expositions. We recommend it, it is definitely worth it. Moreover, the effort needed for getting up to these high altitudes will be awarded by unforgettable view of surrounding panorama! Couple of kilometers down the road, by the town of Pirna, we will enter the region of 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.

DAY 7 Dresden departure
After breakfast and you are free to head home at your leisure or extend your stay here.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

€1000 per person sharing
€1180 single room occupancy

€665 per person sharing
€845 for single occupancy
( a minimum of 2 required for self-guided booking )

Tour Includes

- 6 nights accommodation with breakfast
- 4 dinners (guided tour only)
- A guide cycling with the group & guide in support van (guided tour)
- All route details and maps (1 per room)
- Bike rental
- Collection from Prague airport and transferred to hotel in Prague

- lock, water bottle, helmet, repair kit
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- 24 hour hotline assistance service 
- 1 x GPS with pre-recorded routes,  (1 per self guided group )

- €75 e-bike supplement ( on request only )

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

1-June, 29-June,
14-September, 28-September,

Self Guided Tour Information

Daily departures from April to end of October.

Below is a list of places that we typically use, a mix of guesthouses and small hotels, this is depending on

Cat. B.: national 3* hotels, inns or guest houses


Prague Hotel Mucha Cat B Prague Hotel Mucha1 Cat B Prague Hotel Mucha2 Cat B

Day 1: Mucha

Prague Seifert Cat B Prague Seifert1 Cat B

Day 1: Seifert


Melnik Hotel U Zamku Cat AB

Day 2: U Zamku

Melnik Hotel U Cisare Cat B Melnik Hotel U Cisare1 Cat B Melnik Hotel U Cisare2 Cat B

Day 2: U Cisare


Litomerice U Borovicku1 Cat B Litomerice U Borovicku Cat B Litomerice U Borovicku2 Cat B

Day 3: U Borovicku


Koruna Hotel Ceska1 Cat AB Koruna Hotel Ceska2 Cat AB

Day 4: Ceska koruna- standard rooms


Bad Schandau Sigl1 Cat B Bad Schandau Sigl2 Cat B Bad Schandau Sigl Cat B

Day 5: Sigls

Bad Schandau Erbgericht Cat B Bad Schandau Erbgericht2 Cat B Bad Schandau Erbgericht1 Cat B

Day 5: Erbgericht


Dresden Hotel Kipping Cat B Dresden Hotel Kipping3 Cat B Dresden Hotel Kipping1 Cat B

Day 6: Das Nichtraucherhotel Privat, Kipping

In case we offer only Cat B – in Prague and some other towns we can upgrade accommodation for Cat A. Price is on request only

Cat. A.: national 4* hotels and inns


Prague Hotel Bishops Cat A Prague Hotel Bishops1 Cat A Prague Hotel Bishops2 Cat A

Day 1: Bishops

Prague Hotel Waldstein4 Cat A Prague Hotel Waldstein1 Cat A Prague Hotel Waldstein2 Cat A

Day 1: Waldstein


Prague U Rytiru Cat A Prague U Rytiru1 Cat A Prague U Rytiru2 Cat A

ay 2: U Rytiru

Melnik Hotel U Zamku Cat AB

Day 2: U Zamku VIP room


Litomerice Hotel Apollon Cat A Litomerice Hotel Apollon1 Cat A Litomerice Hotel Apollon2 Cat A

Day 3: Apollon


Decin Koruna Hotel Ceska Cat A

Day 4: Ceska koruna- business rooms


Albergo Toskana Cat A Albergo Toscana2 Cat A Albergo Toscana3 Cat A

Day 5: Albergo Toscana


Dresden Inside Cat A Dresden Inside1 Cat A Dresden Inside2 Cat A

Day 6: Innside

Dresden Rothenburgerhof Cat A Dresden Rothenburgerhof1 Cat A Dresden Rothenburgerhof2 Cat A

Day 6: Rothenburger Hof

Dresden Terrassenufer Cat A Dresden Terrassenufer1 Cat A Dresden Terrassenufer3 Cat A

Day 6: Am Terrassenufer

How to get to the start point in Prague: 

The largest and main Czech airport is Prague-Ruzyně. European flights and most international flights.

We will then arrange airport pickup transfer for you. 

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

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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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