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Prague to Dresden

Along Elbe river

6 days / 5 nights - 5 biking days

Guided group tour or Self-guided individual tour

Length 240 km / 145 miles

Grade of difficulty: Easy 
The easiest route suitable also for children. Distances are shorter then on other routes and there is only one short up hill on the first day. The rest of the route leads along Vltava and Elbe rivers.  Thanks to huge investments within last few years Prague Dresden tour had become best developed bike trail of Czech republic with more than half of a distance on special bike trails or on minor roads with marked bike lines! Not only for that this trail is highly recommended to families with kids!

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General Information

Come with us down the Vltava and Elbe Rivers to visit two important cultural centers in Europe. Prague, since ancient times melting-pot of Czech, German and Jewish ethnic groups and Dresden, seat of the Saxon dukes and Florence of the North. Both towns have a very long history and visiting them will fill you up with very strong cultural memories for a long time. The same way as the rivers flow, we will ride along them through a beautiful countryside full of picturesque towns such as Melnik, Litomerice or Bad Schandau. The tour will take us through natural beauties of bizarre Czech-Saxon Switzerland NP, as well as through romantic region of former volcanoes of the Czech Middle Mountains. The last kilometers will take us through cultural regions of the Dresden Valley of the Elbe River. Connecting two European centers, as well as the beauties of the Vltava and Elbe River basins, yields a very attractive, but not physically demanding tour manageable even by less fit bikers. As a bonus you can enjoy boat trip or half day hiking in the Czech Saxon Switzerland.

ALL DEPARTURES ARE GUARANTEED

Suggestion:

- you can prolong the tour and start near Elbe river spring.

- at last 10% discount on pre tour nights in Prague. We will send you the best available offer for the hotel you choose from www.avehotels.cz

Tour Calendar

Tour type Guided Group Tours Self-Guided Individual Tours
Scheduled Tours 04.06.2017 - 09.06.2017
02.07.2017 - 07.07.2017
30.07.2017 - 04.08.2017
20.08.2017 - 25.08.2017
24.09.2017 - 29.09.2017
Daily, from April till the end of October
Price per person
(based on double-room occupancy)
765 € 495 €
10 % discount on 4.6.2017 departure -76 € N/A
Surcharge for single occupancy 140 € 140 €
Surcharge for Premium Hotels N/A 195 €
Surcharge for single occupancy - Premium hotel N/A 180 €
Surcharge for Solo Traveller N/A 45 €
Bike rental 60 € 60 €
E-bike rental 125 € 125 €

Standard Tour Programme

Day 1 - Prague - Melnik 
Distance: 58-70km / 35-42 miles by bicycle - exact distance depends on hotel location in Prague
Pick up at the airport or at hotel. We strongly recommend extending your stay in the Czech Republic in order to be able to visit Prague and all its beauties. We can arrange accommodation and tour guiding services for you in Prague as well it´s surroundings.
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 2 - Melnik - Litomerice 
Distance: 50 km / 30 miles by bicycle
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 Fortrees 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 3 - Litomerice - Decin 
Distance: 52 km / 31 miles by bicycle
The third day of this bike tour from Prague to Dresden is planned 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 of castles and fortresses, many of which have unfortunately not been preserved till up to date. The Strekov Castle, which was built on top of a steep rock cliff, belongs among 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 4 - Decin – Czech Saxon Switzerland - Bad Schandau 
Distance: 25 km / 15 miles by bicycle
This day will be almost fully optional but always special! In the morning of this bike tour from Prague to Dresden you can decide, whether you prefer biking or sailing for last point in Czech republic - Hřensko. 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, no doubt, the biggest natural rock bridge in Europe.
You can also try sailing on the boats through the passes of Kamenice River, continue your bike tour from Prague to Dresden 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! After saying Good bye to Czech Republic cross the border to Germany just on the edge of the historic spa town of Bad Schandau.

Day 5 - Bad Schandau - Dresden 
Distance: 48 km / 29 miles by bicycle
This day is packed with historical sights! Shortly after we leave 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.

For guided group tours the support vehicle with bikes and the tour leader leave Dressden on Day 5 in the afternoon.

Day 6 - Dresden 
In case you are interested, we can arrange tour guiding services for you or help you to extend your stay. There is probably no other town in Germany which better symbolizes the turbulent history of this country and shows many centuries of cultural and architectural boom combined with religious freedom and economic prosperity. A short admiration of Nazism was followed by a cruel punishment in the form of the biggest bombing during World War II, which turned almost the entire city into ruins overnight. After-the-war resurrection into forty years of communistic unimportance is followed by twenty years of renewal and reconstructions. Thanks to this renovation of the entire city, today we can admire the beauties of this place, which earned the nickname of "Florence upon Elbe".

Special offer:

- at last 10% discount on pre tour nights in Prague. We will send you the best available offer for the hotel you choose from www.avehotels.cz.

 

AVE reserves the right to change the daily programmes and places of accommodation according to hotel capacities and the size of the group. Visits to the sites above and outlined daily bike routes are guaranteed.

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