|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||31 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Sundays: Jun 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 24, 2014 (alternate dates are available for groups of 8 or more)|
|Start city:||Prague, Czech Republic|
|End city:||Berlin, Germany|
On this trip you will experience the unique Spree and Elbe, two rivers with different character. You pass through the Spreewald, a small cultural landscape. Highlights include exploring the Prague, the cultural city of Dresden, and the finale, the lively metropolis of Berlin.
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Day 1: Arrival in Prague
Travellers are responsible for their own transportation to Prague. Enjoy the "Golden City" and its numerous sights.
Overnight in Prague.
Day 2: Prague - Melnik (35 miles/50 km)
Your first trip is along the river Moldau from Prague to Melnik. The landscape around Melnik is dominated by vineyards.
Overnight in Melnik.
Day 3: Melnik - Litomerice (36 miles/46 km)
From Moldova continue on to Terezin. At the confluence of the Elbe with the Eger, in the scenic region of the Central Bohemian Uplands, is the royal city of Litomerice.
Overnight in Litomerice.
Day 4: Litomerice - Usti nad Labem (20 miles/30 km)
On your way through the Bohemian countryside you will pass the Schreckenstein castle and then onto the Bohemian town of Usti nad Labem.
Overnight in Usti nad Labem.
Day 5: Usti nad Labem - Bad Schandau (35 miles/48 km)
Today you cycle your through the Czech Elbe Sandstone Mountains and cross the border at Schmilka.
Overnight in Bad Schandau.
Day 6: Bad Schandau - Dresden (34 miles/46 km)
Start your day cycling through the mountain town of Pirna. You will pass the famous rock formations, including the Bastion bridge near Rathen. After passing the "Blue Wonder" and the Pillnitz castle you will arrive in Dresden.
Overnight in Dresden.
Day 7: Dresden - Cottbus (13 miles/20 km) (43 miles/70 km by train)
Today you take the train (included) from Dresden to Cottbus. There are opportunities to taste some wine in the vineyards of Radebeul. If you are feeling sporty today, you can cycle the full 69 miles/105 km to Cottbus.
Overnight in Cottbus.
Day 8: Cottbus - Spree Forest (40 miles/59 km)
Continue through the high forest along rivers and streams to Lübbenau. Plan an excursion to the small village on Lagoon Lehde. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from along the way and ample time for a boat ride.
Overnight near Lubben.
Day 9: Spree Forest - Beeskow (38 miles/56 km)
On your way from the Spree forest to Beeskow are the Neuendorfer and the Schwieloch Seas. Beeskow castle contains a museum full of local history.
Overnight in Beeskow.
Day 10: Beeskow - Furstenwalde (23 miles/37 km)
The tour continues along the Spree river to Furstenwalde. On the way to Furstenwalde you will pass beautiful forests between the Spree and the Oder-Spree Canals. Enjoy the calm before you visit the vibrant metropolis of Berlin.
Overnight in Furstenwalde.
Day 11: Furstenwalde - Berlin (38 miles/57 km)
Take the S-Bahn, the commuter train (fare payable on-site), from Kopenick to Friedrichsstrasse. Make sure to to see such landmarks as the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate.
Overnight in Berlin.
Day 12: Departure from Berlin
Relax on a comfortable bus ride back to Prague. Travellers are responsible for their own transportation homeward.
Sundays: Jun 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 24, 2014 (alternate dates are available for groups of 8 or more)
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post.
Helmets are NOT available to be rented. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.
This tour is moderate and is for cyclists in good physical condition.
Nearest airport and train station: Prague, Czech Republic (PRG)
Nearest airport and train station: Berlin, Germany (BER)
A bus is available from Berlin to Prague that costs approximately 60 Euros per person. For more information, visit www.berlinlinienbus.de
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The Czech Republic has more than 2,000 castles and chateaus, the largest concentration per square mile in Europe. Towering above the capital city sits the iconic Prague Castle, the largest castle in the world built 1,000 years ago. Apart from the capital are the towns of Cesky Krumlov, the best-preserved medieval town in central Europe, and Cesky Budejovice, home to the famous Budweiser Budvar beer dating to 1265. Brno's skyline is dominated by Spilberk Castle, a royal castle from the 13th century, while Central Bohemia’s Karlstejn Castle from 1348 in Central Bohemia is one of the most remarkable Czech castles. Surrounded by peaceful scenery and lively cities, the castles of the Czech Republic provide a window into the country's past.
Mecklenburger Radtour is a small and energetic team of cycling and walking professionals. Over 100 of their tours are personally planned. They are out their available programs with yet another over 100 available tours provided through partnerships with reliable travel companies in Germany and other Europeans countries. Located in Stalsund, Germany, Mecklenburg's particular strengths include routes, hotels and equipment that has been carefully selected to best suit the customer's needs.
The reservation for the tour is effected in writing. The booking becomes binding upon our confirmation of tour date and tour price. If the contents of the tour confirmation digress from the contents of the booking, a new offer is made by the 'Mecklenburger Radtour' and to which we are bound for a period of 10 days. The contract becomes effective based on this new offer if you declare your acceptance within the binding deadline to the 'Mecklenburger Radtour'.
2. Down payment and settlement of the balance:
Pursuant to the revision of §651k BGB/German civil code the traveller receives an insurance note pursuant to the regulations under § 651k German civil code to insure the tour price against insolvency. The same applies to for the payment conditions of this regulation Upon receipt of the tour confirmation and the simultaneously transmitted security, a down payment of 20 %, at least however, • 100.- per person is due, however, at most • 250,-. If the booking was effected by a travel agency, you effect down payment and settlement of the balance with said agency. If you have booked directly with the 'Mecklenburger Radtour', the settlement of the balance is effected to one of our accounts under mention of the invoice number by transfer or crossed cheque a fortnight before commencing on the tour. The tour documents will be sent to you upon receipt of the full price.
3. Services und prices:
The services contained in the tour price are described under the respective tour. We reserve the right to change the route taken by the respective tour and from the km data. Furthermore, we reserve the right to correct errors, print and calculation mistakes. Visitor's tax is not included in the tour price, this has to be paid locally at the respective lodging. Nothing is charged by the 'Mecklenburger Radtour' for children under the age of 4 years. Possible costs that may arise with individual providers have to be settled there and then on the spot. Services included in the tour and which have not been claimed cannot be reimbursed. Should rooms with shower/WC or bath/WC as confirmed by us not be made available by the providers, we shall reimburse the difference. The tour organiser reserves the right to accommodate individual guests in another establishment of greatest possible similarity in extraordinary cases. We reserve the right to charge a single room price should you book half a double room in accompanying group tours when no further guest occupies the other half.
4. Client's cancellation, change of booking, replacement:
Should you withdraw from the reserved tour, we shall charge a fee amounting to 20 % of the tour price per person, however at least • 100.- per person up to the 30th day before tour commencement. In the case of a cancellation between the 29th and 21st day we shall calculate 30 % of the tour prices, in the case of a cancellation between the 20th and 07th day we shall calculate 60 % of the tour prices, and between the 6th and last day before commencement of the tour 90% of the tour price per person. Whatever the case may be, we recommend that you conclude a cancellation cover. A reimbursement of the tour price on the first day and after arrival is not possible. Should you be able to find a suitable person to replace you, we only charge • 50.- for the change of reservation. When changing the tour date, the tour course or changing to another tour, we charge a fee of • 100.-. Your wishes for a change of reservation that are received as from the 29th day before beginning the tour, can, if possible, only be effected after cancellation of the tour contract under the above listed cancellation fees and simultaneous new reservation. You are responsible for ensuring that you have all the necessary documents or possibly a visa if required. Should you have to interrupt your tour due to lacking or insufficient documents, we shall have to treat you as a cancellation.
5. Cancellation/discontinuation by the tour organizer:
If we have to cancel a tour for reasons beyond our control, the payments already effected will be reimbursed. There are no further demands. Should the minimum of 8 guests for a group tour not be filled, we are entitled to withdraw from the contract a fortnight before the tour is to begin. Payments already received are reimbursed without any further delay. There is no entitlement to further claims.