|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||66 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2014 (minimum 2 participants)|
|Start city:||Hamburg, Germany|
|End city:||Dresden, Germany|
This journey is full of contrasts. Leaving the metropolis Hamburg you will cycle through untouched nature and pass through dreamy towns and villages. Broad extended floodplains, beautiful half-timbered buildings and traces of 1000 years-old history will come across your way.
The southern part of the Elbe river cycle path has its focus on historic meaningful cities. Actually three of them also appear on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
This tour can be booked in either direction, from Hamburg to Dresden, or from Dresden to Hamburg.
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Please note: this tour can also be booked in reverse, from Dresden to Hamburg.
Day 1: Arrival in Hamburg
Hamburg has more bridges than Venice and is Germany's musical- and show-town number one. Almost every evening you can see a life performance in high quality. Hamburg is also the second largest port city in Europe. Don't miss the opportunity to take part in a round trip by boat. You will get an impression of Hamburg harbour seen from the water with its huge ocean liners and container terminals.
Overnight in Hamburg.
Day 2: Hamburg – Hitzacker (68 miles/109 km)
Most of the time you will cycle along the Elbe riverbanks. After leaving the metropole you will pass a calm area with small villages. You will pass through a unique landscape called "Wendland" which is characterized by a special form of settlement - the round villages. The landscape is flat and dominated by huge floodplains. They are a paradise for birds like storks, sea eagles or cranes.
Overnight in Hitzacker.
Day 3: Hitzacker – Havelberg (72 miles/115 km)
Recreative hours in untouched nature will define your cycling day. Only from time to time you will pass through dreamy villages. Wittenberge with its numerous towers can already be seen from a distance. Havelberg is a round village with half-timbered houses. Do not miss the Romanesque cathedral.
Overnight in Havelberg.
Day 4: Havelberg – Magdeburg (78 miles/125 km)
Today the Elbe river cycle path takes you to Tangermuende. Short before Magdeburg you will pass by the impressive and technical challenging construc- tion of the waterway junction - a gigantic building project to conect the waterways of Hannover, Magdeburg and Berlin. Magdeburg itself is a very beautiful town where you can discover history and modern art.
Overnight in Madgeburg.
Day 5: Magdeburg – Dessau (49 miles/78 km)
Between Magdeburg and Barby you will cycle across another biosphere reserve along the river Elbe giving home to lots of vulnerable species of birds. With Dessau you will enter a town which played an important role for a new architecture style including a whole life philosophy occured in the 1920s, the so called "Bauhaus". The Bauhaus Building, the Masters' Houses in Dessau and the Garden Realm Dessau-Woerlitz are part of the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage.
Overnight in Dessau.
Day 6: Dessau – Torgau (65 miles/104 km)
This leg will take you through the beautiful meadows of the Elbe and past the world-famous Woerlitzer Park and Gardens. Your journey continues to Torgau, a Renaissance town with the beautiful castle Hartenfels.
Overnight in Torgau.
Day 7: Torgau – Dresden (63 miles/101 km)
Today’s tour will take you along the picturesque wine villages located along the Elbe river, especially Diesbar-Seußlitz. After a short break at the romantic riverbanks in Meissen you will cycle the last 19 miles (30 km) to Dresden, which is also beautifully located along the Elbe valley.
Overnight in Dresden.
Day 8: Individual departure
Tip: We recommend an extra night in Dresden to discover the city or for a daytrip to the Saxon Switzerland. (approx. 28 miles)
Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2014 (minimum 2 participants)
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Hotel St. Annen, Hamburg
Parkhotel Hitzacker, Hitzacker
Hotel & Restaurant "Am Hafen", Havelberg
Maritim Hotel Magdeburg, Magdeburg
NH Hotel Dessau, Dessau
Park Inn Hotel, Dresden
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
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:
A speedometer is available to rent for 1 Euro/day.
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.
The tour is fairly flat and follows the run of the river Elbe. The majority of the trails are in good condition. This tour covers 395 miles. This tour features long daily distances and is best for people who are comfortable with riding 7+ hours a day and are in above average physical condition.
Nearest airport: Hamburg (HAM), Germany
Nearest train station: Hauptbahnhof, Germany
Nearest airport and train station: Dresden (DRS), Germany
Please note that you are responsible for arranging transfer to/from your hotels and the airports.
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Germany's fairytale castles, romantic villages and bustling cities are surrounded by a wealth of pristine natural landscapes. Only a unified nation since 1990, Germany now boasts Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation. Within its unified boundaries, Germany remains a nation of diversity. Northern Germany’s coastal terrain along the Baltic Sea includes Hamburg, a harbor city of canals and waterways. Southern Germany's Bavaria region, known as "the green roof of Germany," features snow-tipped Alps, the Black Forest, Neuschwanstein Castle and the historic, picturesque city of Munich. Cruise the Rhine River through the western regions and visit Cologne's famous Gothic Cathedral built in 1248. Experience the arts, fashion and music in the capital, Berlin, and see the revitalized city of Dresden destroyed during World War II.
Founded in early 1997, AugustusTours has gained its position as a well-known Dresden agency which cares about the success of your holiday in the capital of Saxony and its beautiful surroundings including the Elbe and the vineyards on the slopes above the river. We have also gained experience in organising tours to Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Bamberg, Weimar and the Harz Mountains. Our tailor-made services range from selecting the right restaurant to organising your excursion programme and evening entertainment. We will help you to book your tickets to the Dresden Semper Opera House, the Berlin State Opera and the Leipzig Gewandhaus.
Since 1998 we have been dealing with a second niche: cycling holidays. We started with cycling holidays along the Elbe river consisting of package tours between Prague, Dresden, Wittenberg, Hamburg and Cuxhaven. Our guests can also choose from circular routes through the Spree Valley and the Spree river from its source to Berlin. We do arrange accommodation in selected middle-class hotels, the luggage transfer and the hiring of bicycles along the routes and organise sightseeing tours and tickets for evening entertainment as well. Since 2006 we organise walking holidays in the beautiful mountains of Saxon Switzerland.
At present our young team consists of the founder, Anke Herrmann, ten full-time employees and one trainee. Our office staff all speak at least two languages in addition to German. Our field staff of more than 30 experienced guides, includes the Saxon Wine Queens of 1999/2000, 2000/2001 and 2003/2004.
Since 2000 we have been the official partner agency of the Dresden Tourism and Promotion Board for the British market and additionally since 2004 of the Tourism Marketing and Promotion Board of Saxony. From 2003 to 2007 we have been certified with the quality award of Saxony for our services. Besides guests from the UK, we have also welcomed visitors from U.S.A., Canada, Switzerland, France, Italy, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Japan, China and Taiwan.
We are insured to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays booked with us and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency.
IT WOULD BE A PLEASURE TO US TO WELCOME YOU ON ONE OF OUR BIKING OR WALKING HOLIDAYS.
Withdrawal by the client, booking amendments, replacement participants
The client may withdraw from the tour at any time prior to the tour start date. It is recommended that declarations of withdrawal be made in writing. The date of receipt thereof is definitive. In the instance of the client withdrawing from the travel contract or neglecting to participate in the tour, and providing their withdrawal is neither attributable to AugustusTours nor a consequence of force majeure, AugustusTours is entitled to claim remuneration for tour preparation work and expenditure as a proportion of the respective tour price. Compensation calculations are to take into account standard expenditure saved as a result of the withdrawal and alternative usages of tour services. AugustusTours is alternatively entitled to claim lump-sum compensation for tour preparation work and expenditure which has already occurred; both the client and AugustusTours are permitted to present contrary evidence. AugustusTours is entitled to calculate such lump-sum compensation on the basis of the following compensation structure, which sets compensation as a percentage of the total tour price according to the length of the period between receipt of withdrawal and the tour start date:
Exceptions to this structure come in the form of payment and cancellation conditions set out in the booking conditions for individual offers. In the case of tours which include the purchase of tickets for entry or travel, e.g. for the Semper Opera House or a boat journey operated by Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt, the client will be invoiced for the price of any tickets already purchased, as these service partners do not guarantee refunds. It is not possible to withdraw from the purchase of these tickets. In such instances, and provided it is requested to do so by the client, AugustusTours will endeavour to resell the tickets. In the event of the successful sale of the tickets, the proceeds from that sale will be deducted from the original price of the ticket. Amendments pertaining to the tour date, destination, starting location, accommodation, mode of transport or participants carried out at the request of the traveller after receipt of booking confirmation can only be carried out in the form of a withdrawal from the travel contract and subsequent rebooking. In the case of minor amendments AugustusTours may be able to refrain from charging the above-mentioned lump-sum withdrawal fee. Up until the start of the tour the traveller is entitled to request that the rights and obligations set out in the travel contract be assumed by a third party instead of the traveller themselves. The tour operator (AugustusTours) is entitled to oppose the entry of the third party into the contract if that third party does not fulfil the specific tour requirements or their participation is in conflict with statutory regulations or official instructions. If they enter into the contract, the third party and the traveller are liable as co-debtors to the tour operator for the tour price and any additional costs which arise as a result of the entrance of the third party into the contract. If the client does not make use or only makes partial use of services offered to them in due form for reasons which are to be ascribed to the client themselves (e.g. as a result of a premature return journey or other urgent reasons) they are not entitled to a proportional refund of the tour price. In such instances AugustusTours will endeavour to gain a refund from the respective service partner for any expenses saved. This obligation does not apply if the services in question are insignificant or such a refund is in conflict with statutory regulations.
Completion of travel contract
The submission of a booking request by the client represents an offer to complete a binding travel contract in accordance with the given tour description. This offer is made on the basis of travel advertisements and supplementary information published and/or made available by AugustusTours for the respective tour provided such advertisements and information are available to the client. Printed material and internet content pertaining to places or hotels which has not been published by AugustusTours is not binding upon AugustusTours and their obligation to perform unless an explicit agreement with the client makes them a component part of the tour description and AugustusTours’ obligation to perform. A booking request can occur in writing, verbally, by telephone, by fax or electronically (email, internet). In the case of electronic booking requests, AugustusTours will provide immediate electronic confirmation of the receipt thereof. This confirmation of receipt does not represent an acceptance of the booking request. The person who makes the booking request also does so on behalf of all participants listed in that request, and, provided they have assumed a corresponding, separate obligation by means of an explicit, separate declaration, is responsible for both the contractual obligations of those participants and their own obligations. As a result of their authority they are to also accept the General Terms of Business on behalf of all participants. Contractual completion occurs upon AugustusTours receiving an acceptance from the client. Acceptance is not required to take any specific form. AugustusTours will provide the client with a tour confirmation without delay once booking has occurred. If the contents of the tour confirmation deviate from the contents of the booking request, this represents the provision by AugustusTours of a new offer which AugustusTours is bound to honour for a period of 14 days. Contractual completion on the basis of this new offer occurs if the client accepts it within that 14-day period by means of an explicit declaration, down payment or payment of the balance.
Once the travel contract has been completed and the tour operator’s bond has been issued, payment is to be made at least four weeks before the tour start date. There is no obligation to issue a tour operator’s bond if the tour has a duration of less than 24 hours, does not include an overnight stay and does not exceed a tour price of €75.00.
The scope of the services to be carried out by AugustusTours is defined by the service description drawn up by the company itself and valid on the date of the booking request, as well as related details indicated in the booking confirmation. The conditions set out in the booking confirmation and individual agreements take priority over these General Terms of Business.
Amendments to services and prices
Amendments to individual tour services or deviations between those services and the agreed content of the travel contract which become necessary further to contractual completion and have not been brought about maliciously by AugustusTours are only permitted if such amendments or deviations are insubstantial and do not affect the overall structure of the tour booked. Guarantee claims remain unaffected if the amended services are deficient. AugustusTours is obliged to inform the client of any service amendments or deviations without delay. In the instance of a retrospective amendment to the tour price or an amendment to a significant tour service, AugustusTours is obliged to inform the client thereof without delay and no later than 21 days before the tour start date. Price increases within 21 days of the tour start date are not permitted. In the instance of price increases of over 5% or significant amendment to a fundamental tour service, the client is entitled to withdraw from the contract free of charge or demand participation in a tour of at least the same value if AugustusTours is able to offer the client such a tour from their tour portfolio at no extra cost. The client is to assert these entitlements without delay after being notified by AugustusTours of the respective price increase or amendment to tour services. A delay in this assertion entitles AugustusTours to offer the client an equivalent tour instead of a tour price refund.
Withdrawal and cancellation by AugustusTours
In the following instances AugustusTours is entitled to withdraw from the travel contract prior to the start of the tour or cancel the travel contract without notice after the start of the tour: - If the client has not paid the tour price by the contractually agreed date and has not kept to a reasonable extension set for them by AugustusTours. - If the client consistently impairs the carrying out of the tour despite a warning issued by AugustusTours as a company or one of its representatives, or acts in a manner which contravenes the contract to an extent that immediate cancellation of the contract is justified. AugustusTours retains its entitlement to the tour price if it cancels the contract for one of the above-mentioned reasons. It is nevertheless obliged to take into account the value of saved expenditure and the advantages it gains through the alternative usage of services not made use of within the framework of the tour (this includes any sums paid back to AugustusTours by service partners). The burden of proof therefore lies with the client. Withdrawal up to 30 days before the tour start date due to non-achievement of minimum party size: AugustusTours is only entitled to withdraw from the travel contract due to the non-achievement of a stipulated minimum party size if the following prerequisites are fulfilled: The tour description for the respective tour indicated both the minimum party size and a cut-off date prior to the contractually agreed tour start date by which the client is to be informed of the tour status. In addition, the tour confirmation is to have clearly stated the minimum party size and the latest possible withdrawal date or referred back to relevant details in the tour description. Such a withdrawal is to be communicated to the client at least 30 days before the agreed tour start date. The client is then to be refunded the portion of the tour price already paid without delay. Should it become clear at an earlier stage that the minimum party size will not be reached, AugustusTours is to make use of its right to withdraw and inform the client thereof without delay.
Cancellation of the contract due to exceptional circumstances
In the instance of the tour being significantly complicated, endangered or impaired as a result of force majeure unforeseeable at the time of contractual completion, both AugustusTours and the client are entitled to cancel the contract. In the event of such a cancellation, AugustusTours is entitled to demand reasonable remuneration for tour services already rendered or required in order to bring the tour to a conclusion. Furthermore, AugustusTours is obliged to undertake any required measures, and in particular the return of the client to their point of origin if provided for in the contract. Additional costs which arise as a result of return transportation are to be shared equally (i.e. 50:50) between the two parties. The client is liable for any other costs.
The client is entitled to claim redress in the instance of the tour being delivered in a manner which contravenes the contract. AugustusTours is entitled to refuse such redress if it requires a disproportionate level of effort and/or expenditure. AugustusTours is also entitled to provide redress by delivering an equivalent replacement service. Tour price reduction: The client is entitled to claim a reasonable tour price reduction for the duration of a tour delivered in a manner which contravenes the contract. The tour price is to be reduced by the ratio between the value of the tour in deficiency-free form on the date of sale and the actual value of the tour delivered. A reduction does not apply if the client fails to report the deficiency. Cancellation of the contract: In the instance of a tour being significantly impaired by a deficiency and AugustusTours failing to provide redress within a reasonable period, the client is entitled to cancel the travel contract within the framework of the statutory regulations included therein. A written cancellation statement is advisable in the client’s own interest and in order to ensure perpetuation of evidence. The same applies if the client cannot be expected to take part in the tour as a result of a significant deficiency which is apparent to AugustusTours. The definition of a deadline for redress is always required unless redress is impossible or refused by AugustusTours or if the immediate cancellation of the contract for a reason attributable to AugustusTours is justified. The client is liable to AugustusTours for the proportion of the tour price made up by services already rendered. The client is to lodge the above-mentioned claims with AugustusTours within one month of the contractually stipulated end of the tour. Once this period has expired the client is only able to assert their claims if they have been prevented from keeping to the deadline through no fault of their own.
Limitation of liability
Provided injury to the traveller has been brought about neither wilfully nor as a result of gross negligence or AugustusTours is only responsible for damage to the traveller through the fault of a service partner, compensation claims which are made by the traveller against AugustusTours on the basis of the travel contract and do not relate to personal injury are restricted to the sum of three times the tour price. The tort liability of AugustusTours for material damage which has been brought about neither wilfully nor as a result of gross negligence is restricted to three times the tour price. This maximum liability amount is valid on a per person, per tour basis. Liability in the instance of damage to life, limb or health remains unaffected.
Duty to cooperate
The client is obliged to notify AugustusTours of any tour-related deficiency without delay. If they fail culpably to do so a reduction in the tour price will not occur. This is only inapplicable if notification is clearly futile or unreasonable on other grounds. The client is obliged to submit their notification of deficiency to AugustusTours at its headquarters without delay. The client will be informed of the availability of AugustusTours in the service description or in travel documents at the latest. If a client wishes to cancel the travel contract on the basis of a tour deficiency as described in § 651 c BGB or § 651 e BGB or a significant reason which is apparent to AugustusTours, they are obliged to first set AugustusTours a reasonable deadline for the provision of redress. This is only inapplicable if redress is not possible or refused by AugustusTours or the immediate cancellation of the contract is justified on the basis of a specific client interest apparent to AugustusTours. The client is obliged to make their complaint to the local tour leader or AugustusTours without delay.
Exclusion of claims and expiry
Client claims for redress, reduction, cancellation or compensation under the terms of §§ 651 c to 651 f BGB expire within the statutory period set out in § 651 g BGB. Any claims over and above such claims remain unaffected. Claims must be made to AugustusTours within the stipulated period at the address indicated in the travel documents provided. Preclusive time limits and statutory periods of limitation apply to claims of all types (including tort). Provided they do not pertain to injury to life, limb or health and are not brought about by a grossly negligent or wilful breach of duty, claims asserted under the terms of §§ 651 c to f BGB expire one year after the contractually agreed end of the tour.
Holiday cancellation insurance
AugustusTours recommends that the client take out holiday cancellation insurance in accordance with applicable insurance conditions upon making a tour booking.
Passport, visa and customs regulations
The client is solely responsible for compliance with all regulations which need to be complied with in order to facilitate their participation in the tour. Unless brought about by incorrect or flawed information provided by AugustusTours, all detrimental effects on the client which arise as a result of wilful, negligent or accidental violation of these regulations are to be borne by the client. In the instance of tours which cross international borders the client is obliged to make it known if they are not a German citizen.
Inoperativeness of individual clauses
The inoperativeness of any individual clauses in the travel contract does not result in the inoperativeness of the travel contract in its entirety. AugustusTours explicitly reserves the right to amend details published in its own travel brochures.
The contractual relationship is governed exclusively by the law of the Federal Republic of Germany. The client may only sue AugustusTours at its headquarters. In the case of action brought against the client by AugustusTours, it is the usual place of residence of the client that is applicable unless the action is directed at registered traders or persons whose legal domicile is outside of the Federal Republic of Germany or persons whose usual place of residence or whereabouts has been changed to an address outside of the Federal Republic of Germany since the conclusion of the contract or whose usual place of residence or whereabouts is unknown on the date of the filing of the action. In these cases it is the headquarters of AugustusTours that is decisive. The above-mentioned definitions of applicable law and legal jurisdiction do not apply if and to the extent that contractually non-modifiable clauses in international agreements which are to be applied to the travel contract between the client and AugustusTours make an alternative stipulation to the benefit of the client or if and to the extent that non-definable stipulations valid in the EU member state to which the client belongs and applicable to the travel contract are more beneficial to the client than the stipulations in these general terms of business or applicable German regulations