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Prague to Dresden Along the Vltava and Elbe Rivers

  • 4.7

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  • 6 nights | 29 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Guided from: €967
  • Self-guided from: €588
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Tour description

Come with us down the Vltava and Elbe Rivers to visit two important cultural centers in Europe. Prague, since ancient times the 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. We will ride along the Vlatava and Elbe rivers through a beautiful countryside full of picturesque towns such as Melnik, Litomerice, or Bad Schandau.

The tour will take us through natural beauties of the Czech-Saxon Switzerland National Park, as well as through romantic region of former volcanoes of the Czech Middle Mountains. The last kilometers will take us through cultural regions under the auspices of the UNESCO - the Dresden Valley of the Elbe River.

Connecting these two European centers along the banks of the Vltava and Elbe rivers yields a very attractive, but not physically demanding tour. As a bonus you can enjoy a boat trip or half day hiking in the Czech Saxon Switzerland.

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival to Prague
Arrive to your first hotel and explore Prague after check-in.

Day 2: Prague – Melnik (35-42 miles/58-70 km)
After a small climb, you will followsa nice trail to the heart of the Czech wine region - the town of Melnik. Just before leaving Prague, you pass the Troja Baroque Castle and continue 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 the castles in Nelahozeves or Veltrusy are the biggest highlights of this day. You will end this stage in an old wine town at the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers with a glass of good wine.
Overnight in Melnik

Day 3: Melnik – Litomerice (31 miles/52 km)
Today's stage leads you through a calm Elbe region and is without significant altitude changes. This region is one of the most fertile regions in the Czech Republic. After passing the Libechov Castle, you will arrive at the town of Roudnice nad Labem and will have a chance to admire its old church and a castle.

The most notable stop on today's stage is the massive Terezin Fortress, which illustrates the military architecture of the time and was used as a Jewish concentration camp during World War II. You will conclude the day in an old town and spiritual center of this region - in the town of Litomerice.
Overnight in Litomerice

Day 4: Litomerice – Decin (31 miles/51 km)
This day is designed for exploration of the romantic countryside of the Czech Middle Mountains. You will follow the banks of the Elbe River through the mountains. This former volcanic region had always been an ideal terrain for building of castles and fortresses, many of which have unfortunately not been preserved until now.

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, you 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, the town with the lowest altitude in the Czech Republic.
Overnight in Decin

Day 5: Decin – Czech Saxon Switzerland – Hrensko/Bad Schandau (15 miles/25 km)
You can choose how best to spend your day today. In the morning you can decide whether you prefer biking or sailing to Hrensko. This border town is situated in the heart of the Czech-Saxon Switzerland National Park and offers many hiking trails leading through rocky mesas, passes, deep gorges and hillsides. Make sure you stop to admire the Pravcicka Gate, the biggest natural rock bridge in Europe.

You can also try sailing 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.

After saying goodbye to Czech Republic, you will cross the border to Germany just on the edge of the historic spa town of Bad Schandau.
Overnight in Bad Schandau

Day 6: Bad Schandau – Dresden (29 miles/48 km)
This day is packed with historical sights! Shortly after leaving Bad Schandau, you will pass the imposing Konigstein Fortress followed by a beautiful rock formation with a romantic rock bridge and Bastei Ruin. A few miles down the road, by the town of Pirna, we will enter the region of the Dresden Valley.
Overnight in Dresden

Day 7: Dresden
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 stint of Nazism was followed by punishment in the form of the biggest bombing during World War II, which turned almost the entire city into ruins overnight. We can arrange tour guiding services or help you to extend your stay.

Dates

Apr 28; May 19; Jun 9, 30; Jul 21; Aug 11; Sep 1, 22, 2018 (minimum 6 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€967
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€202
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€74
Electrically assisted bike
€153
Extra Nights, Dresden
Per person, double occupancy
€55
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€88
Extra Nights, Prague
Per person, double occupancy
€50
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€87
Transfer
To/from Prague train station for 1-3 people (per person)
€24
To/from Prague train station for 4-8 people (per person)
€34
To/from Prague airport for 1-3 people (per person)
€28
To/from Prague airport for 4-8 people (per person)
€38
Return transfer Dresden to Prague (per group, includes bikes and luggage) for groups of 1-3 people
€190
Return transfer Dresden to Prague (per group, includes bikes and luggage) for groups of 4-8 people
€230

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2018 (minimum 2 participants)

Prices

Category A: 3- and 4-star hotels and inns
Per person, double occupancy
€812
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€229
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€68
Electrically assisted bike
€153
Extra Nights, Dresden
Per person, double occupancy
€73
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€123
Extra Nights, Prague
Per person, double occupancy
€73
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€123
Transfer
To/from Prague train station for 1-3 people (per person)
€24
To/from Prague train station for 4-8 people (per person)
€34
To/from Prague airport for 1-3 people (per person)
€28
To/from Prague airport for 4-8 people (per person)
€38
Return transfer Dresden to Prague (per group, includes bikes and luggage) for groups of 1-3 people
€190
Return transfer Dresden to Prague (per group, includes bikes and luggage) for groups of 4-8 people
€230
Category B: 3-star hotels, inns or guest houses
Per person, double occupancy
€588
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€177
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€68
Electrically assisted bike
€153
Extra Nights, Dresden
Per person, double occupancy
€55
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€88
Extra Nights, Prague
Per person, double occupancy
€50
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€87
Transfer
To/from Prague train station for 1-3 people (per person)
€24
To/from Prague train station for 4-8 people (per person)
€34
To/from Prague airport for 1-3 people (per person)
€28
To/from Prague airport for 4-8 people (per person)
€38
Return transfer Dresden to Prague (per group, includes bikes and luggage) for groups of 1-3 people
€190
Return transfer Dresden to Prague (per group, includes bikes and luggage) for groups of 4-8 people
€230
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AVE Ltd. Terms and Conditions

Cancellation of the Travel Contract 
On the Client's Side-Cancellation must be made in writing.

Cancellation rules 

  • Until 21 days before the tour start: 50 Euros
  • Between 20 days and 14 days before the tour start: 50% of tour price
  • Between 13 days and 7 days before the tour start: 80% of tour price
  • Between 6 days and arrival day or in case of interruption of the tour: 100% of tour price

This information is subject to our receipt of a written notification of your cancellation.

The tour operator recommends that Clients purchase insurance against irrecoverable cancellation costs (in case of illness).

Cancellation on the Tour Operator's Side 
The tour operator is responsible to the Client for providing the agreed services. In case of extraordinary circumstances, the tour operator reserves the right to change the program of the purchased tour and related services. In the event that the tour operator is unable to provide the agreed services, the tour operator is obliged to supply replacement services or secure a discount. The Client claims the discount in written or verbal form. The tour operator documents this by means of a letter of dispute.

The tour operator and the Client (hereinafter "the Client") enter into an agreement in accordance with the Civil Code and the Commercial Code of the Czech Republic and with Law No.159/1999 CO. This agreement is further modified by the following the tour operator Booking Terms and Conditions, which are an integral part of the Travel Contract made between the Client and the tour operator. Upon conclusion of the Travel Contract, the Client agrees to the following conditions which are also relevant for fellow travelers as stated in the Travel Contract.

Price of Tours 
Prices of tours are in EUROs (€), include VAT and statutory insurance in accordance with Law No.159/1999 St. against bankruptcy. Payments can also be remitted in any other transferable currency.

Special Provisions Concerning Bicycle Tours 
By their nature, cycle tours allow for alternatives and a substantial degree of flexibility. Therefore, outline itineraries given for each bike tour must be taken as an indication of what each group should achieve, and not as a contractual obligation on the part of the tour operator. Changes to the itinerary may be caused by mechanical breakdown, weather, border restrictions, sickness, or other unforeseeable circumstances.

It is a fundamental condition of joining any of the tour operator's bike tour that you accept this flexibility, and acknowledge that delays and alterations as well as their results, such as inconvenience, discomfort, or disappointment, are possible: the tour operator will always endeavor to provide suitable alternative arrangements. If it is impossible to make alternative arrangements, or if a passenger is unable or does not choose for good reasons to complete an itinerary outlined for a bike tour, the tour operator is not liable for supplying alternative itineraries, excursions, accommodation, services or staff for the period when the Client is not present with the group. However, the tour operator will arrange transportation back to Prague in these circumstances, if the Client wishes.

On the tour operator cycle tours, it is essential that Clients abide by the authority of the tour leader, who represents the tour operator. Completing the tour operator order form signifies the Client’s agreement to this, and if the Client commits any illegal act when on the bike tour, or if, in the reasonable opinion of the tour leader, the Client’s behavior causes or is likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to him/herself or others, the tour operator may terminate the Client’s travel arrangements without any liability on the tour operator’s part. If the Client has any condition, medical or otherwise, that may affect his/her or other people's enjoyment of the bike tour, it is essential that he or she advises the tour operator of this at the time of booking.

Before coming on the cycle tour, the Client must be covered by insurance, which must include adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation, should he or she become too ill to continue, including helicopter rescue and air ambulance. If the Client joins the bike tour without adequate insurance he or she may not be allowed to continue on the bike tour, with no right of refund. The Client is required to carry proof of insurance at all times and produce it if reasonably requested by the tour operator employees or suppliers.

The tour operator is liable to the Client for any damage caused by the tour operator's failure to perform the terms of contract or by the tour operator's improper performance of the contract, unless that failure is:

  • Attributable to the Client or to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services and it is unforeseeable or unavoidable.
  • Due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control that could not have been avoided even if all due care had been taken or due to an event which even with all due care could not have been foreseen or forestalled.

In the event of a bicycle (whether hired or not) being lost or delayed on the outward journey, the tour operator shall not be responsible financially or otherwise for the inability of the passenger to continue with their bike tour, or loss of enjoyment, unless such a loss or delay is due to the negligence of the tour operator or its staff and suppliers. The tour operator shall endeavor to make alternative arrangements for the Client, but if it is impossible to make alternative arrangements or if a passenger is unable or does not choose for good reason to accept such changes, the tour operator will arrange transportation back to Prague, if he or she wishes.

Bike Rental Conditions 
The bicycle, including all accessories supplied, is let out on hire. The Renter undertakes not to misuse the bicycle and to return it with all accessories in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The tour operator shall be entitled to charge the Renter for any damage caused to the bicycle during the period of hire. In the event of a breakdown, other than as a result of the Renter's misuse, the tour operator will use its best endeavors to repair or procure the repair of the bicycle.

Notwithstanding claims for personal injury or death, the tour operator shall not be liable for any damage or loss whatsoever, through breakdown or other defects in the bicycle or other circumstances beyond the tour operator's control. The Renter shall be liable to the tour operator with respect to all costs, claims, expenses and demands, which he or she may suffer or incur and which arise directly or indirectly from use of the bicycle during the period of hire. The tour operator reserves the right to charge the Renter for partial or full settlement of any such claim. In the event of the bicycle being stolen or lost, the tour operator reserves the right to call upon the Renter to be liable to the tour operator for the replacement value of the bicycle, being not less than 500 EUR (€).

The Renter must ensure that the bicycle is adequately secured when not in use. He or she must not use the bicycle whilst under the influence of drink or drugs, and must endeavor to immediately notify the tour operator in the event of breakdown or loss of the bicycle.

Complaints
The Client has the right to complain in the event of imperfect or incomplete services. The Client must relay such complaint to the tour leader or to the provider of the services as soon as it happens, so that reparation can be made immediately. Whenever it is not possible to settle a claim on the spot, it is necessary to write a letter of complaint presenting the reason for the claim, the name of the person to whom the claim was made and the date of the claim. This letter of complaint has to be approved by the tour leader or by a services provider. The letter of complaint or verbal claim must be presented no later than three months after the end of the tour. The cancellation proceedings cannot be carried out and the claim cannot be accepted without a letter of complaint or by a verbal claim.

Insurance 
Insurance for the tour operator bankruptcy according to the law 159/99St is included in the price of the tour. Arrangements for travel insurance (health insurance, insurance for harm done, baggage insurance, casualty insurance and insurance against irrecoverable cancellation costs) are the responsibility of the Client. The tour leader has the right to exclude a Client from the tour in the event of a breach of the law or a breach of the travel contract, or if he or she disturbs the tour in spite of previous warnings of the possibility of his or her exclusion from the tour.

Validity 
By completing the Travel Contract the Client agrees that, if necessary, the tour operator may pass his or her confidential data to third parties who participate in the specific bike tour, which he or she has booked (for example, hotels). This information will not be used for any other purpose, nor will it be passed to any other parties.
The booking conditions may only be waived or amended by written mutual agreement.

When the Client completes the order form he or she agrees to accept all these Terms and Conditions; when the tour operator accepts his or her booking, the tour operator agrees to carry out its obligations to him or her as defined in the information provided to the Client. Both sides of this agreement are made subject to and must be interpreted and enforced according to the non-exclusive law and jurisdiction of the Czech Republic.

The the tour operator Booking Terms and Conditions for attending the tour operator tours come into effect as of April 1st, 2008 until the date of its change or its appeal.

All photos used by permission. ©AVE a.s.

Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.7

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.6
  • Included meals 3.8
  • Bikes & equipment 4.4
  • Hotels or boat 4.3
  • Scenery 4.9
  • Ease of navigation 3.4
  • Tour documents 3.3
  • Local tour company services 4.3
  • Route selection 4.7
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Stu T August 10, 2017

Fantastic Ride from Prague to Dresden

Great fun, bonus being that it mostly followed the Elbe River downstream to Prague so wasn't very strenuous, just a few hills here and there. Our guide Milan was great - definitely worth having along as (1) he spoke Czech which none of us did ! and (2) added in some side tours which would have almost certainly missed had he not been along. Also, our support lady Jitke was really helpful and very useful to have on hand, she moved our luggage every day effortlessly ! Great scenery, great beer (some of the wine was a bit ordinary) and great food. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Mandy July 17, 2017

Prague to Dresden Along the Vitava and Elbe Rivers July 30-July 7th 2017

Overall great trip! Guides were great. Needed better handouts (not self guided for guided tour) and would cut the brewery where you pour your own beer.

Mikay July 5, 2017

Beautiful, Romantic, Historic, Adventurous

This trip was a blast! It was especially cool to see how the geography and culture changed as we moved out of Czech Republic and into Germany. This tour has a little bit of everything to satisfy everyone's tastes. Our favorites were the last two days: Hrensko, thermal bathes in Bad Schandau, Fortress in Koenigstein (well worth the hike to the top), and Bastei in Oberrathen (do the hike and visit the medieval fortress). Also, as far as navigation, we used the maps.me app and mounted our smart phone to the bike, which made getting around super easy. We had turn by turn directions throughout the tour.

A couple tips I wished the tour company had provided, major sites along the route are closed on Mondays. We traveled from Litomorice to Decin on Monday. Unfortunately the Strekov castle and restaurant was closed (we found that out after climbing to the top of the hill). Additionally when we reached Velke Brezno to visit the brewery we found out it also is closed on Mondays. Therefore, if a day of your tour falls on a Monday it would be good to prioritize scheduling one of the hiking days (e.g. Decin to Bad Schandau or Bad Schandau to Dresden). In general, it would be nice to know in advance what days the points of interest are closed, so the group can manage their time at other sites better. If the tour company does not provide this info, I would recommend looking it up in advance.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson April 26, 2018
Thanks very much for your feedback! We're glad you had a great time. We'll pass along your helpful suggestions to the local operator.
New Yorkers June 27, 2017

Good variety, just enough challenge, 2 amazing cities

We really enjoyed this trip — this was our first guided tour. Overall, it was a comfortable pace, a few big hills but lots of flat areas, and plenty of stops.

Most of the riding was on paved bike paths, but some bits were on roads with cars, where the guides kept everyone safe and comfortable. Some of the riding was on dirt roads, but this was only a challenge one time, when the road was muddy and slightly uphill. Climbing big hills was always rewarded with amazing views & castles. Our group did all of the challenges, even if they had to walk and push their bikes up part of the hill. It was fine with everyone, and no one took advantage of the van (but you can if you want).

The route took us along the rivers, through small picturesque villages and towns, farmland and forests. The poppies were in bloom when we went, in early June. We took quick ferry rides across the river a few times, which was fun.

The biking started around 9am after a big breakfast. There were plenty of stops, snacks at the van by the side of a road, and coffee at a nice cafe in a beautiful town square. We would usually get to the hotel around 5-6pm and dinner was around 7pm. There was one day with less riding, where we had the option of spending the afternoon visiting the “Bohemian Switzerland National Park” (in the Czech Republic) or spending the time in Bad Spandau — a nice town on the river with hot baths and spa and cafes. We hiked and it was gorgeous.

All of the guides were Czech, and spoke English, some were fluent. They helped translate in restaurants and hotels when needed. They gave us lots of info about sites along the way. One was a “physical geographer” and had lots facts about the geology of the area. We had discussions about the communist history of both Czechoslovakia and Eastern Germany. One guide would ride with us, and one drove the van, and they switched off every day. They were professional, polite, always willing to help — no request was too big or too small. They had funny Czech senses of humor.

The accommodations were different each night, ranging from very fancy to basic, but always located in a beautiful historic town. Lunch and dinner locations were well chosen, the food was always good. We had lots of local specialties, and tried the local beers and wines. There was a vegetarian and a gluten-free person in our group, and their needs were accommodated.

GobaGirl June 7, 2017

Wonderful way to see the Czech Republic

We did the self guided trip (more on that option later) and the actual bicycle trip was fantastic. The cities we stayed in were great - Melnik was amazing - and the route along the Elbe was just stunning. The experience was just wonderful. Food, beer, wine, lodgings, villages - all perfect. The only caution is if you opt for the self guided trip. Although the bike paths were generally well marked, it was sort of stressful always having to watch for the twists and turns. A guide would have made the whole experience far more relaxing and enjoyable. And we would not have found ourselves lost quite so often.

Pedalann October 13, 2016

A lovely ride down the Vltava and Elbe Rivers

Cycling along the major rivers of Europe is always a pleasure and this trip was no exception.  Much of the path is asphalt-paved and hugs the river's edge.  There are several small ferries and some bridges which allow cyclists to cycle on either side of the Vlatava and Elbe as one goes north from Prague towards Dresden.  
     The bicycles supplied were well suited for the tour and the GPS, cue sheets and maps guided you on each day's ride. There are a few places where the path has been damaged or destroyed by floods so there are a few steep hills and "single track" sections to navigate.  Our lodgings, except in Prague and Dresden, were always in the historic city centers so it was easy to walk around and learn about each place.
     Along the way, we discovered the history of these rivers and the importance of our stopping points  - Melnik, Terezin/Litomerice, Decin, and Bad Schandau.  We also had booked an extra day both in Prague and Dresden and easily could have spent more time in these special cities.  We found the careful reconstruction of the historic buildings in these cities to be especially impressive.

Calista1226 September 29, 2016

Incredible Experience

This was my first bike tour and I cannot say enough positive things about my experience. Our group was small with 5 bikers and 2 guides. The other bikers were very friendly and we all got along well. The guides were incredible and I could not have asked for more supportive, friendly, helpful people to enjoy this experience with. The accommodations each night were very comfortable and in perfectly safe areas.

While it was definitely a physically demanding trip, it was attainable and we all completed the trip perfectly fine. While I do bike regularly, I'm certainly not the ideal specimen of fitness. I bike around 30-50 miles a week and found the trip a little more difficult than I anticipated. But again, I would not let this discourage you from going.

The guides were all from the Prague/Dresden area and so were able to share historical and relevant information about the sites and cities along the way. This trip was more than a bike tour--it was also a cultural tour. In addition, the sites are absolutely breathtaking. I'm giving myself a few weeks to recover and then planning my next one!