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.
As an addition to the tour (not included in the tour cost), you can also try boating 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 (please inquire for pricing on this option).
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.