Prague to Dresden Along the Vltava and Elbe Rivers

    4.6/5 (15)
    6 nights | 29 miles/day
    Guided from EUR € 1025
    Self guided from EUR € 598
    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours
    4.6/5 (15)

    6 nights | 29 miles/day
    Guided from EUR € 1025
    Self guided from EUR € 598

    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours

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    • Prague to Dresden

      6 night guided or self guided bike tour in Czech Republic and Germany

      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 Vltava 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.

      Highlights

      • Prague – capital city of The Czech Republic
      • The Czech Middle Mountains - romantic region of former volcanoes
      • Hiking in Czech-Saxon Switzerland national park
      • The largest rock arch in Europe.
      • Königstein Fortress, Germany
      • Dresden - there is probably no other town in Germany which better symbolizes the turbulent history of this country.

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      Not sure whether to book a guided or self-guided tour? Learn about the differences between guided and self-guided tours.

    • Traveler photos

      • Prague Old Town (photo by Team Wuss)
      • Melnik (photo by Team Wuss)
      • Our first night lodging. (photo by Team Wuss)
      • Largest rock arch in Europe (Pravcicka Brana) (photo by Team Wuss)
      • Looking down on the Elbe River after an uphill hike. (photo by Team Wuss)
      • Poppies along the bike path. (photo by Team Wuss)
      • First night! (photo by Sandy89)
      • Plenty of castles on the hills (photo by Sandy89)
      • On our way to a national park (photo by Sandy89)
      • What a view! (photo by Sandy89)
      • All the hotels were charming! (photo by Sandy89)
      • The Elbe River (photo by Stu T)
      • Crossing the border into Germany (photo by Stu T)
      • Hrensko (photo by Stu T)
      • 3 Marker showing flood levels along the Vltava River. In 2012 it was up to the eaves. (photo by Pedalann)
      • 1 The bike path along the Vltava as we left Prague. (photo by Pedalann)
      • 3 Our lovely accommodations in Hotel U Zamku in Melnik. (photo by Pedalann)
      • 4 Crossing into Germany opposite Hrensko, Czech Republic. (photo by Pedalann)
      • 5 Amazing sandstone cliffs along the Elbe as we cycled towards Dresden. (photo by Pedalann)
      • 6 The four of us arriving at our hotel in Dresden. (photo by Pedalann)
      • View from the Czech Switzerland National Park (photo by Calista1226)
      • Biking along the Elbe River (photo by Calista1226)
      • Photo 3 (photo by Calista1226)
      • The Natural Bridge at the Czech Switzerland National Park (photo by Calista1226)
      • Accommodations in Melnik (photo by Calista1226)
      • Photo 6 (photo by Calista1226)
    • 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.

      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.

      Surface and terrain

      This route follows mostly flat terrain with occasional hills. The route is on mostly dedicated bike trails, and where it runs on roads, there are marked bike lanes.

      There is only one short up hill on the first day. The rest of the route leads along the Vltava and Elbe rivers. This trail is recommended for families with children.


      Hotels

      These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

      Category A: 3- and 4-star hotels and inns

      Bishops House, Prague
      www.hotelbishopshouse.cz

      U Zamku VIP room, Melnik
      www.uzamku-melnik.cz

      Apollon, Litomerice
      apollonhotel.cz

      Ceska koruna, Decin
      www.hotelceskakoruna.cz

      Elb, Bad Schandau
      www.elbhotel-bad-schandau.de

      Am Terrassenufer, Dresden
      www.hotel-terrassenufer.de


      Category B (and guided tour): 3-star hotels, inns or guest houses

      Seifert, Prague
      www.hotelseifert.cz

      U Zamku, Melnik
      www.uzamku-melnik.cz

      U Borovicku, Litomerice
      www.uborovicku.cz

      Ceska koruna, Decin
      www.hotelceskakoruna.cz

      Sigls, Bad Schandau
      www.pura-hotels.de

      Das Nichtraucherhotel Privat, Dresden
      www.alttolkewitzer-hof.de

      Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


      How to get there

      Tour start
      Nearest airport: Prague (PRG), Czech Republic
      Nearest train station: Prague Main Station

      Tour end
      Nearest airport: Dresden (DRS), Germany
      Nearest train station: Dresden

      Please note that transfers to/from the tour start or end are not included in the tour package, but can be arranged in advance for an additional fee.

      Tips on getting to and from your tour

    • Dates

      Self-guided: Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2022 (minimum 2 participants)
      Guided: May 7, 28; Jun 18; Jul 09, Jul 30; Sep 03; Sep 24, 2022 (minimum 6 participants; all departures are guaranteed)

      Prices

      Self-guided package

      Category A hotel package
      Per person, double occupancy € 875
      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 254
      Single traveler surcharge (1 person in party) € 354
      Extra Nights, Dresden - Category A
      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 145
      Per person, double occupancy € 89
      Extra Nights, Prague - Category A
      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 134
      Per person, double occupancy € 89
      Category B hotel package
      Per person, double occupancy € 598
      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 195
      Single traveler surcharge (1 person in party) € 347
      Extra Nights, Dresden - Category B
      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 100
      Per person, double occupancy € 67
      Extra Nights, Prague - Category B
      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 89
      Per person, double occupancy € 55

      Guided package

      Per person, double occupancy € 1025
      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 195
      Extra Nights, Dresden
      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 100
      Per person, double occupancy € 67
      Extra Nights, Prague
      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 89
      Per person, double occupancy € 55

      Bike Rentals

      Hybrid touring bike € 74
      Electrically assisted bike € 158

      Transfer

      To/from Prague airport for 1-3 people (per car) € 29
      To/from Prague airport for 4-8 people (per car) € 39
      To/from Prague train station for 1-3 people (per car) € 24
      To/from Prague train station for 4-8 people (per car) € 36
      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
      From Prague hotel to tour start, per vehicle for 1-3 people € 15
      From Prague hotel to tour start, per vehicle for 4-8 people € 19

      Included services

      Self-guided package includes:

      • 6 nights accommodation
      • Buffet breakfast on all days
      • Luggage transfer between hotels
      • Detailed cycling maps and route description, detailed town maps, program and route books (1 set per room)
      • 24-hour hotline assistance service
      • Pick up from hotel in Prague on the first day
      • Bicycle repair kit (1 per room)
      • GPX data is provided for smartphones; a GPS unit with recorded routes is available on request (limited availability)

      Guided package includes:

      • 6 nights accommodation
      • Buffet breakfast each day
      • All transportation of participants and their luggage and bicycles during the tour
      • Detailed cycling maps, program and route book, maps of Prague and towns of accommodation on the tour (1 set per room)
      • Technical service on the route
      • Tour leader during all biking days
      • Dinners with drinks except the last night
      • Refreshments in the support vehicle (soft drinks, snacks, sweets, fruit)
      • Water for water bottles
      • Welcome briefing on the first day
      • Practical bike riding safety training
      • First aid service on the route
      • Support vehicle

      Bike rentals

      Bikes available for rent on this tour (reserved in advance at the time of booking):

      • Hybrid touring bikes: men's and women's
      • Electrically assisted bikes (on request)*
      • Tandem bike (on request)
      • Child seat or Tag-along (on request)

      *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

      Bikes come equipped with:

      • Handlebar bag
      • Lock
      • One repair kit per group, including pump, spare tubes, and tools

      Pedals:
      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.

      Helmets:
      Helmets are provided as part of the bike rental package, but we recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.


      Tour Company

    • Route Map

      Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

      • Michele June 25, 2019

        Awesome Scenic Ride

        This easy ride provided scenic views of castles and countryside along an easily marked trail and river without a lot of car traffic. The City stops a long the way were quaint and friendly and there was always a place to stop for beer with fellow travelers. I would highly recommend this trip especially on an E-Bike!

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 24 to June 1 2019
        How many tours have you completed?
        1
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Ease of navigation
        • 3/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • Team Wuss June 24, 2019

        Great tour

        A great tour that exceeded expectations. We had by far the best tour guide as compared to all previous bike trips (5). Justin was attentive, thoughtful, and full of facts concerning culture, history, and geography. Most of the trip was spent on dedicated bike paths along the river with only a few hill challenges. We had a couple of hikes in national parks among beautiful sandstone cliffs and towers. The bikes were quite new and well maintained. Evening meals were uniformly excellent and the hotels were nice mid-range accommodations (with the exception of an opulent chatteau on the first night). Champagne with strawberries at the end of the last day's ride in Dresden was a nice touch.

        What was the date of your tour?
        June 1
        How many tours have you completed?
        5
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • Prague Old Town (photo by Team Wuss)
        • Melnik (photo by Team Wuss)
        • Our first night lodging. (photo by Team Wuss)
        • Largest rock arch in Europe (Pravcicka Brana) (photo by Team Wuss)
        • Looking down on the Elbe River after an uphill hike. (photo by Team Wuss)
        • Poppies along the bike path. (photo by Team Wuss)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Rinat June 20, 2019

        Excellent trip b

        Cycling is the best way to experience the and feel the atmosphere, and Enjoy , the trip was excellent, the local company was very supportive, the signs on the way was clear and the view was absolutely amazing.
        Category B hotels sometimes were a bit simple. I really recommend the prague to Dresden trip

        What was the date of your tour?
        17-25 of May
        How many tours have you completed?
        3
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • Brink June 13, 2019

        Beautiful way to see small Czech and German towns

        The bike path was generally well marked along the rivers and the towns picturesque. People were friendly, the food good and the hotels good, except for the hotel in Dresden.

        What was the date of your tour?
        25 May—31 May 2019
        How many tours have you completed?
        3
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • JimS April 30, 2019

        Great bike ride...mostly on paved bike paths

        AVE provide a very good experience. Would definitely use them again. The trip listed a couple of short hills. There were two hills on the first day and they were steeper than I expected and also longer. That is just a minor thing and in no way diminished the trip. The bicycles were very good and their initial service was great...however, I would have preferred that they bring the bicycles the day before we started the trip instead of the morning of the trip. It meant that we started about 2 hours later than we would have. That also is a minor thing and didn’t, take away from the trip. All of the hotels were excellent.

        What was the date of your tour?
        April 17, 2019
        How many tours have you completed?
        2
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • Beanaloca October 22, 2018

        beautiful

        This was a fun tour overall. I enjoyed biking along the rivers, it made for a scenic trip. A few of the towns we overnighted in were specatacular.

        What was the date of your tour?
        October 7, 2018
        How many tours have you completed?
        0
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 3/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
      • Sandy89 September 18, 2018

        Tour Great/Less scenic than others

        Loved the company, the equipment, and the guides! This is our third bike trip in Europe and we were on a very specific timetable. That being said, the itinerary was the only one available for our dates, and wasn't as scenic as other tours we have taken. A lot of the river paths were alongside industrial areas (as many river paths are), so some of the scenery wasn't ideal. That being said, the hotels and the meals were amazing, and the sites that we visited were interesting!

        What was the date of your tour?
        July 2018
        How many tours have you completed?
        3
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • First night! (photo by Sandy89)
        • Plenty of castles on the hills (photo by Sandy89)
        • On our way to a national park (photo by Sandy89)
        • What a view! (photo by Sandy89)
        • All the hotels were charming! (photo by Sandy89)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 3/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Brian1624 September 17, 2018

        Wonderful Bike Tour

        Easy Route to fallow with 90% bike paths. Good notes on what to see along the way. Hotels were good but WiFi was average.

        What was the date of your tour?
        Aug 20-26th 2018
        How many tours have you completed?
        5
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
        • 3/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • 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.

        What was the date of your tour?
        10-14 July 2017
        How many tours have you completed?
        2
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • The Elbe River (photo by Stu T)
        • Crossing the border into Germany (photo by Stu T)
        • Hrensko (photo by Stu T)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Mandy July 16, 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.

        What was the date of your tour?
        July 1-July 6th
        How many tours have you completed?
        6+
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 3/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 1/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • 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.

        What was the date of your tour?
        June 23, 2017
        How many tours have you completed?
        0
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • BikeTours.com staff reply from Jim Johnson July 6, 2017

          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.

        • 4/5 Value
        • 3/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 3/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection
      • 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.

        What was the date of your tour?
        June 3, 2017
        How many tours have you completed?
        5
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 3/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • GobaGirl June 6, 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.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 12-18
        How many tours have you completed?
        2 guided tours and many cross state
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 3/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 3/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 2/5 Ease of navigation
        • 3/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • 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.

        What was the date of your tour?
        Sept. 23 - 30, 2016
        How many tours have you completed?
        More than 20
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 3 Marker showing flood levels along the Vltava River. In 2012 it was up to the eaves. (photo by Pedalann)
        • 1 The bike path along the Vltava as we left Prague. (photo by Pedalann)
        • 3 Our lovely accommodations in Hotel U Zamku in Melnik. (photo by Pedalann)
        • 4 Crossing into Germany opposite Hrensko, Czech Republic. (photo by Pedalann)
        • 5 Amazing sandstone cliffs along the Elbe as we cycled towards Dresden. (photo by Pedalann)
        • 6 The four of us arriving at our hotel in Dresden. (photo by Pedalann)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 2/5 Tour documents
        • 2/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • 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!

        What was the date of your tour?
        Sept 17-Sept 23
        How many tours have you completed?
        0
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • View from the Czech Switzerland National Park (photo by Calista1226)
        • Biking along the Elbe River (photo by Calista1226)
        • Photo 3 (photo by Calista1226)
        • The Natural Bridge at the Czech Switzerland National Park (photo by Calista1226)
        • Accommodations in Melnik (photo by Calista1226)
        • Photo 6 (photo by Calista1226)
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)