Cycle Prague to Dresden

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Cycle Prague to Dresden information and booking

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$1190
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights hotel
Equipment Required
Bike helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, jogging shoes and sun hat. (A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Cycling through Bohemia along the Elbe River
  • Exploring the elegant city of Prague
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the river landscape
  • Discovering the beautifully restored sights of Dresden

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Regarded as one of Europe's most beautiful cities with its fairytale ambiance and golden spires, Prague is a fitting starting point to this grand cycle tour to discover the Bohemian countryside and idyllic river landscapes enroute to the beautifully restored city of Dresden. After spending time exploring the 'Golden City' including Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world, the cycle begins by following the Moldau River to Melnik with its great wine growing tradition. It continues along quiet backroads and nature trails along the Elbe River, through classic scenery of hill top castles, lovingly renovated villages, spa towns and during the last stage, through "Saxon Switzerland' where massive Elbe sandstone formations have attracted rock climbers from around the world. From the devastation arising from WWII, Dresden has regained its former glory, with its impressive buildings including the magnificent Zwinger Palace.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts - substantial breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, occasionally eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 7 nights accommodation with private facilities on a twinshare basis
  • Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel
  • 7 or 21 speed unisex bike equipped with waterproof pannier and handlebar bag
  • Information kit including detailed maps and route notes, sightseeing information
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Personal welcome and trip briefing

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Prague
On arrival in Prague check into the hotel where you will receive your travel documents. The remainder of the day is free to begin your exploration of the city. There will be a welcome briefing in the late afternoon and you will be given your rental bikes.
Day 2 Free day to explore Prague
The day is free to explore the sights of the “golden city”. Take a walk through the old town with its cobblestone streets and ornate buildings; cross the river over the famous bridge “Karluv Most” (Charles bridge) and visit the magnificent castle; experience a classical music concert or visit a traditional beer hall and taste the excellent Czech beer; alternatively you may choose to venture further and take a funicular railway to Petrin Hill for a superb view of the city. The options are numerous.
Day 3 Cycle to Melnik in the heart of the Bohemian wine growing area (55km)
Cycling begins today following the River Moldau, with some short ascents. Enroute to Melnik you will pass by the Moldau and Elbe River estuaries. Melnik is in the heart of the Bohemian wine growing area and boasts an impressive Renaissance style castle. Viticulture is an important aspect of the town each autumn there is a wine-harvest celebration (vinobraní).
Day 4 Cycle via the fortress of Terezin to Litomerice (50km)
Following the Elbe River (or in Czech Labe River), the cycle route leads out of Melnik to the historic town of Roudnice. Continuing on the bend of the river to the fortress of Terezin. Named after Empress Maria Theresa, the vast fortress was built in the late 18th century covering an area of 3.89 square km and during WW1 was used as a political prison camp. After a visit to the fortress, continue a few kilometres to Litomerice with its beautiful houses. Take time to visit the underground cellars linked by tunnels, a section of which are open to the public.
Day 5 Cycle to Decin via the old fortress Schreckenstein (or "horror castle") (50km)
Half way along today’s route you reach the city of Usti nad Labem Aussig in the Bohemian Highlands (Ceské stredohorí). Enroute you will pass the ruin of an old fortress Schreckenstein (literally meaning "horror castle") situated on the right bank of the river perched on top of a 100m high steep rock. Continue cycling to the town of Decin, whose two cities straddle the river with the old town on the right bank. The main attraction of Decin is the town castle which has an incredible history, being a fort during the Seven Years’ War, to more recently as a base for Soviet troops until 1991. It has also inspired artists and musicians including Chopin who wrote his Valse in A flat major there. In 2005 a full restoration was completed, bringing back its former glory, and a museum is now open to the public.
Day 6 Cycle across the border into Germany and pass the Konigstein fortress to Pirna (45km)
Today you will cross the border into Germany and you will soon see the first rocks of the Elbe sandstone massive. The cycle continues through more stunning countryside past bizarre rock formations created by the flow of the Elbe below the fortress Königstein (King Stone). Visit the biggest fortification and enjoy the wonderful view onto the Elbe valley. Arrive in Pirna, a city which is also known as the gate to Saxon Switzerland.
Day 7 Cycle to Dresden (25km)
The last stage of the cycle continues through the Elbe valley past Europe’s largest fortification and on via the Pillnitz Castle to the city of Dresden. As today's cycle is only short you will have enough time this afternoon for sight-seeing in the old city of Dresden.
Day 8 Trip concludes Dresden
Make sure you visit the famous sights such as Zwinger Palace and take a stroll through town. Trip concludes after breakfast.