Prague to Dresden Cycling Holiday

  • 4.4
    (3 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Prague / Dresden
  • Distance

    134 miles/216 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    003-101CCZ
Price From £551

Overview

A cycling holiday leading you from the historical city of Prague to the beautifully restored city of Dresden following the Elbe and Vltava rivers through charming riverside towns such as Melnik, Litomerice, Decin and Bad Schandau. This cycling route takes you along quiet country roads and scenic paths and unveils art, architecture, castles, vineyards and vibrant towns.

Prague will enchant you with its wonderful architecture, bustling, cobbled streets, cathedrals and countless churches. After spending two nights in the Czech capital your cycling adventure begins riding out into the gently rolling countryside alongside the Vltava River. From the imposing Melnik Castle you can enjoy magnificent views of the confluence of the Elbe and Vltava rivers. Close to the charming village of Litomerice you may also wish to visit Terezin, a former Military Fortress which was used as a concentration camp during the Second World War. Just before the German border, the castle at Decin stands guard over the river

Prague - Czech R

Prague

Crossing into Germany the Elbe leads you along a serene, tree-lined valley to the small riverside town of Bad Schandau and then finally through riverside meadows to the city of Dresden. In the city you can learn more about this historic town, including its near total destruction in 1945. The historical centre is nowadays largely restored to its former glory but the restoration work still continues.

This is not a difficult route as the daily distances are very manageable and the terrain is mostly level. You will be cycling on paved country roads with a few gravel paths along the way.

 

Itinerary & Map

This is not a difficult route as the daily distances are very manageable and the terrain is mostly level. You will be cycling on  paved country roads with a few gravel paths along the way.

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Day 1: Arrive Prague

Prague - Czech Republic

Prague – Czech Republic

Upon arrival make your way to your hotel and after check-in you are free to relax or explore. While the town is known for its long history and wealth of wonderful architecture, art, churches and museums it also attracts a young cosmopolitan set, which have come for the lively atmosphere. The nightlife is quite vibrant with many bars and clubs to enjoy well-known Czech beer. Alternatively, if you like classical music then check out some of the churches and palaces as many offer concerts in the evenings.

Day 2: Free day in Prague

Prague - Czech Republic

Prague’s Astronomical clock

Many of Prague’s sights can be visited on foot or bike as it really is quite a compact city. Without doubt Prague’s most important monument is the castle. Once the home to kings of Bohemia it is now the seat of parliament. Within the castle grounds you can visit the Gothic Cathedral of St. Vitus. Here many religious artifacts and art are on display as well as some very impressive stained glass windows. In town, the Charles Bridge, named after its founder Charles IV is Prague’s oldest and most iconic bridge. In the old town itself there is Prague’s Astronomical Clock dating back to 1410 and the oldest of its kind in the world. Close-by the large vibrant square, surrounded by wonderful baroque buildings, attracts many with its lively cafes and street entertainers.

Day 3: Prague – Melnik, 34 miles/55 kms

Melnik - Czech R

Melnik

Your first day of cycling takes you to the charming town of Melnik, which lies at the confluence of the Vlatva and Elbe Rivers. The magnificent hilltop castle is worth a visit as not only does it offer great views of the surrounding countryside but it’s also home to some impressive wine cellars as well as a fine art collection.

Day 4: Melnik – Litomerice, 28 miles/45 kms

Litomerice - Czech Republic*

Litomerice

Leave Melnik and cycle on along the Elbe River. Shortly after passing the pleasant riverside town of Roundnice nad Labem we recommend making a small detour to visit Terezin an old military fortress that was used as a concentration camp during WWII. Afterwards it’s only a short ride to the charming town of Litomerice where you will overnight. Here you have an array of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance buildings to admire. We think the local wine in this region is very good and we highly recommend a visit to one of the many convivial bars or restaurants to form your own opinion.

Day 5: Litomerice – Decin, 31 miles/50 kms

Decin - Czech R

Decin

Your route takes you past the Gothic castle of Strekov perched on a 100 meter cliff overlooking the river and on to Decin for the evening. The route offers nice views of the wooded hillsides sweeping down to the river. We recommend a visit to the castle, one of the largest in the country where you can stroll through it admiring the architecture and design. Afterwards perhaps take time to walk around the Rose gardens which afford wonderful views over the town.

Day 6: Decin – Bad Schandau, 13 miles/21 kms

Bad Schandau - Germany

Bad Schandau

A short cycle ride today as you cross into Germany. The scenery is quite unique – see the impressive sandstone mountains of this region, now a national park. Arrive into the spa town of Bad Schandau right on the banks of the Elbe and at the mouth of a lovely valley.

Day 7: Bad Schandau – Dresden, 28 miles/45 kms

Dresden - Germany

Dresden

Your last day of cycling takes you along the river through riverside meadows to Dresden often referred to as the Florence of the Elbe. In 1945 Dresden was bombed relentlessly and this once architecturally stunning city was all but destroyed. After much restoration work many of the city’s wonderful baroque buildings and  fine art are again on display. The “Frauenkirche” or “Church of Our Lady” is a prime example of this, having been completely restored from a pile of rubble to her original baroque splendour.

Day 8: End of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Arrivals daily from 01 April to 13 October excluding 03-13 July

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2019 Prices
003-101CCZ
Per person
01 Apr
to
13 Oct
Comfort category
Double/twin £570                    
Single £754                    
Solo £812                    
Triple £551                    
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Local assistance
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet
Tourist tax (approximately €2pppn, payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Prague/Dresden, double/twin, comfort (£50)
Extra night Prague/Dresden, single, comfort (£73)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£51)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£111)
Transfer Dresden to Prague Fridays at 2pm (min 2 people) (£51)

Reductions

Free for children upto 3 years sharing with 2 adults
50% for children 4-12 years sharing with 2 adults

Practical Information

Bikes

Ladies bike

Example of bike used on this tour.

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, hybrid models with 24 speeds and comfortable saddle with upright riding position.

The bikes  come equipped with rear pannier and lock. Per room you also receive a map holder and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

Helmets are not provided and we therefore recommend bringing your own.

Accommodation

Below is a sample of the type of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotel we book for you may differ from below but will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Prague: Hotel Expo
Melnik: Pension Hana
Litomerice: Hotel Apollon
Decin: Ceska Koruna Hotel
Bad Schandau/Krippen: Hotel Erbgericht Krippen
Dresden: Park Inn by Radisson

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting There

Fly to Prague or Dresden

Research flights from the UK here

Train is available from Dresden to Prague.
Research trains here

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 3 reviews 4.4
  • Date - 26/06/2018
  • Name - Anonymous
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Everything was perfect. Just as they said it would be. No surprises.
  • Flexitreks response - Perfect - just as it should be!
  • Date - 13/09/2016
  • Name - Grant
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Reservation process and billing went quite well. Perhaps we missed it, but we do not recall being advised that each bike would include lights and a bell, so we brought our own, but did not need them.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - Bicycles were very comfortable. We need to upgrade the hand grips on our own bikes to try to match those on our bikes used on this tour. The tour route was beautiful and the directions provided were very good. Our only complaint is with two of the accommodations. Room in Hotel Expo for our first of three nights in Prague (#118) left a bit to be desired. Train tracks not far outside the room were busy all night, awaking us with each passing train. We were happy that the hotel, upon our request, moved us to the other side of the hotel for our remaining two nights. This was a very quiet room. Rooms in Melnick, Litomerice, and Dresden were great. Room in Decin (#104) was very unsatisfactory. There was no air conditioning, so, since it was very warm out, we left the window open for some of the night. It was just above the hotel bar's outdoor seating, so we smelled smoke as long as the window was open. Late night revelers crossed the market square all night and were very loud, even at 0330 hrs. We had to close the window in order to get some sleep.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Grant. Have to admit we were not aware that the bikes on this trip come equipped with lights and a bell and we have now updated the website accordingly.
  • Date - 09/12/2015
  • Name - Tony Martin
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - A very smooth booking process and nothing was too much trouble. We've just booked our 2016 trip with them.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - This is a really lovely virtually traffic free route. Apart from a steep hill a few miles outside of Prague, it's flat all the way.
  • Flexitreks response - Hi Tony,
    Many thanks for taking the time to give us this great feedback on our service and it is great you have booked again for 2016. Many thanks the Flexitreks team.