MS Florentina on the Vltava River, Czech Republic. Photo via Tour Operator

Cycling the Czech Republic Bike Tour. Photo via Tour Operator
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The Elbe River and Prague

Czech Republic Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat tour in the Czech Republic

  • Come and cycle in the Czech Republic through lush river landscapes, picturesque villages, and romantic castles, immersed in history and architecture that can be traced back to the Middle Ages.

    Point of departure and final destination for this beautiful bike and barge tour is the peaceful and charming town of Brandýs nad Labem-Stara Boleslav, which lies northeast of Prague on the Elbe River, away from the crowds. This was originally two towns, but now these sister villages, which sit on opposite sides of the river banks, are united as one. There is a rich history here and the chateau, dating back to 1304, testifies.

    One of the main highlights of this bike and boat tour is the Golden City of Prague. When you see the bridges of the Vltava River ablaze with sunlight and the spires of the castle sparkling in the light, it becomes obvious why Prague is known as the "City of a Hundred Spires“!

    Highlights:

    • Prague
    • Mêlníck, at the confluence of two rivers
    • The royal city of Litomêrice
    • Biking peaceful river landscapes
    • Peaceful moorings away from the crowds

    Be sure to check out all of our bike and barge tours in the Czech Republic.

  • 2020

    Twin cabin main deck at the front/back*:  $ 1342 £ 699 $ 1,215 814 $ 1402 kr 8695 $ 921

    Twin cabin main deck:  $ 1556 £ 811 $ 1,408 944 $ 1626 kr 10083 $ 1,068

    Twin cabin upper deck with French balcony:  $ 1886 £ 983 $ 1,707 1144 $ 1970 kr 12220 $ 1,294

    Single cabin main deck (limited number):  $ 2050 £ 1069 $ 1,856 1244 $ 2143 kr 13288 $ 1,407

    Twin cabin main deck for single use: $ 2099 £ 1094 $ 1,900 1274 $ 2194 kr 13603 $ 1,441

    Single cabin upper deck with French balcony (limited number):  $ 2380 £ 1240 $ 2,155 1444 $ 2487 kr 15424 $ 1,634

    Cabin details and pictures can be found here: MS Florentina Boat Page

     

    extra options

    Electric bike rental (Includes bike protection and pannier bag): $ 157 £ 82 $ 142 95 $ 164 kr 1015 $ 107 Dietary restrictions and special requests are subject to additional charges

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The closest international airport is Václav Havel Airport Prague, located 17 km north of the city.

    Local Travel

    For embarkation and disembarkation, included in your tour price is free group transfer from/to the airport or respectively from/to the main station. Transfer time is approximately 75 minutes.

    Climate

    The climate of Prague, the Czech capital, is moderately continental with mild or pleasantly warm summers. Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use when researching climate in a region is www.weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit for Prague in the time of travel are: June, 69°/51°, July, 72°/54°, and August, 73°/53°.

    Remarks

    Please note that the arrival/departure transfers are group transfers so depending on your arrival time, you may have some wait time. Once your air travel arrangements are made, please forward this information to us. Once we have the transfer schedule, we will inform you.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.


Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided bike and boat tour. You will cycle on paved or asphalted dedicated cycle paths, on country roads with little traffic, as well as on unpaved trails leading through forests or fields. There will be short stretches entering or exiting cities during which the traffic will be heavier. The terrain is mostly flat, though there are some slopes to cope with.

Where You’ll Stay

On the Premium class vessel, the MS Florentina

What’s Included

2020

  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights
  • Welcome drink
  • All meals (breakfast buffet, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack on board for non-cyclists, coffee and tea in the afternoon, three-course dinner)
  • Tour director (stays on board)
  • 7-speed unisex touring bike (KTM with hand and back pedal brakes or freewheel hub equipped with pannier)
  • Daily briefing of cycling itinerary
  • Maps and information material, one set per cabin
  • All port, bridge, and lock fees
  • Daily cabin cleaning, change of bedding and towels
  • Arrival and departure shared group transfer from/to airport or train station in Prague (no bikes)
  • Bus transfer to Prague on Day 7
  • Bike Protection
  • GPS files (must be requested in advance)

What’s Not Included

  • Travel to and from Prague
  • Beverages (other than coffee or tea)
  • Electric bike. Available for supplement (unisex KTM frames with 8 gears with detachable lithium battery/range up to 65 km, subject to body weight, amount of support used, cycling style, and terrain). See Pricing
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Ferry tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From814 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

(Tuesday to Tuesday)

June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, 2020

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

The Elbe River and Prague Map

All distances are approximate. The below-planned itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice, due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs, etc. (this would not be a reason for fee-free cancellation).


2020

Day 1: Arrival in Brandýs nad Labem (embarkation at 4pm)
Day 2: Brandýs - Nymburk (35 km) | return to Brandýs
Day 3: Brandýs – Mělník | Bike the Vltava River from Mělník to Nelahozeves and back, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 4: Mělník – Roudnice –  Litoměřice | Mělník – Roudnice, 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 5: Litoměřice, day of rest or bike to Ustí and back, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 6: Litoměřice – Mělník - Brandys nad Labem | Mělník – Brandýs nad Labem, 19 mi. (30 km)  
Day 7: Brandýs nad Labem, bus transfer to Prague
Day 8: Departure from Brandýs nad Labem 

Distances in italics are covered by ship.

Day 1: Arrival in Brandýs nad Labem 
Individual arrival to Brandýs nad Labem. Embarkation begins at 4 pm. At approx. 3pm, there will be a ground transfer service (no bikes) at the airport via the main train station, which takes you directly to the ship (transfer duration approx. 75 minutes). 

Day 2: Brandýs - Nymburk (35 km) | return to Brandýs
From the bustling town of Brandys nad Labem with its magnificent castle, you cycle to the beautiful Elbe town of Nymburk. The impressive city of fortification was partly rebuilt at the beginning of the last century. The Elbe bridge, built in1912, spans the river against the picturesque backdrop of a small town. On a tour through the old town, the former royal town inspires you with a multitude of interesting historical buildings and monuments. 

Day 3: Brandýs – Mělník | Bike the Vltava River from Mělník to Nelahozeves and back, 32 mi. (52 km)
In the early morning, it is time to cast off! Aboard the MS Florentina you sail to the royal town of Mělník. Here you start the Vltava-cycle tour to the Veltrusý Park, a vast landscape park with numerous sculptures and pavilions. Next to your cycle to the Nelahozeves Castle, which is among the most famous Renaissance castles of Bohemia and is also referred to as the “Little Louvre of the Czech Republic”. Tip: Visit the castle and Antonin Dvořák`s birthplace. From here cycle back to the quaint town of Mělník.

 Day 4: Mělník – Roudnice –  Litoměřice | Mělník – Roudnice, 16 mi. (26 km) 
This morning you have plenty of time to explore the lovely charming town of Mělník with its pastel-colored façades. Tip: Visit the proud castle, which towers over the Elbe River offering a marvelous panoramic view over the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe rivers. From here, you cycle mostly along the Elbe via Vliněves, Račice and Dobřín to Roudnice, today`s destination. At around 6 pm, the ship sails to Litoměřice.

Day 5: Litoměřice, day of rest or bike to Ustí and back, 33 mi. (53 km) 
Today is a day for you to decide what to do. Discover one of the most beautiful Czech towns, the royal town of Litoměřice. The colorful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings in the town center, which for the most part is encircled by well-preserved Gothic fortifications, will enchant you. Well-worth seeing is the Baroque Cathedral of St Stephen atop the dome hill, the historic underground (extensive tunnel system) or the Bishop’s residence. You might also be interested in an individual visit to the Terezín Memorial (Theresienstadt) in the village of Terezìn. The concentration camp memorial is located only 5 km away. The more advanced cyclists may want to cycle to Ustí, idyllically situated in the narrow valley of the Elbe river. You will come by the Bohemian Gate and by the old castle ruin of Schreckenstein. Overnight, the Florentina will be moored in Litoměřice.

Day 6: Litoměřice – Mělník | Mělník – Brandýs nad Labem, 19 mi. (30 km)
In the morning sail once more to the quaint town of Mělník, perched on a hill overlooking the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe rivers. Today`s cycle tour leads partly alongside the untouched banks of the Elbe, through woods, quiet wetlands, and small villages but also along quiet country roads to Brandýs nad Labem. 

Day 7: Brandýs nad Labem, bus transfer to Prague and back
Today the Golden City of Prague is on the agenda again. After breakfast, there will be a bus transfer service to Prague. In Prague, you will have free time to explore the city for the second time. In the afternoon transfer service back to the ship. 

Day 8: Departure from Brandýs nad Labem 
Disembarkation after breakfast by 9:30 am. At 8 am, there will be a ground transfer service that will take you to from the ship to Prague main station and following to the airport (transfer duration approx. 75 minutes).

Optional excursions:

We offer a small excursion program that can be booked and paid for directly on board with the tour leader (no advance bookings possible). Tours are conducted in German and English. 

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Tour Reviews

  • Greg T. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The boat and crew and guide were all top notch

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Lavonne B. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    My onboard experience was wonderful. The staff was awesome, very helpful and accommodating. The biking was quite an experience, a bit challenging at times due to some unpaved paths, however it was rewarding.

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Kathleen S. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The boat was very clean and spacious. The crew very friendly and accommodating. The food delicious and a good variety.
    The trails we rode on were not very good, however. A lot of pot holes and very narrow. We could not look around and enjoy the scenery as we had to keep our eye on where we were riding.

    It was a good experience for all of us.

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Lia P. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Visiting Prague. What a magical city. The bikes on our trip were very nice. I rented an ebike and my husband had a regular bike. We love biking in Europe but I would not recommend this trip. Lots of the paths were dirt paths that were rough to ride on. The trails were not marked very making it easy to miss a road sign because you had to look where you were riding due to the rough terrain. The towns were small and poor. Not many places to stop for a lunch or beer. The villages were very boring to our group of 12. The MS Florentine was very nice and the food was good. The restaurant manager provided excellent service. Our tour guide Frank was very disappointing. His English skills were marginal (he is German) and he wasn’t very friendly. We hated to ask him questions, he always acted put out by us bothering him. The map and written description of the daily route needs improving making it easy to get lost. I was grateful we were traveling with 10 friends since most of the guests Read more… were German and we never connected with others on the ship. I will do another bike and barge trip but I will pick a more interesting itinerary.

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Cynthia Y. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    It was nice just to boat and bike along in the river, seeing the Czech people relaxing and enjoying life along the riverbanks.

    On the negative side, we had an uncomfortable experience when we first arrived at Prague train station, needing to get on the bus. The email that Tripsite sent us said to wait on the side of the train station OPPOSITE the car park - near the restaurant inside (restaurant name has changed, so did not agree with the name given in the email). Well, the bus was parked on the OTHER side of the street for at least a half hour. I did not notice it over there, as I was focused on the station/restaurant side of the street, checking every bus that arrived, but none said "MS Florentina". Well, eventually the bus did drive to the side of the street we were on, but when we got on board there were not enough seats for us! We were willing to stand, but the driver would not allow that. The tour guide didn't bother to come on the bus, so no one was in Read more… charge. Eventually, four of our friends exited the bus and took an UBER. I think they were reimbursed for that expense, but not right away. This was very uncomfortable for us! All the German speaking people on the bus must have thought we were idiots, and holding up the entire show!
    Later in the week when two buses drove us into Prague, they told us repeatedly that the bus would return to the boat at 4pm. When we arrived in Prague and were exiting the bus, the driver told us 5pm!!! There really seemed to be a breakdown in communications between the bus driver and the boat.
    I also didn't like the markup on the drinking water. You can buy a big bottle of water for about 75 cents, but the boat charged the equivalent of $3.00. When we booked this trip were had no idea there would not be potable water. Then to have that kind of markup seemed petty.

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Nancy Q. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    We booked this tour last fall with 10 friends and unfortunately the route had to be changed in Jan due to repair work done on one of the rivers that prevented the boat from departing from Prague. Unfortunately miss directions were given to us about where to wait for a bus that would pick us up at the main train station and drive us to the new location of the MS Florentina. This caused much confusion as we were waiting on the wrong side of the street. Once we boarded the bus there was not enough room for everyone to be seated. The driver did not speak English nor was there a representative on board from the MS Florentina who could direct us. Four of our friends had to take an Uber. This set the trip off on a very disturbing note and delayed our arrival.
    In addition our guide, Frank seemed condescending when asked questions about our activities and often times gave us miss information about the routes. Our bike paths often took us past areas that were not scenic and quite Read more… bumpy.

    Although we enjoyed being with our friends on this journey the logistics of the trip were less than satisfying.

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Emily H. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The most memorable part of the trip was actually the time spent with friends. We had five couples join us on this trip. They were all new to bike and boat, and it was our fifth. They all enjoyed their experience. Since we were the only group of Americans on the trip, we were happy to be joined by friends who spoke English!

    Boat: MS Florentina

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MS Florentina Czech Republic Premium Class Boat The MS Florentina was originally built in 1980 and has been refurbished twice since. It offers a bright, friendly restaurant with bar, lounge, observation saloon with panoramic windows, and a large sun deck with deck chairs for sitting and river watching.

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