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

Cycling the Czech Republic Bike Tour. Photo via Tour Operator

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.

  • Twin cabin main deck at the front/back*:  £ 676 $ 1,363 789 $ 1199 NOK 7496 kr 6919 $ 899

    Twin cabin main deck:  £ 779 $ 1,570 909 $ 1382 NOK 8636 kr 7971 $ 1,036

    Twin cabin upper deck with French balcony:  £ 959 $ 1,933 1119 $ 1701 NOK 10631 kr 9813 $ 1,276

    Single cabin main deck (limited number):  £ 993 $ 2,002 1159 $ 1762 NOK 11011 kr 10164 $ 1,321

    Single cabin upper deck with French balcony (limited number):  £ 1173 $ 2,365 1369 $ 2081 NOK 13006 kr 12005 $ 1,561

    * Cabins at the front and on the back of the ship. Engine and generator noise perceptible when ship is moving or at berth.

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

    Discount on August 3 departure in regular twin cabin/main deck only (valid for bookings from May 22, 2019): £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 Cabins are available for single use as well. Ask us for pricing.

    Twin cabin main deck at the front/back*:  £ 698 $ 1,406 814 $ 1237 NOK 7733 kr 7138 $ 928

    Twin cabin main deck:  £ 809 $ 1,631 944 $ 1435 NOK 8968 kr 8278 $ 1,076

    Twin cabin upper deck with French balcony:  £ 981 $ 1,976 1144 $ 1739 NOK 10868 kr 10032 $ 1,304

    Single cabin main deck (limited number):  £ 1066 $ 2,149 1244 $ 1891 NOK 11818 kr 10909 $ 1,418

    Twin cabin main deck for single use: £ 1092 $ 2,200 1274 $ 1936 NOK 12098 kr 11168 $ 1,452

    Single cabin upper deck with French balcony (limited number):  £ 1238 $ 2,494 1444 $ 2195 NOK 13718 kr 12663 $ 1,646

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

     

    extra options

    Electric bike rental (Includes bike protection and pannier bag): £ 81 $ 164 95 $ 144 NOK 903 kr 833 $ 108 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.


Tour Dates

2019 (Saturday to Saturday)

July 27, August 3*, and August 10, 2019

*August 3rd departure now being offered at discount. See pricing. Valid for bookings May 22, 2019


2020 (Tuesday to Tuesday)

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

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

Comfort Plus Vessel, MS Florentina

What’s Included

  • 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
  • Arrival and departure shared group transfer from/to airport or train station in Prague
  • Bus transfer to and from Prague on Day 7
  • Bike Protection
  • 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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Day-To-Day Itinerary

The Elbe River and Prague Map

Click the respective year below to see the day to day itinerary.

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).


Day 1: Arrival in Brandýs nad Labem 
Day 2: Brandýs nad Labem – Nymburk, 22 mi (35 km) - by boat, back to Brandys
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 in Brandýs nad Labem. Embarkation begins at 4 pm. You can leave your luggage on board from 12 noon on.  There will be a group transfer service at the airport via the main station, which takes you directly to the ship (Transfer duration approx. 60 minutes). 

Day 2: Brandýs nad Labem – Nymburk, 22 mi (35 km) - by boat back to Brandys
From the bustling town of Brandys nad Labem with its magnificent castle you cycle to the beautiful Elbe town ofNymburk. The magnificent 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.  If you would like to go to Prague on this day, you can go from Brandys to Prague in the morning by public transportation. Your onboard tour guide can assist with your local transportation questions.  You can then board again either in the afternoon in Nymburk or in the evening in Brandys.

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. 

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.  There will be a ground transfer service that will take you to from the ship to Prague main station and following to the airport. 

Optional excursions:

Day 3: Nelahozeves – Visit to the castle and to the Dvorak Museum
Day 4: Melnik Sightseeing Tour and Castle Tour including a visit to the Castle’s Pastry Shop
Day 5: Litomerice – Sightseeing Tour and Visit to the “Underworld”
Day 7: Sightseeing Walking Tour with Audio Device in Prague

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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. 

 You can view all of our bike and boat tours or look at our featured bike trips, specials, and news.

 

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