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 a 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 north east 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, which you will visit twice during your cycling vacation. 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 peacful 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*:  £ 682 $ 1,375 789 NOK 7561 kr 6980 $ 907

    Twin cabin main deck:  £ 786 $ 1,584 909 NOK 8711 kr 8041 $ 1,045

    Twin cabin upper deck with French balcony:  £ 968 $ 1,950 1119 NOK 10724 kr 9899 $ 1,287

    Single cabin main deck (limited number):  £ 1002 $ 2,019 1159 NOK 11107 kr 10253 $ 1,333

    Single cabin upper deck with French balcony (limited number):  £ 1184 $ 2,385 1369 NOK 13120 kr 12110 $ 1,574

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

    extra options

    Electric bike rental: £ 82 $ 166 95 NOK 910 kr 840 $ 109 (Includes bike protection and pannier bag)
    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 ground collective transfer from/to the airport or respectively from/to the main station. Transfer time is approximately 60 minutes.

    Climate

    The climate of Prague, the Czech capital, is moderately continental with mild or pleasantly warm summers. Please check local conditions before you 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 traveller's responsibility to insure 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

Comfort Plus Vessel, MS Florentina

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • 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)
  • Daily briefing of cycling itinerary
  • Maps and information material, one set per cabin
  • Tour director on board
  • 7-speed unisex touring bike (KTM with hand and back pedal brakes or free wheel hub equipped with pannier)
  • Arrival and departure shared group transfer from/to airport or train station in Prague
  • All port, bridge, and lock fees
  • Bike Protection

What’s Not Included

  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • 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.
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From789 Rates
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Tour Dates

Saturdays: July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, and August 10, 2019

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

The Elbe River and Prague Map

Day 1: Arrival in Brandýs nad Labem 
Day 2: Brandýs nad Laben – Prague - Brandýs nad Labem, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 3: Brandýs – Mělník | Bike the Vltava River from Mělník to Nelahozeves and back, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 4: Mělník – Roudnice –  Litoměřice | Bike 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 by boat |Bike Mělník – Brandýs nad Labem, 19 mi. (30 km)  
Day 7: Brandýs nad Labem, bus transfer to Prague or Optional cycle Tour to Prague and back, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 8: Departure from Brandýs nad Labem 

Distances in italics are covered by ship.

*All distances are approximate. The above 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 
Individual arrival in Brandýs nad Labem. Embarkation from 4 pm. You can leave your luggage on board from 12 noon on.  There will be a group transfer service at the airport via main station, which takes you directly to the ship (Transfer duration approx. 60 minutes). 

Day 2: Brandýs nad Laben – Prague - Brandýs nad Laben, 36 mi. (58 km)
Today you will have plenty of time to fully enjoy your first cycle tour to Prague. For 29 km, you follow the well-paved cycle route 241, which leads you directly into the historic city center of this unique major city. After exploring Prague, you will cycle back to the River Elbe and return to the Florentina for the evening.

Day 3: Brandýs – Mělník | Bike the Vltava River from Mělník to Nelahozeves and back, 30 mi. (48 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 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 | Bike Mělník – Roudnice, 16 mi. (26 km) 
This morning you have plenty of time to explore the lovely charming town of Mělník with its pastel-coloured façades. Tip: Visit the proud castle, which towers over the Elbe River offering a marvellous panoramic view over the confluence of the Vlatwa and Elbe rivers. From here, you cycle almostly 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 colourful 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 by boat |Bike 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, though 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 or optional cycle tour to Prague and back, 36 mi. (58 km)
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. Naturally you may also choose to cycle to Prague and back. 

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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MS Florentina Czech Republic Comfort Plus 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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