Golden City of Prague, Czech Republic. Photo via Flickr:Pedro Szekely

Foggy morning on the Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic. Photo via Flickr:Roman Boed
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Golden City of Prague

Czech Republic Bike + Barge Tours

Bike & Boat in the Czech Republic along the Moldova, Elbe, and Vitava Rivers

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

    Prague is both the point of departure and final destination for this beautiful bike and barge tour along the Upper Moldova, Vitava, and the huge Elbe Rivers. 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 ”Golden City” and the "City of a Hundred Spires“!

    The MS FLORENTINA moors close to the infamous Charles Bridge, an ideal springboard for your tour. You follow the river northward to Litoměřice and then loop back again, enjoying a comprehensive introduction to this multi-faceted and fascinating land and people, unique, modern, yet deeply traditional.

    Other highlights:

    • Riverside cycling
    • Restored Market Place, busy Wenceslas Square, Jewish Quarter
    • Wence
    • Birth house of Antoni Dvořák
    • National Art Gallery
    • Veltrusý Park
    • Lovely Mênik
    • Baroque Cathedral of St. Stephen
    • Terezín Memorial

    Other highlights include good food, good beer, Czech amber nectar and regional favorites such as roast pork with dumplings!

    *Language on board: German and English

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

  • Twin cabin main deck at the front/back $ 1470 £ 733 $ 1,268 814 $ 1517 kr 9087 $ 904 *

    (Engine and generator noise perceptible when ship is moving or at berth)

    Twin cabin main deck:  $ 1705 £ 850 $ 1,470 944 $ 1759 kr 10538 $ 1,049 *

    Twin cabin upper deck with French balcony:  $ 2066 £ 1030 $ 1,782 1144 $ 2132 kr 12771 $ 1,271 *

    Single cabin main deck (limited number):  $ 2247 £ 1120 $ 1,937 1244 $ 2319 kr 13887 $ 1,382 *

    Single cabin upper deck with French balcony (limited number):  $ 2608 £ 1301 $ 2,249 1444 $ 2691 kr 16120 $ 1,605 *

    *All cabins now being offered at $ 316 £ 158 $ 273 175 $ 326 kr 1954 $ 194 discount per person. Valid for bookings from February 28, 2020

    extra options

    Electric bike rental: $ 163 £ 81 $ 140 90 $ 168 kr 1005 $ 100

    (Including bike protection & pannier bag)

    Dietary restrictions and special requests are subject to additional charges 

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    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

    There is no direct metro or train connection to/from the city center to the airport. However, public buses, and the Airport Express bus line, provide very economical means to arrive to the city center.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Prague and the surroundings are classified as moderately continental. June through August temperatures are very mild or pleasantly warm. Daytime temperatures hover around 22 °C (71.5 °F) in June and 24 °C (75 °F) in July and August. In July and August, it can get hot at times, but all in all, the days when the temperature exceeds 30 °C (86 °F) are rare.

    Recommended

    A must-visit for anyone is the Terezin Concentration Camp on Day 4. The campsite was constructed by the Nazis to hold war prisoners around the time of World War II. This a deeply moving experience.

    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.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

On the premium class vessel, the MS Florentina

What’s Included

  • Accommodations on board for 7 nights
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Change of bedding and towels
  • All meals: breakfast buffet, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack on board for non-cyclists, coffee and tea in the afternoon, and three-course dinner in the evening
  • All port, bridge, and lock fees
  • Daily briefing of cycling itinerary
  • Maps and information material (1 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)
  • GPS tracks
  • Bike Protection

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

If you would like to spend extra days before or after your tour, booking.com or one of the other booking sites are wonderful resources for researching hotel accommodations.

TourBike + Boat
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From714 Rates
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Tour Dates

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

Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided bike and boat tour.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Golden City of Prague Map

Day 1: Arrival in Prague
Day 2: Prague - Kralupy, 16 mi. (27 km) 
Day 3: Kralupy - Mêlník, 18 mi. (28 km) + boat trip to Litoměřice
Day 4:  Litoměřice, day of rest or cyle tour to Ustí, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 5:  Litoměřice - Roudnice - Mlčechvosty | Roudnice - Mělník – Mlčechvosty, 25 mi. (40 km) 
Day 6: Mlčechvosty - Prague, 25 mi. (40 km) 
Day 7: Prague - Zbraslav - Prague 19 mi. (30 km) 
Day 8: Departure from Prague

*Subject to change. In the event of low or high water levels or adverse weather conditions a route cannot be taken, the captain reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this would not be a reason for fee-free cancellation). 

Day 1Arrival in Prague
Individual arrival in Prague. Embarkation begins at 4 pm. Highly recommended this evening is a stroll over the Charles Bridge, particularly beautiful in the dark, and enjoy the stunning view of the illuminated Prague Castle.

Day 2: Prague - Kralupy, 16 mi. (27 km)
The morning is at your disposal and you have enough time for a nice little walk through Prague. You will then be fitted for your bike and start your first cycle tour. You will cycle along the Vltava River via Troja, known for its Baroque castle and National Art Gallery, to the village of Klecánky, over the bank of the Vltava via Drasty, onward to Vodochody, and finally back on the river bank to today's destination Kralupy. Arrival at the ship at approximately 5 pm.  

Day 3: Kralupy - Mêlník, 18 mi. (28 km) + boat trip to Litoměřice
After breakfast, around 9 am, you will get on the bike once again and cycle along the Vltava River to Nelahozeves. Recommended is a visit to the birth house of Antonin Dvořák and one of the most famous Renaissance castles of Bohemia, also known as the “little Louvre of Czechia”. The tour takes you past the Veltrusý Park, with numerous sculptures and gazebos in an extensive terrain, up to the royal town of Mělník. Around about 1.30 pm, return back to the ship and enjoy the boat trip on the Elbe River to Litoměřice.                

Day 4: Litoměřice, day of rest or round tour by bicycle to Ustí, 33 mi. (53 km)
No bike ride is scheduled for this day. You will 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 are 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 a cycle tour 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 feel to cycle to Ustí - idyllically situated in the narrow valley of the Elbe river – via the old castle ruin Schreckenstein and back (55 km). The MS FLORENTINA will moor overnight in Litoměřice.

Day 5: Litoměřice - Roudnice | Roudnice - Mělník – Mlčechvosty, 25 mi. (40 km). 
Early in the morning, the ship will take you to Roudnice. Daily cycling begins around 9:00 am. The route leads mostly alongside the Elbe, via Dobřín, Račice, and Vliněves, you cycle back again to the lovely village of Mělník. On a guided walk (optional) enjoy the splendid panoramic view of the confluence of the Vlatva and Elbe River from the top of the castle hill. Afterward, have coffee and cake in the castle-patisserie. You continue cycling to today’s destination, Mlčechvosty. The boat arrives at approximately 4:30 PM.

Day 6: Mlčechvosty - Prague, 25 mi. (40 km)  
Today you enjoy your last bike tour via Nelahozeves, Kralupy, Chvatěruby, Vodochody, Drasty, and Klecánky to Prague or you relax on the sun deck. You will arrive at Prage at approximately 3:30 PM. The rest of the day is reserved for Prague.  

Day 7: Prague – Zbraslav and back, 19 mi. (30 km)
In the morning, there will be an optional guided walk to discover the right bank of the Vltava River, the highlights of the Old Town, the New Town and the Jewish Quarter (duration approx. 2 hours). Visit the Prague Castel with the Golden Lane, the Powder Tower, just meander along the streets or watch the lively goings-on sitting in one of the cafes on the Old Town Square. There are countless possibilities! If you feel like cycling today, you can bike upstream along Vltava River to Zbraslav and back. A trip to Vyṧehrad Castle is worthwhile. It was built, probably in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Local legend holds that Vyṧehrad was the location of the first settlement which later became Prague. 

Day 8: Saturday, Departure from Prague
Disembarkation by 9:30 AM following breakfast. 

During your tour, you can enjoy optional excursions.  

Tickets can be purchased directly on board, payable in cash only (EUR). Once on board you will have the opportunity to attend a tour information session in which your options will be presented.  

1. Thursday: Nelahozeves, visit to the castle and the Dvořák-Museum
Approx. 9 - 11 am
Visit Nelahozeves Castle, one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in the Czech Republic. It belongs to the Bohemian Noble family of Lobkowicz, which has played a decisive role in Central European
history for over 600 years. The Lobkowicz family has supported scientists and artists, as for instance Ludwig v. Beethoven. After the visit to the castle, explore the museum and birth house of the famous Czech composer Antonin Dvořák, which is located just below the castle. €17 p.p.

2. Friday: Litoměřice, sightseeing tour, and visit to the “Underworld”
Approx. 09:00 / 09:15  – 11:00 / 11:15 am
You will start your tour walking with your tour guide from the mooring place to the town center. The royal town of Litoměřice with its colorful Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings is one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic. On your walk, you will pass the Town Hall, built in Saxon Renaissance style, the "Kalich“ (Chalice) House, where rich townsfolk used to meet over a glass of wine, the plague column and some important churches like the Baroque Stephen`s Cathedral. Afterward, you will go down about 73 steps and explore the 170 m long underground passages below the Chalice house at the main square. In a small exhibition you will learn about the eventful history of the Bidnice Hill: about the mine, limestone extraction, but also about the underground Nazi factory where thousands of prisoners died under inhuman conditions at the end of the war, and about its current use. €15 p.p.

3. Saturday: Mêlník, sightseeing and castle tour*, approx. 12 - 2 pm
Meeting point for today`s tour is the castle courtyard. Discover the picturesque town of Melnik on a guided walking tour and see sights like the Town Hall, the Capuchin monastery and the central square of the town, Náměstí Míru, among others. Then take a stroll up to the castle. The Renaissance castle in Mělník together with the Ss. Peter and Paul Church are the region`s landmarks. From the castle hill, you have a marvelous view over the confluence of the rivers Vlatwa and Labe (Elbe). During the castle tour, explore the rich collection of paintings and furniture of the Lobkowicz family. €15 p.p.

4. Monday: Prague, sightseeing walking tour with audio device
Approx. 9 - 11:30 am
In the morning, explore the Old Town, the New Town, and the Jewish Quarter on a two-hour guided walking tour. Following the Old Royal Route through Prague for a little while, you will reach the Old Town City Hall with its impressive Astronomical Clock, which dates back to the 14 th century. From here continue to the Charles University, the largest in the Czech Republic, the Estate Theatre, which went down in music history when two of Mozart`s operas were premiered here, past the world-famous Wenceslas Square and the Old-New Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter – the oldest surviving synagogue north of the Alps (the
guided tour does not include any entrance fees or visits). In order to allow tour participants a better understanding, audio devices are applied for this tour. Every tour member gets a receiver to wear around his neck and personal headphones.

Important:

  • Tickets can be purchased directly on board (cash payment in EUR only)
  • The excursions have capacity limitations. Last-minute reservations may not be possible. We recommend that you attend the tour information sessions and make your decision early
  • The sequence of the program may vary
  • Once an excursion has been booked and paid, no refunds will be made. (Except in the event the minimum number of participants has not been reached).
  • Please note that, for instance, due to weather conditions or lock closures the scheduled program may change as well as the location of boarding and disembarking.
  • Guided tours are offered in English and German (only if a minimum number of participants is reached)
  • All guided tours are conducted on foot, there will be stairs to negotiate.
  • Minimum number of participants per tour: 20
  • Itinerary, as well as tour programs, are subject to change.

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Tour Reviews

  • Philippe R. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    Trip was overall multidimensional satisfying, boat, food, drink, bike, route descriptions, local colour, culture, language, guides, value for money (ten factors).

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Mary C. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Trip went way above my expectations. Everything started exactly on time, the food and entertainment was excellent. The maps and bike routes were well detailed and went through beautiful countryside. Routes also gave you many opportunities to stop and enjoy the culture of each city.

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Jan W. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Just finished this trip, in August 2017. We had a 2 bed (twin) room and had plenty of space for our suitcases and also to unpack for a week. Loved the international favor of all the guests, my group of 3 were the only Americans. Biking was easy but with a few challenging hills to keep you interested. Many people used electric bikes, but my 7 speed bike was fine. ( I bike in Northern NJ so I am very use to hills) Experience following a cue sheet would be recommended to anyone who goes on this trip. But most of the routes were easy to follow, although wrong turns is always part of the adventure! Although most of the information said Euros on board, you can pay your ship bill (bar bill) with Czech Koruna, Euros or Credit card. But any excursions you book had to be paid with Euro cash. Food on board was good and seconds were always offered. Boat is docked in the Old Town very close to Charles Bridge. Easy to arrange your own walking tours if you find like I did, the boat Read more… offered tours of Prague were a bit high. Wonderful biking in the county side, visiting Castles, and just enjoying the Czech Republic. We had a few grandparents and teen grandchildren on our trip. Each night our tour guide met with the English speaking riders to review the next day's route. I have done many bike and barge trips before, and this was the most comfortable barge I have been on. I would recommend this bike and barge trip for anyone who wants to enjoy Prague and the Czech Republic.

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Suasan O. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    In the height of the tourist season 4 of us booked the Golden City of Prague bike/barge and enjoyed every aspect of this route and three nights on the boat in the heart of city. The Florentina is a fabulous accommodation for this venture up the Vltava and Elbe Rivers. The staff provide good but not obsequious service. The food served was a pleasant surprise and our guide was helpful and informative. I would recommend that bikers have experience in wayfinding or be able to download maps to assist them. Along with this skill, the presentations (in English) and the written descriptions/maps in the booklets kept us on track. Much of the bike trails are along the rivers' edge and the condition varied from paved to gravel to rough, but that just made it more interesting.

    All the Czech people we encountered were helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the historic towns of Litomerice, Melnick, the birthplace of Dvorak and the many Lobkowicz palace(s.) We did a short bike ride Read more… to Terezin and absorbed the ancient and recent history of this fortress. In Prague we especially enjoyed our tour of the Municipal House and a gallery exhibit of Mucha. For modern art and architecture seek out art installations by the contemporary artist David Cerny and the "Dancing House." I was very impressed with the hard work and pride of the Czech people and their commitment to building a new economy.

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • John F. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our favorite part: Viewing Prague at night from Charles bridge

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Jan M. 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Boat and crew were great. Biking and shore excursions were confusing. Explanations not always clear in English.

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • Henk Vanden Hengel 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Wonderful tour through the northern part of the Czech Republic. The local people are quite reserved. The boat works well as a big floating hotel and the crew is well trained. Lots of people to meet on board or along the way. Prague really is the jewel in the middle of Europe. Pictures aplenty!
    I won't forget it.

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • L. Tindula 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I think the most memorable part was all of the different people from other countries that we met on the boat along with meeting and learning about the Czech Republic and their people! Great tours offered as well!

    Boat: MS Florentina

  • D. Dray 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our first day was quite rocky… The directions were not good and the routes were not well marked. Everyone was frustrated. The guide promised to bike out again from Prague and redo it--hopefully that happened.

    Boat: MS Florentina

    • Deena Dray 4 years ago    

      I neglected to state how wonderful this trip was in my initial review, which focused on what was wrong instead what was right---which was everything else!
      We loved our French balcony room; though there were 75+ on board, one never felt it was crowded. The beautiful lounge at the front of the boat was often empty.
      The staff were great. Food just OK but still decent. The wine and beer helped! A diverse group of travelers which made it fun. Highly recommend this tour.

      Boat: MS Florentina

      • Jehiel 4 years ago     Staff

        Thanks for updating your review, Deena! Glad you enjoyed your trip overall. We hope to help you plan your next one!

  • Becky Nuttall 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I have mixed feelings about this tour. The boat was nice- clean, and incredibly well run; the food was good. The Czech Republic was beautiful (albeit unusually hot) and we enjoyed the countryside and the towns. However, if you did not speak German, which was the native language of the tour guide, Hans, you were in for some difficult times. He was outwardly pleasant, clearly organized (although the trip sheets needed updating), and I believe he gave the updates to the German tourists. Unfortunately, he did not provide all of the info in English and it made things difficult for us. He said that the other Germans didn't like it when he gave the presentation and then gave it in English (to all of us together). At one point, we (Americans, Aussies and Swedes) took him to task and he had a meeting with us to discuss - but had difficulty accepting our point of view. Also, the tour excursions, which were supposed to be available in English, didn't all happen. So we missed some of Read more… the information that others received. Overall, we enjoyed our time but we had not expected this level of difficulty and I cannot in all good conscience recommend this one to English-speaking tourists. However, if the boat is contracted for anything else - you are in good hands there.

    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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