Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo via Flickr:Traveltipy
Neumarkt, Dresden. Photo via Flickr:tm-md

Vineyards and castles in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn
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Prague to Dresden - A Tale of Two Rivers

Czech Republic, Germany Bike Tours

Cycling along the Vltava and Elbe Rivers

  • This bike tour in the Czech Republic and Germany from Prague to Dresden follows the flow of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers, through beautiful countryside, picturesque towns, and scenic parks. If you have biked the Danube and want something very similar, this is for you. The bike paths are well developed, flat, and very scenic and reveal centuries of history every day.

    From the stout sandstone columns and cliffs of Bohemian Switzerland to the peaceful vineyards of Mělník, from the reality of the concentration camp, Therezin, to the silent, ancient volcanoes of the Middle Highlands, this trip will create profound memories and rich impressions. All this lies between two medieval capitals of utmost significance, Prague, "City of a Hundered Spires" and Dresden, every corner filled with recent and ancient stories!

    As a bonus you can enjoy a boat trip or hiking in the Czech Saxon Switzerland!

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  • Guided: £ 773 $ 1,374 943 NOK 9273 kr 8560 $ 1,113 Single supplement: £ 111 $ 198 136 NOK 1337 kr 1234 $ 160 High season supplement: £ 8 $ 15 10 NOK 98 kr 91 $ 12 * £ 77 $ 137 94 NOK 924 kr 853 $ 111 per person discount being offered on May 19 and June 9th departures. Self Guided:
    Standard Accommodations £ 570 $ 1,012 695 NOK 6834 kr 6308 $ 820 Single supplement: £ 111 $ 198 136 NOK 1337 kr 1234 $ 160 High season supplement: £ 8 $ 15 10 NOK 98 kr 91 $ 12 Premium Accommodations: £ 706 $ 1,256 862 NOK 8476 kr 7824 $ 1,017 Single supplement: £ 148 $ 264 181 NOK 1780 kr 1643 $ 214 High season supplement: £ 9 $ 16 11 NOK 108 kr 100 $ 13

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 49 $ 87 60 NOK 590 kr 545 $ 71  

    Extra nights
    Prague 
    Low season (June 6 to August 31):

    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: £ 33 $ 58 40 NOK 393 kr 363 $ 47 Single: £ 61 $ 109 75 NOK 738 kr 681 $ 89   Premium accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 52 $ 92 63 NOK 620 kr 572 $ 74 Single: £ 77 $ 137 94 NOK 924 kr 853 $ 111 High season (April 15 to June 15 + September 1 to October 15):
    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: £ 41 $ 73 50 NOK 492 kr 454 $ 59 Single: £ 78 $ 138 95 NOK 934 kr 862 $ 112   Premium accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 59 $ 105 72 NOK 708 kr 654 $ 85 Single: £ 93 $ 165 113 NOK 1111 kr 1026 $ 133 Dresden 
    Low season: (April 14 to April 30 + June 16 to August 31 + October 10 to October 15)
    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: £ 41 $ 73 50 NOK 492 kr 454 $ 59 Single: £ 63 $ 112 77 NOK 757 kr 699 $ 91   Premium accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 57 $ 102 70 NOK 688 kr 635 $ 83 Single: £ 98 $ 175 120 NOK 1180 kr 1089 $ 142 High season: (May 1 to June 15 + September 1 to September 30)
    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: £ 45 $ 80 55 NOK 541 kr 499 $ 65 Single: £ 73 $ 130 89 NOK 875 kr 808 $ 105   Premium accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 66 $ 117 80 NOK 787 kr 726 $ 94 Single: £ 114 $ 202 139 NOK 1367 kr 1262 $ 164

    Bike tour of Prague:
    2 people: £ 37 $ 66 45 NOK 443 kr 408 $ 53 4 people: £ 29 $ 51 35 NOK 344 kr 318 $ 41 6 people: £ 25 $ 44 30 NOK 295 kr 272 $ 35
    GPS rental (self guided option): £ 25 $ 44 30 NOK 295 kr 272 $ 35

    Transfers:


    Airport/Railway station to hotel in Prague (price is per person)

    1-3 people: £ 25 $ 45 31 NOK 305 kr 281 $ 37 3-4 people: £ 50 $ 89 61 NOK 600 kr 554 $ 72

    By car from Dresden to Prague (price is per person)
    1-2 people: £ 54 $ 96 66 NOK 649 kr 599 $ 78 3-4 people: £ 50 $ 89 61 NOK 600 kr 554 $ 72 5 + people: £ 41 $ 73 50 NOK 492 kr 454 $ 59

    Bike accessories:
    Gel seat cover: £ 4 $ 7 5 NOK 49 kr 45 $ 6 Extra rear bag, small: £ 8 $ 15 10 NOK 98 kr 91 $ 12 Extra rear bag, big: £ 12 $ 22 15 NOK 148 kr 136 $ 18 Pedal cage: £ 2 $ 4 3 NOK 30 kr 27 $ 4 Rear mirror: £ 4 $ 7 5 NOK 49 kr 45 $ 6 Reflective jacket: £ 8 $ 15 10 NOK 98 kr 91 $ 12 GPS set with routes, batteries, battery charger (need to order in advance!): £ 25 $ 44 30 NOK 295 kr 272 $ 35 GPS Sport tester (per day): £ 2 $ 3 2 NOK 20 kr 18 $ 2

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Prague, Václav Havel Airport

    Local Travel

    Taxi or public transportation to first hotel. By public transport, you can reach this hotel via bus and subway. We will provide specific details closer to your tour date.

    Climate

    Average high temp in °F for Prague is: May 64º, June 69º, July 72º, August 73º, September 65º, and October 54º.

    Remarks

    It is possible to extend your trip with extra nights! You can also add a guided tour of Prague. Please ask us for additional details!


Tour Dates

Guided:  May 19*, June 9*, June 30, July 21, August 11, September 1, and September 22, 2018
All departures are confirmed departures!

*These departures are being offered at a 10% discount!

Self-Guided: Daily arrival possible from April 14 to October 27, 2018
Minimum number of 2 bookings required to confirm a request.  If travelling alone, tour could be confirmed but with addtional supplement.

 

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 and 4 star hotels and guesthouses

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions
  • 24-speed bicycle rental for 5 days
  • Luggage transportation
  • Telephone support
  • Helmet and basic repair kit
  • Guided Tour only
  • Dinners (except on day 1)
  • Water and snacks during cycling
  • Tour guide
  • Support vehicle

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival and departure to Prague
  • Lunches
  • Dinners on self guided tour
  • Dinner on Day 1 of guided tour
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Prague or Dresden

TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length7 days
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Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided or guided bike tour with average daily distances between 30 and 33 miles.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Prague to Dresden - A Tale of Two Rivers Map

Day 1: Arrival in Prague
Day 2: Prague - Melnik, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 3: Melnik - Litomerice, 32 mi. (52 km)
​Day 4: Litomerice - Decin, 33 mi. (53 km)
Day 5: Decin - Czech Saxon Switzerland - Bad Schandau, cycling 10 mi. (25 km) - additional cycling or hiking
Day 6: Bad Schandau - Dresden, 30 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Dresden

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Prague
After arriving in Prague and checking into your hotel, the rest of the day is up to you to explore Prague on your own. You can either relax or have a unique Prague by bike tour (not included in the tour price). The tour is guided by tour guides born and raised here who truly love the city. Perhaps you might want to think of booking an extra night before the tour as there is also opportunity for a bike tour to Karlstejn Castle or other one day excursions to important places of the Czech Republic (Cesky Krumlov, Kutná Hora, Karlovey, Vary, or Terezin. Please ask us for additional details about this tour! Be sure to end your day with a mug of good local beer. 

Day 2: Prague - Melnik, 33 mi. (53 km)
Despite the first small ascent, today's route follows a nice trail to Melnik, the heart of the Czech wine region. Just before leaving Prague, pass the Troja Baroque Castle and continue to the North following the bank of the Vltava River. The river creates very interesting rock formations and deep valleys. Highlights of today include visits to castles in Nelahozeves and Veltrusy. End the day in Melnik with a glass of a good wine from the region.

Day 3: Melnik - Litomerice, 32 mi. (52 km)
Today’s route is fairly flat and leads through a calm Elbe region, one of the most fertile regions in the Czech Republic. At the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers, the river gains strength and slowly becomes a European major waterway. After passing the Libechov Castle, you'll arrive in the town of Roudnice nad Labem where you can admire an old church and a castle. The most impressive stop is the massive Terezin Fortress, with a history dating back to 1780, when its construction began. It was used in World War I as a prison and then again in World War II as a concentration camp. This era was filled with hatred and cruelty and dramatically spotted the history of Terezin, a place that the Nazis used as a Jewish concentration camp. The day concludes in the old town of Litomerice, a spiritual center of the region.

​Day 4: Litomerice - Decin, 33 mi. (53 km)
Today is reserved for exploration of the romantic countryside of the Czech Middle Mountains. Even though this region is very hilly, the route mainly follows the banks of the Elbe River with hills with several old ruins surrounding you. This former volcanic region had always been an ideal terrain for building castles and fortresses, many of which have not been preserved. The Strekov Castle, which was built on top of a steep rock cliff, belongs among one of the most romantic castles in the Czech Republic. After an optional, strenuous climb, you will be rewarded by a magnificent view from its walls. The final point of this stage will be the Northern Gate of the Czech Republic and the town of Decin, which has the lowest altitude in the Czech Republic.

Day 5: Decin - Czech Saxon Switzerland - Bad Schandau, cycling 10 mi. (25 km) - additional cycling or hiking
You'll have two choices today, you can choose to cycle or take a boat to Hřensko. This border town is situated in the heart of the Czech-Saxon Switzerland National Park and offers many attractive activities. If you enjoy hiking, you will want to take advantage of the touristic trails leading through the scenery of the rocky towns, and the mesas, passes, deep gorges, and hillsides. You'll also admire the wonder of the Pravcicka Gate, no doubt, the biggest natural rock bridge in Europe.

Take a boat through the passes of Kamenice River or continue your bike tour on one of many marked bike trails through this wonderful country, or combine a boat trip with a ride through a romantic valley on a historical tram in Bad Schandau. After saying Good bye to Czech Republic, cross the border to Germany just on the edge of the historic spa town of Bad Schandau.

Day 6: Bad Schandau - Dresden, 30 mi. (40 km)
This day is packed with historical sites! After leaving Bad Schandau, visit the Königstein Fortress and see the beautiful rock formation with a romantic rock bridge and Bastei Ruin. An optional hike to this unique, natural wonder is one of the highlights of this whole tour! It is definitely worth it and you'll be rewarded by an unforgettable panoramic view. As you continue cycling a few more kilometers by the town of Pirna, you will enter the region of the Dresden Valley. There are several beautiful castles and museums of music masters, such as Karl Maria Weber and Richard Wagner. Today's final destination is Dresden.

Day 7: Dresden
There is probably no other town in Germany which better symbolizes the turbulent history of this country and shows many centuries of cultural and architectural boom combined with religious freedom and economic prosperity. A short admiration of Nazism was followed by a cruel punishment in the form of the biggest bombing during World War II, which turned almost the entire city into ruins overnight. After-the-war resurrection into forty years of communistic unimportance is followed by twenty years of renewal and reconstruction. Thanks to this renovation of the entire city, today we can admire the beauties of this place, which earned the nickname of “Florence upon Elbe”.

You can always extend your stay to further explore Dresden. Accommodations, guided city tours, and transfers can be arranged!

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Customer Feedback

  • Josephine S. 4 weeks ago

    I have just returned from a most pleasant bike trip Prague - Dresden. The well paved and mostly flat bike paths made the cycling quite easy and enabled us to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the countryside. The hotel rooms were clean and spacious, especially the Chateau Liblice, which was a real treat. We were well fed and got plenty of drinks. The Czech and german beers are excellent, the wines are not bad either. Our guide Vitek made every possible effort to meet all our expectations.His stories helped me enrich the knowledge about the country, its history, people, traditions. But above all Vitek is a very nice, kind and friendly person.
    Thank you Vitek for all the fun we had and for making me enjoy every minute of the trip.

  • Barbara 2 months ago

    Just returned from five days of cycling through the Czech and German countryside from Prague to Dresden: A Tale of Two Rivers. A wonderful experience - beautiful countryside, quaint accommodations, good food and excellent service. Lukas and company of Europe Bike Tours do all they can to please and support their riders. Try it - you'll love it!

  • Dianne W. 7 months ago

    Vienna to Budapest was superb - easy to follow instructions (only got lost once) scenery good for the soul, countryside ducks in flight, historic buildings & bridges, food & wine a delight, accommodation excellent (and 1 unique hotel with a bowling alley in reception) comfortable bikes =easy ride (we are 60+) would be great for family with kids-Yet another Tripsite success (used before will use again)

  • Ileana G. 7 months ago

    Visiting Strekov Castle was a highlight. First day is the most challenging with a couple of big hills.

  • Patricia M. 9 months ago

    This was a wonderful vacation (from Prague to Dresden via Bohemia). Being a solo traveler I welcomed the guidance and support offered by this tour. Lucas and Vitek provided historical and cultural info along the route; the hotels, meals, and excursions all combined to make this an easy, active and memorable holiday. Can't wait for the next adventure!

  • Ileana G. 11 months ago

    The visit to Strekov castle was one of the more memorable moments. We had time to explore the ruins. Otherwise, we did not stop anywhere for long. The other spot where we stopped for a while was Terezin, site of a Nazi concentration camp. At Pillnitz castle near Dresden, we were given 15 or 20 minutes to tour the gardens if we wished. Overall, the pace was fast and the trip felt a little rushed. The description of the ride as easy is a little inaccurate. There were some hills to contend with, especially on the first day. I would have liked a little more free time in the pretty towns of Melnik and Litomerice. Most accommodations had no air conditioning, and it was very hot when I made the trip in late July-early August.

  • Csop G. 1 year ago

    Most memorable part: The scenery. The varied landscape. The entire trip was an adventure. Definitely tack on an extra day or two in Prague and Dresden. It will make for a perfect holiday.

  • Ana Karla Oliveira 1 year ago

    We loved the whole trip from Prague to Dresden ... Beautiful places to visit and spend a few hours admiring ... All the cities that we slept were special ... We chose premium option to stay in 4 star hotels, really Prague and Dresden were But the rest can be considered 1 or 2 stars ... The level of difficulty of the route is really easy even, very few climbs and are short ... The bikes were excellent, the maps very well elaborated ... I would just like to Suggesting that you take a closer look at Pravcicka Gate, because it was a very long walk, about 5 hours (round trip) to visit it ... It is beautiful, unique, wonderful landscapes, worth visiting , But you have to prepare for long distances ... This was the third time we hired the tripsite and it was great! As of other times, the pedaling was AMAZING! We recommend! We are already dreaming of the next! :))

  • Csop Glew 1 year ago

    As our first self guided cycling trip, we can not see how this experiene could be better. The scenery was extraordinary, the accommodations were excellent and the trip coordinator was superb! We highly recommend this trip. Can't wait to do another trip!

  • Alan G. 1 year ago

    The most memorable part was the biking along the rivers.

  • Cheryl W. 2 years ago

    Mostly we enjoyed the country side. We did not have the greatest weather but we made the most of it.

  • Carolyn Gammel 2 years ago

    This trip was FANTASTIC! As first time bike travellers, we elected to book the guided tour and it exceeded our expectations. Lukas and Honza were knowledgeable guides who attended to our every need. Cycling through the Czech and German Countryside was breathtaking and we learned so much about the history of the countries/regions. Cycling was broken up with other activities - hikes, boat rides, sight seeing excursions/activities. Our hotels and meals were spectacular -( we stayed one night in an 18th Century Chateau), the wine and beer - second to none, and the laughter and companionship was memorable. Would HIGHLY recommend this tour and this tour company.

  • Amanda Uthe 3 years ago

    Wonderful experience! We opted not to use the GPS and stuck to the maps. This allowed us ample opportunities to chat with locals and ask them for directions when we went off track to visit different areas of the towns on the route. Beautiful views and welcoming people made for a memorable trip!

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