Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo via Flickr:Traveltipy
Neumarkt in Dresden, Germany. Flickr:Torsten Maue

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 in Low Season (June 16 - August 31): £ 757 $ 1,239 940 NOK 9087 kr 8388 $ 1,090 Guided in High Season (April 15 - June 15 + September 1 - October 15):  £ 765 $ 1,252 950 NOK 9183 kr 8477 $ 1,102 Single supplement: £ 137 $ 224 170 NOK 1643 kr 1517 $ 197
    Self-Guided in Low Season (June 16 - August 31):
    Standard Accommodations:  £ 516 $ 844 640 NOK 6187 kr 5711 $ 742 Single supplement: £ 137 $ 224 170 NOK 1643 kr 1517 $ 197 Premium Accommodations: £ 681 $ 1,114 845 NOK 8168 kr 7540 $ 980 Single supplement: £ 157 $ 257 195 NOK 1885 kr 1740 $ 226

    Self-Guided in High Season (April 15 - June 15 + September 1 - October 15):
    Standard Accommodations:  £ 524 $ 857 650 NOK 6283 kr 5800 $ 754 Single supplement: £ 137 $ 224 170 NOK 1643 kr 1517 $ 197 Premium Accommodations: £ 689 $ 1,127 855 NOK 8265 kr 7629 $ 992 Single supplement: £ 157 $ 257 195 NOK 1885 kr 1740 $ 226

     

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 48 $ 79 60 NOK 580 kr 535 $ 70 Road bicycle rental: £ 24 $ 40 30 NOK 290 kr 268 $ 35

    Dinners included for self-guided tour:
    Standard Accomodations £ 68 $ 111 84 NOK 812 kr 750 $ 97 Premium Accommodations £ 107 $ 175 133 NOK 1286 kr 1187 $ 154  

    Extra nights
    Prague 
    Low season (June 16 to August 31):

    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: £ 32 $ 53 40 NOK 387 kr 357 $ 46 Single: £ 60 $ 99 75 NOK 725 kr 669 $ 87   Premium accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 51 $ 83 63 NOK 609 kr 562 $ 73 Single: £ 76 $ 124 94 NOK 909 kr 839 $ 109 High season (April 15 to June 15 + September 1 to October 15):
    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: £ 40 $ 66 50 NOK 483 kr 446 $ 58 Single: £ 77 $ 125 95 NOK 918 kr 848 $ 110   Premium accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 58 $ 95 72 NOK 696 kr 642 $ 84 Single: £ 91 $ 149 113 NOK 1092 kr 1008 $ 131  

    Dresden 
    Low season: (April 14 to April 30 + June 16 to August 31 + October 10 to October 15)
    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: £ 40 $ 66 50 NOK 483 kr 446 $ 58 Single: £ 62 $ 102 77 NOK 744 kr 687 $ 89   Premium accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 44 $ 73 55 NOK 532 kr 491 $ 64 Single: £ 72 $ 117 89 NOK 860 kr 794 $ 103 High season: (May 1 to June 15 + September 1 to September 30)
    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: £ 56 $ 92 70 NOK 677 kr 625 $ 81 Single: £ 97 $ 158 120 NOK 1160 kr 1071 $ 139 Premium accommodations:
    Twin/double: £ 64 $ 105 80 NOK 773 kr 714 $ 93 Single: £ 117 $ 191 145 NOK 1402 kr 1294 $ 168

     

    Guided bike tour of Prague:
    2 people: £ 36 $ 59 45 NOK 435 kr 402 $ 52 4 people: £ 32 $ 53 40 NOK 387 kr 357 $ 46 6 people: £ 28 $ 46 35 NOK 338 kr 312 $ 41
    Transfers:
    Airport/Railway station to hotel in Prague (price is per person)

    1-3 people: £ 24 $ 40 30 NOK 290 kr 268 $ 35 4-8 people: £ 32 $ 53 40 NOK 387 kr 357 $ 46

    From Dresden to Prague (total cost)
    1-3 people: £ 121 $ 198 150 NOK 1450 kr 1338 $ 174 4-8 people: £ 161 $ 264 200 NOK 1933 kr 1785 $ 232

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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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 4, June 29, July 27, August 17, September 14 and September 28, 2019
Special guide dates can be organized for groups of 6 or more

Self-Guided: Daily arrival possible from April 15 to October 30, 2019
Minimum of 2 people required to confirm a self-guided date, solo travelers will incur an additional supplement. 

Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 and 4 star hotels and guesthouses

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • Individual welcome meeting
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions
  • 24-speed bicycle rental with helmet, handlebar bag, pannier, mud guards, and bike bell
  • Luggage transportation
  • Telephone support
  • 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
  • Entrance fees to museums, castles, chateaux, etc
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Prague or Dresden

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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

  • Sue & Fred H. 2 months ago

    We were on the bike trip from Prague to Dresden. The biking was really enjoyable. I had worried I wouldn't be able to go that far but the kilometers just slipped away. There was always a break with something interesting to see or a time to eat a snack or lunch. We were very lucky that the weather was so perfect for riding.
    Vitek and Stepan were excellent guides and kept us informed as to what to expect on each day's ride. They were very helpful and excellent company.
    The scenery along the rivers was so picturesque that it seemed we were traveling in a post card!
    The breakfasts and dinners were always very enjoyable and delicious. Food and drink for mind and body!
    I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys biking and seeing
    beautiful places. We loved it!!

  • Elizabeth C. 3 months ago

    Prague to Dresden, A Tale of Two Rivers (self guided) was an outstanding tour! This was my 5th bicycle tour but first without boat. My friend and I were delighted with every day on tour. Hotels (standard option) and breakfasts were excellent. When I booked I specifically asked if an upright sitting wide seat bicycle (like those on my previous tours) would be available since I physically can not ride in a bent over position. Upon arrival we were presented with the bent over style narrow seat bicycles and told that is all they offered. After explaining my issue and that I would not have booked the tour under those terms, I was provided a bicycle that met my needs. Unfortunately my friend had to ride the other style bicycle. The routes on this tour were scenic and the villages/cities were charming. Day 4 was confusing since written instructions conflicted with map which clearly stated official path was closed and detoured route on to a busy hilly road opposite side of river. Read more… Because we decided to ignore the map, we had our easiest most beautiful day. At days end we bumped into the tour guide (same company) who was traveling with guided tour and he said they hadn't updated their maps this season. Extremely poor unacceptable excuse since a simple sharpie mark could have made the important change. Overall, we loved it! Would recommend it! AND would absolutely love to do it again someday. (so please save my upright bike! LOL) Note: Day 1 we took the alternative route beside the river instead of going over the hill and did fine since we are experienced cyclists and could handle following a 10-12 inch wide trench trail path the first part of the way. Be sure to veer in to town where map indicates to leave the river or you end up on a mountain bike trail. If you need a wide path, stick to the hill road. Also note a rear pannier is not included in price. We felt any concerns/problems we had were dealt with quickly and graciously.

  • Jenny B. 3 months ago

    We had many memorable experiences! Starting in the beautiful city of Prague with it's history & culture, biking through the Czech republic was the best way to experience this wonderful country, meet the Czech people & appreciate the changing landscapes. We were extremely fortunate with brilliant sunshine for the entire tour. The side trips provided further insight into this amazing country. Arriving in Dresden & exploring the side streets away from the main tourist areas was also a bonus.

  • Sherry 3 months ago

    Just completed the Prague to Dresden tour and am giving it 5 stars based on the overall experience, although I'm going to lead with some negatives. Our group size was 15. I had asked the question early on before booking about size and was told usually 10-12. With 2 guides and a support van we were able to divide on most days, as part of the group was habitually late. It was also an issue for lunches since a group of 15 slows things down for restaurant service. Our lunch stops often approached two hours. In addition, there were times that we were down one guide apparently due to overbooking issues, plus one unexpected issue with the overnight bike storage that caused a huge delay in the start the second day. That was the Terezin day, and while we got into town, the sites were already closed.
    But now for the positive, this is a great ride on mostly good bike paths. If you are in any way concerned about hills, weather, trail conditions or stamina, I highly recommend an Read more… ebike. This will mitigate almost all issues and still offers all the benefits of biking. 30-35 miles a day is a lot to cover with the drawbacks of being in a group, so most of the riding was at a pretty quick pace.
    Our guides, Richard and Jana, were outstanding. Richard is a veteran guide and a wealth of knowledge. He read the group well and let us divide into two whenever possible. This was Jana's first time on this tour, but she was cheerful and helpful at all times.
    The hotels and restaurants were all enjoyable, especially the chateau in Liblice/Melnik. We did enjoy our fellow riders and even with not ideal weather for a couple days, it was a fun time. The positives far outweighed the negatives and made for a memorable, thoroughly enjoyable trip.

  • Lindsay Z. 4 months ago

    Biking the "Prague to Dresden - Tale of Two Rivers" trip was a very enjoyable experience. We enjoyed the lovely scenery and our hotels along the way. We liked biking at our own pace with our detailed route instructions. I have been highly recommending this trip since we returned home, and I can't wait to do another cycling adventure in the future.

  • Brad C. 6 months ago

    The Prague to Dresden bike ride was an amazing vacation. Everyday there were beautiful sites and scenery that made the journey a really memorable trip. Each night we lodged in picturesque towns along the route and always near the city square where we enjoyed great dining and sightseeing. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a really unique biking vacation in the heart of Europe.

  • Josephine S. 7 months 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 7 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. 1 year 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. 1 year ago

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

  • Patricia M. 1 year 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. 1 year 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. 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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. 2 years 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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