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7 Day Guided Cycling Trip in the Czech Republic and Germany

Prague - Melnik - Litomerice - Decin, Czech Republic; Bad Schandau - Dresden, Germany

Wonderful Cycling Tour Czech Republic and Germany

Welcome to central Europe, cycling lovers! Whether you are looking for the perfect getaway from your daily mundane life or searching for the right holiday to pursue your hobby in cycling, then this cycling tour is the right option for you. During the holiday, you will get to explore the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic all the way to Dresden in Germany. This holiday is also refined with various guided tours at chateaux, castles, museums, and other selected attractions. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Mostly paved
  • Starts in: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Ends in: Dresden, Germany
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10 - 30 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 136 miles / 218 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent
  • Private tour (minimum 4 persons)

Highlights

  • 5-day cycling tour
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Guided tours to various selected attractions
  • Explore Prague, Melnik, Litomerice, Decin, Bad Schandau, and Dresden
  • Detailed cycling and town maps along with the GPS
  • Support van and luggage transfer
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
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Accommodation

During the holiday, you will stay at selected hotels and pensions for your guided bicycle tour. Your accommodation will be smaller, charming hotels and pensions. They are are all in a good central location and often in a historical building. All rooms are double occupancy. A double room has one large bed for two people (usually queen size) and a twin room, meaning that there will be two single beds in one room.

Single rooms are available on most trips for a supplement. All hotels have a private bathroom that is usually equipped with a bath and sometimes a shower. Your room, breakfast, and taxes are included in the cost of the tour. However, if you take any services not included (telephone, minibar etc.) then you will settle this cost with the hotel's receptionist at the end of your stay.

Program

Day 1: Prague

Arrival and overnight in Prague.

Day 2: Prague - Melnik, 51 kilometers / 32 miles

You will be met at your hotel by Top Bicycle's representative, who will introduce you to the program and hand over the bikes and information materials. Then, start with a short car transfer to the chateau Troja, on the outskirts of Prague. From there you begin cycling northward along the Vltava River.

After you get out of town the landscape begins to change, with more and more vineyards appearing. Your destination of Melnik is the main wine growing center in Bohemia. Melnik’s renaissance palace looks out over the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers, and the view goes down well with the wine. You will stay overnight in Melnik.

Day 3: Melnik - Litomerice. 47 kilometers / 29 miles

Today’s stage takes you from Melnik through Roudnice nad Labem and Libechov, with its incredible palace and gardens. The next stop is the transit camp and ghetto for Jews and other Nazi prisoners en route to extermination camps during WWII - Terezin. This fortress is now a memorial to those who suffered in this place. From here it is a short ride to the town of Litomerice, the major town in the region, with its superb architecture. You will stay overnight in Litomerice.

Day 4: Litomerice - Decin, 51 kilometers / 32 miles

Cycle along the valley of the Elbe River, with the hills rising ever higher above you. Be sure to look out for the ruins of Strekov Castle high above the river near the town of Usti nad Labem. Today’s route finishes in Decin, the last larger town before the frontier with Germany. Overnight in Decin.

Day 5: Decin - Bad Schandau, 24 kilometers / 15 miles

Today is an easy day in terms of length. Begin by cycling to the German border, then it’s on to Bad Schandau. Today’s ride goes through the incredible landscape of the Bohemian / Saxon Switzerland area, following the forested river valley through the incredible sandstone formations. Over millions of years, the river Elbe has carved intricate formations in the sandstone of the area.

One option for this day is to get off your bikes in the Czech border town of Hrensko and climb up to the Pravcika brana, the largest natural stone arch in Europe. Then you can continue on to Bad Schandau on the German side, a neat and tidy spa town where you can make use of the spa facilities, or just enjoy the town’s quiet, gentle atmosphere while watching the boats go by. Overnight in Bad Schandau.

Day 6: Bad Schandau - Dresden, 45 kilometers / 28 miles

Continue on through the sandstone formations of Saxon Switzerland. As you journey along the Elbe River valley, you will want to climb to the impressive Bastei rock formation above the spa town of Rathen, then continue on past the massive fortress of Koningstein. Cycling through peaceful meadows and precious wetlands to Dresden rounds off this tour perfectly. Overnight in Dresden.

Day 7: Dresden

Sightseeing is recommended in Dresden this day. No visitor to Dresden should miss - the Zwinger Pavilion, The Frauenkirche Church, the Semper Opera House as well as the Royal Palace.

Guides

Your guide cycles with the group on the route and will be responsible for the logistics. They will show you certain points of interest along the way. The guide will be with the group from breakfast until after dinner. They can advise on tasty dishes for dinner. The guides are knowledgeable about sights of your trip. They are bilingual, so there won't be any language barrier for you. They are friendly and personable, nationals of the main tour country.

Bikes

All hybrid bikes are equipped with: mudguards, rear luggage rack, bar ends, bell, rear light, and water bottle holder. Top Bicycle also provides free of charge: helmet, pannier bags, handlebar bag, cycle computer, repair tools, puncture repair kit, inner tube, pump, water bottle, and lock.

Skill level

Beginner:

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Included excursions

Guided tours at chateaux, castles, museums, and other select attractions, as well as special events that include wine tasting and picnics, are included in the price.

Location

This cycling tour will take place in the Czech Republic and Germany, explore Prague, Melnik, Litomerice, Decin, Bad Schandau, and Dresden. The highlights of the tour are the old town Prague, chateau and chapel in Melnik, Baroque chateau in Libechov, town fortification and gothic houses in Litomerice, Bohemian Switzerland, Dresden Elbe Valley, Terezin Memorial, and the city of Decin.

Food

You will be served buffet breakfast and dinner. Let Top Bicycle know what your allergy is and they will try our best to accommodate you on the tours. They have had people with wheat and gluten allergies on the tours. They brought special food with them and Top Bicycle provided a coolbox for storage each day. Tip Bicycle also wrote notes people can show to waiters in restaurants to explain their allergies when they are ordering.

The central European cuisine is admittedly meat-heavy. Most restaurants will have vegetarian choices on the menu, but it is a good idea to say that you are vegetarian at the restaurant. Some dishes may contain meat and this might not be apparent from the menu. If you are not a strict vegetarian then Top Bicycle recommends that you try some of the meat dishes as these are dishes representative of the cuisine. You will get some information in your tour information materials about meals and options for vegetarians.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5-day guided cycling tour
  • Guided tours at chateaux, castles, museums, and other select attractions
  • Special events, including wine tasting and picnics
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • Support van and luggage transfer
  • English route descriptions
  • Detailed cycling maps
  • Town maps
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) console
  • Quality trek or Scott bike rental
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner

What's not included

  • Airport transfer
  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG). Transfer from and to the airport is not included in the price. Please contact Top Bicycle for more information.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

Single supplement costs 300 EUR.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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