Tour description

This long distance trail is like a mirror to Prague-Budapest. Just easier in terms of biking as we mostly stay flat along the Elbe. But there is for sure lots to see! Starting from Prague along all the noble palaces and castles to the wine regions on the Elbe. Then we grow with the mighty river, yet very unspoiled and perhaps the last big european river remaining reasonably wild. First it is merely a canyon, in Saxony we change for lowlands with varying landscape around us. Last part we leave the elbe for mild pine forrest of Saxony and Brandenburg, one of new-born european wilderness. And finally we appear in the lovely area of Potsdam lakes and on to Berlin.

Follow the Elbe river to connect two capitals of central Europe. Enjoy the valleys and cliffs of Bohemia, flats of Saxony and Brandenburg, countless castles and chateaux... Cruising along UNESCO places - Prague, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Potsdam, Berlin.

Itinerary

Arrival to Prague - not included in tour price!

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0 Day

Description of the day: After your arrival and check-in to a Prague hotel, this day is yours to explore the "Paris of the Central Europe,", relax, or have a unique Prague-by-bike tour (see more in our Prague-by-bike section). The tour is guided by Prague natives - who truly love the city and can reveal much more than any travel book – all safely by bike and finished by a mug of good beer in an carefully chosen place. Do not hesitate to ask us for this extra tour – it is our clients favorite! If time is not your worst enemy, we do propose you stay in Prague more days to fully explore its beauty and hidden corners. Feel free to ask us about more nights or other attractions!

Hotels: Night in Prague is not included as most of our guests prefer to stay more nights. We recommend to use one of our standard partner hotels (3/4/5* Standard) as our route description, GPS files, maps etc. starts from there. If you decide to book your own hotel additional 20 € administration fee will apply.

Please note we require hotel with 24/7 reception + bike storage room. We do not accept Air B&B accommodation and it will be your responsibility on day 1 to find way by bike to our starting point.

Prague - Mělník

Distance 53 KmShow day
1 Day

Leaving Prague, we will peek into the elegantly restored Trója Chateau and its royal gardens before rolling under the rock cliffs of the Prague basin.  Our route will pass by the sgraffito of the Renaissance-era Chateau Nelahozeves - feel free to enter the courtyard and admire the architecture. And pay attention to the small house nearly in the shadow of the castle, the birthplace of composer Antonín Dvořák. From Nelahozeves, it is only a short ride to Chateau Veltrusy and its Romantic-era park.  Take some time to meander around the hidden statues and monuments of the wooded park, or continue along the main path towards Hořín, whose water lock is a technical and architectural landmark of the late 19th-century.  We will finish our first day of biking with a glass of wine, since this whole region is one of the centers of the Czech wine-growing.

Mělník - Litoměřice

Distance 52 KmShow day
2 Day

Today’s bike tour stage will take in the most fertile part of the Czech Republic – the Elbe lowlands (Polabská nížina region) or Czech Garden. For most of our day we will have the volcanic cone Říp in sight, a hill where the mythical arrival of Slavs into the Bohemian (Czech) Lands occurred. Pause to watch local champions working out on rowboats in the Račice sports facility before continuing pedaling to Roudnice, one of the oldest cities in the Czech Republic and an ideal place for a pleasant lunch. From Roudnice it is only a short bike ride to the Romanensque monastery in Doksany and further on to the impressive 18th-century fortress of Terezín. Unfortunately, nowadays it is very well-known as a Jewish concentration camp during the Second World War, bearing witness to the dark side of the 20th century. But a happier coda to the day can be found just across the river in the regional capital town of Litoměřice, our overnight stay.

Litoměřice - Děčín

Distance 52 KmShow day
3 Day

On day 3 we will head towards the romantic region of the Czech Central Mountains. This ancient volcanic region rises high around our river valley route, medieval castles looming over visitors from the narrow peaks of extinct cones.  But we will use the ancient trade route along the river Labe connecting the Czech and Saxon Kingdoms. We will enter the Czech Central Mountains by the symbolically named Porta Bohemica. From here we will continue to nearby Žernoseky, a village known for its wine-growing and Baroque chateau. Our next landmark will be more modern: the Masaryk flood-gates, followed by the ancient ruins of Střekov Castle majestically rising above the City of Ústí. In Ústí, we can admire the most off-center tower north of Alps. The incline of the tower was caused due to a heavy bombing at the end of World War II.  Farther along, Velké Březno Castle is a fine testimonial of Empire architecture in the Czech Lands. We will end our bike route in a city of Děčín, a city dominated visually by a chateau high above on a rocky perch.

Děčín - Bad Schandau/Krippen area

Distance 25 KmShow day
4 Day

 During day 4 we will take a little break from our bicycles, only making a short crossover through the picturesque landscape of the Czech and Saxon Switzerland National Park. The bike path is lined by amazing sandstone cliffs and pillars - one would scarcely believe that this is the lowest point of the Czech Republic! After arriving at Hřensko, we can dedicate the whole day to hiking across this exquisite terrain. We can again choose from a few options: we can either hike up to the largest natural arch in Central Europe – Pravčická brána (Gate of Pravčice) with an admirable view of the surrounding area or we can take a relaxed stroll and gondola ride through an untouched part of the Kamenice River valley. Our third option would be to combine these two hikes into one trip.

Bad Schandau/Krippen area - Dresden

Distance 40 KmShow day
5 Day

 On our last full day of bike touring, we cross the border into Germany. The lovely spa town of Bad Schandau waits for us. From this town it is only a short ride to an impregnable fortress of Königstein that guarded a very important trade route in the past. We will continue on a moderate bike path, occasionally using a small ferry boat as a mean of transport to cross the already powerful and wide river Elbe. In Bastei we will come along a great view combining the natural beauty of the local sandstone and the medieval castle ruins. The system of fortresses and castles built by Saxon kings have merited an inscription onto the UNESCO World Heritage list.  After a fulfilling day among culture and nature we will end up our day by arriving to bustling Dresden.

Dresden - Strehla/Riesa

Distance 52 KmShow day
6 Day

Biking along the Elbe in Saxony is like a fairytale trip to romantic times. Easilly biking along the big river we just admire the nearby castles, chateaux and monasteries. Nesting on the small hills on the river banks or just right by the river it offers a lot to see and visit! The first picturesque stop will be the historical town of Meißen with its lovely town centre, castle and history of famous china! Further on we continue along the meandering Elbe, a valley that once belonged to the UNESCO heritage list. Finally we get to the town of Riesa or Strehla, our overnight spot for tonight.

Strehla/Riesa - Torgau

Distance 53 KmShow day
7 Day

Today we bike through the lowlands. Mostly along the Elbe having a lot of time to admire the still wild river and birdlife. Along the way we meet a few old mansions like the chateaux in Strehla or Mühlberg. Finally we get to the old fortress shaped town of Torgau. 

Torgau - Lutherstadt Witenberg

Distance 58 KmShow day
8 Day

 Another flat day along the Elbe. Even more wilderness, some more chateaux and castles like Lichtenburg. Pretsch or Klöden. To make the trip more fun we use some ferries on the way to cross the Elbe. Finally we bike through the so-called Martin Luther land, before we get to our final destination today. Lutherstadt Wittenberg, the craddle of german and in fact world reformation, offers a lot to see and still stays a cozy small town! Moreover the place is part of the UNESCO heritage list!

Lutherstadt Wittenberg - Bad Belzig

Distance 54 KmShow day
9 Day

Today is our last day with the Elbe. We follow the mighty river as long as to Coswig. Here we Turn north to the mostly pine forrest. First we meet a Bismarck related viewing tower and then just enjoy the mildly hilly and forrested landscape. Our destination today is a small town called Bad Belzig dominated by a mighty castle with surprising views of the surrounding countryside.

 

Option: Those interested in the Bauhaus architzecture of Desau can take a morning train to Dessau and after touring the town either back to Coswig by train or bike from Dessau directly.

Bad Belzig - Potsdam

Distance 59 KmShow day
10 Day

This day is a one of many changes. We start through the forrest from Bad Belzig following the Asparagus way. Soon we get deeper to the forrest discovering some of the old pre WW2 spa townships and feeling like time has changed its way. Finally we get to Schwielow See, the southernmost lake of the Potsdam area and start exploring this UNESCO protected ex-imperial residence.

Potsdam - Berlin

Distance 38 KmShow day
11 Day

 Today as the last day you can choose to stay longer and explore Potsdam a bit deeper, or save you time for Berlin. For both options the direct fast train connection is great. Otherwise you follow the river Havel to its confluence with Spree and then along it to Berlin city centre to explore this lively capital at its best

Berlin

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Same as in Prague also in Berlin night is not included as most of our guests prefer to stay more nights. Therefore we offer large variety of hotels which we are happy to recommend ( ** / *****).

Services and prices

Selfguided tour without luggage transfer
Selfguided tour without luggage transfer860
Selfguided tour with luggage transfer
2 Persons1435 €
4 Persons1195 €
6 Persons999 €
Extras
Bike rental165 €
Gravel / Road bike rental220 €
E-bike rental275 €
Single surcharge330 €
Solo rider surcharge230 €
Premium accommodation surcharge410 €
Premium accommodation single surcharge350 €
Night in Prague55-135 €
Night in Berlin65-145€
Car parking in Prague14 €/Day
Booking fee30 € / Group
Booking fee tailormade tour100 € / Group

We highly recommend

Our tips
Tip 1Should you have time, do spend more nights in Prague, Dresden and Berlin!
Tip 2Those who like hiking as well should spend at least one more night in Bad Schandau to fully enjoy the Czech/Saxon Switzerland NP!
Tip 3You are biking through wine making areas - do try some local ones!
Tip 4When traveling in September do ask us about the wine festivals en route!

Tour datesAny scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates. Go Private

Fully guided terms
26. 05. 2024-05. 06. 2024Request now!
01. 09. 2024-11. 09. 2024Request now!

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Our rental bikes

At Europe Bike Tour, we understand that a high-quality bicycle is key to an enjoyable vacation. That's why we ensure all our bikes are regularly serviced to maintain their perfect condition. For additional equipment, please refer to the "Bike Equipment" section where you'll find items included in the bike fee or available for rent/purchase at an extra cost.

Our diverse fleet includes bikes for men and women in various sizes, electric bikes, tandem bikes, children's bikes, and even recumbent bikes upon request. If you have any special requirements or wishes, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are dedicated to meeting your needs and ensuring you have the best experience possible!

What is included and what notOn self guided idividual tours

  • Individual pre-tour meeting at appointed time at client's hotel on the first day of the tour
  • Accommodation in selected hotels and pensions (city standard/premium)
  • Breakfast on all days
  • Day by day description with altitude profiles, places to visit and local tips
  • Official biking maps with highlighted routing (per room)
  • Detailed tailor-made cycling maps (per room)
  • Detailed town maps with highlighted routing to/from hotel (per room)
  • Step by step route description (per room)
  • Train tickets and train timetables (for tours where train transfer is part of a tour schedule)
  • Transportation of luggage between hotels between 9-17:00 (for option including luggage transfers only!)
  • Practical bike ride and safety information
  • 24-hour hotline assistance service
  • Personal travel and health insurance for participants in the tour
  • Transportation (air tickets) to/from starting/final point of the tour
  • Transfer from Prague Airport to your Prague hotel on the day of arrival
  • Transfer from hotel to the airport on departure day
  • Meals (except for breakfasts)
  • Entrance fees to museums, castles, and chateaux
  • Local touristic/spa tax (to be paid on spot directly to accommodation)
  • Bike rental

On fully guided tours

  • Specialized Bike Holidays bicycle tour leader during all biking days
  • Pick-up from any Prague hotel on the first day of the tour at an appointed time
  • Accommodation in selected hotels and pensions
  • Breakfast on all days
  • Dinners without drink on specific number of biking days (usually every other day but for more info, please contact your tour coordinator)
  • Refreshments in the supporting vehicle (soft drinks, snacks, sweets, fruit)
  • Water for bike-flasks
  • Welcome briefing on the first day
  • Maps of towns of accommodation on the tour (per room)
  • Detailed cycling maps (on request)
  • Program and detailed day-by-day description (per room)
  • Practical bike ride safety training
  • Technical service on the route
  • First aid service on the route
  • Support vehicle
  • All transportation of participants and their luggage and bicycles during the tour
  • Personal travel and health insurance for participants in the tour
  • Transportation (air-tickets) to/from Prague – starting/final point of the tour
  • Transfer from Prague airport to your Prague hotel on the day of arrival
  • Transfer from hotel to the airport on the departure day
  • Other meals than mentioned in "What is included"
  • Entrance fees to museums, castles, and chateaux
  • Local touristic/spa tax (to be paid on spot directly to accommodation)
  • Bike rental

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Languages spoken Czech, English, French, German, Slovak, Spanish

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Nielsen group

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Arrived Dresden today. The trip has gone very fine.

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Mark and Nicola Fleming - June 2023

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