Regarded as one of Europe's most beautiful cities with its fairy tale ambiance and golden spires, Prague is a fitting starting point to this grand cycle tour to discover the Bohemian countryside and idyllic river landscapes en route to the beautifully restored city of Dresden. After spending time exploring the 'Golden City' including Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world, the cycle begins by following the Moldau River to Melnik with its great wine growing tradition. It continues along quiet backroads and nature trails following the Elbe River, through classic scenery of hilltop castles, lovingly renovated villages, spa towns and during the last stage, through 'Saxon Switzerland' where massive Elbe sandstone formations have attracted rock climbers from around the world. From the devastation arising from WWII, Dresden has regained its former glory, with its impressive buildings including the magnificent Zwinger Palace.
DAY 1 Join Prague DAY 2 Pedal from your hotel to Melnik in the heart of the Bohemian wine growing area (58-70km / 36-43.5mi) DAY 3 Cycle via the fortress of Terezin to Litomerice (52km / 32.5mi) DAY 4 Cycle to Decin via the old fortress Schreckenstein (or 'horror castle') (52km / 32.5mi) DAY 5 Cycle across the border into Germany to Bad Schandau (25km / 15.5mi) DAY 6 Pass the Konigstein fortress en route to Dresden (48km / 30mi) DAY 7 Trip concludes
Daily from 1 April to 23 October
There is a guided version of this itinerary. Upgrade to mainly 4 star hotels - supplement applies.
*6 breakfasts *6 nights in hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel tax in Dresden extra - EUR1.3 pp pn payable locally, upgrade to superior hotels - supplement applies) *21 speed bike with helmet, pannier and handlebar bag (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes and maps per room booked (GPS on request) *emergency hotline