The Czech Republic, the small country right in the heart of Europe, impresses all with its original river landscapes, picturesque villages and romantic castles whose history and architecture can often be traced back to the Middle Ages. With its fairy tale ambience and golden spires, Prague is regarded as one of Europe's most beautiful cities and is a fitting starting and finishing point to this grand bike and barge tour to discover the Bohemian countryside and idyllic river landscapes. The cycle route follows the Upper Moldova River, in Czech called Vlatva, to Melnik, home to a great wine growing tradition. The ride continues along quiet backroads and trails along the Elbe River through classic scenery of hill-top castles and lovingly renovated villages before returning to Prague. Spend some time exploring this 'Golden City' and its many highlights including Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town, Charles Bridge, the restored Market Place, the Wencelslas Square and the Jewish Quarter. During the tour you can reward your cycling efforts by sampling the variety of local regional cuisines or one of the many fine beers which have been brewed since medieval times.
DAY 1 Arrive Prague DAY 2 Explore Prague, then cycle along Vlatva River to Kralupy (30km / 18.5mi) DAY 3 Cycle to Nelahozeves and on to Melnik, by boat to Litomerice (26km / 16mi) DAY 4 At leisure in Litomerice, optional walking tour of town or round cycle to Usti (53km / 33mi) DAY 5 By boat to Roudnice, cycle along the Elbe back to Melnik and on to Mlcechvosty (45km / 28mi) DAY 6 Morning cruise or cycle to Prague (37km / 23mi) DAY 7 At leisure in Prague, optional cycle to Zbraslav Castle DAY 8 Trip concludes
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*7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, 7 dinners *7 nights main deck cabin on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (supplement applies for other categories of berths on main or upper deck) *7 speed bicycle with handbrake or backpedal brake and pannier (electric bike available on request - supplement applies) *information pack including route notes and maps per cabin *welcome drink and information meeting on first evening aboard *on board tour guidance and daily briefing *all harbour, lock and bridge fees *daily cabin cleaning *linen and change of towels as required *emergency hotline