Duration
32 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 31 nights in mostly 3 & 4 star hotels
  • *Please note that single use rooms in Europe can be smaller, single bedded rooms.
Meals
  • 21 Dinners
  • 31 Breakfasts

Price

$10990AUD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: SOG7922

Trip highlights


  • An epic multi country journey with the Ghostriders cycle club
  • Travel with cycle & travel expert Dennis Dawson
  • Cycling the countryside and admire castles in the Czech Republic
  • Visit the spectacular cities of Prague, Dresden & Vienna
  • Experience regional cuisine
  • Wine tasting in Spitz in Austria's Wachau Valley
  • Follow the Elbe and Danube Rivers

Around the Elbe are some of the most beautiful river regions of Germany. Forests, meadows characterise the landscape as you follow the rive from Hamburg to Prague. Continuing on from the hills of Cesky Krumlov passing numerous medieval towns where castles and impressive squares dominate, the route offers both diversity through Austrian vineyards, fields and villages before reaching the cultural city of Vienna.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Arrival in Hamburg and make your own way to the joining hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, your base for 3 nights. Meet Dennis and your group.

Meals:  D

You have two full days to explore the wonderful city Hamburg. See the official tourism site: https://www.hamburg-tourism.de/ for things to see and do during your stay. If you prefer to relax there are large areas of parkland, or you can take a stroll along the many canals - there are more here than in Venice and Amsterdam combined. The Inner Alster lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes. Jungfernstieg boulevard connects the Neustadt (new town) with the Altstadt (old town) and is home to landmarks including St Michael’s Church which dates from the 1700s. Marvel at the world's largest model railway in the Miniaturwunderland or stroll through Hamburg's Speicherstadt.

Meals:  B

In Hamburg. The rental bikes will be delivered this evening or tomorrow morning.

Meals:  B

On your first cycle day follow the cycle path along the Elbe via Geesthacht to Lauenburg. Colourful timber framed houses, historic steam boats and stunning views over the river Elbe await you in the so-called “Schifferstadt” Lauenburg.

Meals:  B,D

This stage to Hitzacker is somewhat hilly. The town lies on the German Half-Timbered Houses Route and has a picturesque old town with northern German brick architecture.

Meals:  B

Today you follow the romantic meanders of the Eriver and cycle through the glacial valleys to the small town of Wittenberge. The town has an unmistakable panorama and the second largest tower clock in Europe.

Meals:  B,D

After leaving Wittenberge you will cycle on dykes along the banks of the Elbe to the small spa village of Bad Wilsnack, your base for 2 nights. The accommodation is the Vitalhotel Ambiente, set in a beautiful location and offering a range of activities including yoga and massage onsite. It’s by a small town where everything is within walking distance and the popular thermal baths are less than five minutes walk away.

Meals:  B,D

The nearby town of Havelberg will be abuzz with an annual horse market which you may choose to visit yourself, or relax and enjoy the facilities at Vitalhotel Ambiente.

Meals:  B,D

The "Alte Elbe" nature reserve offers a relaxing start to today's cycling day. The ride takes you past Storkau Castle. Tangermunde's old town is surrounded by a well-preserved city walls and its 'Rathaus' dates from the 15th century.

Meals:  B,D

On quiet paths through the Jerichower Land, this stage leads to the city of Magdeburg. Shortly before reaching Magdeburg, stop at the imposing European water junction connecting the Elbe, the Elbe-Havel-Canal and the Midland Canal. In Magdeburg, we recommend visiting the cathedral and Hundertwasser's building, Green Citadel (Grüne Zitadelle von Magdeburg).

Meals:  B,D

Today's stage leads through the Elbe's meadows and biosphere reserves. Cycling through the Salzlandkreis district, you can visit Germany's oldest brine spa in Bad Salzelmen. Dessau attracts visitors with the Bauhaus buildings built by Walter Gropius in the 1920s, with their unmistakable functional style elements. The striking, glass Bauhaus Museum Dessau showcases the design movement’s ceramics and furniture. This stage is flat and easy to cycle. It is possible to shorten the route by about 7km, more details will be provided in your travel documents.

Meals:  B,D

Explore the wonderful City from Dessau with an extensive floodplain landscape on both sides of the middle Elbe and on the Mulde, which flows into the Elbe in the city area.

Meals:  B,D

Continue along the Elbe and shortly you will be immersed in the World Heritage Site of the Wörlitz Garden Kingdom, a spacious and charming park landscape dating from the 18th century. The old town of Wittenberg has also been lovingly restored. It's a university town with close ties to Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation. Wittenberg's castle church, the town church, the Luther House and the Melanchthon House are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The pretty shops and pubs make an evening stroll a pleasure.

Meals:  B,D

Today's ride takes you to Torgau. Here you will find Hartenfels Castle, which is considered the most important early Renaissance castle still in existence in Germany. Some 163 steps lead up to the Hausmannsturm, which offers a magnificent view of the town. More than 500 individual monuments stand in Torgau's old town and preserve the splendour of the former Electoral Saxon residential town.

Meals:  B,D

Cycling past the village of Belgern you will see a “Roland”, a statue of a knight with a drawn sword, an emblem of a town’s freedom and city rights; often found in market squares or in front of town halls. Continuing the journey, you can enjoy the enchanting rural atmosphere of the Elbe town Riesa.

Meals:  B,D

On today's ride, take in the picturesque valley surrounded by the vineyards of Saxony. Arriving in Dresden. discover the magic of this city with unique sights such as the Zwinger, the Frauenkirche, the castle and the Semper Opera House.

Meals:  B

Explore the amazing city Dresden.

Meals:  B

The course of the Elbe leads you past the Königsstein Fortress while you enjoy the enchanting views of the Elbe valley.

Meals:  B,D

You will cross the border into the Czech Republic today, continuing on the Elbe cycle path to Decin.

Meals:  B,D

You cycle through the town of Usti nad Labem (Aussig). On the way you can admire the ruins of Schreckenstein Castle on the right bank.

Meals:  B,D

Via Roudnice you reach the fortress town of Terezin (Theresienstadt). And continue by bike to Melnik, the centre of the Bohemian wine-growing region. Free time in the afternoon to look around Melnik, before a transfer takes you to the magnificent city of Prague.

Meals:  B,D

There are numerous sights to admire in the "Golden City". Visit the Hradschin with the Royal Palace, stroll across the famous Charles Bridge or immerse yourself in Prague's varied nightlife with its lavish cultural offerings.

Meals:  B

At 9am you'll be picked up from your hotel in Prague and transfer (approx 2 hours) to Ceské Budejovice. There's time for a stroll through the inner part of this lovely town, before you're back on your bikes and cycling to the medieval city of Ceský Krumlov.

Meals:  B,D

Today you'll cycle along the Vlata River towards the Czech-Austrian border. There's a group transfer to the Danube, where you stay in the night in your first Austrian town of the trip, Ardagger where you can enjoy the local cuisine.

Meals:  B,D

Following the Danube River to the town of Melk where you can explore the baroque Benedictine abbey 'Stift Melk', towering above the town on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river.

Meals:  B,D

Leaving Melk you head into the picturesque Wachau Valley, with its terraced vineyards, apricot groves and quaint villages. En route to Krems you cycle through the winery villages of Spitz, Weisskirchen and Durnstein and pass several abbeys, castles and ruins. Along the cycle path you will find the so called “Heurigen” (typical Austrian wine taverns) where you can taste wine or regional foods. Finish your journey in the 1000-year old town of Krems.

Meals:  B,D

Leave the Wachau Valley behind you and cycle to the town of Tulln. We recommend visiting the museum of Tulln's most famous son, Egon Schiele.

Meals:  B,D

From Tulln you cycle over Greinfenstein and Klosterneuburg into Vienna. After making your way along the Elbe and Danube rivers for the past month, it is so exciting when the final goal draws closer. It is an amazing feeling to have achieved something of this scale. There is much to experience in the city of Vienna. Enjoy coffee and the typical Viennese "Sachertorte“ in one of the numerous cafes or treat yourself to a roundtrip with the horse-drawn cab 'Fiaker'. Visit the Schönbrunn or Belvedere palaces, or the Albertina museum with its extensive art collection. Walk along Vienna’s famous shopping street (Mariahilfer Straße). Visit the St Stephen’s Cathedral (and climb the tower for great views!) The intended hotel in Vienna is: Hotel Roomz Vienna Prater.

Meals:  B

Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be booked on request.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Escorted by cycle & travel expert Dennis Dawson
  • 31 nights accommodation in mostly 3 & 4 star hotels on a twin share basis
  • 31 breakfasts - continental breakfasts are served and will often consist of breads, spreads, yoghurt, cheese, tea, coffee & juices
  • 20 dinners experiencing regional cuisine
  • Daily luggage transfer so you cycle only with what you need for the day
  • Information pack including route notes and maps (per room booked)
  • GPX data and off-line maps for smartphones
  • Electric bike equipped with pannier, lock, handlebar bag and one repair kit per room, adjusted for your specifications (standard bike available, discount applies)
  • Wine tasting in Spitz in Austria's Wachau Valley
  • Group transfer Melnik to Prague, transfer to Ardagger on day 27
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Hamburg and from Vienna
  • Meals not listed above & all beverages
  • Helmet - please bring from home
  • Local guide - this is a self guided trip accompanied by Dennis Dawson
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Entrance fees not listed as included
  • Transfers not listed as included
  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you wish to skip a stage
  • GPS device
  • We recommend bringing a handlebar phone holder for ease of cycling using the GPX files
  • Items of a personal nature

About Your Leader

The Ghostriders are a well-known Melbourne based cycling group. They conducted their first group ride in 2002, with three riders taking part. Since then, they have conducted rides every week. In 2006 they completed their first overseas ride, when 13 riders travelled to China to undertake an extended ride to Tiger Leaping Gorge. Since then, they have gone on to complete another 50 overseas adventures. Hundreds of cyclists from all over Australia have now taken part. As well as cycling all the major cycling routes in Europe, they have also completed extended rides in Turkey, Bhutan, Thailand, New Zealand, Africa, South America and Cuba. They have also completed treks in Turkey, Nepal, Peru and Spain. The aim in all these adventures is not just to cycle, but to have adequate time to fully experience the local culture and sights along the way.


Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The cycling distances range from 21 to 80km per day with lots of days off along the way to relax and enjoy all the sights in the towns and cities you are riding through. The cycling is mostly along well-maintained cycle paths with occasional roads and gravel paths. Some stages are on smaller quiet country roads. The terrain is described as ‘flat to slightly hilly’. Inevitably, near the larger towns there is more traffic. It is considered suitable for cyclists with a good level of fitness, able to tackle some hills. E-bikes are available should you be concerned about your fitness. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with road cycling in light traffic in order to participate comfortably. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets are worn whilst cycling.


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Priceper person from

$10990AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single supplementAUD$580
  • Discount for standard bikeAUD$550
*Prices listed are per person

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