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
  • 20 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. Experience the vibrant city from the water. Marvel at the world's largest model railway in the Miniaturwunderland or stroll through Hamburg's Speicherstadt.

Meals:  D

You have two days to explore the wonderful city Hamburg. If you are interested in you can visit a musical. You can find out about the current range of musicals at www.hamburg-tourismus.de

Meals:  B

In Hamburg

Meals:  B

Convenient cycle paths lead along the Elbe via Geesthacht to Lauenburg. Colourful timber framed houses, historic steam boats and stunning views over the river Elbe are awaiting you in the so-called “Schifferstadt” Lauenburg.

Meals:  B,D

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

Meals:  B

Today you follow the romantic meanders of the Elbe further to Hitzacker. On this stage you cycle through the glacial valley of the Elbe to the small town of Wittenberge with its unmistakable panorama and the second largest tower clock in Europe

Meals:  B,D

Enjoy some time out of the saddle to explore the cute old town of Wittenberge, with many churches, monasteries and monuments of historical value.

Meals:  B

Havelberg, the "island and cathedral city in the countryside". Small, almost inconspicuous, it lies at the confluence of the Havel and Elbe rivers. The cathedral, built in the Gothic brick style, and the pretty old town are particularly worth seeing.

Meals:  B,D

The "Alte Elbe" nature reserve offers a relaxing start to today's cycling day. The ride takes you past Storkau Castle

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, do not miss to visit the cathedral and Hundertwasser building.

Meals:  B,D

Your stage leads through Elbe meadows and biosphere reserves. On your tour along the Elbe Cycle Route 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.

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

From Wittenberg, your cycle tour leads down the Elbe. After just a few kilometres on the Elbe Cycle Path, you will be immersed in the World Heritage Site of the Wörlitz Garden Kingdom -a spacious and charming park landscape from the 18th century. The old town of Wittenberg has also been lovingly restored. Wittenberg's castle church, the town church, the Luther House and the Melanchthon House are UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Wittenberg. The pretty shops and pubs make an evening stroll a pleasure.

Meals:  B,D

The castles of Lichtenberg and Pretzsch mark the journey along the Elbe Cycle Route towards Wittenberg. Arriving in the town where Martin Luther posted his theses, you have a good opportunity to search for traces on today's day of your cycle tour through Elbe river regions. Your journey 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

Today your cycle tour will take you to Belgern first, the only place with a Roland statue in Saxony. “Roland” is a statue of a knight with a drawn sword, an emblem of a town’s freedom and city rights; it was usually erected on 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 tour of your cycle tour, experience the Elbe as a romantic river flowing through a picturesque valley surrounded by the vineyards of Saxony. Discover the world-famous beauties and 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. Structures with international importance like the Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera shape this town full of art, music and theatre.

Meals:  B

You will catch sight of the picturesque rocks of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The course of the Elbe leads you past the Königsstein Fortress. Visit the largest fortress and enjoy the enchanting view of the Elbe valley.

Meals:  B,D

You pass the border to the Czech Republic. On the Elbe cycle path you will pass through a beautiful Elbe landscape 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 on a 100 m high rock.

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.

Meals:  B,D

The cycle tour leads along the Vltava River. From the castle hill in Melnik you can enjoy a magnificent view of the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe rivers.

Meals:  B

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. Another overnight stay in Prague.

Meals:  B

At 9am we pick you up at your hotel in Prague. In approx. 2 hours we will reach Ceské Budejovice by transfer. For sure there is some time left for a stroll through the inner part of this lovely town, before we continue on bike to the medieval city of Ceský Krumlov.

Meals:  B,D

Today you'll cycle along the Vlata River towards the Czech-Austrian border. We will transfer by car to the Danube, where we stay in the night in our first Austrian town of Ardagger and enjoy local Austrian cuisine.

Meals:  B,D

This section of the Danube, the Strudengau, was once feared by sailors, now you can cycle along it. Where they used to fight against the Danube currents you can now take a leisurely cycle ride. In Maria Taferl, high above the Danube, you will find the magnificent pilgrimage church, which attracts many pilgrims every year. In Melk you should definitely make sure you look upwards, otherwise you miss the beauty of the Melk abbey.

Meals:  B,D

As soon as you leave Melk you get into the picturesque Wachau region, where you can enjoy the charming atmosphere of the region’s typical orchards and vineyards. Pass the little wine towns of Spitz, where you will enjoy an included wine tasting, and Weißenkirchen, cycle past the Dürnstein castle ruin, and finish your journey in the 1000-year old town of Krems.

Meals:  B,D

In the Roman town you still can enjoy the silence and culture of the rural region over again. Well worth a visit, the Egon-Schiele-museum.

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 on this scale. There is much to experience in the city of Vienna, enjoy coffee and the typical Vienna cake „Sachertorte“ in one of the numerous coffee houses or treat yourself to a roundtrip with the horse-drawn cab „Fiaker“. Walk along Vienna’s famous shopping street (along Mariahilfer Straße), or visit the St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Meals:  B

Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Although this is always accompanied by a slight sadness that it is now drawing to an end, you can't help but wonder what is around the next bend. But that will have to wait to the next trip.

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
  • Wine tasting in Spitz in Austria's Wachau Valley
  • Electric bike equipped with panniers, lock, handlebar bag and one repair kit per room, adjusted for your specifications (standard bike available, discount applies)
  • Information pack including route notes and maps (per room booked)
  • GPX data and off-line maps for smartphones
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Hamburg and from Vienna
  • Meals not noted above & all beverages
  • Local guide - this is a self guided trip accompanied by Dennis Dawson
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Entrance fees
  • GPS device
  • Helmet
  • Items of a personal nature including entrance fees, laundry, phone calls

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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