ELBE RIVER

Trail Prague to Dresden

Highlights

Old Town of Prague, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Wineyard of Melnik
Castle of Melnik and Libechov
Bohemian Switzerland
Dresden Elbe Valley, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Nature and culture

219 km from the romantic Czech capital to Germany by one of the most beautiful rivers of the Central Europe.

This journey at the heart of Europe suggests you a tour with signposted roads and easy and flat cobblestone paths along the Elbe.

You reach Melnik, a wine producer region. You carry on driving through fertile lands in Litomerice, where there are beautiful Gothic houses.

The most impressive part of this journey is the region called Bohemian Switzerland, where you drive along the sandstone cliffs which border the river.

On the German part, the road development quality is living up to its reputation. It is very relaxing and enables to reach pleasantly the rebuilt city of Dresden.

Carte itinéraire vacances à vélo en République Tchèque
Niveau LeisureLeisure
Day 1

PRAGUE Niveau Loisir

Arrival and overnight in Prague.

Day 2

From PRAGUE to MELNIK 50km 383m Niveau Loisir

After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel by our representative, who will introduce you the program and hand over the bikes and information materials. A short car transfer brings you to the Troja Palace, on the outskirts of Prague. From the palace, you begin cycling along the Vltava river. After you get out of town the landcapes are changing. In the afternoon you discover the first vineyards. Melnik is the main wine growing center in Bohemia (west part of Czech Republic). Melnik’s renaissance palace looks out over confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers, and the view goes down well with the wine.

Day 3

From MELNIK to LITOMERICE 47km 237m Niveau Loisir

Today’s stage takes you to the beautiful cities of  Roudnice nad Labem and Libechov, with its remarkable palaces and gardens. You carry on your way to reach places full of history, from dark hours of the XXe century. The Terezin fortress is a memorial of the Shoah.

The beautiful architecture of Litomerice, the biggest city of this region, brings you more playfulness to end this great bike day.

Day 4

From LITOMERICE to DECIN 51km 389m Niveau Loisir

Cycle along the valley of the Elbe River, with the hills rising ever higher above you.

Be sure to look out for the ruins of Strekov Castle, high above the river, before arriving in Usti nad Labem. Today’s route finishes in Decin, the last larger town before the frontier with Germany.

Day 5

From DECIN to BAD SCHANDAU 23km 307m Niveau Loisir

Today is easy day in terms of lenght. You ride along the German border, then it is on to Bad Schandau. Today’s ride goes through the incredible landscape of the Bohemian / Saxon Switzerland area, following the forested river valley through the incredible sandstone formations.

Over millions of years the river Elbe has carved intricate formations in the sandstone of the area. We invite you to get off your bikes in the Czech border town of Hrensko, and climb up to the Pravcika brana, the largest natural stone arch in Europe. Bad Schandau, as its name suggests, is a thermal city and where you can make use of the spa facilities, or just enjoy the town’s quiet genteel atmosphere while watching the boats go by.

Day 6

From BAD SCHANDAU to DRESDE 45km 457m Niveau Loisir

Continue on through the sandstone formations of Saxon Switzerland. As you journey along the Elbe river valley you will might want to climb to the impressive Bastei Rock formation above the spa town of Rathen. By bike, you ride on the Elbe and reach the fortress of Koningstein. You go through peaceful meadows and precious wetlands to Dresde.

Day 7

DRESDE

Sightseeing is recommended in Dresden this day. No visitor to Dresden should miss – the
Zwinger Pavilion, The Frauenkirche Church, the Semper Opera House as well as the Royal Palace.

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Comfort Range

You will stay in smaller, charming hotels and pensions. They are are all in a good central location and often in a historical building. All hotels have a private bathroom equipped with a bath or a shower.

Starting from 1290€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices

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Essential Range

You want to enjoy your itinerary without anything fancy. Our ”essential” range offers a simple accommodation for a good night’s rest in a simple hotel, guesthouse, rest house or hostel.


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Privilege Range

Opt for total comfort in charming 3 and 4 star hotels which offer all the services you need and a special welcome for you and your bikes.


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A “homemade” tour by a local partner, specialist in Czech Republic and Germany:
  • Routes picked with the Abicyclette team for their tourist & cycling interests, completely identified, removed from trafic
  • Accommodation chosen for the quality of their welcome, atmosphere, services and gastronomy
  • A great flexibility of organization which adapts to your needs and desires: you leave on the date of your choice! We check the availability of accommodation to ensure your departure.

Assistance close at hand :
  • A personalized reception on the first day of your trip by a local guide that will provide you travel documents (reception in English or German)
  • Phone assistance, you can reach the Abicyclette team whenever you need
  • Local telephone assistance from 8h t 20h
  • Luggage transfer service

A modern and efficient route tracking:

  • We provide a GPS to follow the route without ever having to look for directions (bike mount provided)
  • A logbook to find all useful addresses and tourist information, maps and a description of the circuit km by km.

And also:
  • Confortable bike rental, ideal for this route on the banks of the Danube.
  • The option to subscribe to a cancellation & multi-risk insurance covering you in case of problems or the unexpected

We offer a high-end bike rental service. Our bikes are suited for road and gravel road long-distance cycling. Fully equipped and highly reliable, they are faithful travel companions.


Trekking bike

A layed out and dynamic position

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
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Ebike

With an autonomy of almost 120km, cycling has never been so easy!

Supplied equipment per bike

  • 1 helmet
  • 1 back bag 20L (waterproof)
  • 1 front bag 4L with plastic map holder (waterproof)
  • 1 lock
  • 1 repair kit (patches, tube, tire lever)
  • 1 multi tools box
  • 1 pump
  • 1 bike computer
  • 1 bottle
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Getting here

Meeting Point

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague by car¹

From Rennes on the A4 then A6 : 1374km 13h00
From Paris on the A4 then A6 :  1035km 10H00
From Berne on the A1 : 810km 8H00
From Bruxelles on the A4 : 930km 9h00
From Munich on the A93 then E50 : 390km 4h00

To travel on motorways in Czech Republic, you must have a special sticker that you can buy at gas stations near borders and motorway entrances. More information here: https://www.tolltickets.com/country/czech/vignette.aspx?lang=en-GB

Parking in Prague :  parking at the hotel subject to availability (28€ per day)
If the hotel parking is full, Prague offers public parking, about 100€ a week.

Prague by train*

Train station in Prague

Prague by plane*

Airport in Prague.

*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.

Recommended equipment

Bike
  • Trekking or hybrid bike
  • 21 to 30 speeds
  • 26 or 28 inch (700) wheels
Clothing and equipment
  • Helmet (included with the rental)
  • Clothing suitable for cycling
  • Warm jacket (eg fleece)
  • Rain proof jacket
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of cycling shoes
  • 1 small backpack or panniers
  • 1 or 2 water flasks (included with the rental)
  • 1 lock (included with the rental)
  • Our reccomendation for optimal comfort:
    • 1 pair of gloves
    • 1 special pair of pants (shammy leather)
    • 1 night see fluorescent vest
Bike maintenance
  • Emergency repair kit: 2 or 3 tubes, patches, pump, tire levers, multi-tools
  • Daily use kit: cloth, brake pads, oil
Other
  • Suitcase (for transporting personal effects in luggage transfers)
  • Change of clothes for the evening
  • Warm jacket for the evenings
  • Set of toiletries
  • Mobile phone and charger