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Elbe River Trail Prague - Dresden

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Length: 218 km / 136 miles
Daily avg.: 44 km / 27 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Self-guided or guided cycling trip
Suitable also for road bikes

Day 1)
Arrival in Prague

Overnight in Prague.

Day 2)
Prague – Melnik (51 km / 32 miles)

You will be met at your hotel by our representative, who will introduce you to the program and hand over the bikes and information materials.
Then start with a short car transfer to the chateau Troja, on the outskirts of Prague. From there you begin cycling northward along the Vltava River. After you get out of town the landscape begins to change, with more and more vineyards appearing. Your destination of Melnik is the main wine growing center in Bohemia. Melnik’s renaissance palace looks out over confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers, and the view goes down well with the wine...
Overnight in Melnik.

Day 3)
Melnik – Litomerice (47 km / 29 miles)

Today’s stage takes you from Melnik through Roudnice nad Labem with its incredible palace. The next stop is the transit camp and ghetto for Jews and other Nazi prisoners en route to extermination camps during WWII - Terezin. This fortress is now a memorial to those who suffered in this place. From here it is a short ride to the town of Litomerice, the major town in the region, with its superb architecture.
Overnight in Litomerice.

Day 4)
Litomerice – Decin (51 km / 32 miles)

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 near the town of Usti nad Labem. Today’s route finishes in Decin, the last larger town before the frontier with Germany.
Overnight in Decin.

Day 5)
Decin – Bad Schandau (24 km / 15 miles)

Today is easy day in terms of length. Begin by cycling to the German border, then it’s 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. One option for this day is to get off your bikes in the Czech border town of Hrensko, and climb up to the Pravcicka brana, the largest natural stone arch in Europe. Then you can continue on to Bad Schandau on the German side, a neat and tidy spa town where you can make use of the spa facilities, or just enjoy the town’s quiet, genteel atmosphere while watching the boats go by.
Overnight in Bad Schandau.

Day 6)
Bad Schandau – Dresden (45 km / 28 miles)

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, then continue on past the massive fortress of Koningstein. Cycling through peaceful meadows and precious wetlands to Dresden rounds off this tour perfectly.
Overnight in Dresden.

Day 7)

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

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