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Exploring the Elbe - Prague to Dresden | Self Guided

Cycle between two cities of historical charm with cosmopolitan twists. From the golden city of Prague, the city of a hundred spires, to the baroque masterpiece of Dresden, you will follow the awarding winning cycle path that tracks the Elbe river. The city centers are fantastic, but once in the countryside you will be inundated with other pleasures, from the vineyards of the Bohemian wine route to the spectacular sandstone cliffs of Saxon Switzerland. Whilst some of the towns may strike you as a little ‘Eastern Bloc’, the warm welcome you’ll receive is a sure sign that old divisions are well and truly gone!

What not to miss

  • The mix of architectural styles in Dresden’s old town
  • Exploring the golden city of Prague
  • Sampling Czech wines in Melnik and Litomerice

What's included

  • 3* and 4* bed and breakfast hotel accommodation
  • Return transfers from Prague airport
  • Bike rental
  • Route maps and instructions
  • 24-hour support hotline

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Czech Republic

Exploring the Elbe - Prague to Dresden | Self Guided

Day 1

Arrive at Prague.

Transfer by minibus or taxi to your first hotel for a complimentary welcome drink.

Day 2 

Sightseeing in Prague.

Today you have the chance to explore ‘The Golden City’ of Prague. Be sure to check out the 14th century Charles Bridge with its 16 arches and the magnificent Old Town square, complete with its world famous astronomical clock. The cafes and wine bars add an effervescent atmosphere to this historic setting, especially as the sun starts to set, so be sure to soak it up with a local pilsner or local wine.

Day 3

Prague to Melnik | Distance 34 miles (55 km).

Your cycling tour starts today with a flat ride beside the river Vlatva and into the Bohemian wine region and its central town of Melnik. Here you will be able to sample the local wines, produced in some of the northernmost vineyards in Europe. The views from the renaissance style castle, which sits above a terraced vineyard, take in the confluence of the Vltava and the Elbe, making for a stunning photo opportunity.

Day 4

Melnik to Litomerice | Distance 28 miles (45 km).

Continuing up the Elbe river by pedal power, your route follows its waters as it wends towards Litomerice. Towards the end of the day, the route branches inland, taking you through the fortress town of Terezin, infamous as the site of a Jewish ghetto in World War 2 and an interesting and poignant place to learn about. In Litomerice, you will find a charming town with a mixture of architectural styles and a penchant for colour. It is also home to a network of underground tunnels which connect several local wine cellars, many of which are open to the visitors.

Day 5

Litomerice to Decin | 31 miles (50 km).

Another leisurely day of cycling awaits today, with a route that sticks to the flat riverside route as it passes through some beautiful mountain scenery before arriving in Decin. Keep an eye out as you pedal for Strekov castle, perched precariously atop a cliff near the town of Usti nad Labem. In Decin, you will find yet another castle perched up high. A walk up to the castle gives great views of the river and its famous rose garden is worth visiting too.  

Day 6

Decin to Bad Schandau | Distance 13 miles (21 km).

A short ride today will take you from Czechia to Germany, whilst travelling between impressive sandstone cliffs along the riverside cycle path. The short distance covered today means you will arrive in Bad Schandau, a well-known spa town, with plenty of time to pamper yourself with a few treatments ahead of your final day of cycling. For the hardier traveler to whom a spa treatment may not be quite as appealing, why not hop on the Kirnitzschtal tramway to the nearby waterfall at Lichtenhain.

Day 7

Bad Schandau to Dresden | Distance 28 miles (45 km).

Continuing on through the Saxon Switzerland National Park, todays route passes more imposing sandstone cliffs and picturesque riverside meadows on its way to Dresden. Dresden itself is a city of great historical notoriety, having been the capital of the kingdom of Saxony and heavily involved in world war two. The Zinger palace and Semper opera house are both stunning example of baroque architecture. The old town area and its welcoming population will be happy to join you in raising a glass to a great week of cycling.

Day 8

After a hearty breakfast we say “auf weidersehen” before transferring you back to Prague.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Czech Republic

Exploring the Elbe - Prague to Dresden | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Czech Republic

Exploring the Elbe - Prague to Dresden | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hotel Olympionik


A modern complex in the town of Melnik, with a sports and wellness center on site. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and the on-site restaurant serves an international mix of dishes and drinks, which can be enjoyed whilst live music plays on the garden terrace. Free wi-fi is available throughout the property, perfect for uploading your holiday photos on the go.

Hotel Apollon


A traditional hotel in the famous wine town of Litomerice set in a grand Victorian building. The warm welcome from the friendly staff will make you feel right at home and the rooms are clean and well appointed. It is situated a short walk from the town center and the underground wine tunnels, which makes walking home after a few tastings a doddle.  

Hotel Ceska Koruna


Sat on the attractive main square of Devin, the Hotel Ceska Koruna offers comfortable, spacious rooms in a prime location. All of the local attractions are within walking distance, including the splendid castle and a wide selection of restaurants and bars, although with a great on-site restaurant available you may choose to stay inhouse. A warm welcome awaits from the English-speaking reception staff and free wi-fi is available throughout.

Hotel Erbgericht


A beautiful 3-star property with large, nicely decorated rooms. The sauna here is a real treat after a day in the saddle and offers an excellent option for soothing any aching muscles. The hotel offers the choice of 3 restaurants onsite, one of which is located in an ancient underground vault. All 3 serve delicious meals made with fresh ingredients. 

Hotel Expo


Just a short walk from the old town of Prague, the Hotel Expo offers 106 comfortable, modern rooms and great dining options. There is free wi-fi, a 24-hour reception desk and concierge service available, and the excellent buffet breakfast is perfect for filling up your tank before a day of cycling!

Park Inn by Radisson


Situated just over the river from the old town of Dresden, the Park Inn by Radisson is a modern establishment with well-appointed rooms. The town center is just a short walk away, where you will find bussing bars and restaurants and the must-see sights of the Zwinger palace and Semper opera house. Fast wi-fi is available throughout the hotel, even in the air-conditioned rooms.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Czech Republic

Exploring the Elbe - Prague to Dresden | Self Guided

Dates & Prices 2019 & 2020 (Flights and Transfers included)

2019 & 2020 Departure Dates Nights 

Adult Price

1st April - 31st October  7 £1065

Tour Only 2019 & 2020

2019 & 2020 Departure Dates  Nights 

Adult Price

1st April - 31st October  7 £755

Start your holiday on any day of the week.

Book your 2020 cycling holiday before 30 September to secure 2019 prices.

Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for child prices.


  • E-Bike Supplement: £70
  • Single Supplement: £190
  • Extra Night in Dresden or Prague: £60 per night (double or twin room)

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