Arrival in Prague
Overnight in Prague.
Prague – Melnik (49 km / 30 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
Then start with a short car transfer to Troja Chateau,
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
Overnight in Melnik.
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 Terezin - Jewish ghetto and transit
camp for Nazi prisoners en route to extermination camps during
WWII, created in the 18th century fortress, now a memorial to those
who suffered here. From here it is a short ride
to Litomerice, the bishop's seat with superb architecture including the Baroque cathedral and Gothic houses.
Overnight in Litomerice.
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 entering Germany, dominated by a castle with the Rose Garden.
Overnight in Decin.
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
National Park, 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
town of Hrensko, and climb up to the Pravcicka brana, the largest
natural stone arch in Europe. Then continue into Germany to Bad
Schandau, a neat 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.
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 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.
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