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Prague - Hrensko - Dresden

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Distance: 216 km / 134 miles
Daily avg.: 43 km / 27 miles
Difficulty: Easy

Self-guided / semi-guided / guided tour

Suitable also for road bikes

Day 1)
Arrival in Prague

Guided tour: evening briefing with our guide who brings bikes and information materials.
Overnight in Prague.

Day 2)
Prague – Melnik (49 km / 30 miles)

Self-/semi-guided tour: morning briefing with our representative/guide who brings bikes and information materials.
Start with a short car transfer to Troja Chateau, on the outskirts of Prague. From there you begin cycling on a bike path 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 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.

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 entering Germany, dominated by a castle with the Rose Garden.
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 through the incredible landscape of the Bohemian-Saxon Switzerland National Park, following the forested river valley. 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 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.

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 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 Palace.

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