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Czech Republic: Prague and Elbe river

Discover the Golden City per bike
Prague Round tour.
From €899 p.p.

Highlights of this tour

The Czech Republic, a small nation at the heart of Europe, never fails to impress with its timeless river landscapes, charming villages and mystical castles, rich with history dating back to the Middle Ages. Also known as the “City of a Hundred Spires”, Prague is both beginning and end point for this beautiful bike and barge tour along the magnificent Elbe and the Vltava rivers. When Prague’s bridges over the Vltava glow amber, and the city’s castle spires gleam in the sunlight, it’s obvious how Prague also came to be known […]

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities

Medieval history & architecture

Delightful river views, castles & villages

Ship with max. 86 passengers

Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Independent cycling
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 1 Difficulty level 1
Duration of the tour.
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8 days

About this tour

The Czech Republic, a small nation at the heart of Europe, never fails to impress with its timeless river landscapes, charming villages and mystical castles, rich with history dating back to the Middle Ages.

Also known as the “City of a Hundred Spires”, Prague is both beginning and end point for this beautiful bike and barge tour along the magnificent Elbe and the Vltava rivers. When Prague’s bridges over the Vltava glow amber, and the city’s castle spires gleam in the sunlight, it’s obvious how Prague also came to be known as the “Golden City”. Both multifaceted and unique, traditional and modern – Prague is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful metropoles with its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town. Moored about a kilometer from the iconic Charles Bridge, the Florentina will provide an ideal springboard for you to explore this gorgeous city. Spots such as the marvellously restored Old Town Square, busy Wenceslas Square or the Josefov (Jewish Quarter) are all waiting for you. And don’t forget to enjoy delicious local specialities, such as beer and roast pork with dumplings. When you’re on the move with your bike there’s never been a better excuse to take a break and quench your thirst with a glass of  the nation’s much-loved amber nectar.

The ship – Your sailing hotel
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. You’ll receive a packed lunch every day, and you can usually choose between a longer or shorter bike ride. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking.

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Day to day program

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
Details: In italics printed parts will be covered by the ship

The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1: Arrival in Prague

The tour begins in Prague, with embarkation on board the Florentina at 4 pm. Take your time to settle in, with an introduction to the ship, the crew, and tour plans for the week. After dinner, there’s time for a stroll over the Charles Bridge, which is particularly beautiful at night. Enjoy the stunning view of the illuminated Prague Castle.

Day 2: Prague – Kralupy (approx. 27 km / 16.2 mi.)

You will receive your bike and start your first cycling tour. Set out north along the Vltava River through the green and peaceful Troja district, home to baroque Troja Castle and the Prague Zoo, to the village of Klecánky. Then continue overland, via the rural villages of Drasty and Vodochody, before returning to ride along the winding river bank to today’s destination of Kralupy.

Day 3: Kralupy – Mělník (approx. 28 km / 16.8 mi.) |  Mělník – Litoměřice

Following breakfast, we set out on the day’s cycling tour. You’ll ride – almost always following the Vltava River– to the historic village of Nelahozeves. Here you can visit the childhood home of 19th century composer Antonin Dvořák, who was greatly inspired by local folk music; and Nelahozeves Caslte, one of the most famous Renaissance castles in Bohemia, with its graciously restored period rooms. The tour then takes you to Veltrusý Park, with numerous sculptures and gazebos in an extensive terrain, up to the royal town of Mělník. In the early afternoon return back to the ship and enjoy the boat trip on the Elbe River to Litoměřice.

Day 4:  Litoměřice, day of rest or cycle tour to Střekov Castle and back (approx. 49 km / 29.5 mi.)

Enjoy a day at leisure discovering one of the oldest and most beautiful Czech towns, Litoměřice. Let yourself be enchanted by its vibrant and beautifully preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings in the town center, partly encircled by Gothic fortifications. Sites well worth a visit include the Baroque Cathedral of St Stephen perched atop a hill, the town’s extensive network of underground tunnels, or the stately Bishop’s residence adjoining the cathedral. For those wishing to explore the legacy of WWII, an individual visit to the nearby Terezín Memorial (Theresienstadt concentration camp), is a moving and powerful experience (only 5 km/3 mi.).

For more advanced cyclists, we recommend the scenic bike tour to the castle Střekov with appealing café, idyllically situated in the narrow valley of the Elbe River. Your route will take you through the small town of Velké Žernoseky (famous Czech wine-growing region), past the Bohemian Gate – the transition from the Elbe Sandstone Mountains to the Bohemian Uplands – to Střekov Castle. From here you will have a magnificent view of the Elbe River and the surrounding mountains. Afterwards you will cycle back to Litoměřice, where your ship will anchor for the night.

 

Day 5: Litoměřice – Roudnice | Roudnice – Mělník – Mlčechvosty (approx. 40 km / 24 mi.)

Early this morning, the ship will sail to Roudnice, the starting point for today’s cycling tour. Traveling along the west bank of the Elbe, via villages Dobřín, Račice and Vliněves, we cycle southwards back to charming Mělník. Stop to enjoy the splendid panoramic view of the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe Rivers from the town’s hilltop castle. Continue cycling to today’s destination Mlčechvosty, where the ship arrives around 5 pm.

Day 6: Mlčechvosty – Prague (ca. 40 km / 24 mi.)

You can choose to set out on today’s bike tour via Nelahozeves, Kralupy, Vodochody, Drasty and Klecánky back to Prague or to simply relax on the ship’s  sun deck. The ship arrives around 3.30 pm, allowing for the rest of the afternoon to be dedicated to further explorations around Prague.

Day 7: Prague, cycle tour Prague – Zbraslav and back (ca. 30 km / 18 mi.)

Take your time today to discover the right bank of the Vltava River, with its many highlights nestled around the Old Town, New Town and Jewish Quarter. Or simply meander the streets or sit in a café on the Old Town Square watching life go by. If you feel like cycling, we recommend a tour upstream along the Vltava River to Zbraslav and back. As you follow the river south, a trip to Vyšehrad Castle is worthwhile. Built around the 10th century on a hill overlooking the river, local legend holds that this was the founding settlement that later grew into Prague.

Day 8: Prague

Enjoy a last breakfast, before goodbyes and disembarkation around 10 am.

Good to know
  • Cycle tours: The daily cycling tours are non-guided, independent tours. You will ride individually with the help of a detailed cycling map, GPS tracks and printed route notes (available on board). The on-board tour manager will provide you with all necessary tour information during her/his daily briefings. The on-board tour manager doesn’t cycle her-/himself but can always be reached on her/his cell phone. Cycling route distances in the travel program are approximate.
  • If you prefer not to cycle on a particular day, you’re welcome to stay on board and relax while the ship cruises to the next landing place.
  • Bike paths: You will cycle on paved or asphalted cycle ways, on very lightly-trafficed agricultural roads as well as on unpaved trails leading through forests or fields. There will also be short legs along heavy-trafficked roads. The terrain is mostly flat, though there are some slopes to cope with.
  • Excursions: We offer a small excursion program, that can be booked directly on board at the cruise director only. You will get a brief description together with your travel documents. Depending on the number of participants some excursions could be carried out in 2 languages (German/ English).
  • Luggage We recommend: rainwear, bicycle helmet, sunhat and sneakers.
  • Schedule and program changes Basically, we reserve the right to make changes of routing and program. If there is low or high water and a route cannot be shipped, the captain reserves the right to change the route in view of your safety (this cannot be accepted as a reason for free withdrawal). Same applies to previously unknown administrative orders of lock or bridge repairs.
  • Travel documents: EU-citizens (without special situations like dual citizenship, main residence abroad or a limited-validity passport) are required to have a valid passport or ID-card, not expiring within six (6) months of the return of your cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship or anybody who has to respect special legal entry requirements for the country to visit, to inform about visa and entry documents at the competent embassy.
  • This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Prices & availability

To view the availability of this tour and/or book online please click on the button below. A new screen will open.

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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Prices & information

Pricing overview - 2023
Cabin type For all dates
Twin cabin lower deck at the front/back* 2 pers. € 899 Twin cabin on lower deck 2 pers. € 999 Twin cabin on upper deck with French balcony 2 pers. € 1249 Single cabin lower deck (limited) 1 pers. € 1299 Single cabin upper deck with French balcony (limited) 1 pers. € 1549
Included in this tour
  • 7 nights in outside cabin with en-suite shower facilities in the booked category
  • Program according to itinerary from/to Prague
  • All charges for harbours, bridges and locks
  • Welcome drink
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Bedding and towels (change of towels on request)
  • Full board (7x breakfast buffet, 6x lunch snack on board (non cyclists) or lunch package for cycle tours, 6x coffee and tea in the afternoon, 7x three-course dinner)
  • Daily briefing for the respective cycle tour
  • Printed instructions and detailed maps for daily individual bike tours (1 per cabin)
  • GPS tracks
  • Tour manager on board
Excluded in this tour
  • Transfers to/from the docking place
  • Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional)
  • Other transfers
  • Parking fee
  • Fees for ferries
  • Entrance fees & excursions
  • City maps
  • Drinks on board
  • Personal insurances
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • SGR Insolvency protection
Bicycles/E-Bikes
  • High-quality 28 inch unisex bike from Velo de Ville wit 7-gear. The bikes have free wheel OR backpedal brakes (please indicate upon booking), rental bike insurance and pannier bags.
  • The E-Bikes with a deep entry and a full integrated battery pack from Bosch are also from Velo de Ville. The 8 speed Nexus hub circuit, a Bosch medium Motor and a big 500 Wh battery pack will bring you up to 100 km per loading cycle. The E-bikes have free wheel OR backpedal brakes (please indicate upon booking), rental bike insurance and pannier bags.
  • Bringing own bicycles: due to limited space on the sundeck are own bicycles only possible on request and after confirmation.
Additional options & information - 2023
  • Rental bicycle (incl. rental bike insurance): € 79 per week/person
  • Rental E-Bike (incl. rental bike insurance): € 189 per week/person (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.
  • Bike helmets: We recommend to wear a bike helmet. Please note: Bicycle helmet compulsory up to 18 years. Onboard Selling: UVEX I-VO € 25.- per helmet, limited number

 

Excursions: Optional excursions during the journey must be booked on board.

Parking Facilities in Prague (as of July 2022): One option could be Garage Spanelska, near Wenceslas Square, CZK 600, – (approx. € 25 per day) onwards (price is based upon capacity), about 4.5 km from the mooring place (booking via internet https://www.mrparkit.com/en). Approx. 500 m walk to the metro station Muzeum; then take line C Letňany to the station Vltavská; continue by foot about 1 km to the berth.
Or take a taxi (only with licensed companies) to the mooring place (ca. € 25). Another option would be the car park of Rudolfinum about 30 minutes walk from the pier (about 1.5 km), not bookable in advance, from about CZK 700,- / € 29 per day.

Minimum number of participants: 70 guests (must have been reached within 21 days prior to departure).

Legal notice:
Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: SE Tours GmbH, Bremerhaven, Germany. Other conditions may apply to this tour: further details on request.



Reviews

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We booked our Prague boat/bike tour through Boat Bike Tours but the tour was run by SE tours. The tour was really fun and exactly what we expected. The upper deck cabins on the MS Florentina were nice but small compared to the MS Magnifique II (Netherlands). The food includes a nice breakfast where you also make your lunch to be enjoyed on the bike route….. pick a nice spot and take a break. The dinners are a notch up and the handbook says men should wear long pants. Many men on our boat didn’t have long pants but dressed appropriately for a nice dinner. This tour offered 4 excursions ($15 – 20) to the castles and points of interest in the towns we cycled through. Since we only rode about 20 miles a day, the tours fit in perfectly. The star of this tour is the city of Prague itself. We recommend staying several extra nights and staying away from the tourist traps as much as possible.

Rob

Reply from Boat Bike Tours

Thanks very much for your review. Team Boat Bike Tours.


Available ships for this tour

Motor ship Florentina Czech Republic

Spacious sun deck

Library

Classic elegance

Individually controlled air conditioning

max. 86 passengers
46 cabins
1 tours available with this ship

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