One of Europe’s most beautiful cities
Medieval history & architecture
Delightful river views, castles & villages
Ship with max. 86 passengers
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.
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. The ship arrives to meet you around 5 pm. Enjoy a hearty dinner after your first day on the bike.
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 – 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 Chateau Veltrusý, with its serene parkland dotted with sculptures and gazebos, up to the royal town of Mělník. Admire the point where the Vltava and Elbe rivers meet, then rejoin the ship after lunch and enjoy the boat trip on the Elbe to Litoměřice.
Day 4: Litoměřice, day of rest or cycle tour to Ustí and back (approx. 53 km / 31.8 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. More active travelers may prefer to ride to the regional center of Ustí – idyllically situated in a narrow valley of the Elbe river – en route you’ll pass the Porta Bohemica, where the Elbe river begins its passage through the Central Bohemian Uplands; and the 12th century gothic ruins of Střekov Castle. Overnight the Florentina will again be moored in Litoměřice.
Day 5: Litoměřice – Roudnice – Mlčechvosty | 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 4.30 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. We will arrive 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 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 9.30 am.
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.
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…
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