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Czech Republic: Prague and Elbe river

Discover the Golden City per bike
Prague Round tour.
From €849 p.p.

Highlights of this tour

One of Europe’s most beautiful cities

Medieval history & architecture

Delightful river views, castles & villages

Ship with max. 86 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Individual
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.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

Bike and Barge Czech Republic: Prague and Elbe river | Florentina

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.

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 (Fri): 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 (Sat): 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 (Sun): 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 (Mon):  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 (Tue): 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 (Wed): 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 (Thu): 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 (Fri): Prague

Enjoy a last breakfast, before goodbyes and disembarkation around 9.30 am.

Good to know

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.

  • Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there may be restrictions on board. These are temporary, government-mandated restrictions that may vary regionally. For the safety of all persons present on board, you are obliged to wear a mouth and nose protector and to observe the rules of distance and hygiene. For this purpose, you will receive our ship-specific hygiene concept when booking/inquiring.
  • Bringing your own bike By request only due to limited space on deck.
  • Languages on board: German and English.
  • Cycling tours: Bike tours are self-guided, you cycle independently after a daily briefing provided on board. You will ride between 26-58 km each day. Kilometers indicated for daily cycle tours are approximate distances.
  • Bike paths / level of difficulty: This cycling itinerary is suitable for people with an average fitness level. You will cycle on paved or asphalted bike paths, on agricultural roads with very light traffic as well as on unpaved trails leading through forests or fields. There will also be short legs along busy roads. The terrain is mostly flat, although there are some occasional slopes.
  • Excursions: we offer a small excursion program that can be booked directly on board via the cruise director. You’ll receive a brief excursion overview with your travel documents. Depending on the number of participants, some excursions can be conducted in two languages (German and English).
  • Cycling gear: We recommend bringing waterproof rain gear, a bike helmet, sun hat and sports shoes.
  • Alterations to schedule: The program may be subject to change. If a route cannot be taken, in the event of low or high water levels or adverse weather conditions, the captain reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this cannot be a reason for fee-free cancellation).
     For safety reasons, sun deck access may be limited in times of high water levels/low bridge clearance.
     Bicycles may sometimes be stored ashore overnight as their transport on the ship may not be possible due to low bridge clearance.
     Please note for your daily tour planning that the ship always travels slower than a cyclist due to numerous locks along the waterways.
  • 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, valid for at least six (6) months after completion of the cruise. We kindly ask non-EU citizens, EU-nationals with multiple citizenship, or anybody to whom special legal entry requirements apply, to check their visa and entry document requirements for the Czech Republic at the relevant embassy.
  • This trip is not suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Prices & information

Prices & availability

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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  • 2 or less available
  • On request
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Pricing overview - 2021
Cabin type For all dates
Twin cabin lower deck at the front/back* 2 pers. € 749 Twin cabin on lower deck 2 pers. € 849 Twin cabin on upper deck with French balcony 2 pers. € 1099 Single cabin lower deck (limited) 1 pers. € 1149 Single cabin upper deck with French balcony (limited) 1 pers. € 1399
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

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)

All port, bridge and lock fees

Daily briefing for the respective cycle tour

Maps and information material 1x per cabin

GPS tracks

Tour manager on board

SGR guarantee scheme applicable

Tour operators are obliged by applicable Dutch and European law to secure customer received funds and payments in the event of their own insolvency or bankruptcy (in accordance with Section 513a of the Dutch Civil Code (Burgerlijk Wetboek) and EU Directive 2015/2302).

Boat Bike Tours (Chamber of Commerce register number 3714 7084) is a participant of SGR (Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden) and is registered under number 3.734. This registration can be checked on www.sgr.nl.

The participating tour operators are subject to the guarantee protection of the SGR insolvency guarantee system that is required by law in the Netherlands. Under SGR’s warranty, the prepaid travel sums will be reimbursed to the end user if the tour operator is financially unable to meet its contractual obligations. If the agreement includes transportation and the destination has already been reached, the return trip will be arranged.

Extended warranty policy during the Corona COVID-19 crisis:
“Corona Voucher” with SGR protection

 In the context of the exceptional circumstances resulting from the Corona COVID-19 crisis, all registered participants in SGR may issue so-called “Corona Vouchers” if the organizing tour operator is unable to carry out a tour due to official measures and other serious circumstances of force majeure, and therefore have to cancel the trip.

This means that a Corona voucher offered to the customer by Boat Bike Tours is accepted under the protection of the SGR guarantee system, and – for this reason – all payments and deposits made by a customer are and remain secured.

On March 16, 2020, the Board of Directors of the SGR adopted the following resolution:

  1. As of March 16, 2020, SGR will consider vouchers from tour operators participating in SGR as covered by SGR within the meaning of Article 3 of the SGR Guarantee System, subject to points 2 through 7 of this Decision.
  2. This cover only applies if the voucher fulfills the model voucher stipulated by SGR, and only for vouchers issued in the event of a cancellation of trips in connection with the inability to carry out the trip in connection with the occurrence of unavoidable and exceptional circumstances as a result of the Corona COVID-19 Virus and provided that the value of the voucher is clearly filled out and the voucher contains the name “Corona voucher”.
  3. The value of the voucher cannot be higher than the payment already made for the trip, which had to be canceled due to the Corona COVID-19 virus and for which the SGR guarantee originally applied.
  4. The voucher must contain an express validity period of a maximum of one (1) year after the date of issue.
  5. The voucher must state that the SGR guarantee system applies.
  6. This decision must be communicated on the SGR Website with a clear explanation of the particularities, timing and enforcement of Article 3 (10) (g) of the guarantee system for other vouchers and traveler checks.
  7. This decision regarding the right to issue of a special Corona voucher with a guarantee from SGR is temporary and expires on June 1, 2020, subject to the possibility for the Executive Board to extend this period after approval by the Supervisory Board.

This decision was approved by the SGR Board of Directors and is dated March 16, 2020.

Note: The above translations about SGR are not official SGR translations. SGR only communicates in Dutch and English. The Dutch text on the SGR guarantee system is generally binding.

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)

Additional options & information - 2021
  • Rental bicycle: € 75 per week/person ( 7-gear, hand brake and pedal brake or hand brakes only (subject to availability, please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking, incl. rental bike insurance)
  • Rental E-Bike: € 165 per week/person (8-gear, hand brake and pedal brake or hand brakes only (subject to availability, please indicate as non-binding customer request when booking) (only on request, limited number of e-bikes available, early bookings strongly recommended.
  • You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on ship.

 

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)

Parking Facilities in Prague (as of May 2020): One option could be Garage Spanelska, near Wenceslas Square, CZK 440 (approx. € 18 per day) onwards (price is based upon capacity), about 4.5 km from the mooring place (booking via internet https://www.mrparkit.com/en). From there, take the metro from the station Muzeum to the station Staroměstská, or take a taxi (only with licensed companies) to the mooring place (ca. € 19). Another option would be the car park of Rudolfinum near the mooring place, about € 26, – per day, about 15 minutes’ walk away.

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.

Travel during corona time

On our tours we make sure that you can travel safely! We follow all possible safety measures on board by observing hygiene rules, equipping staff with face masks and with extra cleaning and sufficient ventilation. All guests, crew and tour leaders complete a health declaration in advance, and during the trip we take care that everyone stays healthy!
For more information and the latest updates click here.



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Czech Republic: Prague and Elbe river Rated 10 out of 10 based on 1 reviews
5 stars

Rob

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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Available ships for this tour

Ship Florentina Czech Republic
max. 86 passengers
46 cabins
1 tours available with this ship

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