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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 (Tue): 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 (Wed): Prague – Kralupy (approx. 27 km / 16.2 mi.)

The morning is at your disposal with enough time for a pleasant stroll through Prague. You will then 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 (Thu): 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 past 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 (Fr):  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 (Sat): Litoměřice – Roudnice –  Mlčechvosty | Cycle Tour 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 (Sun): 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 (Mon): 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 (Tue): Disembarkation: 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.

  • 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.

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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Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For all dates
Twin cabin lower deck at the front/back* 2 pers. € 719 Twin cabin on lower deck 2 pers. € 849 Twin cabin on upper deck with French balcony 2 pers. € 1049 Single cabin lower deck (limited) 1 pers. € 1149 Single cabin upper deck with French balcony (limited) 1 pers. € 1349
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

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 2020

Rental bicycle (incl. rental bike insurance): € 75 per week/person
Rental E-Bike (incl. rental bike insurance): € 165 per week/person (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: Optional excursions during the journey must be booked on board.

Parking Facilities in Prague (as of April 2019): 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.



Reviews

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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Ship Florentina Czech Republic
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