The "Golden City" and the Rivers Moldova and Elbe
8 days / 7 nights | with Bike and Barge from / to Brandys nad Labem
The Czech Republic, the small country in the heart of Europe, impresses with its original river landscapes, picturesque villages and romantic castles, whose history and architecture can often be traced back to the Middle Ages. Prague, known also as "the Golden City" and "the City of a Hundred Spires", is one of the highlights on this beautiful bike and barge tour along the Upper Moldova, in Czech called Vltava. When the bridges of the Vltava River are ablaze with sunlight and the spires of the castle sparkle in the light, then it becomes obvious that Prague has its nickname "Golden City" with good reason!
Multifaceted and unique, modern and at the same time aware of tradition – discover one of Europe's most beautiful metropolis with its Old Town listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The MS FLORENTINA moors close to the Charles Bridge and is therefore an ideal springboard for exploring this gorgeous city – the marvellously restored Market Place, the busy Wencelslas Square or the Jewish quarter are waiting for you. And you will not be missing out on good food – beer and roast pork with dumplings, just to name one of the many specialities – when you are on the move with your bike do not miss to have a break and quech your thirst with a original Czech amber nectar.
Level of difficulty: The cycle tour is suitable for people with average fitness level. You will cycle on paved or asphalted cycle ways, on very lightly-trafficked 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. The cycle tours are individual and self-guided. You will cycle from 26 to 55 km. The kilometres indicated for the cycle tours are approximate.
Day 1: Arrival in Brandýs nad Labem
Brandýs nad Labem. Embarkation from 4 pm. Approx. 3pm there will be a ground transfer service (no bikes) at the airport via main station, which takes you directly to the ship (Transfer duration approx. 75 minutes.
Day 2: Brandýs – Nymburk, Cycle Tour approx. 35 km, shipping to Brandys
From the bustling town of Brandys nad Labem with its magnificent castle you cycle to the beautiful Elbe town of Nymburk. The magnificent city fortification was partly rebuilt at the beginning of the last century. The Elbe bridge, built in 1912, spans the river against the picturesque backdrop of a small town. On a tour through the old town, the former royal town inspires you with a multitude of interesting historical buildings and monuments.
Day 3: Boat Tour Brandýs – Mělník, Cycle Tour alongside the Vltava River from Mělník to Nelahozeves and back, approx. 52 km
In the early morning it is time to cast off! Aboard the MS Florentina you sail to the royal town of Mělník. Here you start for the Vltava-cycle tour to the Veltrusý Park, a vast landscape park with numerous sculptures and pavilions. Afterwards you cycle to the Nelahozeves Castle, which is among the most famous Renaissance castles of Bohemia and is also referred to as the “Little Louvre of the Czech Republic”. Tip: Visit the castle and Antonin Dvořák`s birthplace. From here cycle back to the quaint town of Mělník.
Day 4: Boat Tour Mělník – Roudnice – Litoměřice, Cycle Tour Mělník – Roudnice, approx. 26 km
This morning you have plenty of time to explore the lovely charming town of Mělník with its pastel-coloured façades. Tip: Visit the proud castle, which towers over the Elbe River offering a marvellous panoramic view over the confluence of the Vlatwa and Elbe rivers. From here, cycle almost always alongside the Elbe via Vliněves, Račice and Dobřín to Roudnice, today`s destination. At around 6 pm, the ship sails to Litoměřice.
Day 5: Litoměřice, Day of Rest or Cycle Tour to Ustí and back, approx. 53 km
A day at leisure. Discover one of the most beautiful Czech towns, the royal town of Litoměřice. The colourful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings in the town centre, which for the most part is encircled by well-preserved Gothic fortifications, will enchant you. Well-worth seeing: Baroque Cathedral of St Stephen atop the dome hill, the historic underground (extensive tunnel system) or the Bishop’s residence. You might also be interested in an individual visit to the Terezín Memorial (Theresienstadt) in the village of Terezìn. The concentration camp memorial is located only 5 km away. The more advanced cyclists may feel to cycle to Ustí - idyllically situated in the narrow valley of the Elbe river – You will come by the Bohemian Gate and by the old castle ruin of Schreckenstein. Overnight the MS FLORENTINA will be moored in Litoměřice.
Day 6: Boat Tour Litoměřice – Mělník – Brandys nad Labem, Cycle Tour Mělník – Brandýs nad Labem, approx. 30 km
In the morning sail once more to the quaint town of Mělník, perched on a hill overlooking the confluence of the Vltava and Elbe rivers. Today`s cycle tour leads partly alongside the untouched banks of the Elbe, though woods, quiet wetlands and small villages but also along quiet country roads to Brandýs nad Labem.
Day 7: Brandýs nad Labem, Bus Transfer to Prague and back, or Optional Cycle Tour to Prague and back, 58 km
Today, the Golden City of Prague is on the agenda. After breakfast, there will be a bus transfer to Prague. Arrived, you will have free time to explore the city individually. In the afternoon the bus transfer will bring you back to the ship.
Day 8: Departure from Brandýs nad Labem
Disembarkation after breakfast, till 09:30 am. At 8:00 am there will be a ground transfer service (no bikes) that will take you to from the ship to Prague main station and following to the airport (Transfer duration approx. 75 minutes).
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.