The "Golden City" and the Rivers Moldova and Elbe
8 days / 7 nights | with Bike and Barge from / to Prague
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 both point of departure and final destination for this beautiful bike and barge tour along the Upper Moldova, in Czech called Vltava, and the huge Elbe River – 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 (Sun): Arrival in Prague
Individual arrival in Prague. Embarkation from 5pm. After dinner, take a stroll over the Charles Bridge, particularly beautiful in the dark, and enjoy the stunning view of the illuminated Prague Castel.
Day 2 (Mon): Guided Walking Tour Prague (optional) – Prague – Kralupy (Cycling 30 km / 19 miles)
In the morning, there will be an optional guided walk to discover the right bank of the Vltava River, the highlights of the Old Town, the New Town and the Jewish Quarter (duration approx. 2 hours). After returning to the ship, you will be handed out your bike and at around 11:30 am start for your first cycle tour. You will cycle along the Vltava River via Troja (Baroque castle – National Art Gallery) to the village of Klecánky and then over the tread of the Vltava via Drasty, Vodochody back to the river bank to today`s destination Kralupy. Arrival of the ship at around 5pm.
Day 3 (Tue): Kralupy – Mělník, Excursion Nelahozeves (optional) (Cycling 25 km / 16 miles, Boat Trip to Litoměřice / Leitmeritz)
After breakfast, around 9am, we will take out the bike again. You will cycle – almost always along the Vltava River – to Nelahozeves. Visit with us the birth house of Antonin Dvořák and one of the most famous Renaissance castles of Bohemia, also known as the "little Louvre of Czechia" (optional). The tour takes you past the Veltrusý Park, with numerous sculptures and gazebos in an extensive terrain, up to the royal town of Mělník. Around about 1.30pm, return back to the ship and enjoy the boat trip on the Elbe River to Litoměřice.
Day 4 (Wed): Litoměřice – Guided Walking Tour (optional) (Cycling to Ustí and back 55 km / 34 miles)
A day at leisure. On a guided walk (optional), you will have the possibility to 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 a 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 – via the old castle ruin Schreckenstein and back (ca. 55 km). The MS FLORENTINA will moor overnight in Litoměřice.
Day 5 (Thu): Litoměřice – Roudnice – Mlčechvosty (Cycling Roudnice – Mělník – Mlčechvosty 45 km / 28 miles)
With excursion Castle Tour and coffee and cake in the castle-patisserie (optional).
Early in the morning, the ship will take you to Roudnice. Your cycle tour starts at around 09:00am. Almost always alongside the Elbe, via Dobřín, Račice and Vliněves, you cycle back again to the lovely village of Mělník. On a guided walk (optional) enjoy the splendid panoramic view of the confluence of the Vlatwa and Elbe River from the top of the castle hill. Afterwards, have coffee and cake in the castle-patisserie. You continue cycling to today's destination Mlčechvosty. Arrival of the ship at around 4:30pm.
Day 6 (Fri): Mlčechvosty – Prague (Cycling 37 km / 23 miles)
Early in the morning, the ship sails back to Prague. Arrival in Prague at about 15:30. Or you cycle via Veltruský Park, Nelahozeves, Kralupy, and Drasty to Prague.The balance of the day is free to explore Prague a little further, according to Goethe "the prettiest gem in the stone crown of the world." Visit the Prague Castel with the Golden Lane, the Powder Tower, just meander along the streets or watch the lively goings-on sitting in one of the cafes on the Old Town Square. There are countless possibilities!
Day 7 (Sat): Prague (Cycling 30 km / 19 miles)
Visit the Prague Castle with the Golden Lane, the Powder Tower, just meander along the streets or watch the lively goings-on sitting in one of the cafes on the Old Town Square. There are countless possibilities! In case you feel like cycling, take a tour upstream along Vltava River to Zbraslav castle and back.
Day 8 (Sun): Prague
After breakfast, till 09:30am disembarkation and individual departure.
Please note: All cycling distances stated above are approximate only.