The "Golden City" and the Rivers Vltava and Elbe by bike and boat from/to Prague
    • Travelcode: 058

    The "Golden City" and the Rivers Vltava and Elbe by bike and boat from/to Prague

    Golden bike times

    • 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 approx. 1 km away from 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.

      Tour profile / level 2

      The cycle tour is suitable for people with average fitness level. You will cycle on cycle ways with very lightly-trafficked agricultural roads. Most of the time you cycle 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.

      Day 1: Arrival in Prague

      Individual arrival in Prague. Embarkation from 4 pm. After dinner, you should take a stroll over the Charles Bridge, particularly beautiful in the dark, and enjoy the stunning view of the illuminated Prague Castel.

      Day 2: Prague – Kralupy, Cycle Tour approx. 27 km

      The morning is at your disposal and you have enough time for a nice little walk through Prague. Then you will be handed out your bike and 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 5 pm.

      Day 3: Kralupy – Mělník, Cycle Tour approx. 28 km, Boat Trip to Litoměřice

      After breakfast, around 9 am, we will take out the bike again. You will cycle – almost always along the Vltava River – to Nelahozeves. Tip: visit the birth house of Antonin Dvořák and one of the most famous Renaissance castles of Bohemia, also known as the “little Louvre of Czechia”. 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 1.30 pm, return back to the ship and enjoy the boat trip on the Elbe River to Litoměřice.

      Day 4: 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 Schreckenstein. The MS FLORENTINA will moor overnight in Litoměřice.

      Day 5: Litoměřice – Roudnice – Mlčechvosty, Cycle Tour Roudnice – Mělník – Mlčechvosty, approx. 40 km

      Early in the morning, the ship will take you to Roudnice. Your cycle tour starts at around 09:00 am. Almost always alongside the Elbe, via Dobřín, Račice and Vliněves, you cycle back again to the lovely village of Mělník. Enjoy the splendid panoramic view of the confluence of the Vlatwa and Elbe River from the top of the castle hill. You continue cycling to today’s destination Mlčechvosty. Arrival of the ship at around 4:30 pm. 

      Day 6: Mlčechvosty – Prague, ca. 40 km

      Today you can go for a last bike tour via Nelahozeves, Kralupy, Vodochody, Drasty and Klecánky to Prague or you relax on the sun deck. You will arrive at Prage at ca. 3:30 pm. The rest of the day is reserved for Prague.

      Day 7: Prague, Cycle tour Prague – Zbraslav and back, ca. 30 km

      Today you have enough time to discover the right bank of the Vltava River, the highlights of the Old Town, the New Town and the Jewish Quarter. Or 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, make a tour upstream along Vltava River to Zbraslav and back. A trip to Vyṧehrad Castle is worthwile. It was built, probably in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Local legend holds that Vyṧehrad was the location of the first settlement which later became Prague.

      Day 8: Departure from Prague

      After breakfast, till 09:30am disembarkation and individual departure.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

       

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Prague (PRG)
       


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Prague (Praha hl.n.)


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      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


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum: 70 pax


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Special dietary requests will be respected as far as possible. Please inform us on booking.

      Travel documents: EU-citizens need a valid ID or passport, must have a validity of at least 6 month to the day of the end of the trip.

      Alterations of schedule or programme: subject to change. In the event that because of low or high water levels or adverse weather conditions a route cannot be taken, the captain reserves the right to change the route for your safety (this would not 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 a transport on the ship would not be possible due to low bridge clearance. Please note for your tour planning that due to numerous locks, the ship will always be slower than a cyclist.

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    • Included services:

      • 7 nights in outside cabin with en-suite shower facilities in the booked category
         
      • Welcome drink
         
      • Daily cabin cleaning
         
      • Change of bedding and towels
      • Full board (breakfast buffet, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee and tea in the afternoon, three-course dinner)
      • All port, bridge and lock fees
      • Daily briefing for the respective cycle tour  
      • Maps and information material 1x per cabin
      • Tour manager on board
         
      • GPS Tracks


       

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      Extras

      Bikes & equipment
      7-speed-bike 75
      E-bike (on request, limited number available)  165
       

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on board MS FLORENTINA !

      Built in 1980 and completely refurbished in 2008 and in 2012, the MS FLORENTINA is a cosy and comfortable middle-class ship.

      The Czech chef prepares national good home cooking which will be served in the bright, friendly restaurant with bar. Both the little lounge next to the reception and the observation saloon with its panoramic windows on the upper deck offer comfortable seating areas. Rest and relax you find on the deck chairs on the large sun deck.

      WIFI is available only in the reception area (please note that the signal is not available along the whole route).

      TECHNICAL INFORMATION

      Year of manufacture: 1980
      Passengers: max. 86
      Lenght: 80 m
      Width: 9,6 m
      Draft: 1,5 m
      Height: 5 m
      Speed: 12 km/h
      Flag: Czech


      CABINS

      All 46 cabins are outside cabins and have en-suite shower facilities. They all also include individual climate control, hairdryers, TV’s and safes.

      UPPER DECK
      16 x twin cabins (approx. 10 sqm)
      4 x single cabins (approx. 8 sqm) with french balcony (window can be opened)

      MAIN DECK
      24 x twin cabins (approx. 10 sqm)
      2 x single cabins (approx. 8 sqm, window cannot be opened)


      CATERING

      Breakfast buffet, packed lunch for cycle tours or lunch snack, coffee and tea in the afternoon, three-course dinner

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      7-speed-bikes UNISEX with back pedal brake

      The offered bikes are touring bikes with an aluminium frame and kitted with responsive brakes and gears. Plus: mudguards, trip computers, comfort gel saddles, flat-palmed grips, Schwalbe Marathon anti-puncture tyres.

      You can choose between the following bikes:

      • 7-speed-bike with hand brake and backpedal brake

      with 28" tyres in different frame dimensions for ladies and gents.


      E-bike

      By popular demand, we have now invested in a considerable number of e-bikes, much favoured by cyclists who love the great Outdoors, but prefer to let the bike take the strain.

      With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.
      Please note that it won’t be possible to fix the handlebar bags on some of our E-Bikes.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.


      Additional information
      Bicycle breakdowns can happen, also when bikes are well serviced and maintained, flats can be fixed by yourself. If there’s a difficult repair, you may call the local representative. Please don´t get any repairs done on the bike without informing the touroperator/local representative and their approval.

      You will have the opportunity to take out an insurance for the bicycle (not for own bicycles) for the whole journey.


      Own Bikes
      If you bring your own bicycle, please pay attention to the following aspects: You are personally responsible for your own bike on board and ashore. Protect your bike against theft on board, as well as on land with a lock. The bikes will be brought on board and from board by the crew. Due to the local conditions we cannot prevent scratches and damages on the bikes. Please understand that we cannot accept any liability. The bikes on board are exposed to weather conditions because the parking is not covered. Please bring along your own spare material and repair kit for your bike.


    • 5,5 07.09.2019 | Gordon B. Elbe, Vltava + Prague by Bike + Boat

      Cycling in the Czech Republic

      Had a terrific holiday but some of the trails were pretty bad!
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 3
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      more
      5,6 30.07.2017 | Stephen M. Elbe, Vltava + Prague by Bike + Boat

      Rescued by Bill and Kath

      Overall This is a wonderful tour. Prague, of course, is a highlight, attested by the fact that the entire population of the planet is there, cramming through its streets. Melnik and Litomerice, the two other major places visited, are both gems, but Kralupy ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more
      5,2 25.07.2017 | Patricia M. Elbe, Vltava + Prague by Bike + Boat

      Happy novice cycling pensioners

      We really enjoyed our first ever cycling holiday, managed the cycling ok and loved the international company on the boat.
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 5
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
      more

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