Elbe Cycle Path (Dresden to Dessau) Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £489 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Discover the magic of Dresden and the World Heritage Site.
• Explore the sandstone mountains
• Visit the pottery city of Meissen
• Ride around the historic cities of Wittenberg and Torgau
Cycle Route Profile
Easy. The Elbe bike route provides the opportunity to cycle along the loveliest and important fleets of Germany without traffic. Another route section leads along country roads with light traffic through varied landscapes.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival to Dresden
Individual arrival to Dresden. Welcome briefing and distribution of rental bikes. Afterwards use the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful old town Dresden. Explore the world famous sights and the magic of the city with the unique buildings like “Zwinger Palace”, “Frauenkirche” (Church of Ladys), Dresden Castle and the famous opera house (Semperoper).
Day 2: Saxon Switzerland (approx. 45 km
Return to Dresden by a suburban train) The bikeway leads along the river Elbe to the baroque Castle Pillnitz and upwards to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The Sandstone‐Tablemountain with the fortress Königstein is on the right side of the Elbe. The return from Bad Schandau to Dresden happens by bike or suburban trail (optional).
Day 3: Dresden ‐ Meissen, approx. 25 km
Along the romantic valley of the Elbe you cycle through Saxon Vineyards past Radebeul to Meissen. The city is well known for the Meissen porcelain. The picturesque alleys of the historical city center give an occasion to take a stroll and to go on shopping. Come and see the “Albrechtsburg” or the world famous Meissen manufacture.
Day 4: Meissen ‐ Riesa, approx. 35 km
Taste the wine or visit the baroque castle Diesbar‐Seußlitz on you way along the saxon wine route. Overnight in Riesa!
Day 5: Riesa ‐ Torgau, approx. 45 km
On the way to Mühlberg visit the Cistercian monastery and you should not miss the “Treblitzscher Baumpark” (Treblitz park of tree´s) with trees and bushes from five continents. Overnight in Torgau!
Day 6: Follow the traces of Martin Luther to Wittenberg, approx. 65 km
There is this year to celebrate the reformation of Luther which is 500 years ago. Please note that this day is the individual departure as well. If you need to go back to Dresden you can book the Transfer via minivan to Dresden approx. 3 h, reservation necessary (have a look Arriva and Departure below)
The castles “Lichtenberg” and “Pretzsch” show the way to Wittenberg. When you arrived in Wittenberg you have the opportunity to follow the traces of Martin Luther. The hall of Luther is the most interesting building of Wittenberg and has the biggest world historic collection on Reformation.
Day 7: Wittenberg ‐ Dessau, approx. 30 km
Continue downstream through the charming Wörlitzer Park Grounds to Dessau, a Mecca for architecture lovers.
Day 8: Dessau
Departure from Dessau
Daily routes from 30 to 70 km in flat and slightly hilly terrain. The Elbe cycle path offers the possibility to cycle on car-free roads along one of the most beautiful and most important rivers in Germany.
Other sections lead along small country roads and paths with less traffic through diversified river landscape.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Elbe Cycle Path tour stays in middle tier hotels and good guesthouses carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- Personal welcome briefing
– Accommodation in the mentioned category
– Breakfast buffet
– Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
– Best elaborated route
– One set of detailed travel documents (maps, route description, places of interest, telephone numbers) per booked room
Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes
We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.
The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.
About the bikes
You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.
Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.
You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.
7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.
21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.
The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:
Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm
Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)
We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.
We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:
• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock
Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!
Elbe Cycle Path (Dresden to Dessau)
8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2017 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 01.04 – 14.10.2017
Season 2: 29.04 – 30.09.2017
Season 3: 01.06 – 31.08.2017
Arrival daily except April and October
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £549 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £609 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £649 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £179
Half Board Upgrade: £159
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99
Category B: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £489 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £549 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £589 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £159
Half Board Upgrade: £149
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99
Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: Comfortable hotels and guest houses, basically in the 3*** and 4*** category, centrally located in most cases.
Category B: Good middle hotels and guest houses, basically 3*** category, partly situated at the outskirts of town.
Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.
For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.
Holiday Price: From £489
Single Supplement: £159