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Dresden – Berlin

 

Following the River Elbe among history and nature

From Decin to the Saxon Switzerland, then tracking the sinuous Elba river to Dresden, Meissen, Torgau and WIttenberg. From there along the R1 bike path, to Potsdam and finally Berlin.

The tour starts off in Decin in Czech Republic, where the Elbe River beautifully flows through a narrow valley surrounded by forests and chalk rocks. In few kilometers we reach the area of Saxony, in the German territory, where the hills’ edges have strange and interesting forms, and castles stand up on the ridges.

The area is called Saxony’s Switzerland, and is protected as national park. Pedaling on the flat bike path we reach the lovely Dresden, whose bell towers and domes come into sight.

We are following the Elbe bike trail, very loved by the Germans. Along the banks of the river we visit different interesting towns: Meissen, the city of the porcelain, with the castle on the top of the hill; Belgern, small village supervised by the big statue of Roland and Torgau, with a beautiful castle and impossible stairs, mostly known for having been the meeting point of the Allies, Russians and Americans, at the end of the Second World War. Once we arrive in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Luther’s city, we sadly leave the Elbe River behind us and go direction a more ambitious goal: Berlin.

On the R1 European bike path we head towards Potsdam, with the marvelous 18th century Sanssouci Castle (from French: with no thoughts). We will visit its most important building and the gorgeous park, with fountains and statues. Many lakes surround Potsdam, and it wasn’t by chance that the Prussian kings chose it as their countryside home.

Before reaching the big city, the tour goes only through very relaxing landscapes. We will bike throughout tiny villages, but we will be mostly just pedaling through the countryside and forests. Rivers and lakes: a lot of water will be around us all the time.

The arrival in Berlin is unforgettable: a large bike path leads us from the woods directly to the Tiergarten city park and the Brandenburg gate, symbol of the city, place full with history and stories. One whole day will be then dedicated to the visit of the city by bike. We will be able to see many of the important monuments and places of Berlin. For a more exhaustive visit, it is possible to stay in Berlin longer, or add one dream more to our secret wishes.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Wittenberg (the buildings of Martin Luther’s life), Potsdam (park and palaces), Berlin (Museums’ island, modernist residential houses).

Boschi vicino a Wittenberg

Services included in our previous tours

  • 8 nights with breakfast in two, three and four stars hotels.
  • 6 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, one drink (1/4 liter wine or ½ liter beer), tap water and bread are included.
  • 5 packed lunches, which includes sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, 1/2 liter water.
  • 3 tour guides, 2 by bike and one with the agency van (two guides for groups from 12 to 17 people).
  • Hotel city tax.
  • Visits (see the program).
  • Ferry ticket for crossing the Elbe River.
  • Short path by train from Belzig to Michendorf.
  • Agency van which follows the whole tour in order to guarantee: the luggage transport service, the picnics for lunch and snacks and the availability and the assistance during the tour.

 

HOW TO BOOK

This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose  guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.

On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance. 

To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – anna@simonettabiketours.it

Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – elisa@simonettabiketours.it

How to Book!

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR

Duration: 9 days, 8 nights, 7 biking days

When: to be defined; trip will take place upon groups reservation, small or big.

Difficulty: beginners

Where: Czech Republic, Germany (Saxony and Brandenburg)

Tour description: The tour is a 6 days bike route from Decin to Berlin and one day by bike in Berlino. The trail is mostly on asphalt bike paths, with the exception of some short stretches of nice dirt road. The path is mostly flat with a few up and downs.

Visits: Saxony Switzerland, Potsdam (Sanssouci Park), Berlin (Reichstag dome).

 

 

PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR

Day 1
Independent travel with arrival in Decin.

Day 2
Decin > Dresden
About 75 km – flat path

Day 3
Dresden > Meissen
About 35 km – flat path

Day 4
Meissen > Torgau
About 75 km – flat path

Day 5
Torgau > Lutherstadt Wittenberg
About 75 km – flat path

Day 6
Lutherstadt Wittenberg > Potsdam
About 65 km – mostly flat path

Day 7
Potsdam > Berlin
About 40 km – flat path

Day 8
Visiting Berlin by bike
About 30 km – flat path

Day 9
Breakfast at the Hotel, free day and independent way back home.