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Bicycling the Elbe River Valley

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Program #12145RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Participants must bring and wear their own bicycle helmet.

Itinerary for Sep 7 — Sep 20, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, September 07 - Overnight Flight
Afternoon: Board an overnight flight to Germany.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in a quiet area just outside the Bauhaus city of Dessau.

Contact info:
Sonnenallee 4
Dessau, 06842 Germany
phone: +49 351 21777 455
web: www.daysinndessau.com

Room amenities: Satellite Television, Telephone, Hairdryer, Free WIFI internet Access

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Proximity to Swimming Lake " Adria" , Sauna, Solarium

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
To book a room prior to the start of the program, please contact the hotel directly.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, September 08 - Arrive in Germany/Bicycle Fitting/Welcome dinner
Morning: Arrival at Berlin Metropolitan (Tegel) Airport and transfer by coach to the hotel in Dessau.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: We’ll fit your bicycle to you to assure a safe, comfortable program.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Days Inn Dessau

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in a quiet area just outside the Bauhaus city of Dessau.

Contact info:
Sonnenallee 4
Dessau, 06842 Germany
phone: +49 351 21777 455
web: www.daysinndessau.com

Room amenities: Satellite Television, Telephone, Hairdryer, Free WIFI internet Access

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Proximity to Swimming Lake " Adria" , Sauna, Solarium

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Contact hotel
To book a room prior to the start of the program, please contact the hotel directly.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, September 09 - Bauhaus Foundation/Hugo Junkers Museum/Group Intr...
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: After a hearty breakfast, we will present a lecture on safety, rules of the road and the IBT corner system. We’re ready to bicycle and our destination is the Bauhaus Foundation, where we’ve arranged a lecture on the Bauhaus school of design started here in 1925 by architect Walter Gropius.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Having renewed our energies with lunch, we’ll continue to the Hugo Junkers Aircraft Museum for a lecture and field trip. The museum will give us insight into the versatility of Junker’s works, from home construction to aircraft. Following our visit to the museum, we’ll enjoy an excursion to the old town of Dessau before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: Learn about your fellow travelers at group introductions.

Lodging: Days Inn Dessau

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the middle of the historic district of Lutherstadt Wittenberg close to the Luther House.

Contact info:
Collegienstrasse 56-57
Lutherstadt Wittenberg, 06886 Germany
phone: +49 349 14 250
web: www.stadtpalais.bestwestern.de

Room amenities: Minibar, Satellite Television, Telephone, Hairdryer, Free WIFI internet Access, Alarm Clock, Safe Deposit Box

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Elevator, Comfortable Lobby with Piano, Outdoor Terrace, Sauna

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, September 10 - Dessau-Worlitz Garden Realm/Luther House/Castle C...
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Our bicycling route will take us to the tranquil Dessau-Worlitz Garden Realm, created over 200 years ago by Prince Leopold III Friedrich Franz of Anhalt, a social reformer and champion of the Age of Enlightenment. We’ll take a field trip to this beautiful 18th century English-style park for a lecture on Wörlitz Castle before continuing to Lutherstadt-Wittenberg.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: We’ve scheduled a lecture and field trip to the Luther House and Castle Church to acquaint you with this town known as the cradle of the Reformation. It was in Wittenberg that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the castle church door, attacking the Roman Catholic Church’s policy of selling indulgences.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Best Western Stadtpalais Wittenberg

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the historic district of Torgau.

Contact info:
Friedrichplatz 8
Torgau, 04860 Germany
phone: +49 342 173280
web: www.central-hotel-torgau.de

Room amenities: Television, Telephone, Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Terrace, Breakfast Restaurant, Elevator

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, September 11 - Elbe Radweg/Bicycle toTorgau / GDR Lecture
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Our cycling continues along the scenic Elbe Radweg (bicycle path) through picturesque countryside. We’re never far from the river as we follow the winding paths through pastures and tiny villages. Along the way, we’ll pass a restored grain mill that is seemingly standing guard over an out-of-service cable drawn ferry near the village of Elster.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: We should arrive in Torgau late afternoon. Before dinner, we have arranged a lecture on life in the former GDR.

Dinner: Local restaurant.

Lodging: Central Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Located in a scenic garden beside the Elbe River.

Contact info:
Dorfstrasse 2
Moritz, 01619 Germany
phone: +49 352 551230
web: www.hotel-moritz.de

Room amenities: Satellite Television, Telephone, Hairdryer, Minibar, WIFI internet access

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Garden Terrace, Beer Garden

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, September 12 - Historic Torgau/Hartenfels Castle/Belgern
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Before departing this morning, we’ve arranged a lecture and field trip of the historic Renaissance town center of Torgau. In the 16th century, Torgau was the political center of the Reformation and the favored residence of the electors of Saxony. Today, it is home to Hartenfels Castle with its famed spiral staircase, the Grosser Wendelstein.

Lunch: We continue to the town of Belgern, where you can explore local fare on your own in the old market square.

Afternoon: Our route takes us south to the village of Moritz, where our hotel has a picturesque view of the river.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Moritz an der Elbe

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of the Capital of Saxony, Dresden.

Contact info:
Rosenstrasse 36
Dresden, 01067 Germany
phone: +49 351 86400
web: www. hotel-elbflorenz.de

Room amenities: Satellite Television, Telephone, Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Lobby Bar & Lounge, Sauna, Solarium

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, September 13 - Saxon Wine Road/Meissen Porcelain Works
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: The Elbe is to our right as we continue along the bike path to the beautiful city of Meissen, known the world over for its porcelain bearing the trademark of crossed blue swords. We’ll be bicycling through an area known as the Saxon Wine Road, with vineyards lining the slopes of the valley.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Following lunch, you'll have time to explore Castle Hill, Meissen Cathedral and the old market square. Then we're off for a lecture at Meissen Porcelain Works, where we shall visit the demonstration workshop and exhibition hall. We continue to Dresden, the capital of Saxony and our home for the next two nights.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Elbflorenz Dresden

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of the Capital of Saxony, Dresden.

Contact info:
Rosenstrasse 36
Dresden, 01067 Germany
phone: +49 351 86400
web: www. hotel-elbflorenz.de

Room amenities: Satellite Television, Telephone, Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Lobby Bar & Lounge, Sauna, Solarium

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, September 14 - Dresden/Explore Dresden
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Often referred to as “Florence on the Elbe," Dresden is a city of Baroque architecture, music and culture. We’ve planned a lecture and walking field trip with a local historian to introduce you to this marvelous city.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free for independent exploration of the many architectural treasures of the Old Town such as the Semper Opera House, the Zwinger Palace, the Green Vault or the reconstructed Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady).

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Elbflorenz Dresden

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Set in its own garden by the riverside promenade along the Elbe River. Some accommodations in a former villa.

Contact info:
Rudolf-Sendig Strasse 12
Bad Schandau, 01814 Germany
phone: +49 350 22520
web: www.parkhotel-bad-schandau.de

Room amenities: Satellite Television, Telephone, Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Health Spa, Gardens, Terrace, Sauna

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, September 15 - Dresden Bombing/Saxon Switzerland/Bad Schandau
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Before departure, we'll enjoy a lecture on the World War II Bombing of Dresden. We are entering one of the most scenic areas of the Elbe River Valley as our journey continues southeast of Dresden into “Saxon Switzerland," where the scenery is almost as dramatic as the Alps. This area of rugged cliffs and bizarre sandstone rock formations extends along the Elbe River between Pirna, Germany and the city of Dìèin in the Czech Republic. The stone formations are at least 100 million years old and the soft stone has been sculpted over time by wind and water into dramatic columns of stone. Don’t worry about bicycling up mountains however, as our route follows the flat bicycle path along the Elbe River.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Our destination for the night is the spa resort of Bad Schandau. On arrival, you may want to enjoy a ride on the unique 50-meter high freestanding elevator, built in 1904, for a wonderful panoramic view of the Elbe River Valley.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Park Hotel Bad Schandau

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Convenient city location not far from the bike path.

Contact info:
Masarykova 36
Ústi nad Labem, 40001 Czech Republic
phone: +420 47 5235111
web: www.hotelvladimir.cz

Room amenities: Satellite Television, Telephone, Hairdryer, Air- Conditioning, Minibar, Safe, Free WIFI internet access

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Pilsner Pub Terrace, Hotel Sauna, Fitness Center

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, September 16 - Saxon Switzerland National Park/Arrive Czech Repu...
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Following a healthy breakfast, we’ll take a coach to the Saxon Switzerland National Park for a lecture and field trip to the Basteibrücke, (a bastion cliff formation), high above the Elbe River with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. After returning to the hotel, we’ll mount our bicycles once again and say “Auf Wiedersehen” (goodbye) to Germany and “Dobrý den” (hello) to the Czech Republic. You might want to practice your Czech language before the tour so that you are able to converse with the natives along the way!

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: We’ll encounter a few “undulations” in this part of the Czech Republic as we make our way to Decin, where the castle overlooking the Elbe dominates the city. The basic unit of currency in the Czech Republic is the koruna (Kž) and it is a good idea to have a few in your pocket. At lunch today, we can exchange your remaining Euros or Dollars into Korunas

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Vladimir

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Located on the historic town square of Roudnice nad Labem.

Contact info:
Karlovo namesti 20
Roudnice nad Labem, 41301 Czech Republic
phone: +420 41 6838215
web: www.amberhotels.cz

Room amenities: TV, Telephone, Hairdryer

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Tiled Interior Courtyard

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Tuesday, September 17 - Litomerice/Camp Terezín
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Our journey continues as we make our way along the Elbe to Litomerice, where we’ll visit the town square to view the variety of well-maintained buildings from the Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance periods.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Just outside the city is the village of Terezín. We’ve arranged a lecture and field trip to the notorious camp Terezín (Theresienstadt in German), the “model” Jewish ghetto, where a cruel trick by Heinrich Himmler duped the world and left thousands to die. Built originally as a fortress in 1780 by Joseph II to defend Bohemia from Prussian incursions, it never served its original purpose. Instead, it was taken over during World War II by the occupying Nazi forces as a transit camp for political prisoners, Jews, Gypsies and gays. Today, it is the site of two fortresses, numerous memorials, a ghetto museum and a Jewish cemetery.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Amber Hotel U Sv Vavrince

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Prague near the Powder Gate.

Contact info:
Hybernska 6
Praha 1, 110 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 22 4192111
web: www.hotel-meteor.cz

Room amenities: Satellite Television, Telephone, Hairdryer, Free WIFI internet access, Safe, Minibar, Coffee/Tea Maker

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Wine Cellar, Whirpool, Sauna

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Based on availability.
Additional nights at the conclusion of the program can be made upon request.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Wednesday, September 18 - Melník/Lobkowitz Château/Coach to Prague
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Our last day on the bicycle! Our morning ride will take us to the town of Melník, situated at the confluence of the Elbe and the Moldau rivers, for an excursion to the Renaissance Lobkowitz Château with its 13th-century wine cellar.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: After lunch in Melník and an emotional farewell to the bicycles, we board a bus for Prague (or Praha, as the Czechs call it). We arrive late afternoon with time to explore this magnificent city before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Meteor Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Prague near the Powder Gate.

Contact info:
Hybernska 6
Praha 1, 110 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 22 4192111
web: www.hotel-meteor.cz

Room amenities: Satellite Television, Telephone, Hairdryer, Free WIFI internet access, Safe, Minibar, Coffee/Tea Maker

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Wine Cellar, Whirpool, Sauna

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Based on availability.
Additional nights at the conclusion of the program can be made upon request.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Thursday, September 19 - Prague/Free Afternoon/Farewell dinner
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We take you on a walking field trip for a lecture on the history of Prague. To describe the capital of the Czech Republic would take a lot of pages. We suggest you obtain a copy of Frommer’s Prague and the Best of the Czech Republic, or a similar guide, and read about Prague before getting there. It is a city perfectly suitable for walking around.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Prague or relax at a sidewalk café in the heart of the city.

Dinner: At a unique old-world Czech restaurant in the heart of the Old Town.

Lodging: Hotel Meteor Plaza

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Friday, September 20 - Departure
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Airport for return flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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