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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. 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.
Kay from Findlay, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/20/15 - 07/03/15
The Elbe River Cycling Tour was my first cycling trip ever and it was all that I expected it to be. The tour guide(s) and Sag were great. The accommodations and food were good. The bikes were in great order; the participants were very amicable. All in all, I can say it was one of the best vacations I've ever been on and would do it again in a minute!

John from Albuquerque, NM Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 05/17/14 - 05/30/14
This was an amazing program because of a wonderful guide and traveling companions who were unusually friendly and compatible. We saw beautiful country and shared new experiences that we will never forget. We made many new friends that we will share future experiences with.

Richard from Fairfax, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/17/14 - 05/30/14
I totally agree with Carol and Elliot. This was a great adventure. I enjoyed the views along the Elbe River of Germany and the Czech Republic. I was especially thankful for our great guides and the entire Road Scholar group in attendance. The biking was fabulous with mostly ideal weather. The lectures were very informative and provided an insight into that part of the world -- both the past and today. The accommodations and meals were very nice. Looking forward to taking another bicycling trip.

Carol from Fairfax, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/17/14 - 05/30/14
Although I am physically active, I am not an avid rider, and never ride more than 25 miles a day. Therefore, I did have doubts regarding distance and pace. All went well and never experienced any difficulty. Not miss out on this trip - beautiful and tranquil.

Elliot from Elmhurst, IL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 05/17/14 - 05/30/14
This was a delightful program that fulfilled our longstanding intent to visit Prague, and we were not disappointed when we did reach our destination. Along the way we rode through the former East Germany which proved to be a fascinating trip as it illuminated the years under Communist rule. Visiting Dresden took us back to WWII in a very visceral way. Our visit to Terezín (Theresienstadt) was a stark reminder of the value of the freedoms we enjoy. The bicycling was perfectly parsed into 30-40 mile days through many scenic vistas along the Elbe. We wished our overnight stay in Bad Schandau could have been longer. We were blessed with a wonderfully compatible and cohesive group of riders, and arguably the best Group Leader that ever led a Road Scholar program. We would rank this among our very best Road Scholar experiences.

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"The adventurers sit down to a Peking Duck Farewell Dinner in Old Town." Uploaded By: Dave
"The adventurers sit down to a Peking Duck Farewell Dinner in Old Town." Uploaded By: Dave

"Prague's Old Town is a magnet for performers of all kinds." Uploaded By: Dave

"Weddings have been held at the Prague Old Town Hall since 1871." Uploaded By: Dave

"The architecture in Prague is extraordinary, with a story for every statue." Uploaded By: Dave

"People flock to Prague's Astronomical Clock in Old Town." Uploaded By: Dave

"A Road Scholar cyclist gives her bike a goodbye kiss." Uploaded By: Dave

"This was no snail's pace for a Road Scholar group riding at 11 mph." Uploaded By: Dave

"The Lobkowitz Chateau in Melnik was the last stop on the bikes." Uploaded By: Dave

"A cross marks the Jewish cemetery at the Camp Terezin prison camp." Uploaded By: Dave

"The adventurers pause for lunch in the Czech Republic town of Decin." Uploaded By: Dave

"In the springtime, the poppies are lovely along the Elbe River bikepath." Uploaded By: Dave

"The adventurers paused for a photo at the German-Czech Republic border." Uploaded By: Dave

"There were some mooooving sights riding along the Elbe." Uploaded By: Dave

"The Park Hotel in Bad Schandau was an elegant stop for the night." Uploaded By: Dave

"The adventurers walk their bikes to the night's stop in Bad Schandau." Uploaded By: Dave

"The scenery is spectacular from the Basteibrucke, the Elbe River far below." Uploaded By: Dave

"The Road Scholar bicyclists find a perfect morning on the bike path." Uploaded By: Dave

"It's a Sunday morning on the bike path headed for Bad Schandau." Uploaded By: Dave

"The Road Scholar groups begins the morning in the courtyard of Zwinger Palace." Uploaded By: Dave

"The riders pause in late afternoon on the outskirts of Dresden." Uploaded By: Dave

"A light mist dampens the bike path, but not the riders' spirits." Uploaded By: Dave

"An artisan at the Meissen Porcelain Works hand-paints a plate. " Uploaded By: Dave

"Group Leader Dirk Broeren explains the German's love of white asparagus." Uploaded By: Dave

"A pair of goats pause from lunch to watch the Road Scholar riders." Uploaded By: Dave

"Horses graze next to the bike path along the Elbe River." Uploaded By: Dave

"The Hartenfels Castle bear kindly stopped for his "Kodiak" moment." Uploaded By: Dave

"This is one of two bears that live in the Hartenfels Castle bear pit." Uploaded By: Dave

"Hartenfels Castle in Torgau has a bear pit that acts as a "moat."" Uploaded By: Dave

"Torgau native Anita Berge talks of life in the former GDR." Uploaded By: Dave

"A German farmhand collects hay the old-fashioned way." Uploaded By: Dave

"The Road Scholar participants make two ferry crossings of the Elbe." Uploaded By: Dave

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"Group Leader Dirk Broeren explains rules of the road." Uploaded By: Dave

"Group Leader Dirk Broeren at the Bauhaus School of design." Uploaded By: Dave

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