Czech Republic/Germany

A Cycling Journey: The Elbe River From Germany to Czech Republic

On this cycling journey along the Elbe River, discover history and culture at ancient castles, fascinating museums, scenic national parks and Prague’s iconic Old Town.
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Program No. 12145RJ
14 days
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At a Glance

From a riverside thicket comes a cuckoo bird’s plaintive call. As you pedal around a river bend, the majestic sight of Germany’s oldest castle comes into view, and, later, Saxon Switzerland’s sandstone cliffs rise 600 feet into the clouds before you. On an extraordinary biking adventure, experience Germany and the Czech Republic along the storied Elbe River, through lush countryside and sleepy villages. Learn about life in the former German Democratic Republic, and complete your journey with an exploration of Prague’s Old Town and the romance of a fairy-tale skyline.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Intermediate to experienced cyclists. Cycling up to 13-34 miles (5 hours) daily on primarily flat terrain with frequent stops. Walking one mile on uneven terrain, standing for up to two hours and climbing stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the history and culture of the Elbe River Valley while pedaling along scenic bike paths.
  • Learn about Hugo Junkers' works at an aircraft museum in Dessau and one million-year-old rock formations at Saxon Switzerland National Park.
  • Enjoy a savory duck dinner with dumplings at a unique old-world Czech restaurant in the heart of the Old Town.
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Franz Lutz
Franz Lutz worked as a career soldier in the German Army as well as an IT engineer for NATO for many years. He worked and lived in Germany as well as Belgium and the Netherlands. He also lived in Afghanistan for a few months. Franz holds a master’s in electrical engineering after retiring in 2013 he studied geodesy to learn more about our planet and pursue his interest in the various natural sciences. He is married and a father of three adult children.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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