E-bike your way through these two fascinating countries
Ride from Berlin to Prague, passing scenic views as you go
Spend two nights based in vibrant Dresden
Stunning landscapes fill your view daily

Easygoing E-Bike Tour: Berlin to Prague

6 days
$5,299 USD

Explore the stunning German and Czech countryside by e-bike over 6 superb days. From dense pine forests to valleys carpeted with vineyards, cycle tour your way from Berlin to Prague through quaint towns and bustling Berlin. Enjoy local beverages from Elbe Valley Rieslings to some of the greatest beer you may ever sip. Learn the endlessly fascinating history of these two nations from Prussia's Kings and the Dukes of Saxony to World War II and Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution.

  • Category
    Easy-going & Leisurely
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    1 - Beginner
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts in Berlin, Germany and ends in Prague, Czech Republic. Fly into Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) and out of Prague's Václav Havel Airport (formerly Ruzyně Airport - PRG).

    To make the morning meeting time, plan to arrive in Berlin at least one day before the trip starts. On the first day of the trip, meet your Trip Leaders (the folks in Backroads T-shirts) at 8 a.m. in the lobby of Hotel Adlon Kempinski (+49-(0)30-22910), located at Unter den Linden 77 in Berlin, next to the Brandenburg Gate. Please arrive dressed in your biking clothes and bring your luggage and a daypack with your rain gear and anything else you may want for today's ride (your luggage will be transported to your first night's accommodations).

    The trip ends around 11:30 a.m. in Mcely with a shuttle to Hilton Prague Old Town arriving around 1 p.m. and to the Prague airport arriving around 1:45 p.m. If you plan to fly out of Prague today, it is suggested that you book a departure no earlier than 4 p.m.

  • How long is the tour? How many days cycling?

    The tour is 6 days long with all 6 days being cycling days.

  • What's the tour like?

    Every trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. The tour operator knows your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your travelling companions may differ somewhat from yours. So they present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

    Easygoing daily routes are typically 2-4 hours of biking per day, approximately 10-30 miles (16-48km) and vary from level to rolling with a few steeper climbs. The custom e-bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly or if you prefer to pedal without power then regular road bikes are available by request.

  • Can you tell me about the trip leaders?

    Each of your Trip Leaders plays many roles during your vacation: guide, host, caretaker, naturalist, chef, historian, troubleshooter, interpreter. These remarkable individuals have highly developed instincts for making people comfortable, for seamlessly handling the logistics of travel and for successfully navigating a wide range of unexpected situations.

    They're passionately committed to ensuring you enjoy an exceptional vacation—smooth, flexible and tailored to your needs. With their knowledge, professionalism, enthusiasm and service ethic, they're the number-one reason people return to travel with the tour operator again and again.

  • Are tips included?

    Gratuities for most services during your trip are included in the price. While the tour operator has thought about including a Trip Leader tip as part of the overall trip cost, they acknowledge that gratuities are often customary as a way to recognise excellent service on a more personal level. They offer specific Trip Leader tip recommendations because guests have consistently asked for them.

    The recommended gratuity for this trip is $200 per guest. While cash gratuities are always preferred, PayPal is also an available option. At the beginning of the trip you'll receive a contact list with your leaders' email addresses, which also serve as their PayPal IDs. Regardless of the number of leaders on your trip, you can pay the full amount to any one of them. All gratuities are then divided among your leaders.

  • Is there a phone signal/service during the trip?

    Cell phone and data service are available in nearly all of the areas you will visit on this trip. Internet access is available at all of the hotels, although wireless connectivity is not always available in your room.

    Hotel Zur Bleiche Resort & Spa offers guest computers, as wireless internet is not available.

  • Can you tell me about food and drinks on tour?

    Food is an important part of the tour experience. For lunch, the tour operator looks for the best way to capture the essence of the region. It may be a Grand Picnic, where your Trip Leaders prepare the freshest and healthiest local fare at a carefully chosen setting along the day's route; a boxed lunch; a packed lunch; a meal together at a favourite restaurant; or the opportunity to have lunch on your own.

    Dinners feature regional specialties at gourmet restaurants, frequently with specially prepared limited menus. While food choices on this trip include well-known hearty, traditional fare such as schnitzel, bratwurst and sauerkraut, contemporary German cuisine will surprise you with its modern and French influences. Traditional Czech dishes have their roots in rural cuisine and tend to centre around meat and starch, with favourites like goulash and schnitzel.

    All breakfasts, five lunches and four dinners are included in the trip price. One dinner is on your own. Be aware that vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free and low-carb dishes are not always available. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know on booking.

    Alcoholic beverages at meals are not included in the trip price.

  • Is there recommended dinner attire?

    Sophisticated-casual attire is appropriate at the restaurants on this trip. For men, the tour operator recommends collared shirts and slacks. For women, they suggest dresses, skirts or dressy pants.

    Nice jeans are fine, but please do not wear shorts or athletic shoes to dinner.

  • What's the weather like?

    Germany and the Czech Republic have a temperate climate with moderate rainfall throughout the year. Summer temperatures are warm during the day and chilly at night, while spring and fall are generally cooler. On most days you'll be comfortable biking in a short-sleeved jersey or T-shirt although when you head out in the morning, you might want to wear a lightweight jacket or vest, arm warmers and knee or leg warmers. Rain is possible year-round—don't forget to bring waterproof breathable rain gear.

  • Is there any recommended reading?

    The more you know about your destination before you go, the more you'll appreciate all that you'll see when you get there. The tour operator has selected a few of their favourite books to help capture the essence of the region.-

    - The Germans, Gordon A. Craig

    –Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945, Frederick Taylor

    –Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s, Otto Friedrich

    –Berlin Diaries: 1940–1945, Marie Vassiltchikov

    –The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History, Derek Sayer

    –The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

    –Prague: A Traveller's Literary Companion, Paul  Wilson

  • Are bikes included?

    Yes, on this trip, most travellers choose to ride one of the custom titanium e-bikes. If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you can select another bike.

    If you'd prefer to have your own pedals, helmet or seat, feel free to bring these along. Your own gear can help to make your time on the bike as comfortable as possible, especially if you're someone who likes to log a lot of miles. Your leaders will be happy to put on your pedals and seat for you at the beginning of the trip.

    The following items are included with all titanium bikes. Trip Leaders also have full tool kits on hand and are available to do mechanical repairs.

    • bike helmet

    • two water bottles

    • safety triangle

    • lock and cable

    • tube and patch kit with tire levers

    • pedals (with toe clips/straps, if requested)

    • rear rack and reflective trunk bag

    • map case

    • wide range of gears

    • GPS device

  • Please read here for a message from the tour operator regarding COVID-19

    COVID-Related Policy Updates
    On-Trip Policies
    In order to join a trip, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated or receive a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours prior to the start of the trip.

    What if I am recovered from COVID-19? A medical certificate will be accepted confirming recovery from COVID-19 dated no more than 90 days before departure. In addition to a confirmation of recovery from a medical professional, you will need to have isolated for at least 10 days and be symptom and fever free.

    When are you considered “fully vaccinated?” Two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. See here for CDC vaccine guidance.

    What about kids? Children too young to be vaccinated will need to receive a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to trip start.

    Where can I test? See here for the testing sites in the US. At-home testing options will suffice only if they include a telehealth component (video call with a doctor); over-the-counter tests will not be accepted. The Tour Operator recommends this self-administered antigen test.

    What if someone has symptoms on trip? The Tour Operator has a robust internal protocol in place to safely address any COVID-19 related situations. If someone experiences symptoms on trip, they are asked to let the Trip Leaders know immediately. The Trip Leaders will ask the symptomatic person to isolate from the group and help facilitate a COVID-19 test. If the test is negative, no further action will be taken.

    What if someone tests positive for COVID-19 on trip? Following the internal protocol and CDC guidance, if a member of the group tests positive, the individual and any travel partner(s) (if sharing a room) will be asked to exit the trip for the well-being of the greater group. Trip Leaders will help facilitate this as well as share next steps with the other members of the group who may have had close contact with the positive individual.

    Backroads strongly urges all eligible guests to be vaccinated. Regional requirements are constantly evolving, often with very little notice, so travelling unvaccinated is likely to cause trip disruption. The Tour Operator will not offer reimbursement to those unable to join a trip or take part in certain activities due to not being vaccinated or not meeting testing requirements.  

    What if my trip is postponed due to travel restrictions:
    For trips in international destinations where the borders aren’t open yet for American travellers, the Tour Operator will be reviewing trips at 65 days but no later than 35 days prior to departure (or closer as the situation changes) to determine if it is feasible to run the trip. In the event your trip is postponed, they will place 100% of your trip funds (including Travel Protection Plan, if applicable) on account along with an additional bonus credit per guest to be used for future travel.*
    *All funds and credit must be applied to a new reservation by 12/31/23.

    Travel in 2021 with more flexibility:
    The Tour Operator is providing new, more flexible booking policies in order for you to plan your future travel with complete peace of mind.

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    You may transfer to another trip or place your deposit on account for a future trip prior to your final payment date. On Special Departures, Private Trips and Custom Trips, you can transfer deposits to a new trip prior to 155 days before your trip start.

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    - Final payment is due at 95 days (rather than 155 days) prior to your trip start for Custom Trips and Special Departures from 6/1/21 to 10/31/21 and after 11/1/21 is due at 155 days before your trip start.

    As the Tour Operator has learned during this past year, what makes sense today may not make sense tomorrow. Please understand that they reserve the right to change these policies without prior notice due to this very fluid and unpredictable situation.