Elbe to Dessau Cycling Holidays
Start: Dresden

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Elbe Cycle Path (Dresden to Dessau) Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £549 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Discover the magic of Dresden and the World Heritage Site.
• Explore the sandstone mountains
• Visit the pottery city of Meissen
• Ride around the historic cities of Wittenberg and Torgau

Cycle Route Profile
Easy. The Elbe bike route provides the opportunity to cycle along the loveliest and important fleets of Germany without traffic. Another route section leads along country roads with light traffic through varied landscapes.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour

Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Dresden

Individual arrival to Dresden. Welcome briefing and distribution of rental bikes. Afterwards use the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful old town Dresden. Explore the world famous sights and the magic of the city with the unique buildings like “Zwinger Palace”, “Frauenkirche” (Church of Ladys), Dresden Castle and the famous opera house (Semperoper).

Day 2: Saxon Switzerland (approx. 45 km, Return to Dresden by a suburban train)

Return to Dresden by a suburban train) The bikeway leads along the river Elbe to the baroque Castle Pillnitz and upwards to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The Sandstone?Tablemountain with the fortress Königstein is on the right side of the Elbe. The return from Bad Schandau to Dresden happens by bike or suburban trail (optional).

Day 3: Dresden ? Meissen, approx. 25 km

Along the romantic valley of the Elbe you cycle through Saxon Vineyards past Radebeul to Meissen. The city is well known for the Meissen porcelain. The picturesque alleys of the historical city center give an occasion to take a stroll and to go on shopping. Come and see the “Albrechtsburg” or the world famous Meissen manufacture.

Day 4: Meissen ? Riesa, approx. 35 km

Taste the wine or visit the baroque castle Diesbar?Seußlitz on you way along the saxon wine route. Overnight in Riesa!

Day 5: Riesa ? Torgau, approx. 45 km

On the way to Mühlberg visit the Cistercian monastery and you should not miss the “Treblitzscher Baumpark” (Treblitz park of tree´s) with trees and bushes from five continents. Overnight in Torgau!

Day 6: Follow the traces of Martin Luther to Wittenberg, approx. 65 km

The castles “Lichtenberg” and “Pretzsch” show the way to Wittenberg. When you arrived in Wittenberg you have the opportunity to follow the traces of Martin Luther. The hall of Luther is the most interesting building of Wittenberg and has the biggest world historic collection on Reformation.

Day 7: Wittenberg – Dessau, approx. 30 km

Continue downstream through the charming Wörlitzer Park Grounds to Dessau, a Mecca for architecture lovers.

Day 8: Departure from Dessau

Departure from Dessau in the morning.

Map & Route Information

Route profile
Daily routes from 30 to 70 km in flat and slightly hilly terrain. The Elbe cycle path offers the possibility to cycle on car-free roads along one of the most beautiful and most important rivers in Germany.

Other sections lead along small country roads and paths with less traffic through diversified river landscape.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

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Tour Route Map

Tour Information

Holiday Information

The Elbe Cycle Path tour stays in middle tier hotels and good guesthouses carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Dresden to Dessau Sample Hotel List Category A Sample Hotel List Category B
Dresden Hotel Maritim Best Western Macrander
Meisen Park Hotel Hotel am Markt Residenz
Riesa Mercure Hotel Riesa Hotel “Wettiner Hof”
Torgau Hotel Zum Markt Hotel Torgauer Brauhof
Bad Schmiedeberg Best Western Stadtpalais Hotel Bad Schmiedeberger Hof
Wittenberg Radisson Blu Furst Leopold Hotel Acron Hotel Wittenberg

Available Services

- Personal welcome briefing
– Accommodation in the mentioned category
– Breakfast buffet
– Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
– Best elaborated route
– One set of detailed travel documents (maps, route description, places of interest, telephone numbers) per booked room
– 7-days-Service-Hotline

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Rental Bike Information

Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes

We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.

The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.

About the bikes

You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.

Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.

You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.

Gear systems

7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.

21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.

Frame sizes

The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:

Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm

Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)

We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.


We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:

• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock

About the Rental Bikes

This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.

You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.

Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)


Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)

Men's Bike

Electric Bike (Colour may vary)


Rental Bike PLUS


For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.


If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.

All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.

You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.


7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).

Frame Sizing

When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.

We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!

Bike Hire Insurance

This cycle tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price. Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.

Electric Bike Hire

Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?

Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.

E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 8161.

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Your Prices

Elbe Cycle Path (Dresden to Dessau)
8 days, 7 nights

All prices are per person and include bike hire.

Cycling Holiday Prices:

Arrival daily

Season 1: April. – April | Sept. – Oct
Season 2: May. – June | Sept. – Sept
Season 3: June. – August

Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £619 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £689 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £719 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £189
Half Board Upgrade: From £169
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £109
Rental Bike PLUS Upgrade: From £49

Category B: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: From £549 | Book online here >>
Season 2: From £619 | Book online here >>
Season 3: Form £639 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £169
Half Board Upgrade: From £149
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £109
Rental Bike PLUS Upgrade: From £49

Extra Nights (Price per person per night)
Location | Price (DBL/BB) | Single (SGL/BB)
Dresden Cat A (Season 1): From £69 | £85
Dresden Cat A (Season 2): From £69 | £85
Dresden Cat A (Season 3): From £69 | £85
Dresden Cat B (Season 1): From £49 | £65
Dresden Cat B (Season 2): From £49 | £65
Dresden Cat B (Season 3): From £49 | £65

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Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: Comfortable hotels and guest houses, basically in the 3*** and 4*** category, centrally located in most cases.
Category B: Good middle hotels and guest houses, basically 3*** category, partly situated at the outskirts of town.

Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.

For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.

Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.

Bike Insurance
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.

For help and queries regarding this tour…
Contact us | F.A.Qs

Holiday Price: From £549
Single Supplement: From £169

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Call: 0161 703 8161

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