Elbe Cycle Path

Cycle from Dresden to Dessau on the Elbe Cycle Path on this self-guided holiday.

Discover the magic of Dresden and its World Heritage Site, explore the dramatic sandstone mountains and ride around the historic cities of Wittenberg and Torgau. As you cycle through the romantic valley of the Elbe you will pass pretty villages, lush vineyards and have the chance to visit the famous pottery city of Meissen.

The tour ends in Dessau, a mecca for architecture enthusiasts.

Calender 8 days

Difficulty: Moderate

From £995.00 P/P

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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).

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 rail (optional).

Today you’ll be cycling along the romantic valley of the Elbe you cycle through Saxon Vineyards past Radebeul to Meissen.

The city of Meissen is well known for 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 manufactury.

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

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!

Please note that this day is the individual departure as well. If you need to go back to Dresden you can book the Transfer via minivan to Dresden approx. 3 h, reservation necessary (have a look Arriva and Departure below)

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 largest world historic collection on the Reformation.

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

Departure from Dessau.

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Route overview

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.

Total distance cycled: 245 km

Starting point of the cycling holiday: Dresden


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

Route Map (For guidance only)

Routes maybe subject to change or alteration. All route notes, maps and day-by-day information will be given to you upon arrival at the first hotel or at the welcome meeting. GPS/GPX Files are available for most our the cycling holidays we offer. Please ask us for details.

What’s included

The Elbe Cycle Path: Dresden to Dessau cycling holiday includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and local support if required.

Subject to confirmation

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Standard Bike Hire
  • Breakfast buffet
  • If half board is booked: every day a 3 course meal
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Rental bike insurance
  • Service hotline

Not included

  • Flights to/from the start and finish
  • Evening meals (unless stated)
  • Local daily taxes (Payable at the hotel)
  • Helmets
  • Water Bottles
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike Insurance (unless stated)
  • Welcome Meetings (unless stated)
  • Transfers (unless included)
Whats included

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We are excited to announce that we are offering a 20% discount on all European Cycling Tours!


Terms and Conditions: The discount is valid for bookings made before July 31, 2023. The discount must be used for travel before November 30, 2023. The discount cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.