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Berlin to Dresden Bike Tour
Berlin to Dresden Bike Tour

Berlin - it's like no other city on Earth. Famously progressive. Perpetually reinventing itself, yet profuse with stirring reminders of its tumultuous past. Begin your journey at the notorious Berlin Wall. Then travel south, from the opulent palaces of Potsdam to splendid castles and vineyards hugging the Elbe River, knowing that exquisite hotels and Michelin-starred meals await. In newly resplendent Dresden, you’ve got the perfect excuse to extend your vacation just a little longer. On both ends.


Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Navigating Bike Paths

Germans are not only known for their passion for beer, but also for bikes. And that love of bikes has created an amazing labyrinth of bike paths and routes that extend throughout the country. Many of the paths we utilize on this trip are the equivalent of scenic byways, linking quaint villages and big cities alike. Navigating these intricate bike routes requires more attention to the directions than you might expect. Be prepared to make more stops than you usually would to ensure you’re on the right track, all the while experiencing the occasional rush of riding among many locals as they commute and run errands by bike.

These wonderful bike paths are refreshingly car-free, which means that there are short stretches of limited van support. Although most of the paths are smooth and paved, there are some sections of interlocking bricks, cobblestone and hard-packed dirt that can be muddy during downpours.

Days 1-2 Ride through history on the Berlin Wall Memorial Trail, a bike path tracing the course of the infamous barrier that once separated West Berlin and East Germany View sections of the wall and poignant monuments on a special guided ride Admire Cecilienhof Palace, where the fate of post-war Germany was decided The breathtaking Sanssouci Palace greets you in Potsdam, a city considered one of the country's most beautiful World Heritage sites  Chat with our local friends about their life in former East Germany.

Day 3 Venture into pastoral Germany and Lusatia - a Slavic enclave with its own language and customs Bike in Spreewald Biosphere Reserve, a world of verdant forests, grassland, charming old-world towns and a vast network of shimmering waterways Ever heard of the Spreewald gherkin? Try one while you're here! Punt on a canal or luxuriate at our hotel's incredible spa.

Day 4 The baroque splendor of Dresden - from the glorious Zwinger palace complex to the stunningly restored Frauenkirche, a Lutheran church crowned by one of the largest domes in Europe - is truly unforgettable Witness Germany's pacesetting environmental efforts as you bike past nature reserves, sunflower fields and organic farms. 

Days 5-6 Head out of Dresden through the lush city forest, arriving at the baroque-style Moritzburg Castle The Elbe River and a patchwork of vineyards provide a glorious backdrop for wine tasting at local wineries  Soak up the brilliance of Dresden on foot, or ride through the Elbe Valley past castles, quaint hamlets and into Saxon Switzerland.


Trip Highlights
  • Experience Germany from every angle: mellow countryside biking, urban exploration, cultural discoveries and culinary delights
  • Discover the World Heritage site of Potsdam and the extraordinary Biosphere Reserve of Spreewald
  • Incredible Michelin-starred dinners at Bayrisches Haus and Zur Bleiche
  • Raise a glass of Riesling to the Elbe Valley's 800-year-old wine-making history
  • Captivating gateway cities of Berlin and Dresden - ideal to visit before or after your trip
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Premiere Inns

Hotel Bayrisches Haus (2 nights): This small chalet, acclaimed for its lovely setting and Michelin-starred restaurant, was built in 1847 for the Bavarian wife of Prussian King Frederick William IV. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)

Hotel Zur Bleiche Resort & Spa (1 night): Established in 1750 by Prussian King Frederick II the Great and nestled perfectly in the heart of Spreewald, this retreat offers serene surroundings and Michelin-starred cuisine. (pool, spa)

Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski (2 nights): Originally a palace built in 1708 by Prince Elector Augustus the Strong for his mistress, this meticulously restored hotel offers a mix of old-world splendor and contemporary chic in the historic center of Dresden. (pool, spa)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 20* 300 33 500
39 700
2 21* 500 36 1100 45 1300
Sanssouci Park and New Palace Visit (2 Hours)
3 24* 300 33* 400 48* 600 77 1700
Glassmaking Village Visit (30 Minutes)
Evening Punt Cruise (1 Hour)
4 22* 500 31* 900 66* 1900
5 20* 1000 28* 1300 38 1500 53 2600
Moritzburg Castle Visit (30 Minutes)
6 15 300 29 400
 
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* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 5/31-6/5 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/7-12 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/14-19 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/21-26 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/28-7/3 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/5-10 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/26-31 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/2-7 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/30-9/4 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1180 for sgl. occ.)
SINGLES-SOLOS TRIPS
  • 8/9-14 Price: $4398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1080 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $7,798 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $6,598 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

We're pleased to bring you “Germany in a nutshell,” featuring a combination of urban exploration, scenic countryside riding (easygoing, with little elevation gain), cultural discoveries and culinary delights. Highlights include a ride along the remains of the Berlin Wall, a visit to Potsdam, with its wealth of castles and famous windmill, the splendid palace built by Frederick the Great, Spreewald (known for its intricate canal system, gherkin fields and original Slavic population) and the Elbe Valley, renowned for its wines. Additionally, this is an especially fascinating trip for anyone interested in Germany's complex history and the changes taking place in post-unification East Germany.
Mark Selcon - Regional Manager, Europe