Chattanooga, TN, June 2007 — Whether it is the spectacular Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau treasures and cultural wealth of Prague or the magnificent promenades and gardens, and historical monuments and museums of Dresden, BikeToursDirect’s “Prague to Dresden” cycling adventure offers the best of each as well as many fascinating stops in between. The self-guided, eight-day adventure, operated by Dresden-based Augustus Tours and offered in North America through BikeToursDirect, has daily departures year-round and averages 25 miles per day on well-maintained back roads and bike trails along the Elbe and Moldavia Rivers. Prices start at €469 ($643 at June conversion rates) per person, double.

The baroque splendor of Prague has charmed musicians and poets, princes and commoners for centuries and is an easy place to sightsee on foot, wandering through the many museums, perusing the Old Town Square and its famous Astronomical Clock or exploring Wencelas Square and the Baroque church of St. Nicholas. Heading towards Dresden, participants cycle the Bohemian wine route which links several wine regions across the Czech Republic. Stops and highlights include Melnik’s Renaissance-style castle and scenic views; the former Jewish ghetto of Terezin; Litomerice, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful towns at the confluence of the Elbe and Ohre Rivers; Decin, an old Bohemian town and site of a baroque palace where Chopin once composed; and the spa town of Bad Schandau, the center of ‘healthy tourism’ since the 1700s.

The ride between Bad Schandau and Dresden takes a route through the towering Elbe Sandstone Massif, a favorite of rock climbers, and along the Elbe’s riverbank meadows, offering striking views of Europe’s largest fortress complex — the imposing Königstein Fortress — on the river’s opposite side. Dresden, the most beautiful capital in Europe throughout most of the 18th century, is still a rich treasury of art and architecture — Zwinger Palace, the Semper Opera House, Dresden Castle, several historic churches and Old Market Square are just a few of the attractions.

The tour includes lodging at three- and four-star hotels; daily breakfasts and a welcome drink in Prague; luggage transfers; detailed route information and cycling maps; a service hotline and all taxes. Bike rentals are €50 ($69); additional nights in Prague and Dresden start at €40 ($55). BikeToursDirect is the one-stop resource for bicycle tours in Europe with more than 200 guided and self-guided cycling programs in 30 countries. Additional information and reservations are available at www.BikeToursDirect.com; tel. (877) 462-2423 or (423) 756-8907; email: info@biketoursdirect.com .

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