Jan and I would like you and your sweetheart to indulge in a taste of this exciting itinerary.
The Elbe is one of Europe’s fabled rivers. Easily navigated and 677 miles long, the Elbe was a major medieval trading route that became lined with castles, cathedrals, and walled villages. Virtually unknown to Americans, the Elbe is a magnet for European families and CYCLISTS due to its unspoiled beauty and absence of crowds and traffic.
Why don’t Americans know about the Elbe? For nearly 50 years the Elbe was hidden behind the Iron Curtain. In the pre-internet era of tour info subsidized by governments and airlines—no one sponsored a travelogue about the Elbe. Even now, this area doesn’t have the big hotels that fuel today’s travel reviews. To put it in American terms, the Elbe is as quiet and quaint as Vermont.
The region is dotted with small villages and friendly locals who haven’t been overwhelmed by tourists. The landscape is a patchwork of fields and forests sewn together by paved lanes and small country roads. Hills enough for those who want them and smooth terrain for those who don’t. Each day’s easiest options will be a scenic cruise or a leisurely spin along the well marked bike paths tracing the Elbe.
Although the entire route is picture perfect, European travel magazines have dedicated entire feature articles to the following…