Czech Republic and Austria Bike Tour
- Region: Rest of Europe
- Destination: Czech Republic + Austria
- Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Level: Weekend
- Price From: $4695
- Single Supplement: $ 350
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Cycle from Prague to Vienna on this trans-capital Czech Republic and Austria bike tour. Ride the bike trail along the Danube surrounded by terraced mountains through the UNESCO-protected Wachau region. Explore Bohemian forests where rebels once hid. Bike along the Vltava River past Renaissance and Baroque castles. You’ll always remember the scenic ride into Austria to visit Falkenstein village, the gorgeous palace of Mikulov and its cobbled streets, and the taste of your first Grüner Veltliner. Expand your culinary repertoire with tastings of Pilsner beer, Halusky, and the venerable cuisine from chef Jitka at the colorful Eat Art Gallery and Restaurant.
Tour by Day
Day One: Along the Vltava River to Prague
Your guides will meet you in Prague, and the cycling adventure begins! At the representative hall of Nelahozeves Zámek (Castle) we’ll start out with the essentials: bike fitting, safety talk, and map review. Then we’ll hop on our bikes to follow the Vltava River towards Prague. Stop by the romantic Veltrusy Zámek with its beautiful English park. Pedal upstream through the wild Vltava Valley to the city center. After a short spin over gentle hills we continue along bike paths right to our hotel. Conclude the day with a tour of the city or enjoy some leisure time in our unique hotel, the Augustine. Dinner tonight is at a gourmet restaurant in the heart of the city.
Meals: Picnic Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Prague, Vltava Valley, Nelahozeves
Accomplished: 25 miles / 40.2 km, elevation gain: 580 meters
Accommodations: The Augustine
Day Two: Bohemian-Moravian Highlands
After a full breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to Prague and transfer to one of the many Czech medieval castles dating back to 1310—Lipnice nad Sázavou. Following a short private tour, we’ll take a pleasant downhill ride to the heart of the Czech glass industry—Světlá nad Sázavou. Visit a local manufacturer who will introduce us to the craftsmanship of glassmakers that produce world-famous crystal. After lunch we’ll meander along the Sázava River through the picturesque landscape of the Czech-Moravian highlands up to the beer-producing town of Humpolec. Our ride will bring us right to our next hotel for the night, Chateau Herálec. Pamper yourself with one of the treatments offered by the hotel’s L’Occitane spa before having a wonderful dinner at the Chateau’s restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Bohemian-Moravian highlands, Lipnice, Světlá
Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 470 meters
Accommodations: Chateau Herálec
Day Three: Palava Hills & Moravian Villages
Enjoy breakfast before heading south to Moravia, the vinous heart of the Czech Republic. We’ll take a short hike into the Palava Hills, a site protected by UNESCO due to its variety of flora and fauna. At the dramatic Orphan’s Castle ruin you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view overlooking three countries’ borders, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovakia. After a gourmet lunch at the Café Fara restaurant, we'll bike on scenic side roads weaving through vineyards while passing by “sklepy”—authentic wine cellar areas that are still used today. Before dinner we’ll meet Peter, one of the best wine experts in the Czech Republic, for a tour of Mikulov. He will show the highlights and hidden corners of this wonderful town and introduce us to Moravian wines during our meal tonight.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Palava Hills, Mikulov, Klentnice
Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 297 meters (optional 26 miles / 42 km extra ride)
Accommodations: Hotel Galant
Day Four: The Palaces of Moravia
Our bikes will be waiting in Breclav where we’ll begin cycling toward the UNESCO heritage sites of Lednice and Valtice, the noble palaces of the Lichenstein family. At Valtice, we’ll descend into the wine cellar for a tasting of Moravian wines. Back on bike, we’ll continue along the colza-flowered roads, where the electrified Iron Curtian once stood, and back to the artist town of Mikulov. Tonight's meal is on your own in town. Your guides would be happy to share their favorite restaurants if you're looking for recommendations.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Lednice, Valtice, Mikulov
Accomplished: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 260 meters
Accommodations: Hotel Galant
Day Five: The Wachau Valley
After a transfer into Austria to visit the Wachau Valley, another UNESCO heritage site, we’ll continue on to visit an eleventh-century mountaintop monastery overlooking the Danube. Our ride begins toward Krems and travels through charming medieval villages and beautiful vineyards where vines cascade off terraced mountains and almost tumble into the Danube. Passing the fortress of Dürnstein where Richard the Lion-Hearted was imprisoned, we’ll stop for a tasting of world-class Grüner Veltliners before visiting the Benedictine Monastery in Melk. A quick transfer will bring us back to our hotel for a great end to this unforgettable day at a family-run two-Michelin-starred restaurant that is considered to be one of the best in Austria.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, Krems, Melk
Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 509 meters
Accommodations: Hotel Richard Löwenherz
Day Six: Krems to Vienna
We’ll cap off our adventure with a hike up to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle and be rewarded at the top with a breathtaking view over the huge meandering Danube River and its cascading vineyards, small villages, and wonderful countryside. Back in Dürnstein you can take a stroll through this fairytale town before your guides transfer you to Vienna, the imperial capital of Austria and another UNESCO site. Your guides will see you off to enjoy this wonderful city.
Destinations: Krems, Vienna
Accomplished: Optional ride