Czech Republic and Austria Bike Tour
- Region: Rest of Europe
- Destination: Czech Republic + Austria
- Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Level: Occasional Rider
- Price From: $3995
- Single Supplement: $ 650
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Cycle from Prague to Vienna on this trans-capital bike tour. Explore Bohemian forests where rebels once hid. Ride the bike trail along the Danube surrounded by terraced mountains through the UNESCO-protected Wachau region. 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: Prague to Bohemia
Meet your guides in Prague, and we’re off to the Kokorinsko nature preserve—a forested landscape laced with hiking and biking trails. We’ll begin cycling through this beautiful area filled with sandstone formations and traditional wooden villages en route to the impressive medieval Kokorín Castle. Once here, we’ll hike to the top and be rewarded with amazing views of the area. Continue past a unique rock-cut home before arriving at Château Liblice, a seventeenth-century zamek, and your home for the evening. Tonight we’ll dine at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant.
Meals: Light lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Prague, Kokorinsko
Accomplished: 22 miles / 36 km
Day Two: Cycling the Bank of the Vltava
After breakfast on the château terrace, start the day cycling in the Bohemian wine center of Melnik, located at the convergence of the Labe and Vltava rivers. Pedaling along the Vltava, we’ll pass ferries crossing the river and enjoy views of the numerous summer châteaux built by noble families. Along the way, stop for a private tour and a picnic lunch at the wonderful 16th century château in Nelahozeves. We’ll end our ride in Prague. Opt to relax or join your guides for a bike tour of the city. The evening is yours to explore this popular city.
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch
Destinations: Melnik, Nelahozeves, Prague
Accomplished: 34 miles / 55 km
Day Three: The Palaces of Moravia
Taking an early transfer from Prague, we’re off to explore 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, to the artist town of Mikulov. Tonight our chef, Jitka, will delight us with local specialties at the colorful Eat Art Gallery and Restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Lednice, Valtice, Mikulov
Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km
Day Four: On the Road to Austria
Begin the day with a hike into the Palava Hills, an area protected by UNESCO for its variety of flora and fauna, to visit some castle ruins. Here, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the vineyards and surrounding hills. Prefer to bike instead? Your guide will be happy to arrange a ride that meets up with the others in Pavlov for a picnic lunch. Continuing on bike back to Mikulov, we’ll pass one of the oldest statues known to man and get a chance to cross the border into Falkenstein, one of the most beautiful villages in Austria.
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Palava Hills, Mikulov, Falkenstein
Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km (26 miles / 42 km with extra ride)
Day Five: The Wachau Valley
Start with a transfer into Austria to visit the Wachau Valley, another UNESCO heritage site. Start the day visiting an 11th 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 almost 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-star restaurant that is considered to be one of the best in Austria.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, Krems, Melk
Accomplished: 27.2 miles / 44 km
Day Six: Krems to Vienna
We'll cap off our adventure with a hike up to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle. We'll be rewarded at the top with a breathtaking view over the huge meandering Danube River and its cascading vineyards, small villages, and wonderful country side. Back in Dürnstein you can take a short stroll through this fairytale town before your guides transfer you to Vienna, the imperial capital of Austria and another UNESCO site. Enjoy the wonderful city, where your guides will see you off.
Destinations: Krems, Vienna
Accomplished: Optional ride
Note: In our effort to show you the best highlights of the region, there will be two transfers that are over 1hour in length.