Czech Republic and Austria Bike Tour
- Region: Greater Europe
- Destination: Czech Republic + Austria
- Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Level: Two
- Price From: $4395
- Single Supplement: $400
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- Czech Republic’s Bohemia, Moravia, and the Wachua Valley
- Known for: Bohemian forests, Renaissance and Baroque castles, the palace of Lednice Valtice, the Palava Hills biosphere, and diverse architecture: from ninth-century castles to twenty-first-century Frank Ghery structures
- Drink: outstanding local beer and wine including Pilsner, Grüner Veltliner, and Svatovavřinecké
- Eat: polevka (soup), bramboráky (fried pancakes), knedlíky (dumplings), ovocné knedlíky (fruit dumplings), hermelín (soft cheese marinated in oil)
- Explore the sixteenth-century palace in Nelahozeves, hometown of the famous composer Antonin Dvorak
- Ride along the colza-flowered former border patrol roads where the electrified Iron Curtain once stood
- Visit the artist town of Mikulov, guarding one of the few medieval Jewish cemeteries remaining in Central Europe
- Hike through the Palava Hills, known for its variety of flora and fauna and ruins that offer spectacular views of the vineyards and landscape below
We include more on our cycling trips than any other bike tour company in an effort to provide our guests with the most unforgettable, stress-free travel experience.
- Stunning, authentic accommodations
- Top of the line bicycle selection
- Daily breakfasts, all lunches, four gourmet dinners, Après Velo cocktails, and nutritious snacks
- Carefully selected local wines with every delicious meal
- Expert guides with extensive local knowledge who go above and beyond to cater to your every need
- Complete van support every mile of the way to enjoy your vacation at your own pace
- Group sizes that don’t exceed 14 guests on a scheduled departure
- Wine tastings and cooking classes as outlined in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to historic sites and scenic natural parks
- Pick up and drop off before and after your tour from convenient locations
- Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service
- Pre- and post-travel planning advising with optional upgrade to Concierge Travel Planning (learn more)
- Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
DuVine strives to consistently amaze, surprise, and delight. For this reason, each itinerary may be subject to slight modifications. Contact us to speak with a destination specialist for the most up to date tour inclusions.
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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.
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Tour by Day
Day One: Along the Vltava River to Prague
Your guides will meet you in Prague where 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 hotel’s restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Bohemian-Moravian highlands, Lipnice, Humpolec, 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 we’ll bike on scenic side roads, weaving through vineyards while passing by “sklepy”—century-old wine cellar areas that are still used today. Before dinner we’ll meet Petr, 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. Step into famed Mrs. Plesz kitchen for a unique hands-on cooking class, followed by an incredible Czech meal.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Palava Hills, Mikulov, Klentnice
Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 297 meters (Longer option: 51 miles / 82 km extra ride)
Accommodations: Hotel Galant
Day Four: The Palaces of Moravia
From the hotel we’ll begin cycling toward the UNESCO heritage sites of Lednice and Valtice, the noble palaces of the Lichtenstein 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 Curtain 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 to Austria into the Wachau Valley, another UNESCO heritage site, we’ll continue on to visit an eleventh-century mountaintop monastery overlooking the valley. 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 river. We’ll pass the fortress of Dürnstein where King Richard the ‘Lion Heart’ was thought to be imprisoned. We’ll stop for a tasting of world-class Grüner Veltliners before arriving to Melk and visiting the remarkable monastery perched over the River Danube. A quick transfer will bring us back to our hotel for a great end to this unforgettable day at a family-run 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 the City of Music, Vienna, capital of Austria. Your guides will see you off to enjoy this wonderful city.
Destinations: Krems, Vienna
Accomplished: Optional ride