Czech Republic + Austria Bike Tour

  • Region: Greater Europe
  • Destination: Czech Republic + Austria
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Two
  • Price From: $4495
  • Single Supplement: $400
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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 and 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’s Kamptal region, 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, hearty Halušky, and the venerable cuisine from chef Jitka at 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! We’ll start with a bike fitting, safety talk, and map review at Nelahozeves Zámek, a 16th-century castle north of the city, before hopping on our bikes to follow the Vltava River towards Prague. Stop by the romantic Veltrusy Zámek with its beautiful English park, then 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 city tour or enjoy some leisure time at 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 km
Accommodations: The Augustine

Day Two: Bohemian-Moravian Highlands
After breakfast, bid farewell to Prague and transfer to Lipnice nad Sázavou, one of the many medieval Czech villages dating back to the 12th century. Get acquainted with the village on a brief private tour, then get back in the saddle to follow the Sázava River’s course, snaking through this beautiful region. Pedal on to Světlá nad Sázavou, the epicenter of the Czech glass making industry. We’ll visit a local artisan who introduces us to the craft of working with world-famous crystal. This afternoon’s ride includes more climbs and perfect views of the Highlands before bringing us right to our next hotel, Chateau Herálec. Take a break for some pampering at the L’Occitane Spa before 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
Accommodations: Chateau Herálec

Day Three: Palava Hills & Moravian Villages: Iron Curtain
Today we head south to Moravia, the vinous heart of the Czech Republic. A short walk into the Palava Hills nature reserve leads us to the dramatic Orphan’s Castle ruins with spectacular views overlooking three countries’ borders: the Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovakia. From here, we begin a downhill ride past the late Renaissance town of Mikulov and onto the former patrol roads of the Iron Curtain—poignant reminders of life under communist rule. Weave through vineyard roads to the original lands of the royal Lichtenstein family and pause to visit UNESCO-protected royal palaces. This evening, we’ll meet Petr, one of the Czech Republic’s foremost wine experts, for an exclusive degustation of local wines. Dinner is prepared in Mrs. Plesz’s famed kitchen during a cooking class, resulting in an incredible Czech meal.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Palava Hills, Mikulov, Klentnice
Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km (Longer option: 51 miles / 82 km)
Accommodations: Hotel Templ or Galant

Day Four: Kamptal Palaces, Wines, and Heurigen
This morning, hit the snooze button, have a leisurely breakfast, or stroll with your guides to one of the most important Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe and the Kozí Hrádek viewpoint. Then it’s time to say goodbye to the Czech Republic and transfer to Austria’s Kamptal region, famous for its Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines. Beginning at the Kamptal’s Château Grafenegg—famous for its classical music concerts and festivals—we cycle through vineyards and villages en route to Langenlois, Austria’s largest wine-producing town and home of the modern Loisium wine center. Once we’ve visited the tasting rooms of renowned biodynamic wineries and family vintners, it’s time for lunch at a heurigen, a cellar serving local wines and food. We arrive in the ancient town of Krems this afternoon and set out for the village of Dürnstein from the head of the Danube bike trail. Arrive to our home for the next two nights, a luxuriously renovated 13th-century convent, and dine in town on your own tonight. Be sure to take a moment to watch the evening sun dance on the Danube. 

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Grafenegg, Langenlois, Krems, Dürnstein
Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km (Longer option: 31 miles / 46 km)
Accommodations: Hotel Richard Löwenhertz 

Day Five: The UNESCO Wachau valley
Today we explore the breathtaking Wachau Valley, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our ride begins right from the hotel and travels through charming medieval villages and wineries where vines cascade off terraced mountains, almost tumbling into the river. Pause for a tasting of world-class Grüner Veltliners before arriving to Melk and visiting the remarkable monastery perched over the River Danube. We return via the Danube’s right bank for a quieter perspective and try some family-made Marillenschnapps on the final push back to our hotel. This evening, we will share one final dinner at a family-run gastronomic restaurant, one of the greatest in Austria.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Wachau Valley, Dürnstein, Spitz, Melk
Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km
Accommodations: Hotel Richard Löwenhertz

Day Six: Krems to Vienna
We cap off our adventure in Austria with a hike to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle. At the top, we’re rewarded with a staggering view of the Danube River framed by cascading vineyards, red-roofed villages, and verdant countryside. There’s time for one last stroll through the fairytale streets back in Dürnstein before your guides transfer you to Austria’s capital of Vienna and see you off to enjoy the “City of Music.”

Meals: Breakfast
Destinations: Krems, Vienna
Accomplished: Optional ride

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