Czech Republic + Austria Bike Tour

From Prague to Vienna Along the Danube

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $4,495Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Discover castle ruins hidden in the green hills of Vysočina and pick fresh fruit from route-side trees
  • Stroll the UNESCO-protected Pálava Hills that look out over three countries, then bike the former Iron Curtain patrol roads for a pointed lesson in Cold War history
  • Visit the red-roofed artist enclave of Mikulov, at one time an important center of Judaism in Central Europe
  • Ride to important vineyards in the Wachau Valley and sample ultimate expressions of Grüner Veltliner and Austrian Riesling

Eat

Fusion cuisine, sweet and savory dumplings, regional cheeses like hermelín, pečená kachna (roast duck), and strudel

Drink

Outstanding pilsners, local wine including Grüner Veltliner and Blaufränkisch, and non-alcoholic št’ávas (fresh drinks from regional fruits)

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to the Czech Highlands

    Meet your guides in Prague for a transfer to the fabulous Chateau Herálec, where we’re treated to a brief tour of the castle upon arrival. We’ll get to know each other over a light lunch, followed by a bike fitting and safety talk. Hop on your bike for a warm-up ride on the tree-lined country roads of the Highlands region and through small villages clustered within the wide-open landscape. Back at the hotel, stroll the grounds or stake out a place by the swimming pool. Tonight’s dinner at our hotel’s gourmet restaurant is served on the region’s famous handmade crystal—a perfect primer for tomorrow!

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, Herálec
    Accomplished: 15 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 331 meters
    Accommodations: Chateau Herálec

  • Day 2

    Castles and Glassblowers

    This morning, ride into the rolling countryside while marveling at ever-changing views of the iconic 14th-century Lipnice fortress. After a breathtaking descent to the romantic Sázava River, we’ll join up with a newly built bike trail that snakes all the way through this beautiful region. Following the river, we arrive in Světlá nad Sázavou, the epicenter of the Czech glassmaking industry. Meet a local artisan who shows us how much finesse it takes to work with world-famous Bohemia crystal, then enjoy a picnic lunch of cheeses, cured meats, and local beers at Chateau Světlá nad Sázavou. Finish the day with a climb back to our hotel, then reward yourself with a treatment at the hotel’s L’Occitane spa. This evening, we dine in a castle lovingly restored by the owner and chef.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, Lipnice, Humpolec, Světlá
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 911 meters
    Accommodations: Chateau Herálec

  • Day 3

    Iron Curtain Roads + UNESCO Palaces

    Today we head south to Moravia, the vinous heart of the Czech Republic. A short walk into the UNESCO-protected Palava Hills 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—a poignant reminder of life under communist rule. Weave through vineyard roads to the original lands of the royal Lichtenstein family in Lednice and pause to visit UNESCO-protected royal palaces. Back in Mikulov, we’ll meet Petr, one of the Czech Republic’s foremost wine experts, for an exclusive dinner peppered with Czech winemaking history and a tasting right in the cellar.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Palava Hills, Mikulov, Lednice
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 422 meters
    Longer Option: 51 miles / 82 km
    Accommodations: Hotel Templ or Hotel Galant

  • Day 4

    Kamptal Palaces, Wines, and Heurigen

    This morning, hit the snooze button, have a leisurely breakfast, or join your guides for a visit to one of the most important Jewish cemeteries in Central Europe. It’s time to bid the Czech Republic farewell and transfer to Austria’s Kamptal region, famous for its Grüner Veltliner and Riesling wines. Beginning at the Kamptal’s Château Grafenegg—known for classical music concerts and festivals—we cycle through vineyards and villages en route to Langenlois, Austria’s largest wine-producing village 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 to pedal along the Danube to the ancient town of Krems. We’ll reach the medieval village of Dürnstein and our home for the next two nights, a luxuriously renovated 13th-century convent. Dine on your own tonight in Dürnstein—your guides are glad to make a restaurant recommendation.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Grafenegg, Langenlois, Krems, Dürnstein
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 180 meters
    Longer Option: 31 miles / 46 km
    Accommodations: Hotel Richard Löwenhertz 

  • Day 5

    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 in 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 Marillenschnaps on the final push. A scenic ferry ride brings us back to the hotel before 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, elevation gain: 350 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Richard Löwenhertz

  • Day 6

    Krems to Vienna

    We cap off our adventure in Austria with a hike to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle, where Richard the Lionheart was held prisoner. 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: Dürnstein, Vienna
    Accomplished: 2 miles / 3 km hiking

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Prague, Czech Republic Pick-Up Location: Your Prague hotel Pick-Up Time: Between 9:00–10:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Vienna, Austria Drop-Off Location: Vienna Drop-Off Time: Between 12:00–1:00 pm
Travelers Take Note

To show you all our favorite parts of the Czech Republic and Austria, this tour includes transfers on multiple occasions. We like to think of it as an opportunity to see more of the country en route to your next ride.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2019Single Supplement From: $400

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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