Czech Republic + Austria Bike Tour

From Prague to Vienna Along the Danube

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

Tour Highlights

  • Explore a 16th-century castle in the village of Nelahozeves, birthplace of the inimitable composer Antonín Dvořák
  • Ride the flower-freckled former roads of the Iron Curtain for a pointed lesson in Cold War history
  • Hike the UNESCO-protected Pálava Hills, known for a spectacular flora and fauna and ruins that gaze over the vineyards below
  • Visit the red-roofed artist enclave of Mikulov, home to one of the few medieval Jewish cemeteries remaining in Central Europe

Eat

Bramboráky (fried pancakes), sweet and savory dumplings, hermelín cheese, Wiener Schnitzel, and strudel

Drink

Outstanding Pilsners and local wine including Grüner Veltliner and Svatovavřinecké

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    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 Zámek Nelahozeves, a 16th-century castle north of the city, before hopping on our bikes to follow the Vltava River towards Prague. Stop by the romantic Zámek Veltrusy 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: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Prague, Vltava Valley, Nelahozeves
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km
    Accommodations: The Augustine

  • Day 2

    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 / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bohemian-Moravian highlands, Lipnice, Humpolec, Světlá
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km
    Accommodations: Chateau Herálec

  • Day 3

    Palava Hills + Moravian Villages

    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 4

    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 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 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 Marillenschnaps 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 6

    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

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

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Prague, Czech Republic
Pick-Up Location: 9:00am at the Augustine Hotel in Prague

Depart

Airport City: Vienna, Austria
Drop-Off Location: Between 11:00am – 1:00pm in Vienna

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

2018Single Supplement: $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 wines with every meal

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

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

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