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Czech Republic + Austria Family Bike Tour

Bohemian Forests and Baroque Castles from Vienna to Prague

6 days / 5 nights Level: 1Price From: $5,695Collection: Family

Tour Highlights

  • Witness a falconry demonstration in the meticulously manicured gardens of Lednice castle
  • Raft on the same whitewater rapids featured in the Slalom World Cup
  • Cross several UNESCO sites off your must-see list, including Prague Castle and the Wachau Valley
  • Ride the flower-freckled former roads of the Iron Curtain for a pointed lesson in Cold War history
  • Discover fairytale castles in the Kokořínsko Nature Preserve and enjoy the beautiful Vltava Valley

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)

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Vienna to Dürnstein

    Meet your guides in Vienna, and we’re off to the village of Dürnstein. Hike up to the ruins of Dürnstein Castle and learn about the Lionheart legend. 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 countryside. Back in Dürnstein you can explore this fairy tale town and visit the many wonderful shops. Enjoy the first of two evenings at the historic Hotel Richard Löwenherz.

    Meals: Dinner
    Destinations: Dürnstein
    Accomplished: 2 miles / 3 km, elevation gain: 394 feet / 120 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Richard Löwenherz

  • Day 2

    Cycling Along the Danube

    Start the day riding towards Melk. Travel upstream through the charming medieval village of Weissenkirchen to the town of Spitz. While we ride along the Danube cycling path, stop and take a swing on the many playgrounds along the route. Take the ferry to the other bank and cycle along the river until reaching the town of Melk. Enjoy a sensational lunch in town. Then visit the Benedictine Monastery in Melk, which inspired Umberto Eco to write The Name of the Rose. Enjoy a boat trip back to Dürnstein, where the evening is yours to explore the town and try the local fare.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Wachau Valley, Melk, Dürnstein, Krems, Weissenkirchen
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 310 feet / 95 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Richard Löwenherz

  • Day 3

    The Palaces of Moravia

    A transfer will deliver us this morning to Breclav on the Czech-Austrian border to cycle into the UNESCO heritage sites of Lednice and Valtice, which contain two palaces of the Lichtenstein family. Taking the more scenic route, we’ll be riding on light sand/gravel roads today We’ll watch a falcon demonstration at the Lednice Château as the birds hunt fake animals in the gardens. At Valtice Château we’ll explore the 14th-century wine cellars before coming out to former Iron Curtain roads. Bike the whole way or take the van to Mikulov. Before dining, we’ll try some local Moravian wines, and for the kids, a very special grape juice tasting of local varietals. We’ll enjoy an excellent meal together tonight before heading back to our hotel in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lednice, Valtice, Mikulov, Iron Curtain road
    Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 330 feet / 100 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Volarik

  • Day 4

    Bohemia

    After breakfast we take a transfer to the Kokorinsko nature preserve—a forested landscape laced with hiking and biking trails. The transfer will be roughly four hours, with your guides offering opportunities to stretch your legs and grab a snack. Cycle through this beautiful area filled with sandstone formations and traditional wooden villages en route to the impressive medieval Kokorín Castle. 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 17th-century zamek, and your home for the evening. Kids who prefer to do more cycling can enjoy pedal carts around the Château’s park. Enjoy a local Bohemian wine tasting with options for the whole family before dining at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Kokorinsko
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 260 feet / 80 meters
    Accommodations: Château Liblice

  • Day 5

    Veltrusy to Prague

    A short morning drive brings us to the whitewater course in Veltrusy. After getting equipped with all the necessary equipment, go rafting on the artificial slalom course, where the national white water slalom cups are held every year. After this, make your way to the Renaissance Nelahozeves Chateau where we have a private tour through the chateau and a nice picnic in the courtyard. We start our ride on the Dvořák path, a short gravel path named for the famous composer, and whistle his classic tunes as we ride all the way to Prague. Finish with a short stroll through the city on the way to our hotel, just on the edge of the city center. The day ends in a stylish restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Veltrusy water channel, Nelahozeves, Veltrusy and Troja Chateaux, Prague
    Accomplished: 24 miles / 38 km, elevation gain: 190 feet / 60 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Paris

  • Day 6

    Prague

    This morning we’re off to view the riversides of Old, New, and Lesser towns on foot—all of them under the shadow of the impressive Prague Castle. Kids can learn about the old ghosts of Prague and get lost in the mirror chamber. After one final lunch in the castle’s elegant gardens, bid the city of a hundred spires goodbye as your guides see you off to your next adventure

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Prague

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Vienna, Austria Pick-Up Location: Your Vienna Hotel or Vienna International Airport Pick-Up Time: 1:00 pm
Departure Details

Airport City: Prague, Czech Republic Drop-Off Location: Hotel Paris in Prague Drop-Off Time: Between 1:00–2:00 pm
Travelers Take Note

As a country, the Czech Republic is focused on energy efficiency. As a result, air conditioning may not be standard in hotels.

Moisture-wicking clothing or daypacks are recommended, but not required.

Younger Travelers
  • This itinerary is designed with children age 7 and older in mind. The itinerary can be tweaked for your family’s needs. For safety reasons, children must be at least 7 years old to ride their own bike.
  • Trailers and tag-along bikes are available for younger children
  • Safety triangles are provided to all children on tour

Weather by Month

Average Temperature + Precipitation

Average Temperature + Precipitation

 
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
High (°F)
36°
39°
46°
57°
64°
70°
73°
73°
66°
55°
43°
36°
Low (°F)
25°
27°
32°
39°
46°
52°
55°
54°
48°
41°
34°
28°
Rain (in)
125
125
125
125
251
251
376
251
251
125
125
125

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
  • 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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Synapse 2 RLE

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Included in trip price

Crono Pro

Manufacturer: Pells

Type: Hybrid

Included in trip price

Electric Assist

Type: Hybrid E-Bike

Included in trip price

A-Matrix 24 SL

Manufacturer: Author

Type: Kids

Included in trip price