Cycling Bohemia from Vienna to Prague

Bicycling from Vienna to Prague
  • Length 9 days
  • From USD$4795
  • Style/Level Classic 2.5
  • Countries Austria
    Czech Republic
  • Begin/End Vienna/Prague
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Explore Bohemia, the westernmost and largest historical region of the Czech lands in the present-day Czech Republic. Bohemia was one of the prominent parts of the Holy Roman Empire and one of the richest domains of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as evidenced by the castles, chateaux and baroque towns you can explore. What’s more, since the invention of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been famous for producing some of the world’s finest brews. But the internationally famous brand names have been equalled, and even surpassed, by regional microbreweries. This tour is all about pedaling off the beaten track, discovering new tastes, experiencing history like never before, and arriving in beautiful, majestic Prague.

If this sounds great, but you prefer a longer tour take a look at the 14-day option Bicycle the Danube and the Czech Republic.

Highlights

  • Fairytale town of Cesky Krumlov, Excellent Czech brewery culture, Bohemian architecture, Prague

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Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

We use charming and modern hotels but A/C or fans may not always be available since they haven’t been needed traditionally. Read more on the use of air conditioning in Europe here.

Separated twin beds are rare in many places; instead there will be two mattresses together that sit on the same base.


Date Price Private room fee Note
Jun 19-27, 2024 USD$4795 USD$550 Sold out – Wait list available. Re-Cycle discounts no longer available.  
Aug 7-15, 2024 USD$4795 USD$550
Aug 28-Sep 5, 2024 USD$4795 USD$550
DateJun 19-27, 2024
PriceUSD$4795
Private room feeUSD$550
NoteSold out – Wait list available. Re-Cycle discounts no longer available.  
DateAug 7-15, 2024
PriceUSD$4795
Private room feeUSD$550
Note
DateAug 28-Sep 5, 2024
PriceUSD$4795
Private room feeUSD$550
Note

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  • Total distance 373km (231miles)
  • Average daily distance 62km(38miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 2.5

Highlights: Vienna

Your tour begins this evening with a welcome drink and a special dinner together. Arrive early to explore this amazing cultural capital. Vienna is the largest city in Austria and one of Europe’s leading musical centers. It was first a Roman and Celtic settlement, but as the Austro-Hungarian Empire rose to prominence, magnificent Medieval and Baroque architecture became especially prevalent. Vienna is one of the great imperial cities of Europe.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Hotel 25Hours at MuseumsQuartier

Highlights: Imperial Vienna, Hofburg palace, Guided tour of Vienna

Today we’ll enjoy an optional rest day in Austria’s capital, Vienna. This city has been home to legendary artistic and intellectual residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Vienna is also known for its imperial palaces as well as its mix of historic and contemporary buildings. We’ll have a guided tour of this fabulous city to explore its artistic and architectural grandeur and to gain extra insight to the city’s impressive history. This afternoon, feel free to stretch your legs with a ride along the Danube.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel 25Hours at MuseumsQuartier

Highlights: Crossing into the Czech Republic, 13th-century castle of Nové Hrady, guided tour of Cesky Krumlov – UNESCO World Heritage city

We begin the day with a shuttle to the Czech town of Nova Hrady. Pick up lunch in the charming town center before you cross the border into the Czech Republic! Your ride takes you through gentle farmland, tiny Czech villages and dense forests to Cesky Krumlov. Situated in a meander of the Vltava, the longest river in the Czech Republic, Cesky Krumlov is one of the Czech Republic’s most beautiful cities, replete with a castle originally built in the 1200’s by the main branch of the Bohemian noble Rosenberg family and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll take a guided walk through town before dinner together at our favorite local restaurant. The June 14 (June 19), 2024 departure will stay at the Hotel Budweis.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Grand – Cesky Krumlov , Hotel Budweis

Highlights: Scenic bike path along the Vltava river; Ceske Budejovice

Today a late start allows more time to stroll around Cesky Krumlov before heading north. Pedal through scenic rural pastures before reaching the Vltava river. We follow a bike path along this tranquil waterway to Ceske Budejovice, the capital city of Bohemia and our destination for the evening. Beer production dates back to the 13th century in Cesky Budejovice, which is home to the Budvar Brewery – the inspiration for the Budweiser beer empire.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Budweis

Highlights: Hluboká Castle, Bohemian lower hills, brewery visit

Leaving České Budejovice along a riverside bike path, we make our way to Hluboká and Vltavou and its eponymous 19th-century castle. You may stop to visit this former home of the Schwarzenberg family who were among Europe’s most wealthy and powerful during the Habsburg monarch or appreciate if from the saddle and continue riding the region’s plentiful ponds and calming scenery that characterizes Southern Bohemia. Our destination is Strakonice, where felted wool hat production boomed in the 19th century. This evening, we visit a local craft brewery followed by a special meal by one of the Czech Republic’s top chefs.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Resort Lovecká Bašta

Highlights: Bohemian architecture in Plzeň, Pilsener Urquell Brewery

Our route leaving Strakonice heads to the rolling highlands of western Bohemia along small roads that pass by Nepomuk, the home of St. John of Nepomuk, a famous Czech saint and symbol of national revival. Green fields and streams accompany you to Plzeň, home of the world-famous beer, Pilsner Urquell, whose style is widely imitated by modern brewers. Plzeň annually celebrates its liberation from Nazi Germany in 1945 at the hands of the U.S. Third Army led by the controversial General George Patton.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Courtyard by Marriott Pilsen

Highlights: Dobřív hammer mill, Beroun

Depart Plzeň on bike paths and head into a countryside dotted with typical baroque farming villages celebrating centuries of history and green forests. Past and present meld on this route. Stop for a visit to one of the oldest surviving hammer mills still working in Europe. Arriving in the medieval city of Beroun, enjoy a coffee on the square before heading out for dinner on your own.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Grand Litava Beroun

Highlights: Majestic Karlštejn Castle, Cycling along the Berounka River, Prague

Not long after we start our day, the majestic medieval castle of Karlštejn looms over the river valley. Karlštejn looks every inch dedicated to its original purpose of the 14th century: to protect the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire and Kingdom of Bohemia. Tour the castle or stop to admire its strategic location. Our route travels above the castle and then descends back to the river valley where towns with cafes and elegant villas announce our approach to Prague. A bike path leads you into the heart of the capital city. Often called “The Paris of the East,” “The City of 100 Spires,” or even, “Mater Urbium,” Prague is sure to delight!

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Leon D’ Oro

Highlights: Guided tour of Prague

We’ll say good-bye after our guided tour of Prague this morning. Stick around though because Prague deserves a few extra days to visit sites, shop, and hear some great music. No matter what you decide to do next, thanks for cycling with us!

Meals : Breakfast

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