Cycling the Czech Republic - Vienna to Prague

Cycling the Czech Republic - Vienna to Prague

Discover the wonders and hidden history of Southern Bohemia and Moravia on this tour through the Czech Republic. We pedal past Riesling and Chardonnay vineyards, through forbidden forests along the Austrian/Czech border and into late Renaissance towns unchanged since the 17th century. You'll bicycle through one of the most popular bicycle destinations in Central Europe as we explore the "greenways" and rural roads of this fascinating region. Our cycling ends in TelČ but we've included a shuttle to Prague.

***If this sounds great but you'd like a longer tour, check out our Cycling the Czech Republic Plus! Česky Krumlov tour, which extends this itinerary by 4 days.***

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 7 Days
  • Total Distance / 249-255 km (154-157 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 32-77km (20-48 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 1.0
  • Countries / Czech Republic
  • Begin/End / Mikulov (shuttle from Vienna) / TelČ (with shuttle to Prague)
  • Price / From USD$3400
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    • Hluboka Castle
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    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Valtice, and Lednice
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    • Czech Greenways
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    • Wine tasting
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    • Renaissance towns of Mikulov, Telč
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    • Guided visit of Mikulov Castle
  • Includes
    7 days, 6 nights' accommodation; 4 dinners with wine or beer, 6 breakfasts; 1 wine tasting; guided castle visit; guided city walk; Day 1 shuttle from Vienna to the tour start, shuttle to Prague

  • Arrive / Depart
    Vienna Int'l Airport (VIE) / Prague Ruzyne Int'l Airport (PRG)
  • Overall Tour Level
    1.0 difficulty level 1.0

    Gentle terrain

  • Daily Ride Summary

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    Terrain

    Day Level

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Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

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DAY 1: Shuttle from Vienna to Mikulov, southern Moravia, the Czech Republic

Highlights: Fit bicycles, test ride through Riesling vineyards

We'll meet at noon in Vienna today and shuttle to our starting town of Mikulov, historically one of the most important frontier towns in Southern Moravia. Its central castle has helped guard the border with Austria since the 13th century. We'll fit bicycles and encourage a short test ride into the surrounding vineyard clad hills -- this region is famous for its different Riesling varieties as well as other white wine grapes such as Ruland White and Chardonnay. A welcome drink will start off our evening before dinner together.

Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

Lodging: Hotel Templ

  • Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: Pedal the vine-clad hills of Moravia to Valtice and Lednice

Highlights: UNESCO world heritage sites of Valtice and Lednice, the 17th century manor and gardens of Lednice, Baroque castle of Valtice

We take a loop ride today through vineyards into the wine growing region to the north and east to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Valtice and Lednice, each home to impressive manors (or castles, depending on your point of view!) Both residences were created by the Dukes of Liechtenstein, Valtice as the seat of their power, Lednice as their summer residence. After a guided tour of the Lednice palace, enjoy a tasting of local wines.

Distance: Approximately 45 km (28 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel Vivaldi

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: Ride from Mikulov to Znojmo

Highlights: Rolling hills and vineyards, medieval Znojmo

We pedal to Znojmo today, through the gently rolling hills of Moravia. You'll be impressed by the "bike culture" they've created in this area - cyclists come from all over Central Europe to pedal the vineyards and see the historic sites. After settling into our centrally located hotel, enjoy a leisurely stroll through town, which the impressive Gothic Town Hall Tower and Church of Saint Nicholas dominate.

Distance: Approximately 55 km (34 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Lahofer

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Pedal to Vranov nad Dyji

Highlights: 17th Century castle of Vranov, Iron Curtain

We'll enjoy a guided walk of Znojmo this morning before we pedal on to Vranov on the Dyji River. We suggest visiting the Castle in Vranov (considered by some as the best castle visit of the entire tour!) before checking into our hotel as the castle closes at 5 pm. The present castle dates to the 17th century but is located on a site that has housed castles since 1200. We'll suggest an optional, short ride today to visit a part of the Iron Curtain that has been preserved for posterity.

Distance: 32-38 km (20-24 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Zamecky

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: Bicycle Vranov nad Dyji to Telč

Highlights: Renaissance Slavonice, town of Telč

Our ride today takes us out of the lowland vineyards of southern Moravia and away from the Austrian borderlands. We cross the wheat fields and forests of the Bohemian-Moravian highlands, an ancient plateau incised by rivers creating excellent sites for fortified towns and villages. Telč (say "telch") is one of the best preserved of these fortress towns. Heavily influenced by architectural styles from Italy, the late 16th century town square is a wonder of town planning with multi-colored building facades. We spend two nights in Telč.

Distance: 77 km (48 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel U Hrabenky

  • Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6: Loop ride from Telč or rest day

Highlights: Renaissance Telč (UNESCO World Heritage Site)and Medieval Trest

There are plenty of things to see and do in Telč today but we've planned on a loop ride to the north through beautiful areas of forest for those who need a little exercise. The highlands get higher here. Otherwise, you can enjoy lounging in the sidewalk cafes on the square of this perfect gem of 16th century town planning. This afternoon we've arranged for a fascinating guided tour of the town and its castle.

Distance: 40 km (25 miles; actually, you can make this ride as long as you'd like!). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel U Hrabenky

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: Shuttle to Prague

Highlights: Prague

Our tour ends today. We'll offer a shuttle to Prague, arriving early afternoon, for those who wish.

Meals: B

***If this sounds great but you'd like a longer tour, check out our Cycling the Czech Republic Plus! Česky Krumlov tour, which extends this itinerary by 4 days.***

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Travel Information

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

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