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.***View Day-by-Day ItineraryHide Day-by-Day Itinerary
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
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
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
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
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
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
Day 7: Shuttle to Prague
Our tour ends today. We'll offer a shuttle to Prague, arriving early afternoon, for those who wish.
***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.***
HighlightsHluboka Castle, UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Valtice, and Lednice, Czech Greenways, Wine tasting, Renaissance towns of Mikulov, Telč, Guided visit of Mikulov Castle
IncludesUse of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 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 plus "The Usual""The Usual" (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)
Begin/EndMikulov (shuttle from Vienna) / TelČ (with shuttle to Prague)
Arrive/DepartVienna Int'l Airport (VIE) / Prague Ruzyne Int'l Airport (PRG)
Total Distance249-255 km (154-157 miles)
Daily Distance32-77km (20-48 miles)
Rating201 Gentle terrain
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* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
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My daughter Lauren and I recently completed the Vienna to Prague Plus! Cesky Krumlov ride. We have never done anything like this ride before and it was the most amazing experience we have ever had. We loved every minute of the trip. We saw so many beautiful villages and towns and especially castles. It was so very peaceful out in the countryside, very different to Cesky Krumlov and especially Prague. We felt very privileged to have the opportunity to experience this unique part of the countryside and the bikes were the ideal way of doing that. It was so refreshing to get out of the cities and experience life in rural Czech Republic. The chalk arrows were fantastic, we never had to think about where we were going and could just sit back and enjoy the scenery that was before us, knowing we would reach our destination unstressed. Thank you again for the experience you enabled us to have. I will be recommending your tours to everyone I know and even people I don''''t know, like the Australian couple I met yesterday in Prague. When I think back on all the experiences we had on this trip, it is hard to take it all in. Castles, endless farmland, lakes, peaceful villages, underground cave systems, breweries, wine cellars, delightful towns, local food, picturesque buildings, castles, rivers, the Iron Curtain, great guides, churches, towers, beautiful cities, castles, history, great guides, this trip had it all! I had no idea that the Czech Republic would be so very beautiful. Thank you once again for the experience, it truly was an experience plus!!Nicola H., Sorrento, Australia
Incredible guides - on the bicycle and path, but most importantly, giving us so much history and insight into the Czech Republic and the current issues they are dealing with. It gave me what I was hoping for - a chance to get some in depth knowledge of this country. And, they chose wonderful wine for us every evening!Mary Ann M., Denver, CO
Tom & I had a total blast on the Czech Republic trip. We had excellent tour leaders, and we can't wait to book something for 2009!Amy H., Coon Rapids MN
Another trip that didn't disappoint and made memories that will last a lifetime and add to my sense of being a citizen of the world.Jack I.
As usual, my wife and I enjoyed the tour very much. Excellent guides, chalk arrows, interesting people on the tour and well-chosen hotels and restaurants.Lee C.
[My favorite part was] Seeing the "iron curtain" and the Hluboka Castle.Jane V.
An excellent tour, in every respect. I will definitely be taking other biking tours with ExperiencePlus! One of the pluses on all the tours we have taken with ExperiencePlus! is the quality of the guides--all have been excellent.Jody W.
Each destination was great and unique so that each experience in cities was so exciting and enjoyable.David B.