Vienna to Prague

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Vienna to Prague information and booking

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$2090
  • Duration
    9 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 8 nights hotels/B&B's

Highlights

  • Cycle through Moravian and Southern Bohemia
  • Explore two great cities: Prague and Vienna
  • Visit the historic towns of Telc and Cesky Krumlov
  • Bike to the Brewery for Real Bohemian Beer

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

This cycling tour links two of the most culturally and historically significant cities in the World. You will have time to immerse yourself in a world of architecture, where the Baroque and classical styles mix and mingle with older gothic and younger neo gothic and 'Cubist' styles. From Austria the ride takes you over gently rolling terrain and through Moravia, Southern Bohemia - some of the most romantic and beautiful parts of the Czech Republic. You'll explore the castle towns of Telc, and the incredibly well preserved Cesky Krumlov, an important historical town with a fantastic castle, cobbled streets and square. During the tour you can reward yourself by sampling the variety of local regional cuisines or one of the many fine beers which have been brewed since early medieval times. Finally, you'll arrive in Prague, the city of a hundred spires. Prague's beauty is overwhelming and the optional half-day sightseeing tour will take you to its highlights such as Prague Castle, The Lesser Town and crossing the Charles Bridge to see The Jewish Quarter and Old Town Square. The tour will also take you to historic Wenceslas Square where the demonstrations that led to the 'Velvet Revolution' took place.

What's included

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 8 nights accommodation in hotels/b&bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Bike hire
  • Luggage transfer
  • Some road transfers as per the itinerary
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Vienna
Own arrival to Vienna. We recommend arriving in the morning so that you have enough time to look around in Vienna, otherwise why not have an optional extra day here, so that you can have a really good look around this historic city. Overnight in Vienna in a 4* hotel located near the university, which is about a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
Day 2 Transfer to Schrick, ride across border to Hlohovec (43km)
Because of the traffic in the city you will not start the ride in Vienna itself, instead you will be transferred with the bikes nearly 40km (45mins to 1hr) and dropped off at the village of Schrick. Here, in Austria, you start cycling and (if you want to bike less on this day it is possible. The driver will simply bring you closer to the Czech border). Taking the road from Schrick to Prinzesdorf and Walterkirchen, you’ll reach the border crossing with the Czech Republic at Strattenberg, then on to Valtice. You will end near the picturesque Palava Highlands, a preserved area with limestone Karst scenery, beautiful flowers and old Gothic castles. This is a wine-cultivating district and nearby Mikulov has the largest Jewish cemetery in central Europe. Overnight in a hotel complex located in the village of Hlohovec, in the picturesque Lednice-Valtice area, which is rich in attractive historical monuments for sightseeing.
Day 3 Circular ride from Hlohovec (50km)
You can do more or less since you are staying at the same place for another night. You will have the chance to explore Mikulov and the countryside and vineyards of the Pavlov Highlands, which typify this attractive day's ride. You can visit the castles ruins at Klentnice and Lednice also has a castle (chateau). Overnight in Hlohovec.
Day 4 Transfer to Lancov, ride Telc (55km)
You will be driven to a village called Lancov and then you will cycle via Slavonice to Telc. Both Slavonice and Telc are historical towns with many valuable Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Telc is protected by UNESCO and it reflects the many differing periods of architecture that have coloured the region from Gothic to modern. Overnight in Telc, where we use two hotels: either an elegant small hotel located in a quiet street just steps away from the town’s beautiful center or a small 3* hotel located in the main square of UNESCO heritage village.
Day 5 Circular ride from Telc (40km)
Today you cycle into the pretty Bohemian – Moravian Highland, with a change to stop in Trest and to visit Hrad Rostjein, with its hidden old castle. The landscape is a mixture of rolling hills and forests. Return to Telc for second night.
Day 6 Transfer to Strimlov, cycle into Bohemia and onto Trebon (47km)
This morning a transfer will take you to Strmilov and then you will be rolling by bike over the Czech Moravian Highlands into Bohemia. Cycle to the Gothic fortified town of Jindrichuv Hadrec with its castle from 1220 and there are many baroque and renaissance buildings. The route continues through Straz nad Nezarkou to Trebon. Overnight in Trebon where we also use two hotels; either a family operated pension, built as part of the old town fortifications (breakfast only is available at the pension) or a small hotel situated in the central town square. This is another historic building with a good restaurant and also serving excellent beer!
Day 7 Cycle to Cesky Krumlov (60km)
After a final walk round Trebon, visiting the ponds and castle, cycle to Cesky Krumlov, another town protected by UNESCO. The castle is the second biggest in the country and the town is beautifully located on the River Vltava. The town has some great taverns and restaurants. Overnight in Cesky Krumlo. The pension is a historic building, very well refurbished and family run.
Day 8 Cycle to Hluboka, transfer to Prague (43km
Today you ride out from your hotel to Holasovice, and on to Jankov, Cakov, Cejkovice. Enjoy the attractive Bohemian views today with alleys of oaks and ponds and a couple of small hills. Eventually you get to Hluboka, whose chateau houses one of the most interesting art collections in Europe. Just outside of Hluboka, you will meet your driver who will take you onto Prague. Prague boasts a fairytale quality that reflects the majesty of the Gothic and Baroque architectural ensemble that is perhaps the finest in the world. After the Velvet Revolution, a large community of Americans materialized with additional German and English language teachers. Prague was exalted as the artisanal centre of Europe and compared to the Paris of the 1920s. Of course, however, prices shot up, forcing locals to go out to the suburbs to eat out. Prague certainly can be expensive, but if you look hard enough you will find a variety of reasonably priced restaurants. Public transport is excellent and you can escape from the throngs who patronize the Charles Bridge with a little riverside walk, or have a panoramic view of the city from the castle where Good King Wenceslas looked out.... If you are a couple you may find this to be the most romantic city that you have ever visited. Finally in Prague our first choice hotel is located in a quiet neighbourhood, 10 minutes walk from Wenceslas Square, on the corner of Karlovo Namesti and Vodickova Ulice. If this hotel is full at the time you book your tour, our alternative hotel, also in a quiet neighborhood, is near the underground station of Namesti Miru, 1 stop away from Wenceslas Square.
Day 9 Trip concludes
The trip concludes after breakfast in Prague. We recommend spending more time in Prague as there is so much to see: Prague Castle, the Lesser Town, the Jewish Quarter, the old town square with its famous mediaeval astronomical clock, the Child of Prague, and Wenceslas square; the main shopping area where coffee in the beautiful Art Deco Hotel Europa is de rigueur.