8-day/7-night trip from Vienna to Prague
Cycle from Vienna to Prague with an experienced bike guide and enjoy rural beauty, uncrowded roads, medieval castles and UNESCO World Heritage towns. Rental bikes, tour maps, a GPS and support vehicle are included. Make the Czech Republic your next biking vacation in Central Europe!
Custom Czech Republic Guided Bike Tours are available for groups of 4 or more.
Length: Version A: 275 km / 172 miles
Version B: 410 km / 257 miles
Version A – favored by those who like history, and adds the unique Lednice-Valtice area and Cesky Krumlov.
Version B – for fit cyclists who really want to ride the entire route from Vienna to Prague by bicycle.
June 10-17 (Includes Festival of the Five-Petalled Rose, Cesky Krumlov)
September 8-15 (Includes Palava Wine Festival, Mikulov)
June 26 – July 3
September 11-18 (Includes The Tabor Meetings Festival, Tabor)
2017 Price: €2090 Euros/double occupancy, group size 4-7 people, €1890 Euros/double occupancy, group size 8+ people
Single Supplement: €350 Euros/pp
Some lunches, hotels and dinners in Vienna and Prague, train transportation. We can make these hotel reservations for you; Vienna – € 65 euros/pp/per night/double occupancy, Prague – € 55 euros/pp/per night/double occupancy
Vienna – Valtice
Arrive by train from Vienna (or Prague) to Breclav, just on the Czech side of the Czech-Austrian border. Our contact person will meet you as you get off the train, and drive you 15 min. to your hotel. There your contact person will brief you on the tour, and hand over the bikes and information materials.
Overnight in Valtice.
Valtice – Lednice – Mikulov (30 km / 19 miles)
You will start your biking trip in Lednice-Valtice area, formerly the main estate of the Liechtenstein family, a designed landscape (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you will ride on forest and field trails. Two magnificent chateaux grace the area, along with numerous ‘follies’, romantic structures set in a harmonious way into the surrounding landscape. A paved road with little traffic then leads you to Mikulov with its imposing castle, historic square, the tomb of the Dietrichstein family, and the old Jewish Quarter and Jewish cemetery, where the oldest tombstone dates back to 1605. Overnight in Mikulov
Morning transfer by car from Mikulov to Znojmo. Then cycle through the Podyji National Park with its unspoiled nature, beautiful views of the deep, forested river valley and the last remnant of the Iron Curtain. Vranov chateau, perched high on a rock above the Dyje River is another highlight. Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji.
From Vranov skim the Austrian border to Slavonice, a forgotten Renaissance jewel with sgraffito houses. Then a short transfer by local train to the town of Telc, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved town center. Overnight in Telc.
Today you will cycle through the Czech-Moravian Highlands, through fields and forests so lovingly evoked in the music of Gusatv Mahler, who grew up nearby. A unique stop on the way is the memorial in Kostelni Myslova to Jewish painter Frantisek Moritz Nagl, a local artist who died in Auschwitz along with his family. Finish the day in the old town of Jindrichuv Hradec, containing the third largest castle complex in the Czech Republic. Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.
Take in the historic town and castle of Jindrichuv Hradec, then start cycling through the mosaic of ponds, woods and meadows of the Bohemia Lake District to Trebon, a medieval town whose walls are still largely intact. Enter the historical center through a gate in the old fortifications and across a moat, part of a unique water regulation system dating back to the 16th century. Overnight in Trebon.
The last day of cycling leads through hilly terrain to the jewel of South Bohemia, the town of Cesky Krumlov (a UNESCO Heritage Site), situated on the banks of the meandering upper course of the Vltava River. Overnight in Cesky Krumlov
Enjoy the magic of Cesky Krumlov. The old town preserves a virtually intact and unparalleled ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque structures. Among
the attractions are the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic and the oldest working Baroque theatre in Europe. Late afternoon transfer by bus from Cesky Krumlov to Prague.
After your arrival in Vienna, make your way individually to Stockerau (an easy ride by commuter train from Vienna city center; 18 km by bike is also possible). There you will check yourself in, and enjoy the evening atmosphere in this quiet Austrian town. Overnight in Stockerau.
On the first day of the route you will follow the Leiserbergweg bike path to Ernstbrunn (Leiser Berge Natural Park). After passing into the Czech Republic through the border post at Laa an der Thaya, the South Moravian lowland terrain is flat all the way to Drnholec. Overnight in Mikulov.
After breakfast you’ll have a 15-min car transfer from Mikulov to the village of Drnholec. From there you’ll cycle to the historic city of Znojmo. After Znojmo you begin your gradual climb into the Czech-Moravian Highlands, through Podyji National Park with its unspoiled nature, beautiful views of the deep, forested river valley, and the last remnant of the Iron Curtain. Another highlight is Vranov castle, perched high on a rock above the Dyje River. A shorter cycling option is available, beginning with a car transfer from Mikulov to Znojmo (cycling 43 km / 27 miles). Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji
Cycle along the Austrian border to Slavonice, a forgotten jewel with sgraffito houses. Then cycle from Slavonice to Telc, which has a well-preserved Renaissance town center
listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A shorter cycling option, with a train transfer from Slavonice to Telc, is available (cycling 48 km / 30 miles). Overnight in Telc.
Today you will cycle through the Czech-Moravian Highlands, through fields and forests. A unique stop on the way is the memorial in Kostelni Myslova to Jewish painter called Frantisek Moritz Nagl, a local artist who died in Auschwitz extermination camp along with his family. Finish the day in the old town of Jindrichuv Hradec, containing the third big-gest castle complex in the Czech Republic. Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.
This route leads through a tapestry of woods and ponds to Cervena Lhota, with a beautiful little chateau built on a rocky island in the middle of a pond. Afternoon arrival in Tabor leaves plenty of time for a tour of this historic town, founded by the Hussites. Overnight in Tabor.
From Tabor we ride up and down through a region of highlands, woods, and pastures, an area known as the Czech Siberia for its blustery winter weather and unspoiled environment. The highlight of this day is a visit to the magnificent chateau of Konopiste with its extensive English park and Rose Garden. Konopiste was formerly the estate of Franz Ferdinand d’Este, the Austrian crown prince who was assassinated at Sarajevo, touching off World War I. Overnight in Benesov.
The final part of this bicycle tour takes you to Pruhonice with its Renaissance chateau and enormous arboretum, a center of botany and horticulture in the Czech Republic. Transfer by car from Pruhonice to Prague city center.
The Czech Republic, is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Germany to the west and north-west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the north-east. Prague is the capital and largest city, with 1.3 million residents. The Czech Republic includes the historical territories of Bohemia and Moravia, and Czech Silesia. ~ Wikipedia
Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this trip.
The Central European continental climate consists of long, hot summers and cold, snowy winters. July and August are perfect for people who love hot weather. May, June and September are good months to take advantage of the cooler, but still warm and sunny weather. April and October are wonderfully changeable and can be chilly. These times are good for people wanting to experience the changing of the seasons as they cycle.
This trip begins in Vienna and ends in Prague. Many airlines will allow booking from the US to Vienna and returning from Prague back to the US. If you choose to fly roundtrip to either Prague or Vienna, trains connect Prague and Vienna five times daily; the 5 1/2-hour trip costs $100.
Check out European Train Schedules. If you are bringing a bike on the train, you will need to ask at the train station which trains have space for your bike box. You do not need to make advance train reservations.
Two simple words – TRAVEL LIGHT! To avoid loosing luggage (that may contain irreplaceable clothing, personal items and medications) and to prepare you for the reality of European hotels (many have narrow stairways and do not have elevators), we urge you to limit your luggage to 2 items. We suggest the following: a carry-on size suitcase or duffel (a legal carry-on sized wheeled suitcase is perfect) and a small personal bag (like a small daypack or shoulder bag). You will be able to bring these 2 items as carry-ons on all international and domestic flights, insuring that your luggage will arrive with you!
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
You must have a current passport. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel! No visa is required for US, Canadian and EU citizens. You should always carry your passport for identification purposes.
We can make additional hotel lodging reservations for you at our first night’s hotel on the tour in Vienna or the last night in Prague. Just let us know in advance.
The currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown (Koruna in Czech), CZK. You will need Koruna for lunches, dinners, beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips. Some small shops and restaurants will not accept credit cards. We suggest starting with the equivalent of $250 (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream). The Czech Republic has not adopted the Euro yet and Czech crowns (CZK) continue to be used. Generally, 1000 Czech crowns is the largest note accepted in shops for day-to-day things.
Most towns have ATMs (cash machines) and they give you a good exchange rate. Bank opening hours are generally 8 am - 5 pm in the small towns you will be visiting. There are exchange offices where you can change money but they usually charge a high commission or give low exchange rate. In this case, we recommend you to carefully check the trading terms or consult the counter operator. Prior to changing money in the exchange office, it is advisable to ask about the final amount you will receive. We strongly warn against changing money with unauthorized people in the street!
For cash, bring new bills with no tears. You can exchange money at any airport when you arrive. For credit cards, we recommend bringing 2 or more major credit cards in case you have trouble with one. It is best to withdraw cash from an ATM using a debit card, and you will need to know your PIN. To use your credit cards in an ATM machine, each card will need a PIN#, be sure to check your credit card's policy on cash withdrawal - as the fees can be high. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. PLEASE NOTE: Small shops and restaurants might not accept credit cards, so it is always a good idea to have cash (Korunas) on hand. We do NOT recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
In restaurants and pubs with table service, waiters, appreciate a tip of 5-10%. They will tell you the food and drink bill and you, as you hand over the money, tell them how much you will pay with the tip included. Tipping hotel staff is also greatly appreciated. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers and shopkeepers.
It is not necessary to be able to speak Czech or German to get along in the Czech Republic or Austria, but it can be lots of fun. A small dictionary and some creative sign language should get you to the start of the trip without too much trouble. Many people at the airport and train stations do speak English.
The voltage in the Czech Republic as well as the socket and plug sizes is identical to most of the other European countries (220V / 50Hz), and differs from the Americas (110V / 60 Hz). The Czech plug has two round spokes coming out of it. If you intend to bring any electrical appliances (hair dryers, electric shavers, etc.) you will need a transformer. You can buy travel adapters at any international airport.
We have good quality, lightweight, hybrid-style bikes with flat handlebars. (TREK 7300FX) The bikes are equipped with low gears, good tires, a rear rack, panniers, a water bottle cage, water bottle, bike lock, repair tools, tube and bike pump. The pedals on the rental bikes are flat pedals without toe clips and straps.
If you want toe clips and straps on your pedals, just let us know in advance.
For your own personal safety, you must be comfortable riding, stopping and starting in traffic and on hills. Riding in Europe is fun, but it is probably NOT the best place for your first experiment with clipless pedals. If you are experienced using clipless pedals, bring them if you wish and make sure to bring your bike shoes with the correct cleats.
Simply put, a properly fit bike shoe will increase your pedaling efficiency and reduce foot fatigue. For bicycle touring, we recommend either a mountain bike or touring style shoe rather than a racing shoe. These styles have a slight amount of flex to make walking easier and, if you use clipless pedals, your cleat will be recessed for safer, quieter walking. Also, if you have custom footbeds or orthotics, try them in your bike shoes.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!