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Czech Republic Self Guided Biking / Vienna to Prague
Tour Dates: April – October

Ride at your own pace through a lush countryside of picture perfect farms, inviting lakes and cool shady forests. Your overnight lodgings are in picturesque medieval towns.

We give you options! Version A: 275 km / 172 miles – Version A is favored by those who like historical monuments and desire a more relaxed pace. This tour includes the unique Lednice-Valtice area and Cesky Krumlov (both have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites).

Version B: 410 km / 257 miles – Version B is for cyclists who really want to cycle the whole way from Vienna to Prague.

2017 Price: €1390 Euros/double occupancy

Single Supplement:€350 Euros/pp

Price Includes:
  • Guaranteed departure any day you choose
  • 7 nights hotel
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Maps, route directions, Global Positioning System (GPS) with programmed route
  • Transportation by car according to program
  • TREK bike rental
  • Stand-by support – We provide you with a mobile phone and a contact person to call in case of anything during your tour, local phone number for emergencies.
Price does not include:

Airfare, airport-hotel transfers, lunches, dinners, train transportation, hotels in Vienna & Prague. We can make these hotel reservations for you; Vienna – €65 euros/pp/per night/double occupancy, Prague – €55 euros/pp/per night/double occupancy

Tour Difficulty

Quiet rural roads and well marked bike routes lead to UNESCO World Heritage towns.

  • Difficulty: Moderately Hilly
  • Road Conditions: Mixture of paved and dirt roads
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrid - you can bring road

Tour Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage towns
  • Gothic churches
  • Historical sites
  • Fascinating history
  • Lodging in comfortable inns located in the center of the historic towns

Tour Overview

You will be riding through lush countryside with inviting lakes and undulating farmland bordered by cool shady forests. Our lodgings are in picturesque medieval towns, perfect for a relaxing evening stroll and a hearty dinner. From the breathtaking architecture of Prague, to the splendor of Vienna, our Czech Republic Bike Tours have it all – peaceful rural hamlets, UNESCO World Heritage towns, gothic churches, fascinating history and some of Europe’s best beer. The riding season is April through October, making our Czech Republic Bike Tour the perfect summer bike tour for the whole family!

Tour Map

Tour Video

Version A: 275 km / 172 miles - Version A is favored by those who like historical monuments and desire a more relaxed pace. This tour includes the unique Lednice-Valtice area and Cesky Krumlov (both have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites).

Version B: 410 km / 257 miles - Version B is for cyclists who really want to cycle the whole way from Vienna to Prague.

Version A

Day 1

Once transferred from Vienna to Breclav by train, you will be met our Czech Republic representative.. You will then be driven to your hotel and we will outline and explain more in detail about your tour. Here you will be given all the required information materials and equipment. Sightseeing in Valtice. Accommodation in Valtice.

Day 2 - Valtice – Lednice – Mikulov, (30 km / 19 miles)

Your cycle tour begins in the unique Lednice-Valtice area (protected by UNESCO) riding on paths through woods and fields. Once owned by the Liechtensteins, this area contains two impressive, ornate chateaux, and the landscape is dotted with various hunter‘s lodges, colonnades and chapels. After, you cycle along a backroad, which winds through the winegrowing landscape, by a reservoir to Mikulov. The striking castle of Mikulov, its historical square and the ossuary of the ruling Dietrichstein family are interesting features of this town bordering Austria. Mikulov also had a large Jewish population whose heritage includes the largest, historical Jewish cemetery in the Czech Republic – the oldest gravestone dating from 1605, plus a synagogue. Accommodation in Mikulov.

Day 3 - Mikulov – Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji, (35 km / 22 miles)

After breakfast you will be transferred by van from Mikulov to Znojmo. This town has a picturesque historical center. On this section of your cycle tour, Podyji National Park has some of the most impressive landscapes with a forested river valley and a viewpoint hut as treats for the challenging terrain. A highlight is the remains of the Iron Curtain at the village of Cizov, sections of barbed wire fencing and a watchtower. Vranov castle, perched high on a rock above the Dyje river is also not to be missed. Accommodation in Vranov nad Dyji.

Day 4 - Vranov nad Dyji – Slavonice – Telc, (48 km / 30 miles)

Cycling in the border region with Austria, Safov with its old Jewish graveyard and the Renaissance chateau in Uhercice are the first points of interest along the way. In the Uhercice chateau, a huge preservation initiative is being carried out and you can tour it as well as a ceramic studio in the quaint village center. Having arrived at Slavonice there is a transfer by local train to Telc which has a well preserved Renaissance town center protected by UNESCO. Accommodation in Telc.

Day 5 - Telc – Jindrichuv Hradec, (42 km / 26 miles)

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 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 biggest castle complex in the Czech Republic. Accommodation in Jindrichuv Hradec.

Day 6 - Jindrichuv Hradec – Trebon, (30 km / 19 miles)

Begin in the old town of Jindrichuv Hradec with its castle before biking through the Bohe- mia Lake District, a landscape of ponds, water meadows and forest. Finish in Trebon, an old city with well preserved walls. To enter the old town center one has to pass through a gate in the old wall and over a moat, part of a water regulation system from the sixteen hundreds. Accommodation in Trebon.

Day 7 - Trebon – Cesky Krumlov, (53 km / 33 miles)

The final day of biking goes through a few hills before coming to the gem of South Bohe- mia, Cesky Krumlov. This UNESCO protected town is located on the winding river Vltava. An incredible number of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings are well conserved in this historical center. The highlight is the 2nd biggest castle compound in the Czech Republic as well as the oldest functional Baroque theatre in Europe. Accommodation in Cesky Krumlov.

Day 8 - Cesky Krumlov – Prague

We recommended exploring and having fun in the town of Cesky Krumlov today, after there will be a transfer by train from Cesky Krumlov to Prague.

Version B

Day 1 - Vienna - Stockerau Make your way individually to Stockerau (car, train or 18 km by bike).

The next morning we will meet you at your hotel with the necessary materials and bikes. Accommodation in Stockerau.

Day 2 - Stockerau – Drnholec, (64 km / 40 miles)

On the first day of the route you will follow the Leiserberweg 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. Accommodation in Drnholec.

Day 3 - Drnholec – Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji, (79 km / 49 miles)

After breakfast cycle from Drnholec through Znojmo, to Podyji National Park with un-touched 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, with a car transfer from Drnholec to Znojmo, is available (cycling 42 km / 26 miles). Accommodation in Vranov nad Dyji.

Day 4 - Vranov nad Dyji – Slavonice – Telc, (76 km / 47 miles)

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). Accommodation in Telc.

Day 5 - Telc – Jindrichuv Hradec, (42 km / 26 miles)

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 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 biggest castle complex in the Czech Republic. Accommodation in Jindrichuv Hradec.

Day 6 - Jindrichuv Hradec – Tabor (49 km / 30 miles)

Riding though forest and by lakes you come to Cervena Lhota which has a lovely, small chateau on an island in the center of a lake. Finish in Tabor, a Hussite town with a rich history. Accommodation in Tabor.

Day 7 - Tabor – Benesov (69 km / 43 miles)

From Tabor we ride through a region of highlands with woods and pastures, an area known as Czech Siberia for its blustery winter weather and unspoiled environment. There is a beautiful view of the River Luznice from the bridge in the town of Sedlec-Prcice, the destination of the annual Prague-Prcice walk. The highlight of this day is a visit to the impressive chateau of Konopiste with its large, English park and Rose Garden. Accommodation in Benesov.

Day 8 - Benesov –Pruhonice – Prague (37 km / 23 miles)

The final part of this bicycle tour takes you to Pruhonice with its Renaissance chateau and chateau park – a center of botany and garden science in the Czech Republic. Transfer by car from Pruhonice to Prague city center.

While we strive to create the most accurate itinerary possible, the nature of international travel demands that participants remain flexible to any changes. We will do our best to substitute activities and services of equal quality for those listed.

Who comes on a Nichols Expeditions bike tour?

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.

Best times to travel to the Czech Republic

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.

Travel Information

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.

Train Schedules

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.

Baggage

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!

Travel Delays

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.

Passport

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.

Additional hotel lodging

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.

Money

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.

ATM's and Exchanging Money

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!

Cash & Credit Cards

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.

Tipping

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.

Language

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.

Electricity

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.

Rental Bikes

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.

Personal Bicycle Equipment

Toe Clips & Straps

If you want toe clips and straps on your pedals, just let us know in advance.

Clipless Pedals

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.

Bike Shoes

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.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!

Learn more about the Travel Insurance.

About the Czech Republic

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

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