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Cycling Czech Greenways:
Bicycle tour Vienna - Prague

8-day/7-night trip from Vienna to Prague

Length: Version A: 253 km / 158 miles
               Version B:419 km / 262 miles

Version A - favored by those who like history, and adds the unique Lednice-Valtice area and Cesky Krumlov.
Version B - for cyclists who really want to pound out the whole way from Vienna to Prague by bicycle.

Self-guided tours (Versions A and B):
Every day from April to the end of October

2016 Dates for Version A guided tour:
June 11-18 (Includes Festival of the Five-Petalled Rose, Cesky Krumlov)
July 9-16
August 6-13
September 9-16 (Includes Palava Wine Festival, Mikulov)

2016 Dates for Version B guided tour:
May 9-16
June 27 - July 4
August 1-8
September 5-12 (Includes The Tabor Meetings Festival, Tabor)

Private guided tours available everyday from April to the end of October.

See more information and pictures on our Topbicycle.com website specialized for cycling tours in Central Europe

Terrain: Gently to moderately rolling with a few short hills.
Greenways Vienna - Prague map

On this tour you glide serenely amid rolling pine-clad hills and fields adorned with carp ponds, beer hops growing on racks, and brilliant yellow fields of rape.
This unindustrialized region with few tourists offers:
- Rustic, stream- and lake- rich countryside
- Storybook castles and palaces
- Complex beers that give Germany and Belgium a run for their euros
- Good wines from ancient hill towns

 

Greenways Vienna - Prague profile


Highlights:

Self-guided tours include:
• Accommodation in selected hotels + pensions
• Buffet breakfast
• Luggage transfer
• English route descriptions
• Detailed cycling maps
• Town maps
• Global Positioning System (GPS) console with   programmed route
• Transportation by car according to program
• Welcome briefing upon arrival
• Quality TREK bike rental
• Stand-by support (cell phone and contact   person)

Price of self-guided tour

Price of self-guided tour: 1390 EUR per   person (based on double occupancy)
Single supplement: 350 EUR

Guided tours include:
• Professional bilingual guide
• Accommodation in selected hotels + pensions
• Support van
• Buffet breakfast and dinner included
• Luggage transfer
• English route descriptions
• Detailed cycling maps
• Town maps
• Global Positioning System (GPS) console with   programmed route
• Quality TREK bike rental
• Guided tours at chateaux, castles, museums   and other select attractions
• Special events, including wine tasting and   picnics

Price of guided tour

Group size 4-7 people:
2090 EUR per person (double occupancy)
Group size 8+ people:
1890 EUR per person (double occupancy)
Single supplement: 350 EUR

 

8-day trip itinerary:

Length: Version A: 253 km / 158 miles
               Version B: 419 km / 262 miles

In the following itinerary there are two alternative versions of the bicycle route from Vienna to Prague. Version A is favored by those who like historical monuments and adds the unique Lednice-Valtice area and Cesky Krumlov (both have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Version B is for cyclists who really want to cycle the whole way from Vienna to Prague.

Version A

Day 1)
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.

Day 2)
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

Day 3)
Mikulov - Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji (42 km / 26 miles)

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.

Day 4)
Vranov nad Dyji – Slavonice – Telc (46 km / 29 miles)

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Day 7)
Trebon – Cesky Krumlov (63 km / 39 miles)

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

Day 8)
Cesky Krumlov - Prague

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.

Version B

Day 1)
Vienna - Stockerau

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.

Day 2)
Stockerau - Mikulov (77 km / 48 miles)

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.

Day 3)
Mikulov - Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji (93 km / 61 miles)

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

Day 4)
Vranov nad Dyji – Slavonice – Telc (78 km / 50 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).
Overnight 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 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.

Day 6)
Jindrichuv Hradec - Tabor (49 km / 30 miles)
This route leads through a tapestry of woods and ponds to Cervena Lhota, with a beauti-
ful 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.

Day 7)
Tabor - Benesov (73 km / 46 miles
)
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.

Day 8)
Benesov –Pruhonice - Prague (40 km / 25 miles)

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.

 

Time to go

Climate
On the continent in Central Europe the weather is cold with snow in the winter but the summers are lengthy with a lot of sunshine and clear days. Our cycling tours run from the beginning of April to the end of October – the optimum months here for a good bicycle trip. May, June and September are the times to experience the cooler, but still warm weather. The temperate in the summer can get quite high, so July and August are perfect for sun loving people. April and October are wonderfully changeable and can be chilly. These times are perfect for people wanting to experience the changing of the seasons as they cycle.

Tourist numbers
July and August tend to be the busiest times in terms of crowds. We feel it is important to mention this in case you are expecting to see some national monuments relatively crowd free.

Festivals and events
Central Europe is rich in festivals and cultural events. Worth mentioning are the local festivals celebrating the grape harvest in September - vinobraní. There is much merrymaking by the local residents with consumption of delicious wine. In some areas a folk culture is connected to wine growing and this can particularly be seen during the vinobraní. Consider timing your tour to take advantage of the following:

Cesky Krumlov

The Festival of the Five-petalled Rose (June) is a historical Renaissance festival with parades of people in medieval clothes as well as music concerts and historical demonstrations.
http://www.ckrumlov.cz/uk/i_index.htm
http://www.ckrumlov.info/apps/en/slperu.xsp

Mikulov

Palava Wine Harvest Festival (September) A grand event with a historical fair and wine market, historical and folk costume parades, wine tasting, a program of events for all ages and local culinary specialties.
http://www.mikulov.cz/main_eng.php?Akce=kalendar_prehled_akci&Menu=kalendar

Please see the cultural events page on our site - Topbicycle.com owned by Greenways Travel Club.

 
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