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Cycling Czech Greenways:
Bicycle tour Vienna - Prague

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

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 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

Dates for Version A guided tour:
June 14-21, 2014 (Includes Festival of the Five-Petalled Rose, Cesky Krumlov)
July 5-12, 2014
August 16-23, 2014
September 12-19, 2014 (Includes Palava Wine Festival, Mikulov)

Dates for Version B guided tour:
May 12-19, 2014
June 30- July 7, 2014
August 4-11, 2014
September 8-15, 2014 (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: 1290 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:
1940 EUR per person (double occupancy)
• Group size 8+ people:
1740 EUR per person (double occupancy)
• Single supplement: 350 EUR

 

8-day trip itinerary:

Length: Version A: 275 km / 172 miles
               Version B: 410 km / 257 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

Transfer by train from Vienna to Breclav where you meet your contact person, who will drive you to your hotel and introduce you to the program. You will also get all necessary materials.
Overnight in Valtice.

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

You will start your biking trip in Lednice-Valtice area (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where you will ride on forest and field trails. The area is graced by two magnificent chateaux and numerous 'follies', romantic structures set in a harmonious way into the surrounding landscape. A third class road with little traffic then leads you to Mikulov with its imposing castle, historic square, the tomb of the Dietrichstein family, as well as the synagogue and Jewish Cemetery, where the oldest tombstones date back to 1605.
Overnight in Mikulov.

Day 3)
Mikulov - Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji
(41 km / 25 miles)
Morning transfer by van from Mikulov to Znojmo, a royal town with a lovely historical center. Here the most naturally scenic part of the trip begins, with the National Park Podyji, the river canyon and viewpoints that will reward you for enduring the very challenging, hilly terrain. The last remnants of the Iron Curtain in the village of Cizov are one of the highlights. The other highlight is the most fairy-tale-like castle of Vranov perched on a cliff high above the riverbed.
Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji.

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

From Vranov we skim the Austrian border past the village of Safov with a quaint old Jewish cemetery, then past Uhercice, with a Renaissance chateau where a massive conservation effort is underway and can be toured, and a lovely pottery workshop on the pond in the village green. After arrival to Slavonice, we travel by local train to the town of Telc, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved Renaissance 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.
A unique stop on the way is the memorial of Jewish painter called Frantisek Moritz Nagl in Kostelni Myslova. He died in Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland, but loved to paint in the surrounding landscape here. The border areas have a complicated, modern history. The destination of today is the old town of Jindrichuv Hradec, containing the third biggest castle complex in the Czech Republic.
Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.

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

First, 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 the town of Trebon, a medieval city whose walls are still largely intact. The only way to enter the historical core is through a gate in the old fortifications, across a moat which is a part of a unique water regulation system dating back to the 16th century.
Overnight in Trebon.

Day 7)
Trebon – Cesky Krumlov
(63 km / 33 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. The old town preserves, virtually intact and still vital, an unparalled 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.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.

Day 8)
Cesky Krumlov - Prague

The recommended program gives you ample time to enjoy all that Cesky Krumlov has to offer within one day.
Late afternoon transfer by bus from Cesky Krumlov to Prague.

Version B

Day 1)
Vienna - Stockerau

Travelers arrive in Vienna and make their way to Stockerau (18 km, by bike, U-Bahn train, or Autobahn) individually, where they will spend the night. Next morning your contact person will await you with information package and bicycles.
Overnight in Stockerau.

Day 2)
Stockerau - Drnholec
(64 km / 40 miles)
Over hilly terrain along the "Leiserberweg" bicycle trail to Ernstbrunn (Leiser Berge naturalpark). Border crossing at Laa an der Thaya, then over 8 level miles of South Moravia to Drnholec.
Overnight in Drnholec.

Day 3)
Drnholec - Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji (41 km / 25 miles)

Morning transfer by van from Drnholec to Znojmo, a royal town with a lovely historical center. Here the most naturally scenic part of the trip begins, with the National Park Podyji, the river canyon and viewpoints that will reward you for enduring the very challenging, hilly terrain. The last remnants of the Iron Curtain in the village of Cizov are one of the highlights. The other highlight is the most fairy-tale-like castle of Vranov perched on a cliff high above the riverbed.
Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji.

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

From Vranov we skim the Austrian border past the village of Safov with a quaint old Jewish cemetery, then past Uhercice, with a Renaissance chateau where a massive conservation effort is underway and can be toured, and a lovely pottery workshop on the pond in the village green. After arrival to Slavonice, we travel by local train to the town of Telc, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved Renaissance 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.
A unique stop on the way is the memorial of Jewish painter called Frantisek Moritz Nagl in Kostelni Myslova. He died in Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland, but loved to paint in the surrounding landscape here. The border areas have a complicated, modern history. The destination of today is the old town of Jindrichuv Hradec, containing the third biggest castle complex in the Czech Republic.
Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.

Day 6)
Jindrichuv Hradec - Tabor (52 km / 32 miles)

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 lake. Afternoon arrival in Tabor leaves enough time for a tour of this historic town founded by the Hussites.
Overnight in Tabor.

Day 7)
Tabor - Benesov
(69 km / 43 miles)
From Tabor ride through a region of highlands with woods and pastures, an area known as Czech Siberia for its rough 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.
Overnight in Benesov.

Day 8)
Benesov - Pruhonice - Prague
(37 km / 23 miles)
The last leg of the journey leads through Pruhonice Park on the way to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. You have the rest of the day and most of the next day to explore this magic city.

 

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 - vinobranν. 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 vinobranν. 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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