Discover the beauty of one of the most magnificent bicycle tours in Europe! In eight days, you will visit the pearls of the Czech Republic and of Austria – during the bike tour Prague - Vienna, four architecturally unique sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, well preserved nature of NP Podyji, as well as countless picturesque towns, villages with specific atmosphere and cultural richness of both countries. Most of this trip follows the Greenway bike path, which is the most important bike tour in Czech Republic.
Both Prague and Vienna used to be the seats of powerful kings and ruling seats of famous kingdoms and empires. Therefore, these two cities are overflowing with cultural richness resulting from a high concentration of pieces of art of the most prestigious artists and architects of the given time.
In case you would like to skip train transfers and bike whole way from Vienna to Prague – feel free to contact us for tailor made tour!
Day 1 – Praha – (Konopiste) - Tábor
Distance: 42 km / 26 miles
Description of the day: Pick up at the airport or at hotel and transfer to the outskirt of Prague. We strongly recommend extending your stay in Czech Republic in order to be able to visit Prague and all its beauties. We can arrange accommodation and tour guiding services for you (for more see town tours).
The first stage of this bike tour from Prague to Vienna will lead us through a slightly hilly terrain surrounding Prague. On the way, we will visit the Neo-Renaissance castle of Pruhonice, which is a great example of the European landscape style, as well as a beer town of Velke Popovice, where we will discover the secrets of the beer making process. Our next stop will be in the town of Tynec nad Sazavou and its Gothic castle. We will end our today’s bike stage by visiting the Konopiste Castle, summer palace of Archduke Franz Ferdinand D´Este. Successful assassination of this member of the Habsburg Dynasty in Sarajevo in 1914 was the event that marked the beginning of World War I. From Konopiště/Benešov you will take a train/car to former Hussite stronghold Tábor. Night walk through this wonderful medieval town would be one of the highlights of a whole tour!
Day 2 – Tabor – Jindrichuv Hradec
Distance: 52 km / 32 miles
Description of the day: In the morning of the second day we recommend a short morning walk on the ramparts of Tábor, where you can admire its genius loci. The carefull usasage of the assets of the landscape and countryside during its construction, resulted in several unsuccessful besieges of the town during the times of religious wars. Then we will enter the South Bohemian region. Beside many little castles and chateaux the most well known places are, without any doubt, the romantic water castle of Cervena Lhota, as well as the third largest historical complex in the Czech Republic – the town of Jindrichuv Hradec with its well preserved castle and city center. Today, it is hard to believe that this calm town used to be one of the largest medieval towns in Bohemia! Based on a legend, it is possible to meet Perchta from Rozberk – the famous “white woman” ghost!
Day 3 – Jindrichuv Hradec – Telc
Distance: 45 km / 28 miles
Description of the day: Today’s highlight will be a visit of the Renaissance town of Telc, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Telc is considered to be the most beautiful Renaissance town in Europe! Before we get there, we must travel rather hilly 45 km. Only few people are able to count exactly how many ponds and lakes we will pass on the way. The route weaves through a slightly hilly countryside, which passes rather fast when we ride along the water surfaces. In Strmilov, we will have a chance to visit an artistic weaving factory and to learn more about the process of fabric making, which has been part of this region ever since.
Day 4 – Telc – Vranov nad Dyji
Distance: 47 km / 29 miles
Description of the day: We will start off by transport to the border village of Slavonice, which is characteristic for its amazing Renaissance square with calm pace of life, where the time just flows differently. On the road we can see a well preserved system of fortification from the beginning of World War II along this entire region. This fortification has never been used and, therefore, it is well preserved for today’s tourists. Riding along, the route of this bike tour from Prague to Vienna will take us to the Renaissance castle of Pisecna and to a fairytale-like castle of Frejstejn. Before we reach our last point we will take a detour to Vranov water dam. As a reward we will get amazing views of Bítov castle and we can climb one of the biggest castle ruins in Moravia – Cornštejn.
The final destination of today’s stage is the town of Vranov nad Dyji, above which towers a Baroque castle, which is one of the many dominants of the entire trip.
Day 5 – Vranov nad Dyji – Znojmo
Distance: 46 km / 29 miles
Description of the day: This day will be led by the spirit of natural beauties of the Podyji National Park, which captures everyone’s attention by its beauty and intactness. From the ruins of Novy Hradek, as well as from the viewpoint over the majestic medieval castle of Hardegg, we will be able to see places, where the Dyje River finds its way through the countryside and creates unforgettable meanders. Memorial of the Iron Curtain, located in this area, is a quiet eyewitness of relatively recent times. Bike trail will lead us along the borders of the national park, where no traffic is allowed. While descending to the Dyje river through Šobes vineyard, why do not have a glass of white wine? This place was awarded as one of the 10 best vineyards in the world! Our next stop will be the town of Satov, where we will have the possibility to visit uniquely preserved world war II fortification, painted wine cellar, cozy wine cellar streets and an educational path leading through vineyards of old wine varieties. We will conclude the day in the seat town of the Moravian Premyslid Dynasty – in the town of Znojmo.
Day 6 – Znojmo – Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
Distance: 18km (shortest) 56 km / 11(shortest) 35 miles
Description of the day: In the morning, we will be transported to the town of Mikulov. This town will definitely capture your attention by its Baroque Castle with a wine museum, an old synagogue and a local curiosity – a giant wine cask. From here, it is only a short way to the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape – a castle complex which used to belong to the family of Lichtenstein. Under the care of this single family, the swampy area was transformed into a well thought out combination of castles and parks, sometimes also called “The Garden of Europe” or “The Garden Paradise”. We will have a chance to visit this place, which combines both indigenous and exotic natural elements to create an outstanding work of human creativity. Since the complex is very large, bike is the recommended mode of transportation allowing you to experience this exceptional cultural site along with a workout.
Day 7 – Valtice – Mistelsbach – Vienna
Distance: 45 km / 28 miles (Mistelbach)
Description of the day: Last day of the bike tour from Prague to Vienna will follow Lichtenstein heritage bike trail. On the way we will bike through the Herrnbaumgarten Village, which is famous for its poetic museum of non-senses, all the way to wine museum in Poysdorf, where you will have a chance to learn everything you did not know about wine so far! Then we will pass through Wilfersdorf with its chateaux, which had been the main residence of the Prince between 17th and 18th century. We recommend you to end this bike tour from Prague to Vienna by a day trip in Mistelsbach, where from you can take a train or support vehicle to Vienna. The real bike fans can reach the city by bike following the Eurovelo route no. 9 (95 km!).
Day 8 – Vienna
Description of the day: A sightseeing tour of this magnificent city, former capital of the Habsburg Monarchy, town of the waltz and opera. In case you are interested, we can arrange tour guiding services for you or help you to extend your stay that is strongly recommended. (See UNESCO)
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|Self-led Tours||795||145||on request||on request||85|
|Fully Guided Tour||890||145||85|