If you are a wine lover, admirer of beautiful landscape and ancient history, then this bike tour in the Czech Republic is the right one for you! On this wine tour around Czech Republic, we will get to the most famous wine regions of Austria and of the Czech Republic, where the wine making tradition runs for almost two thousand years. We will peak into the lives of local wine producers in picturesque villages, which always have two centers – the residential and the wine making one. We will have a chance to familiarize with the process of wine making from planting of the grapevine all the way to the final product. In addition, every evening you will have a chance to taste and to compare samples of exceptional wines of both regions along with specialties of local cuisines! This wine tour around Czech Republic runs through a scenic, slightly hilly countryside full of vineyards and beautiful nature! While biking on border roads between Czech republic and Austria it is hard to believe, that this wonderful landscape was less than 25 years ago the so called no mans land and a death zone, dividing free world from the Communistic Eastern block by monstrous iron curtain. Even today, if you look carefully you will find traces of this recent history! Among the highlights of this entire tour will definitely be a visit of centers of European cultural centers, royal residential towns packed with historical sites – cities of Prague and Vienna!
The biggest advantage of this tour is that it is the most flexible from our offer. It offers many optional shortcuts or extra kms that gives you the great freedom to decide yourself almost every day according to the current weather conditions or amount of wine the other day, whether you choose longer or shorter trail.
Day 1 – Arrival to Prague
Description of the day: Arrival to Prague, check-in to hotel. This day is up to you to explore Prague by yourselves, relax or have a unique Prague by bike tour (see more in Prague by bike section). The tour is guided by Prague born guides who truly love the city and will show you much more than Lonely Planet highlights and moreover – all of it done by bike and finished by a mug of good beer in carefully chosen place. Do not hesitate to ask us for this extra tour – it is the most beloved one of our clients! If time is not your worst enemy, we do propose to stay in Prague more days to fully explore the beautiful spots and hidden corners of it. Please do not hesitate to ask us for more nights or other attractions!
Day 2 – Transport to Moravia - Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
Distance: 30 km / 19 miles
Description of the day: In the morning, we will be transferred to South Moravia by car (3.5 hours). We will spend all day exploring 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 in order to create an outstanding work of human creativity. Since the complex is very large, bike is a recommended mode of transportation that allows you to experience this exceptional cultural site along with a good workout. Be in a botanical garden, wine tasting of the awarded best wines of Czech Republic in Chateau wine cellar in Valtice or a visit of one of many salems makes this day highlight of the whole wine tour around Czech Republic!
Day 3 – Breclavsko and Iron curtain roads
Distance: 48 km / 30 miles
Description of the day: First part of today bike stage will lead us through beautiful deep woods along Dyje river exploring remaining parts of Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape. We will visit town of Breclav with a restored synagogue and castle ruin. Only few kilometers downstream we will find beautiful Pohansko chateau hidden just near the Austrian border. Second part of a day we will spend in former no men’s land following iron curtain roads on the border between Austria and Czech republic. Those interested in Cold war history can visit Iron curtain museum or learn more about the people who tried to cross the border, border guards or simply about people who lived close to it on one of many boards along the way. We will conclude the day in the town of Mikulov which will welcome you with its Baroque castle, historical townsquare, unique old synagogue and a local curiosity – a giant wine cask. Mikulov is hidden gem and probably nicest place of our tour. Therefore we spend here two nights. Great advantage of this day is that we spend almost whole day on bike trails.
Day 4 – Palava hill loop
Distance: 40 km / 25 miles
Description of the day: Today we will explore Pálava hill and its surroundings. Due to unique combination of vineyards, castle ruines and lime stone formations it has been inscribed on UNESCO biospheric list and earned nick name Mediterranea of Czech republic. We start up the hill to get all the amazing views of surrounding area. If sky is clear you can see Czech-Austrian-Slovakian border. The small town of Pavlov will be your first stop. The town is “guarded” by Devin castle ruin. Take a break for walk through traditional village or climb up to the castle ruins for an amazing view at Nové Mlýny water dam. After that continue through the village of Dolni Vestonice, which is known due to a rare archeological find, one of the oldest woman statue in the world, the Venus of Vestonice. To get back to the town of Mikulov, you will continue through the vineyard region and around the Palava Hills venturing as far as the border crossing near Nový Přerov. The last part will easily meander towards Mikulov giving you some of the best views of it with the castle nesting majestically above the town. As this day is a loop it offers lot of alternatives. Really interesting one is change bike for hiking shoes and hike across Pálava hill visiting three castle ruins, cave complex and traditional villages..
Day 5 – Mikulov – Znojmo
Distance: 66 km / 41 miles
Description of the day: Today we start cycling to the west crossing the border to Austria. First stop is an Austrian iconic wine cellar “village” – Wildendürbach. This picturesque place was created by high number of wine cellars covering small hill and creating village with lot of wine but no permanent inhabitants J. From here on we bike through the countryside to the spa town of Laa, where we can stop for an early lunch. After this we cross the border back to the Czech Republic and bike along the Greenways bike trail Prague-Vienna. Next stop is a small town of Jaroslavice with a renesaince chateau, historical Slup watermill before we conclude the day in Znojmo. This old royal town welcomes us with panoramic views of Podyjí NP, lively and well preserved old historical town center and a castle.
Day 6 – Podyji NP loop and Znojmo
Distance: 52 km / 32 miles
Description of the day: This day let you choose again whether you prefer biking or hiking. The bike option take us through the small villages to the west all the way to Čížov. This little village treasures one of the last preserved barbed wire lines and border guard towers of the original Iron Curtain. Further to the south we get to breathtaking viewpoint over the border to the smallest town in Austria – Hardegg. To finish the loop we turn back to the East and continue again along the national Park to Znojmo. Should you like to bike a little more, you can turn to the scenic Šobes vineyard – once awarded as one of the best vineyards in the world and Šatov historical village! The hiking option can start either from the town directly towards the national park, or by a short bus transfer.
Day 7 – Vienna (Austria)
Description of the day: In the morning, transport by car/train for the city of waltz, opera and famous Vienna coffee. The capital city of Austria will be our final destination of this wine tour around Czech Republic but also around Austria. We strongly recommend extending your stay in Vienna by at least one day, because the UNESCO protected city center, the Schönbrunn Castle and many other sights are too beautiful and unique to be missed. We can arrange accommodation and tour guiding services for you, as well as possible transport back to Prague.
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