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Bicycle Heart of Europe

 

Bicycle 4 Countries in 8 days,
Start in Valtice, finish in Bratislava,

Cycling through Czech Republic, Austria,

Hungary and Slovakia

 

Self-Guided & Guided Bicycle Vacations

in Central Europe

 

 

Czech Republic

Central Europe Tours

  Inside Prague

  Day tours from Prague

  Best of Bohemia-Moravia

  Jewish Heritage Tour

  Bike Heart of Europe

  Bike Vienna to Prague

  Bike Salzburg to Prague

  Bike Budapest to Krakow

  Bike Vienna to Krakow

  Walk Vienna to Prague

  Walk Budapest to Krakow

 

 

 

8-days / 7-nights
Self-guided or guided trip
Length:
363 km / 227 miles
Trip rating: Easy/Moderate

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Arrive in Prague or Vienna, then start your bicycle tour in Southern Moravia.  There are few places in Europe where you can cycle through four countries in just 8 days. Cycling through this magical part of Old Europe will allow you to experience both bygone and recent history of these four countries that all once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the Hapsburg dynasty. Other venerable noble families also built glamorous palaces and estates in this corner of Europe. You will travel through the Lednice-Valtice Area, a composed landscape created by the Liechtenstein family, dotted with follies, ponds and chateaux. The powerful Esterhazy family settled in Austria’s Eisenstadt and Hungary’s Fertöd where they employed the genial composer Joseph Haydn. Lake Neusiedel is a highlight in the lowlands of Burgenland, ideal for leisurely biking and refreshing swims. This tour, with the exquisite wines of Burgenland and the hearty cuisine of Hungary, makes for a perfect mix of history, architecture, nature preserves, and easy cycling.

 

Bicycle Heart of Europe Itinerary:

                        

 

Day 1)
Prague (Vienna) - Valtice - Mikulov (30 km / 19 miles)

Own transfer by train from Prague (Vienna) to Breclav where you meet your contact
person, who will drive you to your hotel and introduce you to the program. You will get all
necessary information materials. You will start your biking trip in Lednice-Valtice area
(UNESCO World Heritage Site), where you will ride on forest and field trails.
Two magnificent chateaux grace the area, along 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, as well as the synagogue and Jewish cemetery, where the oldest tombstone dates
back to 1605.
Overnight in Mikulov

Day 2)
Mikulov – Vienna (55 km / 34 miles)

Morning transfer by car from Mikulov to Ladendorf. You start your cycling day in the
Wienviertel winegrowing region north of Vienna. Cycling through fertile farmland and
vinyards gives you a view into traditional life centered around winemaking. You will finish
the day in Vienna with its unmatched beauty of historical buildings, green parks, and the
coffee and Sachertorte culture.
Overnight in Vienna

Day 3)
Vienna – Eisenstadt (68 km / 42 miles)

Leaving the city of Vienna you will cycle along the Euro-velo 9 south through Trumau.
In Winpassing you start curving around the Leitha Highlands to arrive in Eisenstadt, the
capital of Burgenland, and the former main seat of the Esterhazy noble family.
Employed by the nobles was the composer Joseph Haydn. To shorten the distance it is
possible to take a local train to Himberg and then cycle to Eisenstadt (45 km / 28 miles)
Overnight in Eisenstadt

Day 4)
Eisenstadt – Sopron (57 km / 35 miles)

The first half of this day you will cycle south to view the stunning Renaissance castle of
Forchtenstein, another former Esterhazy estate. This historic site is well worth a visit to
see the unique treasury. In the afternoon you will continue east to cross the state border
to arrive in Sopron, one of Hungary’s most outstanding destinations. You can enjoy history
and culture of this town together with the world-famous local wines and spicy Hungarian
food in one of its many wine-cellars.
Overnight in Sopron

Day 5)
Sopron – Illmitz (52 km / 32 miles)

Today’s easy, level cycling will be packed with sites rich in natural and architectural
beauty. You will skim the National Park of Lake Neusiedl, which is a paradise for bird
watchers. During the day you will visit the open-air village museum of Fertoszeplak, a World
Heritage Site, and Fertod, the ‘Hungarian Versailles’. Later you will cross the border back
into Austria and continue to today’s destination, Illmitz, the center of the National Park.
Overnight in Illmitz

Day 6)
Illmitz – Neusiedl (50 km / 31 miles)

You will start another easy cycling day going west to arrive shortly at the Neusiedl
lakeside. Before you board the ferry you can enjoy a refreshing swim. On the western side
of the lake you will join the trail leading through Morbisch, then turn north towards
the World Heritage town of Rust. After tasting some of local excellent wine, you will skim
the shallow shores of the lake and cycle through many little villages, like Purbach with an
alley of more than 50 historical cellars, or Winden with its open-air gallery of sculptures.
Today’s destination is Neusiedl.
Overnight in Neusiedl

Day 7)
Neusiedl – Bratislava (51 km / 32 miles)

You can start your day by visiting the Neusiedl Calvary before heading through more level
terrain towards the Slovak capital of Bratislava. You will cross the border shortly after
Kitsee. Bratislava has everything any European city can offer: imposing castle on a hill
overlooking the city, the grand Danube River with embankment inviting romantic strolls,
historical center with the coronation cathedral, museums, restaurants, opera, and
concerts.
Overnight in Bratislava

Day 8)
Bratislava

Departure

 

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DATES

Guided Set Departures 2017:

Dates for a guided tour:

July 2-9
August 20-27

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

Land Costs

Self-Guided:
Price Net Per Person

EURO

1,390.-

(based on twin - bed room)
• Single supplement:

 EURO 350,-

15% supplement for single travelers on a self-guided tour

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Included:

• accommodation in selected hotels and   pensions
• buffet breakfast
• luggage transfer
• information package (route instructions, maps, suggestions)
• transportation by car according to program
• welcome briefing upon arrival
• quality bike rental
• stand-by support
• GPS navigation system and cell phone

 

Guided Set Departures:

4-7 people:
Price Net Per Person

EURO

2,090.-

8+ people:
Price Net Per Person

EURO

1,890.-

(based on double occupancy)

• Single supplement:

EURO 350,-
• Minimum size of group:
   4 people

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Included:

• professional bilingual guide
• support van
• accommodation in selected hotels and    pensions
• buffet breakfast and dinner included
• luggage transfer
• quality bike rental
• private guided tours at chateaux, castles, museums, and other select attractions
• special events, including wine tasting and picnics

Difficulty Level

Moderate

 

Trekking bikes provided on the tour:

TREK 7300 FX

• American manufacturer
• lightweight aluminum frame Alpha SL Aluminum
• front fork suspension RST CT FREE T4
• gear components Shimano Deore
• men’s frame sizes 17.5“, 20“, 22.5“
• women’s frame sizes 17.5“, 20“

• Size: men’s 17.5“, 20“, 22.5“; women‘s 17“, 20“
• frame: Alpha SL Aluminum
• fork: RST CT FREE T4
• wheels: Alloy F, Shimano Deore R hub
• tires: Bontrager Invert HC, Kevlar belt, 700x35c
• rims: Alexrims ACE 19
• shifters: Shimano Alivio
• front derailleur: Shimano Nexave T 301
• rear derailleur: Shimano Deore
• crankset: Shimano T 303 48/38/28
• cassette: SRAM 850 11-32, 8 speed
• pedals: Alloy ATB clipless adaptable w/clips and straps
• saddle: Bontrager Sport
• seatpost: Bontrager Sport
• stem: Bontrager Sport 15 degree
• headset: Aheadset, semi-cartridge, sealed
• brakeset: Alloy linear pull w/alloy levers
• weight: 13,5 kg

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