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Vienna to Prague bicycle path leads through the UNESCO heritage sites of Lednice - Valtice.

 

Town of Jindrichuv Hradec along Vienna to Prague greenways.

 

Three Graces, Vienna to Prague bicycle path, Lednice - Valtice area.

 

Lednice Chateaux, Vienna to Prague bicycle Greenway.

 

Valtice Chateaux, Vienna to Prague bicycle Greenway.

 

Mikulov Plaza, Vienna to Prague bicycle Greenway.

8-days bicycle tour Vienna to Prague

Length:

Version A: 243 km / 152 miles

Version B: 419 km / 262 miles

Version A - favored by those who like historical monuments and adds the unique Lednice-Valtice area and Cesky Krumlov (both declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites).

Version B - for cyclists who really want to ride the whole way from Vienna to Prague by bicycle.

 

Highlights:

- 6 World Heritage Sites (protected by UNESCO)

   *Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna

   *Chateaux in Lednice - Valtice Area

   *Renaissance square in Telc

   *Medieval town of Cesky Krumlov

   *Rustic baroque village of Holasovice containing the fascinating vernacular style of peasant architecture known as the South Bohemian Folk Baroque

   *Old Town of Prague

- old walled town of Trebon
- Jewish cemetery in Mikulov
- last remnant of the Iron Curtain in Cizov
- rolling pine-clad hills and fields adorned with carp ponds, beer hops growing on racks, brilliant yellow fields of rape, and world-famous Czech beer

 

About Czech Greenways:

The Czech Greenways is a newly-designated corridor of 100-year-old hiking trails stretching for 250 miles from Vienna to Prague along the Dyje River in Southern Moravia and the Vltava River Valley in Southern and Central Bohemia. It connects beautiful countryside with cultural monuments, historic towns and villages with restored castles and churches. Since much of the Czech Greenways stretches along the former Iron Curtain, where there was limited access and no development for 45 years, the countryside remained untouched and the environment clean.

The Czech Greenways bicycle tour follows the Greenways route, studded in imposing castles, picturesque villages and scenic hills and woods. You'll ride past baroque churches, fertile vineyards, an exquisitely tended gardens, and medieval strongholds gone to ruin. You'll admire the natural beauty of Central Europe - watch a stork nest in centuries old oak, listen to the call of a cuckoo... Much of what you'll see and experience you can't see from a car, so get out there on a bike and enjoy one of Central Europe's ancient trails.

 

On this cycling trip, you can set out on your own or with a group. You can do the fully guided tour with a fixed itinerary and a schedule, or you can spend as much time as you want at historic places and enjoy the countryside without having to go along with a group and follow the route as a self-guided bicycle tour. You can also go on shopping for souvenirs, enjoy some night events, even play some casino games in hotel casinos in the area. Lodging will be reserved for you at selected hotels and pensions, and you won't have to solve the problem of what to do with the baggage - we'll take them from hotel to hotel for you. We will give you a detailed description of the route, with recommended places that are worth a visit. All you have to do is get on the bike and go.

 

On our guided bicycle tour, you will receive the professional services of a trained guide, a vehicle support along the entire route, and tickets to all monuments, sites and attractions.

 

Vienna to Prague Bicycle Tour Itinerary:

                        

Two alternatives, both are 8 - day trips

Version A: 275 km / 172 miles

Version B: 410 km / 257 miles

Terrain: gently to moderately rolling with a few short hills and some moderately hilly terrain (see route elevation profile below.)

 

Version A: Vienna - Cesky Krumlov - Prague

275 km / 172 miles

Map of Vienna to Prague bicycle route.

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

(32 km / 20 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

(35 km / 22 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

(48 km / 30 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 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 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

(53 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 – Holasovice - Prague

The recommended program gives you ample time to enjoy all that Cesky Krumlov has to offer within one day, with an optional side trip to see the Baroque folk architecture in Holasovice.
Late afternoon transfer by train or bus from Cesky Krumlov to Prague.


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Version B: Vienna to Prague 410 km / 257 miles

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

(35 km / 22 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

(48 km / 30 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 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 biggest 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 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 we ride through a region of highlands with woods and pastures, an area known as Czech Siberia for its blustery winter 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. The highlight of this day is a visit to the impressive chateau of Konopiste with its large, English park and Rose Garden.

Overnight in Benesov.

Day 8)
Benesov –Pruhonice - Prague (37 km / 23 miles)
The final part of this bicycle tour takes you to Pruhonice with its Renaissance chateau and chateau park - a center of botany and garden science in the Czech Republic. Transfer by  car from Pruhonice to Prague city center.

 

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Time to go:

Weather
The Central European continental climate consists of long, hot summers and cold, snowy winters. The best time for cycling and walking tours is between April and October. In the summer months it can get quite hot. Bear in mind that it will be cooler on the mountain tours at this time. May June and September are generally good months to take advantage of the cooler, but still warm weather.

Crowds

It must be noted that, according to the tourism calendar, the first two weeks in August are when most people go for their holidays. Generally July and August are the busiest months. We mention this with regard to seeing cultural monuments and UNESCO protected areas with greater ease and with less people around.

 

Cultural Events
During September, many towns and villages in the winegrowing regions of Central Europe have wine harvest celebrations (vinobranํ). Local people dress up in traditional folk costumes and there is a lot of singing and dancing washed down with copious amounts of wine. These are wonderful traditional events and should not be missed. You also might wish to adjust the times of your tour to coincide with the following festivals and cultural events:

 

Vienna:

The Long Night of Music is where music lovers and night owls can visit more than 50 locations with a single ticket – using the special shuttle buses. The program ranges from jazz to classical, from pop and rock to musicals and special performances in the DJ scene.
http://langenacht.orf.at

The Vienna Festival is renowned for its superb international theatrical performances, also invites musical ensembles and opera companies from all over the world, in addition to staging many Austrian musical productions.
http://www.festwochen.at/

Wien Modern is a contemporary music festival celebrating only composers from the 20th century.
http://www.wienmodern.at/

 

Tabor:

Hussite Days Theatre presentations of the life of the 15th century Catholic reformer Jan Hus.

The Tabor Meeting has a medieval atmosphere with markets, fireworks, fencing and demonstrations of historical craft making.

 

Jindrichuv Hradec:

The Folk Rose Festival attracts folk groups from all over the world to perform their music and dances.
http://www.folkcountry.cz/ruze.htm

Trebon:
Anifest is a festival of animated films from all corners of the world. Oscar winning works are presented side by side with new talent.
http://www.anifest.cz/index_en.php

Around Trebon The Around Trebon Festival (in Czech, Okolo Trebon) is one of the longest-running multigenre festivals in the Czech Republic. It was first organized in 1992. The festival offers a variety of musical genres, unusual combinations of concerts and theatre performances, street happenings, competitive and fun races, and other entertainment.
http://www.okolotrebone.cz

 

Cesky Krumlov:
The Festival of the Five-petal Rose is a historical Renaissance festival with parades of people in medieval clothes as well as music concerts and historical demonstrations.
http://www.ckrumlov.info/apps/en/slperu.xsp

Festival of chamber music Festival of the classical music with the longest tradition in Cesky Krumlov. Part of the festival is the project ‘Music through the ages’ where music can be heard on the tour route of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

Festival of early music Medieval, renaissance and baroque music sound on the original musical instruments where the original musical sources and the customs of interpretation of the period are respected.

The International Music Festival has been going since 1992 and includes music of all periods with the participation of renowned instrumentalists, singers, chamber ensembles, choirs and symphony orchestras.
http://www.czechmusicfestival.com/

 

Prague:

Prague Spring is an international music festival featuring orchestral and theatre series, church concerts, recitals, morning concerts, chamber music and symphony orchestras.
http://www.festival.cz

DATES

Guided Set Departures 2017:

Dates for Version A guided tour:
June 10-17
(includes Five-petalled Rose Festival)
July 15-22
August 12-19
September 8-15
(incl. Mikulov Wine Festival)


Dates for Version B guided tour:

May 8-15,

June 26-July 3

August 7-14
September 11-18
(includes Tabor Meeting, Tabor)

Private self-guided tours available everyday 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

Easy to moderate

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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

 

 

 

 

Elevation profile of Vienna to Prague bicycle route.

 

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