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Vienna - Prague Greenways

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 25 people
Destination(s): Austria   Czech Republic  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1190 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1790 Euro (EUR)

As yet, one of the great, undiscovered cycling trails in Central Europe. This route is full of cultural and historical gems including 6 UNESCO world heritage sites – Schoenbrunn palace in Vienna, the chateaux of Valtice and Lednice, the renaissance town square in Telc, the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov and the rustic baroque village of Holasovice. You will also cycle along the remnants of the Iron Curtain as you follow the border area with Austria. You will be staying in the best small towns along the way whose local pubs serve the best beer in the world – it could only be Czech beer!

As official partner to the non-profit Greenways trails creation program, we contribute a percentage of the cost of your tour to community development projects and we are able to arrange meetings with local project leaders, who can explain the uniqueness of their area. The Czech Republic is a perfect country for cycle holidays. With the largest density of castles and chateaux per square kilometer in Europe and incredible, unspoiled mountain, forest and river landscapes, there is so much to see. As a result of the Communist ideal that "all villages should be connected", there exists an extensive network of paved, third class roads with the least amount of traffic – ideal conditions for cycling.

Version A: Favored by those who like history, and adds the unique Lednice-Valtice area and Cesky Krumlov. May 8 tour includes Valtice Wine Fair, June 14 tour includes Five-petaled Rose Festival, September 9 tour includes Mikulov Wine Festival.

Version B: A more challenging route, for cyclists who really want to pound out the whole way from Vienna to Prague by bicycle. September 7 tour includes "Tabor Meeting" in Tabor.

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 countryside rich in lakes and streams
- Storybook castles and palaces
- Complex beers that give Germany and Belgium a run for their euros
- Good wines from ancient hill towns.

Tour Itinerary:

Please note that the tour travels along the famed cycling route known as the "Vienna - Prague Greenways". However, the tour doesn't start in Vienna but rather in Valtice (Czech Republic) for Version A and in Stockerau (about 12 miles from Vienna) for Version B. Version A ends in Cesky Krumlov, and many tour participants travel from there to Prague by train or bus. Version B ends in Prague. Neither tour includes lodging in Prague. We encourage you to stay overnight in Vienna before your tour and in Prague after your tour. Please inquire about rates.

Version A (243 km/152 miles).

Day 1: Vienna - Valtice. Arrive 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 get all necessary information 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. 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 3: Mikulov - Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji (42 km/26 miles). Morning transfer by car from Mikulov to Znojmo. Then cycle through the Podyji National Park with untouched nature, beautiful views of the deep, forested river valley and the last remnant of the Iron Curtain. Vranov chateau, perched high on a rock above the Dyje river is another highlight. Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji.

Day 4: Vranov nad Dyji – Slavonice – Telc (46 km/29 miles). From Vranov skim the Austrian border to Slavonice, a forgotten jewel with sgraffito houses. Then transfer 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). 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 Trebon, a medieval town whose walls are still largely intact. Enter the historical center through a gate in the old fortifications and across a moat, 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. Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.

Day 8: Cesky Krumlov - Prague. Enjoy all that Cesky Krumlov has to offer within one day. The old town preserves a virtually intact and unparalleled 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 theater in Europe. Late afternoon transfer by bus from Cesky Krumlov to Prague. Accommodations are not included on Day 8.

Version B (419 km/262 miles).

Day 1: Vienna - Stockerau. After your arrival in Vienna, make your way individually to Stockerau (car, train or 18 km by bike). We will meet you at your hotel with the necessary materials and bikes. Overnight in Stockerau.

Day 2: Stockerau - Drnholec (64 km/40 miles). On the first day of the route you will follow the Leiserbergweg bike path to Ernstbrunn (Leiser Berge Natural Park). After passing into the Czech Republic through the border post at Laa an der Thaya, the South Moravian lowland terrain is flat all the way to Drnholec. Overnight in Drnholec.

Day 3: Drnholec - Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji (79 km/49 miles). After breakfast cycle from Drnholec through Znojmo, to Podyji National Park with untouched nature, beautiful views of the deep, forested river valley and the last remnant of the Iron Curtain. Another highlight is Vranov castle, perched high on a rock above the Dyje river. A shorter cycling option, with a car transfer from Drnholec to Znojmo, is available (cycling 35 km / 22 miles). Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji.

Day 4: Vranov nad Dyji – Slavonice – Telc (76 km/47 miles). Cycle along the Austrian border to Slavonice, a forgotten jewel with sgraffito houses. Then cycle from Slavonice to Telc, which has a well-preserved Renaissance town center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A shorter cycling option, with a train transfer from Slavonice to Telc, is available (cycling 48 km/30 miles). 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 called Frantisek Moritz Nagl, a local artist who died in Auschwitz extermination camp 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 pond. Afternoon arrival in Tabor leaves plenty of 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. Accommodations are not included on Day 8.

Price Includes:
- Self-Guided:
* Accommodation in selected hotels and pensions
* Buffet breakfast
* Luggage transfer
* English route descriptions
* Detailed cycling maps
* Town maps
* Global Positioning System (GPS) console
* Transportation by car according to program
* Welcome briefing upon arrival
* Quality TREK bike rental
* Stand-by support (cellphone and contact person)

- Guided:
* Professional bilingual guide
* Accommodation in selected hotels and pensions
* Support van
* Buffet breakfast and dinner included
* Luggage transfer
* English route descriptions
* Detailed cycling maps
* Town maps
* Global Positioning System (GPS) console
* Quality TREK bike rental
* Guided tours at chateaux, castles, museums and other select attractions
* Special events, including wine tasting and picnics.

Dates:
Self Guided-
Daily from April through end of October.

Guided-
- Version A:
* June 11
* July 9
* August 20
* September 9

- Version B:
* May 14
* July 2
* August 6
* September 4.

Notes:
- Guided tours are guaranteed to operate with 2 or more participants. If someone travels alone on a self-guided tour, there is a 15% surcharge
- Terrain: gently to moderately rolling with a few short hills and some moderately hilly terrain.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Self-Guided:
* Tour Package: EUR 1190
* Single room surcharge (1 person / 1 room): EUR 350

- Guided (2-7 participants):
* Tour package: EUR 1790
* Single room surcharge (1 person / 1 room): EUR 350.

Note: Discount for parties of 8 or more is EUR 200.

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