The area known in the past as the Great Moravian Empire, with a landscape shaped by two mighty rivers, is the location of this tour. Times have changed! When confronted with the peacefulness of this beautiful countryside characterized by forests, vineyards and romantic creeks flowing from the rivers, it is difficult to imagine the turbulent past of fights and border feuds were it not for the presence of so many monuments and the variety of architecture.
You will find examples of roman, Gothic, renaissance and baroque styles in abundance. You will also be stirred by the friendliness of the Moravian people. Maybe it is the high consumption of wine and Slivovice (home made plum brandy) that keeps them in a good mood all the time. This area is also well known for its good food and local wine.
Join our tour to discover this charming wine-growing region in South Moravia, close to the borders to Slovakia and Austria. One of the cycling days will take you to Austria, so that you will have a chance to compare the landscape and countryside in the Czech Republic and Austria from the bike saddle!
We will ride through an enchanting countryside of South Moravia as well as a uniquely preserved valley of the river Dyje, and through the flatlands with innumerable vineyards and a number of opportunities to sample the wine in small wine cellars.
What is more, this area boasts some of the oldest settlements in the country such as Znojmo, a picturesque town founded as early as the 6th century, or the jewel of Renaissance architecture, the UNESCO heritage complex Lednice-Valtice Area, a heritage given us by the Lichtenstein family. It is an area full of splendid and amazing architecture and natural monuments.
Biking in this rural region with a distinct living musical and vine-growing tradition can become one of the most pleasant and enjoyable vacations of your life! Last two days are reserved for you to exploring of the most famous central European town, the capital of the Czech Republic - Prague.
Brochure with detailed information about all sights on your journey you receive at the welcome briefing.
Day 0: Arrival to Prague or Brno, transfer from the airport to hotel, accommodation before the tour for one or two nights. (These services are not included in the tour price but they are strongly recommended for overseas clients because the pre-tour stay in Prague will help them to overcome jet lag and will also give them an opportunity to get accommodated to the Czech Republic.
Day 1: Fully Guided tours and Guide-led tours start on scheduled day usually before 12 a.m. in Prague or at 3 p.m. in Brno. Self-led tours and non-scheduled tours start upon clients’ request in Prague or in Brno on any day from April until the end of October.
Welcome briefing, transfer Prague - Hodonin (260 km, 162 miles) by our shuttle bus or transfer Brno - Hodonin (58 km, 36 miles) in case of landing at Brno airport. Check-in at the hotel, welcome briefing, adjusting bicycles to match to cyclists` bodies, practical safety bike training (on guided tours only). Free time in the evening is ideal for exploring Hodonin.
Day 2: Hodonin - Breclav - Valtice (47 km, 29 miles) by bike. Forests, vineyards, quiet roads and small villages - that is the schedule of the first cycling day on the route to Valtice. We will stop for a late lunch in Breclav, the gate to Lednice - Valtice Area. We will take a short walk or bike tour of Breclav and continue to Valtice. Arrival to Valtice in the early evening, check-in at your hotel in Valtice.
Day 3: Valtice - Pohansko - Valtice (62 km, 39 miles by bikes). An easy route following the Czech-Austrian border and Dyje River which forms a natural border, too. The target of the day is the junction of the two main Moravian rivers: Dyje and Morava.
At the same point there is the border junction of the three countries: the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia. On the way back we will pass Pohansko, a museum of Slavic settlements. Lunch on the way. Arrival back to Valtice in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Valtice - Falkenstein - Valtice (42 km, 26 miles) by bike. First half the day will take you to Austria passing the frontier parts (Schrattenberg, Poysbrunn and Falkenstein towns on Austrian side). Wine production is an important industry also in this part of Austria. We will cross the border back to the Czech Republic south of Mikulov and return back to Valtice in the early afternoon. Time for Valtice chateau and other Valtice sites. Lunch on the way.
Day 5: Valtice - Lednice Chateau - Mikulov (33 km, 21 miles) by bike. There are many interesting stops on the way (Rendez Vous, Temple of the Three Graces, Lednice Chateau, John`s Castle. See Lednice - Valtice Area for description). Lunch on the way. Arrival to Mikulov in the afternoon, check-in at the hotel, optional town and castle excursion, dinner.
Day 6: Mikulov- Znojmo (67 km, 42 miles) by bike. Your journey will continue to west, to Znojmo, the regional capital and one of the oldest towns in the Czech Republic (dating back to 6th century). Znojmo played an important role in the history of this country.
The town and the surrounding area are well known as a wine producing area. Other points of interest include the castle which is now the houses the south Moravian museum and is one of the oldest museums in Moravia, and the Rotunda of the Blessed Virgin Mary decorated with fresco paintings. Lunch on the way. After visiting Znojmo transfer to Prague, check-in at the hotel.
Day 7: After breakfast, you will take a walking tour of the most remarkable sites in Prague (guided tours only) with a professional guide (from 9 am until 1 pm). The guide will introduce to you the history of Prague and Bohemia. You will have free time in the afternoon and evening for sightseeing and buying presents from the tour.
Day 8: Breakfast, transfer to the Prague airport to catch your plane, unless you decide to prolong your holiday in the Czech Republic. Our company reserves the right to change the daily programs and places of accommodation according to hotel capacities and the size of the group. Visits to the above stated sites and appropriate daily bike trips are guaranteed.
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