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Karlstejn Castles Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 18 people
Destination(s): Czech Republic  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 380 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 830 Euro (EUR)

Brdy Forest is located 30 km (20 miles) south-west from Prague. On top of enjoying biking in this picturesque countryside full of forests, you will visit two castles, a chateau, a complex of caves, a quarry, several medieval towns and villages, a glass work, many village pubs and others.

We will bike from Prague to Karlstejn village where you will stay for all six nights and each day you will make a trip to see an interesting historical or natural site.

You will have your lunches in nice village pubs and restaurants on the way and you will take your time to enjoy the landscape and to get to know a lot about this beautiful region, which has not been discovered by mass tourism as yet. You will visit many fascinating locations you would not get to see on a regular bus tour!

Since we use many bike trails through the forests, which the support vehicle is not allowed to enter, the bus will not follow the group during biking days. Tour leader cycles with the group every day and shows the track and secures all necessary service for the group members. The trails are mostly paved, but you will bike on forest trails and more difficult surfaces as well.

The tour is more demanding in comparison to other our company's tours, but there is no reason to rush. The itinerary is designed as a sporting ride with a balance of cycling and sightseeing. This tour has the lowest amount of additional services. That is why this is also the cheapest guided bicycle tour in our company.

You will spend the last two days of your trip in Prague, the most famous central European city. You can explore this fascinating, lively city, full of culture and history. The trail will take you through a diverse terpene. The itinerary is designed as a gentle ride with a balance of cycling and sightseeing. Take it easy, take your time it is holiday after all!

Brochure with detailed information about all sights on your journey you receive at the welcome briefing.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Guided group tours start on the scheduled day at 9 a.m. Self-Guided tours and non-scheduled tours start on clients’ request on any day from. The beginning of April until the end of October. After pick-up from your Prague hotel or the airport, We meet for a welcome briefing, adjusting the bicycles to match to bikers' bodies, and practical safety bike training (on guided group tours only). Bike ride Prague - Karlstejn (30 km = 18 miles, easy bike ride) along the Vltava and Berounka rivers. Check-in at the hotel in Karlstejn.

Day 2: Circular route to Kytinska louka (40 km = 25 miles, a demanding hilly ride, mostly on tarmac routes). The day is an exploration by mountain bike of the Brdy Forests, riding from Karlstejn via Zadni Treban, and Svinare to Kytinska louka, lunch. After lunch you will take the ridge trail that leads to Vsenory and back to Karlstejn.

Day 3: Trip to Nizbor (41 km = 25 miles). Today y ou will have the opportunity to visit the glassworks in the little town of Nizbor. The glassworks produce an extensive range of cut 24 % leaded crystal with a wide variety of decorations from the classically simple to extremely complex and laborious ornamentation, with gilt, hand painting and sandblasting. The first half of the route is rolling countryside but the return is less arduous as we follow Berounka river’s bank from Nizbor.

Day 4: Circular route to the Koneprusy Caves and Beroun. (39 km = 24 miles). A strenuous hilly ride, mostly on tarmac surfaces). On your way, you will pass through the villages Zadni Treban and Liten to Koneprusy village. A visit to the complex of caves is optional, but highly recommended. After lunch, you will be sightseeing around the historic centre of Beroun. On the way back to Karlstejn, you will cycle along the banks of the picturesque Berounka river.

Day 5: A trip to the town of Dobris is and back (64 km = 40 miles, a demanding ride with several hills). To reach Dobris from Karlstejn, it is necessary to pass though the Brdy Forest. The first section of the ride is a long up-hill ride with elevation to about 400 m. Part of the following trail follows an unpaved path through the forest (10% of the track). You visit Dobris Chateau, after lunch in a local restaurant. For the return to Karlstejn we usually follow an alternative route.

Day 6: A trip to the famous Gothic Karlstejn Castle (39 km = 25 miles, a strenuous hilly ride, mostly on tarmac surfaces). Today’s path will take you through the little village of Sv. Jan pod Skalou. (Saint John under the Cliff) with its abundance of natural scenery and historical landmarks. It is one of the most picturesque villages in the Cesky Kras national park. The village dates back to the end of the 9th century when, according to legend, the first Czech Christian hermit, Ivan, settled in a cave under a large cliff.

On our way back we will stop at Velka Amerika (Grand America or Czech Grand Canyon), which has a depth of 60 m depth and a length of 800 m. Altogether there are eighteen separate quarries of varying sizes in this area. They have names like Mala Amerika (Little America), Mexico and Canada. The communist regime forced over 2000 of its political opponents to work in the Mexico quarry. They worked under inhuman conditions during the years 1949 to 1953.

Day 7: A visit to the Gothic Krivoklat Castle (41 km = 25 miles, a strenuous ride in some sections). You will pack your luggage and bid farewell to Karlstejn. You will ride along the Berounka river from Karlstejn through Beroun. For the second section of the trip, you will leave the picturesque and gentle surroundings of the Berounka river. This part of the route has relatively demanding climbs and then fast riding on the way down. From the peaks of the hills you will admire the picturesque landscape of the protected area of Krivoklatsko. You will then have to conquer a steep 300 m hill to get to Krivoklat castle - the final objective of your 6-day biking trip. A tour of the Gothic castle is optional. Transfer Krivoklat Castle - Prague (50 km = 30 miles, by our minibus) Check-in at the hotel in Prague. Individual programme.

Day 8: Breakfast, transfer to Prague Airport to catch your plane, unless you are prolonging your holiday in the Czech Republic.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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