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Czech Republic: Vienna to Prague Bike Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Czech Republic   Austria  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2495 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3395 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

During nearly 50 years of communist rule, this area was closed to travelers. The villages were charming but neglected. Now cafés are popping up and you can visit places like the Bohemian crystal glass factories, where old crafts are being revived. This bicycle tour follows a corridor of countryside laced with castles and beautiful biking trails that pass through several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Telč, and medieval Český Krumlov. Freewheeling Adventures has organized a partnership with Czech planners, so you will have the benefit of vast local knowledge and years of experience, as well as the service and attention you’ve come to expect from your Freewheeling guides. The people-to-people part is what makes the experience especially memorable, and a percentage of the trip fee goes toward restoration projects along the way. The rides are shorter, making this trip accessible to most and allowing plenty of time to explore the many sights along the way. This bicycle tour also works well as a family trip.

Day 1: Arrival
Meet at the Breclav train terminal. If time allows, enjoy a visit to the first of two Liechtenstein Palaces. Learn about Valtice, its vineyards and wine cellars on a relaxed afternoon walking tour. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only).
Penzion Prinz, www.penzion-valtice.cz; or Hotel Besendi Dum, www.hotelbesednidum.cz, Valtice

Day 2: 38km
A pleasant ride along quiet pathways through forests and fields, today you will visit two extravagant châteaux and several follies scattered over what was once the expansive Liechtenstein Estate, reaching from their winter home in Valtice to their newer summer palace in Lednice. The estate is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ride on quiet roads through Pavlov, stopping at an archaeological museum at a Stone Age site, before arriving in Mikulov, where you can visit the historic square and castle, and the synagogue and Jewish Cemetery, over 400 years old. BLD
Hotel Templ, www.templ.cz; or
Hotel Galant, www.galant.cz, Mikulov

Day 3: 41km
After breakfast, transfer to the historical centre of Znojmo, where you will begin today's route. Cycle along the border, through Podyji National Park, visiting villages like Cizov, where you will hear stories of people slipping past the Iron Curtain during communist rule. Today’s ride offers some climbing, and you may choose to descend to the ruined castle of Novy Hradek and later into Austria to visit its tiniest town of Hardegg. The descent into Vranov, with its castle perched above the river is an exhilarating finish. BD
Penzion Inspira, www.penzioninspira.cz, Vranov nad Dyjí

Day 4: 48km
Start the day with an invigorating climb towards the castle, where you can regain your breath overlooking the beautiful valley. Ride through fields of poppies and sunflowers, while seeing remnants of the pre-WWII fortification along the Austrian border. Stop to visit the Jewish Cemetery at Safov or a Renaissance château in Uhercice before boarding a train at Slavonice, a hidden jewel with sgrafitto houses, bound for Telč and your hotel for the night. Telč is a picturesque renaissance town painted in elegant pastels and recognized as a UNECSCO World Heritage site. B
Hotel Celerin, www.hotelcelerin.cz; or
Hotel U Hrabenky, www.hotel-uhrabenky.cz/en/, Telč

Day 5: 43km
A very quiet ride through the forests and fields of the Czech Moravian Highlands. At Kosteini Myslova, you can stop to visit the simple yet poignant memorial to the Jewish painter Frantisek Moritz Nagl who died in the extermination camps at Auschwitz. The castle at Jindrichuv Hradec is the third largest in the Czech Republic (only Český Krumlov and Prague are larger). In the spring, you may see storks nesting on the chimneys above the palace. BLD
Hotel Concertino, www.concertino.cz; or
Penzion Na 15 Poledniku, www.15polednik.cz/en, Jindrichuv Hradec

Day 6: 30km
Pay a visit to the Jindrichuv Hradec regional museum, with the world’s largest mechanical nativity scene, before riding through the woods and meadows of the southern Bohemia Lake District. There are ponds filled with carp and other species we recommend you taste at this evening’s meal. You will cycle through the gate and across the moat into the medieval city of Trebon, home to yet another fascinating castle, the Regent Brewery, and the largest fishpond in the region. BL
Hotel Zlata Hvezda, Trebon, www.english.zlatahvezda.cz

Day 7: 63km
There are a few hills on your ride towards the UNESCO Heritage site of Český Krumlov, the largest and best known of the ancient towns on your route. Spend the afternoon exploring the narrow cobblestone streets, the looming castle, and its Baroque theatre, before gathering for dinner. BLD
Hotel Peregrin, www.hotelperegrin.cz; or Hotel Arcadie, www.hotelarcadie.cz, Český Krumlov

Day 8:
This morning allows for extra time to explore Český Krumlov. A complimentary coach to Prague departs Český Krumlov every hour from 05:00 to 20:00. B

Supplemental Tour Information:
Self-Guided Dates: You choose! We confirm within 48 hours.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Guided: Includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, maps, route notes and GPS*, and value added tax

Self-Guided: Includes 8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, luggage transfers, maps, route notes, GPS*, value added tax

*GPS units may be shared.

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

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