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|THIS BIKE TOUR INCLUDES|
We will sleep mainly in tents. In the cities (Prague, Vienna) we will sleep in tourist hostels or hotels. We are a team so we can also sleep in rooms for more than two people. We will sleep mainly in campgrounds, but sometimes we can stay in nature without showers and toilets (not more than two nights of tour).
1 welcome dinner (WD) • 6 breakfasts (B) • 1 restaurant launch (L) • 2 restaurant dinners (D) • 1 farewell dinner (FD)
Borrow tents (one tent for two people) and bicycles
An escort truck will carry your baggage and other things • Experienced and helpful Tour Navigator for entire tour
|GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION|
WHO CAN TRAVEL
This tour is suitable for the young and old, providing cyclists have a common bike speed of 8-9 mph. Please see the mileage in the Day By Day Itinerary. There are only two restrictions. Only friendly people can be a member of our team and children younger than 12 years are not allowed. You must agree to travel at your own risk. Travel insurance is strictly recommended.
WHAT DO YOU NEED
You will get detailed instructions in our Information Kit before departure. You need your own sleeping bag and foam pad, but we are able to purchase these items in Prague. We recommend that you to have a bike helmet.
ABOUT THE TOUR
This "Adventure Tour" is not a dangerous expedition. We will go on special bike routes or on common roads without heavy traffic. We want to create a friendly group atmosphere. This is not a trip of great luxury, but we will have a great fun! We will travel through beautiful landscapes and see small villages and big cities. In the country, we will cook together (food is not included in tour price) and have a fire in the evening. People with a musical instrument are welcomed to play! It is not a bike race. We simply want to travel by bike and look around us. The route is not difficult and everyone in reasonable condition can manage it. But it is also not a small bicycle ride. An escort truck will take your baggage, but there is only one free seat, so almost everyone must go by bike from start to finish. It should be a little adventure, so the next listed Day By Day Itinerary can be little changed due to weather or other unpredictable conditions. Your Tour Navigator speaks Czech and is also able to communicate in English.
We are able to arrange a special tour and itinerary for your own group (12+ person). Please, contact us directly or ask your travel agent for assistance.
Prague: 2 guided sightseeing tours with qualified multilingual local guide • Entrance fee to Prague's Hradcany Castle
Karlstejn: A guided tour of the castle
Svata Hora: A visit to this important pilgrimage place of The Virgin Mary
Tabor: Guided tour of this historical town
Cervena Lhota: Entrance fee to this Renaissance castle
Jindrichuv Hradec: Visit the city's museum with a magnificent mechanical nativity scene
Rottal: A visit to the most Northern point of Austria
Klaster II: An entry fee to a Museum of Czechoslovak fortification including a visit of a second World War bunker
Landstejn: An Entrance fee to this castle ruin
Slavonice: Entrance fee to the tower.
Frejnstejn: Visit this castle ruin
Vranov nad Dyji: A visit of its Baroque castle
Cizov: See the last remains of the border "Iron Wall" and the Hardegg observation point
Slup: Visit the 16th century water-mill
Vienna: An optional visit to the Imperial Schönbrunn Palace
Bratislava: Orientation sightseeing tour
|DAY BY DAY ITINERARY|
Day 1: Departure. Overnight flight to Prague.
Day 2: Prague (CZE). Take a bicycle tour with a qualified local guide to explore the golden city on the Vltava River. See the Lesser Quarter, including the Church of St. Nicholas, the most beautiful example of baroque style, gothic Charles Bridge in stone, Townhall (1364) and the Astronomical Clock with moving Apostles, Tyn Church, Wenceslas Square. Your Tour Navigator welcomes you and other team members to a Welcome Dinner in the evening. (WD)
Day 3: Prague (CZE). Today we discover magnificent Prague Castle including Old Kings Palace, Vladislav Hall, King's Gardens and Golden Lane. We also visit the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, one of the greatest churches on the world. The tour continues with a walk through Hradcany, once a small municipal town with many palaces. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 4: Prague to Milin (CZE), 80 km / 50 miles. Early in the morning, our team will set out on a great journey. We go along the Berounka river to Karlstejn (1348-1357), the most important Czech castle built by Emperor and King Charles IV as a vault for the Czech Coronation Jewels. After the wonderful visit we head through a scenic landscape and picturesque small Czech villages to the Brdy Hills and Pribram. We visit Svata Hora (Holly Mountain) and see the beautiful basilica. After a restaurant dinner we go to Milin, the end of today's journey. (B,D)
Day 5: Milin to Tabor (CZE), 87 km / 54 miles. After a restful sleep, another beautiful day is starting. We cross the Vltava river, by the recreational area around Orlik dam and arrive in Sedlcany, founded in 13th century. After a break we continue to Tabor (1430). After we put up at a campground we will cook our first dinner. We can set out to the city tonight. There is also a chance to swim.
Day 6: Tabor to Jindrichuv Hradec (CZE), 52 km / 32 miles. This morning we explore Tabor, known as a center of one of the significant chapters of European history, Hussitism (the Hussite Movement). A qualified local guide show us a historical center, Gothic Town Hall, Museum of Hussitism and mediaeval warfare. We walk to the historical underground of the town. After midday, it is time to continue on our journey through a magnificent South Bohemian landscape to Cervena Lhota. It is only a small village, but it also has a romantic castle on a rock in the middle of a pond. We visit its Renaissance and Rococo interiors. In the evening we arrive near Jindrichuv Hradec.
Day 7: Jindrichuv Hradec to Osika (CZE), 37 km / 23 miles. It is a restful day with a rich program. The morning will be spent in Jindrichuv Hradec (from 1293) with a Renaissance castle (1220). We visit a museum where the largest mechanical nativity scene in the world is. Then we go south to Horni Pena village. We can swim in the pond and continue through a great country called the "Czech Canada" to the Czech/Austrian borders. In Rottal, we will walk to the northern-most point of Austria. This evening, we will spend the night together around a campfire.
Day 8: Osika to Podhradi nad Dyji(CZE), 53 km / 33 miles. Today's route is one of the highlights of our journey. It is great nature combined with many beautiful sights. We visit a bunker from the 2nd World War and the Museum of Czechoslovak fortification. Around noon we will arrive in Landstejn, one of the best preserved castle ruins. We visit this former Romance castle from 1200-1232 and then we stop for a lunch. Then it is time to go to Slavonice, a real jewel among towns. We will stop at a square to see burgher houses with rich Renaissance gables, sgraffito and vaulted ceilings. You can also climb up to a church's tower to look around the town. In the evening we will visit another castle ruin, Frejnstejn above the Dyje river. If we are lucky, we will sleep in the middle of the ruins. Otherwise we will continue to a campground. (L)
Day 9: Podhradi nad Dyji to Vranov nad Dyji (CZE), 17 km / 10 miles. Almost the whole day is spent in Vranov nad Dyji. We visit a Baroque castle situated on the cliff above the Dyje River and admire the interior, which documents the culture of manor life during 18th and 19th centuries. Then in the campsite by the Vranov Dam you can rest, swim, do other sports or simply enjoy the beautiful countryside of the surrounding Podyji N.P.
Day 10: Vranov nad Dyji to Hevlin (CZE), 73 km / 45 miles. After a resting day we head through the Podyji N.P. It is the most difficult and most spectacular parts of our trip. In Cizov we leave the bike route for a while to enjoy a magnificent view of the Austrian town and castle Hardegg from an observation point above the Dyje River. We also see the only remainders of the "Iron Wall" between the East and the West at the Czech Borders. Then we continue to Hevlin. We past vineyards and stop in Slup to see a unique technical monument: a Renaissance water-mill from 16th century with 4 water wheels and functional machinery. (D)
Day 11: Hevlin (CZE) to Vienna (AUT), 79 km / 49 miles. In the early morning we cross the borders to Austria and after 32 km (20 miles) we take a first stop in Ernstbrunn. Then we head to Stockerau. From here it is close to the Danube River. The rest of our today's trip is already a "bed of roses". Along the river we reach Vienna. It is an exacting trip today but this charming city is a sweet reward.
Day 12: Vienna (AUT). We explore this imperial city of the Habsburgs: the Parliament, City Hall, Hofburg Imperial Palace, State Opera House, Charles Church, Maria Theresia Square, University, city parks and gardens, Volks Garden with Theseus Tempel. The evening is spent in the famous entertainment park Prater with the symbolic Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel (1896/97). (B)
Day 13: Vienna (AUT). This day is free. Your Tour Navigator will offer you an optional visit to Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburg family. (B)
Day 14: Vienna (AUT) to Bratislava (SLK), 80 km / 50 miles. By train to Prague. It is time to continue to Bratislava. The easy flat terrain will allow us to go faster. We leave our baggage in a Bratislava train station and set off to the city center. After an orientation tour you have enough time for your own sightseeing. Around midnight we catch the train to Prague. (B)
Day 15: Prague (CZE). With a qualified local guide we walk through the city. See the Chapel In the morning we arrive in Prague. The day is free and it is the last day of the tour. We will enjoy a farewell dinner with Czech beer in the evening. (FD)
Day 16: Prague / RETURN HOME. It is time to say Good Bye to your new friends and board your plane to home. (B)