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– Pam and Peter R.,
Vancouver, BC

Prague to Vienna , 2012

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Particulars

Trip Dates:

2014

Jun 2-8

Jun 12-18
Jun 26-Jul 2
Jul 3-9
Jul 10-16

Jul 19-25
Aug 23-29

Sep 4-10*
Sep 11-17

Oct 4-10

2015
Jun 11-17
Jun 25-Jul 1
Jul 2-8
Jul 9-15

Jul 18-24
Aug 22-28
Sep 6-12

Oct 3-9

*This departure will feature luxe upgrades with a modest sur-charge.

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

Read more about founder Robbin McKinney's recent cycling trip on our blog.

Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

7 days/ 6 nights

Arrive/Depart:

Prague/ Vienna

 

The trip starts with a train transfer to Tabor and we drop off in Krems for a train transfer to Vienna

Accommodations:

Hotel Nautilus, Tabor


Hotel Konvince, Cesky-Krumlov

Hotel Schachner, Maria Taferl

Hotel Raffelsburger, Weissenkirchen

Activity Level:

Moderate
25-40+ miles daily

Terrain:

Mix with some rewarding (moderate) hills in the Czech Republic. The Danube bike paths are flat, so 3 of the 6 days are easy-going.

Cost:

Land Cost (current year):
US $2450
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $600

Bike Rental:
US $180

Pre-Extension Prague:
US $395 pp
Single Supp: US$100
Includes 2 nights at a 4-star hotel with breakfast daily, 1/2 day guided visit of the city and Insider's Guide to Prague with recommendations on what to see, where to eat etc.

Post-Extension Vienna:
US $395 pp
Single Supp: US$100

Includes 2 nights at a 4-star hotel in the historical center, 1/2 day guided visit of the city and Insider's Guide to Vienna with recommendations on what to see, where to eat etc.

* Please note, the hotels we use on our Extension trips are personal favourites and we only share the names with those booking these with us. On Great Explorations Extension trips, the local expert guides we work with are the best in their fields and we hope they will make your time in these cities special.

map of Czech Republic and Austria

Trips by Destination

Prague to Vienna

 

From the Old World charm of Prague and the Czech Republic, our journey will include the Unesco World Heritage site of Cesky-Krumlov and idyllic countryside of southern Bohemia; in Austria, we’ll follow the Danube River, where you can choose between gentle bike paths or venture into the nearby moderate hills where vineyards tempt. Our trip finishes in Vienna, one of Europe’s most important artistic centers.

Only Great Explorations:

 

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • We've planned layover days in Cesky-Krumlov and Weissenkirchen to allow relaxation time.
  • See lots of castles including a guided visit of Krumlov Hrad.
  • Dine in restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.

Itinerary

Getting there :
The trip begins in Prague, Czech Republic, and ends in Vienna, Austria. We suggest that you fly into Prague's Ruzyne Airport. You can return to Prague after the trip ends or fly out of Vienna. Consider our extensions in Prague and Vienna as both of these cities are worth spending additional time in.

DAY 1:

Tabor - Our trip will begin with a short train ride from Prague to Tabor where we will fit bikes and begin cycling. You will have options of 25, 37, and 58 km as you explore the countryside here. Tabor is a Hussite village with Renaissance buildings and a beautiful historic center. If time permits, visit a labyrinthe of tunnels dating from the 15th century, used by defenders of the town.We're staying at the Hotel Nautilus, a 4-star boutique hotel in the historical center.

DAYS 2+3:

Cesky-Krumlov - Avid riders can cycle all the way from Tabor to Cesky-Krumlov, or for those prefering a more moderate day, transfer first to Cesky-Budejovice, which has a fascinating center. Arrive to Cesky-Krumlov, the most exquisite town in the Czech Republic. Next day, we ride south to Lake Lipno in Sumava National Park returning along the Vltava River. Back in Cesky-Krumlov, we’ll take a walking tour with a local historian including a visit to the castle of Krumlov Hrad. We’ll enjoy dinner at a favourite local restaurant.

DAY 4:
Maria Taferl - We will transfer from Cesky-Krumlov to Enns, the oldest city in Austria and situated on the Danube. From here, cycle downstream through the fertile Machland, crossing Europe's oldest wooden bridge and the villages of Ardagger Markt, with its many museums and the pretty village of Grein. We'll cross the Danube at Ybbs and at Marbach, climb up to Maria Taferl where our hotel boasts an exquisite view over the valley. Those wishing a longer ride, can challenge themselves with a loop to the village of Artstetten nearby.

DAYS 5+6:
Weissenkirchen - Following the Danube east through the Wachau, a region of abbeys, churches and castles we’ll reach Melk Abbey, a magnificent Baroque building still used by Benedictine monks; our hotel, the Raffelsberger Hof, located in Weissenkirchen, dates from 1574 and was renovated into a boutique hotel by the Anton family.

 

Next day, our cycling route continues to Durnstein, with the romantically-situated ruins of Durnstein castle above town. England's King Richard the Lionhearted was held hostage for a king's ransom in the castle in the 12th cenutury. In Krems, visit the Weinstadt Museum, in a restored 13th century Dominican monastery, and for those interested in more wine knowledge (and tastings), the Winzer Krems, a prominent winery. The short option loops back to the hotel and the moderate ride continues on to Tulln, the 'flower town' on the Danube. There is also a long (and hilly) option to the castle at Schloss Rosenburg. We will have a festive final night dinner, as we always do, toasting our time in this fascinating and beautiful region.

 

DAY 7:

Transfer to Krems for train connections into Vienna for flights or extended stay.

Read more about founder Robbin McKinney's recent cycling trip on our blog.

  • What's Included
  • Weather
  • Ride Info
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Map of the Area

Ride Info

Prague Weather

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

 

  • Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 6 nights lodging
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
  • Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • Detailed map and route instructions
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

 

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

 

 

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