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 Durnstein to allow for 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.

Location

Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Day 1

Tabor

Tabor, Czechia

Day 1

Cesky-Krumlov

Cesky-Krumlov

Day 2+3

Maria Taferl

Maria Taferl

Day 4

Weissenkirchen

Dürnstein, Austria

Day 5+6

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR 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 tastings, historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
Gratuities for all meals, hotels etc. are included; tips for Great Explorations guide(s) are additional and at your discretion
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2020

August 15-21

Guided tours can start at any date. Call or email for details.

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

TRIP SIZE

8-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

7 days/ 6 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Prague/ Vienna

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 $2950
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
USD $750

Bike Rental:
USD $180

Pre-Extension Prague:
USD $595 pp
Single Supplement: US$150
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 $595 pp
Single Supplement: US$150
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.

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

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.


1

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 different distance options 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.
Distance: 24 km, elevation gain 247m or 34 km, gain 437m or 67 km, gain 422m

2

Day 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.
Distance Day 2: 31 up to 71 km, elevation gain up to 344 m
Distance Day 3: 34 km, elevation gain 653 m or 42 km, gain 686 m

3

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.
Distance: 43 up to 74 km, elevation gain up to 1405 m

4

Day 5+6

Durnstein

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 to Weissenkirchen, gateway to the World Cultural Heritage Wachau Valley. The luxe trip stays in  Durnstein at a 5-star hotel that has been in the same family since 1884, 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 century.

Next day, our cycling route continues through more of the Wachau. 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.
Distance Day 5: 44 km, elevation gain 194 m or 64 km, gain 778 m
Distance Day 6: 34 km, elevation gain 428 m or 54 km, gain 1012 m

5

Day 7

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

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

 

Hotel Nautilus, Tabor

This 4-star boutique hotel was renovated from a former townhouse and is located on the central plaza of Tabor, with comfortable rooms and an exquisite restaurant. Frommers notes, "Easily the most sytlish and comfortable in town."


Hotel Bellevue, Cesky-Krumlov

We have stayed in every hotel in CK and this is our favourite 4-star hotel. It's got a fabulous location and the superior rooms are comfortable and the service is excellent. The restaurant here, Le Jardin is one of the best in the city.


Hotel Schachner-Krone House, Maria Taferl

This 4-star hotel is located in the village of Maria Taferl, with views of the Danube. The restaurant here is excellent and there is a pool and spa facilities. Panorama Room booked when available.


Hotel Richard Lowenherz, Durnstein

This 4-star hotel located in Durnstein on the banks of the Danube has large guest rooms, and a lovely, heated swimming pool and beautiful cloister gardens. “The ambiance is one of a dignified hunting lodge, with heavy furniture, and trophies on the walls. The bedrooms are pleasantly spacious, modern in their décor, and comfortably appointed.” (Karen Brown Guides).



			


Trip Reviews

December 4, 2018

“It was a lovely area to visit. The food was great.”

December 4, 2018

“Great routes and accommodations. Interesting tours. Exceptional guide. All hotels during the tour were excellent”

December 4, 2018

“Enjoyed spending time with friends and learning from the guides about living in these areas. Excellent guides, especially Dama and Alex. Great hotel locations.”

October 22, 2019

“The days were all special in their own way and everything was taken care of… We just had to participate and not plan. We had very high expectations given the feedback we got from friends, and they were met. The ability to tailor the riding routes to the riders (easier to more difficult) was a nice option for the group. Culturally the area was what we expected, having been to Europe a few times. The itinerary was a nice blend of historic and sightseeing/adventure. The local guides were super helpful in getting the most from the places we visited. We were on the Luxe tour and the hotels were better than we expected… Great location, historical significance and/or great amenities. Meals were good to great. Events were varied and well organized and I got a lot out of them. I personally found the historical walking tour with very knowledgeable guide in Prague very informative. She helped me understand the context of the history and the people with deep local knowledge. The gps app worked well; I didn’t use paper maps. The signage was also very good so we never felt ‘lost’. I like how the guides were gauging everyone’s fitness level and motivation on how hard to push and how they gauged this every day. The level of difficulty and duration was what I expected and hoped for. Helped that the weather was perfect for riding. Van & mechanical support were very good, slightly out of sight but we knew they were there all the time as needed. Good quality bikes in good working order. Slightly bigger tires and carbon forks were nice given the variable road conditions.”

October 23, 2019

“I enjoyed biking places that cars can’t go to, feeling like I’d exercised, the accommodations were very nice: we enjoyed the Richard the LionHeart Hotel in Dernstein. I loved the antiques and the fact that it was quiet. The pool area and courtyard are really nice. Really liked the meal at the hotel on top of the steep hill beside the church in Austria and the meals in Durnstein. The guided tours of the cities were good. We love wineries and have been to many.”

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