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.

Location

Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Day 1

Tabor

Tabor, Žalec, Slovenia

Day 1

Cesky-Krumlov

Cesky-Krumlov

Day 2+3

Maria Taferl

Maria Taferl

Day 4

Weissenkirchen

Weissenkirchen

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
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
Gratuities for all meals, hotels etc. are included; tips for Great Explorations guide(s) are additional and at your discretion

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019

May 25-31 (guaranteed departure)
June 6-12
June 12-18
June 20-26
June 27-July 3
July 4-10
July 13-19
August 17-23
September 16-22 (guaranteed departure)
September 28-October 4 (waiting for 2 more people to guarantee this departure!)

2020

June 4-10
June 10-16
June 18-24
June 25-July 1
July 2-8
July 11-17
August 15-21
August 30-September 5
September 26-October 2

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 $2550
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $630

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.

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

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.


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 247 m or 34 km, gain 437 m or67 km, gain 422 m.*

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 D2: 31 up to 71 km, elevation gain up to 344 m.
Distance D3: 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

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.
Distance D5: 44 km, elevation gain 194 m or 64 km, gain 778 m.
Distance D6: 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.

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

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 Konvice, Cesky-Krumlov

This hotel is the highest-rated in CK, this charming family owned hotel is in a quiet location in the historical center of town. Frommers notes, "As you gaze at the river and the castle on the opposite bank, you'll wonder why anyone would choose to stay elsewhere."


Hotel Schachner, 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.


Hotel Raffelsburger, Weissenkirchen

Built in 1574, this property was renovated by the Anton family and now is a treasure of antiques. With just 15 rooms, it is intimate and boasts a location overlooking the Danube, and close to the quaint villages of Durnstein and others.



			

Trip Reviews

June 10, 2012

“We had the best holiday ever- loved every minute..”

September 10, 2012

“The trip was exceptional. An amazingly beautiful way to explore a foreign country”

September 22, 2012

“This bike trip was a special trip for us to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We really didn’t know what to expect as it was a first for us and it turned out to be the best trip we’ve ever taken! We love cycling and to be in this beautiful part of Europe and able to see things at “bike speed” was so special. We had so much fun and can’t wait to do another trip with Great Explorations!”

June 23, 2014

“We had an incredible trip from Prague to Vienna. The hotels and meals along the way were fantastic, and the riding was spectacular with different views and sights ever day. Our guide Veronika really made it all come together seamlessly – we couldn’t have asked for a better trip.”

September 15, 2014

“This trip was a life experience for me that I will never forget. Everything came together and was ideal; the Guides, the weather, the biking, food and drink, physical challenge, accommodations, camaraderie in our gang (10 friends) and the overall logistics. I would recommend it to anyone and I can’t wait until my next Great Explorations trip!”

September 28, 2014

“This may be the best trip I’ve been on. Easily one of top 3, so tough to answer simply: The bike as transportation was eye opening. So much fun moving at self propelled speed! The combination of athleticism and tourism was fantastic – a new and wonderful experience that we want more of. I thought the guides made the trip. It was such a easy relationship. They did so much in the background to make it all work. It’s as if they were just another couple in our group. Just perfect. Peddling along the Danube, on an adventure, with friends, with unbelievable vistas, views and weather was probably my most memorable moment. We also loved Prague. It’s exceeded our expectations in ways we didn’t even consider. What an interesting city! And Vienna, although a different vibe, was also truly enjoyable. It really was the perfect trip.”

June 17, 2016

“The types of roads/scenery we were biking on – a vast majority were very quiet, lovely roads with amazing views surrounding us- so wonderful!”

December 4, 2018

“Guides, hotels, food, riding, route knowledge, add-on’s…all exceeded expectations. In particular, Czech Republic was great riding experience. Overall, we enjoyed the adventure and opportunity to share with Robbin and 2 excellent guides.”

December 4, 2018

“By all means! The tour guides were amazing, always 1 step ahead in making sure all of our needs were met. Enjoyed cycling through 2 different countries, both unique and picturesque. Our group was really fun and the guides blended in well with our vibe”

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