The Prague-Passau road has always been one of the major communication arteries between the Czech Kingdom and the German empire. On this bike tour we will visit antique UNESCO towns of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, the stronghold and cradle of Czech reformation Tabor, as well as fairytale-like castles of Konopiste, Rozmberk and Hluboka nad Vltavou. In the center of the Czech brewing industry, in České Budejovice, you can taste it´s famous product – the Budweiser Budvar (not Budweiser Missouri!). Our next stop will be the perfectly preserved renaissance town of Cesky Krumlov, with more than 300 historical buildings. We will cross the former iron curtain through deep woods of Sumava – the largest national park in the Czech Republic. We will end our journey in Passau, an ancient bishops town located on the banks of the Danube River.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Individual arrival in Prague.
Enjoy a stroll through the historical Old Town.
Day 2: Guided tour of Prague by bike, 5 hours – approx. 25km
At 10am, meet your guide at the hotel for tour information and rental bike fitting.
Prague has many attributes – Golden Prague, City of hundred towers, The Mother of towns, The Heart of Europe and many more. Thanks to a huge concentration of historical highlights and unique Genius Loci Prague is one the most visited cities in Europe. The history of this city is more than 1000 years, so no wonder it is since 1992 part of the UNESCO heritage list.
Lets go for a city trip visiting not only all those musts but a lot of hidden corners, places only known to locals, fantastic views the Lonely Planet doesn´t know about. As a Prague based company we have an advantage of perfect knowledge of the place which allowed us to create a unique bike tour. During just a half day you will see places that normally requires 2-3 days of walking tour!
For those who are here for the first time it is the best introduction of Prague and almost a must to do as in the morning you visit most important places by bike so that in the afternoon you have time enough to visit museums, cafés, or beer gardens by foot!
For those who come to Prague regularly, we can promise to show places they have never seen before, or just missed. Plus the view from your bike saddle – always a unique one!
In case you are deeply interested in some particular stuff (Jewish culture, parks, Art Noveau…) do not hesitate to tell us – we will tailor-make the tour just for you!
Description of the day: Our first biking day starts easily and relaxed, along the Vltava river upstream on nice bike trails. After 20 km on flat ground we leave the river and climb over to the romantic Posázaví highlands. For every climb you will be rewarded with nice views of the surrounding country side. At Zbořený Kostelec you can take short hike to a local castle ruin. From here we will continue to nearby Týnec nad Sázavou with it’s romantic gothic stronghold and Romanesque rotund. We will end today’s bike stage by visiting the Konopiste Castle, the summer palace of Archduke Franz Ferdinand D´Este. The assassination of this would-be-king in Sarajevo in 1914 caused World War I.
Description of the day: The second day offers us gentle biking along small side roads and byways through nice and peacefull part of Central Bohemia. The part we bike through today is sometimes called Czech Meran for all the little ups and downs or Czech Siberia for rather chillier climate in the valleys. It offers a lot of fantastic views and descends with the same ammount of climbs on the other hand. After we pass through all this cycling heaven we will end up in Tábor. This mighty fortress served as the headquarters of the Czech reformation in 15th century during the Hussite wars. Never conquered it offers a lot to see and a great evening after a demanding ride!
Description of the day: We will enter the South Bohemian region today. It is well known for its hospitality, fish farming and architectural style called the folk Baroque. The stage will lead us through picturesque villages of this region and we will visit the village of Zaluzi with a well-preserved open-air museum of folk architecture. In the Borkovicka Marshland, besides admiring this natural wonder, you will learn more about peat mining. In Dolni Bukovsko, we will stop by an early Gothic church of the Birth of Virgin Mary with precious Gothic mural paintings. The highlight of today’s stage is the visit of neo-Gothic castle in post-Tudor style in Hluboka nad Vltavou. This fairytale-like building can be easily identified by its numerous big and small towers with in noticeable yellow color. The castle is beautiful not only from the outside, but the inside hides treasured items from the Schwarzenberg collection, which are carefully arranged in 141 rooms of the castle.
Description of the day: Just after breakfast, we will go up the stream of the Vltava River to the South Bohemian metropolis – Ceske Budejovice. Besides the well maintained main square with a Baroque fountain and the Black Tower, this town is famous worldwide for production of the Budweiser Budvar beer. Only one sip of this golden drink gives you a proof that beer making in Bohemia with its several hundred-year old traditions is the true national treasure. Further we will visit the old monastery of Zlata Koruna (Golden Crown), which has its origins in the 13th century when it became an important center of education and ruling power of its time. At the end of the day, we will enter the town sometimes called the “Pearl of Renaissance” – Cesky Krumlov. We will admire a complex of more than 300 historical buildings surrounding a Renaissance castle, which used to be the residence of the most significant aristocratic families in the times of the Bohemian Kingdom. After Prague, Cesky Krumlov is the most popular tourist destination in the Czech Republic. Visiting this town will definitely be the highlight of this entire bike tour from Czech Republic to Passau.
Description of the day: In the morning we will take a transfer to the Šumava NP area. The train/car will take us to Nová pec right on the banks of the Lipno lake. From here we will bike along the river upstream through deep woods, peat bogs and meadows of Šumava national park. Near Stožec we will cross former iron curtain to enter Germany. From here the trail joins a dismantled railway – nowadays perfect cycle trail which will take us gently through the hilly area nearly to Waldkirchen. From here it goes gently up and down through the bavarian rural area with perfect net of small side roads and bike trails till we reach our destination – Passau right on the banks of the mighty Danube river.
Unfortunately, today is the last day of your Vltava cycle tour. Thank you and have a safe trip home!
RATING: Moderate to Demanding
Although the tour is demanding in some stretches, you will be amply rewarded by a beautiful and changing landscape. Some steeper and longer rises are ideal for admiring the landscape while pushing the bike. You will be cycling mostly on quiet rural roads as well as service roads, bike paths and forest tracks. A tour for the experienced cyclist, or the perfect tour to consider and E-bike!
The nearest international airports are Prague and Munich. There are regular buses and trains into the city centre of each.
SUPERIOR GUIDED TOUR SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates 2020: June 21 Jul. 26
|Price per person||CAD||$2095|
|Optional Electric bike||$150|
This tour includes:
INDEPENDENT TOUR: SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates: Every day from May to late October
|Price per person, double occ.||
|Upgrade to superior 3 and 4 star hotels||$400|
|Optional electric bike||$150|
This tour includes:
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