Many veteran Euro-travellers regard the city of Prague and the town of Cesky-Krumlov in the Czech Republic (also now known as Czechia) as Europe’s most beautiful urban centres. This cycling trip explores both and much more, and will take in the region’s great food, wine and the Bohemian countryside.
After touring the spectacular capital of Prague, you board a train to Tabor and begin your cycling adventure amid fantastic Renaissance architecture. Then continue to Cesky-Krumlov, the jewel of the Czech Republic and a UNESCO heritage site, and to Sumava National Park.
You then cross into Austria and follow the Danube River past wooden bridges, villages, abbeys, churches and castles, and head to Melk, Durnstein and Tulln—then end via train ride to Vienna, where you can explore another of Europe’s great cities.
Day 1: Ride the train to in Tabor for a bike fitting and cycling start before a night’s stay at Hotel Nautilus, a 4-star boutique hotel in the city’s historic centre.
Days 2-3: Cycle from Tabor to Cesky-Krumlov if you’re up to it (or opt for a transfer midway if you need), while spending a night in Cesky-Krumlov before riding south to Lake Lipno in Sumava National Park before riding back along the beautiful countryside.
Day 4: Transfer from Cesky-Krumlov to Enns, the oldest city in Austria, as a launching point to cycle along the exquisite countryside and small villages—once again with options for shorter or rides, depending on your preference.
Days 5-6: Bike eastward across the Danube past classical abbeys and castles to reach Melk Abbey, a magnificent Baroque building still used by Benedictine monks, before heading the next day to the high-perched Durnstein castle, a 13th-century Dominican monastery and prominent winery.
Day 7: End your visit in Vienna, one of Europe’s great capital cities.
Length/Departs: 7 days / June-September
Price: US$2,550 + bike rental
Difficulty: Moderate with challenges
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