Your trip begins by arriving at any time today in Vienna, Austria. Transfer on your own to our hotel for the evening. Meals on your own.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel on your own schedule, then meet with your guides at 9am in the hotel lobby, dressed in your cycling clothes, packed and ready to depart. Following introductions and a briefing, we transfer to the spectacular Austrian countryside to begin cycling. Our route takes us towards the border of the Czech Republic and into Moravia along quiet country roads. We overnight at a 13th century mansion formerly occupied by the Knights Templar, or we may stay near Lednice/Valtice on a former Lichtenstein estate, now part of the UNESCO World Heritage status. All meals included.
Van transfer: ~1 hour; Cycling: 25 miles; Hours in the saddle 2.5: Terrain: rolling hills. Optional cycling add 15 miles; hours in the saddle: 1.5.
We transfer to Vranov nad Dyje, a small market town on the Dyje River that lies in the shadow of an impressive 12th century castle. We begin cycling in the Dyje Valley and continue to the picturesque Bohemian villages of Slavonice, Dacice and Telc. Surrounded by Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque buildings, the charming UNESCO town of Telc is our home for tonight. All meals included.
Van transfer: 1.5 hours; Cycling: 25 miles: Hours in the saddle: 2.5; Terrain: rolling hills. Optional cycling add 15 miles; hours in the saddle: 1.5
We take time to visit the Telc Castle, then transfer to the town of Strmilov where we begin cycling to the fortified 13th century town of Jindrichuv Hradec. Our ride continues to the walled city of Trebon, a lovely town with an exceptionally well preserved historical core. Enjoy local beer, fresh fish and overnight in a quaint hotel located on the town square. All meals included.
Van transfer: 45 minutes; Cycling: 30-38 miles; Hours in the saddle: 3.5; Terrain: Flat and rolling hills. Optional walking towards Rozmberk Lake add 5 miles; Terrain: Hard-packed dirt road.
A full day of relaxed cycling through the pastoral Bohemian landscape surrounding Trebon is on today's agenda. We cycle past ponds filled with fish, forests of old gnarled trees and along winding roads with little traffic. We take time from our bikes to visit the elaborate neo-gothic Schwarzenberg tomb; the chapel of the crypt is occasionally used for classical music concerts. Following our ride you have the option of partaking in a peat bath in one of Trebon's renowned "spas". We overnight in Trebon. Breakfast and lunch included; dinner on your own.
Cycling: 40 miles; Hours in the saddle: 3; Terrain: mostly flat.
We ride our bikes to the UNESCO town of Cesky Krumlov. Not enough can be said for the magical quality of this ancient town; archaeological findings indicate a settlement existed here as early as 1,500 BC. The second largest chateau in the Czech Republic, the Castle and Chateau Cesky Krumlov is strategically located between the Vltava and Polecnice rivers. We'll explore parts of the complex's forty buildings and palaces, which is perched above the refined Renaissance and Baroque architecture of the town. This afternoon, your time is free to discover the picturesque narrow lanes and traditional shops of the Old Town. Breakfast and lunch included; dinner on your own.
Cycling: 32 miles; Hours in the saddle: 3.5; Terrain: Rolling hills.
We transfer by van to the village of Cerna v Posumavi, where we hop on our bikes for fabulous day of riding. Our route takes us to Lipno Lake and includes a downhill ride into the village of Vyssi Brod. We visit a 13th century monastery and world-famous 17th century library. The river Vltava (Moldau) becomes our guide as we head back to spend another night in Cesky Krumlov. There are many options for the afternoon including a tour of the Krumlov Castle, rafting the Vltava as it winds through town, shopping and more. All meals included.
Van transfer: 40 minutes; Cycling: 27 miles; Hours in the saddle: 3; Terrain: flat to rolling hills.
Riding from Srnin for our final leg of the journey, we cycle to the UNESCO heritage village of Holasovice. The Baroque farms with gables that look like lacework are masterpieces. A celebratory lunch at Zoo Hluboka provides a fun end to our cycling. We transfer to our hotel in Prague and say our good-byes to the guides, as the trip ends this afternoon. Breakfast and lunch included; dinner on your own.
Van transfer: ~2.5 hours; Cycling: 23 miles; Hours in the saddle: 2.5: Terrain: rolling hills to begin, mostly flat at end.
Enjoy breakfast this morning at our hotel before departing to the airport on your own. Breakfast included.