Arrival day: Prague. We will arrange airport pick-up to coincide with
your flight and whisk you to the Hotel Josef, located in the historical
center. Take time to relax, and explore when ready using our City Guide
for Prague. Next day, we will arrange a local guide to meet you at the
hotel and take you for a 1/2 day of guided walking tour. Prague is
certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a great way
to begin your trip.
Tabor- You will start with a quick train trip to Tabor. We suggest the 9:05 train that arrives in Tabor at 10:55. Your bikes will be waiting at the hotel. You will have various 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. The Hotel Nautilus is a 4-star boutique hotel in the historical center.
Distance: 25 up to 68 km, elevation gain up to 859 m.*
Cesky-Krumlov - You have the option to 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, ridesouth to Lake Lipno in Sumava National Park returning along the Vltava River. Back in Cesky-Krumlov, we have included a walking tour with a local historian including a visit to the castle of Krumlov Hrad. There are terrific restaurants to choose between here- we'll share our favourites with you.
Distance D4: 30 up to 95 km, elevation gain 360 up to 959 m.*
Distance D5: 36 km, elevation gain 567 m or 42 km, gain 526 m.*
Maria Taferl - We will arrange a 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. You'll cross the Danube at Ybbs and at Marbach, climb up to Maria Taferl where your 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: 77 km, elevation gain 841 m up to 114 km, gain 1200 m.*
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.
Distance D7: 42 km, elevation gain 280 m or 62 km, gain 871 m.*
Distance D8: 20 km, elevation gain 91 m or 38 km, gain 428 m.*
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.
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