After your arrival in Vienna, the Austrian capital combining modern architecture with the Habsburg empire traditions, make your way individually to Stockerau (40 min by train). Check in and enjoy the evening in this cosy town.
Guided tour: evening briefing with our guide who brings bikes and information materials.
Overnight in Stockerau.
Stockerau Mikulov (72 km / 45 miles)
Self-/semi-guided tour: morning briefing with our representative/guide who brings bikes and information materials.
The first cycling day follows the rolling countryside of Weinviertel (Austrian Wine District) past picturesque Galgenberg Hill encircled with wine cellars. Leave Austria for the Czech Republic arriving at Mikulov with its imposing castle, pilgrimage Holy Hill and the Jewish cemetery where the oldest tombstones date back to 1605.
Overnight in Mikulov.
Mikulov Znojmo Vranov nad Dyji (99 km / 62 miles)
Take a flat dedicated bike path along the Austrian border, then continue on a road through the medieval town of Znojmo to enter Podyji National Park. Pass the last Iron Curtain remnant to get beautiful views of the deep, forested river valley and ride down to the smallest Austrian town of Hardegg and back across the border. Finish the day descending to Vranov with a Baroque castle perched on a rock above the Dyje River.
Shorter cycling option (41 km / 26 miles), with a morning car transfer from Mikulov to Znojmo, is available.
Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji
Vranov nad Dyji Slavonice Telc (78 km / 48 miles)
From Vranov go up through rolling terrain to visit a Jewish cemetery in Safov, hidden off the beaten track. Then pass numerous pre-WWII bunkers on your way to Slavonice, a forgotten Renaissance jewel with sgraffito houses. From Slavonice ride to Telc, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved Renaissance and Baroque town center.
Shorter cycling option (48 km / 30 miles), with an afternoon train transfer from Slavonice to Telc (ticket included), is available.
Overnight in Telc.
Telc Jindrichuv Hradec (43 km / 27 miles)
Bike in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands through a mosaic of fields, forests, meadows and ponds nicknamed “Czech Canada“. A unique stop on the way is the memorial to a local Jewish painter Frantisek Moritz Nagl murdered in Auschwitz concentration camp. Finish the day in Jindrichuv Hradec, where you can see the world‘s largest mechanical nativity scene.
Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.
Jindrichuv Hradec Tabor (58 km / 36 miles)
Cycle through a tapestry of woods and ponds to Cervena Lhota, a beautiful little red chateau in the middle of a pond. Continue through the calm countryside and descend to the Luznice River at Sezimovo Usti, the birthplace of Edvard Benes, the “designer“ of Czechoslovakia and its second president. Finish your day in Tabor, a medieval town founded by the Hussites.
Overnight in Tabor.
Tabor Benesov (68 km / 42 miles)
Bike up and down the area called “Czech Siberia“ for its unspoiled environment. Enjoy the winding roads and horizons with rewarding vistas before descending to today's highlight, Konopiste Castle. Until 1914 it used to be the estate of Franz Ferdinand d’Este, the Austrian crown prince whose assassination in Sarajevo touched off the WWI. Then it is just a short ride to the town of Benesov.
Overnight in Benesov.
Benesov Pruhonice Prague (48 km / 30 miles)
The final part of this bicycle tour takes you via Tynec nad Sazavou, with a 1000 years old castle above the Sazava River, and Krhanice, the site of one of the largest European open air military museums, to Pruhonice, famous for its UNESCO enlisted park with a Romanesque church and a Renaissance chateau.
From Pruhonice you will be transferred by car to Prague, the Czech capital.