Prague – Prerov nad Labem – Kutna Hora (58 km / 36 miles)
After breakfast in the hotel meet our representative, who will give you a car transfer towards the Elbe River, introduce you to the program there and hand over the bikes and information materials.
Today‘s easy flat ride begins at the oldest Czech open-air museum in Prerov nad Labem. From there head for the Elbe, crossing the river at a highly decorative hydro plant, the jewel of Cubist architecture. Take in the spa town of Podebrady where Jiri of Podebrad, in 1458 elected the first Non-Catholic king in Europe, was born. In Kolin, a town with a monumental Gothic cathedral, you can also find the second oldest Jewish cemetery in the Czech Republic, founded in 1418. Arrive to Kutna Hora, a medieval silver mining town, included in UNESCO World Heritage not only for its two superb Gothic cathedrals.
Overnight in Kutna Hora.
Kutna Hora – Pardubice (64 km / 40 miles)
Another almost flat day with just one short hill will bring you via Caslav, a medieval town with a majestic synagogue, to a very special UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kladruby nad Labem, where the Baroque landscape has been artistically designed for training ceremonial carriage horses. Continue to Pardubice, a town known for its gingerbread. Refreshed with the local sweet specialty, you are invited to go around this bike-friendly place and explore its architectural treasures, ranging from Renaissance castle to Art Nouveau and Art deco sights.
Overnight in Pardubice.
Pardubice – Litomysl (59 km / 37 miles)
Leaving the Elbe plains pass a remarkable landmark – Kuneticka hora Hill with an imposing Gothic castle atop. Rural countryside backroads take you to Vysoke Myto, a small town with well-preserved medieval layout guarded by stone town walls and gates. Today's highlight, Litomysl, is the birthplace of Czech composer Bedrich Smetana. Its 16th century sgrafitto-decorated castle, a perfect example of Renaissance architecture protected by UNESCO, and the historical square with arcade houses call for a romantic stroll.
Overnight in Litomysl.
Litomysl – Moravska Trebova (37 km / 23 miles)
This short cycling day allows for more sightseeing around Litomysl before you start cycling through a rolling countryside. Leave Bohemia for Moravia you will crossing the continental divide between the North Sea and the Black Sea. Today’s destination Moravska Trebova, called “Moravian Athens“, might seem as just a small historical town with a large square, Baroque church and a pilgrimage hill, yet its palace is a showcase of Renaissance architecture, in 1492 being the first representative of this style north of the Alps.
Overnight in Moravska Trebova.
Moravska Trebova – Olomouc (68 km / 42 miles)
Enjoy a downhill ride following river valleys with just one climb to a fairy-tale like Bouzov Castle, which is definitely worth the effort. Continue descending to the Hana region plain with the Morava River meandering in its natural riverbed, the RAMSAR protected wetland. Down there you can stop in Mladec Caves, an essential archaeological site of Cro-Magnons, the earliest modern humans in Europe. Cross the Moravia’s oldest stone bridge in Litovel, surrounded by ponds and moats which earned the town the nickname “Venice of Hana“. Then go on to Olomouc, the former capital of Moravia, with the country’s second most representative historical center after Prague. Apart from its Gothic cathedral and castle founded in the 12th century, you can admire the UNESCO enlisted Trinity Column.
Overnight in Olomouc.
Olomouc – Moravsky Beroun – Opava (56 km / 35 miles)
The morning train from Olomouc will take you upstream along the winding Bystrice River valley and then over Jeseniky Hills. Begin today's ride at the town of Moravsky Beroun, heading for the Kruzberk dam. To go in the footsteps of Joy Adamson, the wildlife naturalist known for Elsa the lioness, you don’t have to travel to Africa. This is where she lived through her first adventures side by side with her great-grandfather, a visionar whose legacy can still be seen around the region. Later, when you reach a romantic castle in Hradec nad Moravici and spot its gate, you will know this is Silesia with its distinctive red-brick architecture. Afterwards it is a comfortable descent to Opava, once the cultural center of Austrian Silesia.
Overnight in Opava.
Opava – Silherovice – Oswiecim (34 km / 21 miles)
After sightseeing around Opava and possibly visiting the Silesian Museum, the oldest one in the country founded as early as 1814, start cycling alongside the Opava River. Charming Baroque churches and chateaux, birdwatching towers at the river meanders, all that brings peace to a land where the Prussians, Austrians, Germans, Russians, Polish and Czechs used to fight in the past centuries. The impressive line of massive pre-WWII fortifications is all what remained from that unrest. Arriving to Czech-Polish border at Silherovice Chateau you will get a car transfer to the Polish town of Oswiecim with WWII Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau nearby.
Overnight in Oswiecim.
Oswiecim – Babice – Krakow (25 km / 15 miles)
This day allows you to spend more time around Oswiecim. Then follow a flat bike path alongside the Vistula, Poland's largest river, to Babice, a site of an outdoor museum of traditional Polish architecture and crafts. From there you will get a car transfer to Krakow.
A longer cycling option (68
km / 42 miles) is available, following the Vistula River almost as far as Krakow, with just a short car transfer to the city center.
Overnight in Krakow.
Krakow, the second largest city in Poland, is dated back to the 990's and until 17th century used to be the country's capital. It remains the heart of Polish culture and its historical center is protected by UNESCO for many reasons: Wawel Castle, an imposing Renaissance royal palace, the Old Town's remarkable medieval houses, palaces and churches along the Royal Way, the iconic Sukkiennice Cloth Hall dominating the main Market Square or the Kazimierz Jewish quarter, where the shooting of Spielberg's movie Schindler's List took place. The World Heritage List also includes the nearby salt mine in Wieliczka, one of the world's oldest salt mine which includes vast chambers ornately carved out of rock salt.