Vienna - Stockerau
Arrive to Vienna, the Austrian capital where old traditions of the Habsburg monarchy meet the modern way of life. There are many sights to see, just to name some – the impressive Gothic cathedral of St. Stephen, the famous Hundertwasser House from 1985 or the vast Prater Park with a giant ferris wheel, the symbol of Vienna.
Having seen the city, make your way individually to Stockerau (40 min by train). Check in and enjoy the evening in this cosy town.
Overnight in Stockerau.
Stockerau - Mikulov (72 km / 45 miles)
After breakfast meet our representative who will introduce you to the tour and
give you bicycles and all information materials.
The first cycling day follows the rolling countryside of Weinviertel (Austrian Wine District) streched as far as the Czech border. Passing wine cellars spread around the picturesque Galgenberg Hill, the Iron Curtain Trail takes you from Austria to the Czech Republic. Here you can experience easy crossing of the border, something hard to imagine a few decades ago. Arrive at Mikulov with its imposing castle, the nearby distinctive 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)
Leave Mikulov on the former Iron Curtain patrol road turned into a comfortable bike path. On your way to the Gothic town of Znojmo spot a 1000-year-old Romanesque rotunda, then head for Podyji National Park. Ride down to the forested river valley to the smallest Austrian town of Hardegg, climbing back you can touch the last preserved Iron Curtain barbed wire section. Finish the day descending to Vranov with a Baroque castle perched high on a rock above the Dyje River.
Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji
Vranov nad Dyji – Slavonice – Telc (78 km / 48 miles)
From Vranov go up to a forgotten, yet large Jewish cemetery in Safov, and then down to the Dyje River valley again. Pass countless pre-WWII bunkers making your way through rolling terrain to the town of Slavonice, a hidden Renaissance gem with sgraffito houses. Leave Slavonice for Telc listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved Renaissance and Baroque town center with a fairy-tale like square
Overnight in Telc.
Telc – Jindrichuv Hradec – Trebon (80 km / 50 miles)
Bike in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands through a mosaic of fields, forests, meadows and ponds nicknamed “Czech Canada“. From Jindrichuv Hradec, where you can see the world's largest mechanical nativity scene, take a relaxing ride to the Bohemia Lake District. End up in the medieval town of Trebon famous for its brewery established in 1379, a unique water regulation system interconnecting large fishponds full of carps – the traditional Czech fish, or a family tomb of once mighty Schwarzenberg noble family.
Overnight in Trebon.
Trebon – Cesky Krumlov (63 km / 39 miles)
Today's cycling route starts in the flat Trebon basin, the RAMSAR prorected wetland, and gradually becomes hillier as you approach Cesky Krumlov. Before the final climb you will cross the Vltava River at the Gothic monastery in Zlata Koruna. Then descend to the river again, underpassing the country's second largest castle in Cesky Krumlov, a town enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its virtually intact ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque structures including the oldest working Baroque theatre in Europe.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
Cesky Krumlov – Hluboka nad Vltavou – Tabor (113 km / 70 miles)
From Cesky Krumlov start riding to Ceske Budejovice, home of the real Budweiser beer for the past 750 years. Continue along the Vltava to Hluboka nad Vltavou with one of the most beautiful chateaux in Bohemia, built in Tudor Gothic style. Follow the romantic river valley to the ruins of Charles IV private castle, then ride the rolling countryside to the only chain bridge preserved in the country. End up in Tabor, a medieval Hussite town.
Shorter cycling option (73 km / 45 miles), with a local train transfer from Bechyne to Tabor, is available.
Overnight in Tabor.
Tabor – Konopiste – Prague (65 km / 40 miles)
Bike up and down the area nicknamed “Czech Siberia“ for its unspoiled environment. Enjoy the winding roads and horizons with rewarding vistas before arriving to today's highlight - Konopiste Castle, until 1914 the estate of Franz Ferdinand d’Este, the Habsburg crown prince whose assassination in Sarajevo touched off the World War I.
From Konopiste you will be transferred by car to Prague, the Czech capital.