Czech Republic & Austria Biking
- Discover two intriguing countries and cultures in one trip
- Český Krumlov, charming 13th-century town with twisting lanes and red-tile roofs
- Enjoy an informal Q&A session with a Czech historian
- Bike along the fabled Danube River and through Wachau Valley vineyards
- Austria's picture-perfect villages with onion-shaped church steeples
From Prague to Vienna Along the Danube
Prague. It's captivating. It's a trove of sumptuous architecture. And it's only the start of your trip. Trace the gentle contours of the Bohemian landscape on two wheels. Absorb firsthand accounts of the Communist era. And delve into enchanting cities including Tábor and Český Krumlov, a fairy-tale town with a medieval castle looming overhead and a warren of cobblestone streets. Roam through Austria's Wachau Valley wine region and stop in at a heuriger. Even find the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. There's so much to discover in the Czech Republic and Austria. Explore with us.
Day 1 Explore Tábor, a 15th-century enclave sitting atop a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside Stroll the cobbled streets of its lovely Old Town, lined with colorful homes, open-air cafés and artisan vendors A clever maze of tunnels lies below the streets, which in times of danger were used to shelter its citizens.
Days 2-3 Český Krumlov, a charming 13th-century town with twisting lanes and red-tile roofs where most of the buildings are designated cultural monuments Pedal across the hills of Bohemia, through tranquil farmland and Holašovice, an impeccably preserved World Heritage-site village In Český Krumlov, behold views of ornate 13th-century Krumlov Hrad, the second-largest castle in the Czech Republic Dive into Czech history with Helena, our local friend and historian.
Days 4-5 Discover two intriguing countries and cultures in one trip Czech treasures make way for Austria's beautiful Waldviertel, draped in forests and rolling fields of barley and wheat - a great place to pedal Bike along the fabled Danube River and through Wachau Valley vineyards Visit Melk, whose magnificent Baroque abbey is perched high on a rocky promontory A local oenologist invites us over for a private estate tour and tasting of famous rieslings and grüner veltliners.
Day 6 Austria's picture-perfect villages with onion-shaped church steeples Soak up the views from the Dürnstein's castle ruins, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
I really can't say enough positive things about the trip and the two leaders. Simply put, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I don't know one person who can claim to have experienced a new culture on such a wide and intimate scale. Add the great people on the trip, the food, my birthday gift and the 800 some odd pictures I took...well, I'm already looking at my next adventure with Backroads. Outstanding!- Annapolis, MD
This was a tremendous experience. The leaders were outstanding, the van/bike support excellent, the destinations and accomodations terrific. I felt safe knowing that someone had my back. Also, it was a great blend of fitness and leisure, while also fulfilling my need for learning about new cultures. Overall, this will go down as one of my most memorable vacation experiences. Thank you!- New York, NY
Tábor, Czech Republic (1 night) Set on medieval Tábor's main square, this hotel features guest rooms decorated with original artwork, antique furniture and ancient fossils. (spa)
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic (2 nights) A former Jesuit monastery from the 16th century, with a perfect location in the town's center. (pool, spa)
Romantik Hotel Richard Löwenherz
Dürnstein, Austria (2 nights) Enjoy superb views of the Danube at this former convent, surrounded by the remains of the medieval city wall. (pool)
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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|Castle ruins walk (1.5 miles)|
There is less than 5% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility.
* Includes a shuttle