Prague. It's captivating. It's a trove of sumptuous architecture. And it's only the start of your family's 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. Last stop: romantic Vienna. There's so much to discover in the Czech Republic and Austria. Explore with us.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Service StandardsThe Czech Republic is a welcoming and fascinating country in the process of exciting change. While not a priority during the country's communist years, service is improving, though you may not always experience the level of convenience or service typically found on Backroads trips. Know that your Backroads leaders are there to smooth out the edges and make you as comfortable as possible.
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 Holaovice, 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 Gather at a local pub for a pint-sized taste of Czech culture.
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 Say goodbye in vibrant Vienna, an enchanting place to extend your vacation.
- 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
Hotel Nautilus (1 night): Set on medieval Tábor's main square, this hotel features guest rooms decorated with original artwork, antique furniture and ancient fossils. (spa)
Hotel Zlatý Andel (2 nights): Three buildings in the Gothic style compose this unique and central hotel, set on the town's main historic square.
Romantik Hotel Richard Löwenherz (2 nights): Enjoy superb views of the Danube at this former convent, surrounded by the remains of the medieval city wall. (pool)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Èeský Krumlov Guided Walk (1 Hour)|
|Castle Ruins Hike (1.5 Miles)|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $3,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,198 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
Guest Trip Reviews
With their rich culture, history and untrammeled beauty, it's no surprise that the Czech Republic and Austria are considered world-class destinations for bike touring. On this Breakaway adventure, you'll pedal the gentle contours of the Bohemian landscape and encounter magical places like Cesky Krumlov, with its medieval castle and cobblestone streets. Then bike along the Danube, through Wachau Valley vineyards and gaze at one of the world's most stunning monasteries. Ready for new discoveries in the Old World? Join us!- Regional Manager, Czech Republic & Austria