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Czech Republic & Austria Family Breakaway Bike Tour
Czech Republic & Austria Family Breakaway Bike Tour

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.


Straight Talk
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 Standards

The 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 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 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.


Trip Highlights
  • 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
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Casual Inns

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 Ruze  (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 (2 nights): Enjoy superb views of the Danube at this former convent, surrounded by the remains of the medieval city wall. (pool)


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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 27 800 38 1100
2 15* 500 24* 700 40 1400
45 3000
3 13 300 26 1200 48 2500
51 3000
Èeský Krumlov Guided Walk (1 Hour)
4 18* 500 29* 600 36* 1500 46 3200
5 23* 200 41 400 47 1800
52 2700
6 14 200
Castle Ruins Hike (1.5 Miles)
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

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.


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!
Mark Selcon - Regional Manager, Czech Republic & Austria