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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 in Western countries. It's best to travel in the Czech Republic with an open mind and a sense of humor. And know that your Backroads leaders are there to smooth out the edges and make you as comfortable as possible throughout.

Day 1 From the shores of beautiful Lake Lipno, bike to the World Heritage site of Ceský Krumlov, the best-preserved town in Bohemia, where the majority of buildings are designated cultural monuments In Český Krumlov, pedal past twisting lanes and red-tile roofs to behold views of ornate 13th-century Krumlov Hrad, the second-largest castle in the Czech Republic.

Day 2 Dive into Czech history with Helena, our local friend and historian Take a spin into the countryside for a panoramic view of rolling hills and traditional farmsteads   Perhaps gather at a local pub for a pint-sized taste of Czech culture.

Days 3-4 Discover two intriguing countries and cultures in one trip Welcome to Austria's famed Danube Valley, where you'll ride past lush orchards, terraced vineyards, forests and pretty pastel-colored villages Pedal along the rolling green hills of the famous Mostviertel (cider district) and perhaps stop for a taste Visit Melk, whose magnificent Baroque abbey is perched high on a rocky promontory After a dinner of regional specialties, enjoy a rousing performance of 19th-century folk dance.

Days 5-6 Soak up views of Austria's picture-perfect villages with onion-shaped church steeples   A bucolic biking route takes you through a string of sleepy villages to the 1,000-year-old town of Krems and its World Heritage site center  Visit a traditional Austrian heuriger (wine tavern) to sample house-made grape juice and wine  Say goodbye in vibrant Vienna, a captivating 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 Zlatý Andel (2 nights): Three buildings in the Gothic style compose this unique and central hotel, set on the town's main historic square.

Relax Resort Kothmühle (1 night): A charming family-owned country inn, set amid rolling green hills in the "cradle of Austria." (pool, spa, tennis)

Hotel Kirchenwirt (2 nights): Austrian hospitality and Danube views abound at this comfortable guest house.

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
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 12* 500 26 1000
2 8* 400 26 1200 39 1800 51 3000
13 300
Guided Walk (45 Minutes)
3 8* 300 28 1000 36 2200 49 2300
20* 600
4 17* 100 25* 100 32* 300 50 1000 67 1800
5 19* 200 25* 300 39 1500 54 3200
6 13 200

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

2014 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 Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

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