Has the 21st century gone missing? Look around. It seems as if time has stopped among half-timbered villages almost too quaint to be real. Amid storybook countryside and alongside a mighty river. Explore Austria's splendid Wachau Valley and an undiscovered corner of the Czech Republic. We hope it stays this way forever.
1-2 From captivating Prague, pedal through a nature reserve aptly dubbed Bohemian Paradise | Ride flat roads through sleepy villages and admire the remains of a 14th-century castle | Delight in Czech beer at a private tasting with the brewmaster | Dine at a roubenka (traditional cottage) run by the sister-in-law of former Czech President Vaclav Havel.
3 Bike past majestic castles and historic towns | Forests, lakes and rivers line the road to the World Heritage site of Telč, a storybook village of houses with lovely sgraffito façades | Meet locals who share stories about life near the iron curtain in the communist era | Learn about World War II history as we cross into Austria en route to Dürnstein | Relax on the terrace at our hotel, a beautiful 17th-century castle overlooking the Danube.
4-5 A ride on the famous Donauradweg (Danube bike path) offers views of orchards, villages and churches perched on hillsides above the magnificent Danube River | Behold Melk Abbey, towering high on a bluff | Join a wine expert at Nikolaihof, Austria's oldest wine estate, for a private tour and tasting of acclaimed rieslings | Savor an exquisite dinner at Landhaus Bacher, one of the country's top culinary spots | Enjoy one last ride along the Danube to Spitz.