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 or challenge yourself with a hilly jaunt up to the remains of a 14th-century castle Take in the scenery as you cycle along—evergreen woodland, undulating pastures and peaceful hamlets 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 Meet locals who share stories about life near the iron curtain and the communist era Deep forests, lakes and rivers line the road to the World Heritage site of Telč, a storybook village beloved for its houses with lovely sgraffito façades Willkommen in Österreich! 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 addresses Enjoy one last ride along the Danube to Spitz.