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Czech Republic & Austria Bike Tour

From Prague to Vienna along the Danube

  • 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 our Czech guide
  • Bike along the fabled Danube River and through Wachau Valley vineyards
  • Austria's picture-perfect villages with onion-shaped church steeples

Captivating Prague. It's only the start of your trip. Bike Bohemia's gentle contours, discovering enchanting Tábor and Český Krumlov. Explore Austria's Wachau Valley wine region. Even find Richard the Lionheart's castle. Last stop: romantic Vienna. There's so much to experience in the Czech Republic and Austria.

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Itinerary

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 Cycle across the hills of Bohemia, through tranquil farmland and Holašovice, an impeccably preserved World Heritage-site village Fall in love with Český Krumlov, a charming medieval town with twisting lanes and red-tile roofs where most of the buildings are designated cultural monuments Behold views of ornate 13th-century Krumlov Castle,  the second-largest in the Czech Republic Dive into the country's fascinating history with Helena, our local guide and longtime friend 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 ride 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.  

Our two guides, Ally and Javier, were outstanding. What amazing people they are! The two of them could make any trip fantastic. I *loved* the GPS. I have been on 5 bike tours with 3 different outfits, and I will never go on a bike tour again without a GPS.
LM - MA

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. Read the Straight Talk

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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.

Shuttles

To bring you to our favorite parts of the Czech Republic and Austria, we make liberal use of shuttles on this trip. So although you'll see the inside of the Backroads van for an hour or so on most days, consider it an opportunity to view some spectacular scenery while resting your legs in preparation for your next ride.
$3,198 - $3,598
pp dbl. occ.
(+$620 to $1,110 for sgl. occ.)

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Prague, Czech Republic/Vienna, Austria

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All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 3 lunches included

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Casual Inns

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Hotel Nautilis

Hotel Nautilus

Tábor (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

Hotel Ruze

Český Krumlov (2 nights)

A former Jesuit monastery from the 16th century, with a perfect location in the town's center. (pool, spa)

Romantik Hotel Richard Lowenherz

Romantik Hotel Richard Löwenherz

Dürnstein (2 nights)

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

Guest Reviews

There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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Fantastic guides! And I loved the GPS.

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from MA

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Comments about Czech Republic & Austria Bike Tour:

Our two guides, Ally and Javier, were outstanding. What amazing people they are! The two of them could make any trip fantastic. I *loved* the GPS. I have been on 5 bike tours with 3 different outfits, and I will never go on a bike tour again without a GPS.

 
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Great Trip.....

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from Madison, AL

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Great Trip, Great Leaders, Great Travel Companions, Great Bike Routes, and Great Czech Beer!!! This was our first Backroad's Trip and we are looking forward to many more.

 
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The only way to do bicycle vacations

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from Boston, MA

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Outstanding in every way. Could not ask for more. Can see why people are such fans of BR.

 
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2 trips in one!

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from Pernes les fontaines, France

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This was so great to discover 2 countries with thier own culture, lifestyles, food.
I love Czech beer!
Thanks to our leaders for being so helpful and allowing us to enjoy our vacation time in such a pleasant manner.

 
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A fantastic trip from end to end

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from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

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Not only did the tour take us through some marvellous sites and activities, but the thoroughness of the planning and support from the Backroads staff made for a wonderful experience from start to finish.

 
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A spectacular way to see the Czech Republic and Austria!

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from Boston

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Accommodations were clean and comfortable- as always the leaders were wonderful and made you feel welcome and special- the route was absolutely beautiful, and like all their trips you could pick a very challenging route or take it easy and allow a little more time for sightseeing

 
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The letdown of high expectations? Not a chance- Great Trip

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from Nashville, TN

Comments about Czech Republic & Austria Bike Tour:

The choices for the rides were available and satisfying for all levels and there was a variety of experiences and sites through each day. The lodging and food were varied, unexpected and interesting. The leaders were very engaging. They had great knowledge and went the extra yard to set up memorable experiences that would have been difficult to arrange without them. For example, in Czesky Krumlov, the tours were closed for of one of the worlds few baroque theaters and the leaders were able to arrange a special tour.

 
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Amazing Trip!

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This was simply an amazing trip. The scenery was wonderful, the leaders were extraordinary and the food delightful--- what more could you possibly want in a vacation.

 
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Excellent as always

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Great riding and leaders. I would say exceeded expectations except Backroads trips are always excellent.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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.

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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* 900 40 1600 45 2800
3 13 300 26 1500 48 2500
51 3000
Cesky 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)
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Czech Republic and Austria

A Taste of Life Underground

Following a flight of stone steps down into an arched corridor, you’re met in a courtyard and ushered into Restaurace Mázhaus – a restaurant near Cesky Krumlov castle that was a retreat for free-thinkers in the Communist era and remains a well-kept secret. As you enjoy a hearty meal cooked over an open fire, musicians play gypsy and Czech tunes, some tinged with strains of country-and-western that once had a poignant appeal for people dreaming of freedom.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Czech Republic and Austria trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Czech Republic and Austria, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Navigate Your Way in Czech Republic and Austria

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Czech Republic and Austria. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Czech Republic and Austria you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Czech Republic and Austria live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Czech Republic and Austria—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Czech Republic and Austria trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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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 the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,598 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,398 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ

Click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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