Vienna – Valtice
Arrive by train from Vienna (or Prague) to Breclav, just on the Czech side of the Czech-Austrian border. Our contact person will meet you as you get off the train, and drive you 15 min. to your hotel. There your contact person will brief you on the tour, and hand over the bikes and information materials. Overnight in Valtice.
Valtice – Lednice – Mikulov (30 km / 19 miles)
You will start your biking trip in Lednice-Valtice area, formerly the main estate of the Liechtenstein family, a designed landscape (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you will ride on forest and field trails. Two magnificent chateaux grace the area, along with numerous ‘follies’, romantic structures set in a harmonious way into the surrounding landscape. A paved road with little traffic then leads you to Mikulov with its imposing castle, historic square, the tomb of the Dietrichstein family, and the old Jewish Quarter and Jewish cemetery, where the oldest tombstone dates back to 1605. Overnight in Mikulov
Day 3 – Mikulov – Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji (42 km / 26 miles)
Morning transfer by car from Mikulov to Znojmo. Then cycle through the Podyji National Park with its unspoiled nature, beautiful views of the deep, forested river valley and the last remnant of the Iron Curtain. Vranov chateau, perched high on a rock above the Dyje River is another highlight. Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji.
Day 4 – Vranov nad Dyji – Slavonice – Telc (46 km / 29 miles)
From Vranov skim the Austrian border to Slavonice, a forgotten Renaissance jewel with sgraffito houses. Then a short transfer by local train to the town of Telc, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved town center. Overnight in Telc.
Day 5 – Telc – Jindrichuv Hradec (42 km / 26 miles)
Today you will cycle through the Czech-Moravian Highlands, through fields and forests so lovingly evoked in the music of Gusatv Mahler, who grew up nearby. A unique stop on the way is the memorial in Kostelni Myslova to Jewish painter Frantisek Moritz Nagl, a local artist who died in Auschwitz along with his family. Finish the day in the old town of Jindrichuv Hradec, containing the third largest castle complex in the Czech Republic. Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.
Day 6 – Jindrichuv Hradec – Trebon (30 km / 19 miles)
Take in the historic town and castle of Jindrichuv Hradec, then start cycling through the mosaic of ponds, woods and meadows of the Bohemia Lake District to Trebon, a medieval town whose walls are still largely intact. Enter the historical center through a gate in the old fortifications and across a moat, part of a unique water regulation system dating back to the 16th century. Overnight in Trebon.
Day 7 – Trebon – Cesky Krumlov (63 km / 39 miles)
The last day of cycling leads through hilly terrain to the jewel of South Bohemia, the town of Cesky Krumlov (a UNESCO Heritage Site), situated on the banks of the meandering upper course of the Vltava River. Overnight in Cesky Krumlov
Day 8 – Cesky Krumlov – Prague
Enjoy the magic of Cesky Krumlov. The old town preserves a virtually intact and unparalleled ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque structures. Among the attractions are the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic and the oldest working Baroque theatre in Europe. Late afternoon transfer by bus from Cesky Krumlov to Prague.