Prague and Bohemia Cycling Holiday

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided or Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely to Moderate
  • Duration/s

    8 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Prague / Prague
  • Distance

    180 miles/290 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeRivers and Lakes
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    005-101CCZ
Price From £815

Overview

This Czech Republic cycling holiday showcases the heart of scenic Bohemia. Starting from the beautiful, historic town of Cesky Krumlov, the route follows the meandering Vltava River  on its journey north, past medieval villages, idyllic forests and rolling countryside, to the towers and spires of the Czech capital, Prague.

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This is a journey through some of the country’s finest landscape, with great overnight stops where you’ll get to know the real Czech Republic. Enjoy hearty local food and the famous original Budweiser beer at source. Brooding Gothic castles overlook the winding streets of old riverside towns and centuries old stone bridges span the banks of the Vltava. On the way there are many highlights, including Hluboka Castle, the medieval town of Pisek, Orlik Castle and the village of Karlstejn.

Prague

Prague

Of course we shouldn’t forget Prague itself, where you’ll spend a night at either end of the trip. The Czech Capital is surely one of Europe’s most beautiful and interesting cities and the perfect size to explore on foot.

The cycling route is a mixture of flat riverside sections, forest trails and low rolling hills. You’ll be covering around 169 miles during the trip, so while the cycle tour isn’t overly challenging you’ll need a moderate level of fitness to make the most of it. There are several totally car-free sections along with the remainder on quiet country lanes.

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Arrive Prague

Prague - Czech R

Prague

On arrival in Prague make your way to your first hotel. After check-in the rest of the day is yours to explore. Don’t miss the atmospheric old town with its famous town square and astronomical clock, and make sure you stroll over elegant Charles Bridge to Mala Strana and the castle district.

Day 2: Prague – Cesky Krumlov, road transfer

Cesky Krumlov - Czech R

Cesky Krumlov – Czech R

Today you’ll be picked up from your hotel after breakfast and transferred south to Cesky Krumlov, one of the Czech Republic’s most picturesque medieval towns in the heart of South Bohemia. Once there you’ll have time to look around this ancient riverside settlement or take to your bikes and explore the surrounding area.

Day 3: Cesky Krumlov – Hluboka nad Vltavou, 25 to 36 miles/42 to 57 kms

Ceske Budejovice - Czech R

Ceske Budejovice

After breakfast your cycling adventure begins. The route leads you out of Cesky Krumlov and along the scenic Vltava river valley. Stop at Zlata Koruna – the golden crown monastery – then later at Ceske Budejovice for a spot of lunch, and maybe a glass of the original Budweiser beer which is brewed here. Afterwards you continue through pleasant countryside to Hluboka nad Vlatavou. You’ll spend the night in this elegant riverside town with its grand fairytale castle.

Day 4: Hluboka nad Vltavou – Pisek, 32 miles/53 kms

Pisek - Czech Republic

Pisek

Today’s ride takes you further north on an idyllic, forest cycle path beside the winding river. After a while you’ll notice the river getting wider. This is due to the dam that you’ll pass just before the town of Tyn. After passing through Tyn you leave the river and cycle  through rural countryside to the handsome town of Pisek which sits on the banks of the Otava River. The town straddles both sides of the river and a beautiful, medieval stone bridge connects the two. The cobbled streets of this lovely town are a joy to explore on foot.

Day 5: Pisek – Pribram, 35 to 43 miles/58 to 72 kms

Orlik Castle

Orlik Castle

Today is the longest ride of the week, as you pedal through picturesque villages and beautiful countryside to Pribam, a town with a centuries old mining tradition. There’s lots to see today, including beautiful Orlik Castle, that sits on a bluff looking out across the Vltava River. The river is more like a lake here due to the huge dam that blocks its path further downstream. Nearby you can also marvel at the impressive single-span bridge that spans the river. You’ll spend the night in Pribram, an important mining centre since the Middle Ages. More recently the town became known for a rather more chilling reason. During the Communist regime political prisoners were forced to work at the Pribram uranium mines. The mining museum is well worth a visit. The town also offers a swimming pool and aqua park.

Day 6: Pribam – Zebrak, 22 miles/35 kms

Sveta Hora

Sveta Hora

In the morning you’ll have the chance to visit Svata Hora – the monastery of the Holy Mountain – a well-known local pilgrimage spot. Back on the bikes it’s a lovely ride through the picturesque forested region of the Brdy hills. Although you are in a very rural region you can’t help noticing that you are cycling on 9 meter wide paved roads. These arteries are leftover from a time when the area was used exclusively by the military. Your destination tonight is the quaint little town of Zebrak.

Day 7: Zebrak – Karlstejn, 25 to 30 miles/40 to 49 kms

Karlstejn Castle - Czech R

Karlstejn Castle

Leaving Zebrak it won’t be long before you come to the brooding hilltop ruins of Tocnik Castle. From there it’s a pleasant ride through rolling hills to Beroun in the heart of limestone karst country, where you’ll see some impressive rocky valleys and caves. Then you’ll follow the valley path beside the Berounka River to Karlstejn, whose Gothic castle is perched on a rocky outcrop above the village. You’ll spend the night in this pretty little village in the forest.

Day 8: Karlstejn – Prague, 28 miles/45 kms

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Prague

For your final day on the bikes you’ll be taking a flat, easy route along first the River Berounka then the Vltava all the way to the Prague. You’ll be staying in a central hotel so there’ll be plenty of time to further explore the numerous sights of the Czech capital. Needless to say, there is a dizzying choice of bars and restaurants in which to celebrate completing your  Bohemian Cycling Holiday.

Day 9: Prague

After breakfast it’s time to check out and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
Self-guided:Arrivals daily from 01 April - 31 October
Guided:23 June & 11 August

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2019 Prices

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005-101CCZ
Per person
01 Apr
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31 Oct
Self Guided
Comfort Category
Double/twin £815                    
Single £1023                    
Superior Category
Double/twin £1014                    
Single £1309                    
Guided
Comfort Category
Double/twin £1087                    
Single £1295                    
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

8 nights accommodation. See practical information
Self-guided: 8 x Breakfast
Guided: 8 x Breakfast & 6 x Dinner (excluding nights in Prague)
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Transfer to Cesky Krumlov on day 2
GPS route data, self-guided tours only
Local assistance
GUIDED tour also includes:
Tour guide
Welcome briefing
Support minibus

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Entrance fees to castles, chateaux or museums
Dinner on last night

Supplements

Extra night Prague, double/twin, comfort (£52)
Extra night Prague, single, comfort (£82)
Extra night Prague, double/twin, superior (£79)
Extra night Prague, single, superior (£116)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£82)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£167)

Practical Information

Bikes

Sample of male bike used on this trip

Sample of male bike used on this trip

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, Fox treking models with 27 speeds.

The bikes also come equipped with a rear pannier, handlebar bag, lock, water bottle holder, a water bottle and a repair kit per room.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, rental helmets can be provided on arrival. These must be pre-booked at the time of booking the trip.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels, inns and guest houses.

Prague: Hotel Mucha
Cesky Krumlov: Pension Gardena
Hluboka nad Vltavou: Pension Kapr
Pisek: Hotel U Kapličky
Pribram: Penzion Time Cafe
Zebrak: Hotel Zebrak
Karlstejn: Hotel Koruna
Prague: Hotel Mucha

Superior: Good quality hotels, inns and guesthouses.

Prague: Bishops House
Cesky Krumlov: Hotel Gold
Hluboka nad Vltavou: Stekl Hotel
Pisek: Hotel Biograf
Pribram: Penzion Time Cafe
Zbiroh:  Chateau Zbiroh
Karlstejn:  Hotel Koruna
Prague: Bishops House

Local taxes

Some hotels in some countries have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.

Getting There

Fly to Prague and then take a taxi into the city to your hotel.
Research flights from the UK here

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