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The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria

The heart of Central Europe is revealed on an itinerary that touches three distinct countries as we bike through scenic landscapes from Sumava National Park to the banks of the Danube. We’ll also discover the rich history of Cesky Krumlov—a UNESCO World Heritage site—Prague and Passau.

  • 10 Days
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria

Cycle through three unique and inviting countries on one spectacular journey! On this richly rewarding reel, you’ll pedal into charming Bohemian villages, historic riverside cities, and romantic landscapes. Old World Europe meets stunning natural beauty here, and we’ll experience it to its fullest by bicycle, Danube river boat, train and foot. Explore the medieval haven of Cesky Krumlov, a Czech artists’ enclave. Marvel at the “three rivers” setting of German Passau. And thrill to Austria’s magnificent Wachau Valley. Off the saddle, connect with the people who call this precious corner of Central Europe home during special VBT events. Join us!

Cultural Highlights

  • Touch the distinctive cultures of three European lands
  • Explore by bicycle, boat, train, and foot
  • Get a local perspective of Czech life during a guided tour of historic Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Experience Czech daily life over lunch in a family home
  • Enter Germany on a unique, pedestrian-only border crossing
  • Chat with the owners of a Bavarian tavern
  • View Neuberg Fortress during a riverside picnic in Bavaria
  • See two scenic marvels of Austria: the Danube's Schlögener Schlinge and the Wachau Valley

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is ideal for beginning cyclists. Average Daily Mileage: 15-35 miles Average Cycling Time: 2-4 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Prague Apr 54° May 64° Jun 69° Jul 72° Aug 73° Sep 65° Oct 54° Average Rainfall (in.) – Prague Apr 1.4 May 2.3 Jun 2.7 Jul 2.6 Aug 2.5 Sep 1.6 Oct 1.2

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 12 meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

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  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels
  • 14 meals – 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost extensions: Pre-trip: Prague – 2 nights for only $395 • Post-trip: Vienna – 2 nights for only $345

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $445 | Land Only Single Supplement: $295

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What’s Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

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DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Prague

Depart from home for the Czech Republic. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive in Prague

Upon arrival at the Prague airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, you must fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area. VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Also, make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags so that your representative can identify you.

Upon leaving customs, enter the arrival hall and look for your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative welcomes you to Prague and helps you transfer via taxi or van (approximately 30 minutes, depending upon traffic) to your Prague hotel. (Note: At this time, please verify with your VBT representative the time of your transfer from your Vienna hotel to the Vienna airport at the end of your trip.) If your VBT representative is not immediately in sight, there is a “Meeting Point Column” just outside of the Arrivals gate. Please wait there, as the VBT representative may be transferring with an earlier arrival. She should arrive within 30 minutes of your scheduled arrival.

If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until after 2 pm You may store your luggage with the reception desk. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city with your included 1-day Prague Transportation Pass.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do during your stay in Prague.

Hotel: Mamaison Hotel Riverside Prague

DAY 3: All guests meet in Prague / Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-up ride and welcome reception

At 8:30 am, all guests meet the VBT representative at the hotel in Prague and transfer to Cesky Krumlov in the south of the Czech Republic (approximately 3 hours, including a stop on the way). Our hotel in Prague is the Mamaison Hotel Riverside Prague (address: Janáckovo nábreží 15, Prague 5; tel: +420 225 994 611). Meet your Trip Leaders during our stop en route.

Cesky Krumlov is a unique town in Bohemia, built at a curve of the River Vltava and dripping with medieval authenticity. The historical center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. In Cesky Krumlov, meet our local guide, Standa, and follow him for a short walking tour and introduction to Czech life. Get some tips from Standa on finding a restaurant for lunch on your own.

At 2:00 pm, check in to our beautiful hotel in Cesky Krumlov. Settle in, and then join your Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a warm-up ride around the city. Later, gather with the group for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Hotel: Hotel Ruze
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 9 miles (13.5 km)

DAY 4: Holasovice UNESCO Site / Cycle to Plav / Guided tour of Castle Cesky Krumlov

After breakfast we will take a short shuttle ride to the village of Holasovice. This uniquely preserved village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its typical Baroque farm houses. After exploring the village, we begin cycling through a beautiful and protected landscape to Plav, a typical little Bohemian village on the banks of a small river. If you like, board the VBT shuttle to avoid pedaling the few small hills this morning. Lunch today is hosted by a local family, allowing us to get a real feel for Czech daily life.

Return to the hotel with the shuttle allowing more time to explore the city center or enjoy additional bicycling on a longer optional ride this afternoon.

In the late afternoon, explore Cesky Krumlov or visit the Rosemberg family chateau, on an optional walking tour. Its preserved Baroque theater and original stage are still used for Baroque opera performances three times a year.

In the evening find a cozy restaurant where you may enjoy dinner on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Ruze
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 21.5 or 26.5 miles (34.5 or 42.5 km)

DAY 5: Discover Sumava, the largest national park in the Czech Republic / Cross the Czech – German border / Cycle to Passau

In the morning, travel by train through Sumava National Park to Nova Pec, not far from the German border. Take an amazing bike ride through a beautiful forest, far from traffic and villages. At Nove Udoli, we walk into Germany. This unique border crossing was closed in 1945 and reopened some time ago for pedestrians and bicycles only.

Our first Bavarian reel follows a downhill stretch of former railway track. Bavaria is among Europe’s most beautiful and serene cycling areas. On your way, stop at a tavern for a typical lunch, prepared by the owner-family. Continue cycling to Waldkirchen, where you can shuttle or bike to the historic Baroque city of Passau, situated at the confluence of three rivers: the Danube, Inn and Ilz. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant, right on the romantic Danube River.

Hotel: Altstadt Hotel
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 18, 29 or 44 miles (30, 48 or 73 km)

DAY 6: Ride along the River Inn / Explore Passau

Enjoy a leisurely cycle along the River Inn, the frontier between Germany and Austria. Start by following the German bike path. At Neuhaus, cross the river to the Austrian town of Schärding with its colorful, Baroque-style burgher houses on two town squares. After exploring Schärding, return to Passau. En route, stop for a delicious picnic lunch on the river’s opposite bank, where the Neuberg fortress looms. Use the rest of the afternoon to explore Passau and shop the flea market and antique shops. You might choose to visit magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Dinner is on your own tonight; you’ll find that Passau offers many dining choices.

Hotel: Altstadt Hotel
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 16 or 22 miles (26 or 37 km)

DAY 7: Danube impressions by bike and boat / Schlögener Schlinge

Start your day with a boating adventure on the most popular river route in Europe. Cruise through the famous Schlögener Schlinge in Austria, where the Danube snakes through steep, forested mountains in a series of sharp and scenic bends. Silence surrounds you, except for the occasional hum of passing barges. (Note: For those departing in October, cruising is not available and is replaced by a coach transfer.)

Begin cycling at Schlögen towards Aschach, where you stop for lunch on your own. Continue through a beautiful forest, then follow the Danube bike path to Ottensheim, renowned for its hilltop castle, before we conclude our ride in Linz. Here, we transfer by private motorcoach to our hotel at Weissenkirchen.

This charming village is dominated by St. Michael’s Church, which dates to 987. There are also many Renaissance buildings with romantic inner courtyards. One of them houses our inviting family-run hotel. Many of Weissenkirchen’s vinegut (winemakers) and wine cellars are located in beautiful, ancient manor houses. Perhaps you’ll savor a famous young heuriger wine in one of these taverns during dinner at your leisure tonight.

Hotel: Hotel Raffelsberger Hof
Alternate Hotel: Kirchenwirt Weissenkirchen
Meals: B

Daily Options: 16 or 29 miles (27 or 48 km)

DAY 8: Cycle through Wachau Valley / Melk / The romantic town of Dürnstein

In the morning, cycle through the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Melk. The Wachau is one of Austria’s most striking landscapes, featuring a mix of hillside orchards and vineyards among ruined castles, abbeys and churches. In Melk, you may want to visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. Eat lunch on your own here, perhaps in the abbey gardens, before cycling along the Danube to the lovely village of Spitz.

From Spitz, cycle back to Weissenkirchen and maybe opt to continue farther to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionhearted was kept prisoner in 1193. Tonight’s farewell dinner is in a local restaurant within a private, ancient winepress room.

Hotel: Hotel Raffelsberger Hof
Alternate Hotel: Kirchenwirt Weissenkirchen
Meals: B, D

Daily Options: 23, 27 or 37 miles (14, 43 or 59 km)

DAY 9: Transfer to Vienna / Free day / VBT No-Air Package ends

After breakfast, transfer to Vienna, arriving at approximately 10:30 am.

VBT No-Air Package guests: Your tour ends at the Hotel Stefanie in Vienna. Important: Train departures from Vienna prior to 11:00 am are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you are responsible for your own transfer arrangements from the last hotel in Weissenkirchen. A taxi ride to the Vienna train station costs approximately €15/22 USD and takes approximately 20 minutes. A taxi ride to the Vienna airport costs approximately €30/45 USD and takes approximately 40 minutes.

VBT Air Package & Post-trip Extension guests: Your room at Hotel Stefanie may not be available until 1 pm, but you can leave your luggage with the reception desk. VBT provides City Information, including recommendations for cafés, restaurants, museums and transportation. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Vienna. Your hotel is located near the historic “Inner Ring” in the Old Town; many of the Old World palaces and concert halls are easily accessible.

Hotel: Hotel Stefanie
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for home

After breakfast*, transfer to the Vienna airport (approximately 30 minutes) for your departing flight**. Please note: Ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time. VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder” or with the hotel’s reception desk the night before your flight.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Hotel Ruze

The Hotel Ruze (the “Rose”) was constructed in the 16th century as a Jesuit monastery and university. It preserves the beauty and style of the Renaissance, with lovely wooden floors and old furniture in its bedrooms. The hotel features a beautifully decorated conference and concert hall, where, thanks to superior acoustics, concerts are held from time to time. The panoramic terrace overlooking the river and countryside is the ideal place for relaxing after a day of sightseeing and bicycling. An Internet connection is available throughout the hotel.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel Stefanie

Boasting more than 400 years of hospitality, the Hotel Stefanie is the oldest hotel in Vienna and also one of the most beautiful. Named after the wife of Crown Prince Rudolph, Princess Stefanie, the hotel blends modern comfort with traditional charm and is located near the Danube River on Taborstrasse, the main road into the very heart of the city. This superior location puts you close to such notable sights as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, making it a great location from which to discover the city on foot. An area full of restaurants and shops is also nearby. Should you wish to venture farther afield, the hotel is well served by city transportation. An Internet connection is available in the hotel lobby and in your room.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel Raffelsberger Hof

This 15-room boutique hotel in the heart of Austria’s stunning Wachau Valley has been lovingly restored by its owners, the Anton family, to recall its early days as the home of a ship master. The beautiful, late-Renaissance structure was built in 1574, and antique furnishings and special touches like old door locks, wrought-iron lamps and vaulted ceilings give it the flair of days gone by. Yet, you’ll enjoy modern comforts, including Internet access, a flower-filled garden, the Renaissance Vault wine lounge, Sanarium sauna and a Baroque style breakfast room. Your room features a minibar, television, telephone and private bath with shower.
Free WiFi Included

Mamaison Hotel Riverside Prague

An upscale boutique hotel boasting an award-winning Art Nouveau design, the four-star Mamaison Hotel Riverside Prague is ideally located on the west bank of the Vltava River, near the iconic Charles Bridge. The National Theatre, Prague Castle, and numerous other architectural and cultural treasures are within easy walking distance, and music lovers will appreciate the hotel’s proximity to Mozart’s Prague residence. The Mamaison Hotel Riverside Prague has 61 air-conditioned rooms, each featuring a flat-screen cable/satellite TV, minibar, electronic safe, private bath with shower, and complimentary wireless Internet access.
Free WiFi Included

Kirchenwirt Weissenkirchen

A cluster of three buildings—including two newly renovated 16th-century structures—Kirchenwirt Weissenkirchen offers modern comforts in a cozy atmosphere. Each building features its own unique style and beautiful appointments, such as cross vaults, high wooden ceilings and solid wood furniture. Enjoy regional specialties prepared from fresh local ingredients in the restaurant of this family-run hotel. Guest rooms feature a shower, hair dryer, telephone, radio, satellite television and a safe. Some rooms also offer Danube views.

Altstadt Hotel

The Altstadt Hotel is located in the quietest part of the wonderful city of Passau, right on the banks where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers meet. From its terrace, bar and restaurant, guests can enjoy a wonderful view of the river and castle overlooking the water. The hotel is located in an ancient German building, and it exudes a warm, family character in an intimate atmosphere. The rooms are quite spacious with a modern touch.
Free WiFi Included
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