The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
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Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
10 days
From: $ 2,945 $ 295 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Experience three countries on a single itinerary
  • Visit two UNESCO World Heritage villages: medieval Cesky Krumlov and Baroque Holasovice
  • Cycle Austria’s stunning Wachau Valley, also a UNESCO Site
  • Get a feel for Czech daily life over lunch with a local family
  • Explore lush forests by bicycle and train
  • Stroll across a unique border crossing into Germany
  • Savor Bavarian fare at a family-owned tavern
  • Enjoy a boating adventure on Europe’s most popular river route
  • Picnic on a riverside, enjoying fairytale castle views
  • Take advantage of the chance to explore spectacular Melk Abbey

Short Description

It’s easy to compact a lot of discovery into one week in a region where a slender border separates the colorful cultures of three very distinctive lands. Ancient castles and an incredible diversity of landscapes dot our route as we experience the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria by bicycle and train, join local guides on walking tours, and embark on a memorable Danube cruise. We’ll also touch local culture up close as we visit a home, break bread at a family-owned tavern, and more. Join us in 2016, and discover why this was our most popular vacation last year.

Style Small group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Prague
End City Vienna

Attractions & Cities Visited

Český Krumlov Prague Vienne Wachau

Activities & Interests

Culture Cycling Nature River cruise

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Itinerary

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

Accommodation: Mamaison Hotel Riverside 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. They 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.

Day 3: All Guests Meet In Prague / Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-Up Ride And Welcome Reception

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Ruze

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.

Daily Options: 9 miles (13.5 km)

Day 4: Holasovice Unesco Site / Cycle To Plav / Guided Tour Of Castle Cesky Krumlov

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Ruze

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, we will visit a gem of Cesky Krumlov, the Rosemberg family chateau, on an included 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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Altstadt Hotel

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 a 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.

Daily Options: 18, 29 or 44 miles (30, 48 or 73 km)

Day 6: Ride Along The River Inn / Explore Passau

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Altstadt Hotel

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.

Daily Options: 16 or 22 miles (26 or 37 km)

Day 7: Danube Impressions By Bike And Boat / Schlögener Schlinge

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Raffelsberger Hof: Alternate Hotel: Kirchenwirt Weissenkirchen

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 and head toward 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.

Day 8: Cycle Through Wachau Valley / The Romantic Town Of Dürnstein

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Raffelsberger Hof: Alternate Hotel: Kirchenwirt Weissenkirchen

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.

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

Day 9: Transfer To Vienna / Free Day / Vbt No-Air Package Ends

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Stefanie

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 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 from the Hotel Stefanie 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.

Day 10: Depart For Home

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast*, transfer to the Vienna airport (approximately 30 minutes) for your departing flight**. Please ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time.

*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 recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder” or with the hotel’s reception desk the night before your flight. 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.

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Price From $ 2,945
Price Per Day: $ 295 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 500
  • Single Supplement: $ 445

532 VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations Travel Reviews & Ratings

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4.9 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 484
Great 40
Average 6
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The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria

Close to Perfect!

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I just came back from a bike tour to Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Everything was very well organized and planned. Nothing is perfect but this active/adventure vacation was very close to it, at least in my opinion and expectations! I will do it again.
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absorbing

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Poland is fascinating. Warsaw and Krakow, especially are fantastic cities with staggering historical stories and modern vibrancy. Biking through the country side and staying in scenic villages is enthralling and extremely pleasant. Our trip leaders were extraordinary. Cheerful, expert, thoroughly knowledgeable about what we were experiencing. They always exerted extra effort to make our trip outstanding.
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Cultural Enrichment at its Finest!

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The exquisite beauty of this country is astonishing. I love cycling in every country I’ve been to. You really feel and see the local way of life. I enjoy experiencing local culture up close and with local guides.
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Southern Charm and History Abounds

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This VBT trip exceeded expectations. The mansions we stayed in were stunningly beautiful, and the rides along the Natchez Trace were lovely and well paced. Of special note, was the day riding through the Vicksburg National Park and seeing all the monuments and learning about the battle of Vicksburg. The guides and extra activities were marvelous, as were the meals and friendly folks we rode with and met along the trail.
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Way better than hoped

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We had such a wonderful bike tour in the Mosel. We enjoyed our fellow bikers. The barge was welcoming, clean and comfortable. The guides were capable, knowledgeable about the area, anxious to make sure that each of us was comfortable on our bikes, and very funny. The crew was ready, willing and more than able to assure our safety, take care of our onboard needs and feed us delicious and beautifully presented food Also, they were so much fun. No Kidding. Even the weather cooperated. Did I mention the worth while side trips? And picture-perfect German towns?
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Awesome, memorable vacation

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Cruising on the barge gives a great overview of the breathtaking scenery. Then diving into the countryside gets you up close to the people, sight, sounds, and smells – a sensory experience, not just a glimpse from a bus or car.
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Optional Activities

Option to add our Low-Cost extensions:

  • Pre-trip: Prague – 2 nights for only $395
  • Post-trip: Vienna – 2 nights for only $345

Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 20

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.

 

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.

 

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. 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 free WiFi, 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.

 

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.

 

Kirchenwirt Weissenkirchen

A cluster of three buildings—including two newly renovated 16th-century structures—the family-run 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. 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 a quiet quarter of Passau, 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. An Internet connection is available in the hotel lobby and in your room.

Cancellation policy

If you must cancel your trip, you must do so in writing. Cancellation refunds will be calculated as of the date we receive your written cancellation. All payments for travel services not provided to the passenger shall be refunded in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and in accordance with VBT’s cancellation policy.


Processing fee: There is a non-refundable fee of $150 per person for each program you cancel. This low fee reflects only our costs of administering a reservation, and is not intended to be punitive in any way. We realize the majority of those who cancel their reservations do so out of necessity.


To receive any refund, your air tickets (if applicable) must be returned to VBT. Refunds will be processed 30 days after our receipt of your written cancellation and air tickets. Please note that if you cancel on or after the scheduled date of departure, you will not receive any refund.


Cancellation charges for Land Tours: Unless otherwise stated in the catalog, for all cancellations we will refund the cost of your trip less the following per-person charges.


Charges shown include the $150 processing fee

Prior to departure charge

  • 91 days or more $150
  • 90-61 days 25% of selling price
  • 60 days or less 100% of selling price
  • Cancellation charges for Bike & Barge Vacations

Prior to departure charge

  • 121 days before $150
  • 120-90 days $500
  • 89-61 days 50% of selling price
  • 60 days or less 100% of selling price


Traveler substitutions are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to the above cancellation charges. VBT cannot make exceptions to these cancellation policies for any reason, including personal emergencies and weather. In addition, please refer to the Air Arrangements section for information on additional cancellation restrictions. Please note that we do not make any refunds for any unused portion of your trip.

Additional Information

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

Trip ID#:

CzeRepVbt

Meals Included

8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners

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