Austria and Czech Republic
Where Fairytale Landscapes Unfold Before You
As Italy’s Northern neighbor, Austria offers idyllic cycling through a fairytale landscape that draws you in and captures your heart on quiet bike paths along the Danube river. Zigzagging through tiny villages, lakes, forests and farmlands, Austria’s network of meticulously maintained bike paths offers an intimate glimpse of one of the world’s most naturally beautiful countries. Likewise, the Czech Republic, located in the heart of central Europe, is home to spectacular cultural treasures and a varied, rich tapestry of natural wonders.
This cycling tour will give you a taste of everything that Austria and the Czech Republic have to offer. We begin our trip in Salzburg, a city of vibrant culture and stunning architecture, which has stood for centuries. Traveling north, we venture into Prague, one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, as it affords its visitors gourmet restaurants, trendy clubs, and bohemian cafes. And Prague’s amazing cityscape is watched over by an 1100 year-old castle! The views along the ride are unforgettable with majestic mountains and enchanting valleys stretching for miles. You are able to see the local culture, as unspoiled farmlands show central Europe’s true colors. This is one bike trip that will not be soon forgotten.
- Cycle one of the best bike path networks in all of Europe
- Relax in enchanting inns and hotels
- Visit one of the biggest bicycle & sports gears stores in Europe
- Enjoy breathtaking views along Austria’s lake district
- Explore quaint, medieval towns
- Discover the baroque Parish Church of Traunkirchen
- Learn how to make yogurt & cheese at an Austrian sheep farm
- Sample hearty, authentic cuisine and mouthwatering beer
- Stroll through numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Salzburg, Holasovice and Prague
Day by Day
We meet at our hotel at 1pm, and, after a light lunch, enjoy a warm-up ride through the picturesque city of Salzburg. Besides being a spectacular city, Salzburg hosts one of the best cycling path networks in Europe.
This morning we leave Salzburg for the popular holiday spot of St. Gilgen. The myriad walking and cycling routes of this area make it especially friendly to active travelers. Highlights include visiting the beautiful Eisl family farm where they produce yogurt and cheese and also the huge Iko Bike World shop in Hallwang. The extra loop features a visit to the beautiful town of St. Wolfgang.
Ride over a beautiful mountain pass—surrounded by peaks and waterfalls—where gorgeous scenery awaits us. Today’s ride offers also a spectacular view of Lake Attersee, the largest lake in the Austrian Alps, bordered on the south by the cliff-like slopes of the Schafberg. Be sure to bring your bathing suit along and take a dip as we enter Gmunden! Not to be missed is also a visit to the Baroque Parish Church of Traunkirchen and its amazing wooden altar.
Today we enjoy a long bike ride along the Steyr River bike path and down the famous “Romantic Road,” an old trade route during the Middle Ages that still retains much of its medieval character. The road winds through forgotten sections of countryside, connecting picturesque villages to Austria’s breathtaking lakes region. It culminates in Steyr. In the evening we enjoy a walking tour of Steyr with a local guide wearing a traditional medieval costume.
A relaxing ride along the quiet Enns river, into the Kakalpen National Park and its entire chocolate-box splendor. The afternoon is free for exploration! You may choose to explore the historic sights around 1020-year old Steyr, including many architectural highlights and the highly regarded Labor Museum. Today don’t miss our cooking lesson to learn how to make a perfect apfelstrudel!
Today we proceed towards the hilly area north of the Danube River on another unforgettable ride, crossing the river before arriving in the peaceful medieval village of Freistadt. Another highlight of the day is a visit to Freistadt with its well preserved walls, towers, gates and renovated burghers’ houses as well as a lovely parish church.
Today we ride most of the day along the Vltava river which flows into Prague. Discover the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, one of the most charming Czech towns and the pride of the Southern Bohemia region. The Castle and Chateau of Cesky Krumlov is the second largest castle complex in the country and was rebuilt based on the royal Windsor Castle.
Holašovice and Shuttle to Prague
In the morning we bike to the beautiful town of Holašovice, a picturesque village from 13th century whose present appearance is considered a true pearl of the rustic Baroque style, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. During the afternoon, we’ll regroup and relax on a three-hour shuttle ride to another UNESCO World Heritage site: the enchanting Prague.
Why not spend a bit more time in Prague or continue your travels to explore other parts of the Czech Republic? We are happy to assist you in making further plans.
- Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
- Informative tour leaders throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
On The Tour
- Van support
- Nighttime guided walking tour of Steyr
- Beer tasting and brewery tour
- Yogurt & cheese maker visit and tasting
- Cooking lesson
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 6 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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The family-run 4-star hotel is directly located on the historic main square in the center of Steyr. The beautifully renovated rooms offer views of the historic quarter.
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The 4-star Parkhotel Billroth is nestled into the mountains of Salzburg’s Salzkammergut, directly on the Wolfgangsee. The Billroth offers its guests a charming mixture of a sophisticated ambiance and modern luxury-class amenities.
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This 5-star hotel is one of the most charming boutique hotels in the Czech Republic. All rooms are designed for your comfort and attention to detail. Archways, ceiling, unique frescoes and painting are authentic parts of the hotel.
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