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Czech Republic – Salzburg to Prague Bike Tour
Start your bicycle tour in Salzburg Austria with a panorama of the Alps at your back, cycling through the spectacular Salzkammergut, to medieval Cesky Krumlov. Then on to Prague, city of a thousand spires. Between them you will bike through country that epitomizes what most people think of when they hear the word "Europe": small towns watched over by ancient castles, deep green forests and rolling hills, little villages with church steeples dotting the countryside. Enjoy an original Budweiser in Ceske Budejovice, and then go with the flow of the Vltava River until you reach magnificent Prague. This trail has a superb combination of landscape, chateaux, and three fabulous cities. Salzburg is a place to spend some extra days before cycling and just explore. The same can be said for Prague at the end! In Salzburg, you can find a host of outstanding galleries and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Rupertinum, Mozart's Birthplace, the Mozart Residence, Salzburg Museum, the Cathedral Museum, the Baroque Museum and the Toy Museum invite visitors to a lazy afternoon of browsing. Precious objects of art, modern works of art and the occasional bizarre exhibit are there to admire and appreciate.
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<strong>Day 1</strong> |<strong> Salzburg - St. Gilgen</strong> (49 km / 31 miles)<br />

Day 1 | Salzburg - St. Gilgen (49 km / 31 miles)

Start in Salzburg, impressive town situated on the banks of the Salzach River and where the composer Mozart was born and raised. We will meet you at 9am in the lobby of your Salzburg hotel for your orientation and set up your bikes before starting your ride. The previous night is not included in our price, but we can help book extra nights. On this first day cycle along the Mozart cycling path. This winds its way through beautiful Alpine countryside, the Salzkammergut, along the Mondsee and Wolfgangsee lakes to St. Gilgen where you spend your first night. Dinner on your own, with our recommendations included. 

Hotel Gastof zur Post

St Gilgen

Hotel Gastof zur PostAt the Gasthof zur Post you can come and enjoy the extraordinary ambiance created by the combination of the old world and new design. For as far as the exterior of the building may be original and familiar, the inside is extremely creative and fascinating with a love for detail so apparent in the recently renovated rooms. Here it is simply natural that everything is fitted together in a perfect picture of harmony. Green Loden, a great deal of wood and antlers and you will be really surprised at the originality of the way these materials have been worked in.. The open baths found in many of the rooms are an unforgettable experience. The bathroom is not stuck in a corner as in many other hotels but it has been made into an essential component for recuperation and relaxation. With a great love for detail. And with many fascinating ideas.

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Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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<strong>Day 2</strong> |<strong> St. Gilgen – Gmunden - Linz </strong>(59 km / 37 miles)

Day 2 | St. Gilgen – Gmunden - Linz (59 km / 37 miles)

Today you will cycle to Bad Ischl at the foot of the 1450m high Katrin Mountain. Here you can visit the Imperial Villa, the summer residence of the Austrian Emperor. Continue along the river Traun to Lake Traunsee where you will see the major highlight of the day, chateau Orth, situated on an island in the middle of the lake. Transfer by train from Gmunden to Linz. Overnight in Linz. (B)  

Hotel Wolfinger

Linz

Hotel WolfingerHotel Wolfinger is located in Linz’s beautiful main square, which has a history that extends back to the 15th century. The hotel gracefully combines progress and tradition – incorporating the comfort and convenience of a 3-star city hotel as well as the charm of historical stone walls, right in the center of Linz.

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Closed Parking Pets Allowed Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room

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<strong>Day 3</strong> |<strong> Linz - Cesky Krumlov </strong>(47 km / 30 miles)

Day 3 | Linz - Cesky Krumlov (47 km / 30 miles)

Cycle from the Danube river valley up into the hills that form the border of the Czech Republic and Austria. In Vyssi Brod is one of the most venerable monasteries in the Czech Republic, built in the late 13th century. Transfer by car from Vyssi Brod to Cesky Krumlov. The town of Cesky Krumlov is a wonderful visit and a great walking town; we will give you good restaurant recommendations like always for this night.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov. (B) 

Hotel Arcadie

Cesky Krumlov

Hotel ArcadieThe hotel offers accommodation in 11 luxury equipped double rooms, triple rooms and four-bed rooms. Some rooms offer unique view of the river and panorama of the town. The most precious jewel is of course Cesky Krumlov State Castle and Chateau with its majestic tower coming from the second half of 13th century, further on Saint Vitus Cathedral, Saint Jostss Church, vast complex of the brewery and 300 houses of the municipal preserve with the meader of the Vltava river the view of which can be well seen from our rooms. Each room is equipped with its own bathroom (including both bath and shower), TV, telephone, internet access, in-room safe and refrigerator. Buffet style breakfast is served in top floor of the hotel.

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Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Safe in Room

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<strong>Day 4</strong> | <strong> Cesky Krumlov – Ceske Budejovice – Hluboka nad Vltavou</strong> (42 km / 26 miles)

Day 4 | Cesky Krumlov – Ceske Budejovice – Hluboka nad Vltavou (42 km / 26 miles)

Cesky Krumlov has an unparalleled medieval town center, and an ornate chateau and tower overlooking the town. From here cycle to Ceske Budejovice, home of the real Budweiser beer where it has been brewed for the past 700 years. Finish by cycling to Hluboka nad Vltavou where you stay tonight. The Tudor Gothic chateau in Hluboka nad Vltavou is one of the most beautiful chateaux in Bohemia. Dinner on your own. (B) 

Hotel Podhrad

Hluboka nad Vltavou

Hotel PodhradDear guests, visitors to South Bohemia. If you are wondering where to spend a romantic weekend, relax and forget your everyday worries or actively spend a few days of your holiday, we welcome you to stylish Hotel Podhrad. We hope that we will be able to offer relaxation in our comfortable rooms, pamper you in our wellness centre or tempt you to try some of the delicious meals in our restaurant.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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<strong>Day 5</strong> | <strong> Hluboka nad Vltavou – Pisek </strong>(53 km / 33 miles)

Day 5 | Hluboka nad Vltavou – Pisek (53 km / 33 miles)

Today you start out by cycling from Hluboka through Tyn nad Vltavou to the historical town of Pisek. The oldest bridge in Bohemia, built in the 13th century (older than Charles Bridge in Prague), crosses the river at Pisek. Legend has it that the bridge is named Jelení most (Deer Bridge) because the bridge was to be named after the first one to cross it. That privilege, however, unexpectedly went to a deer, which suddenly leaped out of a nearby forest and traversed the bridge! Overnight in Pisek, dinner on your own. (B) 

Hotel Biograf

Pisek

Hotel BiografThe Biograf Hotel is a modern image hotel right in the center of the royal town of Pisek. It is located in the immediate proximity of the Dean's Church and the renovated Gothic castle moat Parkan. The history of this location is enhanced by a unique archaeological discovery within Central Europe: the Bronze Age burial tumuli. The building of this four-star hotel has been designed by the architect in such a way that its modern design and the history of this building object have connected in an ideal way. As early as at the beginning of the twentieth century the building housed the first permanent cinema biography in the South-Bohemian town of Pisek. Despite this fact, the hotel accommodation offers everything a demanding guest needs: accessibility, access adapted for wheelchairs, comfort, convenience, airiness all this in a family-type hotel. It has to be pointed out that in 2006 the construction was awarded a prestigious prize.

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Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Closed Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Restaurant

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<strong>Day 6</strong> | <strong> Pisek – Pribram </strong>(64 km / 40 miles)

Day 6 | Pisek – Pribram (64 km / 40 miles)

The highlight of this cycling day is Zvikov Castle on a rocky hill overlooking the confluence of the Otava and Vltava rivers. It is known as the “Queen of Bohemian castles” due to its majestic position. Next stop is Castle Orlik, on Orlik Reservoir. At Vysoka u Pribrame there is the memorial to the Czech composer Dvorak. Continue on to Pribram, which has a longstanding legacy of mining. Silver, lead and other metals were mined here from the 12th Century. Overnight in Pribram in a quaint pension, quite different from some of the slightly larger hotels of the past nights. (B) 

Penzion Dlouha

Pribrham

Penzion DlouhaStylish family boarding house in the centre of the old part of Pribram; 2-3 star level; single, double and three - bed rooms, WC, shower, TV; some rooms with the terrace, breakfast; suites with the kitchen and the terrace

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Open Parking Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer

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<strong>Day 7</strong> | <strong>Pribram – Prague </strong>( 50 km / 32 miles)

Day 7 | Pribram – Prague ( 50 km / 32 miles)

The cycle from Pribram to Prague first takes you to the town of Horovice and its Baroque chateau, and then to the Gothic castle of Karlstejn atop a wooded hill. This sturdy castle, founded by Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, once guarded the Czech crown jewels. Overnight in Prague and free time to visit the city; dinner on your own. (B) 

Hotel Constans

Prague

Hotel ConstansHotel Constans is located in the historical center of Prague - directly under Prague Castle. There are 31 spacious luxuriously furnished rooms. Due to its location and larger than standard rooms, it is the ideal place not only for business clientele, who especially appreciate the quiet environment in the centre, but also for those, who wish to spend unforgettable moments in historic Prague's romantic environment.

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Air Conditioning Open Parking Non-Smoking Rooms Handicap Accessible Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

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<strong>Day 8</strong> | <strong> Prague</strong>

Day 8 | Prague

Prague is the “city of a thousand spires”. The Charles Bridge, the Old Town square and Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in Europe, are great places to visit. If you need an extra night, we can book them; this would be easiest at the same hotel as last night. Contact us for rates. 
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Prices

Austria - Salzburg to Prague self-guided

Double Occupancy 2 persons:

1285 €/person

Double Occupancy 4 persons:

1265 €/person

Double Occupancy 6 persons:

1255 €/person

Single Supplement:

350 €/person

Solo Supplement:

607 €/person

Austria - Salzburg to Prague guided

Private group of 4 to 7 participants:

2090 €/person

Private group of 8 or more

1890 €/person



Note: if you are looking to join an existing guided group, July 10-17 and August 21-28 are open for individual bookings.


Hybrid Bike Rentals are are available for a supplement of 105 euros, please see the bike information below for details.


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+ What's Included?

- 7 nights accommodations in superior quality inns and small hotels
- Breakfast daily (usually a hot/cold buffet)
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Local emergency support throughout the trip
- Cell phone rental (for local calls only - to our support)
- Transportation as in program
- Orientation on day 1 which includes a meeting at the first hotel
- Riding routes with maps and cue sheets
- Suggestions for visitation and dining
- Bike delivery, pickup, and fitting
- GPS (1/group or couple).


Lodging

Accommodation: 7 nights in charming 2/3/4 star guest houses and small hotels. A number of dining options exist in or within short walk of each property. All accommodations include private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels included:
- Hotel Gastof zur Post****
- Hotel Wolfinger***
- Hotel Arcadie***
- Hotel Podhrad****
- Hotel Biograf****
- Pension Dlouha***
- Hotel Constans****
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

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Tour Details

Duration: 7 nights / 8 days

Dates: April through October; You can go any date subject to hotel availability. See a list of events below to help you choose some dates.

Self guided or guided: available on request from April through October.
What is self-guided cycling?

Level 3 - Moderate plus; terrain is flat to rolling; itineraries can be adapted for longer ride options.

Tour Highlights:
- Enjoy this undeveloped former communist controlled area of the Czech Republic to discover castles, artisans, and charming people.
- Try an original Budweiser in Ceske Budejovice
- This trail has a superb combination of landscape, chateaux, and three fabulous cities.
- Guided trip dates: July 10-17 or August 21-28; or any date for groups of 4 or more.

Need to Know:
- This tour can be booked as a self-guided or guided tour. We can also arrange private guided group with 4 or more participants. Please inquire to join a set guided departure or set up your own
- Hotel in Salzburg is not included but is strongly recommended. Please contact us for rates.

Events

Cesky Krumlov

- The Festival of the Five-petalled Rose (usually mid-June) - Historical Renaissance festival with parades of people in medieval clothes as well as music concerts.
http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/slavnostipetilisteruze.xml

- Festival of Chamber music (End of June - early July) - Festival of the classical music with the longest tradition in Cesky Krumlov. Part of the festival comprises of ‘Music through the Ages’ where music can be heard on the tour route of Cesky Krumlov Castle.
http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/festival_komorni_hudby_2012_fotogalerie.xml

- The International Music Festival (Mid-July to Mid-August) - Largest of Cesky Krumlov´s festivals. It has been going since 1992 and includes music of all periods with the participation of renowned instrumentalists, singers, chamber ensembles, choirs and symphony orchestras.
http://www.festivalkrumlov.cz/en

- Festival of Early music (July) - Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music played on original musical instruments where the original musical sources and the customs of interpretation of the period are respected.

- Jazz at the Summer´s end (Early September) - International jazz and alternative music festival. In addition to traditional venues the spontaneity of cafes, small bars, squares and unusual spaces are used for performances.

- Celebrations of St.Wenceslas (September) - Autumn fair, celebration of good food and drink, theater pieces, and concerts for St.Wenceslas Day (Patron Saint of the Czech Lands).
http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/atr512.xml

Prague

- International Prague Spring Music Festival (May–June) - International music festival featuring orchestral and theater series, church concerts, recitals, morning concerts chamber music and symphony orchestras. http://www.festival.cz/en/

- Khamoro (May) - Roma Festival strives to show the richness and complexity of Roma culture and traditions. The festival is divided into 3 sections: professional, cultural and media. The festival strives on the one hand to present Roma culture, art and traditions as an integral part of Czech, European and world culture. http://www.khamoro.cz

- Verdi festival (August-September)-traditional festival of Verdi operas. http://www.opera.cz/en/

- Prague Autumn (September- October ) - International music festival. http://www.strunypodzimu.cz/en

International Jazz Festival (October-November). 

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    Local Coordinator

    Tomas is our man on the ground in the Czech Republic; we have worked with him for more than 10 years now and he knows his country and these routes by heart! A native of the Czech Republic, Tomas is fluent in English.  

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    Bikes Available on This Tour:

    Trek or Scott hybrids:

    TREK 7300 FX hybrid bicycle are a suitable choice for all our routes in Central Europe. They combine aspects of road and mountain bikes, being fast and capable of both paved and unpaved ride surfaces. Trek 7300fx Spec Sheet | We have men's and women's frames in your size; and either a Trek or Scott Sportster 40 Hybrid may be assigned to meet your needs. Rental Rate for this tour: 105 Euros

    Included are:

  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Computer (odometer)
  • Mudguards, rear light, bell
  • Pannier for hybrids - 1 per bike standard.
  • Handlebar bag with map reader, GPS, Cell Phone for local use
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included
  • Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your own wrench to remove them from the bike at the end of the tour.

    TREK 900 Tandem are also available : Our TREK 900 tandem bicycles are sturdy, strong and comfortable. The Alpha aluminum frame makes it light. Bontrager Comfort K tires provide smooth rolling and easy braking, while the comfortable, upright riding position allows you to enjoy the view. The tandem bicycle comes with larger, 50- liter capacity panniers.

     
     
     
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    + Reviews

    "I have just returned home from our wonderful trip to Eastern Europe and wanted to tell you how pleased we were with all your arrangements. The service on the ground was really amazing. Tom was always easy to reach with the cell phone that was part of our gear, and more than accommodating. The hotels that we stayed at surpassed our expectations in every case. And the breadth of exposure to Czech history and culture was lovely. And best of all, the GPS kept us on the straight and narrow most of the time. "
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    "Fantastic Trip! You folks really have this bike trip thing down. Every aspect of the trip was great..."
    - Tom M./USA

     

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    Czech Republic – Salzburg to Prague Bike Tour

    Tour Type: Self-guided hybrid cycling (level 3)
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    Distance: 55 km/day
    Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
    Availability: April to October
    Cost: Starting at €1285 Euros





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