Czech Republic - Austria - Slovakia - Hungary
Prague – Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest are only the beginning of highlights from the riches of this tour! This "Trans-Central" European voyage will show you the cultural and natural diversity of these countries united by the former Habsburg Empire. The first part of your tour partly follows the popular Greenways trail. From Vienna to Budapest you follow the Eurovelo 6 – the Danube cycle path.
We offer this tour in two versions: all biking or shorter distances with train or car transfers.
This day is yours to explore Prague, the "Paris of the Central Europe". Relax, stroll or treat experience a Prague-by-bike tour If time is not your worst enemy, we do propose you stay in Prague more days to fully explore its beauty and hidden corners.
Our first biking day starts easily on bike trails bordering the relaxed Vltava river. After 20 km on flat ground we do leave the river valley and climb to the romantic Posazavi highlands. Every climb will reward you with peaceful views of the surrounding countryside. At Zboreny Kostelec you can take short hike to a hidden castle ruin. From here we will continue to nearby Tynec nad Sazavou, home to the former Jawa factory and the nest of Czech motorbike culture. We will end today’s bike stage by visiting Konopiste Castle, the summer palace of Archduke Franz Ferdinand D´Este. The assassination of this would-be-emperor in Sarajevo in 1914 caused World War I.
From Konopiste/Benesov you will take a train (car on fully guided tours) to the former Hussite stronghold, Tabor. This mighty fortress served as the headquarters of the Czech Reformation during the 15th-century Hussite wars. Never conquered, this city final surrenders its riches to you for a great evening after a demanding ride!
In the morning we recommend a short walk on the ramparts of Tabor, where you can admire its genius loci. Riding our bikes, we will enter South Bohemia. Among the green, calm scenery rests the romantic water castle of Cervena Lhota, and the third largest castle complex in the Czech Republic – the town of Jindrichuv Hradec a small active city of architectural splendor. Today, it is hard to believe it housed the hustle and bustle of the largest medieval centers in Bohemia! Based on a legend, it might even be possible to meet Perchta of Rozmberk – the famous “White Lady” ghost!
We leave the South Bohemia and enter the Bohemian - Moravian highlands area. Today’s highlight will be a visit of the Renaissance town of Telc, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Telc is considered to be the most beautiful Renaissance town in Czech Republic! A wooded, hilly, and beautiful 45km will lead us there, passing by a plethora of ponds and lakes - try to count them all, or just relax amid this peaceful scenery. With any luck we will pass an antique steam engine as it chugs along these highlands.
Do you take sugar in your coffee or tea? If so, you will be happy to visit Dacice where the first sugar cube was produced. We meander our way there using quiet roads known to only a few cyclists (and less cars) that takes us through undiscovered highlands and peaceful villages near to the Austrian border.
On the border road we can see a well-preserved system of fortifications from the beginning of WW II. These fortifications has never been used, and therefore, are well-preserved for today’s tourists. Riding along, the route will pass by the Renaissance castle of Pisecna and medieval castle of Frejstejn. Before we reach our destination, we will take a detour to the scenic Vranov water dam to reward ourselves with amazing views of Bítov castle. Should you wish, please enjoy the views from one of the biggest castle ruins in Moravia – Cornstejn.
The final destination of today’s stage is the town of Vranov nad Dyji, nestled on the edge of the Podyji National Park.
Easy option: You can take a morning train transfer to Slavonice to bike just along the Austrian border
Description of the day: This day explores Podyji National Park, enchanting everyone with its untouched beauty. From the ruins of Novy Hradek, as well as from the viewpoint over the majestic medieval castle of Hardegg, we will be able to see where the Dyje River finds its way through the countryside creating unforgettable meanders. A memorial of the Iron Curtain, located in Cizov, is a quiet eyewitness of somber, relatively recent, times. While descending to the Dyje river through Šobes vineyard, why not pause for a glass of white wine? This place was marked as one of the 10 best vineyards in the world! Our next stop will be the town of Šatov, where we will have the possibility to visit a uniquely-preserved Cold War fortification, a curiously painted wine cave, cozy wine cellar streets, and an educational path leading through vineyards of old wine varieties. We will conclude the day in the seat town of the Moravian Premyslid Dynasty – in the town of Znojmo.
Description of the day: In the morning we will leave the town along the river and then continue through fields and vineyards to the Austrian border. The border line will then take us east with a stop in the town of Jaroslavice and its Renaissance chateau. Crossing the border into Austria, we'll visit the picturesque wine growing area of Galgenberg. From here we follow a nice new bike trail meandering through the peaceful countryside to Mikulov. This hidden gem will capture your attention with its Baroque Castle and wine museum, an historic synagogue and a local curiosity – a gigantic wine cask big enough for a chamber orchestra.
TIP: Culture and wine lovers can take a morning train transfer to Breclav and spend whole day biking in unique Lednice - Valtice UNESCO area!
Description of the day: The last half day of the tour in Czech republic will follow iron curtain trail framed with story boards of those, who tried to escape from communistic Eastern Block. After crossing the border we will bike through the Herrnbaumgarten Village, famous for its poetic museum of nonsense, to the wine museum in Poysdorf, where you will have a chance to complete your Central European wine "training"! Then we will pass through Wilfersdorf with its chateau which had been the main residence of the Prince of Lichtenstein between 17th and 18th century. We will end our day in Mistelbach, from where you will be transferred by car to Vienna.
TIP: Ask us for morning transfer to Vienna to get the most out of your time in the city. Visit the palace complex, take a coffee (or something stronger) in one of the famous cafes, or simply stroll the regal streets.
TIP: Thinking about more days in Vienna? Ask us to plan a special trip for you.
How many times have you managed to bike from one capital to another in just one day? On this day you can! Following the mighty Danube river you can visit numerous chateaux and retreats of the Viennese nobility. Explore the excavations of the biggest Roman settlement in Carnutum or a dominant castle ruin in Hainburg just before entering the capital of Slovakia - Bratislava! Those tired of biking can have a rest day and take a shortcut by speed boat or train saving time to explore these unique cities!
Description of the day: Today is another border crossing day. We start in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, biking on the right bank of the Danube on a new bike trail. First stop right on the edge of the town is the mighty Cunovo dam. Soon we cross the border to Hungary and continue to the town of Mosongyárovár. Leaving this nice little town with a long, long name, we continue to the historical town of Györ. This lovely mostly Renaissance university town will serve as our first lodgings in Hungary.
Description of the day: Morning transfer from Györ to Komárom will bring you to twin town of Komarom/Komarno, where you can explore mighty baroque fortresses. All three were built by the Austrians to protect the border against the approaching Turks. From here you will explore Slovakia on flat bike trail nearby the Danube. Leaving Komarno we hit the newly-built bike trail with some stunning views of the hills and vineyards on both sides of the river Danube. Our first stop will be the remnants of a Roman fortress near Iza illustrating how old some of the local settlements really are. The Danube guides us again, offering us some nice spots for a swim as we slowly approach the border. Crossing the Maria-Valeria bridge between Sturovo and Esztergom we return to Hungary. The town of Esztergom will serve as our day's lodgings. Take your time to admire the old town dominated by the archbishops castle and residency, as Esztergom is considered the cradle of Hungarian kingdom and the stronghold of Christianity, also nicknamed Hungarian Rome.
TIP it is possible to choose sporty option over the Tata highlands
Description of the day: The last day of our journey through four countries will continue along the Danube river. We will explore one of the most scenic parts called Danube knee, where mighty river enters steep hills, creating stunning meanders! First stop will be the dominating Visegrad castle nesting on a hill above a small town. Following the Danube on a peaceful bike trail we arrive in the small historical town of Vac. There we take a ferry to cross to the right bank of the river. Zigzaging through small towns on its banks we finally get near to Budapest - the lively Hungarian capital. To get to the city centre we bike past countless little bars and restaurants on the suburban banks enjoying the buzz and fun. We finish our journey right in the city centre, admiring the views of the imperial buildings of Budapest! Rest your legs at your centrally-located hotel before hitting the town for an exotic evening in the multi-faceted city.
TIP to shorter biking distance, from Szentendre you can spend last part of your tour on a deck of sightseeing boat!
Description of the day: Last day is yours to explore medieval Buda part or 19th century Pest part of a town or simply relax in one of the great spas!
Same as in Prague and Vienna we highly recommend to prolong your stay!
Therefore we offer large variety of hotels which we are happy to recomend