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You bike along the Blue Danube River, through the lovely Wachau Valley, past famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and through the beautiful Bohemian countryside. You cycle to the beautiful towns of Melk, Durnstein, Holašovice and Český Krumlov. And you ride through some of the most stunning landscapes you’ll ever get to bike in. Taking a cycling vacation in Czech Republic with DIGnGO is a once in a lifetime adventure.
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Start your first day by transferring from Vienna. Here, you are warmly welcomed and have lunch at a nice restaurant. After you get fitted to your bike, you start pedaling through the Wachau Valley till you get to your hotel. Take time to admire the picturesque landscape of this valley, which is one of the most popular destinations in Lower Austria. The impressive architectural heritage and agricultural history of the Wachau Valley earned it the right to be included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.
You spend your first two nights at the Hotel Richard Löwenherz, which used to be a monastery. Now an elegant hotel, it gives you the chance to take a walk in the klostergarten or monastery garden and enjoy the view as it located on the banks of Danube.
Dinner is at a Michelin star restaurant, enjoying the special dishes designed by the restaurant chef, who is regarded as one of the most outstanding cuisine artists in Austria.
Today’s Ride: 17 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
On your second day, enjoy a hearty breakfast on the hotel terrace, and then head onto an easy ride to the town of Melk. To get to Melk, you bike on the Donauradweg, the most popular European bike path. You ride along the Danube River on flat land, so you can fully enjoy the picturesque landscape, full of lovely villages and churches. The town hosts one of the most outstanding baroque monuments in Europe: the abbey of Melk, that you get to visit. Founded in the 11th century, today’s monastic site shelters impressive frescos and priceless medieval manuscripts.
Lunch is on your own in the town of Melk.
Your afternoon ride is followed by a wine tasting: Gerhard is your host and guide during this exquisite experience.
Later on you return to your welcoming hotel overlooking the river and have some rest before dinner, which is served at the hotel restaurant.
Today’s Ride: 37 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing
Short Option: 19 miles with 800 feet of climbing
Long Option: 47 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing
This morning you start by transferring to the Czech Republic (2h15 min), and then to the historic town of Hulboka. It is famous for its old chateau built in the 13th century by Bohemian kings. Leaving the castle, pedal to Holasovice, a typical Czech town, included on the UNESCO world heritage list. Here you can admire the traditional buildings which epitomize the South Bohemian Folk Baroque style.
Later on, after lunch on your own, you get back in the saddle and head toward Czecky Krumlov, a historic town built in the 13th century, also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Over 80 percent of the towns buildings are declared cultural monuments. You can stroll through the medieval center, admiring its Baroque and Renaissance dwellings, lovely shops and cafés, as well as hidden squares. From here you can see the Krumlov Hrad, the second-largest castle in the country.
Later that afternoon settle in your room at the Hotel Bellevue a boutique hotel located in the quieter part of town.
Tonight, you are on your own for dinner giving you the opportunity to try local delicacies.
Today’s Ride: 30 miles with 1,900 feet of climbing
Short Option: 13 miles with 700 feet of climbing
Long Option: 43 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing
Start the day with a new transfer, (3h15 min) this time north east of Prague, to the town of Jicin which was established around a rectangular town square bordered on all sides by arcades.
Following a lunch on your own in the heart of town, you get your bikes and start pedalling through the countryside surrounding the town before reaching the St. Georges Forest . Crossing St. George, as it is called, you ride through little charming villages and meadows, following the paths along the river. You get to see extraordinary views of Elbe plains and the lush forest.
Later that day, arrive at your hotel where you are going to stay for the next two nights, the Chateau de Mcely. A member of the Small Luxury Hotel chain, this five-star eco hotel is unique in the Czech Republic. The excellent services, the beautiful interiors and picturesque countryside satisfy even the most fastidious guests. You have access to spa facilities (treatments not included), a rooftop observatory, and a hotel garden.
In the evening, you have dinner at the hotel restaurant. The chefs are waiting for you with splendid dishes that will delight your palate. You can enjoy the royal treatment offered by the staff of Chateau Mcely, which was once the home to generations of noble families.
Today’s Ride: 24 miles with 900 feet of climbing
Long Option: 40 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing
During your fifth day, your bike route gets you north in an adventurous ride that allows you to explore the scenic countryside. There’s hardly any traffic on the roads we take, so nothing distracts you from fully admiring the splendid views. Now and then we meet a friendly farmer who greets us with a smile or a classic Skoda rolling along the rural landscape.
Later that morning, you get to tour a brewery and taste the gold colored drink in a medieval tavern as Czechs lead the world in per capita beer consumption.
For lunch on your own, you may eat in the unique medieval tavern, where you can enjoy fire-roasted meats, eaten as in the medieval times – with your fingers! You’ll be entertained by waiters and waitresses in medieval costumes.
When you get back to your hotel, relax in the spa or take a plunge in the lake near the castle. Enjoy hotel amenities, including pool and spa treatments if you please.
In the evening, dinner is served at the elegant hotel restaurant.
Today’s Ride: 34 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Short Option: 20 miles with 800 feet of climbing
Long Option: 42 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing
Enjoy breakfast at the Chateau Mcely one last time before meeting up with your trip leaders. From here, a short drive to the Prague airport marks the end of the tour and of this unforgettable trip through Czech Republic & Austria.
You worked really hard to make this trip for us. We really enjoyed it. Thank you.
Thank you for everything.
All the best,
We wish to talk you and your staff Anjie and Sam for a happy safe and enjoyable week on the bike, the vineyards, the meals and the hotels.
We had a pleasant time with our co-bikers.