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Chateau ValticeItinerary:

8 - day itinerary for Cycling Trail
Vienna - Prague

Length: Version A: 263 km / 164 miles
            Version B: 466 km / 290 miles

In the following itinerary there are two
alternative versions of the bicycle route
from Vienna to Prague. Version A is favored
by those who like historical monuments and
adds the unique Lednice-Valtice area and

Cesky Krumlov (both have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Version B is for
cyclists who really want to cycle the whole way from Vienna to Prague.

Version A

Day 1)
Vienna - Valtice

Arrive by train (ticket included) from Vienna to Breclav. On the platform you will meet our representative who will drive you 15 min to your hotel in Valtice. There you will be introduced to the tour and given the bike and all information materials.
From Valtice you can take a short cycling loop towards the Czech-Austrian border to see the former “no man‘s land“ of the Iron Curtain and familiarize yourself with the rented bike.
Overnight in Valtice.

Day 2)
Valtice - Lednice - Mikulov (38 km / 24 miles)

Start your biking trip in Valtice, the former Liechtenstein family seat, and cycle through the designed landscape graced with two magnificent chateaux, along with numerous 'follies', romantic structures set in a harmonious way into the surrounding countryside, all enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage. From Lednice head for Pavlov with an archaeological museum streched over the Stone Age mammoth hunters site. Wrap up your day in Mikulov with its imposing castle, the Dietrichstein family tomb and the Jewish cemetery where the oldest tombstones date back to 1605.
Overnight in Mikulov.

Day 3)
Mikulov - Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji (41 km / 26 miles)
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After morning transfer by car from Mikulov to a viewpoint above Znojmo, the former royal town, enter Podyji National Park with untouched nature, beautiful views of the deep, forested river valley and the last remnant of the former Iron Curtain. Ride down to the smallest Austrian town of Hardegg and back enjoying the easy crossing of the border. Finish the day descending to Vranov with a Baroque castle perched high on a rock above the Dyje River.
Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji.

Day 4)
Vranov nad Dyji – Slavonice – Telc (48 km / 30 miles)

From Vranov go up through rolling terrain to visit to a Jewish cemetery in Safov, hidden off the beaten track. Then pass numerous 1930s bunkers on your way to the town of Slavonice, a forgotten Renaissance jewel with sgraffito houses. From Slavonice take a local train (ticket included) to Telc listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved Renaissance and Baroque town center.
Overnight in Telc.

Day 5)
Telc – Jindrichuv Hradec (43 km / 27 miles)

Bike in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands through a mosaic of fields, forests, meadows and ponds nicknamed “Czech Canada“. A unique stop on the way is the memorial to a local Jewish painter Frantisek Moritz Nagl murdered in Auschwitz concentration camp. Finish the day in Jindrichuv Hradec, where you can see the world‘s largest mechanical nativity scene.
Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.

Day 6)
Jindrichuv Hradec – Trebon (30 km / 19 miles)

Take a relaxing ride through the Bohemia Lake District ending up in the medieval town of Trebon, famous for its 14th century brewery, a unique water regulation system interconnecting large fishponds full of carps – the traditional Czech fish, or a family tomb of once mighty Schwarzenberg noble family.
Overnight in Trebon.

Day 7)
Trebon – Cesky Krumlov (63 km / 39 miles)

Today‘s cycling route starts in the flat Trebon basin, the RAMSAR prorected wetland, and gradually becomes hillier as you approach Cesky Krumlov, the gem of South Bohemia. Before the final climb touch the Vltava River at the Gothic monastery in Zlata Koruna and descend back to the river passing the country’s second largest castle in Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.

Day 8)
Cesky Krumlov - Prague

Enjoy the magic of Cesky Krumlov with virtually intact ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque structures including the oldest working Baroque theatre in Europe.
Leave the bike in the hotel in Cesky Krumlov and take a comfortable coach (ticket included) to Prague, the Czech capital.

Version B

Day 1)
Vienna – Stockerau

After your arrival in Vienna, the Austrian capital combining modern architecture with the Habsburg empire traditions, make your way individually to Stockerau (40 min by train). Check in and enjoy the evening in this cosy town.
Overnight in Stockerau.

Day 2)
Stockerau – Mikulov (72 km / 45 miles)

After breakfast meet our representative who will introduce you to the tour, give you the bike and all information materials.
The first cycling day follows the rolling countryside of Weinviertel (Austrian Wine District) past picturesque Galgenberg Hill encircled with wine cellars. Leave Austria for the Czech Republic arriving at Mikulov with its imposing castle, the Dietrichstein family tomb and the Jewish cemetery where the oldest tombstones date back to 1605.
Overnight in Mikulov.

Day 3)
Mikulov – Znojmo – Vranov nad Dyji (99 km / 62 miles)

Take a flat dedicated bike path along the Austrian border, then continue on a road through the medieval town of Znojmo to enter Podyji National Park with untouched nature, beautiful views of the deep, forested river valley and the last remnant of the former Iron Curtain. Ride down to the smallest Austrian town of Hardegg and back enjoying the easy crossing of the border. Finish the day descending to Vranov with a Baroque castle perched high on a rock above the Dyje River.
A shorter cycling option (41 km / 26 miles), beginning with a morning car transfer from Mikulov to Znojmo is available.
Overnight in Vranov nad Dyji

Day 4)
Vranov nad Dyji – Slavonice – Telc (78 km / 48 miles)

From Vranov go up through rolling terrain to visit to a Jewish cemetery in Safov, hidden off the beaten track. Then pass numerous 1930s bunkers on your way to Slavonice, a forgotten Renaissance town with sgraffito houses. From Slavonice ride to Telc, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its perfectly preserved Renaissance and Baroque town center.
A shorter cycling option (48 km / 30 miles), ending with an afternoon train transfer (ticket included) from Slavonice to Telc is available.
Overnight in Telc.

Day 5)
Telc – Jindrichuv Hradec (43 km / 27 miles)

Bike in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands through a mosaic of fields, forests, meadows and ponds nicknamed “Czech Canada“. A unique stop on the way is the memorial to a local Jewish painter Frantisek Moritz Nagl murdered in Auschwitz concentration camp. Finish the day in Jindrichuv Hradec, where you can see the world‘s largest mechanical nativity scene.
Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.

Day 6)
Jindrichuv Hradec – Tabor (56 km / 35 miles)

Cycle through a tapestry of woods and ponds to Cervena Lhota, a beautiful little red chateau in the middle of a pond. Continue through the calm countryside and descend to the Luznice River at Sezimovo Usti, the birthplace of Edvard Benes, the “designer“ of Czechoslovakia and its second president. Finish your day in Tabor, a medieval town founded by the Hussites.
Overnight in Tabor.

Day 7)
Tabor – Benesov (68 km / 42 miles)

Bike up and down the area called “Czech Siberia“ for its unspoiled environment. Enjoy the winding roads and horizons with rewarding vistas before descending to today's highlight, Konopiste Castle. Until 1914 it used to be the estate of Franz Ferdinand d’Este, the Austrian crown prince whose assassination in Sarajevo touched off the WWI. Then it is just a short ride to the town of Benesov.
Overnight in Benesov.

Day 8)
Benesov – Pruhonice – Prague (50 km / 31 miles)

The final part of this bicycle tour takes you via Tynec nad Sazavou, with a 1000 years old castle above the Sazava River, and Krhanice, the site of one of the largest European open air military museums, to Pruhonice, famous for its UNESCO enlisted park with a Romanesque church and a Renaissance chateau.
From Pruhonice you will be transferred by car to Prague, the Czech capital.

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