Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo via Flickr:Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho

Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo via Flickr:Traveltipy

Prague to Krakow

Czech Republic, Poland Bike Tours

Bike from one ancient capital to another

This bike tour through the Czech Republic and Poland begins in one ancient capital, Prague, and ends in another, Krakow, and offers a unique perspective on cycling in Europe. As you pedal through former Iron Curtain countries of Eastern Europe, you will delight in what most Europeans have long known. This is an area coming into its own in regards to many things, cycling included.

Two options are offered in regards to tour length, a 13-day tour or a 10-day tour. The 10-day tour also has guided dates. This important route is framed with 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and dotted with numerous castles and hidden villages!

Highlights:

  • Olomouc (Unesco town), Štramberk, Pardubice
  • Old silver mining capital, Kutná Hora
  • Sedlec Ossuary
  • UNESCO-protected town of Litomyšl

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Where You’ll Stay

Two levels of accommodation are offered on this tour.
Luxury Hotels: You will stay in old restored historical houses of local aristocrats or rich merchants or chateaus of at least 4 quality level or, if not available, the very best accommodations in town
Standard Hotels: 2
and 3* hotels or B&Bs

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Breakfasts
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions
  • 24-speed bicycle
  • Luggage transportation
  • Train ticket Hranice - Têšín (10 day tour)
  • Telephone support
  • Helmet and basic repair kit
  • Guided Tour only
  • Dinners (except on Day 1 and 10)
  • Water and snacks during cycling
  • Tour guide
  • Support vehicle

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival in Prague and departure travel at end of tour
  • Lunches and dinners
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SkillModerate
Length10–13 days
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Tour Dates

Self guided: Daily arrival possible from May to mid October, 2016

Guided (only available for the 10 day tour):  July 23 and September 3, 2016

Skill Level

This is a moderate self guided tour or guided tour

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Prague
Day 2: Prague - Nymburk, 39 mi. (63 km)
Day 3: Nymburk - Kutna Hora, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 4: Kutna Hora - Pardubice, 35 mi. (56 km)
Day 5:  Pardubice - Litomysl, 39 mi. (62 km)
Day 6: Litomysl - Moravska Trebova, 27.5 mi. (44 km)
Day 7: Moravska Trebova - Olomouc, 42.5 mi. (68 km)
Day 8: Olomouc - Hranice/Teplice nad Bečvou, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 9: Hranice/Teplice nad Becvou - Stramberk, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 10: Stramberk - Cesky Tesin , 40 mi. (64 km)
Day 11: Cesky Tesin - Osvetim, 49 mi. (79 km)
Day 12: Osvetim - Krakow, 45 mi. (73 km)
Day 13: Krakow

Day 1: Arrival in Prague
Once you settle in to your hotel, the day is yours to explore Prague, the  "Paris of the Central Europe".  If you have time and have recovered from your flight, you might consider a unique Prague-by-bike tour. We can provide you with all details. If you have time, consider staying in Prague an extra night or two to explore its beauty and hidden corners. 

Day 2: Prague - Nymburk, 39 mi. (63 km)
Departing from Prague, you cycle north east towards the fertile Polabí region, stopping on the way in the old towns of Čelákovice and then Přerov nad Labem, home of the oldest village culture museum in Europe. If is a hot day, you can take a refreshing swim in a local lake before continuing on to the old royal town of Nymburk, with its surrounding ancient walls, bordering the Elbe. Be sure to sample the local Postřižiny beer to commemorate the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal who grew up in the local brewery!

Day 3Nymburk - Kutna Hora, 26 mi. (42 km)
The easy bike trail leads along the river to the spa town of Poděbrady and continues to the royal town of Kolín with its ornate Renaissance synagogue. Here, you leave the banks of the Elbe River and bike to one of the six UNESCO Heritage sites on this tour, the old silver mining capital, Kutná Hora. Through the Middle Ages, it was one of the most important towns in Europe, extremely rich due to its mines, coin mint, and location on trade routes. You will enjoy the fascinating Medieval and Baroque structures and the stunning St Barbara's church, a real jewel of Gothic architecture.

Day 4: Kutna Hora - Pardubice, 35 mi. (56 km)
Suggested for your morning itinerary, is an extraordinary venue, the Sedlec Ossuary, whose decorations were created using the bones of more than 30 000 people, making it a curious and macabre exhibition. The route then bends back upon the Elbe, and you can visit the lovely Classical-style chateau, Kačina. Rejoining the river you pedal to the Kladruby national stud farm, which has produced exceptional horses for the Habsburgs since the 16th century.  In the afternoon, along the Buňkov lake, you can relax on the beach or even swim. Today's last stop is the medieval town of Pardubice, a charming, quiet old town with a nice chateau and old lanes.  For those looking for something sweet - you've found it! -  Pardubice is the Czech capital of traditional gingerbread.

Day 5:  Pardubice - Litomysl, 39 mi. (62 km)
Leaving the Elbe river, you will encounter the first gentle hills and the mighty castle, Kunětická Hora, worth the extra effort to pedal up the hill to enjoy the views. Upon reaching the Loučná River, you can follow it to the village of Vraclav and its memorial to the Vršovec noble family. Vysoké Mýto displays its beautiful town square and nicely preserved city gates as its historical legacy. Overnight this evening is in the UNESCO-protected town of Litomyšl, home of a fantastic Renaissance chateau with stunning gardens. Litomyšl is also the birthplace of the renowned composer Bedřich Smetana, a man celebrated every year with a classical music festival - a highlight of the Czech cultural calendar.

Day 6: Litomysl - Moravska Trebova, 27.5 mi. (44 km)
This day you say good-bye to Bohemia, crossing the historical border to Moravia as you cycle the gap between the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands in the south and the Eagle Mountains in the north. You can admire the Renaissance town of Svitavy with its beautiful square and explore the history of its most famous resident, Oskar Schindler. From here, there is a climb over the Hřebeč range, but the route soon descends easily towards your lodging in the town of Moravská Třebová. This little town has a fantastic Renaissance chateau, one of the best examples in all of Moravia.

Day 7: Moravska Trebova - Olomouc, 42.5 mi. (68 km)
Today there is an easy start, following the River Třebůvka. Still skirting the old border between Bohemia and Moravia, there are numerous castle ruins, but mostly just rubble. However, upon leaving the river, you will pass Bouzouv, a 14th-century fortress and one of the most romantic places in the Czech Republic. Leaving the highlands then, the route descends to the Morava River, your guide for the rest of the day.  If you are interested in reaching the lodgings more quickly in the UNESCO city of Oloumoc, you can take the train; otherwise enjoy the bike route along the meandering river. The ancient capital of the Moravia Empire, Olomouc rewards it visitors with fascinating sculptures, dramatic churches, and a communist-era astronomical clock.

Day 8: Olomouc - Hranice/Teplice nad Bečvou, 36 mi. (58 km)
The route initially follows the Bystřice river today. Upon reaching the Tršice region with its beautiful views of Svatý Kopeček (Holy Hill), you arrive in Přerov and the Bečva River, which you will follow upstream on a lovely bike path. Lipník's town center has a lovely castle and extraordinary gardens and you can up to cycle the hill to the mighty Helfštýn castle. Further upstream is the town of Hranice with its Renaissance square. On the other bank of Bečva, you can relax in the local spa Teplice nad Bečvou on the square. 

Day 9: Hranice/Teplice nad Becvou - Stramberk, 26 mi. (42 km)
This day is one of the most demanding but also the most interesting of the entire tour. The closer  you get to Czech-Polish-Slovakian border, the more castles, castle ruins and historical towns you will encounter.  In the morning, you follow the Bečva River for the last kilometers before the route turns uphill to discover some nice views of Starý Jičín and its castle ruin. Next stop is Nový Jičín with its picturesque old town and funny fountain on the square. From the town, the route is undulating with some early views of the Beskydy Mountains till we get to Štramberk. This lovely little town, with wooden houses and a mighty castle tower above it, is know for it's gourmet Štramberk Ears!

Day 10: Stramberk - Cesky Tesin , 40 mi. (64 km)
Upon leaving Štramberk, you enter the small town of Kopřivnice - home of the famous Tatra trucks. Next stop in this rather hilly morning is Hukvaldy, a small town overlooked by a mighty castle and known as the birthplace of the innovative 19th-century composer Leoš Janáček, whose house borders the bike route! You then follow the small river Ondřejnice to the twin town of Frýdek-Místek just in time for lunch.  In the afternoon, you bike along the Žermanice Lake, a nice spot for a swim! .

Day 11: Cesky Tesin - Osvetim, 49 mi. (79 km)
In the morning, we cross the border and start the Polish part of our journey. The small roads gently meander away from the mountain views behind you. First stop is the small town of Skoczow where we join the Wisla river. From there on we bike through a land of lakes crowned by the mighty Goczalkowicke dam to the historical town of Pszyna. Here you can visit a nice chateau and the regional museum or the Zubr (European buffalo) nature park. We will conclude our day inhistorical town of Oświęcim, sadly known for the nearby WWII concentration camp Oświęcim/Auschwitz. 

Day 12Osvetim - Krakow, 45 mi. (73 km)
On this last day, the route continues along the River Wisla upstream to the historic town of Lipowiec. Here you can climb to a majestic castle ruin or visit the town's open air museum. From here the route climbs a couple hills to reward us with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Next stop on the way will be the monastery in Alwera or the cave complex in the protected nature area near Baczov. We will conclude our day and whole tour in the historical town Krakow, known as the seat of Polish kings and archbishops.

TIP: Those wishing to visit the memorial site and museums in Auschwitz can shorten or skip their bike ride with a train transfer to Krakow.

Day 13: Krakow
It is  highly recommend that you take the time to tour this magnificent city, the former capital of the Polish kingdom full of picturesque places and buildings. If you have more time, we suggest a trip to impressive historical salt mines, located only short ride from the town!

10 Day Tour:

Day 1: Prague
Day 2: Prague – (Nymburk) – Kutná Hora, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Kutna Hora - Pardubice, 35 mi. (56 km)
Day 4: Pardubice - Litomysl, 39 mi. (62 km)
Day 5: Litomysl - Moravska Trebova, 27.5 mi. (44 km)
Day 6: Moravska Trebova - Olomouc, 42.5 mi. (68 km)
Day 7: Olomouc - Hranice/Teplice nad Bečvou
Day 8: Cesky Tesin - Osvetim, 49 mi. (79 km)
Day 9: Osvetim - Krakow, 45 mi. (73 km)
Day 10: Krakow

Day 1: Prague
Once you settle into your hotel, the day is yours to explore Prague, the  "Paris of the Central Europe".  If you have time and have recovered from your flight, you might consider  a unique Prague-by-bike tour. We can provide you with all details. If you have time, consider staying in Prague an extra night or two to explore its beauty and hidden corners. 

Day 2: Prague – (Nymburk) – Kutná Hora, 26 mi. (42 km)
A morning transfer by car from Prague will transport you to Nymburk (app 1 hour). This ancient town situated on Elbe River is surrounded by one of the best preserved medieval city walls in Czech republic. From here, the cycling continues on a pleasant and easy bike trail, following the river to the spa town of Poděbrady and then to the royal town of Kolín with its ornate Renaissance synagogue. From Kolin, the route leads away from the river to one of the six UNESCO Heritage sites, the old silver mining capital, Kutná Hora. Through the Middle Ages it was one of the most important towns in Europe, extremely rich due to its mines, coin mint and location on trade routes. Relax in the  old town comprised of fascinating Medieval and Baroque structures. Crowning it all is the stunning St Barbara's church – a real jewel of Gothic architecture!

Day 3: Kutna Hora - Pardubice, 35 mi. (56 km)
Suggested for your morning itinerary, is an extraordinary venue, the Sedlec Ossuary, whose decorations were created using the bones of more than 30 000 people, making it a curious and macabre exhibition. The route then bends back upon the Elbe, and you can visit the lovely Classical-style chateau, Kačina. Rejoining the river you pedal to the Kladruby national stud farm, which has produced exceptional horses for the Habsburgs since the 16th century.  In the afternoon, along the Buňkov lake, you can relax on the beach or even swim. Today's last stop is the medieval town of Pardubice, a charming, quiet old town with a nice chateau and old lanes. For those looking for something sweet - you've found it! -  Pardubice is the Czech capital of traditional gingerbread.

Day 4: Pardubice - Litomysl, 39 mi. (62 km)
Leaving the Elbe river, you will encounter the first gentle hills and the mighty castle, Kunětická Hora, worth the extra effort to pedal up the hill to enjoy the views. Upon reaching the Loučná River, you can follow it to the village of Vraclav and its memorial to the Vršovec noble family. Vysoké Mýto displays its beautiful town square and nicely preserved city gates as its historical legacy. Overnight this evening is in the UNESCO-protected town of Litomyšl, home of a fantastic Renaissance chateau with stunning gardens. Litomyšl is also the birthplace of the renowned composer Bedřich Smetana, a man celebrated every year with a classical music festival - a highlight of the Czech cultural calendar.

Day 5: Litomysl - Moravska Trebova, 27.5 mi. (44 km)
This day you say good-bye to Bohemia, crossing the historical border to Moravia as you cycle the gap between the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands in the south and the Eagle Mountains in the north. You can admire the Renaissance town of Svitavy with its beautiful square and explore the history of its most famous resident, Oskar Schindler. From here, there is a climb over the Hřebeč range, but the route soon descends easily towards your lodging in the town of Moravská Třebová. This little town has a fantastic Renaissance chateau, one of the best examples in all of Moravia.

Day 6: Moravska Trebova - Olomouc, 42.5 mi. (68 km)
Today there is an easy start, following the River Třebůvka. Still skirting the old border between Bohemia and Moravia, there are numerous castle ruins, but mostly just rubble. However, upon leaving the river, you will pass Bouzouv, a 14th-century fortress and one of the most romantic places in the Czech Republic. Leaving the highlands then, the route descends to the Morava River, your guide for the rest of the day.  If you are interested in reaching the lodgings more quickly in the UNESCO city of Oloumoc, you can take the train; otherwise enjoy the bike route along the meandering river. The ancient capital of the Moravia Empire, Olomouc rewards it

Day 7: Olomouc - Hranice/Teplice nad Bečvou, 36 mi. (58 km)
The route initially follows the Bystřice River, leading to the Tršice region with its beautiful views of Svatý Kopeček (Holy Hill).  In Přerov, you join the Bečva river and follow the bike trail upstream. Lipnick has a lovely  town center complete with a castle and extraordinary gardens, or you can opt for a detour up the hill to the mighty Helfštýn castle. Further upstream, you arrive to the town of Hranice with its Renaissance square. On the other bank of Bečva, you can relax at you day's destination, Teplice nad Bečvou. 

Day 8: Hranice (Cesky Tesin) - Osvetim, 49 mi. (79 km)
In the morning, you will be transferred by train from Hranice to Český Těšín. Leaving the Czech republic, you cross the border and start the Polish part of the journey. After a couple of climbs, initially the country roads will gently lead away from the mountain views behind you. First stop is the small town of Skoczow where you join the Wisla river. From there on, you bike through a land of lakes crowned by the mighty Goczalkowicke dam to the historical town of Pszyna. Here you can visit a nice chateau and the regional museum or the Zubr (European buffalo) nature park. You will conclude the day in the historical town of Oświęcim, sadly known for the nearby WWII concentration camp Oświęcim/Auschwitz.

Day 9: Osvetim - Krakow, 45 mi. (73 km)
On this last day, the route continues along the River Wisla upstream to the historic town of Lipowiec. Here you  can climb to a majestic castle ruin or visit the town's open air museum. From here the route climbs a couple hills to reward you with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Next stop on the way will be the monastery in Alwera or the cave complex in the protected nature area near Baczov. The day will conclude in the historical town Krakow, known as the seat of Polish kings and archbishops.

TIP: Those willing to visit memorial site and museums in the concentration camp Auschwitz can shorten or skip their bike ride with a train transfer to Krakow.

Day 10: Krakow
It is highly recommended that you take the time to tour this magnificent city, the former capital of the Polish kingdom full of picturesque places and buildings. If you have more time, we highly recommend a trip to impressive historical salt mines, located only short ride from the town!

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