City gate in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn

Local celebrations in Pisek, Czech Republic. Photo via Flickr:Donald Judge
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Prague to Passau Bike Tour

Czech Republic, Germany Bike Tours

Bike the Prague to Passau road

  • On this bike tour of the Czech Republic and Germany, you will visit the UNESCO listed towns of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, and the stronghold and cradle of Czech reformation, Tabor. Fairytale-like castles will enchant and the deep woods of Sumava National Park, also known as Bohemian Forest National Park with its centuries-old primeval forests, glacial lakes, and mysterious peat bogs provide the poetry of nature to your cycling vacation. You will actually cross the historic former iron curtain on your tour, ending in Passau, an ancient bishops town located on the banks of the Danube River.

    Highlights:

    • Prague, City of a Hundred Spires
    • Cesky Krumlov, one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic
    • Towering castles
    • Fortress city of Tábor
    • Picturesque villages
    • Šumava national park
    • Original Budweiser Budvar Brewery

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  • Self-guided

    Standard Hotels $ 1382 £ 684 $ 1,195 748 $ 1411 kr 8432 $ 852 High season supplement (April 15 to June 30 + September 1 to October 10) $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 19 kr 113 $ 11 Single surcharge $ 253 £ 125 $ 219 137 $ 258 kr 1544 $ 156
    Premium Hotels $ 1646 £ 815 $ 1,423 891 $ 1680 kr 10044 $ 1,015 High season supplement (April 15 to June 30 + September 1 to October 10) $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 19 kr 113 $ 11 Single supplement $ 323 £ 160 $ 280 175 $ 330 kr 1973 $ 199


    Guided:

    Twin/double: $ 1785 £ 884 $ 1,543 966 $ 1822 kr 10889 $ 1,100 Single surcharge: on request

    extra options

    Bike rental upgrade

    Electric bike supplement: $ 116 £ 58 $ 101 63 $ 119 kr 710 $ 72 Specialized Diverge Gravel road bike rental supplement: $ 55 £ 27 $ 48 30 $ 57 kr 338 $ 34

    Extra nights

    Low season (July 1 - August 30)
    High season (April 15 to June 30 + September 1 to October 10)

    Prague 

    Low season:
    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: $ 111 £ 55 $ 96 60 $ 113 kr 676 $ 68 Single:  $ 183 £ 91 $ 158 99 $ 187 kr 1116 $ 113  

    Premium accommodations: 
    Twin/double: $ 137 £ 68 $ 118 74 $ 140 kr 834 $ 84 Single: $ 233 £ 115 $ 201 126 $ 238 kr 1420 $ 144

    High season:
    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: $ 122 £ 60 $ 105 66 $ 124 kr 744 $ 75 Single:  $ 200 £ 99 $ 173 108 $ 204 kr 1217 $ 123  

    Premium accommodations: 
    Twin/double: $ 159 £ 79 $ 137 86 $ 162 kr 969 $ 98 Single: $ 253 £ 125 $ 219 137 $ 258 kr 1544 $ 156

    Passau

    Low season:
    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: $ 111 £ 55 $ 96 60 $ 113 kr 676 $ 68 Single:  $ 183 £ 91 $ 158 99 $ 187 kr 1116 $ 113

    Premium accommodations:
    Twin/double: $ 139 £ 69 $ 120 75 $ 141 kr 845 $ 85 Single:  $ 233 £ 115 $ 201 126 $ 238 kr 1420 $ 144

    High season:
    Standard accommodations: 
    Twin/double: $ 122 £ 60 $ 105 66 $ 124 kr 744 $ 75 Single:  $ 200 £ 99 $ 173 108 $ 204 kr 1217 $ 123

    Premium accommodations:
    Twin/double: $ 139 £ 69 $ 120 75 $ 141 kr 845 $ 85 Single:  $ 253 £ 125 $ 219 137 $ 258 kr 1544 $ 156

    Transfers

    Prague Airport to hotel (1-3 people) $ 55 £ 27 $ 48 30 $ 57 kr 338 $ 34 Prague Airport -Hotel transfer (4-8 people) $ 74 £ 37 $ 64 40 $ 75 kr 451 $ 46 Prague Main train station to Hotel (1-3 people) $ 46 £ 23 $ 40 25 $ 47 kr 282 $ 28 Prague Main train station to Hotel (4-8 people) $ 55 £ 27 $ 48 30 $ 57 kr 338 $ 34

     

    Guided bike tour of Prague

    2 people: $ 83 £ 41 $ 72 45 $ 85 kr 507 $ 51 4 people: $ 74 £ 37 $ 64 40 $ 75 kr 451 $ 46 6 people: $ 65 £ 32 $ 56 35 $ 66 kr 395 $ 40

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    The closest major airport to Prague, Czech Republic is Prague Václav Havel Airport (PRG). This airport is 19 km from the center of Prague, Czech Republic. The closest international airport(s) to Passau, at the end of your tour is Salzburg (SZG) (134 km) or Munich (MUC) (166 km).

    Local Travel

    Arrival:
    The most economical way to arrive to the city center upon arrival in Prague is first by bus to the metro and then by metro to the city center.
    There is also a shuttle bus that runs every 30 minutes between the airport and Namesti Republiky. Tickets can be bought directly from the driver.
    The Czech railways run an Airport Express bus from the airport to the main railway station, stopping on the way at Revolucni near Kotva Department Store, and Masarykovo railway station. The tickets cost 60 crowns.
    If you prefer a taxi, you will find taxis waiting at the curb in front of the airport.
    Departure:
    From Passau, you can access train travel for onward travel. If traveling to Munich airport, you will travel by train, first to Freising, and then by bus to Munich airport.
    If flying out of Salzburg, you will first travel by train to Salzburg’s main train station, and then by bus to the airport. We can provide more detailed travel instructions on request.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. Prague and the surroundings are classified as moderately continental. June through August temperatures are very mild or pleasantly warm. Daytime temperatures hover around 22 °C (71.5 °F) in June and 24 °C (75 °F) in July and August. In July and August, it can get hot at times, but all in all, the days when the temperature exceeds 30 °C (86 °F) are rare.

    Recommended

    We always suggest spending extra night before the tour. You can also book a private Prague by Bike tour that is guided by locals who love and know their city.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

Self-guided departures:*
Daily between May 1 and October 15, 2020

*2 people needed to confirm a self-guided departure. If you are a solo traveler, ask us for a price. Supplement will apply.

Guided departures**:
June 20 and July 25, 2020

**4 people needed to confirm a guided departure date. Please ask us in regards to the status of either departure.

Where You’ll Stay

Very good 3 to 4 star hotels. On self-guided tours, you can ask for premium accommodations. Sample hotel lists will be provided on request. Please note that your final hotel list will be based on availability at time of booking.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
  • Breakfast
  • Individual pre-tour meeting at appointed time at client hotel
  • 24-speed hybrid with helmet, handlebar bag, pannier, mud guards, and bike bell
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • GPS files on request
  • Train tickets Český Krumlov to Šumava NP
  • Luggage transportation

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Prague and Passau available.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length7 days
From748 Rates
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Skill Level

Moderate to difficult self-guided hotel tour.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Prague to Passau Map

DAY 1: Arrival in Prague
DAY 2: Prague – Benešov, 38 mi. (61 km)
DAY 3: Benešov - Tábor, 40 mi. (65 km)
DAY 4: Tábor - Hluboká nad Vltavou, 38 mi. (60 km) 
DAY 5: Hluboká nad Vltavou – Český Krumlov, 25 mi. (40 km)
DAY 6: Český Krumlov - Passau, 35 to 56 mi. (55 to 90 km)
DAY 7: Departure from Passau

*All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Prague
The day is yours to explore Prague, the "Paris of Central Europe". You are free to relax, shop, or stroll the streets. You can also opt to take the unique Prague-by-bike tour. The tour is guided by locals who love and know their city and can showcase much more than any travel book. Finish your experience with a glass of good beer in a carefully chosen place. If time allows, it is suggested that you book a few extra nights in Prague before the tour to enjoy all the city has to offer.

DAY 2: Prague – Konopiště, 38 mi. (61 km)
Your first biking day starts easily on bike trails bordering the relaxed Vltava river. After 20 km on flat ground, you leave the river valley and climb to the romantic Posázaví highlands. Every climb will reward you with peaceful views of the surrounding countryside. At Zbořený Kostelec, you can take a short hike to a hidden castle ruin. From here you continue to nearby Týnec nad Sázavou. Today's stage ends with a visit to Konopiste Castle, the summer palace of Archduke Franz Ferdinand D ́Este. The assassination of this would-be-emperor in Sarajevo in 1914 was a cause of World War I.

DAY 3: Konopiště - Tábor, 40 mi. (65 km)
The second day offers gentle biking along roads and byways through peace-filled Central Bohemia. The part you bike through today is sometimes called Czech Meran for all its little undulations, or Czech Siberia for rather chilly winter mornings. Your climbs are rewarded with fantastic views. After passing through this cycling heaven, you will end up in Tábor. This mighty fortress served as the headquarters of the Czech Reformation during the 15th-century Hussite wars. 

DAY 4: Tábor - Hluboká nad Vltavou, 38 mi. (60 km)
Enter the South Bohemian region today. It is well known for its hospitality, fish farming, and architectural style called the folk Baroque. The stage of this bike tour will lead you through picturesque villages of this region and you visit the village of Zaluzi with a well-preserved open-air museum of folk architecture. In the Borkovicka Marshland, besides admiring this natural wonder, you will learn more about peat mining. In Dolni Bukovsko, stop by an early Gothic church of the Birth of Virgin Mary with precious Gothic mural paintings. The highlight of today’s stage is the visit of the neo-Gothic castle in post Tudor style in Hluboka nad Vltavou. This fairytale-like building can be easily identified by its numerous towers and yellow color. The inside of the castle hides treasured items from the Schwarzenberg collection, which are carefully arranged throughout the castle's 141 rooms.

DAY 5: Hluboká nad Vltavou – Český Krumlov, 25 mi. (40 km)
Just after breakfast, cycle upstream of the Vltava River to the South Bohemian metropolis – Ceske Budejovice. Apart from the well maintained main square with a Baroque fountain and the Black Tower, this town is famous worldwide for production of the Budweiser Budvar beer. One sip of this golden drink is proof that the several hundred-year tradition of beer making in Bohemia is the true national treasure. Further, visit the old monastery of Zlata Koruna (Golden Crown), which dates back to the 13th century when it became an important center of education and ruling power of its time. At the end of the day, you enter the town of Cesky Krumlov, known as “Pearl of Renaissance”. Admire a complex of more than 300 historical buildings surrounding a Renaissance castle, which used to be the residence of the most significant aristocratic families in the times of the Bohemian Kingdom. After Prague, Cesky Krumlov is the most popular tourist destination in the Czech Republic. Visiting this town will definitely be the highlight of the tour.

DAY 6: Český Krumlov - Passau, 35 to 56 mi. (55 to 90 km)
In the morning, you will be transferred to the Šumava NP area. The train/car will take us to Nová pec right on the banks of the Lipno lake. From here, you will bike along the river upstream through deep woods, peat bogs, and meadows of Šumava national park. Near Stožec, you will cross the former iron curtain to enter Germany. From here the trail joins a dismantled railway which has been made into the perfect cycle trail which leads through the hilly area near Waldkirchen. From here, the route is rolling up and down through the bavarian rural area on small side roads and bike trails until reaching your destination - Passau right on the banks of the mighty Danube river.

DAY 7: Departure from Passau
It is recommended to extend your stay to further explore Passau!

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Tour Reviews

  • Duncan B. 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Fantastic countryside, towns and beers!!

  • Michael Kieda 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Beautiful routes and towns make this a "must do" tour that exceeded all my expectations. The routes were sometimes quite challenging, as I hoped they would be, but I always arrived in each town with plenty of time and energy to walk around and enjoy the fabulous sights, shops, and cafes. The hotels were all very clean, comfortable, and pleasant. The hybrid bikes are well suited for the route and were equipped with two particularly welcomed features: rear panier bags and a fresh pair of Schwalbe Marathon tires. A couple of absent features that also would have been very welcome are a cycle computer and clear sleeve on the handlebars for the route notes. I recommend bringing SPD clipless pedals and shoes. And I highly recommend allowing two or three extra days in Prague and at least a full day in Passau.

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