Wine Trails and Iron Curtain Roads
Austria, Czech Republic Bike Tours
Wine, wine making, and the Czech Republic!
If you love wine, history, and beautiful landscapes, then this bike tour in Austria and the Czech Republic is the perfect choice! You will visit ancient wine regions steeped in two thousand years of wine-making tradition. Get a glimpse into the lives of local wine producers in picturesque villages, which always have two centers, the residential, and the wine making.
You will have opportunities not only to learn the art of viniculture but also to taste and to compare samples of exceptional wines along with specialties of local cuisines!
The cycling routes run through a scenic, slightly hilly countryside, lined with vineyards and showcasing beautiful nature! While biking on border roads between Czech republic and Austria, it is hard to believe that at one time, this beautiful region was called, "no man's land", dividing the free world from communism by the monstrous iron curtain. Though the cold war is now part of history, you will find traces today!
Highlights of this tour include the cities of Prague and Vienna, two of Europe's cultural centers. Prague's historic center is an exquisite showcase of Czech culture.
One of the biggest advantages of this tour is its flexibility, allowing you to decide how you'd like to spend your days according to the current weather conditions or amount of cycling you wish to do.
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Self-guided: £ 657 $ 1,035 € 690 NOK 6900 kr 6369 $ 828
Single supplement: £ 124 $ 195 € 130 NOK 1300 kr 1200 $ 156
Guided: £ 848 $ 1,335 € 890 NOK 8900 kr 8215 $ 1,068 August 20 discount: £ 76 $ 120 € 80 NOK 800 kr 738 $ 96 Single supplement: £ 124 $ 195 € 130 NOK 1300 kr 1200 $ 156
Upgrade to premium hotels (self-guided option): £ 138 $ 218 € 145 NOK 1450 kr 1338 $ 174 Single supplement: £ 129 $ 203 € 135 NOK 1350 kr 1246 $ 162
Gel seat cover rental: £ 5 $ 8 € 5 NOK 50 kr 46 $ 6 Bike computer rental: £ 3 $ 5 € 3 NOK 30 kr 28 $ 4 Small rear pack: £ 5 $ 8 € 5 NOK 50 kr 46 $ 6 Medium rear pack: £ 10 $ 15 € 10 NOK 100 kr 92 $ 12 Complete Pannier set: £ 14 $ 23 € 15 NOK 150 kr 138 $ 18 Electric bicycle: £ 67 $ 105 € 70 NOK 700 kr 646 $ 84 Guided tour of Prague (Day 1): £ 33 $ 53 € 35 NOK 350 kr 323 $ 42
Rates are based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Self-guided tour: Arrival possible daily between April 15 and October 30, 2017
Minimum number of 2 bookings required to confirm a request. If travelling alone, tour could be confirmed but with addtional supplement.
Guided tour: *August 20, 2017
*Now being offered at discount. See pricing. Not applicable for confirmed bookings.
Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations in 3 star hotels. Upgrade to 4 star hotels is possible.
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- Detailed maps and route descriptions
- 24-speed bicycle
- Luggage transportation
- Telephone support
- Helmet and basic repair kit
- Ticket from Znojmo to Vienna
- Guided Tour only
- Tour guide
- Support vehicle
What’s Not Included
- Individual arrival and departure to Prague
- Lunches and dinners (dinners included in guided tour only)
- Extension in Prague
- Bicycle protection
- Trip insurance
Extra nights are possible.
This is an easy to moderate guided or self-guided bike tour with average daily distances between 19 and 38 miles (30 and 62 km). Three days of this tour make a loop so you can choose your daily biking distance. On those days, you can opt to do a hiking tour instead of biking.
Day 1: Arrival in Prague
Day 2: Transport to Moravia - Lednice - Valtice Cultural Landscape, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 3: Břeclavsko + Iron curtain trails, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 4: Pálava Hill + Mikulov, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 5: Mikulov - Znojmo, 41 mi. (66 km)
Day 6: Podyjí NP, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 7: Vienna (Austria)
*All distances are approximate.
Day 1: Arrival in Prague
Arrival to Prague, check-in to your hotel. This day is up to you to explore Prague by yourself, relax, or have a unique Prague by bike tour. This tour is guided by Prague natives who truly love the city and are knowledgeable about much more than just tourist highlights (not included in the tour price.) Finish the day with a mug of good beer and authentic dinner. Extra nights in Prague are always recommended giving you the opportunity to fully explore the hidden corners of this beautiful city!
Day 2: Transport to Moravia - Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape, 19 mi. (30 km)
In the morning, you will be transferred to Southern Moravia by car (3.5 hours). Spend all day exploring the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape – a castle complex that used to belong to the family of Lichtenstein. Under the care of this single family, the swampy area was transformed into a well thought out combination of castles and parks, sometimes also called “The Garden of Europe” or “The Garden Paradise”. You will have a chance to explore the castle and grounds, which is an outstanding work of human creativity. Since the complex is very large, a bike is the perfect mode of transportation because it allows you to experience this exceptional cultural site and get a good workout in the process. Enjoy the botanical garden, taste a few of the best wines of Czech Republic in Chateau wine cellar in Valtice, or visit one of many architectural wonders that make this day one of the highlights of the whole trip!
Day 3: Břeclavsko and Iron Curtain Trails, 30 mi. (48 km)
The first part of today's biking stage leads through beautiful deep woods along the Dyje river exploring remaining parts of Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape. Visit the town of Breclav with a restored synagogue and castle ruin. Only a few kilometers downstream you'll find the beautiful Pohansko chateau hidden just near the Austrian border. The second part of a day you follow iron curtain roads on the border between Austria and Czech republic. Those interested in Cold war history can visit the Iron curtain museum. The day ends in the town of Mikulov which will welcome you with its Baroque castle, historical town square, unique old synagogue and a local curiosity, a giant wine cask. The route today is mostly along bike paths.
Day 4: Palava Hill Loop, 30 mi. (48 km)
Today you explore Pálava hill and its surroundings. Due to a unique combination of vineyards, castle ruins, and limestone formations, it is named on the UNESCO biospheric reserve list and earned the nickname, Mediterranea of Czech Republic. Cycle uphill for amazing views of surrounding area. If the sky is clear you can see the Czech - Austrian - Slovakian border. The small town of Pavlov will be your first stop. The town is “guarded” by the Devin castle ruin. Take a break and walk through the traditional village or climb up to the castle ruins for an amazing view at Nové Mlýny water dam. After that continue through the village of Dolni Vestonice, which is known for its rare archeological find, the Venus of Vestonice. To get back to the town of Mikulov, you will continue through the vineyard region and around the Palava Hills venturing as far as the border crossing near Nový Přerov. The last part will easily meander towards Mikulov giving you some of the best views of it with the castle nesting majestically above the town. If you wish to hike instead of cycle, this day offers the opportunity!
Day 5: Mikulov - Znojmo, 41 mi. (66 km)
Today you start cycling to the west crossing the border to Austria. The first stop is an Austrian iconic wine cellar “village”, Wildendürbach. This picturesque place has numerous wine cellars covering a small hill that creates the look and feel of a village but it has no permanent inhabitants. From here, you bike through the countryside to the spa town of Laa, where you can stop for an early lunch. After this, cross the border back to the Czech Republic and bike along the Greenways bike trail, Prague to Vienna. The next stop is a small town of Jaroslavice with a renaissance chateau, and the historical Slup watermill, a historical landmark. The day ends in Znojmo. This old royal town welcomes you with panoramic views of Podyjí NP, a lively and well-preserved old historical town center and a castle.
Day 6: Podyjí NP loop + Znojmo, 32 mi. (52 km)
Today you can choose between biking or hiking. The bike option takes you through the small villages to the west all the way to Čížov. This little village treasures one of the last preserved barbed wire lines and border guard towers of the original Iron Curtain. Further south is a breathtaking view over the border to the smallest town in Austria, Hardegg. To finish the loop, turn back to the East and continue again along the national Park to Znojmo. If you'd like to bike a little more, you can turn to the scenic Šobes vineyard, once awarded as one of the best vineyards in the world and Šatov historical village! The hiking option can start either from the town directly towards the national park or by a short bus transfer.
Day 7: Vienna (Austria)
In the morning, you'll be transported by car or train to the city of waltz, opera, and famous coffee! The capital city of Austria is your final destination. Of course, you can always extend your stay in Vienna to explore the UNESCO protected city center, the Schönbrunn Castle, and many other sights that are too beautiful and unique to be missed. Extra nights, guided city tours, and transfer back to Prague can be arranged!