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Prague to Salzburg

Tranunsee Lake, Gmunden

12 days / 11 nights - 6 biking days

Guided group tour  

Length 462 km / 289 miles,

Grade of difficulty: Moderate
The whole of the route is on paved cycling paths or minor paved roads without traffic. On such surfaces even the longest leg (100 km /60 miles) is easily manageable.  

These route connects Prague (Golden Town) and Salzburg (birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) - two of the most beautiful and magical cities well known throughout the world. However, it is not only these two gems you will discover on this route. There are the perhaps less known but no less interesting places such as the neo-Gothic Chateau Konopiste, the Hunting Lodge of the former Heir to the Throne, Archduke Ferdinand On the second day we stay overnight in historical Tabor - founded in the spring of 1420 by Petr Hromadka of Jistebnice from the most radical wing of the Hussites. An easy ride through gently rolling hills and along the Vltava River takes us to Hluboka nad Vltavou with another architectural pearl - perhaps the most romantic chateau in the Czech Republic.  The next day we start with a flat section to Holasovice village - a typical example of the so-called 'rural baroque' architecture in South Bohemia. Today´s cycling ends in the second most attractive town in the Czech Republic - Cesky Krumlov. Cesky Krumlov, with its fairy tale castle, winding river valley and romantic restaurants and pubs, is among the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic and features on the prestigious UNESCO list of sites of World and Cultural Heritage. It is worth staying here two nights so you have enough time to enjoy this place. After a rest day we continue south along the Vltava river. As we ride over gently rolling hills we enter Austria. From here we take a series of very minor roads, with a few short steep climbs, until we start a wonderful 10 km descent to Freistadt, founded before 1220. The following day we cross the Danube River and follow the Enn River to Steyr. The town is one of Austria's most attractive based at the confluence of the Enns and Steyr Rivers. On our way to Gmunden we get closer to the Alps. Views from the promenade across the lake to the majestic mountains are breathtaking. We have another day off here. The last cycling day leads along Tranunsee, Wolfgansee and Mondsee Lakes to Salzburg, the final destination of this route.

Special conditions for:

Guided Group option:
Accommodation: only Premium hotels option
Boarding: 11 x breakfast + 3x lunch + 9x dinner included
Airport transfer - transfer from Prague Airport to the hotel in Prague included
Bike rental bike: Trek 7.5 bikes - fitness bikes are fast, light and suitable only for paved surfaces, as on this route or e-bike

Self Guided option:
Accommodation:  Standard or premium hotels option
Boarding: 11 x breakfast
Airport transfer - transfer from Prague Airport to the hotel in Prague is optional: 28 Euro per 1-3 persons, 38 Euro per 4-8 persons
Bike rental: Crossing/Treking  bikes for 100 Euro or TREK bikes for 175 Euro, or e-bike

Tour Calendar

Tour type Guided Group Tours Self-Guided Individual Tours
Scheduled Tours 16.09.2017 - 28.09.2017
Daily, from April till the end of October
Price per person
(based on double-room occupancy)
2995 € 1490 €
Surcharge for single occupancy 520 € 290 €
Surcharge for Premium Hotels N/A 190 €
Bike rental 175 € 100 €
E-bike rental 200 € 200 €

Standard Tour Programme

Day 1 Prague - meeting day
(Test ride to get familiar with the bike, welcome briefing). 
We pick you up at Prague Airport and transfer to the hotel. Today is designed to allow you settle in and relax after your journey. There will be a meeting at 13:00 at the hotel. We make adjustments to your rental bike for best performance and comfort or assist you to unpack your own bike. There is much to be said for arriving a day early to recover from the journey and to explore Prague. Prague has several titles, including "the city of a hundred spires" and "the golden city". It is a magical experience to wander through the winding cobbled streets and explore painted murals, the Gothic Charles Bridge dating from 1400 and the vast Prague Castle (entry is free into the castle courtyards and gardens).

Day 2 Prague to Konopiste:
(64 km / 40 miles by bicycle)
From Prague city centre we drive 32 km to Karlstejn Castle; it dates from 1348 and is one of the most impressive castles in Europe. From here we head south east, crossing the Berounka and Vltava rivers, making our way on very minor roads, through rolling hills and valleys to Konopiste where we visit the impressive castle that dates from 1300.

Day 3 Konopiste to Tabor
(57 km / 36 miles by bicycle)
We head south on bike route 0076 to Sedlec-Prčice, an attractive little town where we stop for lunch. From here we follow very quiet country lanes through attractive countryside to Tabor, where we stay the night in the centre of the old town. Perched on a steep hillside, the town, founded in 1420, has one of Bohemia's most attractive town squares.

Day 4 Tabor - Hluboka nad Vltavou
(65 km / 41 miles by bicycle). 
The Tabor region is wonderful biking country with its forests and meadows, streams and lakes and gently rolling terrain. For the last 12 kilometres before we reach Hluboka nad Vltavou, our destination for the night, we cycle on one of the best cycling paths in the country. Hluboka is a small town with a stunning chateau set on a hill. Our opulent hotel is adjacent to the castle.

Day 5 Hluboka nad Vltavou - Cesky Krumlov
(48 km / 30 miles by bicycle).

Our route takes us to the attractive village of Holasovice and then over a small range of hills before dropping down to the valley and Cesky Krumlov, a truly spectacular fairy tale town. The town is car free; set in a tight bend of the Vltava River - rafting available - it is crowned by a stunning castle and has a maze of attractive little lanes and an impressive town square.

Day 6 Cesky Krumlov - free day
There is much to see and do in Cesky Krumlov - explore the magnificent old town which boasts 300 protected medieval buildings, laze the day away at a café in the town square or by the river, check out the castle complex (the second largest in the Czech Republic) and its grounds, go rafting or canoeing or even go for a bike ride in the countryside. The name of the city comes from the German term "krumme aue" (crooked meadow). This evolved to Krumlov.

Day 7 Cesky Krumlov - Freistadt
(50 km / 32 miles by bicycle). 
Leaving town we climb gently, following the Vltava River, through woods and passing the village of Rozmberk as we head for the now deserted border post with Austria. From here we take a series of very minor roads, with a few short steep climbs, until we start a wonderful 10 km descent to Freistadt. Freistadt is a small town that was founded in 1220 at the crossroads of a salt and iron trade route that had operated from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages. The old city's outer and inner walls, gates and towers still exist today.

Day 8 Freistadt - Steyr
(85 km / 52 miles by bicycle). 

In the morning we continue our downhill ride to the Danube . We follow the river for a short way to Enns and then make our way up stream to Steyr at the confluence of the Enns and Steyr Rivers. The town is one of Austria's most attractive with all sites within an easy walk of our hotel. 

Day 9 Steyr - Gmunden
(93 km / 58 miles by bicycle). 

We take bike route R8 out of town, following the Steyr River gently uphill to Frauenstein where we turn onto R10, descending gently until it is time to tackle a short steep climb to the village of Pettenbach. From here the mountains of Salzkammergut can be seen in the distance, getting closer as we approach Gmunden on the shores of Lake Traunsee. The views from the promenade across the lake to the majestic mountains is breathtaking.

Day 10 Gmunden - free day  (on Self Guided option possible to cycle to Bad Ischl 55 km / 33 miles and on day 11 continue to Salzburg 55 km / 33 miles)

Day 11 Gmunden - Salzburg
(105 km / 66 miles by bicycle). 

Our last day of biking takes us along Lake Traunsee; we then follow the River Traun to Bad Isch, a very easy and very scenic 34 km. From here we follow mostly cycleways to St Gilgen where a stop by Lake Wolfgangsee is a must. From here we climb and descend to Fuschlsee before our final descent on dedicated cycle ways into Salzburg, a spectacular but small (pop.147,000) city on the river Salzach.

Day 12 Salzburg
Check out unless you are prolonging your stay in Salzburg

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