5-days / 4 nights - 4 biking days
Guided group tour or Self-guided individual tour
Length 140 km / 84 miles
Grade of difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Easy tour suitable also for children. First and last days are flat following river's bank. Loops on second and third day have both longer up-hills as well longer down-hills and flat section to take rest. Distances are short and offer many stops. Surface combines paved roads with short off-road sections.
The Vltava River is the most significant Bohemian river - rising in the south of the country, running through Prague, and eventually flowing into the Elbe (Labe) River to the north. It is immortalized in Smetana's tone poem, Ma Vlast. The Berounka River is a tributary of the Vltava. The meeting of the two rivers is just 12 km south from the centre of Prague. The river valleys are picturesque countryside, with many forested areas, gently undulating hills and small villages. You will visit the world-renowned Karlstejn Castle, an impressive 600m-deep complex of limestone caves, a romantic and canyonesque former quarry, many medieval and Renaissance towns and villages, characteristic pubs and restaurants and many other sights.
You will cycle directly from Prague to the pretty village of Karlstejn, 30km from Prague. You will stay here for three of the biking days and each day you will cycle to an interesting historical or natural site. You will enjoy your lunches in charming village pubs and restaurants on the way and you will take your time enjoying the landscape and learning a lot about this beautiful region, which has not yet been discovered by mass tourism. You will visit many fascinating locations that you would not get to see on a regular bus tour!
The trails are mostly paved, but you will also cycle on forest trails and some more difficult surfaces.
The tour is mostly easy except for two moderate trips from your Karlstejn hotel. The itinerary is designed as a leisure - sporting ride with a balance of cycling and sightseeing.
This tour is the shortest and easiest bicycle tour offered by AVE Travel. This is reflected in the price, so this is also the cheapest AVE guided and self-led bicycle tour.
The trip finishes in Prague, one of the most famous and beautiful central European cities. You can explore this fascinating and lively city, full of culture and history.
We wish you a pleasant trip!
- at last 10% discount on pre tour nights in Prague. We will send you the best available offer for the hotel you choose from www.avehotels.cz.
|Tour type||Guided Group Tours||Self-Guided Individual Tours|
20.08.2018 - 24.08.2018
||Daily, from April till the end of October|
|Price per person Cat B
(based on double-room occupancy)
|560 €||350 €|
|Single occupancy Cat B||660 €||450 €|
|Price per person Cat A (based on double-room occupancy)||N/A||460 €|
|Single occupancy - Cat A||N/A||570 €|
|Bike rental||55 €||55 €|
|E-bike rental||110 €||110 €|
Standard tour programme
Day1 Prague - Karlstejn
(35 km / 20 miles by bicycle)
Guided Group tours usually start on the scheduled day at 9 a.m. Self-Guided tours and non-schedule tours start at the clients’ request on any day from the beginning of April to the end of October. Pick up at Prague hotel or on the airport. Welcome briefing, adjusting the bicycles to match to bikers' dimensions, and practical safety bike training. Bike ride Prague - Karlstejn (34 km = 19 miles, easy bicycle ride) along the Vltava and Berounka rivers. Check-in at the hotel in Karlstejn.
Day 2 Svaty Jan Pod Skalou Valley loop
(30 km / 18 miles by bicycle)
This is a moderate ride through the forests and along the Berounka River. Route leads through the romantic countryside. You will pass a limestone quarry called Velka Amerika (Big America), which has a terrific history. Political prisoners of communist regime were made to work here. Mining was conducted in an unusual way, by gradual digging of a huge pit (about 800m long, 200m wide and 100m deep), connected to other quarries by long tunnels from the first half of the 20th century. After slight long downhill you will reach Sv. Jan pod Skalou village. Nearby is a cave where the holy hermit Saint Ivan lived in the 9th century. After the return to Karlstejn, we recommend the tour of Karlstejn Castle - built by Charles IV in the mid-14th century as a secure place for the riches of the Czech lands.
Day 3 Koneprusy Caves and Beroun loop
(33 km / 21 miles by bicycle)
Beroun is a medieval town on the Berounka River .On your way, you will pass through the villages Zadni Treban and Liten to Koneprusy. A visit to the impressive complex of caves is optional, but highly recommended. After lunch, you will be sightseeing around the historic centre of Beroun. On the way back to Karlstejn, you will cycle along the banks of the picturesque Berounka river
Day 4 Karlstejn - Prague
(40 km / 24 miles by bicycle)
Easy return to Prague along Berounka and Vltava Rivers. We ride by a different track than the first riding day. We reach our Prague Hotel by bicycle or by public transport or following vehicle.
Day 5 Prague
Breakfast, departure, unless you are prolonging your holiday in the Czech Republic.
AVE reserves the right to change the daily programmes and places of accommodation according to hotel capacities and the size of the group. Visits to the above stated sites and daily bike routes are guaranteed.