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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Through Cesky kras nature reserve

Czech Repulic


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.


EasyThe easy route has mostly flat and usually shorter distance.

Self Guided

Self GuidedYou cycle alone without a cycling guide with provided itinerary, maps, GPS - exact documents depends on the exact tour.

Guided Group

Guided GroupTours are led by experienced and qualified bilingual tour leaders who ride with the group throughout the tour and are backed up by the supporting vehicle.

A - Premium

A - Premium4* hotels with breakfast, the best B&B

B - Standard

B - Standard3* hotels with breakfast, B&B


StandardYou can rent a standard bike.


E-bikeE-bike (electrobicycle) for rent available


NoYou can use your own bike


BreakfastBuffet breakfast are included in price of accommodation


Half-boardHalf-board available


RoundThis is a route that starts on the first day and ends at the same point on the last day. This is the so-called circular route.

Travel dates

19.09.2021 - 23.09.2021


Day 1 - Prague - Karlstejn, 35 km / 20 miles

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 at 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

This is a moderate ride through the forests and along the Berounka River. The 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 the 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

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 center 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

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.

Map and profiles

Bohemian Rhapsody

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  • Pick up from any Prague hotel or from Prague Airport on the first day of the tour (Self Guided option)
  • Pick-up from AVE Prague hotel on the first day of the tour at an appointed time (Guided Group option)
  • Accommodation in selected standard class hotels and pensions
  • Buffet breakfast on all days
  • Dinners with drinks except for the last night (Guided Group option)
  • Refreshments in the supporting vehicle (soft drinks, snacks, sweets, fruit) (Guided Group option)
  • Detailed town maps
  • Detailed cycling maps (per room)
  • Programme and English route book (per room)
  • Bicycle repair kit (per room)
  • Transportation of participants, their luggage and bicycles from Prague to the starting point of the bike route and from the end of the route to Prague (according to the programme of the tour)
  • Transportation of luggage between hotels
  • 24 hour hotline assistance service
  • GPX or KML data of recommended route, GPS device only on request if in stock (Self Guided option)
  • Specialized AVE bicycle tour leader during all biking days (Guided Group option)
  • Practical bike ride safety training (Guided Group option)
  • Technical service on the route (Guided Group option)
  • First aid - health service on the route (Guided Group option)
  • Support minibus (Guided Group option)
  • Water for bike-flasks from the support vehicle (Guided Group option)


Self Guided option:
370 Euro per person in double room Cat B
470 Euro single room Cat B
470 Euro per person in double room Cat A
630 Euro single room Cat A

Guided Group option
630 Euro per person in double room Cat B
730 Euro single room Cat B

Solo traveller - a single person travelling alone
495 Euro single room Cat B
670 Euro single room Cat A

Bike rental
55 Euro - bike
120 Euro - E-bike

-bike, helmet
-handle-bar bag
-rear pannier
-new cycling water bottle (on request)
-repair kit (Self Guided option)



  • CROSSING / TREKKING Leader Fox – Point / Sumava – at last 27 speeds
Man or women frame
  • E-bike (unisex)

All AVE bikes rental includes:

  • bike
  • helmet
  • handle-bar bag (with the standard bike only)
  • rear pannier
  • lock
  • repair kit (Self Guided option)


  • 100% waterproof pannier -10 Euro per tour
  • new helmet for sale - 25 Euro per helmet
  • new cycling water bottle

Men´s bikeWomen´s bikeE-bike


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Read what the participants of Ave cycling tours think about their experience.

We have now completed our ride from Prague to Dresden and had a wonderful time. Thank you for all your help organizing this trip. We would very much like to write a review for your company letting people know what a great service you offer. Where would it be best for this to upload?

Kay. Bohemian Rhapsody Self Guided, 2017, Australia

The Bohemian Rhapsody bike trip was great with excellent support, challenging but very pleasant rides, good bikes and excellent instructions and guidance. This was run through AVE travel and we found they were excellent with service and support.

Bohemian Rhapsody Self Guided, 2017, Australia

The first cycle trip, South West of Prague was really terrific, with fairly good bikes and great cycle routes with beautiful scenery. The hotels were a bit basic, but the beds were comfy at the end of a good day's cycling. There were just the four of us on this one, possibly because it was late in the season.

Anderson. Bohemian Rhapsody Self Guided, 2017, Australia

Simply stunning, was expecting to be just riding from village to village, I wasn´t expecting the castles the varying fields, the prancing deer in the fields we were riding beside, the bear and the other wonderful beer, the galloping horses, the bomb shelters, the freshness of the fields, the joint effort of singing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the freshness of the air and most importantly the opportunity to ride through plenty of mud.
One highlight was when Rob fell and grazed his knee, Barbara was quickly on hand to offer a pack of condoms, just in case

Coney Sautell.Bohemian Rhapsody, 2005

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