Cesky Krumlov to Prague along the Vltava River
8-days / 7 nights – 6 biking days
Guided group tour or Self-guided individual tour
Length 270-310 km / 165-185 miles, the length depends on the route
Grade of difficulty: Moderate
Nature lovers will enjoy long paved and unpaved sections without traffic through forests as well special paved cycling paths along rivers. Terrain is slightly rolling broken by flat section on river banks.
This tour begins in the vicinity of Sumava National Park, located in the south of Bohemia and follows the Vltava River through beautiful, scenic landscapes to Prague, the historic capital of the Czech Republic.
Taking a trip following the most important Bohemian river is an excellent choice, because it naturally takes you to the places that used to be the centres of cultural life in the country during the Middle Ages.
The trip starts in Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO heritage site. Not only is it a fascinating medieval centre, but the cultural life and history of this beautiful well-preserved town is truly unique. Another world-famous stop on your trip will be Ceske Budejovice, which gave its name to Budweiser beer or visit of Hluboka chateau. Other attractions to be visited are Pisek, a town with a remarkable historical centre and the oldest stone bridge in the Czech Republic. The royal castle of Zvíkov stands high above the confluence of the rivers Vltava and Otava. Close to Pribram, a town with a long history of silver mining and more recently of uranium mining during the twentieth century stands Saint Mountain with its pilgrimage Church of the Virgin Mary dating from the 16th century. The last but one night you will spend in Karlstejn village with its spectacularly-located fourteenth century Gothic castle. Cycling tour ends by arriving into your hotel in Prague.
The route follows small country roads with virtually no traffic and off-road biking trails with firm surfaces.
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.
- If you would like to prolong the tour you can, after a stop in Prague, continue along Elbe river to Dresden in Germany.
|Tour type||Guided Group Tours||Self-Guided Individual Tours|
25.06.2018 - 02.07.2018
15.08.2018 - 22.08.2018
|Daily, from April till the end of October|
|Price per person Cat B
(based on double-room occupancy)
|920 €||690 €|
|Single occupancy Cat B||1090 €||860 €|
|Price per person Cat A (based on double-room occupancy)||N/A||820 €|
|Single occupancy - Cat A||N/A||1015 €|
|Bike rental||75 €||75 €|
|E-bike rental||155 €||155 €|
Standard tour programme
Day 1 Guided Group tours start on the scheduled day usually at 9 a.m. Self-Guided tours and non-scheduled group tours can start upon the clients’ request on any day from the beginning of April to the end of October. Pick-up from Prague airport or from hotel reception (for earlier arrivals). Welcome briefing, where bikes and all information materials are distributed. Transfer to Cesky Krumlov by AVE shuttle (170 km = 110 miles), the starting point of the tour. Cesky Krumlov is a medieval town registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. After adjusting bicycles and a test ride you will have free time to see the world-renowned medieval and Renaissance town of Cesky Krumlov, with its famous castle gardens and many other notable sites.
Day 2 Cesky Krumlov - Ceske Budejovice - Hluboka nad Vltavou
(42-57 km / 25-34 miles by bike, the distance depends on the route)
After a morning tour of Cesky Krumlov Castle we take the route along the scenic valley of the Vltava River. The first site to visit on the way is the monastery Zlata Koruna (the Golden Crown). We then ride on to Ceske Budejovice (Budweis in German). After lunch with Budweiser beer we complete a bike tour of Ceske Budejovice and continue to the day’s objective - Hluboka nad Vltavou. Hluboka Chateau is well worth visiting, and you can also take a pleasant stroll in the elegant park when you arrive in Hluboka or on the following day.
Day 3 Hluboka nad Vltavou - Pisek
(53 km / 32 miles by bicycle)
We will use a special cycling path through scenic Vltava river´s bank to to leave Hluboká. We will see a nuclear power plant or Orlik castle located above the dam of the same name on our way to Písek. Písek is a picturesque town on the Otava River. The main attraction of Písek is a 13th century stone bridge, the oldest in the country.
Day 4 Pisek - Pribram
(58-68-72 km / 35-41-43 miles by bicycle, the distance depends on the route)
This route will take us though beautiful landscapes with many picturesque villages to Pribram. This is the longest distance of the whole tour. We will pass by Orlik castle, where you can take a tour of the castle to see its splendidly decorated rooms. The second remarkable thing to see is the bridge at Zdakov, which was at the time of its building the world's longest single-span bridge.
At the end of the day's ride, you will arrive in Pribram. The town has been an important mining centre since the Middle Ages. However, the more recent history of the town is rather chilling. Many political prisoners were forced to work at the Pribram uranium mines during the Communist regime. There is a noteworthy museum of mining. The town also offers a welcoming place to relax - a swimming pool and aqua par.
Day 5 Pribram - Zebrak (Zbiroh - premium option)
(35 km / 21 miles by bicycle)
We will visit a 14th - 17th century pilgrimage church with a monastery, Svata Hora (Holy Mountain), in the morning. We will then continue the ride through this picturesque region. We will cycle through an extensive former military area in the beautiful forested hills of Brdy. You will cycle "in the middle of nowhere" on 9 metre-wide paved roads used by the army in the past. Shortly after Horovice you will arrive to a little town of Zebrak. Zebrak means "beggar".
Day 6 Zebrak (Zbiroh) - Karlstejn
(40 km or 49km / 24 or 30 miles by bicycle)
We will cycle from Zebrak to the impressive 14th century ruins of Tocnik Castle. The ruins are on the top of a little hill called Zamecka Hora (Chateau Hill) (402 m.) The middle part of the day leads through forested rolling hills. Shortly afterwards, we will arrive at Beroun. This is a medieval town in the heart of the Karst district with romantic valleys, caves, pits and localities where pre-historic fossils can still be found. The remaining part of the day follows the Berounka river through the romantic valley all the way to Karlstejn village, where we will stay for a night.
Day 7 Karlstejn - Prague
(45 km / 28 miles by bicycle)
The last section of the trip is a sweet reward which you surely deserve after having cycled for six days. The route is very easy as it leads along both banks of the Berounka River and later along the Vltava river bank. You can easily reach your Prague hotel by bicycle. Prague is surely one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Europe. There are innumerable cultural events, cafés, pubs and restaurants and a vivid nightlife waiting for you! This is the perfect end to a splendid holiday!
Day 8 Prague
Breakfast, transfer to the Prague airport to catch your plane, unless you decide to prolong your holiday in the Czech Republic.
- at last 10% discount on pre or post tour nights in Prague. We will send you the best available offer for the hotel you choose from www.avehotels.cz.
AVE reserves the right to change the daily programme and places of accommodation according to hotel capacities and the size of the group. Visits to the sites above and outlined daily bike trips are guaranteed.
Information about sights you visit during the tour
Chateaus and Castles
- Hluboka nad Vltavou – A Part of Old England on the Bank of the River Vltava, perhaps the most romantic chateau in the Czech Republic.
- Zvikov – Romantic ruins of a 13th century castle in Beroun district.
Towns and Villages
- Ceske Budejovice – The town of renaissance and baroque buildings and the famous Budweiser beer.
- Cesky Krumlov – The Town Where Time Stood Still - Gothic-Renaissance Castle and Urban Conservation Area, UNESCO Site.
- Prague – Capitol of the Czech Republic - one of the most beautiful and romantic towns in Europe.
- Pribram – One of famous historical royal towns, medieval centre of silver and non-ferrous metals mining.
Shuttle chateau Hluboka nad Vltavou