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WINE&IRON CURTAIN TRAILS

WINE&IRON CURTAIN TRAILS

Cycling through the wine region

Austria, Czech Repulic

If you love wine, history, and beautiful landscapes, than 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 less than 25 years ago this beautiful region was called, "no man's land" and "a death zone", dividing a free world from the Communistic Eastern block 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. For those interested in combined tours, it is possible to do hiking instead of biking on day 2,4 and 6.

Easy

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

Standard

StandardYou can rent a standard bike.

E-bike

E-bikeE-bike (electrobicycle) for rent available

No

NoYou can use your own bike

Breakfast

BreakfastBuffet breakfast are included in price of accommodation

Half-board

Half-boardHalf-board available

Linear

Linear

Round

Round

Travel dates

16.08.2020 - 22.08.2020
01.04.2021 - 31.10.2021

Daily departures

20.06.2021 - 26.06.2021
15.08.2021 - 21.08.2021

Itinerary

Day 1 - Prague - Lednice/Valtice - Transfer by a car and cycling distance 30 km (19 miles)

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 makes this day one of the highlights of the whole trip!

Day 2 - Breclavsko and Iron Curtain roads - Distance biked: 48 km (30 miles)

First part of today bike stage will lead us through beautiful deep woods along Dyje river exploring remaining parts of Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape. We will visit town of Breclav with a restored synagogue and castle ruin. Only few kilometers downstream we will find beautiful Pohansko chateau hidden just near the Austrian border. Second part of a day we will spend in former no men’s land following iron curtain roads on the border between Austria and Czech republic. Those interested in Cold war history can visit Iron curtain museum or learn more about the people who tried to cross the border, border guards or simply about people who lived close to it on one of many boards along the way. We will conclude the day in the town of Mikulov which will welcome you with its Baroque castle, historical townsquare, unique old synagogue and a local curiosity – a giant wine cask. Mikulov is a hidden gem and probably the nicest place of our tour. Therefore we spend here two nights.

Great advantage of this day is that we spend an almost whole day on bike trails.

Day 3 - Palava Hill Loop - Distance biked: 48 km (30 miles)

Today we will explore Pálava hill and its surroundings. Due to unique combination of vineyards, castle ruines and lime stone formations it has been inscribed on UNESCO biospheric list and earned nick name Mediterranea of Czech republic. We start up the hill to get all the amazing views of surrounding area. If sky is clear you can see Czech-Austrian-Slovakian border. The small town of Pavlov will be your first stop. The town is “guarded” by Devin castle ruin. Take a break for walk through 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 due to a rare archeological find, one of the oldest woman statue in the world, 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.

As this day is a loop it offers lot of alternatives. Really interesting one is change bike for hiking shoes and hike across Pálava hill visiting three castle ruins, cave complex and traditional villages.

Day 4 - Mikulov – Znojmo - distance biked: 66 km (41 miles)

Today we start cycling to the west crossing the border to Austria. First stop is an Austrian iconic wine cellar “village” – Wildendürbach. This picturesque place was created by high number of wine cellars covering small hill and creating village with lot of wine but no permanent inhabitants J. From here on we bike through the countryside to the spa town of Laa, where we can stop for an early lunch. After this we cross the border back to the Czech Republic and bike along the Greenways bike trail Prague-Vienna. Next stop is a small town of Jaroslavice with a renesaince chateau, historical Slup watermill before we conclude the day in Znojmo. This old royal town welcomes us with panoramic views of Podyjí NP, lively and well preserved old historical town center and a castle.

Day 5 - Podyji NP Loop and Znojmo - distance biked: 52 km (32 miles)

This day let you choose again whether you prefer biking or hiking. The bike option takes us 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 to the south we get to a breathtaking viewpoint over the border to the smallest town in Austria – Hardegg. To finish the loop we turn back to the East and continue again along the national Park to Znojmo. Should you 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 6 - Vienna - distance biked 0 km

In the morning, transport by car/train for the city of waltz, opera, and famous coffee! The capital city of Austria is your final destination of this wine tour around the Czech Republic and Austria. 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.

Accommodations, guided city tours, and transfer back to Prague can be arranged!

Included

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • 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 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)

Price

Self Guided option:
450 Euro per person in double room Cat B - without luggage transfers
595 Euro per person in double room Cat B
725 Euro single room Cat B

580 Euro per person in double room Cat A - without luggage transfers
750 Euro per person in double room Cat A
885 Euro single room Cat A

Guided Group option
845 Euro per person in double room Cat B
975 Euro single room Cat B

Solo traveller
640 Euro single room Cat B - without luggage transfers
820 Euro single room Cat B
780 Euro single room Cat A - without luggage transfers
980 Euro single room Cat A

Bike rental
-75 Euro - standard bike
-165 Euro - e-bike

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

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