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CZECH REPUBLIC - Biking Tours   (map)

a. Cycling among the chateaux of Moravia and the countryside of Bohemia
Vienna-Prague

Self-guided (support for transfers and luggage) or fully guided
7-10 days
Rating: moderate, 35-45 km/day

You will experience some of the most beautiful places in the Czech Republic, including the South Moravian wine country and the South Bohemian medieval towns and castles. Many of the sites on this tour are formally recognized by UNESCO (United Nations) to be of world importance.

Your group meets in Vienna and is transferred to the Austrian countryside where your cycling adventure begins. Highlights of this tour include the Valtice-Lednice chateaux complexes, featuring palaces, vineyards, winecellars, monuments, gardens, lakes, streams and parklands. Both areas are recognized as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. So are the Palava Highlands, where you will cycle high above the fertile Moravian basin to the town of Mikulov, formerly a centre for Jewish culture. We recommend you explore this jewel of a town. You will cycle through several other towns which have been well preserved from the medieval and renaissance eras. The centre of Telc looks so perfect that it resembles a movie set, not the living town that it actually is. Trebon offers beautiful cycling opportunities among its highly productive lakes, which were created by the hand of man in the 14th century from nothing but swamp land. Even today, the ecosystem that has been created here sets an international example of responsible largescale landscape architecture. Speaking of architecture, you will marvel at the castle of Cesky Krumlov, and the quaint town centre lying below it. While the town itself is likely to capture your imagination and beckon you to explore its windy streets, don't forget about cycling above this town in the wooded and hilly Sumava mountains. You are certain to gain an appetite for some traditional Czech cuisine after cycling in these surroundings! Before your tour finishes in Prague, you may have visited ancient monasteries set in beautiful locations (Zlata Koruna, Vyssi Brod) and castles as well (Hluboka and Orlik), not to mention having ridden over the oldest stone bridge in Central Europe in the town of Pisek.

b. Chasing the Sunrise
Prague-Budapest through Slovakia

Self guided or fully guided
Approximately 10 days
Rating: easy to moderate 35-45 km/day

Leave Prague for some cycling in South Bohemia. Two castles await you, Orlik and Hluboka. Discover Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO protected town. Surrounded by hills and forests and winding roads, you will be cycling to this area's various points of interest; Lipno Dam, along the Vltava River, to the monastery at Vyssi Brod, or to the castle town of Rozmberk. The spa town of Trebon offers relaxing cycling among its lakes and canal system. Binoculars are recommended, as the area is a wetland attracting a large variety of water fowl. As you cycle along, consider that this entire area was transformed from swampland into a productive and sustainable habitat, back in the 16th century. Another UNESCO town is explored, Telc. From here, cycle to the less well-preserved town of Slavonice, whose renaissance architecture remains. There are more cycling opportunities in the empty, rolling, forested hills of Cesky Canada, the least populated and wildest area in the Czech Republic.

Moving east to Moravia, you will cycle in and around the Pavlov Highlands, a UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve. The area also offers opportunities to explore two enormous baroque estates, Lednice and Valtice, and the well-preserved town of Mikulov. Cycling along the Morava River eventually leads us to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. You will enjoy the wonderful Hungarian cuisine when we stay at a spa town near the border. Along the Danube our journey continues, through Gyor and Estergom, finally arriving at the ancient and enduring city of Budapest.