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Cycling Tours in the Czech Republic: 7 Great Bike Trips
The central European country of Czechia
(formerly the Czech Republic) is known for its rich history, lively culture and natural beauty. A great way to discover all that Czechia has to offer is on a bike tour. If you are keen to plan a cycling trip to the Czech Republic then you can choose from 7 unforgettable itineraries.
1. Czech Castles Cycle Tour
This great cycle trip takes you from the UNESCO-protected medieval town of Cesky Krumlov to Czech Republic’s romantic capital, Prague. Follow the country’s longest river as you cycle a paved route on quiet country roads, through untouched forests and along historic buildings and grand, imposing castles. Trip highlights include Pisek, where you can see the oldest stone bridge in the Czech Republic, and Ceske Budejovice, the city that inspired the naming of Budweiser beer.
2. The Greenways: Cycle Prague to Vienna Self Guided Tour
The Greenways cycle trails are a collection of routes linking Prague and Vienna. The trip follows the section south of the Czech Republic’s capital, from the hills of Cesky Krumlov (famous for its UNESCO-protected historic centre) to the east along the Austrian border. Passing numerous medieval towns where castles and impressive squares dominate, the route traverses forested national parks and, as you enter Moravia, the country’s wine country, idyllic lush vineyards.
3. The Greenways: Cycle Prague to Vienna Small Group Guided Tour
Following the same route as the above tour, this trip has a professional local guide and a small group of like minded cyclists accompanying you as you make your way from Prague to Vienna. Hear what Elisabeth had to say.
I was pleasantly surprised by the countryside of the Czech Republic, how colourful it was, how friendly the locals, and how many interesting historical sites. My first time joining a group as a solo traveller and I loved the camaraderie. Will definitely be back for another cycling holiday with UTracks!
Elisabeth K. | London, UK
4. Prague and the Elbe River Bike and Barge Tour
Discover a fairy tale ambience as you travel from the Golden City of Prague – regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful and home to the largest ancient castle in the world – along the Vlatva and Elbe Rivers. Right in the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic impresses with its idyllic river landscapes and lovingly renovated villages. Many fine beers available along the way have been brewed since medieval times, whilst Melnik is known for its great wine growing tradition.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody Cycling Tour
Just south of Prague, the Bohemian countryside is renowned as a natural region of outstanding beauty. A trip ideally suited for anyone short on time yet keen to explore a lesser known part of the Czech Republic, cycling on paved rural roads, forest tracks and dedicated cycle trails along the Vltava and Berounka rivers. The itinerary spends three nights in the picturesque market town of Karlstejn, with time at the end of the trip to explore the grand city of Prague.
6. Cycle Prague to Dresden: Self Guided Tour
Regarded as one of Europe's most beautiful cities with its fairytale ambience and golden spires, Prague is a fitting starting point to this grand cycle tour to discover the Bohemian countryside and idyllic river landscapes en route to the beautifully restored city of Dresden.
After spending time exploring the 'Golden City' including Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world, the cycle begins by following the Moldau River to Melnik with its great wine growing tradition. It continues along quiet backroads and nature trails following the Elbe River, through classic scenery of hilltop castles, lovingly renovated villages, spa towns and during the last stage, through 'Saxon Switzerland' where massive Elbe sandstone formations have attracted rock climbers from around the world. From the devastation arising from WWII, Dresden has regained its former glory, with its impressive buildings including the magnificent Zwinger Palace.
7. Cycle Prague to Dresden: Small Group Guided Tour
The guided tour follows the same itinerary as the self-guided option.
Fantastic trip, Milada and Pavel were terrific tour guides, sharing lots of information. There were only 9 on our guided trip and we had the added luxury of a support vehicle, providing fresh fruit for morning tea, and often afternoon tea. Not difficult riding at all, we saw some really interesting places, and our accommodation was very good.
J. Dwyer | Southern Cross, VIC
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