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Duration
5 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 4 nights in 3 star hotels
Meals
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

$740USD

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Overview

Trip Code: BHE

Trip highlights


  • Gentle cycling through the landscapes & villages of Bohemia
  • Exploring the world-renowned Karlstejn Castle
  • Discovering the beauty of Prague
  • Visiting an impressive 600m deep complex of caves

Between the Vltava and Berounka Rivers south of Prague lies a natural region of outstanding beauty. The Bohemian countryside is dotted with quaint villages, towns and historic sites and cycling between them is the ideal way to soak in the scenery. Pass through forests, visit an impressive 600m deep complex of caves, explore the world-renowned Karlstejn Castle and take in the canyon like landscape of a former quarry. This is an ideal trip for those short on time yet keen to explore a lesser known area of the Czech Republic with three nights in the pretty village of Karlstejn and time at the end to explore Prague and its many historic sites. Cycling a combination of paved rural roads, forest tracks and dedicated cycle trails along the rivers, the trip is suitable for beginners and children.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

This morning you will be picked up at your Prague hotel. For the guided group, a welcome briefing will be provided and any adjustments made to your bike to suit your height. The ride from Prague to Karlstejn follows the Vltava and Berounka rivers and is not difficult. On arrival in Karlstejn check-in to your hotel.

Meals:  Nil

Today you’ll enjoy a moderate cycle through romantic countryside along the Berounka River. You will pass a limestone quarry called Velka Amerika (Big America), where political prisoners of the communist regime were made to work. The site has a rich history and is worth a visit. The mining was conducted in an unusual way, by gradually digging a huge pit (about 800m / 2624ft long, 200m / 656ft wide and 100m / 328ft deep) and connected to other quarries by long tunnels from the first half of the 20th century. After a downhill ride you will reach Sv. Jan pod Skalou village. Nearby is a cave where the holy hermit Saint Ivan lived in the 9th century. After you return to Karlstejn, we recommend that you take a tour of Karlstejn Castle - built by Charles IV in the mid 14th century as a secure place to store the riches of the Czech lands.

Meals:  B

On your way to Beroun, a medieval town on the Berounka River, you will pass through the villages of Zadni Treban and then via Liten to Koneprusy. A visit to the impressive complex of caves is optional, but highly recommended. After lunch, there is time for sightseeing around the historic centre of Beroun. On the way back to Karlstejn, you will cycle along the banks of the picturesque Berounka River.

Meals:  B

You return to Prague along the Berounka and Vltava Rivers along a different trail than the first day of cycling. Again, the cycling is not difficult. On arrival, check in to your hotel with the rest of the evening free for you to explore this magnificent city.

Meals:  B

The tour services conclude after breakfast around 9am and individual departure.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts - continental breakfasts are served and will often consist of breads, spreads, yoghurt, cheese, tea, coffee & juices
  • 4 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to mainly 4 star hotels available - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes and maps (per room booked)
  • 27 speed hybrid bike rental with panniers, handlebar bag, lock, helmet (on request) and one repair kit per room (e-bike's are available - must be prebooked - supplement applies)
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPS set with recorded routes, batteries and battery charger (per group booked - self guided only)
  • Pick up from any Prague hotel
  • Guided trip is available 20 -24 Sep 2020 - supplement applies - inclusions as per self guided, except GPS not included. Also includes 3 dinners, refreshments in the supporting vehicle (water, soft drinks, snacks, sweets, fruit), tour leader during all biking days, practical cycle safety training, technical assistance, first aid, and support vehicle.

  • Travel to and from Prague
  • Travel Insurance - mandatory
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Entrance fees not specified in the itinerary
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature i.e laundry, phone calls
  • Guide - this is a self guided trip. Guided departure available on 19 August 2019 for a supplement, with additional inclusions: 3 dinners, guide, support vehicle with refreshments including water, fruit etc., welcome briefing.
  • reusable waterbottle

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

The trip is graded as Introductory to Moderate (grade 2). Total cycling distance is around 138km/ 85mi. The cycling is gentle enough to be suitable for children. The first and last days following the river banks are flat. Loop rides on second and third day have longer up-hills as well as longer down-hills and some flat sections. The distances are short and allow for many stops. The cycling surface is a combination of both paved roads with short off-road sections. A limited number of electric are available on request and a supplement applies. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 31 Oct

Notes

1
Guided departure supplement applies to Guided trip starting on 19 September. Guided trip also includes 3 dinners, guide, support vehicle with refreshments including water, fruit etc, welcome briefing. Groups operate with a minimum of 6 people and maximum of 22.
DN2
Upgrade to mainly 4 star hotels (self guided) - supplement applies

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Total Priceper person from

$740USD

Options & Supplements*
  • One Day Bike tour from Prague to Karlstejn Castle (daily except Mondays)USD$70
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$80
  • upgrade Supplement - Mainly 4*USD$120
  • Single Supplement - standard hotelsUSD$140
  • Single Supplement - upgraded hotelsUSD$210
  • Single Traveller Surcharge - standard hotelsUSD$210
  • Supplement for guided departure 20 Sep 20, 19 Sep 21 2021 and 18 Sep 2022USD$290
*Prices listed are per person

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