Prague to Passau Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £609 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Follow the cycle paths close to the River Vltava.
• Explore the Bohemian villages and countryside.
• See the capital of the Czech Republic before starting your cycle tour.
• A tougher cycle tour compared to other holidays due to the rolling landscape.
Cycle Route: A tough, but rewarding route
The topography of this bike tour should be categorised as demanding. The extremely beautiful and differentiated landscape is however the best reward for the hard work. There are also some steep and long ascents that have to be conquered push your bike if necessary.
With a little bit of bike tour experience and a normal good constitution you are in for a fascinating bike holiday. The route along the Vltava consists for the most part (with only a few exceptions) of quiet country roads and forest and field paths.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st day: Individual arrival to Prague
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has a lot to offer: music and the middle Ages, Kafka and Kisch, beer and dumplings with roast pork. Since 1992, the historical heart of Prague belongs to UNESCO world heritage sites. The well-preserved city centre, the historic architecture, the winded alleys of the old town, the splendid view that opens up from Charles’s Bridge and the Prague Fortress watching over everything.
Strolling for hours in the alleys of Prague, looking at architecture, discovering new cafés and pubs – all belongs to a visit to Prague. Bike distribution in the afternoon.
2nd day: Prague – Sedlcany surroundings approx. 60 km
A slightly hilly and differentiated stage is waiting for you. You cycle past many small idyllically situated Bohemian villages. Small houses with wood-covered gables attract the admiration of by-passers. Cosy pubs invite for a refreshing Bohemian beer on the way.
Only “recently” did the waves of the Vltava reservoir begin to ripple. Before, the Rocky River valley was wild and untamed. In the early 60s they began to build four valley blocks south of Prague.
They dam up the Vltava into a few lakes. The tamed Vltava spreads up to 5.000 ha, depending on the water level in the reservoirs. The water plant covers energy peaks and extras. Accommodation in the surroundings of Sedlcary.
3rd day: Sedlcany surroundings – Pisek approx. 75 km
You cycle through small Bohemian villages until you reach the Vltava reservoir near Milesov. You continue through the deeply green Bohemian forest with the Vltava as your guideline to Orlik. The splendid Gothic fortress is situated here high above the Vltava on a steep rock.
Furnished by the Schwarzenbergers, the fortress perfectly exemplifies the lifestyle of the aristocracy in the nineteenth century. Only a few kilometres away the next place of interest tempts the visitor: Fortress Zvikov. The beautiful promontory, where the Vltava and the Otava flow into one another, invited people to settle already in prehistoric times. In the Middle Ages the fortress was one of the most important ones in Bohemia. It was regarded as very difficult to capture.
All on your own with the unspoilt Vltava landscape you will have no difficulties conquering the few remaining kilometres to Pisek. The picturesque town rest closely to the right bank of the river Otava. In prehistoric times people washed the “pisek” (sand) of the river Otava searching for gold; that is where the town’s name came from.
4th day: Pisek – Budejovice approx. 70 km
Enjoy the fascinating antique cultural water landscape along the “golden” Otava today. A beautiful quiet forest path takes you to the castle Hluboká, enthroned on a hill above the Vltava.
It could just as well have been standing in England; Princess Eleonore von Schwarzberg was very gushing. The guiding example for the renovation of the castle in neo-Gothic style was Windsor with its many towers, merlons and playful details. Continuing along the Vltava you are approaching today’s destination: Budweis.
This city is not only a worthwhile experience because of its world-famous “Budweiser beer”. The royal city that was founded in the thirteenth century is with its 100.000 inhabitants the centre of South Bohemia today. The big market square (133 m x 133 m) with its Samson Fountain fascinates even today. Beautiful arcade houses from the Gothic and Renaissance periods add up to the dignified whole. You can quench your thirst after a city tour in one of the former ‘masne kramy’.
5th day: Budejovice – Krumlov approx. 35 km
Use the opportunity of a short bike leg today and take a walk through Budejovice before noon. Afterwards, seclusion and small pretty farmsteads become the focus of attention.
Numerous canoeists splash about on the Vltava which takes you to the medieval Krumlov (UNESCO world heritage site since 1992), an absolute highlight of your bike tour. For centuries, this small town has been regarded as the “Pearl of the Bohemian Forest” – and that not only because of its unique location in a Vltava-loop.
The ensemble of 300 historic houses with the castle and fortress complex impresses every visitor from the start. The intertwined alleys, the wooden balconies, the white or colourfully painted houses have a Mediterranean flair about them in the summer months. The street cafés and the beer gardens breathe every day new pulsating life into the town.
6th day: Krumlov – Aigen (Austria) approx. 70 km
It’s time for some action! Europe’s Green Roof, the Bohemian Forest, offers some ‘ripe’ ascents, but the paradisiacal beauty of the landscape rewards all efforts. You enjoy the distant views, the wonderfully clean air, the endlessly deep woodlands…and everywhere rests peace – peace that voices the whispers of the brooks and the rustling of the trees. To the left of the Vltava you can discover the interesting town of Rozemberk with an impressive fortress. At first, you cycle along the Vltava that dams up a bit later to the Lipno Lake, one of the biggest fishing grounds in the Czech Republic.
A wonderful path takes you through the Sumava landscape to the Schwarzenberg Channel. With 52 kilometres the channel was a route for endless wood transports to the Danube in the nineteenth century. The channel had been celebrated as the eighth world wonder. It quenched Vienna’s thirst for firewood. A little bit further on you have to say farewell to the Czech Republic, you cross the border to Austria and stay the night in the romantic Mühlviertel.
7th day: Aigen – Passau approx. 50/75 km
The last stage takes you leisurely through the picturesque Mühlviertel along the Danube. Peaceful and differentiated forests contrast the softly rounded hill chains. Wonderful panorama views – on beautiful days you can see the Alps from here – offer numerous insights and outlooks. You reach the Danube Cycle Path through the adventurous Mühl Valley.
Deeply embedded in the valley and surrounded by soft mountain ridges, the Danube Cycle Path meanders through the valley. Through the wonderful Schlögener Schlinge you approach today’s destination, the “Three-Rivers City” Passau.
The baroque city with its impressive location between the Danube, the Inn and the Iltz is the crowning highlight of your bike tour. You should not miss a tour of the beautiful inner city and a concluding coffee in one of the traditional café houses. The last 25 kilometres from Engelhartszell (Trappist monastery) to Passau can be done by a boat (optional, about € 13,50 per person, bikes for free).
8th day: Departure or extension
Departure after breakfast.
The topography of this bike tour should be categorised as demanding. The extremely beautiful and differentiated landscape is however the best reward for the hard work.
There are also some steep and long ascents that have to be conquered – push your bike if necessary. With a little bit of bike tour experience and a normal good constitution you are in for a fascinating bike holiday. The route along the Vltava consists for the most part (with only a few exceptions) of quiet country roads and forest and field paths.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Prague to Passau tour stays in middle tier hotels and good guesthouses carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
Full hotel lists are available on request.
- Personal welcome briefing
– Accommodation in the mentioned category
– Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
– Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
– Detailed travel documents and maps
– Own signposting
– Service hotline
– GPS tracks are available
All touring bikes are high quality, comfortable aluminium unisex 21-gear /Shimano) touring bikes, with 2 hand brakes, 28–inch wheels and dependable Continental-toptouring tyres.
The bikes are also equipped with a comfortable saddle, a tachometer, two bags, a bike lock, a bicycle pump, a small repair kit and a spare inner tube.
It is possible to adjust the saddle and angle of the handlebars for extra comfort. This can easily be done yourself at any time during your trip. All cycles are checked after every trip by our qualified staff to ensure maximum safety.
Prague to Passau, 8 days, 7 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
2017 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 23.04. – 06.05.2017 | 24.09. – 08.10.2017
Season 2: 07.05. – 15.07.2017 | 20.08. – 23.09.201
Season 3: 16.07. – 19.08.2017
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £609 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £629 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £649 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £109
Half Board Upgrade: £99
Electric Bike Upgrade: £89
Hotel Category Descriptions
The Hotels are all national 3***/4**** category. All rooms are equipped with bathroom or shower/toilet. When selecting our hotels we placed particular emphasis on pleasant and personal service. Most of the hotels are situated in the town centre.
The hotel in Prague is located in a quiet villa area in the south of the city. There is good bus and underground railway connection to the historic centre (about 30 minutes). The other
hotels are all in the centre.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
For help and queries regarding this tour…
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Holiday Price: £609
Single Supplement: £109