Budapest - Prague Via Bratislava & Vienna Cycling Tour
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Four countries - Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic - and their capitals, the formal jewels of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire - Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague.
Castles, churches, historic towns, beautiful countryside, the Danube River, amazing vistas, and much, much more – this tour has it all!
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Rate is per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $480.00.
Day 1: Budapest – Sightseeing (Boat Tour) & Transfer - EsztergomBudapest, Hungary
After a boat tour of Budapest, we transfer by bus or boat to the ancient royal town of Esztergom where we spend our first night. Known as the pearl of the Danube bend for its extraordinary views of the river, Esztergom has a rich history dating back over thousand years. One could easily spend a whole day in Esztergom exploring its Water Town, Castle Hill and the riverbank. In the evening, we will regroup at the hotel restaurant for an orientation meeting followed by our welcome dinner.
Day 2: Esztergom – Velky MederVelky Meder, Trnava, Hungary
We cycle today along the Danube bends and through the town of Komarno, one of the oldest settlements in the Carpathian Basin. Archaeological finds here place human settlement here back to the Bronze Age. Soon after Komarno, we get on small roads, cycling past enchanting Slovak farming villages until we reach the spa town of Velky Meder. We visit its thermal spa in the afternoon. Sauna and massages are also available in our hotel (subject to availability).
Day 3: Velky Meder - BratislavaBratislava, Slovak Republic
After leaving Velky Meder, we get on a bike path and follow the Danub. We enjoy the rich fauna and flora and experience the countless quiet nooks that give the region a poetic magic. After we arrive in the nation's charming capital of Bratislava, we set out on a guided tour of the historical center of the city.
Day 4: Bratislava - ViennaVienna, Austria
Following the Danube River, we ride along flat, riparian woodlands that alternate with peaceful meadows. After crossing the Slovak-Austrian border, we come to the city of Hainburg, the most easterly town of Lower Austria. We continue on the bike path until we arrive in Vienna. This former capital of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire has the reputation of being a cosmopolitan city that offers a friendly atmosphere, ornate buildings, classical music at its best, wondrous Viennese coffeehouses, lots of history and much more.
Day 5: Day Off In ViennaVienna, Austria
This morning we enjoy a guided introductory tour of the city center. After the tour, you will have the entire day to get to know this beautiful city some more, this time on your own.
Day 6: Vienna - ZnojmoZnojmo, Moravia, Czech Republic
Leaving Vienna on a bike path, we head towards the town of Stockerau. Here we get back on the road and pedal for a while through the Weinviertel region famous for its vineyards until we arrive in Laa a.d. Thaya, a spa town on the border with the Czech Republic. After we cross the border, we enter the major wine region of southern Moravia and arrive in its main center of Znojmo, a royal town with beautiful architecture dating back to the 11th century. In the evening, we have a delectable meal at our 4-star hotel complete with pool, sauna and wine tasting.
Day 7: Znojmo - TelcTelc, Moravia, Czech Republic
Today we cycle through the moderately hilly and picturesque Czech-Moravian Highlands, with many enchanting small towns and villages. For those who like old architecture, there is plenty to see today. Today's stage ends at the remarkable Renaissance town of Telc. We have a guided tour of its splendid Chateau scheduled for the afternoon. In the evening, you can take a stroll around the magnificent main square and have a drink in one of the town’s charming restaurants or cafes.
Day 8: Telc - TrebonTrebon, Bohemia, Czech Republic
There is so much to see today... While there are some climbs on the way, the rewards are more than worth it. First of all, we visit another Renaissance town called Dacice with its renovated chateau in the Empire style. Next, we pedal to Slavonice, one of the best preserved small historical towns in Europe (nicknamed “the Renaissance Pearl”). We visit the town's main square and have a coffee in a café, building of which dates back to the 1500's. Very famous pieces of local pottery can be seen (and purchased) in the gallery adjoining the café.
We ride from Slavonice and, after the longest climb of the day, we visit the Gothic Landstejn Castle built in the 12th century as a fort. The outstanding views of the castle’s surroundings from the top of the castle's watchtower are worth the climb. If we are lucky, we may even be able to shoot some medieval crossbows inside the castle grounds. After our visit to this ancient castle, we set out once again on small country roads, this time through the slightly hilly, pristine Czech countryside (nicknamed "Czech Canada" for its beauty and sparse population). Cycling on the small roads, often lined with fruit trees or birches, we make our way to the town of Trebon. This beautiful town dates back to the 11th century and was famous in the past for its fishing industry. In the afternoon, you can, for example, wander about this easy-to-navigate charming town and visit its beautiful Renaissance chateau gardens, then enjoy some beer at the town's 16th century brewery.
Day 9: Trebon - Cesky KrumlovCesky Krumlov, Bohemia, Czech Republic
As we enter a wooded region with sparkling lakes and ponds, artificially made for fish raising (mainly carp and trout) already in the 16th century, the terrain is at first flat. We continue on winding back roads through beautiful hamlets and some of Europe's oldest nature preserves, dating back almost 200 years. We eventually arrive in Cesky Krumlov, the jewel of southern Bohemia and a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. You will not find another town like this anywhere in the world. Cesky Krumlov was situated on the main trading route between Italy and Bavaria, which explains its splendor. Time permitting, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Cesky Krumlov Castle. We’ll meet for a dinner in the evening. After the dinner you can enjoy an evening stroll and a night's stay in this unbelievably beautiful, preserved medieval town.
Day 10: Cesky Krumlov - PraguePrague, Bohemia, Czech Republic
After a breakfast at our hotel, we board a bus that will take us to Prague where we have a walking tour scheduled for the afternoon. In the evening, we will gather for our farewell dinner.
Day 11: Depart PraguePrague, Bohemia, Czech Republic
After breakfast, the trip is officially over.
*Our expenses are mostly payable in Euros. Because of the constant fluctuations in currency rates, we reserve the right to increase the trip price. The trip price may increase depending on the currency exchange rate of the Euro to the USD and/or AUD at the moment of your final payment. The trip price shall increase if the USD/Euro exchange rate exceeds 1.40 and/or AUD/Euro exchange rate exceeds 1.40.
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