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Salzburg to Prague: Through the Heart of Europe

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  • 7 nights | 39 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Guided from: €2090
  • Self-guided from: €1390
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

Start your bicycle tour in Salzburg with the panorama of the Alps at your back, cycling through the spectacular Salzkammergut, to the great European city of Linz, and then up into the hills to medieval Cesky Krumlov.

From there it's on to Prague, city of a thousand spires. On this trip you will bike through country that epitomizes what most people think of when they hear the word "Europe" - small towns watched over by ancient castles, deep green forests and rolling hills, little villages with church steeples dotting the countryside.

Enjoy an original Budweiser in Ceske Budejovice, then go with the flow of the Vltava River until you reach magnificent Prague. This features a superb combination of landscapes, chateaux, and three fabulous cities.

Daily program

Note: this tour begins with a day of cycling. We recommend arriving at least a day in advance of your tour to acclimate.

Day 1: Salzburg – St. Gilgen (31 miles/49 km)
Start in Salzburg. This impressive town, situated on the banks of the Salzach River, is where the composer Mozart was born and raised. On this first day cycle along the Mozart cycling path. This winds its way through beautiful Alpine countryside, the Salzkammergut, along the Mondsee and Wolfgangsee lakes to St. Gilgen.
Overnight in St. Gilgen.

Day 2: St. Gilgen – Gmunden – Linz (36 miles/58 km)
Today you will cycle to Bad Ischl at the foot of the 1450m high Katrin Mountain. Here you can visit the Imperial Villa, the summer residence of the Austrian Emperor. Continue along the river Traun to Lake Traunsee where you will see the major highlight of the day, chateau Orth, situated on an island in the middle of the lake. Transfer by train from Gmunden to Linz.
Overnight in Linz.

Day 3: Linz – Cesky Krumlov (30 miles/48 km)
Cycle from the Danube river valley up into the hills that form the border of the Czech Republic and Austria. In Vyssi Brod is one of the most venerable monasteries in the Czech Republic, built in the late 13th century. Transfer by car from Vyssi Brod to Cesky Krumlov.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.

Day 4: Cesky Krumlov – Ceske Budejovice – Hluboka nad Vltavou (25 miles/40 km)
Cesky Krumlov has an unparalleled medieval town center, and an ornate chateau and tower overlooking the town. From here cycle to Ceske Budejovice, home of the real Budweiser beer where it has been brewed for the past 700 years. Finish by cycling to Hluboka nad Vltavou. The Tudor Gothic chateau in Hluboka nad Vltavou is one of the most beautiful chateaux in Bohemia.
Overnight in Hluboka nad Vltavou.

Day 5: Hluboka nad Vltavou – Pisek (33 miles/52 km)
Today you start out by cycling from Hluboka through Tyn nad Vltavou to the historical town of Pisek. The oldest bridge in Bohemia, built in the 13th century (older than Charles Bridge in Prague), crosses the river at Pisek.
Overnight in Pisek.

Day 6: Pisek – Pribram (40 miles/63 km)
The highlight of this cycling day is Zvikov Castle on a rocky hill overlooking the confluence of the Otava and Vltava rivers. It is known as the "Queen of Bohemian castles" due to its majestic position. Next stop is Castle Orlik, on Orlik Reservoir. At Vysoka u Pribrame there is the memorial to the Czech composer Dvorak. Continue on to Pribram, which has a longstanding legacy of mining. Silver, lead and other metals were mined here from the 12th Century.
Overnight in Pribram.

Day 7: Pribram – Prague (32 miles/50 km)
The cycle from Pribram to Prague first takes you to the town of Horovice and its Baroque chateau, and then to the Gothic castle of Karlstejn atop a wooded hill. This sturdy castle, founded by Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, once guarded the Czech crown jewels. Afternoon transfer by car to Prague.
Overnight in Prague.

Day 8: Prague
Prague is the "city of a thousand spires." The Charles Bridge, the Old Town square and Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in Europe, are great places to visit.

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Jul 9, Aug 20, 2018 (minimum 4 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€2090
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€350
Bike Rentals
Electric bike, subject to availability
€160
Discounts
Per person, groups of 8 or more
€-200

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1390
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€350
Solo traveler surcharge (only 1 person in party, payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
€209
Bike Rentals
Electric bike, subject to availability
€160
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Greenways Travel Club aka Top Bicycle Terms and Conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully. You need to agree with these before you book your tour.

Cancellations and Refunds 
Cancellation by client: if you need to cancel your tour before departure, the following fees shall apply at the time we receive your written cancellation notice:

  • More than 45 days before departure: 100 EUR per person (the deposit).
  • From 45 to 14 days before departure: 50 % of tour price.
  • Less than 14 days before departure: 100% of tour price.

Tours through this tour operator:

  • Self-guided tours are available every day from April to the end of October.
  • Private guided tours are available every day from April to the end of October.
  • All trip prices are per person, and are based on double occupancy.
  • Single occupancy requests come with a single supplement.
  • There is a 15% surcharge if you travel alone on a self-guided tour.

Tour Cancellation by the tour operator:
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any tour due to acts of nature and/or any other occurrence out of our control. We also reserve the right to cancel any trip prior to departure when circumstances make it necessary, in which case a full refund will be made to the client, constituting full settlement. The tour operator is not responsible for any additional expenses that may be incurred by a client in relation to a canceled tour (i.e., purchase of a nonrefundable airline ticket, visa fees, equipment, or additional lodging).

Eligibility and Reservations
You must be at least eighteen years of age. People younger than this must be accompanied by an adult.

Refunds for Services Not Used
Our tours are sold as a package. Credit cannot be given for services not used by a client. This includes accommodations, meals, or any other arrangements not used for any reason.

Trip Cancellation Insurance
We recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Travel Insurance
We recommend all clients carry medical and personal insurance to cover hospital and other medical expenses and loss of baggage or personal belongings.

  • Responsibility
    As a client, you have specific responsibilities to the tour operator and to other tour members that include:
    Selecting a tour appropriate to your interests and abilities.
  • Preparing for your tour by reading and understanding pre-tour information provided by the tour operator
  • Bringing appropriate clothing as recommended by the tour operator.
  • Acting in an appropriate and respectful manner in accordance with customs and laws of countries and regions visited.

The tour operator reserves the right to accept, retain, or decline any tour member at any time and for any reason. In such a case, a refund equal to the actual cost of the unused services is the limit of the tour operator´s responsibility.

Furthermore, payment of your deposit represents your acceptance of the following terms and conditions:
The tour operator, and agents give notice that all services and arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and all other services and arrangements related to this tour have been made by the tour operator only as an agent upon the express condition that the tour operator shall not be liable and does not assume responsibility for any claims, damages, expenses, or other financial loss whether to person or property arising out of any injury, accident, death, cancellation, delay, alteration or inconvenience resulting from any act of omission, commission, or inadvertence of any hotel, carrier, restaurant, or other company or person rendering any of the services included in the tour or caused by weather, sickness, strides, quarantines, or other cause whatsoever beyond the control of the tour operator. The right is reserved to alter the itinerary, arrangements, or dates, if it becomes necessary or advisable, and each participant agrees to pay additional expenses, if any.

Rental Agreement
If you rent equipment from the tour operator, you agree to return all of this equipment at the end of the tour or at the expiry of the agreed rental period in the same conditions as when delivered to you, reasonable wear and tear only excepted. You also acknowledge that you are so responsible even when your use of the equipment is in a tour or excursion organized by the tour operator. In the event of loss or constructive loss of the rental equipment, you agree to pay the replacement value thereof to the tour operator, should the tour operator elect to replace the same equipment, otherwise you shall only be required to pay fair market value for that equipment, and in the event of damage which is less than a loss or constructive loss of the equipment, to pay for the cost of repairs, and you also agree without prejudice to any other remedy the tour operator might have.

Statement of Risks
The risks and dangers inherent in cycling, horse-riding, walking, swimming, hiking, ballooning, flying, and sailing include, but are not limited to, vehicle traffic; weather conditions; illness or accident caused by stress, fatigue, or consumption of alcoholic beverages; secondary transportation by airplane, bus, car, van, taxi, boat, or other conveyance. The tour operator assumes no responsibility for any claims, damages, expenses, or liability for any claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss whether to person or property arising out of these risks and dangers.

All photos used by permission. ©Greenways Travel Club aka Top Bicycle

Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4
  • Included meals 4
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 5
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 5
  • Route selection 5

Reviews

Jerry July 30, 2018

Well Planned Route

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