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Best of South Bohemia: Czech Republic to Its Fullest

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  • 7 nights | 32 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €1140
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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 Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

A great way to experience the Czech Republic to its fullest! Visit the most beautiful historic and natural monuments, and float down the most charming section of the Vltava river on a boat. This route is ideal for those seeking history, natural beauty, and a slower pace of life.

This tour is also available as a guided tour for an additional fee. Please inquire for further details.

Daily Program

Day 1: Tabor – Cervena Lhota – Jindrichuv Hradec (34 mi/55 km)
In the morning, transfer from your hotel in Prague or Linz to historic Tabor, known as the center of the Hussite movement. Begin your bicycle journey through gently rolling countryside with pine groves and picturesque lakes. Halfway through the trip you'll discover one of the pearls of South Bohemia, the romantic chateau of Cervena Lhota, built on a tiny island in the middle of a lake. In the evening you'll arrive to Jindrichuv Hradec, a historic town with its own dominant castle.
Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec

Day 2: Jindrichuv Hradec – Trebon (34 mi/54 km)
Today you'll ride through a countryside of lakes and pine groves. This landscape is full of romantic little nooks, meadows surrounded by forests, and a sandy-bottomed swimming hole. In the afternoon ride to Trebon, the center of Czech fishing as well as a town rich in Renaissance architecture with its own castle.
Overnight in Trebon

Day 3: Trebon – Cesky Budejovice (28 mi/45 km)
Today will be quite an easy ride, leading first through pine forests and ponds to Hluboka nad Vltavou, arguably the most beautiful castle of the Czech Republic. Don't miss the castle tour!

After lunch, continue on the new smooth trail, Greenway 12, along the Vltava river to České Budejovice, the city that gave the name to the famous Czech beer Budweisser Budvar. We reccommend that you sample the local beer specialities at Masne Kramy restaurant, the flag ship of Budvar Brewery.
Overnight in České Budejovice

Day 4: Cesky Budejovice – Cesky Krumlov (18 mi/29 km or 32 mi/52 km)
Today there are two options. A relaxing route follows on the main trail, Greenway 12, through the Vltava river valley and picturesque village Zlata Koruna to where you finish in Cesky Krumlov, the pearl of Czech Republic. You can spend the afternoon wandering through the narrow streets, visiting castle museum or just relaxing on the boat trip on the Vltava river.

If 18 mi/30 km of cycling is not enough for you, choose the second option. The route leads through rolling terrain to Holasovice (UNESCO), a village famous for its "village baroque style" houses, and then climbs through Blansky Forest, with the highest peak Klet (3556 ft/1084m), to Cesky Krumlov. Both options offer a possibility of a morning tour of Budvar Brewery.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov

Day 5: Lipno – Vyssi Brod – Dolni Vltavice (26 mi/42 km or 30 mi/48 km)
First we take you by van to village Lipno, where you will start your cycling day. The route takes you through the Devil´s Wall Nature Park with its impressive rock formations to Vyssi Brod, with its magnificent monastery. This would be a great place to have lunch.

The relaxing route continues along the right bank of Lipno Lake to Kyselov, where the ferry takes you directly to your hotel in Dolni Vltavice. There are many oportunities for swimming in the lake along the way.

If you feel like a longer ride, from Vyssi Brod you can continue through more hilly terrain along the Czech - Austrian border through abandoned villages Kaplicky and Krasne Pole to Svaty Tomas and Vitkuv Kamen, from which you can enjoy an amazing view of the whole southern part of Sumava National Park and the Lipno Lake. From here it is only 6 mi/11 km descent to the ferry.
Overnight in Dolni Vltavice

Day 6: Dolni Vltavice Loop (28 mi/44 km)
You can tailor this day to your own preferences. The route leads along the Schwarzenberg Canal, a technical monument to lumber transport, and you can decide for yourself how long you wish to bike. Either you climb the highest peak of Sumava National Park, Plechy (4541 ft/1348m), or after swimming in the Lipno Lake, you wander down to the cafe. Either way it will be a memorable day!
Overnight in Dolni Vltavice

Day 7: Dolni Vltavice – Cesky Krumlov (24 mi/38 km)
Today you have the option to appreciate the virgin landscape of Sumava and Lipno Lake from the deck of a catamaran. Enjoy your sailing on the lake! Then continue on bike across the restricted area of Boletice, stop off at the newly reconstructed church of St. Mikulas, and continue to Cesky Krumlov, where you spend the last night of your trip.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov

Day 8: Cesky Krumlov
Enjoy your last day in Cesky Krumlov and choose from these different activities: boat trip on Vltava river, guided tour of the Eggenberg brewery, visit to a castle. Transfer back to Prague or Linz later that afternoon.

Route map

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

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1140
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€180
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party)
€120
Bike Rentals
Electrically-assisted bike
€70
Extra Nights, Cesky Krumlov
Per person, double occupancy
€60
Per person, single room
€75
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  • 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!

CzechBike Tours Terms and Conditions

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and are effective upon receipt in our office ( by mail or post). Depending on the when the reservation was cancelled, the client is required to pay the following cancellation fees:

  • More than 40 days before departure 100 EUR ( deposit )
  • From 39 to 20 days before departure 50 % of total price
  • From 19 to 10 days before departure 75 % of total price
  • From 9 to 0 days before departure 100 % of total price

In the case the client does not utilize all of the services included in the trip (e.g. accommodation, food, optional services etc.) for reasons caused by the client ,(e.g. late arrival, early departure, not utilizing services due to fatigue or disinterest etc.) he/she forfeits any refund for these services.

Health Insurance & Risks
Participation in sporting activities such as bike riding are potentially hazardous. Clients confirm, that they are capable of bike riding and participation in other sporting or different activities included in the program of the trip. The price of the trip does not include any travel insurance. We therefore recommend to purchase individual travel insurance covering most importantly: medical expences, injury, liability, personal effects and trip cancellation.

Responsibility
By confirming the reservation, the tour operator and the Client agree to these laws and obligations:

The tour operator:
Is committed to provide the client with all relevant information concerning the trip. Is committed to provide all services as stated in the Reservation Confirmation. Has the right to change the program, the route or cancel the trip for unforseen circumstances such as natural disasters, terrorist attack, outbreak of dangerous epidemics etc. In this case the balance of unused services will be refunded to the client.

Has the right to suspend the client from the ongoing trip for the following reasons:

1. Client disregards the guide‘s safety instructions and other instructions

2. The behavior of a client endangers the well being of others in the group

3. The behavior of a client endangers the safety of other participants

Does not take responsibility for damages to personal property or injury of a client, nor does the tour operator take responsibility for damages to third person caused by the client for the following reasons:

1. Incidents that arise as a result of disregarding the guide‘s instructions, disregarding safety regulations, drinking alcohol, the use of drugs, sickness or nausea of the client

2. Incidents related to bike riding

Does not take any responsibility for the following losses (cancellation or rescheduling of flights, issue of visa, double booked accommodation etc.) caused by the cancellation of participation in the trip by fault of either party (client or the tour operator).

Client:
Is committed to choose a trip that corresponds with his/her physical and mental abilities and health condition. Is committed to inform the tour operator off all important personal information relevant to the participation in the trip (health disability, use of medication etc.). Is committed to prepare for the trip according to the guidelines sent by the tour operator (most importantly corresponding clothes and equipment). Is committed to follow the guide‘s instructions during the trip, or follow the instructions of the tour operator employees. Has the right to cancel participation in the trip according to the Cancellation and Refund Policy. Is obliged to use and maintain the hired equipment correctly (bike, GPS or other equipment) and return it in the same state as he/she received it. Is obliged to reimburse the tour operator for any damages to hired equipment caused by negligence.

Other laws and obligations that bind the tour operator and the client correspond with the Civil Code of the Czech Republic.

All photos used by permission. ©CzechBike Tours

Ratings

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.5
  • Value 4.8
  • Included meals 4.3
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 4.8
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4.5
  • Tour documents 4.7
  • Local tour company services 4.8
  • Route selection 4.8

Reviews

bam47 June 14, 2016

Simply fabulous.

We chose the unguided tour but the directions were excellent (when we followed them) with both text and photos to guide us. The hotels were wonderful and alway located in the Old Town Square. The breakfasts were great, too. And all the extras that Pter Janota threw in couldn't have been more fun or informative. Petr was fun and funny and very smart and we couldn't have been more impressed by his support on the road and his bike tour operation. His recommendations for restaurants in Czecky Krumlov (Papas) were great.

CMSM June 13, 2016

Bike from Prague to Vienna or Salzburg! (or close enough)

This company knows exactly what it is doing and makes a carefree adventure of it all. We took the self-guided, electric bike tour and every time we wondered about a particular detail, we learned that they had already thought of it and handled it all. Biking route instructions were very precise and helpful (this tour runs just a small amount of time in Austria and their biking signs are not as precise as Czech Rep, no fault of the tour operator). The countryside was so gorgeous that we kept thinking it all must be fake. But 20 minutes later, we would find another dream scene. Each day was a joy and we would recommend it all very highly. Found fantastic restaurants as well. Hats off to Petr J in Czech Republic. He is the local tour operator and is top notch in all respects.

Prakash May 7, 2016

Living life in true sense

Hi
I, along with my friend, had been on ' South of Bohemia' self guided tour last July. It was our first experience of this kind. And it was an absolutely satisfying tour. Few basic points I would like to point out being a first timer-
When they are saying the difficulty level to ' moderate' they are correct.
Whatever services they have committed, they have complied with the same.
Very precise route maps/ guidelines/ photos/ distances had been provided.
We're always available for any kind of help, in case needed.
Hotels were absolutely perfect.
Depending upon the cycling practice/ experience that you have, n to enjoy a little adventure with leisure as well, I would certainly recommend this tour.