Best of South Bohemia: Czech Republic to Its Fullest

    4.8/5 (5)
    7 nights | 32 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 1140
    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours
    4.8/5 (5)

    7 nights | 32 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 1140

    Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours

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    • Best of South Bohemia

      7 night self guided bike tour in Czech Republic

      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.

      Highlights

      • South Bohemia
      • Cesky Krumlov - historical UNESCO site of Czech Republic
      • Sumava Forest National Park
      • Hluboka - a beautiful chateau
      • Trebon - city of thousands lakes
      • Boat trip on Vltava river
      • Sailing on Lipno lake

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    • 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.

      Surface and terrain

      The tour consists of relaxed cycling with occasional hills and distances up to 35 mi/55 km per day.

      The tour follows cycle routes through rolling hills around Jindrichuv Hradec, lowlands around the lakes of Trebon, moderate hills of Blansky les, Sumava National Park, Lake Lipno and Cesky Krumlov.

      On this tour, 41% of the riding is on roads shared with traffic, 53% on quiet roads (with little or no traffic) and 6% on dedicated bike paths.


      Hotels

      These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

      Accomodations are four-star hotels.

      Hotel Concertino, Jindrichuv Hradec
      www.concertino.cz

      Hotel Zlata Hvezda, Trebon
      www.zlatahvezda.cz

      Hotel Budweis, Cesky Budejovice
      www.hotelbudweis.cz

      Hotel Krčínův Dům, Cesky Krumlov
      www.krcinuvdum.hotely-krumlov.cz

      Hotel Relax, Dolni Vltavice
      www.hotelresortrelax.cz

      Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


      How to get there

      Tour start and end
      Nearest airport and train station: Prague (PRG), Czech Republic

      Transport from and to Prague (or Linz) at the beginning and end of your trip is included in the tour package. Transportation can be arranged to/from Vienna for an additional fee of €30 per person.

      Tips on getting to and from your tour

    • Dates

      Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2022

      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

      Included services

      • 7 nights accommodations in 3- and 4-star hotels and guesthouses
      • 7 buffet-style breakfasts
      • Luggage transport hotel to hotel
      • Detailed description of the routes in English, including high-scale bike maps and town maps
      • 7-day service hotline in case of problems or question
      • Transfers as included in the daily program
      • Bike rental
      • GPS navigation (Mio Cyclo 200)
      • Cell phone
      • Transport from and to Prague at the beginning and end of your trip
      • Tours, trips and activities as per program

      Bike rentals

      Bikes available, and included in tour price (must be reserved in advance at time of booking):

      • Hybrid touring bikes: Giant X-Sport 3

      Bikes available for an additional fee (must be reserved in advance at time of booking):

      • Electrically assisted bikes*

      *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

      Bikes are equipped with the following at no extra cost

      • Mud-guards
      • Rear rack with panniers
      • Handlebar bag
      • Bottle holder
      • Water bottle and cage
      • Kick stand
      • Cyclocomputer
      • Repair tools
      • Puncture repair kit
      • Inner tube
      • Pump
      • Bicycle lock
      • Bicycle helmet
      • Front and rear lighting (at request)
      • Side mirror (at request)
      • Toe straps/cage (at request)

      Pedals:
      The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

      Helmets:
      Helmets are available on this tour, but we recommend that you bring or buy your own for safety and hygiene purposes.


      Tour Company

    • Route Map

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

      • Olafur Gudlaugsson 6 days ago

        First bike trip in the Czech Republic.

        Great service and well organized.
        And good reception by Petr Jonota, thank you!
        If there were questions, problems, or anything, he answered them with a smile ☺
        Nice how different the days are and what we can see each day

      • Jeff66 June 29, 2018

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 28 thru june 4
        How many tours have you completed?
        2
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • 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.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 25-June 1.
        How many tours have you completed?
        none
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • 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.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 2016
        How many tours have you completed?
        First one!
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • 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.

        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 4/5 Route selection