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Vienna to Krakow on the Amber Trail

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Tour description

This moderate bicycle tour follows the ancient amber trading route connecting Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland. It is a less challenging option to Budapest to Krakow Amber Trail. Ride through the winegrowing landscape of Austria and South Moravia, the steep-sided valleys of Moravian Karst riddled with caves or the city of Olomouc, second only to Prague in terms of impressive architecture. Skirting the Beskydy Mountains, you pass through the Moravian Gate, an ancient migration route over the European continental divide, and cross the border into Poland, where this bicycle tour brings you to the town of Osvetim (Auschwitz) and finally to the royal city of Krakow.

Daily program

Day 1: Vienna – Stockerau – Mikulov (72 km/45 miles)
After breakfast meet our representative who will transfer you 30 km from your hotel in Vienna to Stockerau for welcome briefing. There you will be given bikes and all necessary information materials.
The first cycling day follows the rolling countryside of Weinviertel (Austrian Wine Quarter) past picturesque Galgenberg Hill encircled with wine cellars. Leave Austria for the Czech Republic arriving at Mikulov with its imposing castle, the Dietrichstein family tomb and the Jewish cemetery where the oldest tombstones date back to 1605.
Overnight in Mikulov.

Day 2: Mikulov – Brno (56 km/35 miles)
Today you will ride the wine-making region of South Moravia climbing over the Palava Hills Protected Landscape Area with hilltop castle ruins serving as the main landmark for the day. After descending to Pavlov, a Stone Age archaeological museum site, cross the controversial Nove Mlyny water reservoirs, the largest man-made lakes in Moravia built at the end of the Communist era. Then follow the Svratka River plains to Brno, the center of Moravia, with an impressive Gothic cathedral, huge Spilberk fortress or UNESCO enlisted modern Villa Tugendhat.
Overnight in Brno.

Day 3: Brno – Moravsky Kras (43 km/27 miles)
Getting out of the Brno city center is like cycling through the history of architecture from Gothic to postmodern era. Leave the city riding along the Svitava River towards the Moravian Carst Protected Landscape Area. The limestone carst is known for its caves and abysses, amongst which Punkevní Caves with the underground Punkva River are the most outstanding. The Macocha Abyss, 138 m/453 ft deep, it is the deepest one in Central Europe.
Overnight in the Moravsky Kras area.

Day 4: Moravsky Kras – Olomouc (61 km/38 miles)
Begin the day climbing over the Drahanska Hills with a rewarding descent to Plumlov, a small town with an imposing Baroque chateau stacked high above a pond. Then follow the fertile plains to Olomouc, the second most famous town for historic monuments in the Czech Republic after Prague. A trip to the Premyslid palace or St. Wenceslas Cathedral is an experience not to be missed; the ornate Trinity Column in the square is enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight in Olomouc.

Day 5: Olomouc – Teplice nad Becvou (52 km/32 miles)

After sightseeing around Olomouc ride through the rolling countryside to the Becva River valley. Then follow the riverside bike path via Lipnik nad Becvou, with its old town walls, Jewish cemetery, synagogue and a nearby imposing Helfstyn Castle, one of the largest castle ruins in Europe, which can be visited taking a short side trip. Continue along the Becva to the spa town of Teplice nad Becvou, where you have the opportunity to visit the Zbrasovska aragonite cave, or stroll the spa grounds and sip the invigorating waters. 
Overnight in Teplice nad Becvou.

Day 6: Teplice nad Becvou – Stramberk (40 km/25 miles)

From Teplice go past Stary Jicin castle ruins to Novy Jicin with its Renaissance arcade square and chateau. Arriving to Stramberk, a small town famed for its spectacular castle tower, you can try local culinary speciality “Stramberk Ears“, commemorating a bloody incursion by the Tatars in 1241. The local museum presents the work of Zdenek Burian, whose paintings depicting the Stone Age are commonly found in textbooks and museums around the world. The nearby cave Sipka is a world-known Neanderthal site.
Overnight in Stramberk.

Day 7: Stramberk – Cesky Tesin/ Cieszyn (67 km/42 miles)

The first stop of the day is in Koprivnice, home of automobile works featuring a technical museum displaying unique Tatra cars of revolutionary design. Then go on to Hukvaldy, the birthplace of the composer Leos Janacek, a lovely small town famous for its ruined castle. Continue riding up and down along the foot of Beskydy Mountains Landscape Protected Area to a border twin town of Tesin: Cesky Tesin on the Czech side, and Cieszyn on the Polish side.
Overnight in Cesky Tesin/Cieszyn.

Day 8: Cesky Tesin/Cieszyn – Jaworze – Oswiecim (43 km/27 miles)

The cycle route on the Polish side leads through farmland and forests through the town of Skoczow, the birthplace of Saint John Sarkander. Then ride up to Jaworze, from where you will be transferred by car to Oswiecim (Auschwitz), the site of terrible concentration and extermination Nazi camp during WWII.
Overnight in Oswiecim.

Day 9: Oswiecim – Babice – Krakow (25 km/15 miles)
This day allows you to spend more time in Oswiecim. The short ride is mainly flat riverside bike path ride and it finishes in Babice at an interesting outdoor museum of traditional Polish architecture and crafts. Transfer by car from Babice to Krakow.
Overnight in Krakow.

Day 10: Krakow
In Krakow you will probably want to spend more than just one day: Wawel Castle, the Old Market Square, the Kazimierz Jewish quarter, or the town walls and Royal Way could easily take a day. To really soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city you must get into the cafes or pubs, theatres or clubs, and that takes more than a day too...
Just outside of Krakow you could visit the salt mine in Wieliczka, which has been in constant operation since the Middle Ages. It includes vast chambers ornately carved out of rock salt.

Dates

Jun 13, Aug 15, 2019 (additional dates upon request with minimum 4 participants)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€2880
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€450
Bike Rentals
Electric bike, subject to availability
€200
Discounts
Per person, group of 8 or more people
€-310

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Oct 31, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€1890
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€450
Solo traveler surcharge (only 1 person in party, payable in addition to the single room surcharge)
€284
Bike Rentals
Electric bike, subject to availability
€200
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  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
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  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
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  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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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.

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