Prague to Passau Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £749 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Follow the cycle paths close to the River Vltava.
• Explore the Bohemian villages and countryside.
• See the capital of the Czech Republic before starting your cycle tour.
• A tougher cycle tour compared to other holidays due to the rolling landscape.
Cycle Route: A tough, but rewarding route
Although the tour is very heavy, you will be amply rewarded by a beautiful and changing landscape. Some steeper and longer rises are ideal for admiring the landscape while pushing the bike. You will be cycling mostly on quiet rural roads as well as service roads and forest tracks. A tour for the experienced cyclist.
With a little bit of bike tour experience and a normal good constitution you are in for a fascinating bike holiday. The route along the Vltava consists for the most part (with only a few exceptions) of quiet country roads and forest and field paths.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Individual arrival to Prague
Take the opportunity on your first day to discover the “Golden City of Prague”. The capital of the Czech Republic is famous for its music and the Middle Ages, Kafka and Kisch, beer and roast pork with dumplings. Stroll through the historical city centre, which has been a UNESCO world cultural heritage site since 1992. The well-preserved city with its historical buildings, the cobbled alleys of the old town, the great view from the Charles bridge and towering over the city, the impressive Prague castle, the pubs and cafés of Prague are all part of the experience.
Day 2: Prague – Sedlcany/surrounding (approx. 65 km)
Your first stage takes you through slightly hilly and varied terrain, through numerous, small, idyllic Bohemian villages. Admire the small houses with wood-panelled gables covered with dahlias, the herbs growing by the roadside, and take the opportunity to try the excellent Bohemian beer in one of the cosy taverns. The wild, untamed, rocky river valley is behind us and the Vltava ripples gently in the reservoir. The reservoir covers an area, depending on the level of the lake, of up to 5,000 hectares, and provides energy to cover peak demand, as well as being a recreation area. You spend the night near Sedlcany.
Day 3: Sedlcany/surrounding – Písek (approx. 70 km)
Today you pass through small Bohemian villages, until at Milesov you see the Vltava reservoir. You continue through the dark green Bohemian Forest, with the Vltava to guide you, until you reach Orlik. High on a steep cliff, overlooking the Vltava, lies the mighty Gothic castle of Orlik. Owned by the Schwarzenberg dynasty, the castle typified the lifestyle of the nobility in the 19th century.
A few kilometres further on lies the next attraction: Zvikov castle. The headland at the confluence of the Vltava and Otava rivers has attracted settlers since prehistoric times. In the Middle Ages the castle was one of the most significant and impregnable in Bohemia. The peace and quiet of the unspoilt landscape make the final kilometres to Pisek pure pleasure. The picturesque small town nestles on the right bank of the Otava river. In ancient times, prospectors washed the sand (Czech – “pisek”) to find gold, hence the name of the town.
Day 4: Písek – Budweis (approx. 70 km)
Today’s journey takes you through the fascinating cultural and unspoilt river landscape along the “gold” river Otava. An enchanting, quiet forest path leads you to castle Hluboka, set high on a hill overlooking the Vltava. Windsor castle served as a model for renovation work, as can be seen from the many turrets, the battlements and many other decorative elements. Continuing along the Vltava, you approach today’s destination, Budweis.
This town is not only famous for its beer. The royal town, founded in the 13th century, has a population of 100,000 and is today the centre of southern Bohemia. The extensive main square with its Samson fountain is surrounded by pretty Gothic and Re-naissance arcade houses. And to round off the day – a beer from one of the local taverns!
Day 5: Budweis – Krumau (approx. 30 km)
Today’s short stage gives you plenty of time for a morning walk around Budweis before you set off. You will be impressed today on your journey by the remoteness and the prettiness of the villages. The Vltava, with its many canoeists, guides you towards the medieval town of ?eský Krumlov, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site since 1992 and the high point of your journey.
For centuries this town has been known as the “Pearl of the Bohemian Forest”, not only because of its position, nestling in a meander of the Vltava, but also due to its over 300 historical buildings and impressive, large castle complex. The narrow alleys, the wooden balconies, the colourful houses give the town Mediterranean flair in the summer months and the street cafes and beer gardens ensure a lively atmosphere.
Day 6: Krumau – Aigen (approx. 70 km)
Today is the opportunity to show off your sporting prowess with a few tough climbs in the Bohemian Forest, the “Green Roof of Europe”, but the stunning beauty of the scenery will reward you for your efforts! Enjoy the wonderful views, the clear air, the seemingly endless pine forests and above all the silence, so silent you can clearly hear the whispering of the streams and the rustling of the leaves. With the Vltava on your left you come to the charming, small town of Rosenberg with its majestic fortress. For a while you cycle along the Vltava, and a little later you reach the Lipno reservoir, one of the largest fishing areas in the Czech Republic.
The route leads you through the delightful countryside of the Bohemian Forest to the Schwarzenberg canal. In the 19th century, the 52 km long canal (known as the 8th wonder of the world) was used to transport enormous quantities of wood to the Danube, to be then transported to Vienna and used for fuel. A short distance later you leave the Czech Republic and pass into Austria, to spend the night in the romantic Mühlviertel.
Day 7: Aigen – Passau (approx. 50-75 km)
Today’s final stage takes you through the picturesque Mühlviertel to the Danube. Your journey combines silence, wooded countryside and rolling hills, panoramic views – on a clear day it seems as if you can reach out and touch the Alps – a multiplicity of impressions! An adventurous winding journey through the Mühltal takes you down to the Danube cycle path. The path meanders along the river valley, gentle ridges rising up on either side. Your journey continues along through the Schlögener Schlinge (loop in the Danube) towards the final destination for today’s stage, the “Three-River City” Passau.
This imposing city, located between the three rivers, Inn, Danube and Ilz, is also the final highlight of your cycle trip. Take the opportunity to wander round the old town and visit one of the traditional coffee houses. The final 25 km can also be done by boat from Engelhartszell to Passau (approx. 16 Euro per person including bike).
Day 8: Individual departure, transfer back by van, or prolongation in Passau
Unfortunately, today is the last day of your Vltava cycle tour. Your journey ends after breakfast.
The topography of this bike tour should be categorised as demanding. The extremely beautiful and differentiated landscape is however the best reward for the hard work.
There are also some steep and long ascents that have to be conquered – push your bike if necessary. With a little bit of bike tour experience and a normal good constitution you are in for a fascinating bike holiday. The route along the Vltava consists for the most part (with only a few exceptions) of quiet country roads and forest and field paths.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Prague to Passau tour stays in middle tier hotels and good guesthouses carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
Full hotel lists are available on request.
• Overnight in carefully selected hotels
• Daily breakfast from buffet
• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
• 7-day service hotline
• Well elaborated route
• Detailed travel documents with maps and route description
• GPS tracks available
• If bike rental: Rental bike insurance included
• If half board: 6 dinner with at least 3 courses included (in Prague only breakfast)
All touring bikes are high quality, comfortable aluminium unisex 21-gear /Shimano) touring bikes, with 2 hand brakes, 28–inch wheels and dependable Continental-toptouring tyres.
The bikes are also equipped with a comfortable saddle, a tachometer, two bags, a bike lock, a bicycle pump, a small repair kit and a spare inner tube.
It is possible to adjust the saddle and angle of the handlebars for extra comfort. This can easily be done yourself at any time during your trip. All cycles are checked after every trip by our qualified staff to ensure maximum safety.
Prague to Passau, 8 days, 7 nights
Prices are per person and include bike hire.
Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Every Sunday from April to October
September – October
April – May
May – September
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
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Season 2: From £789 | Book online here >>
Season 3: From £819 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: From £269
Half Board Upgrade: From £119
Electric Bike Upgrade: From £109
Extra Nights (Price Per Person)
Location | Price (DBL/BB) | Single (SGL/BB)
Prague: From £39 | £60
Passau: From £59 | £75
Hotel Category Descriptions
The Hotels are all national 3*** to 4**** category. All rooms are equipped with bathroom or shower/toilet. When selecting our hotels we placed particular emphasis on pleasant and personal service. Most of the hotels are situated in the town centre.
The hotel in Prague is located in a quiet villa area in the south of the city. There is good bus and underground railway connection to the historic centre (about 30 minutes). The other
hotels are all in the centre.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
For help and queries regarding this tour…
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Holiday Price: From £749
Single Supplement: From £269