Prague to Passau
The river Vltava is known as the “mother of all Bohemian rivers” and will guide you on your journey from the “Golden City of Prague” to the “Three-River city of Passau”. The Vltava winds through magnificent landscapes, beautiful small towns and past the proverbial ‘Bohemian villages’. Explore the still unspoiled, wild countryside surrounding the river Vltava. Your journey takes you uphill and downhill! Sometimes you may even have to stop and push the bike, wipe the sweat off your brow and pause for a drink. But all your efforts will be rewarded by the panoramic view, which is simply breath-taking. Enjoy the fascinating landscape and the “Bohemian way of life” by the Czech Republic´s most beautiful river.
From £1005.00 P/P
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, 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.
Your first stage will take 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 will be behind as 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 Sedlčany.
Pass through small Bohemian villages, until you see the Vltava reservoir at Milesov. Continue through the dark green Bohemian Forest, guided by the Vltava, 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 characterised the lifestyle of the noble 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 impenetrable in Bohemia. The peace and quiet of the unspoilt landscape make the final kilometres to Pisek a 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.
Today’s journey will take 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, will allow you to approach your 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. To round off the day?! – a beer from one of the local taverns!
The short stage planned gives you plenty of time for a morning walk around Budweis before you set off. You will be impressed by the remoteness and the prettiness of the villages on your journey. The Vltava, with its many canoeists, will guide you towards the medieval town of Český 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 300+ historical buildings and impressive, large castle complex. The narrow alleys, the wooden balconies, the colourful houses give the town a Mediterranean flair in the summer months and the street cafes and beer gardens ensure a lively atmosphere.
Take the opportunity to show off your sporting prowess with a few tough climbs in the Bohemian Forest, the “Green Roof of Europe”. Be rewarded by the stunning beauty of the scenery for your efforts! Enjoy the wonderful views, the clear air, the seemingly endless pine forests and above all the silence, so silent you can hear the whispering of the streams and the rustle of the leaves. With the Vltava on your left, you will arrive in the charming, small town of Rosenberg with its majestic fortress. For a while you will cycle along the Vltava, and a little later you will 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, then to be 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.
The final stage will take you through the picturesque Mühlviertel to the Danube. Your journey will combine 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 will lead you down to the Danube cycle path. The path meanders along the river valley with gentle ridges rising up on either side. Your journey will continue along through the Schlögener Schlinge (loop in the Danube) towards the final destination for the day, 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. 18 € per person including bike).
Unfortunately, today is the last day of your Vltava cycle tour. Your journey ends after a delicious breakfast.
Although the tour is very demanding, you will be amply rewarded by a beautiful und 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.
Total cycling distance: 380 km
Starting point of the cycling holiday: Prague
The Prague to Passau cycling holiday includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and local support if required.
Included Services (Subject to confirmation)
- 7 nights accommodation in mainly 4* hotels
- Standard Bike Hire
- 7 x breakfast
- Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
- Detailed maps and information material about the route in English and Italian
- Individually marked daily stages
- GPS-Tracks available on request
- 7-day service hotline in German and English
- Flights to/from the start and finish
- Evening meals (unless stated)
- Local daily taxes (Payable at the hotel)
- Water Bottles
- Travel Insurance
- Bike Insurance (unless stated)
- Transfers (unless included)
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.