You depart from the U.S.
for the Czech Republic. The particulars of your
arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline tickets.
Day 2 - Arrive in Prague
Upon arrival at the Prague
airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, you
must fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area. VBT representatives
are not allowed into the customs area. Also, make sure that your VBT luggage
tags are attached to your bags so that your representative can identify you.
Upon leaving customs, enter the arrival hall and look for
your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative
welcomes you to Prague and helps you transfer
via taxi or van (approximately 30 minutes, depending upon traffic) to your Prague hotel. (Note: At this time, please verify with your
VBT representative the time of your transfer from your Vienna
hotel to the Vienna
airport at the end of your trip.) If your VBT representative is not immediately
in sight, there is a “Meeting Point Column” just outside of the Arrivals
gate. Please wait there, as the VBT
representative may be transferring with an earlier arrival. She should arrive
within 30 minutes of your scheduled arrival.
If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available
until 1 p.m. You may store your luggage with the Reception Desk. The rest of
the day is free to relax or explore the city with your included 1-day Prague
VBT provides you with City Information in your Final Travel
Booklet that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do during
your stay in Prague.
Day 3 - All guests meet in Prague
/ Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-up ride and welcome reception
At 8:30 am, all guests meet the VBT representative at the
hotel in Prague and transfer to Cesky Krumlov in the south of the Czech
Republic (approximately 3 hours including a stop on the way). Our hotel in
Prague is the Mamaison Hotel Riverside Prague (address: Janáckovo nábreží 15 –
Prague 5 – phone + 420 225 994 611). Meet your Trip Leaders during our stop en
Cesky Krumlov is a unique town in Bohemia, built in the
protection of a curve of the river Vltava. The historical center has been a
UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. In Cesky Krumlov, meet our local guide,
Standa, and follow him for a short walking tour and introduction to Czech life.
Get some tips from Standa on finding a restaurant for lunch on your own.
At 2:00 pm, check in at the beautiful Cesky Krumlov Hotel. Settle
in, and then join your Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session,
followed by a warm-up ride around the city. Later, gather with the group for a
welcome cocktail reception and to have dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Day 4 - Cycle to Plav / Guided tour in the Historical Center
of Cesky Krumlov
After breakfast, we will cycle through a beautiful and
conserved landscape to Plav, a typical little Bohemian village on the banks of
a small river. Lunch today is hosted by a local family, allowing us to get a real
feel for Czech daily life. On the way, we take the opportunity to stop in the
quiet countryside at Zlatá Koruna, one of the best-preserved Gothic monasteries
If you like, board the VBT shuttle to avoid pedaling the few small hills.
Return to the hotel in time to visit a gem of Cesky Krumlov,
the Rosemberg family chateau, on an included walking tour. Its preserved
Baroque theater and original stage are still used for Baroque opera
performances three times a year. Afterward, continue exploring the city center,
discovering examples of Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture, and find
a restaurant where you may enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 5 - Discover Sumava, the largest national park in the Czech Republic / Cross the Czech – German border
/ Cycle to Passau
In the morning, travel by train through the Sumava National
Park to Nova Pec, not far from the German border.
Take an amazing bike ride through a beautiful forest, far from traffic and villages.
At Nove Udoli, walk across the border. This border crossing was closed in 1945
and reopened some time ago for pedestrians and bicycles only.
Across the border, begin cycling in Bavaria on a downhill stretch of former
railway track. Bavaria is among Europe's most beautiful and serene cycling areas. On your
way, stop at a Bavarian tavern for a typical lunch, prepared by the
owner-family. Continue cycling to Waldkirchen, where you shuttle or bike to the
historic Baroque city of Passau, which is situated
at the confluence of three rivers: the Danube, Inn
and Ilz. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant, right on the romantic Danube River.
Day 6 - Ride along the River Inn / Explore Passau
Enjoy a leisurely cycle along the River Inn, the frontier
between Germany and Austria. Start
by following the German bike path. At Neuhaus, cross the river to the Austrian
town of Schärding
with its colorful, Baroque-style burgher houses on the two town squares. After
exploring Schärding, return to Passau.
En route, stop for a delicious picnic lunch on the river's opposite bank, where
the Neuberg fortress looms. Use the rest of the afternoon to look around Passau and shop the flea
market and antique shops. You might choose to visit magnificent St. Stephen's
Cathedral. Dinner is on your own tonight; you'll find that Passau offers many dining choices.
Day 7 - Danube impressions by bike and boat /
Start your day with a boating adventure on the most popular
river route in Europe. Cruise through the
famous Schlögener Schlinge in Austria,
where the Danube snakes through steep,
forested mountains in a series of sharp and scenic, serpentine bends. Silence
surrounds you, except for the occasional hum of passing barges. (Note: In
October, cruising is not available and is replaced by a coach transfer.)
Begin cycling at Schlögen towards Aschach, where you stop
for lunch on your own. Continue through a beautiful forested region, then
follow the Danube bike path to Ottensheim, renowned for its hilltop castle,
before we conclude our ride in Linz.
Here, we transfer by private motorcoach to our hotel at Weissenkirchen. The
village is dominated by St. Michael's Church, which dates to 987. There are
also many Renaissance buildings with romantic inner courtyards. One of them
houses our charming, family-run hotel. Many vinegut (winemakers) and wine
cellars call Weissenkirchen home and are located in beautiful, ancient manor
houses. Have a famous young heuriger wine in one of the taverns. Later, gather
for a group dinner in a typical local Austrian guesthouse.
Day 8 - Cycle through Wachau Valley / Melk Abbey / The romantic town of Dürnstein
In the morning, cycle through the Wachau Valley,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Melk. The Wachau is one of Austria's most
striking landscapes, featuring a mix of hillside orchards and vineyards among
ruined castles, abbeys and churches. In Melk, take an included, guided tour of
the spectacular Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe's
largest Baroque monasteries. Eat lunch on your own, perhaps in the abbey
gardens, before cycling along the Danube to the lovely village of Spitz.
From Spitz, cycle back to Weissenkirchen and maybe opt to continue farther to
Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionhearted was kept prisoner in 1193. Tonight's
farewell dinner is in a local restaurant within a private, ancient winepress
Day 9 - Transfer to Vienna
/ Free Day / VBT No-Air Package ends
After breakfast, transfer to Vienna, arriving at approximately 10:30 a.m.
VBT No-Air Package guests: Your tour ends at the Hotel
Stefanie in Vienna.
Important: Train departures from Vienna
prior to 11 a.m. are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you are
responsible for your own transfer arrangements from the last hotel in
Weissenkirchen. A taxi ride to the Vienna
train station costs approximately €15/22 USD (approximately 20 minutes). A taxi
ride to the Vienna
airport costs approximately €30/45 USD (approximately 40 minutes).
VBT Air Package & Post Trip Extension guests: Your room
at Hotel Stefanie may not be available until 1:00 pm, but you can leave your
luggage with the Reception Desk. VBT provides City Information in your Final
Travel Booklet containing recommendations for cafés, restaurants, museums and
transportation. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Vienna. Your hotel is located near the
historic “Inner Ring” in the Old Town; many of the Old World
palaces and concert halls are easily accessible.
Day 10 - Depart for U.S.
After breakfast*, transfer to the Vienna airport (approximately 30 minutes) for
your departing flight**. Please note: Ensure that you are ready in the hotel
reception area at the designated time. VBT recommends that you check your
transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder” or with the hotel's reception desk
the night before your flight.
*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures,
breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the Front Desk
to verify the times that breakfast is served.
**Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are
finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you
extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to
the airport will be at your own expense.