Already a firm favourite with our crew, this beautiful ride links the striking cities of Vienna and Prague. There’s not much actual flat, but the gently rolling roads have enviably smooth tarmac and very little traffic – a gift for cyclists of all experience levels!
Our beautiful route kicks off with the stunning architecture of Vienna’s imperial palaces; by the afternoon we feel as though we have pedalled back in time as we ride through Czech Republic’s farmland, forest and traditional villages.
Packed with interesting culture, we pass through picturesque villages and towns with lakes, old squares and pastel-coloured buildings. A wonderful cycle path brings us right into central Prague with all its historic sights, including the iconic Charles Bridge and old town.
On arrival in Vienna, check in and make time to assemble the bikes and ensure everything is ready. Spend any free time (flight-times dependent) exploring the city and its riverside walks along the Danube. We meet in the evening for dinner and a trip briefing before a good night’s rest in preparation for tomorrow’s efforts. Night hotel.
An early start takes us through Vienna, mainly on cycle paths; we pass some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Hofburg. On leaving the city we take on our only significant climb of the trip – it’s long, and steep in places, but our reward is the hilltop view down over Vienna and the River Danube. From here it’s a cruising descent to the Danube, which we cross before heading roughly north towards the Czech border. By the time we reach our afternoon water-stop we’re in the Czech Republic, which immediately feels very different culturally. A short ride brings us to our hotel in Znojmo, an old fortified town. Night hotel.
Today we get to fully immerse ourselves in the beautiful Czech countryside, as we follow rolling roads north-west, roughly parallel to the Austrian border. We pass through farmland and thick forest, and lots of small villages which each have their own traditional fishpond, making for a very scenic ride. The roads are smooth and very light on traffic, making this a thoroughly enjoyable day on the bike. The cherry on the top comes at the end of our day as we arrive in Telč. Dominated by its gothic castle, its renaissance centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the huge town square, surrounded by pastel-coloured houses with ornamental gables and archways, is beautiful – and the perfect place to mark the end of a great day with a low-cost beer! Night hotel.
Another day of rolling hills, riding through forested terrain as we east initially. The views over clear rivers and lush green valleys are mesmerising, and the countryside is dotted with Renaissance churches, red-roofed villages and old castles – the Czech Republic has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world! After our lunch-stop we swing north towards Tabor, and after more small climbs and descents come to this lovely town with another striking old centre. Night hotel.
Our road climbs gradually uphill from Tabor and, after a lovely descent into Central Bohemia, it’s the usual undulating countryside through woodland and small villages. The outskirts of Prague give us the opportunity to appreciate its Communist past, with fairly unattractive tower blocks of small apartments, but then we come to the River Vltava and our amazing cycle path. This leads us right into the city centre, past the much-photographed Charles Bridge and – via a few unavoidable sections of cobbles – into the historic centre with its famous town square. It’s a rewarding and memorable finale. After checking into our central hotel, we meet again for dinner and a final dinner together to celebrate our achievements. Night hotel.
Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders and support crew, including mechanics. Our leaders are selected for their knowledge and experience, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises; they are also trained in first aid. The crew will have mobile phones and/or radios where appropriate, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary.
The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, ensuring your route is well-marked, making you lunch and sorting out any mechanical problems. Support vehicles are with the group all of the time, and carry all luggage and spares.
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.
We usually stay in hotels or lodges of a 2-3* standard or equivalent. Standards may vary between the hotels but they are generally comfortable and convenient for our route. Hotels are often on the outskirts of towns to minimise unnecessary extra mileage and avoid traffic.
Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels convenient to our route. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller in a shared room.
There may be a limited number of single rooms subject to request, on a first-come first-served basis, after you have booked. Extra charges will apply.
Your booking is part of a group challenge and the tour costs and fundraising targets listed on our website are based on a minimum number of participants which is shown on the challenge Our typical groups run with approximately 35-40 participants however you may find your group is smaller or larger than this.
We will confirm at least 12 weeks prior to departure that your challenge is guaranteed to run however occasionally it may be possible to still to run the challenge with less than the minimum numbers, subject to a small group supplement. If we think a small group supplement may be necessary, we will discuss this with you as soon as possible, usually 5 months before your departure date.
Minimum numbers and groups sizes may vary on Bespoke Charity challenges. If you are booked onto a bespoke challenge please contact your charity for full details.
We like to support local businesses and will source food locally. Lunches will be in restaurants along the route and dinners are usually eaten at the hotel. Do make sure you eat enough to give you the energy for your exertions. Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply.
In the unfortunate circumstance that you need to cancel your booking, we would ask that you notify us in writing either by post or email. Your cancellation will be considered effective from the date the notice is received. Registration fees, amendment fees and insurance premiums are non refundable and, depending on your payment option and how close it is to your challenge departure date, you may be liable for a cancellation charge.
Full details of all cancellation charges may be found in the Terms and Conditions of booking.
This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!
Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience, fitness and ability as well as all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. If you have concerns about your fitness or if you have reduced mobility please do contact us for a confidential chat about whether this challenge is appropriate for you.
For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.
Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check your requirements using our partner, Visa Machine, website here; please ensure you allow plenty of time.
Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.
We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.
If you are still to buy some kit don’t forget that Cotswold Outdoor, Snow and Rock, Cycle Surgery and Runners Need offer all Discover Adventure participants 15% off any purchases you make with them. Please ask us for the code if you do not have this already.