Unique historical carp lakes connected by the Golden Canal
Historic villages and towns containing old buildings, old fortresses, monasteries, castles, lush forests and rolling hills are the characteristics of the Southern-Bohemian landscape. It is a landscape to fall in love with. Southern-Bohemia is for European standards an unique area with a lot of the local nature and culture still being intact, and resembling the country as it looked like 150 years ago. The old border area, which was forbidden for everyone until 1989, is now teeming with wildlife due to the absence of humans. You will be surprised by how untouched the whole landscape looks. Highlights are the Hluboka Chateau because its build in the same style as the Windsor castle, the Unesco world heritage medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, and the biggest city: Budweis. This is where the original Budweiser beer is brewed. Southern-Bohemia is a true cyclist’s paradise, with many quiet rural roads which you will discover on this tour, and stops where you can still get original Bohemian food. = Cozy historic villages and mighty old towns, fortresses, monasteries, castles, lush forests and rolling hills are the characteristic to the Southern-Bohemian landscape. It is a landscape to fall in love with. Southern-Bohemia is for European standards an unique area with a lot of the local nature and culture still being intact, and resembling the country as it looked like 150 years ago. Zlatá stoka (English: Golden Canal) is a 45 km long artificial watercourse in the Czech Republic. It connects all the large fishponds in the Trebon Basin. Until the 17th century it bore the simple name "irrigation ditch" (Příkop). Because of its importance for the fishpond system, it was given the name Golden Canal during the Schwarzenberg period.
The tour is partly flat, partly hilly. You will cycle 40 to 60 km (25 / 38 miles) a day.Day-by-day schedule
Individual arrival in Ceske Budejovice (also well known as Budweis), which is the biggest city in south Bohemia, and also is famous all over the world for its beer Budvar. Parking spot for the rest of the week can be arranged.
Budweis is a beautiful town, it is well preserved. Climb the Black Tower, see the Samson fountain at the large square, stroll through the ancient streets. In the evening you will get the route description and the information documents about the tour.
Holasovice is a South Bohemian farming village from the 13th century and is considered the pearl of the folk baroque. Around the pond in the middle of the village square there are 22 farmhouses with painted baroque gables. The village is a living reminder of the peasant tradition.
Directly along the Vltava you cycle without a single hill to one of the most beautiful castles of Bohemia: the Tudor Castle Hluboka, an imitation of the Windsor Castle in England. Afterwards it goes over many Bohemian villages further to Veseli nad Luznice, a small village nat far away from the pond landscape.
You drive into the pond landscape of the over 300 year old water system. On the way you will meet the beautiful hunting lodge Jemcina.
From Veseli you drive through the beautiful, flat landscape of many ponds to Trebon, a beautiful old town and health resort on the largest carp pond in Bohemia.
You will drive through the centuries-old pond landscape Golden Stream (Unesco) to Stribec, a listed village because of its many beautiful baroque farmhouses. It goes as far as Chlum on the Austrian border, to the castle and castle park.
Through Bohemian villages and the former health resort Dobra Voda (good water!) back to the crosswise Budweis.
After your breakfast this tour ends.
If you rented bicycles, you can leave them behind in the hotel. Of course you can book some extra nights in Budweis or Prague. It is easily arranged in the booking formular.
Level: 1 of 5
Total length of the tour: 255 km / 159 miles
|7 nights in three or four star hotels / pensions||€ 510|
|Double room, incl. breakfast||Included|
|Detailed maps and gps files (gpx / kml)||Included|
|24-Hour SOS service||Included|
|Trekking bike (21-27 gears)||€ 75|
|E-bike (8 gears)||€ 140|
|Single room||€ 650|
|Surcharge solo traveller||€ 70|
|triple room / family room (4 beds)||€ 475 / 475|
|7 x Half board||€ 98|
|Extra night first hotel (single, double, triple, quad)||€ 65 / 74 / 102 / 136|
|Extra night last hotel (single, double, triple, quad)||€ 65 / 74 / 102 / 136|
|GPS device||€ 25|
Rented bikes are fully equipped: bags, lights, locks, map holder, incl. service