River Moldau from Budweis to Prague

Cycling near the river from Budweis to marvelousPrague

Southern Bohemia offers a versatile landscape. During the cold war the border region was forbidden to be entered without any permission, which causes the forests close to Austria to teem with wildlife. The Trebon region, as can be seen on the map, plays an important role in fish farming. Loads of artificial lakes were created in the past by building dykes, most of the ponds are still in use as fish farms and the roads on top of the dykes have been turned into bicycle paths. In the ponds mainly carps are bred, so you can swim in most of the ponds without any concern. In the 15th century Tabor was the stronghold of the Hussite movement, that was strongly religious and the town was named after mount Tabor in Israel. Around Benesov it gets increasing hilly, so you have some fine sights over the surroundings. Finally you will enter the Czech capital: Prague.

Cultural highlights are the perfectly square market place of Budweis, the carp lakes around Trebon, the Castle town Jindrichuv Hradec, the romantic chatea Ceverna Lhota, the Hussite fortress close to Tabor, and the Habsburg residency of Konopischt in Benesov, and of course Prague. Prague has many nicknames such as the City with a Hundred Towers, and is visited by many tourists from all over the world. There are many highlights in this city such as the King Charles Bridge, with its famous statues and many artists. From here you can see the Fortress and the Cathedral guarding the city. You can visit the old Jewish Cemetery with old untouched graves, or visit St. Wenclas market square with the famous astronomical clock.

Gepäcktransport in Eigenregie: Rabatt 125,- Euro pro Buchung.

Day-by-day schedule


Day 1: Ceske Budejovice

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.


Day 2: Ceske Budejovice – Cesky Krumlov - Ceske Budejovice (60 km / 40 miles)

On this day you cycle partly flat along the Vltava (also known in Europa as the Moldau) to the UNESCO pearl of South Bohemia: medieval Cesky Krumlov. A beautiful old centre and a mighty castle - the second largest in the Czech Republic. A unique place to visit. You then cycle back to the hotel in Ceske Budejovice.


Day 3: Ceske Budejovice – Bechyne (55 km / 35 miles)

The route leads directly along the Vltava without a single hill to one of the most beautiful castles in Bohemia: the Tudor castle of Hluboka, an imitation of Windsor Castle in England. The route then continues through many Bohemian villages to Tyn, a small old town on the Vltava.


Day 4: Bechyne – Tábor (35 km / 20 miles)

In this region, you cannot cycle directly along the Vltava, but follow the road running parallel to the north for a long distance. The landscape is interesting on this section. During the day, the hills remain on the route and you cycle through a hilly landscape to the historic town of Bechyne on the formerly important Luznice river. The route continues partly through forests to the town of Tabor, founded by Jan Hus in 1420, with its pretty narrow streets and many houses in soft pastel colours.


Day 5: Tabor – Benesov (56 km / 36 miles)

You will cycle through the bohemian nature to the world famous Konopiste castle, where Ferdinand d´Este lived. He was successor of the throne of the Austria-Hungary monarchy before he was killed in Sarajevo which resulted in the start of the First World War. There are over 300.000 hunting trophies in the castle.


Day 6: Benesov – Karlstejn (61 km / 41 miles)

From Benesov you cycle along many small roads to Karlstejn, where the mighty castle once housed the king's crown jewels. Today, the castle is one of the biggest attractions in the Czech Republic. Halfway along the route, you cross the Vltava.


Day 7: Karlstejn - Prague (45 km / 28 miles)

On the last day, you cycle along the Berounka and Vltava rivers on a wonderfully quiet and flat route to your last hotel in Prague, in the beautifully intact capital with its many historic districts. You will feel tempted to stay and have a look at every building, street, and corner in Prague. Prague has been called the nicest city on the planet, and has the nicknames "Golden Prague", "Crown of the World" and "Dream made out of stone" for a reason. A wonderful end of a week full of cycling and visiting exiting places. This city requires a lot of time! Your hotel is near public transportation, better leave your bicycle in the hotel.


Day 8: Prague

End of the tour. After your breakfast you will go back by train or bus to Ceske Budejovice. Collect your luggage and take the bicycles with you. If you rented bicycles, you can leave them behind in the hotel. A convienent solution for your trip back to the starting point is a special transfer which will bring you back to Budweis.

Of course you can book some extra nights in Budweis or Prague. It is easily arranged in the booking formular.


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Total length of the tour: 315 km / 196 miles

Price per person
7 nights in three or four star hotels / pensions € 915
Double room, incl. breakfast Included
Luggage transport Included
Detailed maps and gps files (gpx / kml) Included
24-Hour SOS service Included
Route description Included
Trekking bike (21-27 gears) € 95
E-bike (8 gears) € 195
Single room € 1175
Surcharge solo traveller € 100
triple room / family room (4 beds) € 790 / 760
Extra night first hotel (single, double, triple, quad) € 90 / 110 / 150 / 190
Extra night last hotel (single, double, triple, quad) € 95 / 110 / 150 / 190
Special transfer back to first hotel (max. 4 Pers. / max. 8 Pers.) € 280 / 350
GPS device € 25

Rented bikes are fully equipped: bags, lights, locks, map holder, incl. service

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