Karlstejn, Czech Republic

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clock-o7 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the Czech countryside on two wheels and see Karlstejn Castle on a 7-hour bike trip from Prague. Pedal along level riverside paths through forests and fields, enjoy an optional swim, and experience stunning views of the 14th-century castle, built by Bohemia’s Charles IV. Opt to take an interior tour (own expense), and savor lunch and beer before returning to Prague by train. Hotel pickup, bike, helmet, lunch, beer and train ticket included.
  • Escape busy downtown and enjoy laid-back countryside
  • Hotel pickup means no riding on cobblestone streets
  • Flat paved cycling paths with zero traffic
  • Small groups: 2017 average group size was 2.5
  • Enjoy villages and little towns, lovely river banks and parks
  • Ideal for couples, families and all skill levels
After pickup from your central Prague hotel, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the start point on the city’s outskirts. Hop on a high-quality bike — or upgrade to an electric bike —here, don a cycle helmet, and then set off behind your guide.
Admire the views as you pedal along riverside paths. The 18-mile (30-kilometer) route is level, and over 97% consists of cycle paths away from traffic.
Cruise along the riverbanks, weaving through peaceful countryside and forests, and enjoy your first glimpses of Karlstejn, atop a wooded hill..
On route, take an optional river swim and refuel with refreshments (own expense) at a cafe or bakery. 
Opt to take dirt tracks as shortcuts, and visit a secret viewpoint to gaze down over the castle. Admire the stunning scene — the castle enfolded in vast forests — just as Charles IV might have seen it in the 14th century.
Closer up, admire the Gothic courtyard and battlements, and choose to take an interior tour (additional cost). Then, join your guide for lunch and a beer at a local restaurant.
Afterward, leave your bike in Karlstejn, and take a 40-minute train ride back to Prague, ending your trip at the station.

Reviews

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D
, Jul 2018

My husband and I ,both in our 50's , love to book a bike ride with a guide when we travel to unfamiliar places. we do this to see and hear about the culture, environment, and local flavor of the region. that said, this trip was more about the bike ride. We would have like a little more information about what we were passing through and seeing. we did enjoy lunch with our guide at the Castle and having sometime on our own there.
The directions back by train were somewhat unclear. Which side to board from at the station, frequency of our train, which train was ours, amount of time to return to Prague, and where we were when we arrived. It was somewhat of an adventure walking back to our hotel. There is a large train station you arrive at and its difficult to orient yourself without wifi. A map would have been very helpful.
overall it was enjoyable but not very informative .

C
, Jul 2018

Dominika and Marcel were great guides. The scenery was so beautiful. The lunch was amazing local food at a great local outdoor cafe. We ended the ride at a beautiful castle. They took the bikes and helmets. They gave train tickets. Easy walk to the train station in a cute little village. The guides provided helpful insight.

R
, Jan 2018

martin was just the best! so polite, hilarious, conversational, and made us all feel comfortable up to see the castle and then helped us navigate the menu for lunch.

M
, Oct 2017

Fantastic tour! Martin was an excellent guide!

R
, Aug 2017

Highly recommend this tour! Our tour guide was Martin and he was fantastic. If you just want to get out of the city and enjoy the countryside while biking, then this is the tour for you! We had a great lunch included and train ticket back to the city. Great day and very enjoyable people we were with. Only 6 people plus our tour guide. Great small group. Highly recommend!

C
, Aug 2017

What a great trip! Martin was a knowledgeable host and experienced cyclist who listened to his guests and showed the beautiful castle and countryside. The trip was about 15 miles of flat riding with a dash of trail ride. The surrounding town around the castle was quaint and the lunch authentic. We loved our day and would recommend this to all who seek physical activity during vacation.

d
, Jul 2017

A memorable experience for myself and my colleagues. Martin is passionate and excellent at offering many options, catering to our group of broad skill levels. We had fun, enjoyed the views, our food and laughed a lot. Highly recommended as an alternative to all the tourist traps of Prague.

C
, Jul 2017

This was a highlight of our 4 days in Prague. Martin was accommodating, worked out that we could 'ride' and we rode both there and back and at good pace! excellent lunch, in fact everything was just great, including brand new specialised bikes.
scenery awesome too.
Would definitely recommend to anyone just wanting a leisurely ride along the river and maybe even something a bit more adventurous if the group permits.
Martin is a great guy and wish him well.

S
, Jun 2017

We booked this trip because it was the only company that offered the convenience of a hotel pick up. Martin our tour guide picked us up promptly and was such a great guy. There were four people in the group and he was sensitive to the needs of everyone as well as having a great sense of humour. The ride was on lovely tracks through very pretty countryside and largely traffic free. The bikes were excellent, efficient gears, breaks and comfortable seats. The castle was spectacular and our hour in Karlstejn was a welcome break before the final push to the brewery. Martin has sourced a real gem for the end of the trip because the food and beer were fantastic rewards for all our effort. The summer weekends in Prague are manic and my husband and I are so pleased we escaped the city crowds on the Sunday for this wonderful day out.

R
, Jun 2017

This bike ride/micro brewery lunch was the highlight of our 15 day vacation. Touring Europe is great, but my wife and I look for outdoor exercise daily biking/hiking/walking. We can only see so many cities, castles, cathedrals and museums. Searching for a bike tour on line I discovered this one. When reading the description and reference to Small-Group we anticipated 4-6 people on the ride. Much to our surprise we were picked up at our hotel, on time actually early by our personal guide, Maertin who informed us it would be just us on the tour. Maertin's English was excellent and his knowledge of the region combined with a sense of humor made for a great day. The ride and sights were excellent, not too difficult. When I asked if we could limit our time at Karlstejn Castle and focus on pedaling, he was very accommodating. We felt the cost of this tour was extremely reasonable downright cheap and great value. The micro brewery we had lunch at has a wide menu to choose from. The food and beer were outstanding and included in the tour price. If you are looking for some exercise, scenery, history and a good meal/drink this is the tour for you.


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