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The day starts with finding the bike shop, which is nicely located not far from the main square so it is easily accessible from most points. You then handle the minor paperwork, get outfitted with a bike and some water, choose whether to go with a helmet, meet your tour guide and get ready to roll.
In our case our tour guide was Micky spelling? and besides the two of us there was a nice young couple from Australia, making a group of five. That was optimal, since we alternated riding close to our guide to gain his insights on what we were seeing, the history of the area, his experiences in moving to Prague vs other places he has lived in Europe etc.
He was a very friendly and accommodating guide and the pace was easy and beautiful. There were some points where there were small challenging inclines, but those were by far the exception rather than the rule. The lunch spot was a very nice traditional Czech restaurant that seemed to be accommodating mostly locals with a few other cycling groups in attendance. Freshly grilled/smoked meats featured heavily in the options.
None of us opted to take the castle tour, so after we walked up to the castle you leave your bikes at the start of the castle village and walk up we took advantage of all of the nice viewpoints for photos and enjoyed walking around and then came back down to go to the train station for the return trip to Prague and the short ride from there back to the cycle shop.
We absolutely loved this day, it was our top adventure while visiting Prague. The Bohemian Switzerland National Park hike came in a close second, with a bigger gap between that and other tours. All active people should consider both, but definitely consider this one!
This bike trip is fabulous! The bikes are comfortable, the guides fun and informative and the landscape is magical. Picture cycling through the city, then along a bike path over bridges and railway crossings, past fields of poppies in season and beautiful old homes, through villages and gorgeous countryside. There are a couple of steepish sections raised heart-beat for unseasoned cyclists, but e-bike not absolutely necessary but would help!.
The lunch stop is great and the food delicious and cheap compared to Prague city prices.
The Castle itself is huge and picturesque, well worth the climb up.
This is a big day out, with lots of fresh air and exercise. Just do it!!
This can be a bit punishing, particularly if it's hot. The bike ride is approx 37k in total with a couple short hills, which you can walk up if needed. Lunch was great although not included in the price. Total for 3 of us was approx. 14 with soft drinks. Walk up to the castle was tough going but there are plenty of places to catch your breath on the way up. The train ride home was welcome!
Sasha our guide was knowledgeable and fun. He made sure we kept to time and answered all of our questions.
Loved this tour. Full day ride through the countryside to the castle with a few stops along the way. Small group. Overall, a great day!
Love, Love this tour! will do this again when we return to Prague!!!
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! I would highly recommend it if you like to bike and want to see Czech in a different view.
The tour can be up to 10 bikers but when we did it, it was only my husband and I. It was great! We bike often so we were able to keep a good pace and ended early. There are a few breaks during the bike ride. There are a few uphill sections. You go through a bunch of different terrain- smooth bike path, city cobbles stones, rocky pavement, and uneven surfaces. I wouldn't recommend it for beginner riders.
After biking 22 miles, it was a little tiring to climb the steep hills to get to the castle but worth it! Nice view. We opted not to go into the castle as we have seen others before and just spent time browsing the many shops along the way. which I found was cheaper than in Prague city center. Eg. Shirts were 150-200kc.
Jacob, our bike/tour guide, was excellent. He gave us good explanations of everything and catered to our level of biking ability. The restaurant we stopped at was excellent. Try the chicken noodle soup and chicken schnitzel. Its amazing!
The train ride back to Prague was relaxing. It was a few minutes from the castle area. There is a train car for bikes so it wasn't bad. 40 min ride and then another 5 min bike back to the shop. Praha Bike Shop is a few minutes walk from Old Town Square which was convenient for us
There was an issue on start time- Viator's voucher says 9am but they said it really starts at 9:30 and that Viator got it wrong. So we had to wait a little longer than expected. I would recommend calling the bike shop when you arrive to confirm meeting time to avoid any confusion.
I really enjoyed this bike tour- it's the third of it's kind that I've done, but was definitely the longest. Eighteen miles in the saddle is decent length trip, especially for those unaccustomed to riding for that long. There were about 3 hills that were fairly steep that required a little extra umph to get up. Our small group of 5 elected not to tour the castle, just admire the grounds and buildings. What they neglect to tell you is that there is a pretty steep walk to get up to the castle- no moat needed to keep this place safe!
I really enjoyed the bike tour. Before heading out to Karlstejn we rode around old town Prague. The ride along the river was really nice. Mostly flat and easy with a few easy hills. A very nice way to see the countryside. We stopped mid way for a beer break which was a nice treat. The guide was a nice young guy originally from Ukraine. I forgot his name but he was a real nice and knowledgeable guy and the info he shared about of the area was very interesting. If I get to return to Prague, I'll definitely join this bike tour company again.
This was the highlight to our visit to Prague! Sasha was our bike guide, and he was friendly, knowledgable, and really helpful. The bikes were in great condition, with really good gears. The bike ride was beautiful! And the train ride back was a fun way to end the tour. I would do this again.
Excellent Trip. Really enjoyed the 35k bike ride. Karlstejn Castle was a real surprise. Ride is 95% flat along river banks. Our tour guide, Sasha was excellent.
Our guide was fantastic, very informative about history and local sites. The bike ride was beautiful, and well worth the time to experience the countryside outside of Prague. I would say that you should know that the route is not as flat as described. It can be a little challenging to ride on cobblestone streets and through some areas of heavy morning traffic in Prague, and there are inclines along the route that would be difficult for inexperienced riders. People with bad knees, like myself, may find the hilly parts of the ride challenging and the pace too fast. Our guide did adjust the pace when needed however. Overall it was a great experience which I would be willing to do again. My husband did not find the ride challenging, but he is very used to hill riding and road racing.
Daniele our tour guide was great. It wasn't a bad ride at all so even if you are an intermediate rider you will be fine. Very happy that we took a train home.
Great tour. Was a long and hot day, but our time was not diminished by uncooperative weather! Daniel was an excellent guide and made this trip so much fun. Lunch was good and Karlstejn Castle was beautiful!
18 miles is a lot of biking when you're not used to it, be aware that you will probably be saddle sore for a few days afterward. That being said, biking through the countryside was beautiful. Our guide, Travis, was quite knowledgable about Czech history and culture. There were only a couple of big hills to deal with, the majority of the ride was fairly flat. The tour price does not include entrance to the interior of the castle. You can get into the exterior courtyard and look around the outside but a tour of the interior is an extra cost and the tour is conducted once an hour. We chose not to do the interior tour. The train ride back to town was quick and easy. All in all this was an excellent tour and was the highlight of our Prague vacation.
This trip was an absolute 5 star perfect day for all (2 parents, 2 kids age 15 and 17).
Easy to find the start location. Bikes were selected for our height...and the bikes were of good quality. Brief fitting of saddle height. Then a short ride thru Prague to test the fit and a short tour of several local buildings. Then we set off along the Vltava.
The route is flat and very scenic. 32 km in distance. We stopped periodically to regroup and 1 20 minute stop for refreshments about halfway I had a beer.
At Karlstejn we had a fabulous lunch and then the castle tour which was excellent.
Then a 5 minute ride to the train station in Karlstejn, and a 45 minute train ride back to Prague. Then 5 or 10 minutes more cycling back to the start location.
The guide was excellent. Friendly, patient, informative.
Truly a fantastic day, perhaps our best day in the Czech Republic!
This was a perfect tour, especially made possible by our exceptional tour guide, Sasha!
Would highly recommend it to others looking for a different way to see and learn about
Prague and it's surroundings than a typical bus tour. Would not have changed a thing...
Dr. Bob Nelson
This tour was a great escape from the city. Our tour guide was Nick and he was really knowledgeable about Czech history and customs. I don't think there was a question that he could not answer! If you want to see a different side of the Czech Republic and a pretty cool castle stuck in the middle of some mountains, I would definitely recommend it! Make sure you're ready for a good amount of biking!
Wonderful wonderful day. Daniel, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, fun and organized. Made new friends and saw Prague and its countryside by bike. Would recommend to anyone!
The tour was great and we loved our guide, Nazar. I would recommend the tour for active people though. There were quite a few hills and the walk to the castle itself is quite strenuous. The castle and surrounding village are both beautiful. It was neat to see the countryside on the ride there.
Great way to spend some time out of the busy city and see another side of the Czech Republic. The ride was an easy ride although it is very tiring. The restaurant stop was perfect for local Czech cuisine and the tour guide was very easy going. He made sure the equipment was ok and stopped several times to make sure all guests were doing well. The price does not include the tour of the Castle so be prepared to pay additional for a tour of the castle.
Pretty exhausting, but worth it. I had an enjoyable company. Bare in mind that the entrance fee to castle is not included.
Great experience. Awesome guides who spoke great English. Fun ride at a reasonable pace. Beautiful scenery.
This was one of the top highlights of our trip to Europe. The ride was beautiful and fun. There were really nice people in our group and our guide Yaakov was terrific! When we got to Karlstejn we had a really delicious lunch at a cafe there (included in the price) and then toured the castle. It was an all day event, but great. Loved it!
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