CZECHIA | PRAGUE TO KARLOVY VARY VIA PILSEN TOURING EXCLUSIVE

Prague to Karlovy Vary via Pilsen

Touring Exclusive Private Package

 

Beautiful, recreational premium bike adventure between Prague and Karlovy Vary via Pilzen, a town popular for the production of the original pilsner beer.

 

On this tour you can have a full picture of Czech history, from middle age to modern history like all the recent wars that shaped the Czech country. You will visit many castles from different time periods, remote valleys, pristine forests and backcountry villages and spa towns.

 

There are only a few people on the routes we will cruise. We are going to cross villages and spa towns. Visit many different castles and at the end of the day, we will enjoy the evening in a relaxing spa.

Mileage / Gain

 

176 km (73 m) / 1800 mt (5900 ft)

Longest day: 50 km ( 31 miles)

Longest climbing day: 650 mt (2130 ft)

When to go

From mid April to mid October

Level

Recreational

 

Bike tours with longer stages, some uphills and a wider variety of terrains

Duration

5 days / 4 nights

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Price per person

2-3 People

3990€

4-5 People

3190€

6+ People

2690€

390 € single room supplement

Do you want to share the ride?

This version could become semi-private if you wish. Which means that you could share the ride with other cyclists (max 8 pax). So you would have the price advantage of shared ride while keeping a high grade of privateness. If you are interested in this option just let us know and we will try to pair you with other like minded cyclist.

You only want van support?

Our “Premium Package” includes one guide in the van and one on the bike. We like to take great care of our clients and believe that a guide on the bike is essential for you to get the best our of your trip. But of course we understand if you would like to be alone with your partner or family. In this case we would just support you with the van and all the logistic and give you a professional Garmin gps with loaded tracks and a road book. In this case the price of the package would be also lower.

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    Day by day

    DAY 0 - Welcome to Prague

    Meeting at our shop for briefing and bike setting.

    If you are not in Prague or you have other plans, we pick you up the following, day 1, at 8.00 a.m. at your accomodation and we will set the bikes just before leaving.

    DAY 1 - From Prague to Karlštejn

    35 km / 50 mt gain ( 22 miles / 164 ft)

     

    Karlštejn castle is the most beautiful one in the Czech Republic and we recommend to see it!

    There is nothing better than to leave Prague suburb behind, cross little villages on the most popular cycling path all the way to the castle and then see it appearing in front of you at the end of a long downhill…

    On the way there we will stop in a cidery for a visit and once we get to the castle you will enjoy a guided tour.

    We will spend the night at the Romantic Mill Hotel along the river, not far from the castle area.

     

    DAY 2 - From Karlštějn to Zbiroh chateaux

    41 km / 600 mt gain (25 miles /1970  ft)

     

    Today we start the day with still cycling along the river and soon we will enter the Berounka Canyon, very famous about local climbers. Once on the other side we will stop for a coffee in the town of Berounka.

    Later in the day we will stop in Tocnik where there is another famous castle yet so different from Karlstejn.

    After visiting it, we will head to our destination for the day, the legendary Zbiroh Chateau.

     

    DAY 3 - Brdy area, Pilzen and Mariánské Lázně

    50 km / 600 mt gain (31 miles /1970 ft)

     

    Brdy, a wild stretch of hills and forests between Prague and Plzeň was originally talked about as the possible site for the first Czechoslovak national park. History took another turn and it became an ever-expanding military area. Now the process is being reversed. The army left the area and it is a incredible wild area all to discover. While riding inside, we will visit some very interesting bunkers and remaining of the cold war.

    We will end the ride in Rokycany, a small town a few km from Plzen. We will load the bikes on the van and transfer you to Plzen where you can either have a guided tour of Plzen Urquel brewery or visit the town center. After that we will continue the transfer and drive 1 hour to the Spa town of Marianske Lazne where we will spend the night.

     

    DAY 4 - From Mariánské Lázně to Karlovy Vary

    50 km / 550 mt gain (31 miles / 1804 ft)

     

    A very nice ride through the famous Slavkovski Forest will take us to Loket first, a wonderful medieval town located where the River Ohře creates a charming bend in the shape of a human elbow. The Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV came to rest and hunt game and James Bond came here too J. Later on, after passing by the famous Svatos Rocks, unique granite rock formations by the river that are a designated natural national monument, we will arrive to Karlovy Vary.

    Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) is a spa town in the west Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. Its numerous thermal springs have made it a popular resort since the 19th century. The riverside spa district is home to several colonnades with columned walkways. The modern Hot Spring Colonnade houses the Pramen Vřídlo geyser, which spouts up to 12 meters high.

     

    DAY 5 - Transfer back to Prague

    After breakfast transfer back to Prague (1h 45’)

    We make customization our secret ingredient.

    Feel free to ask for changes.

    Included

    Accomodations

    • All hotel accommodation in 3/4 star hotels 

    Food and Drinks

    • Half board: breakfasts and dinners
    • Snacks and fresh fruit on route

    Support

    • 1 English speaking guide on the bike
    • 1 English speaking guide in the van
    • Van support with luggage transport
    • All transportation from randez vous to drop-off
    • Daily cleaning and bike maintenance

    Bikes & Gear

    • Touring bike rental + helmet + pedals
    • Official BIKO jersey, cycling cap, bidons & string bag 

    Activities

    • Karlštejn castle guided tour
    • Točník castle entrance
    • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

     

    Not included

     

    • International flights
    • Cancellation insurance and travelling insurance
    • Items of personal nature
    • Massages
    • Gratuity for your bicycle guide
    • Lunches
    • Drinks
    • Transfers that are not specified on the tour description
    • Extra activities that are not specified on the tour description

    Touring bikes | INCLUDED

     

    Models: Giant Roam (men) & Liv Rove (women)

     

    With its confident, flat handlebar positioning and lightweight ALUXX aluminum frame, Roam Disc gives you all the best qualities of a mountain bike and a road bike. Its front suspension adds comfort and control. It has powerful disc brakes and durable components, so it can take some bumps on rough city roads. And the fast rolling 700c wheels can handle smooth roads or dirt, making it a great choice for town-to-trail adventures.

     

    Available in  XS, S, M, L, XL size.

    Women bike frame available.

    Touring E-bike | Included upon request

     

    Models: Giant Explore E+ (men) & Liv Amiti E+ (women)

     

    It combines urban riding style with versatile performance that can handle rougher roads.  Designed for adaptability, Explore E+ gives riders the freedom to go wherever they want to go. Range in Eco mode 65-130 km. Yamaha 500Wh Lithium-ion battery for longer range.

     

    Available in  XS, S, M, L, XL size.

    Women bike frame available.

    Accessories

     

    We are happy to prepare your bike according to your bike fitting measurement, if you wish to and we will provide you with accessories to make your trip more comfortable. All you have to do is to fill our "Mesurements & Accessories Form" below.

     

    Gel seats, handle bar bags, mud guards, gel seat covers and many other things are  FREE OF CHARGE. We also have a wide variety of pedals to choose from in adition also FREE OF CHARGE. Shimano SPD, Shimano SL, Look Keo Classic, Classic pedals with possibility to add toe cages.

     

    Check out the "BIKE MEASUREMENTS & ACCESSORIES FORM"

    Romantic Mill 4****

    The Romantic Hotel Mlyn Karlstejn is located in the picturesque landscape of Cesky Kras protected area, on the banks of the river Berounka below medieval Karlstejn Castle. Individually decorated, vintage-style rooms with exposed wood beams

    Chateux Zbiroh 4****

    Chateau Hotel Zbiroh is the only hotel where you can spend a night in chambers where great figures from history stayed: Emperor Rudolph II, Charles IV, Sigismund, Alfons Mucha and Ema Destinová. You will go back several centuries to the time of princes, kings and emperors, you will become true aristocrats, pampered, spoiled and honoured.

    Gourmet Villa Patriot 4****

    Located in a renovated historic building that was. Enjoy privacy in very elegant rooms directly in the centre of Mariánské Láznu011b, near the forest and the spa park.

    Malé Versailles 4****

    The modern construction technologies allowed equipping the hotel according to the latest technical trends while preserving its historic authenticity and style. Every single detail of the rooms and lounges is well-thought-out with love for the rich history of the Little Versailles.

    Professional video by BIKO Media

     

    In BIKO we are not only cyclists... Filippo and Toby are also professionale video makers.

    We make videos a strong added value to our holidays. We are able to offer two different packages that will help you remembering your trip forever.

     

    - Essential Video Package: we will shoot the video while guiding the holiday. This way we can keep the price reasonable. We know already where the best shots are so while guiding we shoot without you even "feeling it".

    At the end of the holiday we will present you with a long video of 20 minutes and one "Best Of" video from 3 to 5 minutes.

    Price : 500 euro

     

     

    - Ultimate Video Package: you will have a dedicated team of videomakers that will follow your group and your guides independently. The result will be a true Hollywood action movie.

    At the end of the holiday we will present you with a long video of 20 minutes and one "Best Of" video from 3 to 5 minutes.

    Price: depends on the route and on the group size. Starting from 3000 euro

    Essential Video Package

    Ultimate Video Package

    Bohemia Strava Cup

    Are you traveling with your (very competitive) friends? So let us organize a competition for you!

    We will chose 2 or 3 Strava segment every day. Climbing , time trial and descent. We will measure your time via Strava and give you the temporary ranking every day.

    At the end of the tour there will be a winner and a prize (for each of the participants)

     

    Price: 200 euro + 25 euro per person for prizes

    Pilsner Urquel Brewery Tour (instead of Pilzen centre)

    Experience the creation process of the traditional Czech beer, the original Pilzner directly from the source. The heart of the brewery are three brew houses from different centuries.

    You will view the original locations where the famous Pilsner Urquell beer was born 175 years ago, and whose story continues even today. The most modern bottling facilities processes 120,000 bottles per hour.  You will learn about the ingredients from which Pilsner Urquell beer is brewed. The culmination of the tour is a tasting of unfiltered Pilsner Urquell beer in the historical cellars.

     

    Price: 20 euro per person

    We highly recommend spending a few days on your own exploring Prague before or after your trip with us.

    If you wish we can help you with your accommodation and to connect you with our local experts.

    • Extra day in Pilzen, old town tour

    Spend the day exploring the beautiful city famous for the creation of Pilsner Urquell, traditional Czech beer and the mother of all Pilsners.

    The old center has the 19th-century Great Synagogue, which also hosts concerts. The Cathedral of St. Bartholomew, completed in the 16th century, has Renaissance paintings and a tall spire with a viewing gallery.

     

    Price vary according to number of participants and activities.  Ask for a quote.

    • Extra day cycling from Pilzen to Karlovy Lázně

    50 km (31 miles)

    Spend another day in the saddle riding the beautiful scenic cycling path between the two famous towns. Cycle along a beautiful stream through forests, fields and old central european villages.

     

    Price vary according to number of participants and activities.  Ask for a quote.

    Reservation, payment and cancellation

     

    To reserve the trip we ask 50% of the total price via bank transfer or cash.

     

    The remaining balance must be paid in cash or with credit card the day before the beginning of the trip or via bank transfer 12 days before the departure.

     

    No refund of the deposit if the tour is cancelled less then 31 days before the departure (working days).

     

    100 percent of the tour will be charged if the tour is cancelled less then 3 days before the departure.

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