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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Pedal through the Czech countryside to the picture-book castle of Karlstejn on this full-day bike tour from Prague. With an expert guide, take a leisurely ride through the scenic Cesky Kras region, following the Vltava and Berounka rivers to the village of Karlstejn. After time for lunch, take a guided tour of the castle. Explore the towers and chapels that were a summer home for Emperor Charles IV, and admire the portraits and other treasures. Finally, give your legs a well-earned rest with a train ride back to Prague.
  • Full-day bike tour to Karlstejn Castle from Prague
  • 18-mile (30 km) one-way bike ride to the castle – you'll return to Prague by train
  • Cycle along the Vltava River, enjoying the scenic Czech countryside with your expert guide
  • Tour Karlstejn Castle
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Professional guide
Use of bike and helmet
1 drink
Entrance fees to Karlstejn Castle
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entrance to the Chapel of the Holy Cross inside Karlstejn Castle
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Dlouhá 708, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel independently to the starting point in central Prague. Meet your guide and after a safety briefing, put on your provided cycling helmet and hop on your supplied bicycle to start your full-day tour.

With your guide at the lead, pedal out into the countryside southwest of Prague. Your guide will maintain an easy and steady pace along the pleasant, flat 18-mile (30-kilometer) route, so the tour is suitable for cyclists of all abilities.

Follow scenic roads through the picturesque Cesky Kras region, tracing the banks of the Vltava River and Berounka River along the way.

Make regular stops to take photos, arriving after a half-day of cyling in the traditional village of Karlstejn, the home of Karlstejn Castle.

Break for lunch (own expense) at one of the restaurants, and then make your way to the hilltop, Gothic castle. As you approach, ogle the turrets and walls that crown the summit and rise up over dense forests.

Head inside (own expense) and enjoy a guided tour of the 650-year-old castle, founded by Holy Roman Emperor elect, Charles IV, in 1348. As you walk, hear how he used Karlstejn as a summer retreat and to store his coronation jewels.

View the interiors and treasures, including a replica of St Wenceslas’ crown and a gallery of portraits of Czech monarchs. Learn about Charles IV's life here, and see the Chapel of the Holy Cross, home to a series of exquisite panel paintings.

After your castle tour, travel back to Prague by train, where your tour finishes in the early evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Karlstejn Castle
You can visit the castle
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for children aged 10 and under
  • This bike tour is not considered to be strenuous or physically challenging. The riding is leisurely and therefore suitable for all levels of fitness
  • It is recommended that you bring enough to drink for the duration of the tour
  • E- Bike: Not recommended for children aged 14 and under and for pregnant guests,Participant weight limitation: over 45kg(100lbs) and under 120Kg(270lbs), Guest must be able to ride a bike, no training is provided except how to control e-bike, Adult pricing applies to all travelers, Groups are limited to 10 participants per a group.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Shared tour is provided in a small group in compliance with all hygienic regulations on health protection such as disinfection, observance of distances during the trip and in the places visited, disinfectants for use by clients.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Czech Republic

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Karlstejn Castle Bike Trip from Prague?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Karlstejn Castle Bike Trip from Prague.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Karlstejn Castle Bike Trip from Prague?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Karlstejn Castle Bike Trip from Prague.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Karlstejn Castle Bike Trip from Prague?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Karlstejn Castle Bike Trip from Prague.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Karlstejn Castle Bike Trip from Prague?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Karlstejn Castle Bike Trip from Prague.

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The day starts with finding the bike...
Andy J
, Aug 2017
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!
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This bike trip is fabulous! The bikes...
Philip H
, Aug 2017
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!!
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This can be a bit punishing...
Joanne C
, Aug 2017
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.
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Loved this tour. Full day ride through...
cmkutner
, May 2017
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!
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Love, Love this tour! will do this...
Andrea W
, Apr 2017
Love, Love this tour! will do this again when we return to Prague!!!
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Excellent experience. Easy ride...
Matthew A
, Sep 2015
Excellent experience. Easy ride, beautiful destination. We had a very small group, so we were able to tailor the experience to suit our preferences.
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ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! I would highly...
ROXANNE G
, Aug 2015
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.
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I really enjoyed this bike tour- it's...
kjeriley
, Aug 2015
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!
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As we were unable to find the office to...
Kimberly Craig S
, Aug 2015
As we were unable to find the office to meet at by using their easy directions, we did not arrive in time, despite allowing 45 minutes and trying to call the office repeatedly. Even a lovely helpful local could not make out where the office was from the directions we had printed from the booking.
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I really enjoyed the bike tour. Before...
Lloyd S
, Sep 2014
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.
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