Route: Czech Hungary Tour
Duration:15 days / 13 Riding Days
Countries Visited: Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Slovenia
Accommodation: Comfortable, very nice hotels, often the best in the area
Mileage: 2.700 km (1.700 miles)
Daily rides: 180 - 350 km (110 - 220 miles). The whole tour runs on asphalt.
Introduce: Riding through Czech, Hungary, Austria and Poland gives you the opportunity to visit some of the finest historical places in Europe: Prague, Budapest, Krakow and Salzburg. From numerous castles and ruins that perch quietly near lost-in-time Baroque and Renais-sance villages in Czech and Slovakia to Austrian Alps surrounded by magical mountain lakes and hidden alpine valleys to Hungarian wilderness and magical Budapest
Since the fall of the Berlin wall Eastern European coun-tries have come a long way. The nineties saw these lands transformed from an open air museum of social-ism to renovated, colourful, central European states. Despite modernization, great care has been taken to preserve the magic of historical and cultural heritage, in some respects the countries’ most valuable assets
June 11 - 28 tour will be three days longer than our regular tours and will have a rest day in Vienna and one additional day in Salzburg. See Grand European Tour for more details
NOTE:this route is provided by Adriatic moto tours
Route: Czech Hungary Tour
Welcome to Slovenia!
We’ll greet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Ljubljana. In the afternoon, we have time for a short intro-ductory ride around the countryside, to familiarize you with your motorcycle. Ride starts at 2 PM and takes about 2hrs. That night, you will experience a traditional Slovene meal and excellent wine, and we’ll conduct a short tour briefing.
We’ll start the day with some introductory riding through the Slovenian Alps. Part of the Eastern Alps mountain range, the Slovenian Alps provide fantastic riding through high alpine valleys and snow-capped mountains. We’ll cross into Styria, the mountainous part of eastern Austria, and tour the meandering roads through an area famous for its vineyards and castles. Tonight we stay in Graz, the pro-vincial capital with an exciting blend of old and new archi-tecture. It’s possible to climb the Schlossberg (Castle Hill), to view the Old Town and the ultra-modern bubble-shaped Kunsthaus Graz. Afterwards, we’ll relax and have refresh-ments in the unique glass seashell-shaped Inisel café on the River Mur.
Today we continue to Hungary, winding through the hilly terrain of farm and wood land. We’ll ride some of the best roads in Austria, all amazingly scenic and traffic-free. In the afternoon we arrive at Lake Balaton, also known as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. At 77km long, Lake Balaton has shallow waters, sandy beaches and pretty shore-side towns with enchanting promenades. Visit the Tihany peninsula, a na-ture reserve protruding 5km into the lake. Tonight, we’ll get our first chance to try excellent goulash and Tokaj wine.
Next we’re off to Budapest, Hungary’s vibrant capital city, which straddles a gentle curve in the Danube. Budapest is a multicultural and fascinating city. The architecture of Buda-pest, and the lifestyle of its inhabitants, include remnants of its Turkish, Austrian and Socialist pasts, and is truly a pleasure to experience. With its incredible architecture and rich cultural heritage, Budapest deserves its reputation as the ‘Paris of Central Europe.
Today we stay in and around Budapest. We’ll take a guid-ed tour around its most fascinating attractions. Castle Hill and Citadel on the Buda side have mansions and gorgeous churches which overlook the Danube River. On the left bank of the Danube, known as Pest, visit one of the most pictur-esque parliaments in Europe and admire Hungarian kings on the Hero’s Square. Stroll and shop on busy Vaci and An-drasy streets or soak in one of the city’s many Turkish baths.
Continuing north through the fertile lowlands of the foot-hills of the Carpathian mountains, we find ourselves in Slovakia, a romantic and relatively tourist free country. Rid-ing through the many unique towns and villages provides for an interesting cultural experience. We start to climb the Low Tatras mountains, ending the day in High Tatras Na-tional Park, an outdoors paradise near the Polish border. The High Tatras, with its jagged central massif rising out of the green plains, is Slovakia’s biggest attraction. Gerla-chovsky Stit, at 2654 me-ters, is the highest snow-capped mountain in the Tatras.
In the morning we ride the beautiful ‘Freedom Road’ along the Tatras mountain range then cross into Poland. We de-scend into southeastern Poland, a beautiful agricultural area in the Vistula River Basin. We’ll stop at the Wielic-zka Salt Mines, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and a place where many of the buildings and items in them are carved out of salt. Then it is on to Krakow, once the royal capital of Poland, with its excellent Old Town of wonderful medieval-era streets and architecture.
Krakow is fast becoming one of the must-see cities in Europe, and a rest day here can be filled with numerous sights in and around the city. Visit the 14th Century Wawel Cathedral on Wawel Hill or explore Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square), Europe’s largest medieval town square. For a more meaningful day, you might consider visiting Auschwitz (Oswiecim in Polish), to learn about and pay re-spects to the more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, who were killed here during WW2.
Today we leave Poland and enter Czech Republic, a land-locked country bordering Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland. Coffee breaks are spent in the central squares of beautiful Renaissance towns or at the side of clear streams in the scenic rural areas. Tonight we stay in Olomouc, one of Czech’s most beautiful, interesting and exciting cities. With tourist numbers down to a trickle compared to the capi-tal, Olomouc with its squares, fountains and astronomical clock, remains one of the Czech Republic’s best-values.
Today we ride though famed Bohemia, which provides fast riding through a landscape of sandstone pinnacles, heady ravines, rich forests, and lush meadows. Occasionally we slow down as we pass through quaint towns of gabled, half-timbered houses. On the way we stop in Kutna Hora to visit ghoulish Ossuary Chapel of All Saints. Traffic will pick up slightly as we approach the Golden City of Prague, which outwardly appears as a city forgotten in time. It’s a place where different architectural styles stand cheek by jowl, creating an atmosphere that’s both intimate and ro-mantic, and quite impossible to forget once you visit.
A rest day in this stunning city will give you the opportu-nity to walk the old town and enjoy its grandeur in full. Or make a day ride back into the fantastic Bohemian country-side, stopping in the legendary town of Plzen, where lager was invented in 1842. Pilsner Urquell is located here, and it is possible to visit the Brewery Museum housed in an authentic medieval malt house. Back in Prague, non-riders can spend the day taking in the many sites within Prague Castle, or wandering the lanes of Baroque neighborhoods. Finish your walking tour in the Stare Mesto (Old Town) next to the city’s famous Charles Bridge. And do not leave town without tasting some of many excellent beers that are brewed here.
Leaving Prague we ride south into Central Bohemia, a land of numerous castles and old towns. We ride the gentle, sweeping roads of an area of green farmland networked with small lakes, until we meet and ride alongside the meandering Vltava River. The best part of the day is fabulous riding through low, forest clad hills of the Sumava range national park. In the evening, we pull into the enchanting town of Cesky Krumlov, a World Heritage Site, where the majority of buildings are designated cul-tural monuments.
From the legendary beauty of the Czech Republic, we pass back into Austria, into the Salzkammergut, an area known for its tall pointed peaks and picture-perfect lakes which provide for great riding on twisty roads over high passes. Once the holiday destination of the Hapsburgs, we will ride narrow sweeping roads through several beautiful resort and spa towns, tucked into the side of high mountains and on the shores of peaceful lakes. At the end of the day Salz-burg awaits. We’ll spend the afternoon exploring Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, and home to a world-famous clas-sical-music tradition.
Our last day might be the most enjoyable ride since we’ll be snaking up and down high alpine passes, admiring valleys below and snow covered mountains above. This is the Hohe Tauern (high passes), which includes some of the highest mountains in the Alps and definitely the highest mountains in Austria. Riding the chal-lenging mountain twisties provides much memorable exhilaration on our final rid-ing day. We pass the border into Slovenia again, still on the exciting mountain roads, before dropping into the fer-tile Slovenian countryside and returning once again to Ljubljana.
Stroll through the narrow streets of Ljubljana, enjoying the charming old town with is animated cafe culture and trendy shops. Or try Castle Hill, which provides excellent 360 de-gree views of the city, before heading out to the airport
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