Iron Curtain - Berlin to Budapest

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18 Day(s)
Moderate
1595 Km
avg 106 Km
Guided

Tour operator:  Ride and Seek Bike Tours

The Iron Curtain Tour route weaves its way south through Western Europe and what was once part of the Soviet Union - ride it all or either of two stages

This Epic cycling adventure includes 5 capitals and 5 distinct cultures connected through a historic period that changed the world. It begins in Berlin where the breaking down of the Wall heralded the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The route travels back and forth from east to west, crossing the Iron curtain; the divide between communism and democratic capitalism, between the Soviet Union with its oppressive Red Army and the West and it's allied states. The history on this tour is still palpable and unlike our other historic epic adventures, is still remembered by many of us. Take it on as a full Epic over 18 days or break it down into two parts - Berlin to Prague over 8 days or Prague to Budapest over 11 days.

The route travels from North to South along the best cycling routes Europe has to offer. Our first day is spent exploring the historical highlights and cycling along a section of the Berlin Wall Trail. Heading further east the route travels through a labyrinth of rivers, canals and forest. We take small roads past palaces and through Sorbian villages to the Polish border and down the Oder-Neisse River to Germany’s most eastern city Görlitz, so beautiful that it has become a favourite of Oscar-winning movies. The Grand Budapest Hotel the most recent.

Once within the Czech Republic, we cycle through the romantic countryside of the Czech Middle Mountains and follow the banks of the Elbe River. An area so filled with castles and fortresses that over the centuries many have fallen into ruin. One of the most impressive of these is the massive Terezin Fortress, used in both World Wars as a prison and later as a concentration camp. It serves as a reminder of the often turbulent history of this region. The Vltava River travels through deep valleys and the centre of the bohemian wine-growing region into Prague. We spend our first rest day here in what was once the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

We continue south over the Posázaví highlands with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside to the summer palace of Archduke Franz Ferdinand D´Este whose assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 lit the kindling for what became World War I. Bohemia provides peaceful cycling interspersed with beautiful castles, medieval and renaissance towns surrounded by monumental walls, like the town of Telč, a jewel of the Czech Republic and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Cycling close to the Austrian border we will pass well-preserved fortifications from the beginning of WWII and once we enter the enchanting Podyji National Park, remnants of the Iron Curtain. After cycling through Šobes vineyard, recognised as one of the best vineyards in the world, we will have the opportunity to visit a uniquely-preserved Cold War fortification. On our last day in the Czech Republic we will follow the Iron Curtain trail framed with storyboards of those who tried to escape from the communist oppression. In Austria, we cycle along wooded hillsides and through green meadows onto the Danube River and into Vienna on beautifully kept cycle paths.

Here, in the ‘City of music’, another UNESCO world heritage site, we have the day to explore off the bikes. Take in the historic centre, often described as an open-air museum, or head indoors to experience the coffee culture and vibrant restaurant and music scene.

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Tour Location

Country:
Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
From:
Berlin
To:
Budapest

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Bike Hire available
Duration:
18 Day(s)
Level:
Moderate
Accommodation:
Double Occupancy
Cost From:
EUR 7300
Single Supplement:
Available

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
1595 Km
Riding Days:
15
Month(s):
August, September
Departure:
August 8, 2021

Additional Information

Inclusions

Accommodation
Meals
Two or more first class guides, van support, all shuttles, private tours and tastings, 2 picnic lunches, original itineraries on the road less travelled, trip literature, super snacks during the day and luggage transfers

Exclusions

One ‘Dinner on your Own’ when you are sent forth alone on your own culinary journey
Airfares
Insurance
Personal items when you are on the tour

Options

Stage 1: Berlin to Prague - 7 days - 741km - August 8, 2021 - €3250
Stage 2: Prague to Budapest - 12 days - 854km - August 14, 2021 - €4750
Wine kitty

Booking Conditions

Deposit of €1000 (or your local currency equivalent)

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