Bohemian Tour 2018
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary & Poland
(Friday 22nd June 2018 – Wednesday 4th July 2018)
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?…. Welcome to Bohemia and the Bohemian Tour.
This journey takes us into the bohemian countries of Central and Eastern Europe, rich in turbulent history, with hundreds of years of culture and religion.
As you ride you will see the perfect contrast of magnificent castles and the rugged Carpathian Mountains, which extend for 1500 kilometres from Czech to Romania forming an arc across Central and Eastern Europe – almost an Eastern extension of the Alps.
The Tatra mountains on the Poland / Slovakia Border are the highest in the Carpathian range with its highest peak, Gerlachovsky stit, at 2655 metres.
Our ride will take us though Czech Republic visiting Plzen and Prague and on into a National Park on the border of Poland. Then onwards to Slovakia where we will spend two days riding in the Tatras. For some culture, we will visit Budapest where the Buda and Pest sides are dived by the Blue Danube river. Our final night before returning to Munich will be spent in Český Krumlov a medieval historic town and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Arrival in Munich (Germany) – 0 km
Arrival in Munich on the day before the riding begins allows for a good rest so that you will be fresh for your departure the next day. Make your way to the hotel and check in. Have some sleep, freshen up and later in the afternoon meet all the other participants in the hotel for a drink and a chat. Enjoy dinner in one of the many local Bavarian gardens.
Munich (Germany) to Plzen (Czech Republic) – 300 km
We head out of Munich initially on the Autobahn and then turn off and ride into the mountains in a North Easterly direction towards Plzen.
Plzen also called Pilsen in English, is a city in Western Bohemia in the Czech Republic. The city is known worldwide for Pilsner beer, created by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll there in 1842.
A visit to Pilsner Urquell brewery may not be a bad idea…
Plzen (Czech Republic) – Outride – 200 km
Our outride will take us to the to the Bohemian town of Karlovy Vary via the Slavkov forest. This beautiful town surrounded by green hills and thick forests is well-known as the spa region. Many famous people have stayed in Karlovy Vary for spa treatment.
We will enjoy some time in this town before returning to Plzen.
Plzen (Czech Republic) –Prague (Czech Republic)– 175 km
A short ride to Prague through some rural Central Bohemia. Our hotel will be just outside of Prague where we can check in and off load luggage. We will depart from the hotel on a city tour of the historic town of Prague in the afternoon.
The colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock and pedestrian Charles Bridge makes Prague a worthwhile visit.
Prague (Czech Republic) – Outride – 300 km
Our outride today takes us North West of Prague towards Dresden, Germany to one of the region’s big drawcards known as the Bohemian Switzerland National Park. The National park is known for its dramatic sandstone rock formations, frozen waterfalls and canyons and caves, which have resulted from past geological processes.
The park also boasts the largest natural sandstone bridge in Europe, the Pravčice Gate
Prague (Czech Republic) to Broumov (Czech Republic) – 270 km
Today we leave Prague and head towards Broumov. This journey will take us North East towards the Polish border where will enjoy some time riding in Poland through the Karkonoski National Park. We will head towards Broumov, which will be our base for two nights. This area is known for its sandstone rocks that stand some 750m tall. The city of Broumov is dominated by the Benedictine cloister which dates back to the 13th century.
Broumov (Czech Republic) – Outride – 250 km
Today we will take an outride around the picturesque region made up of National parks and protected areas; namely CHKO Broumovsko, Broumovské stěny and Polické stěny. These areas are well-known for their extensive sandstone rock cities and unique cultural heritage, which comprises especially religious and folk architecture. In the late afternoon, a visit to the town and Benedictine cloister may be enjoyable.
Broumov (Czech Republic)– Bela (Slovakia) – 270 km
Our ride today takes us South towards Slovakia cutting across a small section of Poland and then back into Czech Republic. The ride will take us through many twists and turns which will allow us to get a taste of what the Carpathian Mountains has to offer.
Bela (Slovakia) – Outride – 280 km
Today our outride will be a circular route through Slovakia’s Tatra mountains. This fantastic experience, with superb tarmac and incredible views, ranging from gentle green hills to rugged, rocky snow-capped peaks, small towns and villages and natural treasures is sure to be enjoyed by all.
Bela (Slovakia) – Budapest (Hungary) – 280 km
We now head South towards Budapest. Our hotel is 10Km outside of Budapest which will allows us easy access into the city.
Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest.
Budapest (Hungary) – Outride- 150 km
Our outride will include a stop and allow us to explore Budapest. Enjoy a walk over the chain bridge and visit the Castle District with the imposing Matthias Church, Budapest’s finest and best known Roman Catholic Church.
The Fishermen’s Bastion with its many turrets, offers a great vantage point with sweeping views over the Danube and Pest below.
Budapest (Hungary) to Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic) – 480 km
Today we head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cesky Krumlov. This ride will be a combination of highway and smaller roads as the distance is to be travelled is quite great, but we can make up some time on the highway before we ride back into Czech Republic.
This medieval village is bisected by the Vltava River, and dominated by its 13th-century castle where panoramic views of the old town and the river can be viewed from its bell tower.
Tonight, we will enjoy medieval dinner with medieval costumes to set the scene.
Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic) – Munich (Germany) – 300 km
Today is the day we to head back to Munich and part ways with our motorcycles. We will wind our way through South Western Czech Republic where will say goodbye to Bohemia and the humming tune of Bohemian Rhapsody in your helmet as we head onto the Autobahn and then ride back into Munich.
After handing the bikes back, we will head to the hotel and freshen up. Then we take a stroll through the English Garden and visit one of the many beer gardens or visit BMW Welt and the BMW Museum.
A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the tour price is payable by end of November 2017.
Included in tour price:
motorcycle hire for 12 days (3200 km)
full luggage system (top case and two side pannier cases)
navigation system with European maps and tour routes
limited insurance excess (150 Euro) in the event of damage
hotel accommodation & buffet breakfast daily
11 dinners included on tour
Excluded from tour price:
toll fees & road taxes
personal travel & medical insurance
drinks & refreshments
2 dinners not included on tour
Czech Republic | Slovakia | Hungary | Poland |
22 June – 4 July 2018
- Start / End Munich, Germany
- Total Distance Approximately 3 200 km’s
- Total Time 13 days
- Riding Days 12 (Optional rest days)
- Rest Days 5
- Breakfasts & Dinners 12 Breakfasts & 11 Dinners
- Daily Mileage 290 km’s on average
- Weather Long summer days with possibility of some rain
- Roads & Terrain Tar roads and many tight mountain passes