WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

BIKES FOR YOU

We provide quality fully equipped hybrid bikes. We deliver the bikes to the starting point of your bike tour and are returned at the end point of the packaged tour. The following picture shows the most common bike in our fleet. At any time this is subject to change without prior notice. Quality bikes are always a part of the package.

GENERAL TECHNICAL DETAILS

  • lightweight Al frame, 17 to 22"
  • antishock front fork
  • 18 - 21 speed
  • low-profile wheels
  • gel saddle
  • V brakes
  • additional equipment - front, frame and saddle bags, bottle basket, cycle-computer, helmet.

You can always take your helmet and/or saddle with you, just mention it when making your booking. 

INSURANCE, MEDICAL CARE

No special vaccinations are needed before you travel in Central Europe. Medical care in Central Europe is of a good standard, but NEVER forget the importance of good insurance - THIS IS ALWAYS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Insurance is NOT a part of ANY TOUR.

WHERE TO STAY AND WHAT TO EAT

"Vienna - Prague by bike" offers specially selected boutique hotels preferably at four-star standard, however at some places only three-star accommodation is available. In any case, the hotels offer a unique atmosphere and exceptional architecture as they are mostly located in historic buildings. There is the widest offer of hotels in Vienna and Prague. They are not included in the tour package but we offer "our selection" which the traveller can book directly. Breakfasts are always included, lunch or dinner itself is not a part of the package - the traveller can decide where to go and what to eat. There are also some kosher restaurants available, mostly in Prague. Some information on typical Czech cuisine can be found in the slide show as a part of the tour description.

BEST TIME TO GO

The climate in Central Europe is a continental type. For hikers and cyclists, we recommend coming in April - June and mid- August - October. Temperatures reach about 20 - 25°C (68 - 77 Fahrenheit). July and August satisfy those who love warmer times, and might be up to 30 - 35°C (86 - 95 Fahrenheit). At this time, many people have their holidays and some places may be a bit crowded. In the mountain areas, the weather is usually cooler. The winter months between October and April are chilly and often snowy. They are ideal times for the exploration of historical cities (Prague, Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava); these places are busy and crowded all year round. September is the best time to visit the wine harvest celebrations. Heritage Trails offers you absolutely free time management - everything is up to you and you can do things whenever you want. Most of the hiking and cycling tours are available between April and October. Check the current weather 

VISAS, PASSPORTS

Short-term (tourist) stays can be up to 180 days. For the American, Canadian and most European visitors, tourist visas are not necessary. There is no restriction on the export of gifts or goods which are for the personal use of passengers or their families. The most important limitations concern the export of art objects and antiquities. It is forbidden to export most art objects which are more than 50 years old without the permission of the appropriate museum or gallery. Non-EU citizens should have a valid passport. Please check it!

CURRENCY, HOW TO PAY THERE

All services ordered with our company will be described in detail in the voucher. This will be delivered along with detailed travel documentation upon the complete payment of the services ordered. Naturally, you will have your own expenses. Many shops and restaurants in all the countries accept international payment cards (VISA, Eurocard/Mastercard, etc.). There are many exchange points and offices, especially in cities, larger villages, and hotels. When travelling in remote village areas it is always better to have some cash on hand.

TIME, OPENING HOURS

Time (CET) is the same in all neighbouring countries. Summer time is 1 hour ahead of normal (CET). Breakfast is usually served at around 7 - 9 a.m., lunch at 12 noon, and dinner at around 6 p.m. Shops open Mon-Fri between 7 - 10 a.m. until 6 - 7 p.m. (supermarkets often until 8 p.m.), sometimes with a lunch break between 12 noon and 1 p.m. On Saturdays shops are generally open between 8 and 11 a.m., and are generally closed on Sundays and national holidays, except for supermarkets. Restaurants open around 10 - 11 a.m. until 10 - 11 p.m., usually daily. Before you start your day trip to remote village areas, don't forget to buy some lunch and water in the city in the morning. 

NETWORKS

The electricity supply used is 220 V, 50 Hz. The national telephone code is +420 for the Czech Republic, +43 for Austria. The mobile telephone network is well developed in all countries. Card-operated telephones are widespread. Cards are sold at post offices, tobacconists, etc. In almost all regional cities you can find a Tourist Information Centre (usually located in the city centre). Maps are of good quality and are available in bookshops, usually with a legend in different languages. They are a part of the travel documentation if you order a self-guided tour from our company. In the case of serious problems, you can call the following free numbers:

  • Police 158

  • Fire brigade 150

  • Emergency service 155

  • The general emergency number is 112

STATE HOLIDAYS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

  • January 1 New Year

  • April Easter Monday

  • May 1 May Day

  • May 8 Liberation Day (1945)

  • July 5 Day of the Slavonic Apostles Saints Cyril and Methodius

  • July 6 Jan Hus

  • September 28 St. Wenceslas (Vaclav), national patron

  • October 28 The establishment of independent Czechoslovakia in 1918

  • November 17 Fight for Freedom Day and International Students Day

  • December 24 - 26 Christmas

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