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“A great trip to Karlstejn with Teri!”

Ave Bicycle Tours - Day Tours
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Small-Group Bike Tour to Karlstejn from Prague
Ranked #42 of 152 Outdoor Activities in Prague
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: AVE travel runs Self Guided or Guided Group bicycle tours and one day trips. We are based in Prague, Czech Republic. Join us and take a ride on popular one day bicycle trip from Prague to Karlstejn castle.We go daily except Mondays and next to state holidays from 1st April till 31st October.Included:- pick up from your Prague hotel- welcome briefing- rental of a 21 speed bicycle- water bottles and safety helmets provided- friendly English-speaking guide- train ticket for your return to PragueTake a popular bicycle vacation or just rent a bike. For more information please visit our website.
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“A great trip to Karlstejn with Teri!”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Having done and seen so much in Prague, we were interested in getting out into the countryside a bit. We did not have sufficient time to go to Krumlov or Kutna Hora, but still wanted to see a castle. My husband found this biking opportunity and we decided to give it a try. So glad we did. Despite the short rain shower about halfway between Prague and Karlstejn, we had the best time riding along the rivers and spending time with our knowledgeable and delightful guide, Teresa. Essentially the equivalent of 20 miles of mostly flat terrain, it was not an overwhelming exercise by anyone's measure. The villages along the way were interesting to see, as were the locals recreating in and along the rivers. After arrival in Karlstejn, we dropped the bikes off and had lunch at the local pension/pivovarsky across the street from the train station, which just happened to have the best cabbage and dumplings ever. After lunch (and a bar visit by two local Bactrian camels - really), Teri left us to go back to Prague after buying a return train ticket for us, and we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the castle up the hill. Loved Teri, and it was great to get away from the tourist hordes in Prague. One of our best adventures on the trip!

Visited August 2014
1 Thank guswho1
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“Bike Rental, self guided tour”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

The manager of the shop went out of his way to accommodate us even though we arrived when they were about to close for the Sunday noon hour. Bikes were in excellent shape. The map was helpful but verbal instructions needed to get started. We set off for Lednice (12 K.) and the lovely reservoirs amidst low forests. Trails were not marked by signs and throughout the day we constantly met other riders who were lost. Since we would be getting back late the manager of AVE arranged for us to return the bikes to our hotel and he would pick them up the next morning since we'd be leaving that day. Wonderful experience all around!

Visited July 2014
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“Not like the picture on the brochure”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

Don't expect to get a picture like the one on the brochure. We enjoyed the ride but we were dissappointed with a few things. We took the tour the first week in June 2014. The place where your tour ends and you turn in your bikes is about a mile away from the castle. Most of that mile is up a steep hill. I'm very surprised none of the reviewers mentioned this fact. We were the only two in our group who took the walk to the castle. By the time we ate a lunch and walked to the castle and back down the town was closing down. 4:00 the restaurants closed down. We didn't tour the castle so I don't know when it closes. If the castle is important to you, better find out when it closes. Don't expect your tour guide to offer you any information on the region or history. We had taken other bike tours where we make frequent stops and the guide gives plenty of interesting info. If you want to learn something, ask questions. We did enjoy the ride, and the walk up to the castle is through a very charming town. You will not get a picture like the one on the brochure. We didn't bother taking a photo from our bike route because it was so far away and there was a big ugly building in the foreground.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Rhonda H
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AVE-Bicycle-Tours, Manager at Ave Bicycle Tours - Day Tours, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Thank you for your review. I would like to explain some topics you mentioned.
"The place where your tour ends and you turn in your bikes is about a mile away from the castle. Most of that mile is up a steep hill."
We finish our cycling part of the tour at the restaurant opposite to the train station for these reason.
1 - it is prohibit to cycle up to the castle on the street full of tourist.
2 - the guide buys the open ticket at train station for you and shows you from where you can return back to Prague.
How many hours you spend in Karlstejn village and in the Castle itself is on you. You are flexible. The train goes each 30 minutes and it take around 45 minutes back to Prague.
3 - at restaurant where we stop you can wash yourself before walking up to the castle
4 - during this walk you can visit many shops, refreshments or have a break at another restaurant. So there is plenty to see.
5 - as you mentioned - there are many clients who enjoy the cycling part along rivers from Prague to Karlstejn village and are not so much interested of visiting the castle itself.
6 - some of our guides are very good in history, some less. It is true that the guide should give you information about opening hours of the castle by himself. I am sure if you ask him he would tell you.
But is always good to remind this to the guides. So I will do.
We hope that although issue you mentioned you enjoy the tour. Thank you. Vlasta.
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“Awesome experience”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Riding bycle in peaceful and calm place. Riding along the Vltava river, hills and green fields. Also easy course to go, even i worried about my riding skill but i made it. So good:) i highly recommend if you tired of crowded place in Praha.

Karlstejn castle is also worthy to go.

Visited May 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Discovering Central Bohemia”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

We took the tour to Karlstejn Castle and I have to say it was fantastic. The 20 miles journey from Prague to Karstejn was spectacular, not difficult at all and we were enjoying the great scenery for many times during the tour. We were biking around the Vltava river all the time except for the first 15 minutes when we were getting out of the city. But after leaving the rush city centre we had the blast.

Our guide Eda was very pleasant and he made many stops during the tour so that everyone was able to follow the group with no pressure. I would highly recommend this tour not only for the trail that is spectacular by itself but also for the great service that we got during the tour, the trail return tickets that were included in price and above all our enthusiastic guide Eda that took great care of us.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank Pavlína K
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