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Guided vs. Self-guided Bike Tours

How does our guided and self-guided tours differ? Who is it for, what’s included in the price?

Main Differences

Self-guided Bike Tours

Travel light and independently as a local.

You’ll be equipped for independence with essential tools like maps, GPS, and a hotline. Our self-guided tours allow for a self-directed and exploratory experience without a personal guide.

Baggage transport to hotel with breakfast included.

Self guided bike tour - biker with a map

Guided Bike Tours

Enjoy a worry-free bike tour tailored for ease and discovery.

You’ll get a personal guide and a support vehicle, offering a structured and assisted experience with guidance, logistics handling, and immediate assistance for any needs.

Support vehicle and hotel with half board included.

What Happens During the Tour?

Self-guided Bike Tours

  • Navigation: Embark on a self-guided adventure with confidence. Our representative will start you off with a thorough program overview and answer all your questions. We’ll equip you with easy-to-follow maps, a GPS navigation, a booklet (Information kit) with all necessary information about the tour and a cell phone with a dedicated hotline for any emergencies.
  • Baggage: Travel light during the day as we handle your luggage, transferring it to your next hotel.
  • Support: You’re on your own to experience the whole trip as an independent biker. You can call our hotline in case of emergency.

Guided Bike Tours

  • Navigation: Every morning, our knowledgeable guide will brief you on the day’s highlights, leading you through scenic routes to historical sites and top local eateries.
  • Baggage: Our support vehicle with your baggage will accompany you during the entire trip and will stop in places that are agreed beforehand for refreshments. You can use this vehicle any time during the day if you are tired or feel unwell. 
  • Support: Our guide handles all support and bike maintenance.

What’s Included in Price?

Common to Both Guided and Self-guided Tours

  • Transport from and to Prague (Vienna, Linz ) at the beginning and end of your trip
  • Accommodations in selected premium hotels ( 4 and 3 stars ) based on double occupancy
  • Buffet-style breakfasts
  • Baggage transport
  • Transfers as per program
  • Quality hybrid bike Giant X‑Sport 3 rental including accessories for the duration of the trip
  • Information book with detailed description of the routes in English and daily suggestions
  • High-scale bike maps
  • Guidebook of sights, cities and nature monuments
  • Tours, trips and activities as per program

Self-Guided Bike Tours

Extra equipment included:

  • GPS navigation Mio Cyclo 200
  • Cellphone
  • Hotline support

Guided Bike Tours

Extra service included:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Support vehicle
  • Dinners, snack, water and fruits during cycling

Testimonials From Happy Bikers

5/5 stars

Carol & John, USA

The Czech Bike Tours trips are well organized and a great value, compared to other larger tour organizers. Petr Janota’s personal touch is evident throughout. The planned routes take you away from busy roads and…

5/5 stars Carol & John, USA

The Czech Bike Tours trips are well organized and a great value, compared to other larger tour organizers. Petr Janota’s personal touch is evident throughout. The planned routes take you away from busy roads and guide you through the Czech countryside on national bike trails and quiet backroads. The biking equipment provided was first rate, and well suited for the routes. We booked the self-guided Prague-Vienna Odyssey for the last week in September, so we were one of Petr’s last trips for the season. He personally picked us up in Prague and drove us to Jindřichův Hradec to start out tour. Over coffee in a small café, he laid out the materials for our trip: guidebooks with directions and photographs, detailed maps, a GPS navigation system, and a local Czech cell phone. We relied primarily on the GPS, but we had at least two backups at the ready. Over the next seven days we enjoyed a different cycling experience each day, followed by wonderful hotels, and great meals at the restaurants Petr had recommended. Petr’s son picked up the luggage each day and moved it to the next destination. Many of the days offered a choice of routes to the next destination, so you could pick your level of difficulty. At the end of the trip, Petr again picked us up personally, and drove us two hours to our train station. We highly recommend Czech Bike Tours to any North American cyclists looking to tour in the Czech Republic and Austria. You should skip the big operators and work with someone who can customize your trip and provide top notch personal service. Thank you, Petr, for a trip we will never forget. John and Carol
What was the highlight of the trip for You?
Cycling the backroads between České Budějovice and Český Krumlov.
What do You think we could do better?
Nothing we can think of.
  • How would You rate communication with Czech Bike Tours? 5/5 stars
  • How did our offer and trip description meet Your expectations? 5/5 stars
  • How were You satisfied with the bikes? 5/5 stars
  • How did You like the hotels we chose? 5/5 stars
  • How did You like the restaurants we recommended? 5/5 stars
  • How would You rate our Info book we provided for the trip? 5/5 stars
  • How did You like the trail routing, descriptions and navigating through? 5/5 stars
  • How did You like our guides? 5/5 stars
  • What would be Your overall rating of the trip? 5/5 stars

Would You recommend us to Your friends? Yes