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Private car transport from Vienna to Prague with stopover at Cesky Krumlov

Private car transport from Vienna to Prague with stopover at Cesky Krumlov

Apr 5th, 2010, 08:54 AM
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I was quoted $375 Vienna to Prague with a stop at Cesky Krumlov by Mike-Chauffer recommended by VioletDuck. He also mentioned other stops (Hluboka castle and / or at České Budejovice’s Budweisser brewery and or Mauthausen concentration camp WWII and or at Melk abbey). I'm assuming this is all included in the price - although I'm sure doing all is impossible. We leave Vienna 8AM and arrive Prague 7pm. I haven't heard back from the others I have contacted.

Is it worth making a stop at one of the other places mentioned?

VioletDuck- how did you hear of this service? We are trusting this guy with our luggage, makes me a little nervous.

Dwzemens - we travel on Sunday - what service are you using?

thanks
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Apr 5th, 2010, 09:01 AM
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Melk Abbey is a must do IMO. You can do it as a day trip from Vienna... take the train to Melk and a boat/train combo return to Vienna.

I did Terezin concentration camp as a day trip from Prague.

C. Krumlov is also a must do.

I wanted to see C. Budejovice but ran out of time!
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Apr 5th, 2010, 09:11 AM
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Cesky Krumlov is a town that should not be missed, believe it or not I spent 2 nights there back in 2007 and travelled by bus from Prague to there. I don't recommend the bus, mine broke down along the way. It is not a difficult trip to make, so why not look at rent a car in Prague and do the drive yourself, that why there is stopping along the way to enjoy. Cesky Budejovice is a busy place, stopped on the bus, but had no desire to visit.

Have a good trip.
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Apr 5th, 2010, 09:19 AM
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I wouldn't go to CK if the castle were closed, myself. I took a day trip from Prague and it wasn't very expensive at all, there are many bus companies that go there (more convenient than doing it yourself by bus/train or whatever). It would be much cheaper to do it from Prague if you don't want a private car, of course. I don't get the private car thing, as those day tour companies know their business and some have very nice buses.

I've been to Hluboka castle and enjoyed it just as much as Cesky Krumlov. This is the company I have used most often in Prague for bus day tours:
http://www.pstours.cz/

Their CK tour is only 1850 CZK from Prague, all day, including guide and transporation. They have very good guides. I don't know what that is now, but I think around US$100. I thought I used them for my day tour to Hluboka, also (which included C Budejovice), but I can't find that on their schedule now.
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Apr 5th, 2010, 09:19 AM
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Thanks for the continued tips. All four of us have been to Melk before, but if not that day trip sounds fascinating.

We will not be renting our own car in Prague, that is why I thought the private driver with a lunch/2 hour sightseeing stop in Cesky Krumlov was a good way to go.

Rather than a five hour train ride to Prague, then transport to/from the stations, and then a car to take us to Cesky Krumlov on another day we thought we would incorporate it into our transport to Prague as a stopover on the way.
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Apr 5th, 2010, 09:23 AM
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@Christina: Our *total* transport costs from Vienna to Prague, with four hours in Cesky Krumlov, is 7,000 czk or roughly $377.00. That is for transport in a comfortable van for all four of us, picked up at the door of our hotel in Vienna and dropped at the door of our hotel in Prague.

As you can see, this price is *less* for four people than the tour cost of four people on your suggested buss tour. To us, this incorporates the best of both worlds; private transport, door to door, from Vienna to Prague with a nice four hour lunch/tour of Cesky Krumlov in between.
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Apr 17th, 2010, 05:13 AM
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We(4 adults)are hoping to do the same thing in mid-June. Vienna to Cesky Krumlov for a few hours and then on to Prague. I have sent two emails and a telephone message to Mike's Chauffeur and never received a reply. Guess I'll try the other two outfits you reference.
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Apr 18th, 2010, 08:58 PM
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SashieZ-I am just now seeing your post and question about
Mike's Chauffeur Service. He was recommended in one of Rick Steve's guide books and by some other Fodorites also. His business has been quite successful so to me that would indicate that his company could be trusted. Mike drove us on
one trip and his uncle drove on the other. Both were very kind and seemed to go out of their way to be sure we were pleased with our journey.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 12:33 PM
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Just got back from our trip and Mike's service was excellent. Thanks Violetduck!

Seeweelady - I'm surprised he hasn't gotten back to you. He always responded to my messages (within 24 hrs)
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 01:37 PM
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Oh and another thing....getting recommendations from other travellers is a good idea.

Our flight from Prague to Frankfurt was cancelled on Wed but our flight from Frankfurt to NYC was not. So my husband suggested that we hire a driver to take us to Frankfurt. The hotel suggested their driver and said the drive was approx 5 hours. It was 10 AM when we left Prague and with any luck, get us into Frankfurt at 3pm with enough time to catch our 5pm flight.

Well......... the driver got lost. It was 5 hours before we saw a sign for Frankfurt. He was heading towards Munich and then I saw a sign for Salzburg and I knew we were in trouble. We arrived at 5PM just in time to see our flight take off. Luckily, we got a flight out this morning. But really nothing compared to what other travellers went through.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 07:38 PM
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SashieZ-Welcome home, interesting experience obviously.
I am so glad you were pleased with Mike's service.
We certainly were and would use him again.

Seeweelady-Hope you have heard from Mike. It does not sound like him to not get back with you. It is possible he has tried to email and your computer rejects it. That happened to us last year with hotel reservations in Italy. They called me and told me they had been trying to send an email.
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Apr 23rd, 2010, 04:37 AM
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Probably the most inexpensive and useful way to go is with Prague Day Trips. Rasto Lauf has done a lot of work for my family and can take up to 9 people from anywhere to anywhere around Prague and is an excellent guide.
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Apr 24th, 2010, 02:28 AM
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Just returned last night from Prague. Mike picked us up in Vienna exactly on time, drove us to Cesky Krumlov, stood by for four hours, and continued our journey to Prague.

Door to door service by a polite, responsible and nice man. And at a very reasonable price. He took us to the airport for our flight yesterday morning as well.

I *highly* recommend Mike. Great service. No deposit needed. He took us at our word and drove the four hours (from Prague, where he is based, to Vienna, where we were staying) and completed our transport.

There is an issue with many internet email systems, particularly Comcast and Wow, and they often reject email from domains in the Czech Republic that end in .cz -- Mike responds to emails very promptly and I am sure this is the reason. I would try contacting him with a Gmail or similar account.
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Apr 24th, 2010, 08:37 AM
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It is good to see Mike has quite a fan club. He has worked diligently to create his excellent business and seems to
truly care about his customers.
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May 25th, 2012, 12:59 PM
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Mike Chauffeur – Great introduction to the Czech Republic. Mike Chauffeur is a family run business. Mike provided three trips for us. One from the airport to our hotel, a second from Prague to Cesky Krumlov with two sight seeing stops en route and a third from Cesky Krumlov to Passau again with two sight seeing stops en route. Mike himself met us at the airport and confirmed the details of the second two trips which were driven by his Uncle Jan. Mike and Jan were always prompt, and are friendly, knowledgeable drivers in a comfortable Fiat.
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May 27th, 2012, 05:23 AM
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I saw this post quite by accident, but so glad I did! In previous information, I have booked Mike to take us from Vienna to Prague via a stopover in Cesky Krumlov. Good to see so many positive comments. Glad to know I figured out in advance that it was worthwhile doing this so we didn't waste the day traveling to Prague, but got to see something. Didn't realize the castle was closed on Monday, glad we will be there on a Tuesday.
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