Arrive in Prague, where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for the night.
Your guide Tomas welcomes you to the Czech Republic
Meals: Dinner Lodging: Clarion Old Town Hotel
Day 2 Prague / Jicin
A short drive this morning brings us to the lovely town of Jicin. After lunch we set out for our first hike, among the surreal sandstone pillars of Prachov Rocks. The winding paths, pine forest, and stunning vistas from viewpoints atop rocky towers make this one of the most picturesque sites in the country. Deep gorges weave among the rocks. The sandstone spires look like sand dribbled into rippled formations and then hardened on the spot -- the biggest sandcastle you've ever seen. Whether you want to scramble up every rock you see or just wander the gentle trails, you will find this spot enchanting. Later, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Walk among the sandstone spires at Prachov Rocks.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Grand Hotel Praha Jicin
Day 3 Bohemian Paradise
Jicin is located in the foothills of the Giant Mountains, in the region called Bohemian Paradise (really!). Fittlingly, the picturesque scenery here embodies many travelers' image of Bohemia. Medieval castles, elegant chateaus, bubbling brooks, and massive, mysterious rock formations await you. Begin with a short drive to the Valdstejn Castle, starting point for today's hike. Admire the view of Hruba Skala Rocks, pass by the Hruba Skala Chateau, and continue through the undulating countryside to the major landmark of this area, Trosky Castle. This castle is perched high on two impressive volcanic plugs and was established by Čeněk of Vartenberk in the 14th century. After lunch, walk though quiet woods and along the brook that borders Kost Castle before driving back to Jicin.
Kost Castle sits between two babbling brooks in Bohemian Paradise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Lodging: Grand Hotel Praha Jicin
Day 4 Kutna Hora / Jindrichuv Hradec
Check out of your hotel in Jicin this morning and set out to see some of the most charming and historically interesting towns in the region. Drive one hour to Josefov and tour Josefov meadows, a bird reserve affiliated with the Czech Ornithological Society. Then continue to Kutna Hora. Here, visit the famous Chapel of All Saints, or the "Bone Chapel," which boasts a large chandelier made of bones. Stroll through the city that once rivaled Prague in importance due to its silver resources. See the architectural attractions including the Gothic Stone House, Italian Court, St. James' Church, and most importantly, St. Barbara, the country's most spectacular cathedral.
Continue to the town of Svetla and Sazavou, where they have manufactured Bohemia's signature lead crystals since 1861. These crystals are famous not only throughtout the Czech Republic, but throughout the world.
End the day in Jindrichuv Hradec. Enjoy the unique Gothic and Renaissance ambience of this town situated above the beautiful Vajgar Lake. The town's center has been declared a historical conservation area for its exquisite architecural and cultural sights. Additionally, the surrounding wooded hills and countless natural lakes provide numerous opportunities for recreation.
Jindrichuv Hradec is full of charm.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Concertino Hotel Jindrichuv Hradec
Day 5 Bohemian Canada
This morning set out for the area nicknamed "Bohemian Canada," an enchanting area south of Jindrichuv Hradec. Its virgin forests and abundant flora and fauna were in an inaccessible border zone during the Cold War and have remained untarnished. Start with an introduction to the Czechoslovak Wall, a fortification against invasion during WWII. Then walk through the woods to the ruins of the majestic Lanstejn castle and take in the view from its high tower. This castle was built in the early 13th century, the biggest Romanesque castle in the Czech lands. To this day, it remains one of the oldest and best preserved structures in Europe. Continue through flowery meadows and coniferous forests to the town of Slavonice and enjoy its richly decorated Gothic and Renaissance buildings. Return to Jindrichuv Hradec for dinner.
Resting after a day of hiking
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Lodging: Concertino Hotel, Jindrichuv Hradec
Day 6 Trebon Lake District
Check out of your hotel this morning and send your luggage by car while you embark on a day of biking through the Trebon Lake District. This protected area boasts a sophisticated system of over 300 man-made lakes dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. The area is a patchwork of meadows, rolling fields, dense woods, hidden lakes and independent farms where man and nature live in harmony. Your ride takes you past Rozmberk Pond, is the largest body of water in Central Europe. You will also pass the Schwarzenberg Tomb, an impressive family tomb built in the neo-gothic style, before ending your 24-mile ride in Trebon. Trebon is a historic town known for its long tradition of fish farming. Celebrate your arrival by touring a local brewery founded in 1379 and downing a few refreshing samples of their products. Afterward, transfer by car to Cesky Krumlov (approximately 45 minutes) where you will spend the night.
Trebon Lake District from above.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Old Inn Hotel Cesky Krumlov
Day 7 Cesky Krumlov
Enjoy a more leisurely day today in charming Cesky Krumlov. Located near the meandering Vltava River, Cesky Krumlov has remained essentially unchanged since the 16th century. This morning your guide will lead you on a tour of the town that UNESCO notes for its unparalleled medieval character. As you wander the winding streets and observe the remarkably preserved gothic monuments, you will feel like you stepped back in time. After lunch, spend the afternoon at your leisure. You may decide to explore further the town on foot, visit the castle gardens, or check out one of the museums that intrigues you.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Old Inn Hotel Cesky Krumlov
Day 8 Vltava River
After breakfast, take the scenic drive to Vyssi Brod in Southern Bohemia. The town is home to one of the most historic landmarks in the region, the Vyssi Brod Monastery, which was founded in 1259. Vyssi Brod offers breathtaking views of Sumava National Park and the Lipno Reservoir, the largest dam-formed lake in the country. Lipno is a major destination for recreational water sports and fishing. It is also a source of hydroelectric power.
In Vyssi Brod enjoy a guided tour of the monastery. Learn about its rich history, inspect its voluminous library (containing 70,000 books), and admire the venerable cloister walk and the majestic Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary.
Later in the afternoon, set out for a gentle rafting trip down the Vltava River. Float past the Rozmberk Castle, seat of the once powerful House of Rozmberk, and through the lovely countryside. The river is a key part of daily life here, and you will have opportunities to talk with locals along the shore. Afterward, head back to Cesky Krumlov for the evening.
Rafting on the Vltava River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Lodging: Old Inn Hotel Cesky Krumlov
Day 9 Prague
Transfer by car to Prague, with a short stop in Tabor, a city significant during the Hussite Wars (1420-1434). This period of time is considered to be the most tumultuous in Czech history.
Upon arrival in Prague, walk through the city with your guide and absorb the intricate and impressive Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral and the infamous Prague Castle. Walk to St. Nicholas Church and cross the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Continue on to Old Town, featuring town hall and its astronomical clock. Also visit the Jewish quarter of town, which dates back to the 13th century and reflects the history of Prague Jews. In the Jewish quarter you will find eight synagogues, a museum, and two cemeteries. Your city tour continues with the gardens under Prague Castle, the orchard between Petrin Hill and the Lesser quarter, and the Franciscan garden by the Church of the Virgin Mary of the Snow. Learn about the city's eventful history and listen to stories relating to this magical city.
Prague is renowned for its architectural and natural beauty, and has remained an important Central European town from the 9th century until today. This city is the ultimate example of the Bohemian charm you have experienced throughout your trip, and it is a satisfying place to conclude your journey.
Prague is a green city located on the shore of the Vltava River.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Lodging: Clarion Old Town Hotel Prague
Day 10 Onward
Say goodbye to Prague, and transfer to the airport for your flight onward.
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