Jewels of the Czech Republic

   
 

Jewels of the Czech Republic

BY CZECH ACTIVE TOURS

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7 months ago

DURATION

9 Days/8 Nights

SEASON

June 20-28, 2016

RATES

USD 2,050.00 per person

EXPIRES

Apr 01, 2016
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This tour starts and ends in Prague, a historical and architectural jewel of Europe. For many people it is the most beautiful city on the continent.

The tour will take you through southern and eastern Bohemia, a picturesque and unique region of the Czech Republic full of small lakes, forests, meadows, and golden farmland, preserved medieval towns, Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance cathedrals, churches, and monasteries, and fairytale castles. You will get to taste the very best of Czech cuisine and, of course, Czech Beer, arguably the best beer in the world. When you complete this tour, you will want to come back for more!

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

Single supplement $370.00

ITINERARY

Day 1: Prague - Check-In & Sightseeing
Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic

Day 1: Prague. After you check-in we will meet at the reception and set out for a two-hour introductory walking tour of Prague with a professional guide. In the evening, we will meet for our orientation meeting and welcome dinner.

Day 2: Prague - Ceske Budejovice - Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov, Bohemia, Czech Republic

After a breakfast at our Hotel, we transfer to Ceske Budejovice, the beautiful center of Southern Bohemia and the home town of the original Budvar (Budweiser) beer. Before we set out on the road, we tour the brewery and make a short stop at the town's famous main square lined with Baroque and Renaissance buildings. We bicycle through beautiful rolling countryside with views of the Sumava Mountains in the distance, passing the most significant monastery in the country, Zlata Koruna. We then ride on into Cesky Krumlov, fairy-like town and a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. You will not find another town like Cesky Krumlov. The town was situated on the main trading route between Bavaria and Italy, which explains its splendor. We'll enjoy an evening stroll and a night's stay in this unbelievably beautiful and preserved medieval town.

Day 3: Cesky Krumlov - Trebon
Trebon, Bohemia, Czech Republic

In the morning, we will take a guided tour of the Cesky Krumlov Castle, after which we head northeast on winding back roads through some of Europe's oldest nature reserves dating back two hundred years. Gradually, the terrain becomes flatter as we enter a wooded region abounding with sparkling lakes. We make our way to the town of Trebon, which dates back to the 11th century. The town used to be famous for its fishing industry. In the afternoon, you can wander about this easy-to-navigate picturesque town, visit the beautiful chateau gardens and enjoy some beer at the town's 16th century Regent brewery.

Day 4: Trebon - Jindrichuv Hradec - Nova Bystrice
Nova Bystrice, Bohemia, Czech Republic

We leave Trebon cycling on small country roads, passing many of the region's ponds, cruising through golden wheat fields and occasionally stopping to check out some of the quaint villages, their churches of various architectural styles and unique folk architecture. Eventually, we reach Jindrichuv Hradec, the beautifully preserved Renaissance center of Southern Bohemia complete with a Gothic castle and Renaissance chateaus. After our visit to this lively historical town, we set out again on small country roads, this time through the slightly hilly, magnificently pristine countryside called "Czech Canada" for its beauty and sparse population. We arrive in Nova Bystrice, a small, charming town where time has stood still.

Day 5: Nova Bystrice - Slavonice - Dacice - Telc
Telc, Moravia, Czech Republic

Today, there are some climbs ahead of us but the rewards are more than worth it. First, after a short ride from our hotel, we visit the Gothic Landstejn Castle, originally built in the 12th century as a fort. The spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from the top of the castle's tallest tower are worth the climb. Next we ride to Slavonice, beautifully preserved little historical town nicknamed the Renaissance Pearl. We’ll take a break here and visit the town's main Renaissance square. After some more riding, we arrive at the remarkable 13th century town of Telc, also called the “Moravian Venice”. A guided tour of the splendid Telc Chateau awaits you in the afternoon. In the evening, you can take a stroll around the town’s main square and have a beer or glass of wine in one of the many restaurants or cafes.

Day 6: Humpolec
Humpolec, Highlands, Czech Republic

Leaving Telc, we travel along the small roads of the lovely Moravian Highland, passing the ruins of Rostejn Castle and the town of Trest with its synagogue and rich Jewish history (Franz Kafka used to live here). From Trest we head further north and enjoy the pristine nature, forests, valleys and small towns and villages, as always with lots of churches and other historical monuments along the way. Eventually, we arrive at our final stop for the day - Humpolec - for centuries the center of silver mining and textile industries. There is also a microbrewery in Humpolec. The beer made there is excellent and the locals swear it's the best beer in the world. You can try it for yourself.

Day 7: Humpolec - Kutna Hora
Kutna Hora, Bohemia, Czech Republic

Heading north, we'll follow the Sazava River into the charming little town of Ledec, where you can enjoy a lunch and explore the castle and the town’s historical center. Passing colorful villages and plentiful vistas of meadows and fields, we finally arrive at Kutna Hora, yet another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Thanks to its silver mines and coin minting industry, this medieval town rivaled Prague in wealth during the 15th century. The dollar actually got its name from "tolar", which was minted here. After our arrival, we’ll visit the imposing Cathedral of St. Barbara located in the center of the town.

Day 8: Kutna Hora - Prague
Bohemia, Czech Republic

After breakfast, we visit the nearby Ossuary, a small chapel decorated with more than 40,000 human bones (dating back to the Plague in the 15th century). Our final day of cycling takes us back to Prague through the orchards, forests and wheat fields of the Bohemian countryside. We will ride into Prague and you can enjoy some more sightseeing before our farewell dinner.

Day 9: Depart Prague
Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic

After breakfast at our hotel, the tour is officially over.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Eight nights lodging in selected three-star hotels and pensions.
  • Hearty breakfasts every morning and five wonderful dinners.
  • Bilingual tour guide and ride leader on route.
  • Van support with snack stops along the route; luggage transport.
  • Walking tours, including sightseeing in Prague and Kutna Hora.
  • Excursion fees to selected castles and chateaux, including the unforgettable Cesky Krumlov Castle.
  • Tour of the original Budvar Brewery.
  • Option for extended stay in Prague.

NOTES

All tours can be duplicated upon request for groups of six or more people on a different date based on the given group’s needs. Czech Active Tours also offers custom biking tours.

*Our expenses are mostly payable in Euros. Because of the constant fluctuations in currency rates, we reserve the right to increase the trip price. The trip price may increase depending on the currency exchange rate of the Euro to the USD and/or AUD at the moment of your final payment. The trip price shall increase if the USD/Euro exchange rate exceeds 1.40 and/or AUD/Euro exchange rate exceeds 1.45.


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