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The best of Bohemia & Moravia tour is a well-rounded exploration of the country, its people, culture, and nature. Tour well-preserved architecture of all periods, magnificent interiors, including the UNESCO-protected towns of Cesky Krumlov and Telc, and the Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape, known as the "Garden of Europe".

See map of route and key sites at bottom of this page.

You will travel by a/c minibus and enjoy the company of an experienced guide, yet each day you'll have the opportunity to take a leisurely walk and enjoy up-close contact with nature. This is the most comprehensive tour, offering the widest scope of the best that Czech Republic has to offer. Tour includes travel along the Czech Greenways while enjoying 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It packs a wide range of interests, including architecture, nature, history, Jewish heritage, traditional arts and crafts, and personal encounters with ordinary people.

 

Highlights:

- 6 World Heritage Sites (protected by UNESCO)

   *Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna

   *Chateaux in Lednice - Valtice Area

   *Renaissance square in Telc

   *Medieval town of Cesky Krumlov

   *Rustic baroque village of Holasovice

   *Old Town of Prague

- old walled town of Trebon
- Jewish cemetery in Mikulov
- last remnant of the Iron Curtain in Cizov
- rolling pine-clad hills and fields adorned with carp ponds, beer hops growing on racks, brilliant yellow fields of grape, and world-famous Czech beer

 

About Czech Greenways:

The Czech Greenways is a newly-designated corridor of 100-year-old hiking trails stretching for 250 miles from Vienna to Prague along the Dyje River in Southern Moravia and the Vltava River Valley in Southern and Central Bohemia. It connects beautiful countryside with cultural monuments, historic towns and villages with restored castles and churches.

Since much of the Czech Greenways stretches along the former Iron Curtain, where there was limited access and no development for 45 years, the countryside remained untouched and the environment clean.

 

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Best of Czech Bohemia and Moravia tour itinerary

                         See map of route & highlights below for reference!

Day 1 Vienna
Arrival in Vienna where you will be met by our tour representative. Proceed to your charming hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, we have arranged a welcome dinner for you to meet your fellow travelers and get details on the wonderful days ahead.
Overnight in Vienna.
Day 2 Vienna - Mikulov
Vienna is considered by many as one of the most charming cities in Europe. We will take you on a sightseeing tour to explore the towns most wonderful sights. View the impressive buildings of the Ringstrasse including the State Opera, the Burgtheater and Hofburg and the wonderful home of the Habsburgs. Afternoon visit to magnificent Schonnbrunn Castle, summer palace of the Habsburgs with its spectacular rooms. At the end of the day transfer to Mikulov, Czech Republic, which was for centuries the most important cultural and administrative center of Moravian Jews.
Overnight in Mikulov.
Day 3 Mikulov, Lednice-Valtice area
Tour of Mikulov, its square with its graffito houses, the crypt of the Dietriechstein family, as well as the synagogue and Jewish Cemetery, where the oldest tombstones date back to 1605. The program will then concentrate on the unique Lednice-Valtice area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the former estate of the Liechtenstein family which resided there from early 13th century until 1945. The area is graced by two magnificent chateaux and numerous "follies", romantic structures set in a harmonious way into the surrounding landscape. Vineyards on the slopes of mellow hills, mirror-smooth ponds, nature reserves, bird sanctuaries, storks' nests perched up on high trees – all these, plus excellent cooking and wine are among the simple pleasures of life in South Moravia. Do not neglect to walk through the chateau's wonderful gardens. You will also drive through the beautiful lime-rock Palava Hills and visit the historic wine-growing village of Pavlov.
Overnight in Mikulov.
Day 4 Mikulov - Vranov nad Dyji - Telc
Early this morning drive to the small village of Vranov nad Dyji with its unique view of the chateau on a rock spur over the river. Start your day with the tour of the magnificent Baroque chateau in Vranov, standing on the site of a 12th century castle which was never conquered and today offers an intriguing view of the surroundings area and an exposition of ceramics in style similar to that of Wedgwood from the local manufacturers. After the tour drive a short distance to the nearby Bitov castle, mirroring in the waters of the Vranov reservoir; then drive over to Cizov where you can see the last remains of the "Iron Curtain" and set out for a short hike to the smallest Austrian town of Hardegg with its beautiful castle. Continue the drive through the country to the The Moravian Renaissance town of Telc, architectural and artistic gem, unchanged by time and designated by UNESCO as "world Heritage" site.
Overnight in Telc.
Day 5 Telc - Jindrichuv Hradec
Enjoy your morning on the spacious square of Telc, encircled with Renaissance gables and arcades, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Renaissance Chateau and continue on to the quiet town of Dacice and then on to beautiful Slavonice and the nearby village of Mariz, located in the former no-man's land on the Austrian border. Continue on to nearby castle Landstejn. Your day's travel will be crowned by a train ride on the curious narrow-gauge railway to Jindrichuv Hradec, yet another memorable town, situated on the banks of the river Nezarka. The advanced cultural level of the town is evident with the fact that its newspaper of 1495 is the oldest hand-written newspaper in the Czech language. The superb Renaissance chateau of the Rozmberks and the famous Bohemian tapestry centers are noteworthy and a joy to behold.
Overnight in Jindrichuv Hradec.
Day 6 Jindrichuv Hradec - Trebon
This morning, take in the historic town and castle of Jindrichuv Hradec. After the visit, continue through the mosaic of ponds, woods and meadows of the Bohemian Lake District via Cervena Lhota,arguably the most fairy-like of Bohemia's castles and Straz nad Nezarkou, home of the Metropolitan Opera singer Ema Destinnova. The tour ends in Trebon, a medieval city established back in the 13th century; parts of the early 16th-century fortifications have been preserved to this day. One can enter the charming town by any of the three historical gates, and enter into yesteryear.
Overnight in Trebon.
Day 7 Trebon - Cesky Krumlov
This will be a day of rest to just relax or explore the town. Later in the day you will drive to the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov, situated on the banks of the meandering upper course of the Vltava river.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
Day 8 Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov, the jewel of South Bohemia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, universally recognized as a unique remnant of historic urbanism. The old town preserves, virtually intact and still vital, an unparalleled ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque structures. Among the attractions is the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic, the oldest working Baroque theatre in Europe and an open-air theatre with a revolving auditorium.
Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.
Day 9 Cesky Krumlov - Prague
Today leave Cesky Krumlov and drive to Krasetin to take a cable car to the top of Klet, highest peak in the region with great vistas. Your next stop is the fairy-tale Tudor Gothic chateau of Hluboka, the best known and most visited castle in the Czech Republic. Continue on to Tabor for a tour of this historically important town founded by the Hussites in 1420 and was named after the biblical Mount Tabor. Your final destination today will be Prague, the magical city of a hundred spires built on the banks of the meandering Vltava river, with one of Europe's most elegant castles overlooking this ancient, beautiful city.
Overnight in Prague.
Day 10 Prague
This morning, you will get a full description of the tumultuous events of recent Czech history followed by a tour of many of the glorious sights of this very beautiful European city, followed by a walk through the Old Town. Visit the main Square, the Town Hall and the Jewish Quarter. Afternoon free. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner in Prague.
Overnight in Prague.
Day 11

Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Prague's airport to board your homebound flight.

 

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Weather
The Central European continental climate consists of long, hot summers and cold, snowy winters. The best time for cycling and walking tours is between April and October. In the summer months it can get quite hot. Bear in mind that it will be cooler on the mountain tours at this time. May June and September are generally good months to take advantage of the cooler, but still warm weather.

Crowds

It must be noted that, according to the tourism calendar, the first two weeks in August are when most people go for their holidays. Generally July and August are the busiest months. We mention this with regard to seeing cultural monuments and UNESCO protected areas with greater ease and with less people around.

 

Cultural Events
During September, many towns and villages in the winegrowing regions of Central Europe have wine harvest celebrations (vinobraní). Local people dress up in traditional folk costumes and there is a lot of singing and dancing washed down with copious amounts of wine. These are wonderful traditional events and should not be missed. You also might wish to adjust the times of your tour to coincide with the following festivals and cultural events:

 

Vienna:

The Long Night of Music is where music lovers and night owls can visit more than 50 locations with a single ticket – using the special shuttle buses. The program ranges from jazz to classical, from pop and rock to musicals and special performances in the DJ scene.
http://langenacht.orf.at

The Vienna Festival is renowned for its superb international theatrical performances, also invites musical ensembles and opera companies from all over the world, in addition to staging many Austrian musical productions.
http://www.festwochen.at/

Wien Modern is a contemporary music festival celebrating only composers from the 20th century.
http://www.wienmodern.at/

 

Tabor:

Hussite Days Theatre presentations of the life of the 15th century Catholic reformer Jan Hus.

The Tabor Meeting has a medieval atmosphere with markets, fireworks, fencing and demonstrations of historical craft making.

 

Jindrichuv Hradec:

The Folk Rose Festival attracts folk groups from all over the world to perform their music and dances.
http://www.folkcountry.cz/ruze.htm

Trebon:
Anifest is a festival of animated films from all corners of the world. Oscar winning works are presented side by side with new talent.
http://www.anifest.cz/index_en.php

Around Trebon (1. – 5.7.2005) The Around Trebon Festival (in Czech, Okolo Trebon) is one of the longest-running multigenre festivals in the Czech Republic. It was first organized in 1992. The festival offers a variety of musical genres, unusual combinations of concerts and theatre performances, street happenings, competitive and fun races, and other entertainment.
http://www.okolotrebone.cz

 

Cesky Krumlov:
The Festival of the Five-petal Rose (17.-19.6.2005) is a historical Renaissance festival with parades of people in medieval clothes as well as music concerts and historical demonstrations.
http://www.ckrumlov.info/apps/en/slperu.xsp

Festival of chamber music (24.6.-3.7.2005) Festival of the classical music with the longest tradition in Cesky Krumlov. Part of the festival is the project ‘Music through the ages’ where music can be heard on the tour route of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

Festival of early music (5.7. – 17.7.2005) Medieval, renaissance and baroque music sound on the original musical instruments where the original musical sources and the customs of interpretation of the period are respected.

The International Music Festival (15.7. – 27.8.2005) has been going since 1992 and includes music of all periods with the participation of renowned instrumentalists, singers, chamber ensembles, choirs and symphony orchestras.
http://www.czechmusicfestival.com/

 

Prague:

Prague Spring is an international music festival featuring orchestral and theatre series, church concerts, recitals, morning concerts, chamber music and symphony orchestras.
http://www.festival.cz

DATES

Private Tours

Land Costs

Private Guided Tour

• Minimum size of group:
   4 people

Private guided tours available from April to the end of October.
Price Per Person

EURO

1,985.-

• Single supplement:

EURO 350,-

Self- Guided Tour

Price Per Person

EURO

1,895.-

• Single supplement:

EURO 350,-

Price includes:

• accommodation with breakfast and dinner 9 nights (guided 10 nights)
• transportation by air-conditioned minibus
• luggage transfer during the entire trip
• informal welcome on arrival by your program coordinator
• detailed information package containing maps, itineraries and instructions
• contact person available to deal with any problems
• professional services of a trained guide (guided)
• tickets to all visited sites (guided)
• value added tax

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