Bohemia and Moravia Grand Tour
Czech Republic – Prague, Pilsen, Nizbor, Cesky Krumlov, Kutna hora, Telc, Lednice-Valtice, Kromeriz, Olomouc
WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?
- explore 12 Czech UNESCO monuments
- visit Pilsner Urquell brewery
- wine cellar visit with an English speaking guide
Set out to the Czech Republic and get to know at least some of the 12 Czech UNESCO monuments. This year marks exactly 20 years since the first of them was entered into the prestigious list. Discover the magic of the picturesque Telč, the mystique of Prague narrow streers, the colourfulness of the Flower Gardens in Kroměříž, the fairy-tale Český Krumlov or the romance of the Lednice-Valtice Landscape. Don´t miss anytning important with this Czech Republic tour.
Day 1 – Arrival in Prague
Welcome to the „Mother of Cities“ or „Golden City“, as Prague is called. An English-speaking guide will take you to your hotel. Rest of the day is free. Night in a 3-star hotel close to the city-centre.
Day 2 – Prague City tour
It´s your first day in Prague. Discover the city on an open top bus! The city center is a mélange of stunning architecture, from Gothic, Renaissance and baroque to neoclassical, art nouveau and cubist. See the Dancing House, St Ciril and Method Church, Charles Square, National Museum and Jewish Quarter. Hop on and off whenever wanted, také as many pictures as you like, stroll around, have a coffee break. You get a 48 hrs. ticket. Night in the hotel.
Day 3 – Karlstejn Castle Tour
Today in the morning you will have the opportunity to visit Karlstejn Castle, one of the most impressive Gothic castles in the Czech Republic. It was founded in the 14th century by the Emperor Charles IV to become a treasury of the crown jewels and holy relics. It is situated on a picturesque site in the middle of dense forests not far from the Capital and you will be picked up at the hotel for this tour. Afternoon is at your leisure, you can go on discovering the city by the hop on/off bus tour. Night in the hotel.
Day 4 – Glass factory in Nizbor snd Pilsner brewery
Today´s trip combines two tours – visits to two sites guaranteeing the top quality of two most famous typical Czech products: glass and beer. If you want to learn something about Czech people you cannot miss this tour. In Pilsen beer has been brewed since the town was founded in 1295. But the real Pilsner known in the world these days is connected with the name of Pilsner Urquell which is brewed in the Prazdroj brewery built in 1842. Since that time brewers all over the world have been trying in vain to imitate this beer! Your visit to the factory will help you to understand how Pilsner (this bread which flows) was brewed and drank in the past and how real Pilsner is brewed and drank today. You move in the afternoon to the most famous glass factory in a small town Nizbor on the Berounka river not far from Prague. On your way around the factory you will learn a lot about the whole history and the contemporary period of glass production in Bohemia. There is an excellent opportunity to buy glass products at the glass factory Nizbor. Return to Prague. Night in the hotel.
Day 5 – Kutna Hora tour
Another unforgettable day is waiting for you. After you will be picked up at the hotel and driven in one hour east of Prague, you will arrive at the immensely architecturally rich town of Kutna Hora, which was built in the Middle Ages in the midst of an extensive silver ore field. It became over the course of time, the second most significant town after Prague because of the production of money which symbolizes the force and wealth of Czech kings and the kingdom. While walking through the historical centre of the town you quickly realize why it was recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site. The interior of the Cathedral of St. Barbara undoubtedly ranks among the best examples of late Gothic architecture in Bohemia. You will also visit the church, the Old Mint, as well as the old mint where Prague Gros and later Austrian Tolar were made. After the tour you will return back to Prague. Night in the hotel.
Day 6 – Day off
The program is demanding. Therefore it´s time to relax a little bit today. You can either go shopping, taste Czech beer or stroll around the city once again to buy some souvenirs and take more romantic pictures. Night in the hotel.
Day 7 – Karlovy Vary, spa
Today you will visit the most well known Czech Spa. The founding of this town has been linked to Emperor Charles IV since 1358, when he built a hunting lodge here. There are 12 famous springs with a temperature of about 72°C. Karlovy Vary is also famous for its local china and glass manufacturing industry. These products are on display at a special exhibition and are sold at specialized shops. The spa was visited by many rulers and artists including Goethe, Chateaubriand, Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms and Dvorak. There is time for lunch (included in the tour). You will also visit the Becherovka Museum, the Moser glass shop and Thun porcelain shop.
Day 8 – Cesky Krumlov and Ceske Budejovice tour
The picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov is situated above the meandering valley along the upper Vltava River in Southern Bohemia. It has won an international reputation thanks to its historical riches. More than three hundred historic buildings dominated by a huge castle and the church of St. Vitus bear witness to their rich past. Cesky Krumlov has enormous appeal as an urban unity and has been included among the monuments on the UNESCO World Cultural an Natural Heritage list. You will visit the castle and the old centre of the town. Traveling through Southern Bohemia you may admire its beautiful landscape with many forests and ponds. They you continue to the south Bohemian city of Ceske Budejovice with its unique historic square, lined with Renaissance and Baroque houses and dominated by the Black Tower. Hotel pick-up and drop-off, lunch and admission are included in this full-day tour. Night in the hotel.
Day 9 – Departure to Morava, via Telc
In the morning you pick up your car in the city centre and drive 250 km south-east to Moravia region. On your way you can make a stop in Telč, a beautiful town belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage. Then you continue to Lednice and Valtice region for accommodation (you get a detailed journey plan from us). Night in a hotel in the region.
Day 10 – Lednice Valtice castles, wine cellar
It is time to explore one more out of the 12 Czech UNESCO treasures. The Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape is spread over the site of a mighty 12th century border castle. Today it is the home of a romantic château, a picturesque village and in particular a jewel of landscape architecture of unprecedented proportions. The current area, measuring almost 300 km2, is the result of landscaping based on English parks, and thanks to this baroque architecture meets the neo-gothic château and small follies in the romantic style. In the afternoon you will “taste” South Moravia, literally. The region is famous for its wine-yards, viticultures and appreciated wine production. You will be taken by a sommelier to a wine cellar to learn about wine production and taste a few kinds.
Day 11 – Kromeriz and Olomouc
You drive today some 120 km north, to other UNESCO treasures, the city of Kromeriz and Olomouc. You will explore these cities on your own, equipped with our maps and guides. Enjoy Kromeriz at its best! You will tour the chateau interior, get a sweeping view of the town from the panoramic vantage point of the tower, and after that take a walk through the preserved area of the town centre, including the famous Flower Garden – a magnificent example of 17th century gardening art. The Astronomical Clock on the front of the Olomouc Town Hall is a rarity in worldwide terms, reconstructed after World War II in socialist realist style with a procession of figures of workers, sportsmen and rural folk. The imposing beauty of the Holy Trinity Column – a UNESCO monument, the group of six Baroque fountains and the modern Arion Fountain are further unique features concentrated in the historical town centre you have to visit, equipped with our guide and map. Night in a hotel in Olomouc.
Day 12/13 – Return To Prague
You drive back to Prague. Either straight to the airport to drop off the car and catch your flight home, or we can arrange for you last night in the Czech capital and drive you to the airport the very next day (depending on your flight schedule). End of our services.
- 11 nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel close to the city centre
- airport/hotel transfers
- car rental for 4 days (VW Golf or similar), incl. tax
- 48 hrs. hop on/off bus ticket
- Karlstej castle tour
- full-day Pilsen Brewery and Nizbor glass factory tour
- full-day Kutna hora tour
- Cesky Krumlov and Ceske Budejovice city tours
- Karlovy Vary, spa city tour – Karlovy Vary, spa city tour
- wine cellar visit with an English speaking guide and wine tasting incl. refreshments
- price per person (based on double room sharing)
- international airfare
- airport tax
- meals and services not detailed in the program
- personal expenses
- optional excursions
- single supplemet
- accommodation upgrade to 4* hotel
- bigger car
- you can shorten or extend your stay
- if you do not fancy driving a car, we can organize the Moravian part of the tour by train