telc czech republic hiking tour

Medieval village of Telc, Czech Republic

The buildings of medieval Telc are all at least 250 years old. We arrive at this beautiful 16th century town on foot. Our hiking and cultural odyssey brings us from castle to village across the Czech Republic.

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Czech Castles and Country Walks

Timeless Villages, Cesky Krumlov, and Enchanting Prague

Czech Castles and Country Walks route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3995  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Vienna, Austria
Depart: Prague, Czech Republic
Lodging: 8 nights 3- and 4-star hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: A mix of easy to moderate walks and hikes, 2-5 hours a day, van support (for luggage or tired feet)
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Highlights

  • Delightful countryside walks between hilltop castles
  • Perfectly preserved Renaissance town of Telc
  • Baroque city of Cesky Krumlov, a World Heritage Site of labyrinthine alleys
  • Exquisite Prague, with its incomparable architecture, lively cafes—and excellent Pilsners!


We just loved the whole trip—the Trip Leaders were the best!Ginger R.—Gualala, CA

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Choosing the Right Trip

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Departure Notes

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The Czech Republic is a walker’s paradise, and our enchanting journey leads you on hikes through vineyards, past massive stone castles, and 13th century monasteries that reign over the sylvan countryside. The medieval heritage of this vibrant nation is remarkably intact in Mikulov, a quintessential Moravian town of pale yellow Renaissance houses, and tiny Telc, with one of the best preserved squares in all of Europe, which we encounter when we walk right through the arched town gates at the end of a lovely hike. Three unforgettable days in beguiling Cesky Krumlov, a World Heritage Site with its dreamy pink and green castle towering above stately 15th century mansions, and an exploration of narrow Baroque lanes and medieval stone bridges in Prague crown this journey through ancient and compelling lands.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Vienna, Austria / Moravia, Czech Republic / Palava

From Vienna, we hike across the border into the Czech Republic’s Moravian wine country, a lovely landscape of woodlands interspersed with orchards and vineyards, and through the Palava Highlands Nature Reserve, hiking from a 10th century castle perched on a limestone crag to a hilltop castle ruin.

Days 3-4
Castle Rostejn / Telc Castle / Slavonice

From Castle Rostejn, we hike across fields brightened by poppies and end by walking through the gates of Telc, a World Heritage Site. One of our hikes brings you through verdant forests where mushrooms grow (we may meet mushroom gatherers!) to Slavonice, with its evocative Renaissance main square.

Days 5-7
Cesky Krumlov / Sumava / Rozmberk

In the Sumava Forest, our trail leads from serene Vyssi Brod, a 13th century Cistercian monastery, across sun-splashed fields to the castle town of Rozmberk. Overnights are in captivating Cesky Krumlov, with a private tour of its Baroque theater.

Days 8-9
Prague

In Prague, the jewel of Bohemia and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, our walk leads you through the Old Town, where 600 years of glorious architecture is on display. Depart on Day 9 or extend your stay in this remarkable city.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 2+, Easy to Moderate. Most days include 2.5 to three hours of hiking, while some days involve a half day or more of exploring one of the towns on foot. For maximum enjoyment, you must be in fit shape and ready to walk. Our luggage is transported for us by van, so it is always possible to ride in the van if you want to opt out of a day’s hiking.

Although hotel rooms in Europe are not always of uniform or international size, our Trip Leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.

Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2014
Sep 4-12, 2014

2015
May 14-22, 2015
Jun 11-19, 2015
Jul 16-24, 2015
Sep 3-11, 2015
Sep 17-25, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$3995 (11-15 members)
$4395 (6-10 members)
Single supplement: $490
Forced single supplement: $245
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels and comfortable inns
  • All meals included except 1 dinner
  • Ground transportation throughout the trip
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees on group tours

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, airport/hotel transfers, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance or passports; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Hotel Princ

Hotel Princ

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Lednice, Czech Republic

This relatively new hotel enjoys a great location in Lednice, close to the castle, palace, and other monuments of this World Heritage Site. With ...
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Hotel U Hrabenky

Hotel U Hrabenky

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Telc, Czech Republic

Set in a converted 18th century building of charming Baroque architecture, the 16-room Hotel U Hrabenky ("House of the Countess") is just a ...
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Hotel Ruze

Hotel Ruze

Days 5 to 7 (3 nights), Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

This 16th century Jesuit monastery-turned-hotel has been restored with great attention to detail and it boasts a prime position on the Vlata River ...
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Hotel Paris

Hotel Paris

Day 8 (1 night), Prague, Czech Republic

With a Neo-Gothic exterior and elaborate Art Nouveau design elements, this beautifully restored and historic building has a wonderful location just ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Zuzana Rakova

Departure Dates: September 4-12, 2014, May 14-22, 2015, June 11-19, 2015, July 16-24, 2015, September 3-11, 2015, September 17-25, 2015

Zuzana Rakova studied English at the Czech Republic's University of Olomouc, founded as a Jesuit Seminary in 1566. When not leading trips in her homeland, Zuzana is a professional English teacher. She speaks fluent English, a little German and Italian, and enjoys reading literature, with a special ...
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Zuzana Sochorova

Departure Dates: September 4-12, 2014, May 14-22, 2015, June 11-19, 2015, July 16-24, 2015, September 3-11, 2015, September 17-25, 2015

Zuzana Sochorova comes from the southeastern part of the Czech Republic, a region full of sunshine and vineyards, and has a degree in Economics and Marketing from the University in Ostrava. She loves her work as a guide and takes great delight in meeting new people and showing them the most ...
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Client Comments

We just loved the whole trip—the Trip Leaders were the best! Ginger R., Gualala, CA We enjoyed the beautiful countryside and the castles. The guides really made the trip fabulous. They were great! Bob P., Denver, CO Our Trip Leaders did a wonderful job. I’m so glad we chose the Czech Republic—a beautiful country with ease of travel. Sharon M., Poway, CA Our trip was perfect. As I’ve told many people, there isn’t a thing I would change. Especially loved our two guides. Teresa K., Colorado Springs, CO This was a special trip with two exceptional Trip Leaders. Sandra G., Wayne, PA Very enjoyable, with excellent Trip Leaders. David H., Poway, CA There was just the right mixture of walking and sightseeing. Everything was well thought out and planned. Mary P., Bedford, NY Our guides made this trip extra special with their attentiveness to detail, their enthusiasm, and their delightful personalities. The areas we were in were beautiful, accommodations and food very good, and the sights quite interesting. Russ F., Sarasota, FL
Our eighth Wilderness Travel trip. Well designed with two great trip leaders who spoiled us rotten. Everything went so smoothly, thanks to them. A fun trip. Ron K., St. Simons Island, GA Absolutely one of the best trips we have ever taken. No hassles, no worry, just wonderful experiences. Each day we thought that nothing could be as good, and then the next day was even better. Jan K., Titusville, NJ This trip was another example of what a first class operation you have at Wilderness. The entire trip went seamlessly from start to finish. Cathy S., Charlotte, NC A great trip—an excellent mix of culture (castles and architecture), hiking, and the chance to see the highlights of the Czech Republic. Gary J., San Francisco, CA